• Science contributions to development of (professional) cycling

    An international conference in conjunction with the start of the Tour de France.

    During the conference experts from the competitive cycling world and scientists will exchange the latest research and experiences. Alongside the conference an experience square will be set up in which companies and institutes can give demonstrations of their products and technologies.

    The participants will consist of researchers, doctors, nutrition experts, sports directors, cycling organisations, trainers and cyclists/triathletes. The conference aims to get also contributions from other sport disciplines all with the objective of learning and sharing experience.

    The Steering Committee will invite keynote speakers to share their views with the audience and experts from all over the world are invited to present their work in the conference.


  • What is the Science of Cycling?

    The Wheel

    Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?

    Drives & Gears

    What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?

    Frames & Materials

    What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs?

    Braking & Steering

    How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?


    How does drafting help a cyclist? What is skin friction?
    Human Power

    Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? How do your muscles work?


  • edited August 2018

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