The New Pro Model – Own Your Position
After withdrawing from front-line Pro Tour Team duties, we expected to have a quieter time of it with professional riders. But maybe by accident or happenstance, our retirement from team duties seemed to correspond with a new prevailing attitude amongst upcoming younger riders to ‘own their position’. They don’t necessarily feel constrained by their existing team structure and would rather own ‘their own fitting’ themselves, on their own time and dime. Between July of 2016 and September 2017 Cyclefit conducted over a hundred Cyclefit sessions with professional riders! And the so the news spreads through the peloton. One exceptionally well-known rider explained: “Bike-fitting is a private conversation for me to have with you. It is for me to come to you and consult you at your best in your optimal working environment. Why would I not do that?”
We are now seeing professional riders switch professional teams and yet still keep their arrangement with us. They like the familiarity of dealing with the same people, in the same place and being able to control the entire process themselves and control their own data. They are the client. It is not unusual to see a professional three or four times per year, more if they are having orthotics from Mick Habgood. They come to the session with a list of things that they want to work on – maybe they are changing shoe or pedal sponsors or maybe they want to try a different saddle or crank length? They know Cyclefit is completely brand agnostic. We want the best technical solution for their needs, regardless of commercial considerations. For them we are an impartial laboratory, that they can control, that gives them real-time metrics and data on their position. They come with questions that they want closed off with hard facts and data. For example –
Q. “Why is that new saddle giving me uncomfortable pressure?”
A. Because you are front-loading to the tune of 1100 millibars of pressure.
There will maybe another saddle in the new sponsor’s range that suits them better. Or maybe their position needs to change around a new saddle, pedal or shoe choice. Look at the little clip below with Elinor Barker working with Phil and Dan (physio). It is almost impossible to go into that much detail at any team camp, partly because of time constraints but also because of technology constraints. In this clip we are linking pedal-scanning, motion-capture and pressure-mapping, that is being assessed by Elinor, Phil and Dan, in a quiet dedicated session that lasted over three hours! The new generation of professional cyclists are choosing to view Cyclefitting as a personal and continuous consultation, not a mass participation event at a team training camp.