Louis Passfield


LOUIS PASSFIELD (Professor) completed both his Sports Science BSc and PhD at the University of Brighton. Louis’ expertise is in training, high performance and applied sports science. Throughout his career Louis has worked both as an applied sports scientist and an academic. Louis has a 25-year track record of applied work in cycling, and with British Cycling in particular.

He has worked as lead sports scientist with the highly successful British Cycling team preparing for a number of major events including 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Over this time Louis has been part of several gold medal teams and has worked with many of Britain’s most successful riders and coaches. Louis has also coached Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games cyclists, including the Great Britain team pursuit and England team time-trial teams.

Louis has given invited lectures on his applied sports science and research work in the UK and at international conferences. Although, still a keen cyclist, Louis mostly runs to keep fit these days. He is also writing a book on training with power meters.

Louis is part of SESS’s Endurance Research Group. One of the main themes of his research is to examine determinants of cycling performance. For example, Louis has published several papers modelling different aspects of cycling performance such as the demands of the hour record, and optimal pacing strategies in time-trials. Louis is also particularly interested in training and development. He has published both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies on the effects of exercise and training primarily in cycling.

Currently, Louis is studying the process of exercise and training. He is interested in how exercise and training may be optimised, particularly by using data from devices such as GPS and cycling power meters. He also has research projects with local Academy Schools examining both academic and sporting development of pupils. Louis has obtained over £750,00 in funding from a number of different companies and funding agencies. This funding has been for a range of projects that include promoting and monitoring physical activity in both clinical patients and the local population, assessing the hydration status of gym users, and modelling competitive performance and training.