With over 20 years' experience of working in a variety of sports, Graham is currently one of a select group of physios who cover the ATP World Tennis Tour, and since 2006 has been the Chief Physiotherapist to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon). He has worked at three Olympic games as HQ physiotherapist to Team GB.Graham regularly works with sports people from various disciplines and levels including: cyclists and works closely with Cyclefit in Covent Garden, track and field athletes, triathletes, the GB badminton team, GB Judo squads, basketballers and netballers, hockey & rugby players, golfers and premiership footballers. Over his career Graham has also been the head physiotherapist to a variety of sporting bodies including GB Triathlon, GB Korfball and ABA Boxing England. "Get better the same way you got injured" is his philosophy. His understanding of sporting biomechanics pushes you to control potential injury. "There's no point in training purely in your comfort zone, sport always pushes you outside this".In his "spare time" he is a lecturer on several post-graduate Physiotherapy courses throughout England & Ireland. And he's not a bad cook.
Also worked with Cyclefit for ten years and attended three SICI European fitting courses and two as SICI Anatomy Instructor.
Graham has had an interest and passion in bike fitting since its European nascence ten years ago.
Jeff Broker, Ph.D.
Dr. Broker is an Associate Professor in Biomechanics at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He teaches Biomechanics, Advanced Human Anatomy, The Biomechanics of Injury, and Exercise Science. Prior to joining the University of Colorado he spent eight years working as a Senior Biomechanist with the United States Olympic Committee, and he still collaborates with the USOC on select programs. Current projects with the University and USOC include the analysis of long and triple jump technique for the US National Track & Field Team, assessment of visual processing, perception and reaction for softball pitchers, cycling pedaling mechanics, cycling kinematics assessment on the road, injury mechanisms, and golf biomechanics.
Specific to the cycling sciences, Dr. Broker has been involved in the study of pedaling mechanics and optimal integration of rider and bicycle since 1987. His doctoral work focused on the management of mechanical energy in pedaling. While with the USOC he worked with the US National Cycling team to optimize rider/bicycle integration. His early worked focused on maximizing pedaling effectiveness while minimizing aerodynamic drag. His studies into pedaling mechanics further targeted (a) the fundamental nature of foot/pedal dynamics (b) pedaling mechanics differences across the various cycling disciplines, and © the trainability of different pedaling styles. Most recently Dr. Broker has delved into differences between laboratory, fixed-fork pedaling and real-world, on-the road cycling, and how these differences may change our thinking in bicycle fitting.
Keith Bontrager, an engineer, designer, physicist, mechanic, rider, and natural-born do-it-yourselfer, emerged on the nascent mountain bike scene in the late 70s with a scientific approach to frame design, materials understanding, and craftsmanship. Spending a good part of the 1980s "dumpster diving" for broken bike parts, Keith analyzed why they failed and then dedicated himself to coming up with better, more durable designs. All this reverse engineering led Keith to his famous aphorism: "Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick Two." Bontrager unabashedly opted for the first two, building a reputation on offering some of the strongest and lightest components available. Never faddish, openly skeptical about "conventional wisdom," and always grounded in the often harsh scientific realities of the universe, Keith demanded parts that are strong first, as light as possible second, and often not cheap. It's a no-compromise approach that rests on the proposition that discerning customers understand value is much more than price alone.
Bontrager's come a long way since the early days when Keith was holed-up in his garage, pouring over broken parts. Today there are more Bontrager parts in more categories than ever before. And Keith himself spends much less time dumpster diving and a whole lot more time field-testing products and ideas as he travels the world doing 24-hour (or longer) endurance events. With all that's changed, one thing hasn't: the B-dot logo remains your assurance that every Bontrager component, regardless of price or weight, is designed and tested to meet Keith's stringent standards for fatigue and impact strength and firmly grounded in a no-nonsense design philosophy.
Keith Bontrager waded into the fitting debate before there really was one. His ideas are coming back to favour. Fellow lecturer Jon Irriberi is a big fan and advocate - see Myth of KOPS link below.
