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About

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about JRC

Born from a desire to share a lifelong passion for cycling with others, JRC is built on a development culture, created to inspire & challenge those they work with.

With James Roberts & Claire Whitworth at the heart of the team, they want to share their vast experience of competing at National & International level, their wide knowledge and understanding of Coaching and Development, their years of experience within club riding and their management of the Youth, Junior and U23 riders of National Level UK  Race Team JRC Shutt Ridley.

Head Coach

James Roberts

James Roberts Head Cycle Coach

On the bike

I discovered cycling in my teens, riding round Wales with my club and racing for my school on the Wirral. My family introduced me to skiing during my teens which led to many family skiing trips, training at the local Ski Club, and eventually becoming a ski instructor, working in the industry and racing at Masters Level in France, Italy and the Czech Republic with a bronze medal in Giant slalom in Italy. Skiing is still a passion of mine – must be the need for speed.

Track sprinter

After a gap of around 15 years from cycling I joined a local club, attended a track taster session at Manchester Velodrome and never looked back. I left the session feeling exhilarated and hooked. I quickly went through the accreditation process and by my third visit had bought my first track bike.

On the track, I focused on sprint events and competitions, with successes in a number of events, mainly sprint focussed: National Clarion Sprint champion: 2015 and 2016, LVRC National sprint champ 2015, Riding in the World Masters 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the team sprint, match sprint and time trial. I also competed in the National Masters track championships from 2013 – 16.

 So where does coaching fit in?

As a rider, I wanted to improve my training focus with specific goals. I struggled alone to keep focus on what needed doing when, and couldn’t encourage myself so I took on a personal coach who encouraged me when morale was low (work / life balance commitments and pressure), restructured training on certain days if I was unable to commit, and ensured I was working to an annual training plan to target my goals for the season.

My personal coaching journey began when my former club started a junior coaching section, and out of the 4 coaches, 3 of them were leaving to go to new jobs and new activities. I stepped in and volunteered, I wanted to give something back to the club, and very quickly found a passion for challenging and inspiring others to achieve their goals. 

Since then I have been coaching individuals and groups, juniors, vets, track and road athletes, and gaining valuable experience supporting GB Apprentice and U23 riders, working through many coaching qualifications and so James Roberts Coaching was born. 

Fun fact: Before cycling I had a high level of fitness through competition dancing: modern ballet and disco.

Off the bike

If its winter, I’ll probably be looking for some snow… having grown up on the ski slopes the mountains are my happy place. If I’m relaxing I could be listening to anything from 90s to hard rock.

Always looking for the next challenge, creating the coaching business with my partner Claire in 2016 was the step for me as I progressed through all my coaching qualifications. There is no end goal, coaching is a journey for both the rider and the coach, and every day is a school day, I am ready to learn and be inspried by others as much as I want to inspire and challenge you.

Alongside the coaching business we created the Junior Development Race Team JRC Shutt Ridley (originally just Team JRC), as a challenge to support and develop the ever growing number of young U18 riders, missing out on the British Cycling Pathway into GB, often then choosing to leave the sport due to the lack of support and guidance to further their talents.

Providing coaching support, team camps, technical and skill workshops has supported and developed my personal coaching journey even further, and inspired our business to keep looking for more ways in which we can develop our own strengths and further our qualfications within the industry and the sport.

Qualifications

  • British Cycling Level 3 Track coach
  • British Cycling Level 3 Road and Timetrial Coach
  • British Cycling Level 2 Road & Time-trial Coach
  • 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 (2016-2018)
  • NW Talent and Performance Coaches Forum (Greater Manchester Sports Partnership)
  • BikeFit ® Level 1 & 2
  • Identifying disordered eating in athletes (Loughborough University)
  • Mental Awareness in athletes (UK Coaching)
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health 
  • Chimp Management; understand the teenage brain, improving athlete performance through mental skills, communication
  • Go Ride Coach (2014 – 2017)
  • First Aid qualified
  • Full enhanced DBS verified

Fitness & Nutirtion

Claire Whitworth

On the Bike

I only remember ever being on a bike in my childhood! Growing up on the back of a tandem with my family, we 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 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….).

LEJOG

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 and more importantly my resilience and mental toughness riding through all weathers and terrains.

My racing experience started from the age of 12, when I started time trialling, then discovered 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.

NATIONAL JUNIOR SQUAD

After a very successful few years as a juvenile and junior including being National schoolgirl time trial, crit and track champion, being selected to ride on the National Junior Girls Squad, I chose to concentrate my final years as a teen on my education, gaining a degree in European Languages and business, and then later on a teaching degree.

