I am Mark Walker and I am a cycling physiologist and coach. I have a passion for all forms of cycling having raced on the road for many years, switching to cyclocross more recently.
Cycling is never easy and I find nothing more enjoyable than helping a rider, whatever their discipline, achieve their full potential. I know I can use my expertise in coaching and cycling research to give riders the best possible opportunity to win races, and when they do, it almost feels as good as winning myself.
Although I am known for having worked with Alex Dowsett and Helen Wyman, I also coach a number of other riders in cyclocross, cross country MTB, track sprint and road-racing. As well as this I am course manager for Writtle University College’s foundation degree in cycling performance so I am also a ‘coach to the coaches’.
I initially qualified as a biology teacher 24 years ago before gaining an MSc in Sports Science at the University of Essex in 2002. At this point I decided to move into adult education working first at South East Essex College before moving to Writtle College in 2006. I am currently completing my PhD on pacing and power data modelling in cyclocross. Undertaking this research means that I am constantly keeping up-to-date with the latest applied cycling research and it has also led me to interview a number of the world’s best cyclocross professionals and gain a great insight into what it takes to succeed at this very tough sport.
Testament to my success as a coach is that I am regularly approached by athletes in different disciplines convinced that I can help them too. This has led to me working with an elite triathlete and biathlete and I am also now working with track cycling sprinters, including a world class 1km TT competitor.
I am qualified as a Level 2 cyclocross and Go Ride coach with British Cycling and I have taught applied coaching science, sports nutrition, applied exercise physiology and outdoor leadership to students at Writtle University College.
Outside of coaching I have written a number of cycling orientated articles for corporate clients and a marketing agency.
If you think I might be able to help with your cycle training please get in touch.