A big belief of mine with coaching is that shared experience is vital for a better coach:athlete understanding. Although I now have a wealth of knowledge, both practical and theoretical, when it comes to racing and training, I didn’t actually start racing until I was 19 so never experienced the youth or junior ranks. This is why I’m very pleased to bring on Patrick to ATP Performance. Patrick has been racing for many years, from youth level all the way up to senior. Being part of the Halesowen Academy has given him the opportunity to learn from some great figures in cycling, and he now works with their juniors and U23 riders to help guide and mentor them. Here’s what Patrick has to say:
“Having started racing when I was 13, I bring 10 years experience in the sport of cycling to the table, taking me from u14 youth omniums to the Tour of the North and Belgian kermesse scene.
My personal outlook on cycling and racing has always revolved around the reasons we start riding, as well as developing a life long association with the sport.
My role as a mentor for junior riders has further helped me with creating the focus around this. I am currently 2 years into my Sport and Exercise Science degree, giving me the basis to provide quality coaching to athletes of all levels, and I am looking forward to doing a masters in Strength and Conditioning upon completing my undergraduate degree.”
I have known Patrick for many years and he has been a big part of helping me remain grounded and maintaining a focus on enjoying the sport and riding my bike. This has helped improve my own performance and love of the sport and is one of the reasons I wanted Patrick to be a part of this, coaching and mentoring others. I can’t wait to see what he can do as part of the ATP Performance team.