World Congress of Cycling Science

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE TOUR DE FRANCE


Congress Dinner

We are fortunate to have secure three world-class speakers for our Congress dinner, Michael Hutchinson, Tim Moore and Marco Pinotti. Between them they will take a lighthearted look at what is required to ride a Grand Tour, with insight from the perspective of both an amateur and professional cyclist. The Congress dinner is charged at £40 for a three-course meal and wine. To book your place register via the ‘registration’ link on the Congress website. If you have already registered for the Congress, but would subsequently like to add the dinner, please enter the promotion code 'Dinner' on the initial registration page that will enable you to select the dinner only.

 

Marco Pinotti

Marco Pinotti is an Italian former road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013. An individual time trial specialist, Pinotti was a six-time Italian Time Trial Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013). As an amateur he won 28 races before turneding professional in 1999 with the Lampre-Daikin team. He won the Grand Prix d'Europa in 1999 together with his teammate Raivis Belohvoščiks and the 5th stage of the 2000 Tour de Pologne. In 2001 he finished second in stage 15 of the Tour de France behind Belgian Rik Verbrugghe. The 2003 season brought some victories as he won the 4th stage in the Tour of the Basque Country and the King of the Mountains classification. His specialty is in individual time trials. Pinotti joined the Spanish team Saunier Duval-Prodir team in 2005. He won the Italian National Time Trial Championship in 2005. Pinotti came second to Luca Ascani in the 2007 Italian National time trials but Ascani was found to have tested positive for EPO and Pinotti was awarded the jersey. Pinotti retained the title in 2008. At the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Pinotti placed second in stage six to Spoleto and took over the leader's pink jersey. He held it for four stages. In 2008, he won the final stage time trial, and again in 2012. In 2009 and 2011, he helped his teams win the team time trial. The result in 2011 helped him take over the pink jersey for one day. In 2008, Pinotti joined team Highroad, which became Columbia HighRoad in 2009 and HTC-Columbia in 2010. Pinotti joined the BMC Racing Team for 2012 following the disbanding of the HTC-Highroad team. At the end of the year, he released a book, The Cycling Professor. In October 2013 Pinotti announced that he would retire from racing after competing in the Tour of Beijing and Chrono des Nations, transitioning to a position in the Sports Science division of BMC Racing Team.

  

Tim Moore

Travel writer and over-ambitious amateur cyclist Tim Moore is the author of nine books, amongst them the best-seller French Revolutions, an account of his ride round the Tour de France route which the Sunday Times hailed as ‘one of the funniest books about sport ever written’. His latest is Gironimo!, a BBC Radio 4 book of the week describing an attempt to retrace the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia, on a 1914 bicycle with wooden wheels and wine-cork brake blocks.

  

Dr Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson is a racing cyclist and writer who has represented both Great Britain and Ireland at events including the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Michael's specialty is the individual time trial in which he currently holds the UK records for 25, 30, and 50 miles and is a previous holder of the 10 and 100-mile records.

Originally an academic, with a PhD in International Human Rights from Cambridge, Hutchinson spent a year researching and teaching Law at the University of Sussex before pursuing a career as a pro cyclist, and subsequently as a writer. His book The Hour, about his unsuccessful attempt on the world hour record, won him the Best New Writer award at the 2007 British Sports Book Awards. Michael’s new book, Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists, he looks at the things that make riders go faster - training, nutrition, the right psychology - and explains how they work, and how what we know about them changes all the time. He also looks at the things that make riders slower, and why, and how attempts to avoid them can result in serious athletes gradually painting themselves into the most peculiar life-style corners. Michael is also a regular cycling broadcaster and analyst for Eurosport and the BBC. 

  

 

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Last Updated: 30/06/2014