CYCLING ROAD RACE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Where The Mall, Box Hill, Hampton Court Palace Dates Today – tomorrow Medal events Four Athletes 212 (145 men, 67 women)

Lead rider
COMPETITORS There are ve men and four women (road race) able to compete per country

THE RIDER
Body position Rider’s weight is positioned over the cranks to drive pedals with maximum power Frame and fork Most road bikes use the diamond-frame design. Sti , carbon bre forks attach to the head tube, absorbing minor bumps Draft rider

Competition area The men’s race is 156 miles, with nine laps of the Box Hill circuit. The women’s race (87 miles) follows the exact same route, but with just two laps of Box Hill

GREATER LONDON

The most important way to save energy during a race. By sitting behind the back wheel of the bike ahead, the drafting rider can save up to 30% of the energy used to cycle at the same speed

DRAFTING

START/FINISH The Mall

Air ow

CE RA DI RE CT IO N

M25

Lightweight wheels

Box Hill
M25

TOTAL FITNESS
AVERAGE MALE BRADLEY WIGGINS

A3

SURREY

Height

Lung capacity
6
Litres

Heart rate at rest
64bpm 34bpm

Body fat
16% 4%

Weight

GRAPHIC: CATH LEVETT

6ft 3in 5ft 9in

8
Litres

12st 2Ib 10st 9Ib

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