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2021/22 Cyclocross season comes to an end

​2021/22 Cyclocross Results

17th - U23 Cyclocross European Championships

3rd & 14th - U23 British National Cyclocross Champs 

2nd & 13th - National Cyclocross Trophy Round 2 (UCI)

3rd - National Cyclocross Trophy Round 6 (UCI)

9th - Etihas Cross Essen (UCI)

9th - Clanfield Cyclocross (UCI)

11th - U23 GP Sven Nys

18th - U23 World Cup Dendermonde

4th - Scottish Cyclocross Championships

1st - West Midlands Cyclocross Championships

2nd - East Midlands Cyclocross Championships
Multiple Regional Victories & Podiums

As we approach the start of the new road season, we once again look back at an action packed winter of Cyclocross for many of our Talent Development Academy riders and other supported athletes. Another year and once again we can look back with pride on the effort all our riders put into the season and the results they came away with. 

Despite success, a Cyclocross season never comes without challenges, from untimely mechanicals, to the added chance of crashes, to even managing the rest, re-build and peak between the road and the cyclocross seasons. Despite these challenges, all our riders were able to build on previous performances to come away with personal best positions, and once again challenging the top steps of the National podiums and beyond. 

As we begin to look forward, we already have plans to build on the foundations set in this last year to further our successes in 2022 and provide the necessary support to more talented young athletes to take their next step in cyclocross, be it a top 10 at a National Trophy race or moving onward to International selection. If these goals align with yours, feel free to contact us and discuss how our Talent Development Academy can support you too. 
 

For more information on our FREE Talent Development Academy, head to our TDA page:

https://www.loughboroughperformancecoaching.com/talent-development-academy

24th January 2022

toby barnes signs for uci continental team wiv sungod for the 2022 road season

One of the stand out U23 riders of 2021, even with very little racing, Toby was able to showcase his talents to gain interest from the top domestic teams in the country. We now have the pleasure to announce he has officially signed with, perhaps the most successful British based team, WiV Sungod (Formerly Canyon DHB). 

WiV Sungod will not only be able to provide Toby with a strong UK calendar, but also a high quality International UCI racing calendar, giving him the opportunity to race against some of the best riders in the world. Furthermore, the experience of such riders on the team as Jake Scott and Rory Townsend will be pivotal to Toby's development as a young rider, and not to mention all under the guidance ofTim Elverson. 

We certainly look forward to see what Toby can do in the 2022 season on the road, but for now we maintain concentration on closing out his European Cyclocross Calendar and returning to UK in January for the National Cyclocross Championships.

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''We had been working closely with Toby for a number of months, discussing which teams will help in develop most and give him the best opportunities to progress in his career. Two things that are much more important than the equipment you may be given, or the free supplements a sponsor can give you. After weighing up teams on the Continent and teams in the UK, I couldn't be happier for Toby to sign with Tim's team, now WiV Sungod. Toby is our first rider to progress to a Continental team on the road, but in just 12 months of our Talent Development Academy existing, we don't feel that is a bad achievement and we are certain there will be more to follow him.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For more information on WiV Sungod (Currently still Canyon DHB), please see their website:
https://canyondhb.co.uk/

28th December 2021

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marinus petersen signs for elite uk team 
nopinz motip for 2022

After a successful 2nd part of the season, culminating in winning the Welsh National Road Race, Marinus has signed for the UK Elite Development Team of Nopinz Motip for the 2022 road season. Nopinz will support Marinus in entering the biggest races on the British calendar whilst providing high quality equipment and resources required to achieve good results at these races. 

Furthermore, Nopinz were able to design and produce a bespoke Welsh Champions jersey for Marinus to wear throughout the season, showcasing himself as a National Champion. We look forward to see what Marinus can do in this new kit in 2022. 

''At the level we are racing, small details can be the difference between winning and losing. That's why for me, choosing the best team for my development was important. The team is organised and effective but with a great team atmosphere too. All the kit, nutrition, equipment they use is the best stuff that I'd choose to you use myself. I've long looked up to the other super talented and motivated riders on the team and really looking forward to racing with them out on the road next year!"

