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Pedal Power: The Science of Cycling

Professional road-racing cyclists are among the fastest humans on the planet. But what does it take to propel them to such speeds?

Coinciding with the publication of the latest edition of 'The Road Book', the world’s most comprehensive guide to World Tour cycling statistics and race reports, the book’s editor Ned Boulting delves into the science behind the sport.

The discussion will explore the rigours that the human body endures to withstand the punishing World Tour season, examining the physiology, biomechanics and nutritional needs of elite riders.

We will also cover the physics, engineering and cutting-edge materials science involved in creating the perfect racing machine, and take a close look at data. With access to more information than ever before, how are riders analysing their performance, and how are teams using data to gain a competitive edge over their rivals?

Speakers on the night include:

  • Ned Boulting—Lead Tour de France Commentator for ITV, best-selling author, and editor of 'The Road Book'.
  • Michael Hutchinson—Professional cyclist and award-winning author of 'Faster' and 'Re:Cyclists: 200 Years on Two Wheels'.
  • Jamie PringleHead of Science and Technical Development, Boardman Performance Centre
  • Josie Perry—sports psychologist and head of Performance in Mind
  • Alan MurchisonMichelin-starred chef to the British Cycling team, author of The Cycling Chef and founder of Performance Chef 
  • Paul BarrattHead of Performance Support and Innovation, Team INEOS

Please note: this event will be followed by a book signing of 'The Road Book' with Ned Boulting and Michael Hutchinson in the IMAX Cinema.

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