The science behind wheeled sports
The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports

4.4 Summary

In this section you saw how the aerodynamics and materials technology that was introduced earlier in the course affects the design and performance of both wheelchairs and bicycles. You also saw that, despite seemingly major advances in technology, it is hard to identify the impact of any single technology on the progression of world record performances. However, the change in rules for the hour record in cycling gives us, almost uniquely in sport, an effective way to see the great effect of technology on performance in technology-intensive sports such as cycling.

This section also contained a number of internet-focused activities that enabled you to see some of the advantages and limitations of using the internet as a study aid.


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