David Bailey joins Team Bahrain Merida as Head of Performance
David Bailey, British sport scientist will become a part of the Team Bahrain Merida performance staff in the next season. His role is to deliver scientific support to elite cyclists competing at the highest level. In addition to managing key performance projects, he is a performance coach for riders on the team.
Due to his prior work in professional sport, he was a senior research scientist at the Nestlé Research Centre in Switzerland where he lives. He held R&D project management responsibilities in the field of performance nutrition for the sports food brands. This included collaboration with internationally renowned research groups in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand on research projects that contribute to development of Nestlé products.
Throughout his career he has sustained a specialist consultancy role with professional endurance athletes providing sports science support to high-level professional cyclists and triathletes. This includes training programs and performance interventions born out of his research interest and experience in professional elite sport. He has worked with multiple World Champions and Olympic Medallists for the past 12 years and enjoys the mix between research positions and applied practice role.
Brent Copeland, General Manager of Team Bahrain Merida commented on new Head of Performance: “It is with great pleasure that we make this announcement. David will bring a wealth of experience to the team. He has worked with some of the worlds best athletes and we feel he can bring many values in various departments to Bahrain Merida, not only in the general training performance but also in the Time Trial area where we have seen from David’s past that he has always assisted the teams he has worked with to excel in this area. The importance of making the team even more international is something we have been investing in and the presence of David shows this. We welcome him and are looking forward to many exciting seasons ahead.”
David commented his new role: “I am delighted to be joining Team Bahrain Merida as Head of Performance from next season. Since its inception, the team has grown to become one of the best World Tour teams in the professional cycling and I look forward to working with them as the success continues. From the outset was clear that we have a shared performance science philosophy and I look forward to leading this aspect of the team as well as collaborating with their partners to maximise the team’s race performances.”