International Cyclefit Symposium 2016

Posted by Julian Wall

14th - 15th November, Manchester University

Cometh the hour, cometh the Intelligence

This conference is special because it honours that all too frequent experience when all you have between you and the client’s expectation is collective experience and intelligence. All the speakers this year have been selected because they will contribute on an academic, medical or practical level to our fit intelligence. Sometimes to move forward with a subject you have to move around it. And in the case of bike-fitting that necessarily means drawing from other worlds and subjects: podiatry, psychology, anatomy, medical, academic, physiology, elite sports, to name a few.

ICS, Twinned with ISCO

ICS is now sharing the bike-fitting symposium responsibilities with our great friends, gebioMized, from Muenster in Germany. gebioMized ran a magnificent ISCO conference in November of 2015, with exciting speakers from all over the world. We therefore feel a huge responsibility to reflect and enhance the great work of both ICSand ISCO from 2012 to 2016.

Best Fitting Tool is One Between Your Ears

When we think of how ICS can best add to the group learning dynamic, it is focussing on The Intelligence of Fit. ISCO and gebioMized hugely impressive producing and discussing technology and its application in the realm of bike-fitting. And whilst Cyclefit has itself been the first to adopt and use most technologies in the UK, we are probably best known for our obsession with driving forwards the intellect of fitting and the medical and academic subjects that surround fit.

Technology Agnostic

We live in a time when we are often viewed and judged our level of technology – are you an Apple user or PC, iPhone or Android, Retul or Dartfish?

Judged by Intelligence

At Cyclefit we have been consistent through our 14-year history in refusing to be defined or judged by our technology. We use whatever we need to help the technician diagnostically and/or the client experientially. And if there is a complete power-cut, then Cyclefit will go on armed only with a candle and our collective intelligence. And that should always be enough. As it was once when Jules and Phil journeyed to France many years ago to work with a famous ex Tour rider who was having severe health problems. For one reason or another the Cyclefit session was conducted at dusk, in an old barn, down by a river, in the grounds of a magnificent old chateaux. They had no electricity and only oil lamps and torches. All the technology of the time (and there wasn’t much) was worthless. But they had each other, a willing client and ample time. Which proved enough to help the client continue to ride his bike until his health happily improved.

ICS Speakers

We are incredibly excited to have such illustrious Keynote Speakers as Professor Steve Peters and Graeme Obree! In truth all the speakers this year have been selected because they will contribute on an academic, medical or practical level to our fit intelligence. Sometimes to move forward with a subject you have to move around it. And in the case of bike-fitting that necessarily means drawing from other worlds and subjects: podiatry, psychology, anatomy, medical, academic, physiology, elite sports, to name a few.

Professor Steve Peters - Team GB/Team Sky

The Chimp Paradox - And how the human mind can reach optimum performance applied to all walks of life, even bike-fitting

Professor Steve Peters is CEO of Chimp Management Limited. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Elite Sport. He works with Liverpool Football Club, England Football and Sky ProCycling.

His career began teaching mathematics and then moved on to medicine. He has worked in the clinical field of Psychiatry for the past twenty years, including as Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Bassetlaw NHS Trust, culminating in working at Rampton Secure Hospital. Steve has been with the University of Sheffield as a Senior Clinical Lecturer since 1994, where he is now Undergraduate Dean of Sheffield Medical School. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Medicine and Medical Education (Masters Degree) and also postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, Education and Psychiatry.

Steve is a member of the Royal College and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations. He is a member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport and an expert witness to WADA (World Anti-doping Agency). He is author of the best selling personal development book ‘The Chimp Paradox’.

His specialist interest is in the working of the human mind and how it can reach optimum performance applied to all walks of life.

Graeme Obree - Legend

How did Graeme make the step from club cyclist to an international superstar of cycling? What attributes did he possess which pushed him above and beyond the ordinary and created a cycling legend?

Fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy comments: "Graeme is a genius in the true sense of the word. His uncanny ability to tackle problems from an angle that no-one else could have thought of, makes him a one-off. An original. He sees the world in a different way to us mere mortals and comes up with ideas and solutions which make you laugh, shake your head and say 'why didn't I think of that?!'"

