Name: Richard Sharp
Time Trial Bike – Planet-X Exocet 1
Road – Stork Fenomolist
MTB – Custom Trek Remedy 9 27.5
Winter – Trek 1.5
Despite being new to road cycling I have been riding bikes on and off all my life, re-found the love for cycling after getting very overweight (18 stone) and needing to do something to get fit again, this was back in 2008/9. Starting out with York Triathlon Club I began with triathlons before realising that I didn’t like (wasn’t very good at) running, but quite good at cycling. I then moved to road racing and shifted to Clifton Cycling club where I continued my development and improvements.
Soon after I picked up a few good road race results as well as some good Time Trial PB’s. In 2014 I moved over to York Cycleworks Club, they have done a fair bit to support me and are a top bunch of guys so I was more than happy to represent them when I was racing.
Currently I am coached by Rob at York Cycleworks, this was a change of coach for me over winter and I was nervous. I went into winter off the back of my most successful year and wanted to build on that into 2016. Its safe to say that with Robs support I have progressed over winter and have entered 2016 stronger than ever, this has been a surprise, not least because I have been reducing training hours since my daughter was born, but this is what I get from coaching, structure and support. It allows me to really focus my efforts on the parts that matter removing “junk” miles and ensuring that every set benefits my goals.
If you are looking to improve then coaching can definitely help, and it is genuinely surprising how little you can do, so even a time limited person can get a good benefit from a really structured plan.
My goals are the 10 mile and 25 mile Time Trial nationals, as well as going sub 19 for a 10 mile TT, so a coach and support form YCW are key, I need to maximise my time on the bike, however the team at YCW can help anyone achieve their goals, whether its just getting fitter or aiming for your fastest season yet, definitely worth a chat (you may also get coffee and biscuits provided – Although Coach Rob needs to go on a coffee making course).
PBs and progression. As well as getting some good results on the crit racing scene such as 3rd at Malton crit in 2015 racing against some really strong and sponsored riders and being part of the breakaway from the first lap. In 2016 I have had my first open Time Trial successes and a number of other good results.
Most of 2014. Just didn’t have the form and fell off…. A lot.
10 Miles – 19:46
25 Miles – 52:34
50 Miles – 1:54:00
Pictures kindly provided by Craig Zadoroznyj. Check out his pics here