-Marinus Petersen-

For more information on Nopinz Motip Race Team, visit their site below:

https://www.nopinz.com/2021/07/team-profile-nopinz-motip-race-team/

Supporting riders with team applications, contacts and CV's is part of any rider's benefits from our Talent Development Academy

26th December 2021

talent development academy 2022 winter camp 1

This past weekend, our Talent Development Academy, along with other invited guests from the local area, came together for our first training weekend of the 2022 road season. Our weekends tend to consist of two days of hard work, working together to learn and achieve our objectives whilst still having good fun. On the first day we tend to focus on a specific element of road racing, sprinting for example as it was this past weekend. Here, we breakdown different elements of a sprint before putting it into action on the road. The second day is often a longer, 160Km+ day of group riding, focusing on high carb intake, which is essential to be successful when racing over longer distances. 

It is these supported weekends that we believe set us apart from many other coaches, to be able to offer this type of training environment with such a high level of cyclists is rare to see outside the professional peloton. 

For more information on our training weekends and what else our Talent Development Academy get up to, visit our TDA page:
Talent Development Academy

Our Talent Development Academy offers much more than just prescribing training, with detailed analysis and workshops on techniques and tactics as well training weekends designed to simulate real world racing situations so we can learn in a risk free environment. All of this is offered at no cost to any rider on the Academy. 

24th November 2021

matt ellis signs for scott redding cycling team for the 2022 season

Scott Redding, a name known to those who may follow Moto GP, has turned some focus to another branch of two-wheel racing, and with it, recruited a team of riders who will be able to compete on a National level. 

Although stepping down from Continental level to race on this team, Matt will be given more freedom to express his racing style in races largely of his choice, less pressure from the team and more enjoyment from a supportive environment. This will allow Matt to focus more on himself and with that we should see Matt start to get the results we know he is capable of again. 

Matt will first show off his new colours at the National Cyclocross Championships in January, a race where he hopes to get a solid result after recent Cyclocross success. A top 15 at National Championships would be a great way to christen the new kit. 

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For more information on the Scott Redding Cycling Team, follow their Instagram account below:
https://www.instagram.com/srct_mucoff/

10th December 2021

Haines & Gregory to

be supported by the dave rayner fund in 2021

Spending a racing season abroad as an U23 can be difficult for many reasons, and money is certainly one of these difficulties, with athletes usually requiring to pay their own living expenses and travels to and from the UK. Luckily, The Dave Rayner Fund is there to support the most talented athletes racing in Europe. 

''The Dave Rayner Fund usually provides a young person the means to travel abroad, set up home and function on a day to day to basis. This assistance is financial but also takes the form of advice, mentoring and mental support. This internship as a cyclist opens up a whole new raft of opportunities and put riders in a position to progress themselves further in life.''

This year, both our riders based in France, Alex Haines and Alec Gregory were selected to receive funding to help them reach their goals of becoming professional cyclists. Both riders will be based with the GSC Blagnac Velo Sport 31 team near Toulouse, France. 

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''The Dave Rayner foundation is incredibly helpful to me and so many other riders trying to race and live abroad. Not only does it provide financial support that is incredible useful but puts you in contact with so many people that can help you in your cycling career. In a year where everything is very much still up in the air, having that support from the Dave Rayner Foundation is so valuable in providing some stability and confidence.''

-Alex Haines-

To view the invaluable support The Dave Rayner Fund provide to many youngsters, visit their website:

https://www.daveraynerfund.co.uk/

10th February 2021

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barnes signs for german cyclocross uci team schamel kloster kithcen

After a successful cyclocross season, with a top 15 finish in the European Championships and a top 25 in the World Championships, Toby was looking to further his Cyclocross career in 2021/22 by moving to the home of Cyclocross, Belgium, to compete week in week out at the highest level races in the World. 

Team Schamel were a team that stood out to both Toby and our coaching team here at LPC, as both a supportive setup for young riders and able to provide the opportunity to live and race in Belgium. 

''We were looking for a rider who could reach the top steps internationally in the U23. With Toby Barnes, a rider applied to us who we trust will consistently make it into the top 10 of the World Cups. Not only does the performance data look excellent, but his attitude is also exemplary for such a young rider."