Phil Cavell used Graeme at his keynote speech at gebioMized's ISCO Symposium in 2015 to prove his point that "humans didn't evolve to ride bikes". And that Obree used that universal truth to positively influence his own take on cycling biomechanics.

More about Graeme Obree

Dr Scott Drawer - Team Sky/British Cycling

Data in sport - Helpful or distraction?

Dr Scott Drawer is the Head of Sky Performance Hub and is currently leading a new project with TeamSky and Sky to investigate the development of unique concept around the exploration of human potential through sport and other creative domains.

Prior to this, he led a team of science and medicine staff across the player development pathway for England Rugby. His career started within the GB Olympic and Paralympic system – developing and leading the Research & Innovation programme across 5 summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Glenn Hunter - English Institute of Sport

Glenn Hunter is a Chartered physiotherapist and head of Athlete Health in the Research and Innovation team at The English Institute of Sport. Along with his R & I colleagues, his main role is to facilitate the 'top secret' development and delivery of new and novel ideas/approaches/equipment which have a performance impact in Olympic and Paralympic sport, working across more that 40 sports and 1400 athletes.Glenn is a recipient of the international HvU award for sports physiotherapy, which is awarded by the international federation of sports physiotherapy for outstanding achievement in this field. His PhD work is in Innovation and Design at the Royal College of Art in London.

Lotte Kraus - Gebiomized - Germany

Women are different - Are women different?

A talk about female specific movements patterns and why "gender specific" is not a term which should be use din biomechanics analysis.

Lotte Kraus holds a master degree in physiotherapy as well as several international certificates in physical therapy in the field of manual and sports physiotherapy. She upgraded her research skills during her masters degree at the Danube University Krems with evaluating the Center of Pressure in Cycling Optimisation.

Lotte is working as biomechanical researcher, educator and cycling analyst for gebioMized in Germany. She is well known as a specialist for biomechanical topics, athletic assessments and gender specific views in national and international publications.

In 2016, she supports several world tour cyclists on their way to Rio and the female world tour team Cervelo Bigla. Furthermore she is Jury Member of the Design&Innovation Award of the Enduro Magazine and the Eurobike Innovation Award.

Mick Habgood - BHSc BAppSc (Pod) MChS Biomechanical Podiatrist

Evidence for Bikefitting - What do we actually know from a scientific perspective?

Barney (@bgwainwright) is a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and provides services to athletes and sports organisations through his company, Sports Metrics Ltd. He combines his role in academia, carrying out cycling related research, with its’ practical application as a bike fitter, biomechanist, physiologist and aerodynamicist. Barney has an extensive history and wealth of experience of working with high performance athletes in a number of sports, and was a member of Team GB at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics. He helped developed Giant UK’s Powerfit bikefitting system, and also provides Aerodynamics testing at the Derby Velodrome via A core principle running through all of Barney’s work is the application of evidenced-based approaches to improving cycling performance.

Victor Calsamiglia - Cyclistlab

Lessons we can learn from the pursuit of performance excellence in professional music: A violinists perspective.

Victor is a bike fitter and CEO at Cyclistlab in Barcelona, Spain. Little known to most, Victor has also performed with a number of top orchestras in several countries around Europe and Asia as a professional violinist. Through the study of the violin and its fit during his 30 year musical career, he developed great interest in movement precision and performance in a closed chain. Victor got his Bachelors and Masters degree from the Koninklj Konservatorium The Hague (Netherlands), Conservatori del Liceu (Spain) and Universität für Darstellende Kunst Graz (Austria). As he did with quest to understand violin fit and playing, he went into bikefitting to find answers, solutions to overcome injuries and performance limitations.

In fitting either a violin or a bike, Victor believes teaching is crucial to develop better professional skills. He teaches at Cyclistlab Academy and is also involved in the Cyclefit Instructor Network for Trek Precision Fit.

Cyclistlab now has three locations in the Barcelona area, fitting cyclists of all levels including professional riders and IM triathletes. His education in bikefitting and biomechanics include diplomas from SICI (Serotta International Cycling Institute), Cyclefit UK, Custom4us, Retül University, and more recently Resistance Institute and Muscle Academy in Barcelona.

ICS 2016 Unplugged

The Intelligence of Fit

ICS Unplugged format is simple. Between the formal lectures we will have well known fitters from all over the world, hold the floor with nothing between them and their client except critical reasoning, experience and creativity. We want these sessions to be exciting, dynamic, loud and interactive.

