Fix your feet and ride faster: here are the surprising ways looking after your feet will make you a better cyclist

Performance engineer at INEOS Grenadiers and current World Hour Record holder Bigham talks about the connection between feet, back pain and training consistency

Image shows a cycling consultation at PODO London.
(Image credit: PODO London)

For someone who’s built such a reputation for speed-seeking optimisations, you might be surprised to learn that current World Hour Record holder, Dan Bigham's interest in feet begins not with fine-tuning performance but with injury. And not with cycling, but with distance running…

“I always had collapsing arches which caused problems with my plantar fascia,” Bigham admitted. “I had numerous calf and Achilles problems. It was my reason for giving up triathlon.” Collapsed or fallen arches describe when a foot spreads flat on the floor when standing instead of having a curve in the midfoot.

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