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About the logo: THE IMAGE ON THE LEFT PROVIDED
BY LIBOR KIRAS & CANNONDALE BICYCLES. THE IMAGE ON THE RIGHT OF RUTHIE
MATTHES PROVIDED BY PEARL IZUMI/JOHN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY
The Science of Cycling is the second in a series of three
planned sports science resources. These sites focus on the science behind
popular spectator and recreational sports.
While the Science of Cycling is a large Web site (there
are over 20 pages in six main sections, 20 audio and video clips, interactive
enormous and fascinating topic.
You'll also find information on the history and unique
culture of cycling. We felt it was imporant to include these elements because
these contributions will help you better understand the topic.
Our understanding of cycling was greatly enhanced by the
people we interviewed. U.S. Women's cross-country champion Ruthie Matthes
helped us understand the competitive aspects of the sport, while frame builder
Paolo Salvagione assisted in our understanding of bicycle frames and the
materials they are made of. The Exploratorium's Paul Doherty helped explain
the physics and forces behind the sport of cycling. To learn more about
these individuals check out the "participants" section.
The Science of Cycling was a team effort. Many thanks to Noel Wanner who
assisted with the writing and created a number of the activities and sidebars.
Thanks to volunteer Brian Bernard who assisted with some technical writing
and formulas. Ron Hipschman provided an activity and two excellent interactive
Additional thanks to Tim Tumbleson at PowerBar for his assistance with this
project. Logan Kelsey of Vertical Productions provided great action footage.
Libor Karas and Bill Teel at Cannondale provided some great images and video.
Julie Washnock at Pearl Izumi sent us a great image of Ruthie Matthes on
short notice. Kurt Liebert and "Bicycle"--the only band in the
world that tours by pedaling--helped bring music to the site. For more information
on these individuals and organizations, please visit the "credits"
and "references" sections.