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Halfords donates wind-tunnel to British Cycling

Will Strickson
30 Jun 2021

Wind-tunnel to be moved from the Boardman Performance Centre to Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to support British athletes

Halfords is gifting its wind-tunnel from the Boardman Performance Centre to British Cycling, relocating the state-of-the-art facility to the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance to support British athletes.

Originally conceived by Chris Boardman MBE, the tunnel is one of the most advanced in the world with a world-first data capture system that feeds imagery and info to the rider in real time, and the ability to tune wind speed and direction throughout tests.

It will be upgraded even further as part of the move to keep it at the cutting edge.

Once operational at the end of 2021, the tunnel will be utilised by athletes training for next year's Commonwealth Games, the 2023 combined UCI Cycling World Championships and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On top of that, it will be accessible to the wider cycling community, cycling-related education, equipment development and researchers, and Halfords will still use it for product development and events.

British Cycling performance director, Stephen Park OBE, said, 'The primary focus of the Great Britain Cycling Team is to support talented riders to achieve their best and continue to deliver world-leading performances.

'Having this facility in Manchester, the home of British Cycling, means that, thanks to Halfords, we will be able to continue to develop our understanding of bicycle aerodynamics, the related performance impact and therefore provide an even better service to riders who represent the country with pride.'

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