I have been cycling competitively for over half my life! I began cycling at the age of 13 after watching the Tour de France on TV and wanting to emulate my heroes such as Miguel Indurain and Tony Rominger. I saw an advert for children's races in the local newspaper and went along. I got lapped several times by the winner but I was hooked! Over the next few years I raced and learnt alot and won several events. In my first year as a senior rider I upped ship to France to race for an amateur team and since then have competed in national and international races each year.
When I realised that a career as a professional cyclist was not a realistic goal for me I returned to the UK to study a degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham. I first became interested in Sports Nutrition as a Junior competing in the Junior Tour of Wales when I first found out that full English breakfasts and ice cream were not the best fuel for racing (thanks Dave!) and was introduced to sports drinks for the long, hilly stages. This interest was awakened during my degree learning from Professor Asker Jeukendrup, a world renowned expert in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and I followed up my degree with a MSc in Sports and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. I have since studied for a PhD in Sports Physiology and Nutrition while continuing to compete at a high level and manage UK elite teams in races at home and abroad.
I passionately believe that for a coaching programme to be successful it must be tailored completely to the individual's needs. You will not find any generic copy and paste training programmes here, every one is customised to your goals, time availability and fitness levels. We embrace modern technology using power meters, heart rate monitoring and heart rate variability amongst other tools and you can be assured that all programmes are based on the most up to date scientific principles alongside good old fashioned common sense and training principles.
Grant is certified to British Cycling Level 1 as a coach, but more than that, he is a seasoned cyclist who has taken his business consulting skills and wealth of experience to support and advise people who would like to ride a bike as a means to regain control of aspects of their health that have been affected by lifestyle choices and the pressures of our modern and hectic lives.
He works one to one with clients, conducts cycling clinics on behalf of charities and companies and is a regular blogger and writer of cycling related articles on the http://roadcycling.life online magazine.
Grant‘s story :
”We need to go back to 2010. At the time I was approaching 90KG and diagnosed as insulin resistant (a pre-diabetic state). Things needed to change and as I could not run due to knee injuries, and swimming was too time consuming, I bought my first bike, and started to ride it. First 10 miles at a time then building upto 20 miles for a “long” ride. Next I thought, "heck i need a challenge" to keep motivated. As my 50th birthday approached, and as I appreciate good wines and healthy foods, well why not do an “end to end”, but with a twist....Calais to Montpellier. "Heck why not!" So I
I started to train more seriously and did a few multi day rides such as London Revolution and Stephen Roche’s ride around Mallorca; after meeting Tom and with fitness getting better, weight down to 72KG, and blood pressure back under control all I needed was a nudge to do LEJOG. This came at the beginning of 2016 through the mail. Threshold Sports who run the London Revolution posted invitations to “ride across britain” or RAB as it's known. 969 miles in 9 days, fully supported. Heck yes ! Once that was done, I took the step to become a British Cycling coach. Now I'd like to help people achieve their health and fitness goals using my wealth of experience and your will and determination to succeed.”