So I decided to get a coach to help me with training, but I also selected one who had raced at the very highest level, so I could get knowledge of the whole MTB scene. I thought I might train with Jenny Copnall for a year or so, but testament to her great knowledge and the ability to get the best from me, I am still coached by her to the present day. Jenny is helping me reach my full potential and the highlight of my (so far) short MTB career came in 2015 when I became the first 40+ Vet to win the triple crown of Cross Country , marathon and National series titles in the same year.
2016's mission is to defend the jerseys and try to get on the podium as often as possible. I am also hoping to compete in the World Masters XC Championships which are due to be held in the Czech Republic at Nove Mesto.
I was born in Moreton in 1973 and have lived here all my life, apart from a few brief periods, but never moved out of the area.
From the age of 11, I raced Moto-Cross bikes right up until 2002, when a ligament injury forced me to retire from the sport. During that time I started playing football for two of my local teams for a bit of recreational fun. Football was a somewhat sociable scene which provided me with a great knowledge of drinking establishments in nearby towns! After that little phase I realised I needed a better way to stay fit and healthy and re-invented myself as a personal trainer in 2004. After leaving school I had trained as a carpenter and worked in the building trade. I now combine fitness and building to maintain the lifestyle I want.
Personal training got me into running and, more importantly, off-road Duathlon. It was the off-road cycle leg that really captured my attention and I started looking at more specific mountain bike events. During 2009 I dabbled with a few MTB races, but nothing serious, and I soon found out that these boys were deadly serious and just turning up to races occasionally wasn't go to cut it!