Phil Burt

Phil Burt

British Cycling & Former Team Sky Head Physio


Working with Dave Brailsford, Steve Peters, Chris Boardman and others in the Marginal Gains group, Phil offers a unique insight into how British Cycling and Team Sky became world-beaters. With examples from the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, he considers innovation, elite performance, and leadership culture from one of the few areas that had input in almost every aspect of the team from medical to training to equipment design.


Phil Burt was Head Physiotherapist for the all-conquering British Cycling team over the course of three Olympics, and also for the Tour de France winning Team Sky. He was a part of Dave Brailsford’s famed Marginal Gains group giving him an insight into all aspects of the team.

After qualifying, Phil worked with the Sale Sharks rugby squad that won the European Challenge Cup and the Premiership. He then moved to British Cycling and through his dynamic, world-leading approach quickly became Lead Physiotherapist to the ‘Dream Team’ that dominated the sport from the 2008 Beijing Olympics onwards. Having established his credentials at the top of the cycling world he was asked to join Team Sky to apply his experience to the first British professional cycling team for 20 years. In three years Team Sky went from scratch to winning the Tour De France with a British rider for the first time ever before repeating the feat three more times over the following four years.

With TeamGB Phil has been directly involved in 24 gold medal wins. As well as working with one the world’s most successful sporting teams, he has led changes in the sport’s rules from the use of cutting-edge equipment to research into injuries. His involvement in marginal gains has charged him with finding improvements in athlete health, rehabilitation and performance.

Phil offers a unique look at how TeamGB and Team Sky have beat all comers, and stayed ahead of the competition. From innovations in design and practices to rehabilitation, he explains the their relentless pursuit of new ways to go faster, longer and better. He looks at how elite performers operate with examples from Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Victoria Pendleton; their different approaches, and how to handle them. He also considers the leadership team of Dave Brailford and offers a candid view on what went right and wrong in British Cycling’s culture.

The author of one of the bestselling sports books in the UK, Bike Fit, Phil has also worked with the UK Special Forces on elite preparation and resilience, and also with the Premier League.

© Copyright 2018 JLA. All rights reserved.


JLA Speakers Breakfast