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Science to Sport bridges the gap between scientific research and sports men and women in the field.

Utilising scientific tools and experience gained through research and practical involvement at the highest professional and scientific level, the experts at science to sport are able to provide athletes with scientifically validated methods and products which they can use to their advantage during training and competition.

Using these principles, we aim to maximise the adaptation to training. In addition, knowledge and experience of competition specific to the chosen sport allows us to convert techniques and training adaptations into tangible results,

Senior Coaches

Associate Professor Jeroen Swart

Jeroen is a sports physician and exercise scientist based at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town and the University of Cape Town Division of Exercise Science & Sports Medicine. In addition to a medical degree, he is a specialist in Sports Medicine and has a PhD in exercise science.

Jeroen is a sports physician and exercise scientist based at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town and the University of Cape Town Division of Exercise Science & Sports Medicine.

In addition to a medical degree, he is a specialist in Sports Medicine and has a PhD in exercise science.

He currently divides his time between research, clinical sports medicine and high performance cycling.

He has numerous publications in international scientific journals and his field of expertise include the performance exercise testing specific to cycling, cycling biomechanics and training load monitoring.

Jeroen has coached World Champions, National Champions, Cape Epic winners and was the 2012 London Olympic Games coach for South Africa. Some of his current and former athletes include the late Burry Stander, Cherise Taylor, Ashleigh Pasio, Florian Vogel, Todd Wells, Philip Buys, Mariske Strauss, Carla Oberholzer, John Lee Augustyn, Nadine Rierder, Tristan De Lange and many others.

In 2019 he was appointed the medical Director for UAE Team Emirates World Tour Cycling where he oversees the health of the team members and in addition provides expertise in biomechanics, nutrition and training load monitoring. The Team has subsequently gone on to become one of the top 3 teams on the World stage.

As an athlete, Dr Swart won six South African National cross-country mountain bike titles at both elite and age group level and has won one national marathon championships at age group level.

John Wakefield

John dedicates his time between coaching and performance with individual athletes both locally and Internationally, Head of Coaching and Performance Co-ordinator at UAE Team Emirates World Tour Cycling Team and increasing his knowledge of Sports Performance. This has propelled him to become one of South Africas’ most successful and leading coaches.

John dedicates his time between coaching and performance with individual athletes both locally and Internationally, Head of Coaching and Performance Co-ordinator at UAE Team Emirates World Tour Cycling Team and increasing his knowledge of Sports Performance. This has propelled him to become one of South Africas’ most successful and leading coaches.

His attention to detail and support of all athletes he works with throughout the season and years has lead to World Championships, Multiple National and African Championships and World Tour success Internationally. This is testament to the understanding of training prescription, monitoring and dedicated support needed for an athlete to progress and achieve personal goals. 

Additionally, John has a long history with motocross (MX) and has helped develop and guide many of South Africa’s top MX riders to National and International success through coaching and management of athletes.

Dr. Mike Posthumus

Mike is a Sports Scientist with a PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Cape Town. He heads up the high performance centre at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

Mike is a Sports Scientist with a PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Cape Town. He heads up the high performance centre at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

He is a honorary senior research scientist within the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town and has published more than 60 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and presented at several international and national conferences.

As an athlete, he has always been highly competitive. He played provincial rugby and is now an extremely competitive mountain biker, having won several top ultra-endurance mountain bike races.

Mike currently rides and acts as the performance director for Team Dormakaba.

Mike has has always had a passion for the science of training and conditioning and translating the science of training. In addition, Mike is a mentor to the Science to Sport affiliate coaches.

As a coach, he has a passion for working with like-minded, hard working athletes who are striving to be their best.

Mike has coached several athletes to national championship wins as well as Cape Epic leader’s jerseys.

Benoit Capostagno

Ben is a sports scientist who is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. His research is focused on investigating training adaptation and fatigue in cyclists and he has published on this topic in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Ben is a sports scientist who is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.  His research is focused on investigating training adaptation and fatigue in cyclists and he has published on this topic in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

Ben has previously worked as a consultant at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa’s High Performance Centre where he conducted performance tests on both amateur and professional cyclists. 

Ben has been coaching with Science to Sport since 2009 and has helped guide athletes to both Continental and National Championship titles, while also assisting amateurs prepare for their first one-day or multi-stage race. 

Associate Coaches

Yolandi Du Toit

Yolandi has been cycling professionally for the past 11 years. This included 4 seasons in Europe on board UCI Professional Ladies Teams. In 2008 she took up mountain biking and has been on fat tyres since. With a passion for all things cycling she now wants to use her expertise, training as a coach and experience to coach others and help them reach their full potential.

Mariske Strauss

Mariske completed her BSc (Sport Science) degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. She started her racing career at tender age of 10 and has been lining up on start lines ever since.

Mariske completed her BSc (Sport Science ) degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. She started her racing career at tender age of 10 and has been lining up on start lines ever since.

Mariske began racing competitively in 2008 and went on to represent South Africa for the first time in Italy. She has been SA XCO Champion a total of 14 times and represented South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mariske is currently racing professionally for SILVERBACK Racing on the XCO World Cup series.

Edward Greene

Edward raced professionally throughout Africa, Europe and North America for 5 years on a continental level. He has extensive race experience and a strong aptitude for the science of cycling.

Edward raced professionally throughout Africa, Europe and North America for 5 years on a continental level. 

He has extensive race experience and a strong aptitude for the science of cycling.  

He has a long history with Science to Sport and knows the importance of good coaching and monitoring when it comes to achieving goals.

Reece McDonald

Reece McDonald completed his BSc Honours in Exercise Science (First Class pass) at the University of Cape Town in 2017. In addition to Reece’s passion and research interest in cycling, he is also a high performance rowing coach.

Reece McDonald completed his BSc Honours in Exercise Science (First Class pass) at the University of Cape Town in 2017.

He is continuing his studies as a postgraduate student at the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

In addition to Reece’s passion and research interest in cycling, he is also a high performance rowing coach. His interest lies in performance optimisation through periodisation, monitoring and biomechanics.

Darrel Fitz-Gerald

Darrel Fitz-Gerald comes from a motor-cross (MX) background, where he raced professionally for a decade. Darrel’s MX highlights include; winning an African Motor-cross (AMU) title along with Super-Moto SA Title. Darrel then transitioned into coaching where he has helped young MX athletes reach SA and European Championships with help of his mentor John Wakefield.

Darrel Fitz-Gerald comes from a motor-cross (MX) background, where he raced professionally for a decade. Darrel’s MX highlights include; winning an African Motor-cross (AMU) title along with Super-Moto SA Title. Darrel then transitioned into coaching where he has helped young MX athletes reach SA and European Championships with help of his mentor John Wakefield. Darrel is an experienced ErgoFit bike-fitter and has been coaching cyclists with Science to Sport since 2019. He has a Cycling South Africa Level 2 accreditation, Triathlon South Africa Level 1 accreditation and recently completed his USA Cycling Level 3 accreditation and recently completed the Science to Sport Cycling Science online course.

Accredited Coaches

Philip Buys

Kevin van Hoovels

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