Paul Bullock 

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.


Kevin Strachan

I got into cycling seriously around 12 years ago when I moved from Birmingham to Stafford, and hired a bike to have a ride around Cannock Chase one weekend.

After that first ride I was hooked and bought my own Mountain Bike the very next week! It was the beginning of the end for my savings!

I rode Mountain Bikes regularly for several years, riding with friends and taking part in local and national sportives.

My first experience of a road ride came about as a favour to a friend who was training for a sportive, and I said I’d give it ago and train with him. I borrowed his spare bike (which was older than I was!), and over a few weeks came to enjoy and appreciate the different experience Road cycling provided compared to Mountain biking.

I now spend a lot of my cycling time on the road, taking part in events in the UK and abroad.

My eldest daughter has been attending the Go-Ride sessions for 4 years, and in the last 12 months has been joined by her younger 5 year old sister. After seeing the great work done by the coaches with the girls and how the riding abilities of both have developed and improved, I jumped at the chance to help out and gain my level 1 British Cycling Coach certification to join the team.

 

Terence Allen   

I have recently passed my Level 1 Coaching (2018) and taken the plunge into the world of cycle coaching to begin with Stafford Road Clubs Go-Ride scheme. I look forward to getting stuck in and teaching  at the sessions.

I also volunteer leading rides both on and off road for the South Staffordshire Cycling Scheme (Road) and Inspired Cannock Chase (Trails) which are both schemes run by the relevant councils with the aim of getting people into / back into cycling.

The off road is run every Saturday afternoon over Cannock Chase, using the fire roads and usually covers around anything up to 12 miles, depending who turns up.

For the roads, I lead a couple of Sunday rides from Brewood and Cheslyn Hay and help with a ride from Penkridge on my every other Friday day off, with these covering anything from 10 to 25 miles.

I have gone on a bit, but don’t worry I’m not like that in real life!! Honest


Gareth Lloyd
I have always enjoyed riding, particularly trail and cross country riding and spending  time outdoors. I have been very lucky to have a career in the outdoors, instructing schools groups in various outdoor activities from rock climbing to hill walking, sailing to mountain biking. Due  to a change of job I found myself inside a lot so started to help coaching with SRC over 2 years ago. I enjoy working with all age groups especially seeing the young people gain in confidence, learn new skills, taking new friends and having fun. Once you learn to ride a bike its something you never forget!


  

Susan Semple

  • Vicechair – Stafford Road Club
  • Member of Elite women’s Time Trial Team – Born to Bike
  • Passion for riding my time trial bike as fast as I can
  • Understands the importance of developing the basic core cycling techniques and skills

  

Nick Mason

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.