The former Belgian top cyclist Johan Museeuw once stated: “Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” Indeed, probably every elite cyclist has experienced in-race crashes that put him or her in the hospital. But recently, things seem to have become much worse. In the past two years, many prestigious elite races have been stained by serious crashes between riders and in-race motorcycles. The tragic culmination so far of these crashes was reached on 27 March 2016, when Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié got hit by a motorcycle in the race Gent-Wevelgem and died later in hospital due to his injuries. Later, on 28 May 2016, 19 cyclists were involved in a major crash with two motorcycles, which put Belgian rider Stig Broeckx in hospital in a coma. Continue reading
Wow, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have been amazing and make me even more impatient to go to skiing in early April. I’ll especially remember three of the sporting events. First, Bart Swings from Belgium finished in fourth place in the 5,000-meter speed skating just behind a fully Dutch podium. Maybe aerodynamic simulation could have improved his performance and delivered him a place on the platform. There was also some great ski jumping where the skiers literally flew, and I found a flapping ski to perfectly illustrate fluid–structure interaction. I don’t know if this flapping is good or bad for performance. What do you think? Finally, I’ll remember the breathtaking downhill race. Continue reading
A year ago we were all amazed by the daring achievements of so many athletes during the Olympics. We discussed the impact of engineering simulation for these elites in a special edition of our ANSYS Advantage magazine. Personally, I look forward to each summer in July, when I watch with great admiration as cycling athletes embark on the route of the Tour de France. Once again, I’m very proud that ANSYS is somewhat part of the race through our clients.
Like most others, I’m impressed by the mountain ascents, watching the leaders who climb these slopes at an amazing speed. But I also respect those behind the leaders, who reach the summits with the thought of assisting their teammates the day after. Geographic names like Alpes D’Huez, Galibier, Col de la Madeleine and, of course, the beast Mont Ventoux, the giant of Provence, all sound like exceptional challenges reserved for an elite pack. Continue reading