British Cycling gives sports scientists an insight into the science of success

British Cycling gives sports scientists an insight into the science of success

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Last week, members from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) joined British Cycling for a workshop about the use of power meters to achieve the marginal gains required to optimise the performance of riders.

The nineteen attendees from BASES – the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK – took part in a Power: Understanding Cycling Performance workshop during their visit to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

The workshop introduced the fundamentals of measuring power output and understanding the performance demands of cycling events. Grant White, British Cycling Olympic BMX coach, made a special appearance at the workshop to give an insight into his own coaching practice and how he is supported by sports science in the development of world champion riders.

The tutor of the course, Dr Andrew Kirkland, who is also a Coaching and Education Officer at British Cycling, said: “At a performance level, cycling coaches and riders often work together with sports scientists to enhance performance.

"We set up the workshop with BASES to share knowledge and help enhance professional practice for those who work with cyclists. It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with such an expert audience of sports science lecturers, researchers and applied practitioners.”

During the workshop, Great Britain Cycling Team physiologists from the English Institute of Sport, Dr Jonathon Leeder and Esme Matthew, took part in a Q&A and gave a talk on the work they do at the cutting edge of the sport.

If you would like to find out more about attending a Power: Understanding Cycling Performance workshop, please click here.