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Ground Control

We are all familiar with many of the riders and coaches responsible for the great performances of the Great Britain Cycling Team. But in the lead up to this summer’s Games, we’re taking the opportunity to have a look at some of the staff from the Great Britain Cycling team who tend to go unnoticed but without whom, the team could not function.

THE PERFORMANCE ANALYSTS
Chris White and Will Forbes are responsibile for monitoring every detail of the performance of some of the most successful cyclists of all time. Working for the Great Britain Cycling Team on behalf of the English Institute of Sport the duo, in Chris White’s words, “must provide effective feedback to coaches".

   
THE EQUIPMENT PROVIDER

Purchasing Manager for the Great Britain Cycling Team, Dave Parsons is must provide all material goods over 300 athletes and staff, from Talent Team to Podium Programme, while keeping the store room full for any day-to-day requirements.

   
THE LIFE COACH
Jo Harrison from the English Institute of Sport has been Performance Lifestyle Advisor to British Cycling’s Olympic and Paralympic programmes since 2005. One of around 20 advisors who support World Class funded athletes across a range of sports, Jo delivers advice on performance lifestyle.
   

THE SOIGNEUR
From fixing pipes in hospitals, to meeting the Queen on his return from the Beijing Olympics, Luc de Wilde’s progression from plumber to Belgian cycling champion and finally soigneur for the Great Britain Cycling Team has, in his own words been “quite something.”

   
THE MECHANIC

Ernie Feargrieve is the Lead Mechanic at major championships for the Great Britain Cycling Team and describes his job as "great fun. After 14 years it still feels like I’m playing hooky from school.”

   
THE BIOMECHANIST
As British Cycling’s sole biomechanist, the optimum performance of some of the most successful cyclists of all time is, in part, down to Paul Barratt. Working for the Great Britain Cycling Team on behalf of the English Institute of Sport, Barratt is responsible for – in his own words – "understanding forces that humans produce and the result of those forces."
   
THE PRESS OFFICER
Abby Burton is responsible for managing the press requests for the Great Britain Cycling Team from journalists both out of competition and during major events, striking the balance between raising the profile of the riders and the sport whilst allowing the team to concentrate on training and racing without media interruptions.
   

THE PHYSIOTHERAPIST
As British Cycling’s Lead Physiotherapist, the wellbeing of some of the most successful cyclists of all time is in Phil Burt’s hands. Responsible for the prevention and rehabilitation of injury across cycling’s Olympic disciplines, Burt sees himself as a detective looking for clues behind injuries and solutions to bad bike position and poor gym etiquette.

   

THE LOGISTICAL MASTERMIND
Keith Reynolds, Major Events Logistics Manager for the Great Britain Cycling team, Is responsible for all the logistical arrangements of the Great Britain team at major events, ensuring athletes, staff and equipment arrive in optimum shape to perform at their best.

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