-Grischa Janorschke-

-Team Schamel Manager-

This team will provide Toby with an excellent opportunity to progress and get the vital racing experience required to make the next steps in his career. It was also humbling to hear how the Team manager has applauded Toby's exemplary attitude, backing up our stance here at LPC that it takes more than just results to progress in the direction in this sport. Congratulations go out to Toby. 

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

                                                                                                                        

To read the full article, visit the Schamel website:

https://www.schamel.de/sports/welcome-toby-barnes/

Supporting riders with team applications, contacts and CV's is part of any rider's benefits from our Talent Development Academy

4th August 2021

isaac peatfield signs for french elite team
vcu schwenheim for 2022 road season

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A strong showing in the UK Premier Calendar events in recent months, Isaac has proved himself as a top tier road racer in the U23 and Senior categories, and now wishes to showcase his talents on the European and UCI scene. Based in North East France, VCU Schwenheim will provide Isaac with the opportunity to race Nationally in France, and also Internationally in the neighboring Belgium and Germany. 

See the below link for more information on VCU Schwenheim
https://schwenheim.wixsite.com/vcus

Supporting riders with team applications, contacts and CV's is part of any rider's benefits from our Talent Development Academy

 

16th october 2021

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alec & alex resign with french dn1 road team
GSC blagnac VS31

It's been a difficult season in France for Alec Gregory and Alex Haines, having to deal with the ever changing Covid restrictions and on top of that, the legal dilemmas brought on by Brexit. Despite this, both lads were able to deliver some fine team performances throughout the year and retain the faith of the DN1 team. 

Alex will be going into his 3rd season with GSC Blagnac in 2022, and after two years of progression and experience, he is hoping to deliver his best season yet and make a real impact in the French Division 1 racing. 

Alec spent 2021 learning the ropes in France, a new experience for any rider, and will be planning on putting all that into practice in 2022 to best support his team and take his opportunities for victories when they arise. 

See the below link for more information on the French DN1 Team GSC Blagnac Velo Sport 31:

https://www.gscblagnac-velosport31.fr/

Supporting riders with team applications, contacts and CV's is part of any rider's benefits from our Talent Development Academy

23rd October 2021

loughborough performance coaching host the 2021 british university hill climb champs

At Loughborough Performance Coaching, developing U23 talent is at the core of what we do. Alongside this, we also fully believe that athletes can mix full time education and still make the necessary progression to professional cyclists, a belief we are upholding with many of our current successful Talent Development Academy riders.

With this in mind, we worked alongside BUCS, with the added support of the cycling club at Loughborough University, to host the 2021 edition of the BUCS Hill Climb. This was raced on Polly Botts road, in the Charnwood Hills area of Leicestershire. 

A total of over 250 riders signed up to race, along with extra supporters, to create a supportive atmosphere on the climb, something much appreciated by riders deep in the hurt locker. 

The men's race was won by Hill Climb specialist Calum Brown of Sheffield Hallam University, whilst the women's race was taken by Corinne Side of University of Derby. 

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For full results of the race, please see the below:

http://www.titaniumresults.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=19747&RId=179&EId=1

7th November 2021

world championship 

selection for

toby barnes

With his best ever cyclocross season already under his belt, Toby Barnes has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2021 Cyclocross U23 World Championships in Belgium. 

Toby and his coach set this as the season goal early on in 2020 and Toby's hard work, willingness to learn and pure desire has led to the biggest of goals being achieved. 

Toby will line up against the best U23 riders in the world on Saturday 30th January. In preparation he will also be racing the Overijse World Cup this coming Sunday.

''I'm super excited to be racing my first world championships next weekend! I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do at the highest level of competition! 

-Toby Barnes-

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''It's scary as a coach when a rider tells you their main goal is to make it to the World Championships. Although you're not the one pedaling the bike, it feels like a lot of pressure to have control of such a rider's training. However, with belief in our coaching philosophy, and in Toby's ability, we have worked meticulously together over the past 12 months. To then achieve the goal at the end of that makes it all worth it. We wish Toby the best of luck at the Championships and look forward to watching him race against the best in the world.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

To read the full British Cycling article and see who Toby will be racing with, see below:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20210120-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-announces-team-for-2021-UCI-Cyclo-cross-World-Championships-0

20th January 2021

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cross examination part 3 

the final steps to the world championships

The British Continental have released their third in a series of articles exploring the training, lifestyle and racing of our GB Cyclocross rider; Toby Barnes. In this edition, they look into the preparation that is required leading into a major championships, from course research, specific training to practice laps the day before; It's more than just riding your bike! 

