This year marks our 6th year supporting the annual The Legal & General Cycle to MIPIM with Club Peloton. With less than two weeks until we embark on our journey supporting the epic ride, we wanted to take the time to introduce the riders to the fantastic Therapy Team supporting the event.
The ride takes places over 6 days, with riders covering 1,500km in total. An epic journey, with each day split into 6 stages, with each stage covering 40-60km. Along with all the training and preparation for the event, each rider is also raising money for Coram. A fantastic charity which works tirelessly, helping vulnerable children to develop their skills and emotional health, to help them find them permanent, loving homes. 2019 also see’s the addition of the new ‘Italian Route’ which we’re excited to be part of.
Throughout the six days, we will have 7 therapists on hand. With 3 therapists working across each of the rides, via Folkestone or Portsmouth, and one therapist on the new Italian route. We’re aiming to keep all riders injury and as pain free as possible, until their final destination into Cannes!
For 2019 we’re excited to be partnering with SPORTTAPE. SPORTTAPE provides a range of tapes which offer unrivalled performance and value. We find it to be the winning formula for given our riders the support they need over long distance events.
We’re also proud to be partnering with the Australian massage lotion company, PREMAX. PREMAX provides a premium quality, medium resistance massage cream that is long lasting, wipes off easily, and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft. It’s a perfect medium for treatments on the Roadside, when the rider has to get back on the bike.
Have any questions or concerns prior to the event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Should you have an injury going into the event or just have any general worries that you’d like to chat to the team about, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to helping you from start to finish line 😊
THE FOLKESTONE ROUTE THERAPY TEAM
NAME: Clemmie Forrester
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: Just the once, but it left a lasting impression!
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Folkestone
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: Level 5 Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy and Cycle Injuries & Bike-fit.
A BIT ABOUT YOU: I love Mountain biking and try to get away in the Campervan whenever we can to explore the UK on two wheels. We have taken our bikes to New Zealand and hope to plan a Euro trip this Summer.
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Any yin yoga stretches to encourage tension in the body to let go.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings…. although everywhere and anywhere really.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: Spikey Balls baby!
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: The Food, the views and some sun ( fingers crossed ) and the people.
NAME: Joe Rainey
LOCATION: East Riding of Yorkshire
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: This will be my third cycle to MIPIM. It’s a tough event with lots of riders in need of treatment.
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2O19: Folkestone
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: My background is 1 to 1 personal training so this has stood me in good stead when it comes to stretching, corrective exercises and injury rehabilitation. I swayed from the gym side of things to begin my career in sports massage back in 2014 with a 12 month advanced diploma in London (LSSM).
A BIT ABOUT YOU: Being a keen cyclist myself, working on these types of trips is great fun! I can therefore relate to riders aches and pains and hopefully give them some helpful tips. I raced competitively in road cycling for a couple of years before hanging up the bike and jumping on the ‘gain train’. Lifting weights inspired me to learn more about the human body which lead me nicely into my current career path.
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Stretching out the hamstrings. So simple but so effective. Take your time with this one (upto 2 minutes) and use your breath to control the stretch. Exhaling as you take the stretch further.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Glutes! The foam roller is great for this as it focuses on ‘trigger points’ which can be slowing you down.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: So my kit bag will consist of foam rollers, oils, massage tool, tape, voodoo floss, spikey ball and trigger ball. Mobility tools are a life saver once you learn to use them properly.
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: Seeing all the riders roll into Cannes in the first bit of warmth (with a bit of luck). The ride can be pretty hard going with relentless wind, dark mornings and driving rain. So it’s a welcome relief after 6 days of riding to see the finish line.
NAME: Megan Aitchison
LOCATION: South East London
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU DONE MIPIM: This is second time round!
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Folkestone
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: Level 4 Sports Massage, UKA Assistant Athletic Coach and BA (Hons) Events Management
A BIT ABOUT YOU: I used to compete to a National level in the 400/800m but now have a little more focus on training for some criterium races in the summer.
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Sitting feet together adductor stretch (Frog legs), to open the hips out at the end of the day! You also get to focus on straightening your back after a day on the bike.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Try getting into the glute medius (higher up to the glute max), it will prevent lower back pain with the hours in the saddle.
THE TOOL YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: My baseball!
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: The beautiful villages we get to see on the coffee stops
THE PORTSMOUTH THERAPY TEAM
NAME: Erica Stone
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: This will be my third year working on cycle to MIPIM and I’m excited to be on the Portsmouth route again this year.
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Portsmouth
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: I have a Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy and I also do Acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping.
A BIT ABOUT YOU: I love sport! I work and train at a CrossFit Gym and really enjoy being able to train with other people. I also love snowboarding and try and get at least one snow holiday a year. I’m also a BIG fan of chocolate so you will more than likely see me snacking away whenever I get the chance 😝
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Hip flexors, calf and glute stretches – these areas are always getting tight for riders. The more you stretch and look after your body along the way the more you will enjoy the experience!
