Talking to us about; where he started, dealing with Mosquito’s and working alongside other Roadside Therapists.
What was your introduction to Sports Massage?
I’ve been working as a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach for over a year, I felt I wanted to do more so decided to start a Level 3 sports massage course, this way I could help my clients on both sides and loved every minute of it.
When and how did you first get involved with Roadside Therapy?
When I was a student therapist I saw an advert on Facebook, Roadside Therapy were in need of a sports therapist for the Anglesey half marathon, I asked Tierney if I could get involved for some experience, it was a great experience to have as my first event.
What was it that made you want to be involved with Roadside Therapy?
Firstly I needed my event hours to go towards my diploma, Roadside Therapy helped me achieve this. Since then I have done a few events and they have all been great.
Tell us a little about the event:
Kings Cross Charity cycle event, raising money for Coram, one of UK’s children charities. Cycle to MAPIC have already raised £40,000, which is amazing. The money will help towards supporting the children.
Girona to Cannes (700km)
11-15 November 2016
Which event company?
Club Peloton (Great Crew!)
How many riders to support?
Which Roadside Therapist did you work with? What did you learn from them?
I worked with Claudia Chinnock, she was a great person to complete my first multi event with. We worked and got on with each other very well. Claudia showed me the in’s and out’s of a multi day event and bought me up to speed really quickly.
Can you give us a breakdown of your day whilst on the event?
6.00am: Wake up for breakfast
7.00am: start loading the vans with suitcases and day bags
Then I would do some taping for the cyclist before doing a morning Warm Up.
8.00am: Cyclist’s would head out and we would assist the crew in collecting the bike racks and head off out.
9;30/10am – First coffee stop: Get the Bike racks up ready for the cyclists to come in and do some quick treatments. Foam rollers out and area’s set up so riders can do stretches.
12:30/1pm Lunch stop: This would be the same set up. Assist the crew setting up food area, then set up our couches so we are ready for some more treatments.
Once riders are ready to depart, we would help by refilling water bottles, and making sure the riders are ready for the next stage.
Our crew van then would go ahead and setup at the hotel. Once at the hotel we would empty the suitcases out of the van, Set up our treatment room, using towels from the hotel and keeping some water close by. We would then check in with the mechanics and help unload everything into the bike room.
Once the cyclists arrived at the hotel, we would ensure we were ready at the front of the hotel, to do a 10 minute cool down session, with some stretches and an active cool down.
For evening treatment’s we would set up a waiting list. Placing any injured riders as a priority. We would go through our list, with each rider getting a 15 minute massage. We would have a short break for dinner, then continue to do treatments till about 10:30pm.
What was your most challenging issue on the event?
Getting bitten by the mosquitos whilst on the coffee and lunch stops 🐜
What advice would you to give to other therapists looking to do events with Roadside Therapy?
If you ever get the chance to work with Roadside Therapy at any event, take the opportunity. Roadside Therapy is a great company to work for and my journey has so far been great. Hopefully there will be plenty more to come.
The cyclists arriving at the finish line in Cannes and them giving me high fives as they cycled in!
What did you learn?
I loved every minute of it and I’ve realised it’s the type of work I would love to do more of.
Take home skills?
So many, all the experience gained! I can’t wait until the next event.
Want to leave some feedback for Gary? Want to know where he is based? You can pop over to his Therapist Listing page here: Gary Jones. You can also f0llow Gary by popping over to his business Facebook page at Anglesey Sports Therapy.