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Cycle byte 4: Optimising seat fore/aft position for cycling

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During a Physio bike fit once seat height has been addressed the seat fore aft position can be effectively utilised to optimise knee function, lower limb muscle lengths and hip/lumbar flexion. Forward seat position will shorten gluteals and increase quads contribution in the earlier part of the down stroke, while excessive over lengthening of lumbopelvic and leg muscles can strain muscles and structures so fore aft seat position can prove to be an effective clinical tool.



Trish Wisbey-Roth is a Sydney based Clinical physiotherapist with both a Post graduate sports physiotherapy masters (AIS/UC) and Specialisation qualifications. She completed her Sports physiotherapy specialisation in 2009 (speciality lumbo-pelvic and hip conditions) and has been involved with Australian cycling and other sporting teams at the National, World Championship and Olympic level.


Trish’s experience in working with Cyclist’s to optimise their performance has reached to the elite level as Trish was Head Physiotherapist overseeing the Australian Women’s cycling team for 10 years. Trish also travelled extensively with the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Track cycling team to World Championships, Commonwealth Game s and Olympic Games. Through her private practice in Sydney, Trish continues to consult with recreation through to elite and international Cyclists to assess cycle specific strength/ flexibility and biomechanical adjustments to individual bike set up for optimal performance.