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Cycling in the wind

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Cummings A. “Cycling in the wind” European Journal of Physics, 18 (1997) 176-179

Cyclists – particularly in flat areas – will have noticed that wind increases their total time to traverse a circuit, whichever way the wind is blowing. Here we present a simple aerodynamic model to explain this effect, and give some quantitative predictions. The results indicate that the total journey time depends strongly on the wind speed, the sensitivity increasing with wind speed.

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