Alice Monger-Godrey, once a GB professional cyclist, has turned her hand to treating the professionals at team Dimension Data (whose team members include Mark Cavendish), through osteopathy and acupuncture. Here are some words from Alice as to why she moved from road racing into helping people off the bike!
How did you get into cycling and racing?
I started cycling by chance when I was 14, trying to get out of a maths lesson at school to try out for a place on the Olympic Talent Team. I managed to get through all the three stages, becoming part of this fantastic programme, learning how to ride and race across all the disciplines (track, road, MTB & BMX).
I was a professional cyclist for 8 years, and I lived in Belgium for 3 of those years where I raced at all levels covering World and European Championships. My best result was winning the National Road Race Series and finishing top 20 in the European Road Race Championships.
Why did you decide to retire from professional cycling?
I decided to end my career as I felt I had reached my full potential within the sport. I always loved cycling and racing, the people, and pushing my body to the limit. But I wanted to be able to help people to fulfill their dreams at any level without the trials and tribulations of injuries.
Osteopathy fit my vision and I trained for 4 years at The British School of Osteopathy graduating with a Masters. I now have two clinics — one in Clapham Junction and one in Wimbledon Village — where I treat everyone from all walks of life. The sport of cycling has never left my side as I now work as the lead Osteopath to Team Dimension Data whose riders include Mark Cavendish.
What's it like working with the likes of Mark Cavendish?
Working with Team DiData gives me opportunity to treat athletes at the highest level and to see first-hand the effects of the Grand Tours. I'm constantly learning within my field to provide the best care to the riders and I get to travel around the world. I couldn't ask for a better job as it suits me to a T!
Alice operates out of her London clinic at the Kula Yoga studio in Clapham Junction when she's not on tour with Dimension Data. See more of her details here.