Elite mountain biker saddles up for students’ lab tests
Published: 17th November 2020
Degree level sports students at Cornwall College Camborne put theory into practice thanks to the visit of an elite cyclist.
Charlie Currie is an international 4x rider, which is a style of mountain bike racing where four bikers race downhill on a prepared track.
He has been to the last three world championships and is ranked highly in the senior national series as well as showing dominance in the junior section.
BSc Sport students at the College took Charlie through a maximal Ramp Test on the Watt Bike Pro and assessed his anaerobic threshold and VO2 max.
Charlie said it was a “great experience to have the BSc students running tests on me”.
“Following a year of essentially no competition, it’s great to have the opportunity to work out more targets, to ensure I’m in as good position as possible for when we can go racing again.”
BSc Sport Health and Exercise Science student at Cornwall College Camborne, Nick Headland, said having Charlie “who is an elite level athlete in to undertake vo2 max testing was in my eyes essential for learning.”
“As an aspiring strength and conditioning coach, being able to analyse the performance of someone competing at the top level allows me to compare their results to current journals testing athletes in similar sports.”
Curriculum Area Manager for Sport at Cornwall College Camborne, Louise Fletcher, said undertaking “real life physiological based testing helps our sports science students effectively understand how to conduct testing procedures correctly.”
“It gives the students a good insight into interpreting the data correctly. The testing is also beneficial for Charlie so he can monitor performance levels and provide insight into how he should train to improve performance.”