Boardman’s cycling-specific wind tunnel gets the green light

“Revolutionary” UK facility to open in winter 2017

British cyclists of all levels will soon be able to visit a cycling-specific wind tunnel and tweak their position, without spending thousands of pounds on the privilege. Boardman Bikes has received planning approval for its new Performance Centre in Worcestershire, which will open its doors in winter 2017.

The facility will be based at The Valley retail park near Evesham, right on the edge of the Cotswolds, and will include Boardman’s new head office, a cycling-specific wind tunnel, physiology testing suite and activity area, as well as a concept store with café.

Construction of the 18,000sqft facility will start in spring, and it’s expected to become a destination for cyclists from right across the country, and even internationally. Boardman says that it expects to be its “own biggest customer” for the wind tunnel from an R&D perspective, but will also give people the opportunity for repeat testing at an “affordable” rate.

Boardman wants the new centre to give people repeat access to the wind tunnel at an affordable rate
Boardman wants the new centre to give people repeat access to the wind tunnel at an affordable rate

“This project has been a dream of mine for more than six years and I’m delighted the finishing line is now in sight,” said founder Chris Boardman. “The possibilities for what The Centre can deliver are truly amazing; in fact I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to say it will be revolutionary.”

No stranger to wind tunnels himself, Chris Boardman MBE is one of the UK's most decorated cyclists, having won Olympic gold medals for the individual pursuit, and broken the Hour record, among other achievements. Known as 'The Professor', he was a founding member of British Cycling's 'Secret Squirrel Club' R&D team, and is renowned for his technical knowledge of the sport.

BikeRadar is planning to cover in more detail next year what Boardman's Performance Centre will offer – watch this space for more info.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
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