The article with Toby and Loughborough Performance's Head Coach, Phill Maddocks, goes on to discuss the benefit of group training in race preparation, especially with such little real races throughout the British cross season. 

''Having the right preparation for target races is vital to a rider's success. From the planning, the nutrition, and all the way to the final taper, it takes all elements to come together to deliver the athlete's best result on the day. Hopefully by discussing the process we went through with Toby before Worlds, we can help others successfully plan their preparations, be it for a major championship or a local club time trial. 

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

                                                                                                                            

To read the full article, visit The British Continental site:
https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2021/01/30/cross-examination-part-3-the-final-steps-to-the-world-championships/

Advice and active help with your own personal marketing comes as part of our development programme and (Top Tiered) coaching package for Junior & U23 riders.

5th February 2021

Image courtesy of SWPix 

Toby Barnes on home straight at the 2021 UCI World Cyclocross Championships

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travis bramley signs for uk elite team

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Despite a short road season, Travis was able to showcase his talents throughout 2020 in the domestic Time Trialing scene.

Throughout the TT season, Travis showed a clear potential and drive for success that was noticed by a number of teams, one of which was NoPinz Motip. After talking with our coaching team, Travis decided to sign for this domestic Elite Race Team as their goals and ambitions aligned well with his.

This move will allow Travis the opportunity to race National A road races such as the Tour Series and the British Cycling Premier Calendar. This will be the first opportunity for Travis to race at this level whilst also being the first time he rides as part of a larger team at major events.

“I’m incredibly excited to be pedalling in pink for the elite

British Set-up Nopinz Motip Race Team this year. I’m confident that this team has the riders and support to thrive; be that in road races, crits, or time trials. I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”

-Travis Bramley-

“This signing is a great move that will allow Travis to progress in his cycling career.  I have great confidence that Travis will be able to step up to this level, further demonstrating his ability to learn quickly and progress within the sport of cycling.”

-Ifan Roberts-

-Endurance Coach-

For more information on NoPinz Motip, and to see their full rider line up, please head to their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/nopinzmotipraceteam/

Helping young riders progress to elite teams and beyond is one of our key focuses here at LPC. To find out how we can help you, please visit our coaching page or contact us directly.

19th January 2020

marinus petersen makes the 2021 arkea samsic development program

With little racing present in 2020, Marinus turned one eye towards France and the Arkea Samsic's development program. After passing the initial assessments, Marinus allowed the Arkea coach's access to his training history, power profiles and his Loughborough Performance Coaching training plan. 

After careful analysis of all the data provided, Marinus was selected from over 650 athletes across 25 different countries to be part of the final 10 riders. These riders will be closely monitored by the team at Arkea over the next 12 months and support offered where necessary to provide these athletes with the best possible opportunities to progress to the professional ranks. This may well include training camps and racing opportunities when restrictions allow. 

''This was the perfect opportunity for me to demonstrate what I'm capable of given the circumstances of the pandemic. With the support of the team I'm hoping to further my physiological development as well as gain invaluable race experience to ultimately achieving my goal of gaining a full contract with the team"

-Marinus Petersen-

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''Achieving selection from such a large amount of riders is a real testament to Marinus' physiological abilities, hard training ethos and the structure and plans delivered by our coaches. Whilst staying with Loughborough Performance Coaching, the extra support provided by Arkea will be invaluable to Marinus' progression and making that next steps into Europe.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

To read the full article and for more information on the program please visit:

https://www.team-arkea-samsic.fr/10-coureurs-integrent-le-programme-detection-de-la-team-arkea-samsic-pour-la-saison-2021/

14th January 2021

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cross examination part 2

the path to europe

The British Continental has published their second article in their cyclocross series focusing on our very own Toby Barnes. This article gives a 'detailed look at the training required to race at the elite level in cyclocross.'

The article details Toby's strong start to the cross season with a win at the first round of the National cyclocross series, followed by GB selection for European U23 Championships where he came 13th, and then taking his first top 10 in a World Cup in Tabor.

