Jenson Button Tests Triathlon Bike In Brawn Wind Tunnel

Paige Michael-ShetleyCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2009

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and Brawn GP holds drives during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 26, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

I've just come across a story in the Telegraph today that both speaks to me personally and is, well, quite hilarious. 

F1 factories are currently locked up for two weeks for the summer vacation. But that hasn't stopped Jenson Button from making quality use of the team's facilities to achieve performance gains.

Jenson Button, current F1 championship leader and a dedicated triathlete, has used the Brawn wind tunnel to test his triathlon bike and aero positioning

For those of you who have not become consumed by the life-engulfing addiction known as triathlon (as I recently have), aero-dynamics on the bike is severely important. The bike portion of a triathlon is by far the longest portion of the race, so it is very important to set a top time during it.

Reducing drag on the bike, both the drag of the bike and the rider's position on it, is hugely important not only in hypothetically increasing a rider's speed, but in making his stride more efficient and ultimately saving energy. A not insignificant sum of money and time each year is spent by triathlon bike manufacturers and the world's top triathletes in wind tunnels to reduce drag. 

Kudos to Button for being a good resourceful triathlete. Let's all cheer him on in the London Triathlon tomorrow.

P.S. How should I go about requesting time in the Brawn wind tunnel on my road bike in preparation for my sprint trial on October 4? 

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