Phil Burt MSCP Bsc Hons
Lead Physiotherapist British Cycling
Consultant Physiotherapist Sky Pro Cycling Team
Phil Burt has worked with the British Cycling team for over 6 years and was part of the Dream team that conquered all at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
He qualified as a SICI fitter in 2008, Retul in 2009.
After working at the English Institute of Sport, Phil moved over to full time employment with British Cycling to take on the role of Lead Physiotherapist for both BC and Team Sky. He also set up and ran the Team Sky Bike Fitting Team.
BC/Team Sky use the best of all worlds - retul unit, SICI teaching and principles, high speed video capture and EMG whilst cycling. Just as important has been the development of a process of pre-bike fit screening for msk issues. BC and Team Sky also run post wind tunnel physio lead movement control sessions to establish the limiting factors to a rider holding the most aero position they have found.
As its Olympic year, Phil’s focus is now with British Cycling teams and its’ Olympians. Phil is on the board of advisors for Retul and Lecturer at the University of Salford.
At British Cycling he is involved with marginal gains projects including saddles and foot pedal interface - the latter of which is a specific area of interest as he believes there are huge amounts to learn here - shoe, insole, foot. Phil is also running one of the largest cycling injury audits along with UK Sport over World Championships and Olympic cycles.
(Re-printed from Nathan Rand's interview in Pez - see links below)
Like a lot of bike fitters, Todd Carver started out as a bike racer who strived to be as powerful, efficient and comfortable as he could on the bike. So after earning his masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he did power based bike fit research in the applied exercise science lab, he worked with Specialized to co-develop the curriculum for the Specialized BG Fit School, before moving on to teach fitting at the Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI).
As a 3-D motion capture expert, Todd joined Cliff Simms & Franko Vatterott to launch Retül in 2007. Retül makes a motion capture technology designed specifically for cycling, and in the rights hands can be a powerful tool in fitting riders to their bikes.
Using the new technology of power meters, Todd's work helped define the biomechanical and physiological parameters associated with road bike racing that we know today. After graduation, Todd continued his study of bike fitting at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. Under the direction of Andy Pruitt for 5 years.
Now with Retül, Todd and his business partners developed the tools and technology to make portable 3-D motion capture a reality for bike shops around the world.
The Retül motion capture bike fit system was under development for approximately 2 years, as a side project of engineering jedi, Cliff Simms. Simms sought out former industry colleague, Franko Vatterott, who began developing the branding strategy and eventually connected with Todd Carver, 3-D motion capture bike fit expert formerly with Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. The three launched Retül in November 2007, and the technology has quickly set the new standard in dynamic data capture for bike fitting. Now the system is being used across the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and even the Caribbean. Retül also maintains a Fit Studio in Denver, where we train new Retül users and Todd and other fitters practice their trade.
Alberto Fonte (Fi'z:k Saddles)
Alberto took a master degree in Marketing and Business Administration at Cà Foscari University of Venice, worked as a business consultant and thanks to his cycling passion started to work in the bicycle industry.
Now he is fi’zi:k Marketing Manager for the last three years. Alberto has been the responsible of the entire fi’zi:k Spine Concept project.
Alberto is a serious mountabike and road amateur racer, you can find him every Sunday racing at the most important Italian Granfondo.
Jon came to us (Cyclefit) for a SICI course in 2009. It soon became clear that we would struggle to maintain a clear student/tutor delineation with such a talented live-wire. Dogmatic, enigmatic, bombastic and either a genius or a complete mad-man. The symposium will be our chance to judge. Every symposium needs an ignition. In Jon we think we have found a hand-grenade. He will be the most controversial man in WC2!
Jon is also starting a one-man revival of some of Keith Bontrager's most contentious theories (see above_
In Jon's words:
Jon Iriberri is working as cycling technician from 1994 - after discovering his own limitations as a competitive road and MTB racer.
Jon developed a research project for his university thesis about internal training load in cycling.
This was at a time when Jon was training and fitting many domestic professional riders.
At this time Jon became aware of the limitations of training and condition without also taking into account fitting and biomechanics - both as a source of performance and also possible source of pain and injury. Jon was amazed at a lack of structured biomechanical assessment in the professional peloton throughout the 90's and up to the present day.
