Inside Boardman's new wind tunnel: affordable aero testing

“Chris Boardman’s new wind tunnel,” as it has become almost universally known, the Boardman Performance Centre has its long-awaited opening on April 30. James Shrubsall got an exclusive tour from the man himself - Photos by Andy Jones

Chris Boardman at the Boardman Performance Centre.

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

I’ve done it. You’ve almost certainly done it. Chris Boardman has definitely done it — in his case to great success.

I’m talking about getting aero. Whether it’s simply tucking into the drops to gain an extra mile an hour, or spending hours of expensive wind tunnel time in pursuit of Olympic medals, if you’re a cyclist you know what it is to cheat the wind. But very few of us know what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, or even if it’s doing any good.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.