In a career spanning over 30 years at the highest level of competition and with Olympic Gold, World Record and podium success to his name, Chris Boardman is somewhat of an authority on going fast on a bicycle and improving a cyclist’s performance. From his time working with Lotus, their engineers and aerodynamicists in the MIRA tunnel before his Olympic Gold at the Barcelona games in 92, through to his time as British Cycling’s head of R&D, Chris has racked up countless hours in wind tunnels, questioning, exploring and developing a deep understanding of aerodynamics and their application to cycling.
With this knowledge and witnessing the impact that aerodynamics had in taking Olympic athletes from forth and third places to first, he could clearly see how this understanding and methodology would be hugely beneficial to everyday cyclists across many disciplines. It was this idea that ultimately lead to what has become the Boardman Performance Centre, built around the UK’s first cycling-specific wind tunnel offering cyclists of all levels the tools and expertise to explore for themselves their cycling potential.
‘I knew that we had an idea that was going to be the most accurate tunnel in the world in my opinion and we could do it at a price accessible to the everyday cyclist. I took this idea to the team at Boardman and they were all over it, they could see the value of this and just for themselves as enthusiasts could see that we wanted to be the first people to do this, and that’s exactly what we’re in the middle of doing.’ – Chris Boardman