Olympic Champion Jamie Staff visits Wattbike
Posted by Matt Moran on May 24, 2012
Jamie Staff, Gold medallist from the Beijing Olympic Games, came to visit us at the Wattbike Sport Science Lab yesterday in his capacity of USA Cycling Sprint Program Director. Having come through the British Cycling World Class Performance Programme, Jamie is no stranger to the Wattbike as an athlete but is now looking at how he can get the best out of the Wattbike as a coach.
Jamie took Gold in the Men's Team Sprint in 2008 alongside Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny and is widely regarded as the best 'man-one' of all time. Interestingly his background was in BMX (2006 World Champion no less) which has more in common with track cycling than may at first seem obvious - power being one of the common denominators.
USA Cycling is already seeing a number of its athletes using a Wattbike during training including Sarah Hammer and Jimmy Watkins. Jamie was keen to understand from our Sport Scientist, Eddie Fletcher, how he could get more out of the bike and improve his athletes through a greater understanding of our Expert Software.
The analysis available from Expert Software is invaluable given the micro-level of detail that can be analysed over such a short event - it's often the most marginal of marginal gains which brings the win in track sprinting.
Eddie pulled out a folder which contained Jamie's pedal technique from a few years ago, suffice to say it was spot on in terms of what we see from elite riders, i.e. the sausage shape - no surprises there!
We also discussed using the Wattbike with elite BMX riders and youth riders to see how USA Cycling would be able to progress their aims in that area.
Jamie is certrainly building towards Rio 2016 with his track sprinters and is using 2012 for experience for many of his athletes. British Cycling would be the first to admit that it takes a long time to build a successful programme and there's no doubt that Jamie has the skills, knowledge and passion to help USA Cycling acheive great things in future years. Wattbike will be proud to play a part in that.
Jamie also spoke to the press while he was with us and you can read the first of his thoughts on GB's Sprint Team going into London 2012 on the Daily Express website.