I started cycling in the mid 80’s, with support from my grandfather (and ex time triallist) and my father, who introduced me to his school mate (and Olympian, and ex pro rider) Billy Bilsland. Who ran a bike shop in Glasgow (the shop is still there, run by his sons) and provided much initial advice and support. This led to an involvement in club level cycling in Scotland and then representing the Royal Navy during my service. A long break from cycling came following a major tendon injury which, post military, led to my involvement in coaching in other sports.
I founded and ran one of the most successful Historical European Martial Arts schools in Europe, coaching there for over 15 years, with our members gaining success at competitions worldwide , including clean podium sweeps at major International tournaments and many invitations to deliver workshops worldwide. During this time I was also heavily involved in developing coaching qualifications and assessments with the leading UK governing body and other senior instructors. This led to deep analysis of teaching and coaching methodologies and the pedagogy of any form of physical learning
My return to cycling also coincided with the reduction in my martial arts coaching and I was approached to coach cycling skills by some local riders. As my approach has always been to ensure I had a thorough framework from which to deliver any form of coaching or teaching, I completed the British Cycling Coaching Qualifications, specialising in Road, Time Trial and Cyclocross, as well as a Sports Science and Performance course and workshops on subjects such as Training with Power.
In this time, I have also qualified as a cycle race mechanic, have spent time as a lead instructor teaching these qualifications and have been the race mechanic for both Matrix Pro Cycling and, currently, the Bianchi Dama UK women’s elite cycle team. I am also a qualified bike fitter and as of last year I successfully completed the UCI Sports Director course, allowing me to run a team in bike races up to the highest levels of world cycle sport. I have acted as Sports Director at various races including the 2017 Tour of the Ardeche where one of my riders managed a 4th place overall finish.
As a coach, I bring a broad set of skills, experience and knowledge of human physical movement, the technical and organisational aspects as well as tactical elements of cycling as a sport and a drive to impart knowledge and draw performance from any athlete with whom I work.