Great Britain cycling team wind tunnel opens in Manchester

New state-of-the-art facility in Manchester will support the team’s riders on the path to Paris and cyclists at all levels

Ed Clancy in the wind tunnel
(Image credit: British Cycling)

The Great Britain cycling team officially opened its new state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Manchester yesterday with the aim of supporting the team’s riders on the path to the Paris Olympics and Paralympics. 

Originally conceived by Chris Boardman and based at the Boardman performance centre in Evesham, Worcestershire, the tunnel uses a finely tuned data capture system which feeds video imagery and information back to the rider in real-time. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.