British Cycling today announced that it has extended its relationship with professional bike-fit company, Retül, until the end of 2016.
The governing body has been working with Retül since July 2013, using the latest technology to ensure a holistic and data-led approach to achieving the most effective riding position.
Riders from the Great Britain Cycling Team have won 39 medals at world championship level in track cycling, para-cycling, BMX, mountain bike and on the road since the initial agreement was signed. The new deal will now take the relationship past the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Retül works in conjunction with the Great Britain Cycling Team’s medical staff, including lead physiotherapist Phil Burt, to ensure that riders’ bikes are set up for maximum performance while also minimising the risk of injury.
As part of the extension, Retül will provide British Cycling with personal support from John Dennis, Retül’s lead instructor and fitter. British Cycling will also have access to a wide range of software to help analyse rider positioning on the bike.
British Cycling’s lead physiotherapist, Phil Burt, said: "Our relationship with Retül over the past 18 months has been an incredibly successful one, which is why we’re delighted to come to an agreement to extend the partnership. Having a tool that enables us to accurately measure our riders’ bikes and their interactions with them, allows us to optimise positions for maximum performance.
"Injury prevention is also an increasingly important part of elite sport and being able to identify potential problems before they occur makes a real difference. We look forward to working with Retül over the next two years to ensure that the Great Britain Cycling Team’s bikes provide them with the best possible riding experience on the road to Rio."
“We are excited to continue our relationship with British Cycling and be involved with such a top-class federation,” said Todd Carver, Chief Fit and Education Officer at Retül. “In addition to supporting British Cycling’s athletes, this year we also plan to provide more content and resources for British Cycling’s large membership. Based on our work with elite riders and recreation riders, we have a lot of information to share that is valuable for athletes and coaches.”
The relationship will now run until 31 December 2016, ensuring that British Cycling has access to the latest in bike fit technology, training and support during a crucial period that includes the UCI 2016 Track World Championships in London and Rio 2016.
Retül will also continue to support British Cycling’s Insight Zone – providing content for the governing body’s 100,000-strong membership and coaches.
For more information about British Cycling’s partners, please visit www.britishcycling.org.uk/partners.