BBSRC is sponsoring a public engagement event at the University of Kent's World Congress of Cycling Science (WCCS) conference, taking place today and tomorrow in Leeds, before the city hosts the start of the Tour de France 2014.
The conference will explore the science behind elite cycling performance, with a particular focus on the Tour. The programme includes a unique elite cycling experience for more than 100 primary school children today (July 2) and a rare opportunity for the public to learn about the science behind the Tour de France at a free public engagement event on Thursday, sponsored by BBSRC.
This UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) endorsed event has so far attracted many of the world's leading sports scientists, cycling coaches, riders and medical practitioners.
Tinkoff-Saxo rider Nicolas Roche and cycling legend Brian Robinson - the first British rider to finish the Tour de France (1955) and win a stage (1958) - will launch the conference.
Professor Louis Passfield, WCSS co-organiser and Head of Kent's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said: "I am delighted the BBSRC has offered to support this conference and in particular the public engagement event. We are looking forward to an outstanding two days of discussions and talks from world-leading experts on virtually every aspect of science behind the Tour de France. We have a full house for the events, which will provide a stimulating environment for researchers at the University of Kent to discuss the latest findings with our colleagues around the world."