In episode 242 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Phil Burt, Former British Cycling & Team Sky Cycling Physiotherapist ‘Cycling Fundamentals & Bike Fit’ on this expert edition.
Phil Burt was the British Cycling head physiotherapist for 12 years and a consultant physiotherapist for team Sky Cycling for five years and across those years, the team’s collectively accrued more than 30 Olympic gold medals, 5 Tour de France victories and more than 100 World Championship victories. Phil consulted with the who’s who of world cycling across that time. Phil is now based in private practice, and he’s taking his many learnings to the world of cycling through his clinic, Phil consults with British triathlon and has authored two very successful books “bike fit” and “strengthen conditioning for cyclists”, he’s a UCI advisor on positional rules and also sits on the Redell World Advisory Board.
During this expert edition Phil shares around the concept of there not being an actual ideal bike fit but rather a bike fit window. The idea that human beings are adaptable and bikes are adjustable, the fascinating concept of micro adjusters and macro absorbers, the three pillars of bike fit, getting aero comfortable/sustainable and producing power. Phil discusses common cycling ailments, lower back pain, neck strain, numb hands and numb feet as well as what to do for the dreaded saddle sores.
There’s so much in this expert edition and heads up Phil issues arguably the most dangerous physical challenge for the week to date.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
Introduction to Phil Burt
The boom in cycling worldwide
Off Bike assessments and what should be considered
Riding more comfortably
Signs for being too high
Role of insert into cycling shoe
Skin Suits for Aerodynamics
Obsession with Data
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0:00 Start 2:40 Introduction to Phil Burt 5:30 The boom in cycling worldwide 8:55 Off Bike assessments and what should be considered 11:25 Transferring force 17:35 Riding more comfortably 20:20 Bike Fitness 27:26 Aerodynamics 35:10 Signs for being too high 37:00 Crank Length 42:34 Hand Numbness 46:30 Cleats 53:00 Saddle Sores 55:30 Neck Strain 1:02:00 Role of insert into cycling shoe 1:08:50 Skin Suits for Aerodynamics 1:13:35 Obsession with Data 1:16:30 Best Advice 1:18:15 Physical Challenge 1:25:25 Finish
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