At Epic Coaching, we work with a wide variety of athletes; from developing young talents, to getting experienced riders back-on-track. Now entering the closing stages of the 2018 road racing season, we thought we’d share a couple of our riders stories, and hear from a few of our athletes themselves on how Epic Coaching has helped them pursue their goals.
Rising junior talent, Thomas Gloag began his season with a strong showing of results. From a string of top-tens over in Belgium and various local races, to his third place at the opening round of the Junior National Series, the Cadence RR. But as with many riders of his age, Tom was faced with academic pressures just as the season kicked into full swing. Concentrating most of his time towards his GCSE’s, Tom took a couple of months out from serious racing and for the time being, cycling took to the bench. During this period, it was crucial that Tom felt he had the backing and support from his coaching team to relive and pressure or worry about the absence of fully committed training. Handling the pressures extremely well, Tom returned back to his training, and before long returned to the form he saw at the start of the season taking the yellow jersey at the latest French Inter-Club despite crashing out of the Junior Tour of Assen just weeks ago. Tom now looks forward to the queen event of the year, the Junior Tour of Wales, where he’ll hope to see his form improve further.
A rider with heaps of potential, but after suffering from pneumonia and feeling like her training wasn’t taking her anywhere, Gemma Sargent joined Epic Coaching in May of this year. Since then her improvements have been fantastic in the short time she’s been with us. Taking 6th at the National Masters RR Championships, and most recently breaking into the top-twenty racing over in Belgium. Her hard work and commitment to the new program has been fantastic to watch.
The next rider needs no introduction, Anna Henderson has taken the UK racing scene by storm this season; from winning multiple Tour Series rounds, to podiums at the National Championships. An absolute pleasure to work with, Anna recently represented the Great Britain team at the European Championships where she continued to expand her skills and increase her experience. A week later and Anna gained a top-15 at the Lotto Cup (UCI 1.2) in Belgium. With two more strong suited races coming up, we hope to see Anna make the long-list for this years World Championships and broadcast her talents on another level yet.
Two of our Junior riders, Conor Chandler and Charlie Kelly (both riding for Primera-TeamJobs) took 5th and 7th respectively in the South, South West and Central Junior division championships on Sunday (3rd and 4th in their region). While another Junior rider, Josie Griffin took 6th place in the Elite Women’s Newport Nocturne, a fantastic performance from a first year U18.
“Epic coaching has given me the confidence and ability to work harder on the bike than I ever have before; everything holding me back previously has been addressed and improved on.” – Nathan Edensor (U16)
“Epic coaching has helped me so much in taking the step up from being a youth to being competitive at a junior level. As a youth I didn’t race or train smart but after working a lot with epic both my physical and tactical ability has dramatically improved allowing me to get the best out of myself.” – Finley Newmark (1st year Junior)
“For the 3 years I’ve been EPiC Coaching I have been coached by Mark Dolan and Tom Baylis. Both have developed me as a rider on and off the bike and I owe most of my cycling success to them and their efforts in coaching me. They have helped me not just with my training but also nutrition, race planning, tactics and helping me cope with the stresses of the sport in general. I am very happy with my progress under Epic and I am looking forward to continuing my progress with them in years to come!” – Louie Priddle (2nd year Junior)
“Coaching has really developed me as an athlete, both physically and mentally. I’ve grown in confidence a lot, meaning better results followed as a result of belief in my ability as a rider from my point of view as well as my coach’s. Tactical advice and highlighting my strengths was key behind my success at the Junior tour of Mendips and Tour of Wales Queen stages. More work on my weaknesses and addressing these tactically has made me think differently in race situations, leading to more successful results and positive changes in my race mentality. As I stepped up to U23, coaching has given me confidence in my ability meaning I felt less intimidated when faced with the drastic change in racing. Continual work physically and mentally gives me belief that I can perform at this level soon.” – Tobias Dalhaus (1st year U23)