Is aerodynamic fine-tuning your priority?
I certainly do a lot of work in that area. I studied physics and I love all that stuff. It’s a way of getting faster without having to expend more effort.
Have you gained new insights here in the wind tunnel?
We’ve tested out some different fabric variants, as the suit I wear for competition has a large surface area. We suspected we could make some advances here. And now we know that two-digit watt savings are possible. I generate just under 300 watts on average over the 112-mile bike course. Saving an average of 10 watts by wearing the right suit would be incredible. It would be worth several minutes.
Which is more painful – riding up a steep mountain pass or fighting against the Hawaiian Mumuku winds?
A headwind is more unpleasant, because you can’t see it; you’re battling against an invisible force. But as a strong bike rider, I benefit from headwinds and side winds during a race. The tougher the conditions, the better it is for me.