“Having spent years as an athlete with British Cycling, I was aware of the amazing facilities that MIHP had to offer. I needed somewhere ‘World Class’ for the athletes to train and MIHP was a perfect environment to help them to push themselves as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.”
Liam Phillips, 30, is a professional Cycling Coach who visited The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP) with five of his athletes in preparation for the 2019 UCI BMX World Cup Series, World Championships and ultimately, Tokyo 2020.
His athletes are ‘stagiaires’ (extremely talented upcoming riders) at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland and are from a variety of countries.
As part of their performance programme, they used the Strength & Conditioning Gym, which formed a large proportion of their off-season preparation. They also took advantage of the full range of recovery facilities prior to the first World Cup of the season, which was held in Manchester.
Liam commented: “Having spent years as an athlete with British Cycling, I was aware of the amazing facilities that MIHP had to offer. I needed somewhere ‘World Class’ for the athletes to train for almost two months, and MIHP was a perfect environment to help them to push themselves as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.
“The whole experience was brilliant! The Head of Human Performance, Rachael, was extremely accommodating throughout. She understands high performance and that plans change; she made booking, adapting and re-booking easy!
“The Strength & Conditioning Gym has everything required to prepare for World Class sport. It isn’t cluttered with useless equipment, and is a fantastic place for athletes to improve all aspects of their performance. On behalf of myself and the athletes, thank-you to the team at MIHP for accommodating us throughout the training camp – we hope to return soon!”