What's it really like inside a state-of-the-art cycling wind tunnel?

We take a look at the Flanders Bike Valley cycling wind tunnel

With aerodynamics the cutting edge of design for bikes, components and clothing, airflow modelling and wind tunnel testing of new products are key for the bike industry. But many wind tunnels are primarily designed to test aviation and motorsports products, where the velocity is much faster than for sporting goods.

So Belgian bike manufacturer Ridley, helmet maker Lazer and clothing manufacturer Bioracer collaborated to develop the Flanders Bike Valley windtunnel on a site next door to Ridley’s factory in East Belgium.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.