Athlete of the month (April) – Nigel Hodge

This is the regular monthly article where I will pick an athlete of the month that I coach. It will not necessarily be the top performing athlete but one that I feel has dedicated themselves and achieved great things in there own personal quest to improve as an athlete.

Who I have chosen and why?


Nigel joined Team Ride Harder in the winter of 2016/17 and although made some good power gains the times on the bike the TT times did not always reflect this which was partly due to adapting to the position of a new bike.  Fast forward to this year and Nigel has increased his FTP by a massive 29% and importantly able to hold a good position on the TT bike which was achieved after a Retul bike fit and training all winter in that position.

The first TT of the year saw an impressive performance from Nigel being only 22sec behind me! 

This again goes to show what consistency can achieve and that there is no quick fix, it takes time and hard work but stick with it and you will get the results! #trainsmart 


Nigel Hodge



How long have you been cycling and what got you into it?

About 10 years. Started triathlon having run for many years and started to get various injuries. Cycling was the most enjoyable and now cycling much more than running.

What’s your dream bike?

The next bike

What are your goals for 2018?

Quicker over 10 and 25 mile time trials.

What is your favourite Ride Harder training session?

Got to be sweetspot. VO 2 I find hard

Favourite cycling/training quote?

My running quote is quality not quantity.

What’s the best piece of equipment you have purchased to help you improve as a cyclist?

Power meter

How have you improved since being coached?

Much more consistent and focused training – yes

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced since starting structured training and how have you overcome it?

Sometimes keeping to it rather than just going out in the sun for a spin, knowing more benefit from something structured

What one bit of advice would you give to someone who wants to improve their cycling?

Make a plan, if you want to improve winter turbo