WHO WE ARE?
MIGUEL ÁNGEL SÁEZ
Miguel Angel Saez is the founder of BikeTraining. A resident of Barcelona with a passion for cycling and training. Graduate in Physical Education from INEFC (The Catalan National Institute of Physical Education) and having a Masters in High Performance Sports from the Universidad Autonoma, Madrid and the Spanish Olympic Committee.
Miguel, in parallel, has collaborated with the School of Medicine of Physical Education and Sport from the University of Barcelona in the area of research and technical consultancy in cycling. He has also published numerous public articles in specialised publications in relation to physical preparation and the health of the cyclist.
He has broad experience in the field of planning and training control in cycling, having specialised over the last few years in the use of power meters as one of the training tools with greatest precision and efficiency.
He has collaborated with and coached teams and individual cyclists from diverse disciplines and of different levels, some of whom have clinched various victories and national titles. Since the mid-nineties Miguel has been closely linked to the world of competition as a cyclist at pro/amateur level. Since then, Miguel Angel has not stopped enjoying cycling, participating regularly in cross country mountain bike races as well as road racing and gran fondos.
CARLES SABADELL FERRÉS
El equipo de preparadores físicos se completa con Carles, quien cuenta con un perfil profesional idóneo para trabajar en la preparación física de prácticamente, cualquier ciclista.
Carles comenzó a practicar el ciclismo a los 11 años, adentrándose muy pronto en el mundo de la competición en la especialidad de XCO. En este periodo, acumuló varias victorias a nivel autonómico, llegando a recibir soporte incluso por parte del Consejo Superior de Deporte en el año 2009-2010 como deportista de alto rendimiento. Pero el interés por su deporte favorito trascendió más allá de la práctica y se centró entonces en cursar la Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Educación Física para más tarde, continuar su formación con un Master Universitario en Entrenamiento Deportivo, Actividad Física y Salud impartido por la Universidad Ramon Llull de Barcelona. De esta forma, el perfil de Carles aúna conocimiento del deporte en su vertiente competitiva y todo el bagaje de una formación profunda y específica alrededor del rendimiento deportivo. A nivel personal, sigue practicando el ciclismo en las disciplinas de carretera y mountain bike.
Su experiencia gira en torno a la planificación y gestión del entrenamiento de ciclistas con diferente nivel y edad. Es conocedor de todos los parámetros del entrenamiento por potencia, además de estar vinculado a líneas de investigación relacionadas con el uso de medidores de potencia en población ciclista.
The medical consultant for BIKETRAINING in the area of sports medicine is Jordi Ribas. Jordi is a specialist in Sports Medicine in the University of Barcelona. Since his beginnings as a professional in this area, Jordi has felt especially interested in sport at a high level with a particular predilection for cycling, a sport which he feels true passion for. A good test of his preference for this sport is his doctoral thesis which is based on aspects related to the biomechanics of pedalling as well as the majority of his scientific publications which he has researched and developed over his professional career, mostly related to high performance cycling. Jordi has also been a professor of anatomy and sports medicine for a number of years in the University of Barcelona. During this period Jordi has also accumulated a wide experience in the area of the functional valuation of cyclists of all levels and categories based on espirometric analysis and power measurement with the use of high precision cycle ergometers, tools which are fundamental in order to measure the potential cyclists could have.
The nutritional and dietary expert of for our athletes is Dolors Fuster. She graduated from the University Ramon Llull, Barcelona in Nutrition and Human Dietetics and since then has been linked professionally to the University of Barcelona, where she has participated in several research projects. Dolors has also contributed to various media articles and publications in the field of nutrition. She also specialises in the prescription and preparation of diets in the private sector and is particularly interested in the relationship between genetics and human nutrition. She has experience in dietary planning of endurance athletes in cyclists at various levels. Personally she likes working within this sports group as she considers it to be really disciplined. This level of discipline, according Dolors, leads the athlete to be organised in his or her nutrition also ensuring, in most cases, a good level of nutrition. She focuses a lot of her work on sports nutrition education enabling cyclists to achieve high levels of autonomy in selecting foods correctly. Dolors has been an active in swimming and cycling at recreational level.
The service of biomechanics and positioning on the bike that we offer in BikeTraining was created by Javier Campllonch, manager of Velodrome Studio. This centre is the only specialist in biomechanics applied to cycling in Europe which integrates the latest technologies in this field, latest technologies such as Retül and 3D Guru Dynamic Fit Unit (DFU) to allow, amongst other things, the adjustment of the position of the rider whilst pedaling. Javier is an Andalusian who has extensive experience living outside of Spain before finally settling in Barcelona. During all of these years, passion for cycling and science involved in performance led him to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. There he lived for a time while he trained and graduated in Advanced Bike Fitting and later Advanced Triathlon Positioning at the Serotta Cycling recognized University. Thus, his specialty encompasses both the positioning of cyclists and triathletes positioning. As a practitioner, Javier participates frequently in various competitions at amateur level, most of them multi stage grand fondos such as the Trans Alp or the Haute Route.
Any cyclist who asks BikeTraining to improve the psychological aspects related to sports performance, must go through the care of Meritxell Bellatriu. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Ramon Llull and in addition, a Master’s in Clinical Psychopathology from the Vidal i Barraquer Foundation and an expert in sports psychology from UNED University. Meritxell is therefore a professional who is constantly engaged in furthering her education. At the same time, she boasts both a great capacity in this field. Not only does she have extensive experience dealing with sports, especially individual sports such as triathlon, ultra trail, but also in cycling endurance, amongst other sports. She always applies a holistic approach when it comes to the preparation of athletes. She is used to working in multidisciplinary groups such as BikeTraining professionals with nutritionist, trainers, sports doctors and related human performance and cycling professionals. Within this framework, in BikeTraining and thanks to the presence of Meritxell, we offer care to all cyclists who have identified psychology as a tool to help optimize their physical and athletic performance. In her professional background, our psychologist has also worked with various sports clubs, with various groups of athletes. She also conducts sports clinics and workshops in psychology with the main focus being athletes, coaches and their parents or family. In her spare time it is not surprise that she plays various sports, including going running, beach volleyball and cycling.