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James Roberts

British Cycling qualified Level 3 Core | British Cycling Level 3 Track coach (candidate) | British Cycling Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling | British Cycling North West and Yorks track CCT lead coach (2016/2017) | Assistant coach on British Cycling Youth Apprentice Squad (2016/2017) | NW Talent and Performance Coaches Forum (Greater Manchester Sports Partnership) | Understanding Nutrition and Health (2017) | Chimp Management; understand the teenage brain, improving athlete performance through mental skills, communication | North Cheshire Clarion Go Ride Coach (2014 – 2017) | First Aid qualified | Full enhanced DBS verified

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Claire Whitworth

British Cycling Ride Leadership award Level 1 (2017) | Understanding Nutrition and Health (2017) | Chimp Management workshops (in attendance) | First Aid qualified | Full enhanced DBS verified

An interview with...

Claire Whitworth

Age: 45  | Cycling disciplines: Road and Track for competition. Road, Track and MTB for pleasure  | Years cycling: 30+

How long have you been cycling and how did you get into the sport?

I have been cycling since I could pretty much walk! I grew up on the back of a tandem with my family and enjoyed many years of cycle touring throughout the UK and France, meeting new families, cycling with our club and eventually getting my own road bike. I loved cycling up hills (which was good because we lived at the foot of the Cat and Fiddle) and when I was 13 was lucky enough to travel to the Pyrenees to watch the TdF and cycled up some of the famous cols (Aubisque, Tormalet) and later on in life, I discover the Alps and loved the challenge of climbing up the infamous Galibier and Izoard and other major climbs (albeit with paniers on….), Age 14 I cycled from lands End to John O Groats with a small group of school children for charity, one of my proudest achievements to date, over 1000 miles in two weeks. We had regular touring and youth hostelling trips during my teens, which all served as training for my racing.

From the age of 12 I started time trialling (you couldn’t race before 12) and then discover the track and crit racing. It was such fun riding with other kids, mainly lads, and we raced whatever the weather, weekends and evenings, whilst still going out on our Sunday club runs for pleasure and recovery?, which must be why I like café stops and cake so much.

After a very successful few years as a juvenile and junior, including riding on the National Junior Squad, I chose to concentrate on my education after that, gaining a degree in European Languages and business, and then later on a teaching degree.

However I did feel the need to try more racing after university so found myself a job in France when I was 22, joined a French racing club and raced for a year in and around Brittany, it was great fun, racing with women and men, culminating in racing in a stage race I had watched when I was a young girl, and finishing in the top 20 which was a dream come true.

What were your biggest achievements before working with JRC?

Age 16 I was selected by British Cycling onto the National Junior Ladies squad, based on my school girl results the previous year (National Time trial and Crit champion along with many u15 track titles). I raced and training with senior ladies in many events, being selected to represent the UK at the Junior World Champs in Russia but following a knee injury I was unable to go.

In my 20s I raced for a year with a French team and managed to compete at a high level regionally in Britany.

Why did you feel the need to challenge yourself and take on the coaching services at JRC?

After a gap of around 15 years, I returned to cycling for pleasure and started touring again about 5 years ago, but realised I need to be more competitive in my riding, as I felt something was missing. I had always wanted to participate in the World Masters Track Championships whilst being hosted at Manchester but had never been fit enough or had the confidence to participate at such a high level after such a big gap, and having children. I had already met JRC a few times at Manchester Velodrome and chatted about racing at the Worlds, and it was then James offered to help me achieve my dream.

What are your biggest achievements since working with JRC?

I rode the Worlds! Over a period of around 8 months we worked on a training plan building on my skills and fitness and more importantly, my confidence, around my busy family and work life. I raced in some regional and National competitions, culminating in me racing in 4 events over the week at the Worlds, where I achieved a PB in the Individual Pursuit, rode in a Team Pursuit with two other ladies (following a 6 week training programme together with JRC specifically on Team Pursuit skills) as well as finishing in the bunch for the scratch race, and another PB in the 500m TT. Not only did I compete at World level but I believed I could do it, I rode with confidence and knowing I was just there in the start gate, was something I could not have dreamed of a year earlier.

Where do you want to be this time next year (or at some point in the future?)

Fitter, faster and even more confident. I am having a year off competition having moved house recently, but I believe I can race at masters level again, and can’t wait to start training again. Bring it on!

James Roberts

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