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Glutes – riders need the glutes to be working to give them some power and so they are not just relying on the legs. Legs can burn out much quicker if the glutes aren’t working. Quads & Calves – trust me your quads & calves will feel sore after a long day riding – keep these as healthy as you can by stretching and foam rolling to make the ride easier for yourself.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: Massage Cream, Kinesiology tape, Acupuncture needles, hot and cold gel, foam roller, lacrosse ball
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: Getting to see some familiar faces from the last few years and seeing new people take on the challenge!
NAME: Gary Jones
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: 2
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Portsmouth
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: I’m a qualified sports therapist, including acupuncture and spinal manipulation. I’m also a strength and conditioning coach and a nutritionist.
A BIT ABOUT YOU: I retired from playing football but missed being involved in sport, therefore I decided to get into working in the fitness and nutrition business and also working in corporate wellbeing. In my spare time I enjoy weight training, spending time with my family and I try to learn something new every day.
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Hip flexor stretch. With sitting on a bike for a few days, your hip flexors will get tight, it’s important to stretch them out in the evening.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Lower back, with riding for hours your lower back will also get tight so it will be important to keep on top of it.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: Acupuncture needles
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: Catching up with regulars who do the event as well as meeting new riders and help them get to Cannes safely.
NAME: Jen Holloway
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: Once, last year
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Portsmouth
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: I have a BSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation, Level 5 Diploma am in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage. Since graduating I have done numerous CPDs including medical acupuncture and Pilates.
A BIT ABOUT YOU: As I’m writing this I’m currently on a surf trip in Morocco and immediately after the MIPIM event for some well earns R&R I’ll be heading to Zermatt for a ski trip. I am open minded to all sports but my favourite ones are those that appreciate and respect nature and it’s surroundings.
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Iliopsoas Stretch, its long lunge position with spinal side flex. As cyclists and professionals you probably spend a large amount of your time in a seated position, which tightens up your hip flexors (Iliopsoas being the main culprit). This muscle has also been named the emotional muscle in our body and can cause a lot of back pain, so if you don’t have time or energy to do much stretching I believe this one will be the most beneficial.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: Unless you’ve been shown how, please avoid the lower back, start with the main muscle groups in your legs (quads, hamstrings and calves).
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: I love bringing all sorts of gadgets with me and it’s changed with every event so watch this space!
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: I love how social it is, I love meeting people from completely different lifestyles, interests and paces of life. I love the team I work with, it’s so fun and is a welcome change to running my small injury clinic in Anglesey.
THE ITALIAN ROUTE!
NAME: Tierney Maude
LOCATION: Skipton, North Yorkshire
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WORKED CYCLE TO MIPIM: This will be my 5th Cycle to MIPIM
MIPIM ROUTE FOR 2019: Bari route
SKILLS AND RELEVANT QUALIFICATION OR SPECIALIST SUBJECT: I have a BSc Hons degree in Sports and Exercise Science and Level 4 Sports Massage. Since qualifying in Sports Massage 9 years ago, I’ve included relevant CPD every year to keep up to date, so I’m also trained in Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation, Kinesio Taping and IASTM. I’m also a Level 3 Personal trainer, which I find useful for exercises prescription with clients.
A BIT ABOUT YOU: I love the outdoors and any exercise! My sporting journey started in the swimming pool, I still love the pool, but much prefer the outdoors and open water swimming. I’ve taken on a few long distance swims, several marathons, lots of mountain biking and road cycling. Last year I added the hilliest half IronMan in the UK to my list, so for 2019 I’m training for another but a slightly flatter version!
STRETCH YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO DO AND WHY: Anything to help open up and stretch your upper and mid back. I think the most common aches during Cycle to MIPIM tend to be upper backs and necks, and most of this is due to the holding the bike position for such a long time. As often as you can, try to stretch out your chest (pectoral muscles) and do nice shoulder rotations on the bike to help keep some blood flow and mobility through your shoulders.
AREA YOU’D RECOMMEND RIDERS TO FOAM ROLL AND WHY: The quads (front of the thigh) to help ease and aid recovery to one of the main muscle groups used on the bike. Another great area to self treat is the lattisimus-dorsi (the muscles under the arm pit), these muscles work really hard throughout the day, holding the bike position, so self treating this area can help relieve some upper and mid back pain.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL PACK TO HELP WITH RIDERS ACHES AND PAINS: My Trigger point foam roller, trigger point ball and larger Grid ball. Some mini bands for activation work, bands for stretching and IASTM tools for effective and quick treatment for larger areas (to also give my thumbs a rest!)
WHAT YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO ON THE EVENT: Being reunited with our therapy team! Spending time with others, having fun, seeing the scenery and exploring new places, whilst helping others achieve their goals and have a great time whilst doing it.