When the 236 professional cyclists hit the road at this year’s Santos Tour Down Under, they’ll have the benefit of professional team management, trainers, coaches, dietitians, physios and a host of other back up resources.
The hundreds of amateur riders and cycling enthusiasts who take to the streets this fortnight and every weekend as they pursue the Zen of cycling aren’t so lucky, so UniSA is presenting a special seminar to give them access to some of the latest professional and research knowledge about cycling performance.
Featuring leading academic experts in sleep, nutrition, training and recovery, and expert advice from former competitors and practicing physiologists, the seminar – The Science of Seconds – boosting your cycling performance will be held at UniSA’s Allan Scott Auditorium, City West campus from 5.30 pm on January 23.
Research leader from UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), Associate Professor Carol Maher says the 90 minute seminar will give everyday riders and people who are really serious about their cycling, access to the latest knowledge on improving performance, making exercise sustainable, the best nutrition, training regimes that give the best results and recovery tips.
“This will be of keen interest to cyclists, but the seminar will also fascinate anyone interested in the science of exercise, how the body works and how we can improve our performance,” Asoc Prof Maher says.
“We have a panel format so the audience will hear from all of our experts, including Dr Evangeline Mantzioris, UniSA, Sports dietitian; Dr Jamie Stanley, Senior Physiologist for the Australian Cycling Team; Michael Freiberg, Terrain Dynamics, Commonwealth Gold medallist & 2019 National Road Champion; Prof Danny Eckert, Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University and former pro-cyclist.
“We’ll cover a wide range of topics from the everyday, such as the best diet for training and the impact of caffeine on performance, right through to the weird and wonderful – carbohydrate mouth-rinsing and sleeping in high altitude oxygen tents.”
You can book your spot for The Science of Seconds – boosting your cycling performance through Eventbrite. Tickets are just $15 and include drinks and light refreshments.