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London bike fit specialists Cyclefit are hosting a two-day event next January with the aim to start a "forum into the relationship between the human body and a bicycle," according to one of the two founders of Cyclefit, Julian Wall.

"ICS is bringing guest speakers from around the world who are all in their own way leaders in their particular field," says Wall. "It will be the first occasion where all the disparate branches of cycling science and the fitting community can come together for a collective learning experience."

The star turn - at least outside the bike fitting community of practitioners, medics and academics - is Keith Bontrager, engineer and mountain bike founding father who coined the legendary and now oft-repeated phrase about bicycle components, "Strong, light, cheap...pick two."

Bontrager's particular subject for ICS will be "The Myth of K.O.P.S." (Knee Over Pedal Spindle) which he has long held strong feelings about but there will also be Dr Jeff Broker from the University of Colorado Springs on 'Pedalling Kinesiology' and Phil Burt from British Cycling and Team Sky on 'Elite Bike Fitting and Injuries' among eight others experts.

The main reason for organising ICS according to Julian Wall and his co-founder Philip Cavell is that, "Bike fitting is by its nature collaborative and broad-skilled; it has become very clear that it is much more effective and enjoyable to learn thoroughly an emerging subject by continually sharing knowledge."

They envisage some of the people who can benefit from the Symposium are:

  • Bike fitters
  • Cycling coaches
  • Manual therapists (physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths)
  • Associated medical community - podiatrists & sports physicians
  • Relevant academic community and researchers
  • Biomechanists with an interest in cycling
  • Cycling retailers especially working in performance sector
  • Bicycle and component designers

Price for the two days at London's Design Centre with complete access to all lectures and practical workshops is £500 inc VAT which includes post-symposium reviews and updates.


International Cyclefit Symposium speakers

Graham Anderson
  Balance Physiotherapy   'Bike-fitting - art, science or nonsense?'
Dr Jeff Broker
  Univ of Colorado Springs'Pedalling Kinesiology'
Keith Bontrager
  Bontrager/Trek          'The Myth of K.O.P.S.'
Phil Burt
  British Cycling/Team Sky'Elite bike fitting & injuries'
Todd Carver
  Retul                   'Motion based descriptors of dynamic bike fitting'
Alberto Fonte
  Fi'z:k Marketing Manager'Spine Concept - how human flexibility affects saddle choice'
Jon Iriberri
  Movistar Team/Custom4.us'Range of motion and pelvic rotation'
Paraic McGlynn
  Faster                  'Biomechanics, Biometrics & Drag – the cyclists balancing act'
Dr Nigel Stephens
  Consultant cardiologist 'Cycling versus the human heart'
Dr Katrina Vogel
  Bike Fit                'Pelvic Asymmetry and Effects on Lower Extremity Biomechanics of Cycling'


International Cyclefit Symposium London
January 25th - 26th 2012
The Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL

Details: cyclefit.co.uk