The interview with Toby and Loughborough Performance Coaching's Head Coach, Phill Maddocks, goes on to detail Toby's build up to the season over the summer, the important of running and S&C in the training programme and what kind of sessions are Toby's favourite. 

''There is no secret to our training philosophy and sessions, and we are always happy to discuss with people and hear other opinions. If we can inspire and set some youngsters on the right path to success, just through articles like this, then we'd be happy and consider it worthwhile.''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

To read the full article, visit The British Continental site:
https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2020/12/18/cross-examination-part-2-the-path-to-europe/

Advice and active help with your own personal marketing comes as part of our development programme and (Top Tiered) coaching package for Junior & U23 riders.

18th November 2020

Junior & u23 race

announcement

We are pleased to announce our team will be working alongside Loughborough Sport to bring two new and exciting races to the National Youth and Junior Series in 2021. 

On the 8th May, Loughborough will be hosting a round of the National Men's and Women's Junior Series. Set on quiet roads close to the town, this course has the potential to suit both sprinters and punchy riders with a slight rise towards the finish line following a short climb 1 mile beforehand. 

On the 31st May, Loughborough University will play host to a round of the National Youth Series around the world-famous University Campus. A short and technical circuit including a steep hill will make for exciting racing where the best all-round riders will come to the fore. Accompanying the Youth racing will be a National Men's showcase event and the inaugural 'Jose Gilbert Memorial Trophy', a National Women's event. 

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''Supporting the next generation of British cyclists is one of our main goals as a company, be it through world-class coaching or offering unforgettable racing experiences.

''It's exciting to be hosting these events with the world leaders in sport education; Loughborough University, showcasing how education and sport can go hand in hand.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For information on the whole Junior and Youth National Series, please see the British Cycling Website:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20201109-Dates-announced-for-2021-youth-and-junior-road-series-0

12th November 2020

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Alec gregory signs for gsc blagnac velo sport 31

Impressing in his short trip to France this summer, Alec has signed for the competitive French DN1 team based in Toulouse, France, for the 2021 season. Alec will base himself in Toulouse for the road season, competing in Regional, National and International events. As a first year U23 there will be little pressure for Alec as he learns to adjust to a new way of racing on the continent as well as living and training abroad for the first time. 

Alec will be the second Loughborough Performance Coaching rider to progress straight from the Junior ranks to a top tier French cycling team as he joins Alex Haines who has already settled into racing on the continent taking numerous podiums in France throughout 2020. 

''Moving to France will be the next step for me to progress in the sport and hopefully it will lead to bigger things in years to come. It’s going to be a steep learning curve but I’ll enjoy myself along the way.''

-Alec Gregory-

''Moving to France is a big step for any young rider, however getting results at National or International level competitions in Europe are a great way to get yourself noticed as a competitive elite level cyclist. We have confidence Alec is joining a supportive team where he will be given time to grow and learn the ropes whilst supporting team mates and be given the freedom in races once he has shown he is ready''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

If you are a Junior or U23 cyclist who is interested in joining a European team, get in contact to see how we can help you reach your goals, from the training required to win races, to the support and advice in team selection and applications. 

20th October 2020

cross Examination part 1

 cross is coming

This week The British Continental published an article giving an in-depth look into our very own Cyclocross National Trophy Champion; Toby Barnes. This is the first of a series of articles to be published by The British Continental to ''find out exactly what it takes to become a National Cyclocross Trophy champion. From training to lifestyle and everything in between.''

Toby talks about his introduction into cycling, the balancing act of education and competing at an elite level and how University gives him a much needed mental break from cycling that allows the bike to stay an enjoyable part of his life. 

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''At Loughborough Performance Coaching we see the importance that social media presence has for young riders trying to break into the National or International circuit and we encourage this as much as possible. Working with The British Continental on this series is very exciting for us as they are also keen on developing young riders' career prospects in terms of articles, interviews and features.''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

To read the full article, visit The British Continental site:
https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2020/10/02/cross-examination-part-1-cross-is-coming/

Advice and active help with your own personal marketing comes as part of our development programme and (Top Tiered) coaching package for Junior & U23 riders.

5th October 2020