INTERNATIONAL RACING

I did however, 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.

FAMILY

After a gap of around 15 years from cycling whilst bringing up my young family (now teens), I returned to cycling for pleasure and started touring again about 5 years ago, but realised I needed 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 started working with James as my coach, and 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.

WHAT NEXT?

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. I still love hills and recently climbed some of the Alpine Classics with James (Galibier, Alpe d’Huex, Glandon), although my next goals will be centred back on the boards, where I hope to achieve a stripy jersey…. watch this space.

Off the Bike

Formerly a teacher of French & German, I now run my own Fitness & Nutrition business CW FITNESS & PT alongside the Cycle coaching business I run with James. I also ran my own Spin Studio for 2 years, which was my inspiration to further my own coaching journey, off the bike, with qualifications in nutrition, S&C and Personal Training. 

My personal coaching development is a continuous journey, as I am working towards my Level 4 in the fitness industry, which will provide support and guidance to our coached riders off the bike, alongside the coaching support from James.

Away from the fitness and coaching side of life, I am either out for a walk in our beautiful local area (Bollington, near the Peak District), catching up with friends for a meal or relaxing with a book.

Qualifications

  • Spinning® Instructor 
  • British Cycling Ride Leadership award Level
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Level 3 Circuit Training
  • Level 3 Functional Fitness Training
  • Level 3 Exercise Anatomy and Physiology
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health 
  • Chimp Management workshop (6 week course)
  • Discover Coaching – UK Coaching
  • The Health Sciences Academy – Starter Nutrition Course (2017)
  • PGCE Certificate in Education (Secondary French and German)
  • BA (Hons) European Languages and Business
  • First Aid qualified
  • Full enhanced DBS verified
  • Safeguarding for children
Claire Whitworth Cycle Coach
Claire Whitworth Cycle Coach

On the Bike

I only remember ever being on a bike in my childhood! Growing up on the back of a tandem with my family, we 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 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….).

LEJOG

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 and more importantly my resilience and mental toughness riding through all weathers and terrains.

My racing experience started from the age of 12, when I started time trialling, then discovered 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.

NATIONAL JUNIOR SQUAD

After a very successful few years as a juvenile and junior including being National schoolgirl time trial, crit and track champion, being selected to ride on the National Junior Girls Squad, I chose to concentrate my final years as a teen on my education, gaining a degree in European Languages and business, and then later on a teaching degree.

INTERNATIONAL RACING

I did however, 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.

FAMILY

After a gap of around 15 years from cycling whilst bringing up my young family (now teens), I returned to cycling for pleasure and started touring again about 5 years ago, but realised I needed 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 started working with James as my coach, and 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.

WHAT NEXT?

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. I still love hills and recently climbed some of the Alpine Classics with James (Galibier, Alpe d’Huex, Glandon), although my next goals will be centred back on the boards, where I hope to achieve a stripy jersey…. watch this space.

Off the Bike

Formerly a teacher of French & German, I now run my own Fitness & Nutrition business CW FITNESS & PT alongside the Cycle coaching business I run with James. I also ran my own Spin Studio for 2 years, which was my inspiration to further my own coaching journey, off the bike, with qualifications in nutrition, S&C and Personal Training. 

My personal coaching development is a continuous journey, as I am working towards my Level 4 in the fitness industry, which will provide support and guidance to our coached riders off the bike, alongside the coaching support from James.

Away from the fitness and coaching side of life, I am either out for a walk in our beautiful local area (Bollington, near the Peak District), catching up with friends for a meal or relaxing with a book.

Qualifications

  • Spinning® Instructor 
  • British Cycling Ride Leadership award Level
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Level 3 Circuit Training
  • Level 3 Functional Fitness Training
  • Level 2 Exercise Anatomy and Physiology
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health 
  • Chimp Management workshop (6 week course)
  • Discover Coaching – UK Coaching
  • The Health Sciences Academy – Starter Nutrition Course (2017)
  • PGCE Certificate in Education (Secondary French and German)
  • BA (Hons) European Languages and Business
  • First Aid qualified
  • Full enhanced DBS verified
  • Safeguarding for children
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What clients say

TESTIMONIALS

Hope (Youth A)

James was my first coach, wasn’t sure whether to go for it at first, but would definitely recommend it! He has been a great coach and is always available if you need to talk to him about anything. During the lockdown he has gone even further, giving up his time to offer us quality sessions. He doesn’t just care about cycling either, he understands the other things that can affect performance. Would highly recommend!

