WHERE IT ALL STARTED
What it Takes to Win is my framework for success.
I started working in high-performance cycling in 1995 when I became the GB national team sports scientist. In 1997 I moved to Manchester to work from the National Cycling Center. At the end of 1998, I was offered the opportunity to become a GB national coach. I had the choice to work with the mountain bike team or the track team; I chose the track endurance team as there were more world championship events on the UCI calendar and more chances to win medals. I could see that those events were very quantifiable, where science sports and sports engineering and coaching could have a big impact.
Since those early days, I have worked on over 60 International major events, including Professional World Tour such as the Tour de France, 4 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games and many Elite World Championships for road, track, mountain bike, BMX and Para disciplines. I've personally coached Tour de France stage winners and world tour race winners, Olympic medalists across multiple games, Elite Track and Road medalists and spent years leading and managing elite coaches and support staff in the UK and Australia in the pursuit of maximising human performance.
My coaching philosophy is simple; Rider 1st, collaboration, performance planning and communication.
Having your Best Season starts with your ambition and goals, setting targets and critically having a performance plan that supports your peak performance with regular measurement, evaluation, feedback, and review.
It's the relationship that matters, to help riders reach their potential a coach needs to provide both high levels of support and high levels of challenge.
“WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE THEN IS NOT AN ACT BUT A HABIT.”