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BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa, pictured here overseeing Greg Van Avermaet in testing, has helped create the team's new Sports Science Division. (Trudi Rebsamen photo.)
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa, pictured here overseeing Greg Van Avermaet in testing, has helped create the team's new Sports Science Division. (Trudi Rebsamen photo.)

Healey Will Head Up BMC Racing Team's Sports Science Division

31. August 2013

The BMC Racing Team has hired Daniel Healey to lead its newly-created Sports Science Division for 2014, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Saturday.

Optimizing Rider Performance
Healey, an Australian endurance physiologist/sports scientist, will oversee the new group that will integrate with the BMC Racing Team's Performance Team that already includes director Allan Peiper, assistant Bobby Julich, nutritionist Judith Haudum and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. "The arrival of Daniel Healey to our Sports Science Division will add considerable acceleration to our group," Ochowicz said. "His background and experience in sports science and its application to cycling will give our athletes another tool to help improve their performance." Healey comes to the BMC Racing Team from the New Zealand High Performance Sport Network, where he spent the past four-and-a-half years overseeing nutrition for that country's national rowing and cycling programs, in addition to providing coaching and physiology support to the New Zealand Olympic cycling team program while also training several ProTour cyclists. Ultimately, the goal of the Sports Science Division is to follow each rider closely, optimizing their workouts and training programs, and then plan a race calendar that works to each rider's strengths. "At the end of the day, we will be able to tell the sport directors who is on form, who is coming into form and who might be coming off form," Healey said. "That way, they can make really good decisions on how to use rider resources throughout the season."

Big Challenges Ahead
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said the creation of the new division is a culmination of a goal set years ago. "The idea is to bring on world-class coaches and scientists to try to give them the best training and equipment so they can perform their best," he said. Peiper said what seems like a straight-forward idea does not come without its share of challenges. "With 270-some race days, 25 to 30 riders, peaks and troughs in their season, and trying to match the right team of leaders and helpers – it's not an easy task," he said. "So getting the right people on board to do the right job, as good as they can, is a big task. We've made a big step in the performance department, but in the next year, it will be an even bigger challenge." Healey said the first phrase of the Sports Science Division will be to create profiles on riders' limits and capacities. "We want to put them on a race pathway and in a program which allows them to achieve their goals and compete at their best in races that actually suit them," he said.