Saturday the 8th of December saw the second Performance Centre open day held at the world-class facility in Evesham. With the winter season well and truly upon us the day had a focus on winter cycling, covering things to do over this period to ensure you get the most out of your time on two wheels or the best way to prepare for the coming season.
Doors opened at 9 am followed shortly by the first facility tour by the man himself - Chris Boardman. Visitors were given exclusive access to our Physiology, Biomechanics labs, as well as a behind the scenes look at the UK’s first cycling-specific wind tunnel and what it takes to deliver such a unique centre.
Talks from Chris Boardman, the Performance Centre experts and TORQ Nutrition on subjects varying from sustaining endurance over the winter months to fuelling on the bike were well received, prompting a host of questions that the team were more than happy to answer.
Performance Centre lead physiologist Lee Eddens kicked off the day’s presentations with a look at cycling endurance and how the coming months should be viewed as an excellent opportunity to set yourself up for a great year of cycling. He discussed setting a physiological baseline and using this to create a focused training plan based on informed decisions.
Bianca Broadbent lead bike fitter and physio followed this with a look into optimising your contact points for power, primarily looking at the foot and pedal, saddle and saddle height and dispelling some of the common myths around how these should be set up.
Partner brand speaker Marcus Willday from TORQ Nutrition then gave a presentation on how to fuel on the bike and how the body reacts to exercise, the body’s ability to process and use carbohydrates and the best way to replenish these.
Chris Boardman took the midday spot and as expected the room was at full capacity. With a quick look at what winter cycling meant for him during his pro career, he quickly moved onto what cycling means to him now. From where he goes and what he enjoys about cycling, Chris discussed some of his recent cycling adventures, his passion for photography and combining the two.
Last but not least, Dr Jamie Pringle gave a presentation on aerodynamics and the association of power and position. Looking at some of the hour record attempts and with data from recent tests in the wind tunnel, Jamie gave insight into what effect your position on the bike has to your ability to create sustainable power.
As well as the talks and tours there was a host of industry-leading brands in attendance. Wattbike demonstrated their new ATOM smart trainer with a competition to see who could put out the highest power per kilogram figure.
Tacx showed visitors how to liven up those dark night turbo sessions with their new smart turbo trainers, structured training plans and high-quality training films. 4IIII Innovations showcased their precision power meters ensuring you get the most out of your training efforts. Karcher, the kings of cleaning, were on hand cleaning bikes with the new OC3 portable cleaner and TORQ and the Smoothie bike ensured everyone was hydrated and fuelled.
In the store, we had some fantastic deals on the day covering all the essentials for a winter of cycling as well as our competition to win a Boardman ADV 8.9, Tacx Flux Smart turbo trainer and a Physiology Performance session at the centre. We also had exclusive discounts on all Performance Centre services with those booking on the day being entered into a competition to win their session with Olympic Gold medallist, World Record holder and cycling advocate Chris Boardman MBE.
WHAT VISITORS THOUGHT OF THE OPEN DAY
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Boardman Performance Centre yesterday. The whole day far exceeded our expectations, and the staff were brilliant at answering questions, the tour of the wind tunnel facilities and the speaker’s sessions were also excellent. So pleased we made the effort to drive up from Newbury and will definitely visit again in the future. Many thanks for making it such a great day out.” - Warren & Clare Cox
“Great morning at the Boardman Performance Centre, awesome facility and looking forward to my Physiology Performance test in February.” - David Weir
"Thank you for a fabulous day (and the beer). Well worth the trip up from London. Looking forward to returning in February where I may post the worst physiological results you've ever seen! You've got to start somewhere." - Vanessa Denson
We would like to thank everyone that made the journey to the Performance Centre, we hope you had a great day with us and if you didn’t manage to attend we will be holding more open days in January and March next year, so hope to see you there.