Takes the fundamental principles of Torke Cycling Body Positioning and looks at how these elements relate to the cyclist travelling over rough ground, exploring the unique needs of off road cyclists including XC Mtb, Enduro, Downhill and Cyclocross.

Course Outline

The course explores the unique needs of off road cyclists including XC Mtb, Enduro, Downhill and Cyclocross. Cycling off road creates a much wider range of challenges to the human body and also sees the cyclist encounter a greater variation of forces than any other genre of cycling.

  • Indepth knowledge of MTB/Off Rd position
  • Experience needed
  • Participant from all over the world
  • Small groups (max 10 people – Flanders, 4 people – Bath)
  • Theoretical and practical (50/50)

Torke Cycling Off Road Positioning takes the fundamental principles of Torke Cycling Body Positioning and looks at how these elements relate to the cyclist traveling over rough ground.

Course Outcome

The bike fitter will learn practical methods for assessing the cyclist’s ability to deal with off road forces as well as techniques for positioning the bicycle to best resolve the challenges for a given kind of off road cycling.

Due to the cyclist’s greater need to confidently handle a bicycle off road this course also offers an introduction to bicycle handling, geometry and component selection.

  • Control – comfort – performance and their relation
  • Variation in terrain
  • Muscle activation to keep balance

Course Length 1 day, can be combined with other 1 day courses

IBFI Credits 40

Course Cost 350Euro / £300 (10% discount for IBFI members in UK) / DK please contact

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Day 2: Torke Cycling Off Road positioning @nordicbikefit . An advanced course looking at applying Torke Body Positioning principles to off road cycling situations. We are interested in the physiological stresses that off road terrain imposes on a cyclist and how to best resolve these. When riding up steep mountain trails on dirt both traction and system inertia are significantly reduced. This results in cyclists having to remain seated to stop the rear wheel spinning out. However remaining seated at 12-16percent gradient often creates a significant postural stress on the cyclist. Photo 2 of the rider – see how he is pulling on the bars with his arms. What you don't see is the increased phasic hamstring activity as the quadriceps are working posturally to hold the position. (Leads to premature hamstring fatigue on extended steep climbs) In this case we managed to initially lower this stress with a T shape saddle (selle Italia L1) the wider, tighter radiused wings held the rider better than the Fabric. However we completely resolved the stress with an @sellesmpofficial Blaster with its tail rise. See the no hands picture, showing how the saddle improved postural stability at incline. On a bike used up/down steep gradients we also need to test the position for descending. This is largely about keeping the riders centre of mass into the feet whilst achieving neutral shoulder/arm extension for maximal control. Note the standing pictures, second one has the rider into underextension, and any forward shift of mass from hard braking or a drop off would be harder to manage as the shoulder cannot exert so much extension (foreward pushing) force in this position. The first 20mm longer position improved the riders shoulder strength and therefore control over the bike.

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Locations

Flanders Bikevalley  (+/- 50 minutes from Eindhoven Airport / +/- 120 minutes from Amsterdam Airport) / +/- 60 minutes from Brussels airport

University of Bath, Bath, UK (Nearest airport Bristol, nearest train station Bath Spa, direct link to Heathrow)

Nordic BikeFit, Copenhagen DK (Nearest airport Copenhagen)

Extra

Although the education is 100% independent of any tool or parts manufacturer in the education some techniques and products will be shown and demoed at Flanders Bike Valley

  • Products – Tools used
    • Gebiomized pressure mapping (foot + saddle)
    • Currex insoles
    • Bikefit wedges, pedals spacers, etc
    • Cobb saddles
    • Forza components
    • Bikesettings tools

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