World Congress of Cycling Science


Keynote speakers

Dr Mario Zorzoli

A graduate of the Geneva School of Medicine at the University of Geneva in 1991, and a specialist in Internal Medicine in 1999, Mario Zorzoli is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the UCI (International Cycling Union), since 2001. Previously working as an intern and supervisor in several Swiss hospitals and in the Lausanne University Out-Patient Clinic, Dr Zorzoli joined the UCI in 1999, as part of a mandate between the UCI and the Lausanne Institute of Forensic Medicine. Dr Zorzoli serves as Chairman of the ASOIF Medical Consultative Group, is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Sports Medicine, and is a member of the WADA (World-Anti Doping Agency) Working Group on Blood Parameters.


Dr Peter Hespel, KU Leuven Belgium

Peter Hespel obtained his Ph.D. degree in exercise physiology at KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1987. In 1988-1989 he was a post-doc at the August Krogh Institute (University of Copenhagen) where he worked on regulation of glucose and glycogen metabolism in skeletal muscles during contractions, under the supervision of Erik Richter. Thereafter he obtained a tenured position in exercise physiology at K.U.Leuven. His teaching responsibilities include courses in exercise physiology and sports nutrition to students in physical education, physiotherapy and sports medicine. His research interests focus on regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, sports nutrition and nutritional supplements, as well as training and performance in elite cyclists. He has published about 130 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the field of exercise physiology and sports sciences. He participated in expert panels on sports nutrition by the I.O.C., F.I.F.A., and I.A.A.F. Peter Hespel also is the director of the Athletic Performance Center at KU Leuven. He is consistently involved in training and nutritional follow-up of elite athletes, primarily elite cyclists and triathletes. He is connected as a scientific consultant to the OmegaPharma–QuickStep protour cycling team, the Belgian Cycling Association, as well as the Belgian Olympic Team.


Dr Iñigo Mujika

Iñigo Mujika earned Ph.D.s in Biology of Muscular Exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (University of The Basque Country). He is a Level III Swimming and Triathlon Coach and coaches World Class triathletes. His main research interests include training methods and recovery, tapering, detraining and overtraining. He has performed extensive research on the physiological aspects associated with performance in professional cycling, swimming, running, rowing, tennis, football and water polo. He received research fellowships in Australia, France and South Africa, published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals, four books and 30 book chapters, and has given 220 lectures and communications in international conferences and meetings. Iñigo was Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2003 and 2004. He was Head of Physiology and Training at Euskaltel Euskadi in 2005 and 2013, and between 2006 and 2008 he was Head of Research and Development at Athletic Club Bilbao professional football club. Iñigo was Physiology consultant of the Spanish Swimming Federation in the lead-up to London 2012. He is now Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Associate Researcher at Finis Terrae University in Chile, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.


Charly Wegelius

Finnish-born Briton Charly Wegelius began his career with the now defunct Linda McCartney team. Wegelius has spent the majority of his career riding for Italian teams and became a successful mountain domestique. Wegelius was a pure climber; he was strong enough to lead a team but rode most of his career in support of others. Wegelius joined the Silence-Lotto team in 2009 provided much-needed support for Cadel Evans who was woefully abandoned by his team-mates in the mountains in the 2008 Tour de France. Joining Silence was a natural progression for the Wagelius, after forming a close relationship with Silence directeur sportif Roberto Damiani whilst at Mapei. In 2011, he joined the Pro Continental UnitedHealthCare team. 
Wegelius announced his retirement from competition at the end of the 2011 season to take up a job as directeur sportif at Garmin-Cervelo (now Garmin-Sharp) in 2012, a position he still holds.


