Mallorca 312 – More than a Gran Fondo

This is my favourite sportive and my second year of riding it so I now know what to expect so can hopefully complete it faster than last year. The event consists of 8000 riders tackling 15,000ft of climbing over 312km on closed roads. There are also options of riding 167km or 225km on the day tackling most of the major climbs which you can decide during the event or the decision can be made for you if you don’t make the cut off times. The cut off times to complete [...]

By |2019-06-10T11:50:07+00:00June 10th, 2019|Events|2 Comments

Do you lack motivation to train? My 5 top tips to getting your training done!

Being a coach is so much more than just setting a training plan, this is just a part of it. True success is when you understand what motivates and what works for your athletes. Wanting to find out more I surveyed a range of athletes to see what does and doesn’t work for them and have included my top tips for getting your training done. The most common reasons for training were fitness, events/races, to improve as a cyclist and lastly weight loss. Speaking from experience having an event to [...]

By |2019-05-21T06:01:40+00:00May 14th, 2019|Training|0 Comments

Hell of the North

Paris Roubaix Growing up watching this event it has always been one for my bucket list and having cycled to Paris before I was really looking forward to riding through this amazing French capital again however, after a last-minute check of the route it appeared to start nowhere near Paris!   Arriving at the venue to sign on in good time, which is unlike me, we queued for the doors to open only to be told that they are delaying getting registered by 1 hour with no reason, this would [...]

By |2019-04-28T15:46:44+00:00April 28th, 2019|Events, Races|0 Comments

London to Brussels charity ride

Sitting on the Eurostar as we travel home I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the trip and write my blog. Now I would normally have done this each day however due to the fact that we barely finished cycling within the same day that we started most days I was not quite feeling it!   This challenge started for me 3 months ago after seeing a post from a friend who used to work for my brother asking for donations to help her poorly son [...]

By |2019-03-26T07:12:39+00:00March 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What to do when you reach your “SMART” goals? Make them “SMARTER”

We are now coming up towards the end of the first quarter of 2019 and it's a great opportunity to review your goals that you set at the start of the year. Hopefully if you set realistic goals then you should be able to mark at least one of them as complete no matter how small it may seem but remember to focus on the long term goal. "Rome wasn't built in a day but they were laying bricks every hour" If you haven’t yet read my blog about goal [...]

By |2019-03-07T06:42:44+00:00March 7th, 2019|Training|2 Comments

Improve your pedalling technique

Improving your pedalling technique is essential to becoming a faster, more efficient cyclist. To anybody new to cycling you would think you just jump on and turn the pedals round. Yes this is true but if you want to become faster and more efficient then mastering the pedalling technique will give you the edge. Phases of the pedal stroke The pedal stroke can basically be broken done into four zones although the exact start and end of each zone will vary upon who you talk to. Basically the downstroke is [...]

By |2019-09-19T17:46:06+00:00March 5th, 2019|Training|Comments Off on Improve your pedalling technique

Simple Cycling Strength & Conditioning Programme

In this article I am going to show you some really simple cycling Strength and Conditioning exercises that you can do at home. This can also be completed with no weight at all  so no excuse not to get started today. Everybody should be doing some form of Strength & Conditioning work no matter how little. These may seem easy but if you have come from a background of no off the bike work then these will really start to target the cycling muscles and increase strength on the bike. [...]

By |2019-09-02T07:25:38+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Strength & Conditioning|Comments Off on Simple Cycling Strength & Conditioning Programme

Experience the stunning Norfolk countryside during the British Cycling Challenge 100

Having lived in Norfolk all my life and even though I have ridden on all the roads in the event before I was still keen to ride the exact route to experience it and offer my thoughts and advice to others ahead of the event. The route starts in the heart of Norwich and heads North-East where they seem to have found the only major hill out of city known as Mousehold, which is at 1.5miles in so you will just need a short burst of energy before settling in [...]

By |2019-05-31T11:48:42+00:00February 22nd, 2019|GB Cycling Festival|0 Comments

What it’s like to ride the National Road Championship TT course

When I found out the National Championships were coming to Norfolk this year I assumed that it would be a fast, flat course but how wrong I was! Having lived in Norfolk all my life and being a keen cyclist and time trialist I am used to the challenging demands of battling into constant headwinds with often no real recovery throughout the whole ride. In a way it can be more physically challenging than climbing where at least you have “recovery” periods when going down hill. The chosen route for [...]

By |2019-02-21T06:18:26+00:00February 20th, 2019|GB Cycling Festival|0 Comments

5 Books you MUST read that WILL make you FASTER on the bike

Being a Cycle Coach and Bike Fitter I am passionate about making athletes faster on the bike through training and their position on the bike. Not everybody is able to employ my services so I am often asked what's the best book out there to help me become faster. I have been on numerous training courses and read many books so have put together my top 5 books for you that are a MUST read!   Training and racing with a Power Meter - Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan This [...]

By |2019-02-13T18:47:19+00:00February 12th, 2019|Bike Fit, Strength & Conditioning, Training|0 Comments

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