My first proper bike back when I was a kid was a Raleigh Olympus road bike which I used to go everywhere on.
When my family moved close to Cannock Chase as a youngster I started riding on there and changed the tyres for wider ones and changed the drops for cow horn handlebars. With it being a road bike it wasn’t meant for this type of abuse and as a result I was always having to repair it.
When I hit late teens I changed to motorbikes which ended up in myself getting interested in motocross and taking it up competitively at times. I just loved the off road riding the mud and the skill needed to ride gnarly terrain.
Many years later I returned to bikes and mud when I decided to change my life around and get a bit fitter by buying a basic mountain bike and riding around Cannock Chase and taking some skills courses.
This basic bike needlessly to say didn’t last very long with the punishment I gave it so I purchased a better one and also went on a British Cycling course to become a Sky ride leader which I enjoyed immensely.
These days I now take part in Mountain Bike Marathons all over the UK and regularly travel to dedicated bike parks to ride man made and natural trails.
I am a fully certified British Cycling cycle and MTB coach
I have also been running social and instructive skills rides around and on Cannock Chase, The Wrekin, and the Long Mynd and Derbyshire for the last 3 years.
I also Marshal British Cycling National’s and local Mountain Bike cross country events and Mountain Bike Enduro events.
I look forward to coaching with SRC and helping to develop there skills and ability’s.
I’ve always ridden bikes, whether it be messing around with friends as a kid, or commuting to jobs. However I took up mountain biking more seriously in my 30’s. This saw me searching out local single-track and riding in many of the best places in England and Wales, eventually leading to a number of trips to the Alps. I have a particular love of single speed mountain biking. This presents a different challenge to riding bikes with lots of gears, but is really good fun. I also enjoy riding with my family, but it does mean our garage is on the full side with all of the bikes!
We found out about the Go-Ride coaching sessions through word of mouth and it soon became my son’s favourite club. As such I volunteered to become one of the coaches and am finding the coaching sessions very rewarding. It’s great to see the children becoming more confident as the weeks progress.