Seminars to boost the MAMIL’s cycling knowhow

Collaboration between Shutt VR and Sportstest

Attendees will also have the option to have a one-on-one session with Dr Palmer at a discounted rate

So-called “middle aged men in Lycra” can boost their cycling knowledge with the help of a series of seminars from Shutt Velo Rapide. The British cycle clothing company have teamed up with Dr Garry Palmer from sports performance company Sportstest to hold the bi-monthly events.


Dr Palmer, a sports physiologist and author of Cycling: Successful Sportives, says the sessions are designed to help both novice and intermediate riders grow their knowledge and fitness. “We noticed there was a gap in the market for 40-year-old riders to find an affordable programme to help them move from being a novice to sportive rider,” said Pete Bragg, managing director of Shutt VR.

“There are lots of books available that are either too high-level or too generic and this is leaving riders confused on what they should be doing. After listening to riders in our club, we decided it was time to put together a series of seminars for our customers, to help give them the direction they need to take their cycling to the next level.”

“The seminars will be suitable for riders of all abilities, across the widespread cycling disciplines,” added Dr Palmer. “Most riders these days are time-poor, and these sessions are designed to give athletes the tools needed to improve performance by focusing specifically on appropriate training techniques to help them achieve peak performance.”

They’ll be held at Shutt VR’s office in Brackley, Oxfordshire and will cost £25 each, with each of the three sessions limited to 10 attendees. The full schedule and topics covered are shown below. For more information or to book your place, click here.

 Full schedule

  • 16 November 2011 – Optimal preparation for performance
  • 25 January 2012 – Food for sport/food for thought
  • 21 March 2012 – Tools of the trade, using power or heart rate