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by Mark Zalewski
February 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel wins with bike throw at Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2; Mareczko wins third stage of Tour de Langkawi; Molano wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 3; Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège; Rivals take note: After breakout year, Lepistö enters Spring Classics with confidence; Phinney out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with knee injury; Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson to begin racing in Belgium this weekend; Kittel chooses rim brake for second stage at Abu Dhabi Tour; ‘Protest’ over asphalting of Eikenberg cobbles; British Cycling perplexed by UK Sport allegations; Bicycle industry reacting to Utah Governor’s push to strip federal protection for public lands; New world record set for cycling length of New Zealand; Pedal power in sailing; Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 2 highlights; Video: On-board highlights – Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Chantal Blaak; Video: Vintage cycling day.
Earlier this week we posted a video of the Team New Zealand sailing team using a bicycle pedal-style method on its boat, but were unsure of what was really going on. Now we know that America’s Cup teams are testing the technique to replace the ‘grinder’ method on a boat, which is how sails are raised and lowered. Until now that method has been traditionally performed by hand.
Olympic track cyclist Simon van Velthooven is with Team New Zealand for that purpose. Ben Ainslie of the Land Rover BAR team told Sportsmail that he considered the technique as well.
“Pedal power is going to be more efficient and create more power than traditional grinding pedestals,” he said. “We had a reasonable idea of what somebody like Chris Hoy would do over a 20-minute race. It is clear that cyclists are about 30 percent more efficient but you’ve got to weigh it up against the extra challenge of getting on and off each pedestal and moving from side to side.”
America’s Cup boats have benefitted from a lot of design changes in recent years, borrowing a lot from Formula 1 technology.
The next America’s Cup is set for this June in Bermuda and teams are racing to find all the speed they can from their boats, apparently even borrowing from cycling.
Click through to read more at Sportsmail.