I love bikes, I’ve been riding them since a child. From building wooden jumps from curbs in the cul-de-sac I grew up in, to racing up the local hill on grifters, BMX’s and “racers”. I even dabbled into motocross as a teenager. In 1997, I had my first true mountain biking experience at Dalby Forest, pre-trail centre, it was generally wet and muddy as it still is today! My adventure bug was established as an 18 year old, as I traversed across Europe, a self-sufficient bike tour, camping every day for 4 months.

Beautiful Day training in the Yorkshire Dales.
Beautiful Day riding in the Yorkshire Dales.

After the epic tour, I grabbed a dream job of working in a bike shop, York Cycleworks. My knowledge and interest in bikes grew, and I learnt a huge amount about the industry. I dipped into racing, in the fun category, looking on in awe at the Elite racers. It took me another 15 years until I figured I could be up there too. Targets were set, lifestyle changes were applied, and I just got stuck in.  When I look back at how different I was, my thoughts, my self esteem, my confidence, I’m simply not the same person. As a guide, an instructor, and coach, this is my special interest, changing the thoughts and feelings that will help you achieve your riding and lifestyle goals. Keep at it folks, you know it’s never too late.

My off-road cycling experience is extensive, from down hill to cyclocross. I’ve (almost) done it all! Ridden virtually every trail centre going, Megavalanche, cross country World Cups, Cyclocross 3 Peaks, 24 hour racing, point-to-point mountain bike adventures. My aim is to share what I’ve learnt in these experiences with you, the client.

I Qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader in 2006, now the British Cycling Mountain Bike Guide Level 2, heading towards my Level 3 this year. I am fully insured, with Outdoor First Aid and Safeguarding. The other part of my life is spent in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, as a Physiotherapist in the Sport and Exercise Medicine service. Previous to this I was a strength and conditioning instructor. Pretty handy skills for a mountain bike instructor, you’re in good hands.