Episode published: 26/07/19
As the Tour de France 2019 enters its final stages, episode #11 sees Dan Aspel sit down with lifelong cycling fan (and INI Director) Professor David Abrahams to exchange various informed (David) and uninformed (Dan) opinions on this year’s race, a little about the mathematical beauty of cycling, and the fascinating quirks of photography and physics that led to one of the strangest finish line images you’re ever likely to see.
00:00 – Introduction
02:58 – A love of the Tour de France
05:20 – Predictions for this year’s winner, general chat about the competition
11:42 – The mathematics of cycling: friction, resistance, noise, fluid dynamics… fairings?
17:24 – The mysterious image of David Millar, explained
24:10 – The “sensation” of cycling, going beyond man’s capabilities
26:35 – (Un)informed guesses about what lies ahead
Professor David Abrahams and Dan Aspel converse about the mathematical beauty of cycling and the fascinating quirks of photography and physics that led to one of the strangest finish line images you’re ever likely to see
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