- Jul 28, 2003
velomanct said:Actually, taller riders have significantly more aero drag than shorter riders.
Do you have some figures on that? I know that taller TT riders have a considerable aerodynamic advantage per kg of body weight due to having a bigger motor but hardly any difference in frontal surface area in their tucked positions. I assumed this would translate into similar results in sprints, but I'm thinking of the body positioning on the bike now, which does not entirely mimic TT positioning. Riders are more likely to rise out of the saddle in a sprint, but then again, they usually have their hands on the lower grips on the handlebars. So I guess there is somewhat of a diminished height advantage. I wonder how much. I'd like to see some numbers on the aerodynamic drag and see how much it goes up for sprints.