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About Alan Chorley

Since completing his MSc in Sports Sciences at the University of Chester, Alan is currently working towards a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Within the field of performance cycling, his work involves investigating critical power and the reconstitution of W’ (the work capacity above critical power). Prior to pursuing his interests in sports performance, Alan took a circuitous route including a first degree in Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham, and a number of years working in the IT industry.

Whilst completing his studies Alan has also provided physiological testing, support and coaching to a number of cyclists and triathletes including national champions and age group medallists. He is also a keen time-trialist and track cyclist himself and has competed at the World Masters track championships, only being slightly out of his depth.


British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Masters Dissertation of the Year Award 2016.


Alan teaches on the following modules:

  • Research Methods and Study Skills in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Seminars - Level 4)
  • Introduction to Exercise Physiology (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Biomechanics and Kinesiology in sport (Level 4)


Research Interests

  • Cycling performance
  • Physiological testing and performance prediction
  • Critical Power, W’ and its reconstitution
  • Endurance physiology
  • Monitoring of training load

Published Work

Published Work

Chorley, A., & Lamb, K. L. (2017). The effects of a cycling warm-up including high-intensity heavy-resistance conditioning contractions on subsequent 4 km time trial performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000001908

Conference Communications

Chorley, A., & Lamb K. L. (2016). The effects of a high-intensity heavy-resistance cycling warm-up on subsequent 4 km time trial performance. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Annual Conference 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK.


BEng (Hons), GDL, MSc Sports Sciences