Dr David Martin

David received his B.Sci. degree in Zoology from the College of Idaho, his M.Sci. degree in Exercise Physiology from Northern Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Physiology  from the University of Wyoming.  Before beginning doctoral studies, David worked as a research assistant at the United States Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs Colorado.  Master’s research focused on stability of the “Anaerobic Threshold” training intensity and doctoral research was aimed at better understanding peaking, tapering and overtraining in cyclists.  David is currently a senior sports physiologist working within the Department of Physiology at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and is also the National Sport Science Coordinator for Cycling Australia. Sport science support for Australian Cycling teams has been provided by David in the lead up to the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.  David has more than 60 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters and articles in popular cycling magazines.  As an advisor to Olympic coaches and athletes David is very interested in winning environments and techniques that help athletes reveal their full potential. David is also currently sports scientist for Orica Green-Edge Pro Cycling Team.


Dr Ross Tucker

Dr Ross Tucker is a senior lecturer with the University of Cape Town's Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) unit and consultant scientist to the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He obtained a PhD in exercise physiology in 2006, studying pacing strategy and the limits to exercise performance, where he developed a model for the anticipatory regulation of exercise by the brain. He also obtained a post-graduate diploma in sports management, and worked for three years in sports sponsorship before returning to research in 2010. He currently researches the physiology of elite athlete performances, fatigue, barefoot running and talent identification. He is the creator and author of The Science of Sport website, The Runner's Body book and has contributed to numerous international news publications, including The New York Times, Guardian (UK), Washington Post and Times (SA), where he translates sports science for the public. In 2013, he was named as one of the 200 Most Influential Young South Africans by the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa.

Ulrich Schoberer

Ulrich Schoberer obtained his degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Fachhohschule in Aachen, Germany, in 1986. An avid amateur cyclist, he spent years trying to find a way to measure an athlete's power output while cycling under real conditions. In 1986, Uli developed and later patented the SRM Training System which mounted a PowerMeter in the crankset with a PowerControl on the handlebar to show an athlete's power in watts. Training with power began. Founded on the principles of precision, innovation, durability and quality, SRM has set the gold standard within the power measurement industry.  For the last 25 years SRM has developed the finest scientifically tested power measurement products for cyclists all over the world.  These are the ideal products for individuals who understand that power data is critical in developing fitness and race strategies.  As innovations in bicycle design and technology have expanded, so too has SRM's capacity to continuously design new crank-specific power measurement devices that are compatible with today's most popular cranksets and frames.

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche is an Irish professional cyclist with UCI World Tour team Tinkoff-Saxo. He is a former Irish National Road Race Champion and is the son of Stephen Roche, a former World Champion and winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. The Roche family is renowned in cycling circles. Two of Nicolas’s uncles are former professionals while his cousin Dan Martin currently rides for the UCI World Tour team Garmin-Sharp. His mother Lydia, sister Christel and younger brothers Alexis and Florian also play a big part in his career and are among his biggest fans. His decision to pursue a career in professional cycling surprised his family who encouraged him to continue with his studies. However Nicolas’s mind was made up and his determination took him to the elite French amateur club VC La Pomme in Marseille. His aggressive riding and impressive results at the club and on the Irish National Team soon caught the attention of a number of professional teams and he realised his ambition in 2005, turning professional with Cofidis. He continued to progress as a talented all-round rider with the French based Credit Agricole and AG2R La-Mondiale teams and is now regarded one of the most consistent riders in the peloton with an ability to achieve top ten finishes in both one day races and stage races. Nicolas has ridden in the Beijing Olympics, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. However his significant breakthrough came in his first Tour de France in 2009 where he recorded 5 top ten stage finishes on his way to finishing 23rd overall.
Over the last few years Nicolas has continued to develop as a rider and in 2013 he signed for Team Saxo-Tinkoff. He has supported teammate Alberto Contador in last year’s Tour de France and played a key role in helping the Saxo Tinkoff squad win the overall best team award. In September, Nicolas achieved his best ever finish in a Grand Tour race, securing a top 5 position in the three week Tour of Spain. His performance was even more impressive given he won an individual stage and became the first Irishman in 25 years to wear a race leaders jersey at a Grand Tour.




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Last Updated: 30/06/2014