York , United Kingdom
As a qualified level 3 British Cycling coach and a competitive rider who has benefited greatly by using a coach, I am convinced it is the most effective way of continuously improving performance. In particular when training has to be squeezed around family and work commitments you need to know that every hour spent training is working towards achieving your ambitions.
Coaching is not just about training plans, it is about having a critical friend as British Cycling puts it in their article on the Benefits of Using a British Cycling Level 3 Coach. An expert in all aspects of the sport who will guide you on your personal journey to being the best cyclist you can be.
I consider it a key part of my role to keep informed about the latest developments in equipment and Sports Science, whilst broadening my skills so as to offer the best possible support to my clients.
I do think it essential that a cycling coach is also a passionate cyclist and a competitive one at that. Only then can they fully appreciate the technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of bike racing.
I have competed in most forms of bike racing from Road Racing, Time Trialling, Triathlon and Duathlon to Cyclocross. Today I compete regularly in time trials through the summer and cyclocross in winter at regional and National level. Over 4 seasons I have worked hard with the support of my coach to achieve regular top-10 finishes, top-10 in the Yorkshire league for the last two years and a podium finish in my age category and proudly won the club trophy! I also ride sportives and special events that appeal to me, with friends or with clients such as: RideLondon, Ronde Von Calderdale and the Three Peaks Cyclocross race.