About the team
Working from our studio facility in the small village of Lower Upham near to Winchester and Bishops Waltham; Vankru provides professional bike fit services, fitness and performance testing, biomechanical assessments and sports massage.
Our studio is situated a short distance between Southampton and Portsmouth and just outside Winchester. We are 10 minutes off the M27 making us easily accessible for those travelling from further afield.
In either direction are beautiful cycling areas including Meon Valley, the South Downs and Test Valley.
As founder of Vankru Performance Cycling, having competed on the road and track for over twenty five years (including as a semi professional rider in Italy), Garth created Vankru Performance with a desire to use his knowledge and experiences to help athletes excel and overcome the hurdles each and every one of us face. Attending the first European Retul University Course in 2010, he has since been established as one of the longest recognised Retul fitters in Europe and, in 2013, became one of 4 Master Retul Bike Fitters in Europe and the first one in the UK.
Reviewed in # Top 10 Bike Fitters in the UK by Cycling Weekly, in 2013.
In the autumn of 2014, Garth was asked to give a lecture on bike fitting expertise by Southampton University.
Mark joined Vankru Performance in early 2016. Coming from a background in cycle retail, Mark developed a taste for cycling biomechanics back in 2010 with the first course of Specialized's Body Geometry Fit run in the UK.
He has since progressed through the training levels to become one of just a handful of "Certified" recognised fitters in the UK.
Competing in South Region road and criterium races, some cross-country mountain bike events and as a regular to his cycle club of choice, Mark brings passion and experiences of multi-disciplines of riding to share with his clients.
Retül Certification (formerly the Master’s Motion Analysis Exam) is the highest level of training available through Retül University. Following on from Level 1 and Level 2, certification consists consists of written and practical examination with a Retül University Instructor. Candidates must demonstrate thorough anatomical knowledge, precise marker placement and understanding of fit principles and data analysis for road, mountain and TT bikes.
Body Geometry Certification is the highest level of training available through Specialized Bicycle Company University. Experienced Bike Fitters who have completed Level 1 and 2 can put themselves forward for certification. where they must pass a written paper and carry out a bike fit observed by leading experts to prove thorough understanding of bike fit methodology.
As the second oldest bicycle fitting system in the world and created by cycling legend Paul Swift, BikeFit provide ongoing training and seminars for bike fit education, as well as products for improving cyclists' connection to their bike through cleat shims and wedges.