A wind tunnel day with Crowie
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Tue Jul 17 2012
At the 2010 Ironman World Championships Crowie was sporting a road helmet, recorded a 4:39:35 bike split and finished fourth, and was not too happy with his outing. He then returned to Kona in 2011 with a new attitude, aboard a Specialized Shiv and a Giro Advantage 2 aero helmet and took the win with a very fast 4:24:05 bike split.
As he is now getting ready to defend his title in October, Crowie is fine tuning a few details, and looking closer at the helmet situation is one of those tasks. The Giro Advantage 2 has tested very well and is popular with many athletes, but there are many more choices out there.
During a day at the A2 wind tunnel in Mooresville the team around Craig Alexander tested several helmets and the new Specialized S-Works McLaren helmet was very impressive. The improvements over said Advantage 2 for one were significant and we actually observed that the data closely matched numbers Specialized had published when the helmet was released at the beginning of the Tour de France. But with its CE certification this helmet is only legal in Europe and for the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
All images © Herbert Krabel / slowtwitch.com
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