Vicki Whitelaw has over 20 years’ experience as an Exercise Physiologist, Soft Tissue Therapist and Pilates instructor. She has worked with elite sportspeople including the Australian rowing, swimming and basketball teams and provided soft tissue services to the Australian Rowing team at the 2004 Athens Games.
Vicki holds a Level 2 cycle coaching qualification and spent time as an Associate Cycling Coach with the ACT Academy of Sport, particularly focused on talent identification.
Rounding out her experience, Vicki has also been an elite athlete, holding an AIS cycling scholarship in 2008 and then riding as a professional cyclist for the Vision 1 and Lotto Belisol teams in 2009-2011. Her strengths lie in time trialling and spring classic style racing. She represented Australia at four consecutive UCI Road World Championships in both the Road Race and Time Trial disciplines as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Vicki’s interest in bike fitting was first sparked by the bike fits and aerodynamic wind tunnel testing that she experienced as a professional athlete and her first hand experience of how important a good fit is to achieving performance and comfort on the bike. Her qualifications and experience in Exercise Physiology and cycle coaching provide Vicki with an insight into the science of bike fitting just as her qualifications and experience in Soft Tissue Therapy means Vicki can assess and address injuries caused by a poor bicycle fit.
Vicki also has qualifications specific to bike fitting, holding a bike fitting certification from F.I.S.T, the Fit Institute, SlowTwitch, which is run by Dan Empfield, the Publisher of Slowtwitch.com.
At Winning Position, Vicki aims to prescribe comfortable, injury free cycling positions that maximise performance. It is a process that involves addressing an individual’s biomechanics, the bike and the interaction between the two. For further details about what a Winning Position fit involves see here.