Articles pop up occasionally in which high level cyclists indicate the desire to be able to perform with greater freedom, more emotion. Romain Bardet is one such athlete who wants the constraints removed and to be able to express himself during a race. Self expression is actually desirable in most sports; the unexpected enhances the enjoyment, destabilizes the opponent and highlights skilled abilities.
In cycling? How could anyone strive for self expression? The experts have determined that the body shall be rigidly placed on the bike. There will be no room for self expression, you are constrained, conserve energy. Overall, the sport appears to be satisfied with that status quo. Talk about robotic and sapping the energy and enthusiasm from people who want to enjoy a sporting activity.
The elite ranks (men and women) are notable for very high quality skill sets. The camera tends to focus on a select few; among these Bardet would be an excellent choice. Youthful exuberance and a highly skilled talent; outspoken and knows what he wants. He doesn’t know it yet, but training revolves around reinforcing and improving his individual Preferred Movement Patterns! Honing and amplifying those skills, so he can express himself on the great cycling events. To the delight of the coaching staff who take the skill sets for granted.
So exciting to watch Bardet perform his version of the Pro Style-Hybrid Movement Patterns during last year’s Tour de France. The helicopter view told a great story. Not to be outdone,Bryan Coquard’s performance, impressive, sprinting from about 10th position to 2nd, that deserved the sprint of the day award on Stage 4. Great amplitude on his Pro Style-Hybrid skill; a good performance option for a smaller rider. Fun to watch! He applies a solid trunk rotation, much like in the manner of Marcel Kittel.
Athletes performing with graceful self-expression.