Science of Cycling Conference 2017
Terri and I, and a colleague, recently attended the Science of Cycling Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. This conference is held just prior to the Tour de France, which had the Grand Depart 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The conference brings together many of the leading scientists, coaches, and trainers involved in the world of cycling.
Three presentations really stood out during the conference. The first involved a question and answer session with three of the top performance scientists from elite professional cycling teams, Scott Drawer, Louis Delahaije and David Bailey. It was very insightful and interesting to hear their perspective on training, recovery, nutrition, and the psychology of athletes and cycling teams. They all agreed on the importance of recovery and the need for further research and information on this topic.
Related to the topic of recovery, the second talk of interest, from Dr. Shona Halson, from the Australian Institute of Sport, reviewed both recovery and overtraining, especially the importance of sleep. Their Institute feels this is an important factor in performance and one focus of their research.
The last presentation and the most entertaining, was from Phil Burt, a physiotherapist from British Cycling, who discussed bike and saddle fit. He displayed a wide knowledge base, both academically and technically.
As a student and fan of cycling, the conference was interesting and exciting. The fact that the Tour de France 2017 was about to start and we were there to be a part of it made for an incredible experience.