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Inside the Boardman Performance Centre

Following our recent visit to the Boardman Performance Centre, here's a glimpse into and gallery of the impressive new destination "devoted to cyclists of all levels"

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What goes on at the Boardman Performance Centre?

Inside the new facility dedicated to cycling performance

It was back in November 2015 (HERE) that we first heard about the Boardman Performance Centre.

We were at the launch of the 2016 Boardman Bikes range at the time, when we were told of plans for “a significant new investment for Boardman who claim it will be the most accurate wind tunnel for cycling in the world. The centre will include retail / laboratories / the Boardman HQ / R&D. It’s the biggest project Boardman have ever done.”

Fast forward three years – a surprisingly short amount of time when you consider its scale and the plans, complexity and investment involved – and that project is now a reality. It is open to you too – and well worth a visit.

You’ll likely have seen elements of the centre last week when we brought you our coverage of a recent test conducted there by AeroCoach – but we also wanted to bring you some additional details and insight into the venue.

Part retail space, part museum, part performance laboratories all linked to its marquee draw – the wind tunnel – you have a facility that any cycling or triathlon geek would consider an essential destination. It is certainly very impressive.

If you do want to visit – and get the behind the scenes guided tour while you are there – then Boardman have several free ‘Performance Centre Experience Days‘ planned over the coming months. Their first of these open days last month proved hugely popular, with well over 1,000 people coming through the doors and so further dates have been added. Check of the details of these future events HERE. The next one is being held on Saturday 8th December 2018.

LOCATION: The Valley Evesham, Stratford Road, Worcestershire, WR11 4D

Here – in pictures – is a walkthrough of the venue to give you some insight into what you can find there. We hope to return again soon and delve a little deeper into some of the performance services on offer, which include Aerodynamic Services | Health & Fitness (Physiology) | Position & Technique (Bike fit / Biomechanics).

Boardman Performance Centre
An impressive and imposing exterior
Boardman Performance Centre
Downstairs a spacious Boardman Bike retail space
Boardman Performance Centre
You’ll find the full Boardman Bikes range here
Boardman Performance Centre
The Boardman TTE TT/Tri Bike

Boardman Performance Centre

Boardman Performance Centre
Accessories too
Boardman Performance Centre
Help and advice at hand

Boardman Performance Centre

Boardman Performance Centre
Chris Boardman’s 1993 Hour Record (52.270km) Corima bike is on show downstairs
Boardman Performance Centre
Next to the Corima, the Eddy Merckx branded Lotus. Still the ‘Ultimate Hour’ record of 56.375km from Manchester (1996) using the ‘superman’ position
Boardman Performance Centre
A door indicates what’s on the first floor…
Boardman Performance Centre
Even the stairs have a bike track
Boardman Performance Centre
The impressive memorabilia on display includes part of that Manchester track from 1996
Boardman Performance Centre
Perhaps the most famous bike Chris Boardman ever rode…
Boardman Performance Centre
…which helped him earn this (Barcelona 1992 Olympic Gold)
Boardman Performance Centre
A Tour de France Yellow Jersey too
Boardman Performance Centre
Turn left at the top of the stairs into…
Boardman Performance Centre
…this is where the magic happens
Boardman Performance Centre
Bike fit and physiology studios
Boardman Performance Centre
A familiar face has already been here
Boardman Performance Centre
More history upstairs too…
Boardman Performance Centre
…including Alistair Brownlee’s London 2012 bike
Boardman Performance Centre
The 2012 IRONMAN World Championship winning bike of Pete Jacobs
Boardman Performance Centre
Behind the scenes of the wind tunnel
Boardman Performance Centre
The air ‘inlet’ tapers, to ensure clean flow before it hits the rider
1990s Triathlon Bikes Wind Tunnel Shootout with AeroCoach
The force plate within the wind tunnel
AeroCoach 1990s Triathlon Bikes Wind Tunnel Shootout
From the AeroCoach test session
Boardman Performance Centre
The fan pulls. rather than pushes, the air over the rider
Boardman Performance Centre
The ‘tech’ that makes the wind tunnel work
Boardman Performance Centre
The air has to exit and re-circulate somewhere!
AeroCoach 1990s Triathlon Bikes Wind Tunnel Shootout
Crunching the numbers in the control room

For more details on the Boardman Performance centre and the services and facilities on offer, follow them on the following links:

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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