From 2000 researches about the relationship of riders antropometrich data and measurements, Jon developed a new approach to cycling biomechanics - from fitting to customizing.
Today Jon is CEO of custom4.us, one of more active cycling bio mechanics businesses of Europe - Jon leads the bio mechanical and technical work of Movistar Team, collaborating with the Spanish Cycling Federation in innovation and technical development and giving classes for the world cycling center of the UCI in Aigle.
Jon is incredibly motivated by collegiate learning and is always very generous with his knowledge and cycling experience. The symposium will struggle to find his peer when it comes to passion and energy for fitting!
Paraic McGlynn has been coaching and fitting elite athletes since 1991 when Paraic became a full time coach educator, active in cycling research. Paraic’s interest in cycling biomechanics and physiology was fuelled by his involvement with the human performance lab at Trinity College in Dublin. Paraic studied with the French Cycling Federation and earned his National Coaching and Training Center coaching tutor certification in 1994. Paraic has a passion for technology and education which was influenced by working for Intel's training department in the U.S. and Ireland.
Paraic relocated to the US in 2000 and has been heavily involved in cycling fitting technology and education.
Paraic was one of the key development staff in the eSoles Custom Footbeds before joining SICI in 2008 as their Director of Cycling Sciences.
Jules and Phil (Cyclefit) worked with Paraic on all of the European SICI classes. Most recently Paraic moved to start a state of the art cycling performance facility with a wind tunnel, retail, physical therapy, performance testing, cutting edge bike fitting and training recovery suite. FASTER is located in Scottsdale Arizona.
Dr Nigel Stephens
Nigel wowed the audience at one of our recent Evening Sympoisums
to the point that we had to include him in the ICS somewhere. Somewhat off-message though he will be.
Dr Nigel Stephens MBBS BSc PhD FRCP
Consultant Sports Cardiologist
Nigel completed his undergraduate training and Kings College Hospital (1979 -1988) and postgraduate training in Cardiology at Hammersmith Hospital and Papworth Hospital Regional Cardiac Centre Cambridge (1991 – 1996).
During his time at Cambridge University Nigel was a Lecturer in Clinical Medicine (1992 – 1996). Since that time, Nigel has been a Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director of Cardiac Services Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust and is a Consultant Cardiologist at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust.
Nigel has a number of subspecialty interests including Sports Cardiology and Nigel was the Consultant Cardiologist to the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology at the Olympic Medical Institute from 2001-9 providing unique national resource of specialist evaluation for athletes with cardiac disorders. In addition, Nigel has a significant interest in interventional cardiology.
Having developed the coronary angioplasty service at Northwick Park Hospital in 2004 there are now >1200 cases performed with Clinical Outcomes superior to national norms. Nigel is a member of Imperial NHS Trust pioneering primary angioplasty service for acute myocardial infarction.
Lifelong club level athlete. Schoolboy/Junior/Espoir/Senior cyclist until age 26 when an 80 hour working week curtailed training. Then X-country runner (Middlesex silver medallist). Back to cycling age 40. Still 2nd Cat. Short 20 for a 10, short 52 for a 25. National silver medal in LVRC 40+ Road Race champs this year. Regular podiums in open TTs.
Dr Katrina 'Kit' Vogel MS, DPT
Katrina 'Kit' Vogel was described as one of the “rock stars of cycling science” in VeloNews in 2007. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at USC and MS in Biomechanics/Human Movement & Performance at WWU. She is the Director of Education for Bike Fit Systems, teaches clinically-based bike fitting classes and guest lectures in Biomechanics for the University of Wash PT Department.
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Southern California
Masters of Science in Biomechanics/Human Movement & Performance
Teaches clinically-based bike fitting classes to physical therapists/clinicians throughout the country (16-18 CEUs/class)
Actively performs bike fits in clinical settings and bike shops
Guest lecturer for University of Washington's Physical Therapy Program
Elite Cat 2 Track Cyclist
Consults in Research & Design in the Outdoor & Cycling Industries (including Women-specific Designs)
Quoted as being one of the "rock stars of cycling science" per Velonews regarding SICI 2007