I love riding bikes, all types if I can. Growing up in a market town in sleepy East Yorkshire, we built wooden jumps off the curbs in the cul-de-sac, raced up the local hill, raced down the local hill, and even tried to get as many of us on one bike as possible. I dabbled into motocross as a young teenager. In 1997, I had my first true mountain biking experience at Dalby Forest, (pre-trail centre), it was hard work, very wet and muddy, and I wanted more. The vista views across the Yorkshire Moors, the steep and slippery descents in the woods, here was where I wanted to be.
My first real adventure began as an 18 year old, I toured across Europe, totally self-sufficient with a friend from School, camping every day for 4 months.
After the epic tour, I grabbed my dream job ( I had simple goals) of working in a bike shop, York Cycleworks. My knowledge and interest in bikes grew, and I learnt about the industry. Dipping 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 your thoughts and feelings that will help you develop your own 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. 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.