We expect every unplugged fitter to also plug us straight into their stream of consciousness. Every thought and insight made verbal in real time.

The rules of engagement are simple:

  • 20 minutes Max
  • Client unseen beforehand
  • No technology other than Fit Cycle and physio table
  • Audience participation encouraged
  • We want to encourage conceptual discussion points about each fit

We are excited to announce the line up for ICS Unplugged 2016!

Paraic McGlynn - Cyclologic

Paraic McGlynn, a native of Ireland, has been coaching and working with elite athletes in Europe and the US since the early nineties. A former Cat 1 cycling racing career transitioned into coaching and sports biomechanics, sports science and sports performance analysis. After graduating from a national coach education program, he became a fulltime educator, studying with the French Cycling Federation and completing his National Coaching and Training Center tutor certification in 1994.

Paraic has a passion for technology and education influenced by working for Intel’s training department in Ireland and the United States and has a Graduate Qualification in Corporate Training and Development. In 2000, Paraic relocated to the US and became co-owner of a retail store in Arizona. He worked to develop a more scientific approach to bike fitting, sports orthotics, and developed cycling motion analysis methodologies. Prior to founding Cyclologic, Paraic was a director of Serotta’s SICI Fit school and was active in the development of the world’s first Cycling Specific Wind tunnel.

Paraic is the lead Trek Precision Fit instructor for North America. Cyclologic supplies technology to the global Precision Fit program and consulting services for Trek Bicycles. Paraic is a bike fitter and performance analyst for Trek Segafredo.

Jon Iriberri - Custom4Us

Jon Iriberri is working as a 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 in Spain.

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, one of more active cycling bio mechanics businesses of Europe. Jon has lead 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!

Julian Wall - Cyclefit

Julian has worked in the bicycle industry since 1990. He has raced bikes in practically every way humanly possible. Julian is a qualified masseur and also personally coached Jenny Copnall from handy aspirant to potential National Championship (MTB 2003).

Julian has trained at the Serotta Academy in New York and also under Paul Swift from Bike Fit systems.

Julian is a European SICI Fitting Instructor and Trek Fit Services Instructor. Co-Founder of ICS with Phil.

Curtis Cramblett - Revolutions in Fitness

A Licensed Physical Therapist (LPT) for over 20 years, Curtis holds a BS in Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy from Ohio University and is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) with the Institute of Physical Arts. He teaches postgraduate Physical Therapy classes as well as bicycle fitting classes throughout the US and internationally.

Curtis is an expert at identifying and addressing musculoskeletal dysfunctions, and is an adviser to the Garmin-Cervélo Professional Cycling Team on bike fitting and physical therapy. He has also provided these services to numerous Olympic, professional and elite athletes including cycling, triathletes, Olympic speed skaters and professional golfers,

An avid cyclist for more than 20 years, he is a nationally competitive mountain bike racer and races road bikes regionally. He has also ridden several multi-day long distance rides, including the 600-mile California AIDS Ride.

As Chair of Medicine of the Cycling Bike-Fitting panel from 2012, Curtis' philosophy is that Structure and Function are interdependent in the human form and he seeks to address both in his work.

Registration & Event Info


Manchester University, Barnes Wallis Building, Manchester, M1 7JA

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The University is in the center of Manchester, the nearest airport is Manchester Airport.

Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station is only five minutes walk away.


There are several hotels nearby, here are two recommendations:

Motel One

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa

As we are in Manchester there are plenty of bars and restaurants for evening entertainment. The speakers will be staying at the MacDonald Hotel.

Monday Night Reception at Cyclefit, 41 Newton Street, M1 1FT

About the author

Julian Wall, Co-founder

Co-founder, general manager, bike fitter and bike designer. Jules rides an Open U.P., Seven 622XX, Trek Top Fuel & a Trek Emonda SLR. Jules enjoys riding off-road on his U.P. and MTB racing. When he's not on his bike he tries to keep his garden under control, walks his dogs and enjoys nature.
Julian's Cyclefit bike-fit speciality is that he leads Cyclefit's work with professional teams and riders. In his element when he is calmly working through complex problems with someone whose livelihood depends on the outcome.

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