Australians investigating new pedalling techniques to improve aerodynamics ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The research being conducted by Australia is considered a world first

Australia competing in the Men's Team Sprint at the Glasgow Track World Cup 2019 (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

(Image credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Australian researchers have developed simulations that can pinpoint the optimum position of the legs around the pedal stroke in order to lessen the effects of aerodynamic drag.

A 15-year collaboration between Monash University in Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Cycling Australia (CA) have been working towards improving their nation's athletes performances, and their recent study surrounding pedal strokes is considered a world first.

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