The Physical Performance Show: Phil Burt, Former British Cycling & Team Sky Cycling Physiotherapist ‘Cycling Fundamentals & Bike Fit’

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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.

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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
  • Transferring force
  • Riding more comfortably
  • Bike Fitness
  • Aerodynamics
  • Signs for being too high
  • Crank Length
  • Hand Numbness
  • Cleats
  • Saddle Sores
  • Neck Strain
  • Role of insert into cycling shoe
  • Skin Suits for Aerodynamics
  • Obsession with Data
  • Best Advice
  • Physical Challenge

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Twitter:  @PhilBurtInnov
YouTube: @philburt



“If we can get more people riding bikes comfortably, then that can be a sea change both environmentally and Healthwise.”
“Do we have to bring the bike to you or you have to move to the bike.”
“Earn the right to become Aero.”
“The ability to know when not to train, then when to train.” Best Advice
“Be honest with yourself.”
“Can you cycle with no hands.” Physical Challenge
“If you cycle, cycle happily!”

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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




People Mentioned

Sir Brad Wiggins – British former professional road and track racing cyclist
Chris Froome – British-Kenyan road racing cyclist
Darren Thomas – Cycle Revolution
Sir Chris Hoy –  British racing driver and former track cyclist
Geraint Thomas – British professional racing cyclist
Ben Swift – English professional track and road racing cyclist
Shona Halson – Associate professor of the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences – Ep 238 of The Physical Performance Show
Oli Willliamson – Senior Physiotherapist for British Triathlon and the English Institute of Sport – Ep 239 of The Physical Performance Show

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Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter) or @brad_beer (Instagram)

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