HotChillee LONDON – PARIS 2018 Therapy Team

This week we take on our journey supporting the 2018 edition of the HotChillee LONDON – PARIS. The HotChillee LONDON – PARIS event is a 3 day event, with over 35o riders. The ride consists of 5 speed groups each supported by lead car, motorbike outriders, mechanic’s van and rolling road closures. Seeing the final […]

This week we take on our journey supporting the 2018 edition of the HotChillee LONDON – PARIS.

The HotChillee LONDON – PARIS event is a 3 day event, with over 35o riders. The ride consists of 5 speed groups each supported by lead car, motorbike outriders, mechanic’s van and rolling road closures. Seeing the final leg of the event, arriving into Paris the day before the Tour De France! A fantastic event and a pleasure to support riders in their journey.

2018 will mark our 5th year supporting the event and for this year we will have 8 therapists working tirelessly to keep all riders as injury free as possible all the way to Paris. We’re looking forward to getting on the road with the HotChillee team!

Below we take you through the Therapy team, providing you with names, faces, their relevant qualifications and favourite stretch!

Name: Tierney Maude 

Where are you from? Skipton, North Yorkshire 

What are your qualifications? BSc Sports and Exercise Science (Hons), Level 4 Sports Massage, Advanced Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation, Kinesio Taping and Personal Training. 

What are your hobbies? Cycling (road and mountain bike), running, swimming and crossfit/gym. Basically anything that involves moving! 

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? I’m unsure – it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. At 16 I did a course in Swedish Massage and loved it! Then when I graduated from University, and got my first job (doing something completely different), I met a wonderful friend, who was a Sports Massage Therapist. She was excellent and basically my inspiration, to continue my studies and follow my passions. 

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? I love working within a large team and learning new techniques and skills from each other. I also love the fact that we travel the world and get to help people achieve their goals. Just cheering people on during the day and waving riders off gives me goose bumps. This London to Paris marks my 7th one, and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it!

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Try and rest up prior to the event. Keep hydrated throughout. Start your day with a 10/15 minutes of mobility and finish your day with 15 minutes of stretching. Then if you’ve got a niggle, don’t persist, please chat to us straight away. 

Your favourite stretch? Banded hamstring stretch. 

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? My Pulseroll Foam roller and trigger point ball, mini bands and hydro tabs (massage can be sweaty work!). 

Name: Tom Troughton 

Where are you from? Born in Switzerland, raised in York 

What are your qualifications? Final year Physiotherapy student, Level 3 massage qualification, K-tape qualification and Sports taping qualification 

What are your hobbies? Cycling, running, hiking

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? Through my training as a Physiotherapist, I picked up the opportunity to complete a sports massage qualification which has been crucial in developing my Physiotherapy skills in a more hands on approach to treatment. 

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? Being surrounded by like minded people who live and breathe cycling is incredible. I also love that I can play a small part in helping amazing people reach their goals.

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Have a bite and a sip every 15-20mins when riding. If you’ve got a niggle, don’t put a brave face on and battle through – come see us! Stretch before and after the ride – especially after. Sleep is key. 

Your favourite stretch? 4 point stretch for your glutes.

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Yorkshire Tea – absolute godsend. 

Name: Gary Jones

Where are you from? Anglesey, North Wales 

What are your qualifications? Level 3 Sports Massage, Medical Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation, Level 1 & 2 Rocktape, Level 4 Strength & Conditioning Coach and I’ve recently Completed my Honours in Nutrition at MNU Uni.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy various activities such as walking, going to the gym, reading, socialising with friends and family.

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? I was already working as a nutritionist and fitness coach, from working as a coach I found that recovery was just as important as the exercising, I wanted to offer a different service to my clients so trained as a sports therapist.

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The smiles on all the riders faces when they complete the ride. Also getting to see different parts of Europe.

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Make sure you enjoy the experience and keep hydrated.

Your favourite stretch? Lunging Hip Flexor Stretch

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Acupuncture needles, always popular on the cycle trips.

Name: Luke Maude

Where are you from? Bradley, North Yorkshire

What are your qualifications? Level 4 sports massage therapy, OMT Spinal Manipulation.

What are your hobbies? Fell running, cycling and swimming

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? Always been keen about sport and looking after myself and wanted to get involved after seeing the benefits of sports massage first hand.

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The wide variety of people you get but also the great support that follows through with each and everyone.

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Eat plenty, drink when you need to drink, always stretch morning and evening

Your favourite stretch? Pigeon pose

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Spikey ball and resistance band

Name: Megan Aitchison (Meg)

Where are you from? Originally from Farnham, Surrey, but now live in Kilburn, North West London.

What are your qualifications? Level 4 Sports Massage, UKA Assistant Athletic Coach and BA (Hons) Events Management.

What are your hobbies? I used to compete to a National level in the 400/800m but now have a little more focus on cycling!

What got you started in a career as a Sports Massage Therapist? My Mum was a Sports Masseuse as we were growing up. She came in very handy before races and throughout training. She always wanted to help, so I’d like to do the same!

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? I enjoy that multi-day cycling events can take you to the most remote and quaint locations, it’s a little bit of peace among the buzzing event life!

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders?My advice will always be to get enough sleep, nap wherever you can!

Your favourite stretch? Hamstring stretch on the side of the counter while making a cup of tea!

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? I will always have my trusty baseball to roll on. 

Name: Fiona Brook

Where are you from? Ilkley 

What are your qualifications? BSc Psychology, BSc Physiotherapy – one year to go!! Level 3 Sport Massage

What are your hobbies? Running, cycling, horse riding, skiing, walking – anything outdoors!! 

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? I completed a Sports Massage course at the end of my first year studying Physiotherapy. It has given me the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience, which is essential for when I quality next year. 

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The atmosphere! 

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Keep well hydrated and fuelled…and remember to ride on the right side of the road when you get to France 👍🏽  

Your favourite stretch? Forward lunge stretch – great for the hip flexors which can often get tight when you cycle. 

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Good quality massage oil and my watch. 

Name: Nathan Edmondson 

Where are you from? Leeds 

What are your qualifications? Level 3 sports massage therapy, 2nd year Physiotherapy at the University of Bradford

What are your hobbies? Running, cycling, gardening, being out in the country, yoga

What got you started in a career in sports massage? A natural progression from sports person to supporting the performance and progression of others

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The hard work, supporting others to reach their goals, and the camaraderie within the group of cyclists and support staff 

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Relax, and have fun!

Your favourite stretch? An evening yoga flow

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Snickers and a yoga belt

Name: Clemmie Forrester 

Where are you from? Hitchin, Hertfordshire 

What are your qualifications? Level 5 Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy 

What are your hobbies? Mountain Biking, SUP & #Camperlife 

What got you started in a career Sports Massage? Running a lot and getting injuries led me to research and then train in Sports Massage as I know that it works! 

What do you like most about supporting cycling events? The Crew always bring 100% and it’s great to know that you’ve helped bring the riders home safely and happy! 

What advice would you give to the London to Paris riders? Stretch, stretch, stretch at every stop and pre/post ride, it’s so important. 

Your favourite stretch? Got to be Glutes baby! 

What do you always carry in your therapy kit bag? Spikey ball 😊

 

Wondering what the HotChillee LONDON – PARIS is all about? Catch up with the video below (see if you can spot the Roadside Team!):

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