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Singletrack School Coaching Team

Our regular coaching team include outdoor sports professionals with a wide range of experience, qualifications and awards. They like nothing better than getting out in the outdoors and enjoying the open spaces of the British Isles whether they're coaching groups or just doing their own thing.

Many of our coaches compete in their sports at a National or International level so you may see a few familiar faces amongst them.

Coaching & Guiding Team Profiles

To help you get to know your coaches a little better, we've collected some profiles and photos of our regular coaching team.

Luke Andy JessicaNeil Scott Rob Jim

Luke - Mountain Bike Skills Coach & Bike Mechanic

Luke is an extremely enthusiastic bike rider who has worked as a cycle shop workshop mechanic and manager for the last 9 years in and around London.

In a varied career he has been involved in bicycle design, testing and development for NS bikes, competed in Hill climb competitions, sportives and raced seriously in the downhill scene across Wales and the South of England with some top 10 placements along the way.

Nowadays he enjoys encouraging new people to the sport and developing more established riders with bike suspension and set up.

Moody video of Luke riding: https://www.pinkbike.com/video/471131/

Loves - The sound of a quiet bike
Hates - Racing
Guilty Pleasure - Racing

Luke with his trademark grin

Luke holds the following qualifications and awards:

Luke is an aspirant GoRide Level II BMX Coach and High Altitude Mountain Bike Leader.

Andy - Mountain Bike Skills Coach

Andy is a lifelong active cyclist whose riding started in road racing as a schoolboy & junior where he found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Queally on the velodrome. In 1997 he was placed 3rd at the National Tandem Sprint Championships.

His passion for mountain biking dates back to the 80s but thanks to a relatively recent move to Surrey, Andrew has fast-tracked his route back to the 'dark side!'

Andy has pursued a diverse career that includes hospitality, production management, cycle store management and back-to-back winters in Canada and New Zealand as a ski instructor and race coach. He now works exclusively in the outdoors and can be found seeking out challenging terrain in the Surrey Hills.

Andy enjoys getting the most out of his students by seizing on the smallest detail to release their potential and confidence, making the toughest terrain accessible.

This year he will be competing in Gravity Enduro racing in preparation for the Trans-Provence Enduro 2016 for which he’s been selected.

Loves - A challenge
Hates - “I can’t do that, it’s not possible!"
Guilty Pleasure - Cadbury Dairy Milk

Andy catches some air

Andy holds the following qualifications and awards:

Jessica - Mountain Bike Skills Coach & Guide

Having spent much of her youth spinning road wheels in her native Yorkshire, Jessica made the jump to mountain bikes 15 years ago and has been an active participant in the sport ever since. She is a familiar face at trail centres around the UK, Europe and beyond and loves the challenge of fresh singletrack.

Occasionally it's possible to tempt her from her saddle with the right combination of alpine peaks, Welsh rock or even sea kayaking! As a member of Team EnduroAR she is also a whiz with map and compass and has often pulled a race victory from the jaws of defeat with a deft bearing or two. Jessica also races XC for Dirt Divas.

Loves - Her border collies Twig and Flint
Hates - Bike thieves
Guilty Pleasure - Chocolate

Jessica coaching

Jessica holds the following qualifications and awards:

Jessica is also an aspirant Single Pitch Award rock climbing instructor and British Cycling Level II Mountain Bike Instructor.

Neil - Mountain Bike Skills Coach & Guide

Neil has been a full time professional cycling coach since leaving the Army in 2010.  He enjoys coaching riders of all levels of ability and experience. In 2011 he helped set up a British Cycling Go Ride Club to encourage young riders to try mountain bike riding. When he is not coaching mountain biking, he delivers Bikeability training to children and adults.

Neil competed in his first road race at thirteen.  While in the Army he led mountain bike expeditions up the Harz Mountains in northern Germany.  In England, he organised and guided a group along the off road coast-to-coast route from Whitehaven to Newcastle. He regularly competes in mountain bike 24hr endurance events, closed road circuit racing and rides for Hounslow and District Wheelers - when he has time.