Conal (Masters)

James wasn’t my first coach… I had a couple before…. and sadly wasn’t impressed and didn’t make progress.. they just didn’t know, understand or have any real interest in my personal aims and goals! James, however, is very different! He’s interested and he gets to know what motivates and works for you both on and off the bike…

James H (Junior)

I couldn’t recommend this world class coaching enough.
James is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of the cycling community I have ever met and his coaching has developed me leaps and bounds. He clearly puts all of what he has learnt from being a Great Britain Cycling Team coach and working with the nation’s best into helping all of his athletes succeed at the highest level they possibly can.

David (parent of Junior Rider)

James has been working with my son for over a year. He took significant time to find the right person – looking across the north of England – before deciding to attend one of James’ residential coaching weekends. James’ approach has been to consider the whole individual, not just their ability in one area. My son has developed significantly over the past year as a result.

Anna Whitworth-Hay

I have worked with James Roberts Coaching for the past year and have really seen some big improvements in my performance. I have a full strength and conditioning program, which matched my on bike training have seen my power increase by 22%.

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Track is Back! From Thursday 15th April for 5 weeks.

All U18 accredited riders welcome.

Track endurance race skills
Limited places.
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Happy place... safety briefing, covid precautions, ride on!! @shrigleyhallhotel ...

Some late night, transatlantic coaching conferencing, every day is a school day. #coaching #coachinglife #cycling #triathlon #triathlete #personaldevelopment ...

Integrity and honesty. Two traits we value above and beyond all others when we build our client/coach relationships.

As coaches, we are always listening, learning and developing ourselves. Building on existing qualifications, looking for areas to develop and recognising when we need to look outside our own resources.

Whilst £ doesn’t make the perfect coach or personal trainer, our investment into our time and personal development is continuous, looking for the best courses and providers to enhance our services.

Need to check a qualification? You’ll find Coach James on the British cycling coaches directory, https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/coachingdirectory/coach_profile/139281/coach or visit our website to find out a little more about who we are www.jrcoaching.co.uk #integrity #honesty #cycling #britishcycling #coachinglife
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What else would@you do on a very windy and damp Saturday? Massive thanks to @shrigleyhallhotel for the loan of the carpark. #trainingmotivation #youthdevelopment #talentdevelopment #olympicdreams ...

We are super excited to welcome Lily Brindle to JR Coaching, an amazing strong endurance rider, with ambitions of riding at world tour level. Coming from a successful BMX background, Lily is a focussed, dedicated, and passionate young lady, clearly determined to progress and we can’t wait to work with her on this journey towards her goals. #cyclinggoals #cycling #thisgirlcan #cyclinglife #ciclismo #cyclecoaching #talent ...

It sometimes just takes one session, one moment, to remember how amazing you are. This young lady can and will be back on her TT bike by the end of the year, following a few difficult years away from her bike for various reasons. Working with Claire on balancing nutrition around working from home and training, off bike core strength development and a bespoke weekly training plan to ensure she doesn’t fall back into old habits of doing too much too soon, the fitness, strength and weight management is all coming together to produce one committed athlete. It’s in there somewhere, for everyone. Your spark, your moment that makes you remember you can do it! INSPIRE CHALLENGE ACHIEVE #thesegirlscan #womeninspiringwomen #cycling #cyclecoaching #personaltrainer #nutrition #balance #lifebehindbars #timetrialbike www.jrcoaching.co.uk ...

Congratulations to Lola Ellis and Anna Whitworth Hay, in their selection to guest with the Great Britain Cycling Team Apprentice program for 2021.

Anna will be working on the Sprint Program, having displayed some outstanding sprint qualities and skills throughout 2020, and Lola will be developing her already strong endurance talents, with both riders having stuck to their training and development plans in 2020, as well as attending RSR sessions, and showing both on and off bike commitment throughout then difficult year that was 2020.

We are super proud of you both and look forward to your next stages of development through GBCT.

James & Claire
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Welcome @holl_james to James Roberts coaching Ltd. Here’s what Holly had to say about choosing us as a coaching company. “I chose James Roberts Coaching because I wanted to maximise my potential and push my boundaries. The level of coaching provided is high quality and constructive to enable you to tweak any areas that require improvement.

I want to ride at the highest level I can and really learn a lot from everyone around me being new to the sport. I want to work hard for myself and my team!

I’m looking forward to being able to do my first race and make some new friends in the sport”.
#sprint #strength #power #thisgirlcan
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Inspire | Challenge | Achieve

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