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Background

Our Philosophy

Custom Cycle Coaching offers 100% customised cycling coaching plans, nutritional advice and physiological testing to optimise cycling performance for athletes of all levels.  Whether your goal is to lose weight, ride your first Sportive or win elite races we can help you to achieve that goal.

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Background

Coaching Credentials

Over 10 years of experience working in the Physiology of Cycling Performance

Education

PhD Sports Physiology and Nutrition, Oxford Brookes University

Masters Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Loughborough University

BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences, Birmingham University

Certifications

British Cycling Level 2 Coaching

UK Anti Doping Coach Clean

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Dr. Tom Kirk

Head Consultant

I have been cycling competitively for over half my life! I began cycling at the age of 13 after watching the Tour de France on TV and wanting to emulate my heroes such as Miguel Indurain and Tony Rominger.  I saw an advert for children's races in the local newspaper and went along. I got lapped several times by the winner but I was hooked!  Over the next few years I raced and learnt a lot and won several events.  In my first year as a senior rider I upped ship to France to race for an amateur team and since then have competed in national and international races each year. When I realised that a career as a professional cyclist was not a realistic goal for me I returned to the UK to study a degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.  I first became interested in Sports Nutrition as a Junior competing in the Junior Tour of Wales when I first found out that full English breakfasts and ice cream were not the best fuel for racing (thanks Dave!) and was introduced to sports drinks for the long, hilly stages.  This interest was awakened during my degree learning from Professor Asker Jeukendrup, a world renowned expert in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and I followed up my degree with a Masters in Sports and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University.  I have since studied for a PhD in Sports Physiology and Nutrition and worked as a researcher at Oxford University. I continue to compete at in Masters cycling and manage UK elite teams in races at home and abroad.

I am a qualified British Cycling coach and passionately believe that for a coaching programme to be successful it must be tailored completely to the individual's needs.  You will not find any generic copy and paste training programmes here, every one is customised to your goals, time availability and fitness levels.  We embrace modern technology using power meters, heart rate monitoring and heart rate variability amongst other tools and you can be assured that all programmes are based on the most up to date scientific principles alongside good old fashioned common sense and training principles.