Loves - Shiny new kit
Hates - Drama Queens
Guilty Pleasure - KP Giant Peanuts and Leffe beer (not in the same glass)

Neil at a race

Neil holds the following qualifications and awards:

Scott - Mountain Bike Skills Coach & Guide

Scott has always loved taking part in sports from football and cricket to climbing and snowboarding, but cycling has always been his main focus. He has a definite competitive streak that has led him to top five results at national level as a track (velodrome) rider but for nearly ten years he has been riding off-road more and more and now rarely rides on anything but knobbly tyres. He loves riding fast, flowing trails and still enters the occasional XC race.

Scott also has a love of being outdoors and of helping people to fulfil their potential. This has driven him into a coaching career that has included working for British Cycling as a development coach and Welsh Cycling as Welsh MTB coach.

Loves - A challenge
Hates - Being stuck indoors on a sunny day
Guilty Pleasure - Baked goods

Scott ready to ride

Neil holds the following qualifications and awards:

Rob - Mountain Bike Skills and Fitness Coach

Rob leads a fitness and sport specific life competing in National BMX events claiming 3rd in his Rookie year. His focus for cycling is being fast, powerful and smooth; taking jumps and drops with effortless style.

As a day job Rob develops cycling in the PE National Curriculum and coordinates the 'Bikeability' scheme in the South-East. Rob regularly mountain bikes for pleasure e as well as stints on his road bike in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.

As a qualified MTB Skills Leader and with 15 years experience riding BMX freestyle, Rob holds all the ingredients for a fun day out learning smooth jumps, drops and hops with style. Besides biking Rob is a keen basketball player, accomplished hiker and enjoys time on the slopes snowboarding.

Loves - Messing around on one wheel
Hates - Horror films
Guilty Pleasure - Chicken nuggets

Rob Reid relaxes on his BMX

Rob holds the following qualifications and awards:

Rob is an aspirant Go Ride Level II BMX Coach and High Altitude Mountain Bike Leader.

Jim - Mountain Bike Skills Coach & Guide

Jimbo has been running informal guided rides on a Tuesday night in Worthing for 20 years, but in 2000 he created the Sussex-MTB web site one evening because there was nothing on TV! Eventually the site got a forum to organise rides and it has carried on that way since then. It's now one of the the biggest clubs in the South-East.

Back in March 2010 he joined us here at Singletrack School for a mountain bike skills course and was blown away by the way it made a visible difference to people’s ability. He decided there and then to become a coach himself.

Since then he's picked up the CTC Trail Leader Award, Technical Trail Leader Award and crowned it all with his CTC Mountain Bike Skills Instructor Award in June 2010.

As far as riding goes he's tried everything. He has raced XC for over a decade and, after a 26 year gap, has recently gone back to racing BMX. He has also dabbled in road racing and time trials, but cyclocross is the only skinny wheeled pursuit he still takes part in now.

Loves - Shiny stuff for his bikes, especially if its red or green
Hates - Intolerance and dishonesty
Guilty Pleasure - Cake, masses of the stuff, he photographs it all before he eats it!

Jimbo rocking the Soviet look

Jimbo holds the following qualifications and awards:

Guiding Team

Paul - Mountain Bike Guide

Paul has been riding for most of his life - having raced competitively on both the road and the velodrome. For the last fifteen years he has switched his attention to mountain biking giving him an extensive knowledge of the Surrey countryside as well as many other destinations further afield.
Paul's other outdoor hobby is Civil War battle re-enactments; often wishing he kept his armour on for his fights with the trails!

Paul is an aspirant British Cycling Level II Mountain Bike Instructor.

Jack - Mountain Bike Guide

Jack spends most of his time in The Surrey Hills riding his Stumpjumper over every jump and along all the singletrack he can find. Living round here means there aren’t many big mountains to ride much 'Downhill', so all his practise is done on the singletrack trails. He also rides a fair few miles on the road bike each week which goes a long way to maintaining his fitness, but is also pretty fun on the roads round here!

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Singletrack School provide mountain bike skills coaching, mountain bike technique courses, mountain bike skills weekends, women's mountain bike skills courses, private mountain bike skills tuition, off-road skills instruction for kids and families, guided singletrack rides and cross country bike adventures in The Surrey Hills and beyond.

We also organise and deliver team building and corporate entertainment events for corporate customers, and experience days and social events for schools, clubs, youth groups, stag parties and hen parties.

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