Sports/fitness cyclists
Are you targeting a tough challenge ride, a cyclo-sportive or a long Audax? Not sure how to optimise your preparation? Read more

Racing cyclists
Finding the right formula, the best mix of training volume and training intensity, is a task that all competitive cyclists face. Read more

Tri-athletes
Competitive tri-athletes need to be good cyclists and this is often the discipline where there is most opportunity for improvement. Read more

Novices
Are you a beginner? Do you enjoy doing some riding and you want to get more out of your cycling? Or perhaps you want to use cycling to lose some weight and generally improve your fitness and health? Read more


Association of British Cycling Coaches


Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (Road and Time Trial)

British Cycling Coach-Education Tutor

 

 

 

Profile

Cycling Background

Starting out more than 20 years ago as a touring cyclist I rode extensively in the UK and completed Land’s End to John O’Groats in 1995. I progressed to taking on many of the major climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, for example completing all the mountain stages of the Tour de France in 2002.

A Vice-President of the Beacon Roads Cycling Club, I have organised Audax events and time-trials including the monumental classic, the Beacon Little Mountain Time Trial. I am especially concerned with the low participation of women in cycling and I established the Midlands Women’s TT Series which has encouraged many local women to race since 2007. I also conceived the idea of the Midlands TT Rankings and played a key role in their implementation.

Racing Achievements

I began cycle racing in 1998 and competed in road races, track racing, cyclocross and time-trialling. Little by little I made most progress with the time trialling and my excitement and fascination with fitness and training grew as I turned each experiment in training into success.

I was the National 50-Mile Champion in 2005 and the National 100-Mile Champion in both 2005 and 2008. Between 2004 and 2009 I won eleven individual National Time Trial Championship medals at distances from 25 to 100 miles. In 2005 I was the British Best All-Rounder with an average speed of 25.228mph in my fastest 25, 50 and 100-mile time trials.

Career Before Coaching

I have an academic scientific background, with a doctorate in semiconductor physics from Nottingham University. I am also a qualified teacher and spent three years teaching maths and physics up to A Level in two different schools. I worked for three years as a production planner at Cadbury in Bournville and most recently I spent six years working as a supply chain manager for the telecommunications company Marconi.

Coaching

My desire to coach cyclists has arisen from my own wide experience in many aspects of the sport but also because I am genuinely interested in people and in helping them to learn and make progress. I have always ‘coached’ myself for whatever I was aiming to achieve on my bike and I have learnt a great deal in reaching a very high level of performance. However, it is the uniqueness of each individual and their goals and situation which make the role of being a coach challenging and interesting.

I am a qualified coach with the Association of British Cycling Coaches and I hold the highest British Cycling coaching qualification, the Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (Road and TT). I am a Coach Education Tutor for British Cycling, delivering weekend courses for new coaches as well as the British Cycling ‘Understanding Powermeters’ workshop for established coaches.

 

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