Retul founder Todd Carver to speak at Cyclefit Symposium
The purpose of this presentation is to educate cycling coaches, performance advisors, and retail professionals about how bike fit can help maximize the performance of a time trial cyclist. The information in this presentation will include observational, as well as data-driven fit techniques. This presentation will go in to great detail about how to create a fast and powerful position on the TT bike that is sustainable for a range of different levels of cyclists and triathletes. This presentation will include information from the Retul fit database as well as some recently published data on cycling aerodynamics
(LIM, A. C., E. P. HOMESTEAD, A. G. EDWARDS, T. C. CARVER, R. KRAM, and W. C. BYRNES. Measuring Changes in
Aerodynamic/Rolling Resistances by Cycle-Mounted Power Meters. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 853–860, 2011..
(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.