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 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.