an experienced cycling coach can improve your performance

cycling coach Mark Walker and Sean Dunlea
Sean presented cycling coach Mark Waker (right) with this jersey. The jersey had been lost in Sean’s attic for over eight years!

Mark Walker is a cycling coach who will help you to improve your performance. His vast experience of cycle coaching means that he can help you in a range of disciplines. Mark has helped riders to achieve their ambitions on the track, in Gran Fondo, sportive events, road racing, time trials, cyclocross, enduro and mountain bike racing. You can discover more about Mark Walker here.

Cycling coach to medal winners

Mark has achieved success at club level right through to cycling world championships. The riders he coaches have won UCO world championship medals on the track and in cyclocross. Helen Wyman famously won a bronze medal at the women’s elite cyclocross world championships at Hoogerheide. She won two European cyclocross titles and two Koppenberg cyclocrosses while Mark was her cycling coach. Helen picked up numerous race wins in Europe and America and several British National cyclocross titles.

cycling coach to world hour record holder

Some of Mark Walker’s greatest moments were as cycling coach to time trial specialist Alex Dowsett. During his years with Mark, Alex achieved the 10 mile time trial record with a scorching 17 minutes and 20 seconds smashing Michael Hutchinson’s previous record by 25 seconds. Later that year Alex won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games time trial

It was off the back of these performances that Alex and Mark decided a bid for the world hour record was a possibility. In May 2015 he beat the record of Rohan Dennis with a distance of 52.937 km. Sadly for Alex and his cycling coach the record was broken by Bradley Wiggins just a month later with 54.526 km.

Mark went on to coach Alex for the 2015 Tour de France and his win in the Bayerne Rundfahrt professional stage race.

Junior National Trophy Success

Mark’s successes haven’t just been limited to the professional ranks. He guided Sean Dunlea to a National trophy round win and overall title in 2014. Sean also represented Great Britain at two cyclocross World Cups and the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. Sean is now an officer in the London Metropolitan Police and rides cyclocross only occasionally. The pair remain in touch and Mark still provides Sean with cycle coaching advice and tips.

From 3rd Cat to pro

Although Mark had successfully worked with elite riders one of his ambitions was to take an amateur into the proffessional ranks. This ambition was realised with Simon Carr when he turned pro for Nipp Delko One Provence in 2020. Coming out of lockdown he had a successful season and was picked up by EF Education – Nippo.

Track sprint and 1 km tT coach

Sometimes riders approach Mark for coaching but for contractual reasons Mark is not allowed to discuss who he is working with. This often happens with professional cycling teams and national squads. A few years ago a rider requested help from Mark to improve his track sprint and 1 km TT performances. The rider won numerous races whilst being coached by Mark but the most notable was a world championship silver medal in the 1 km TT.

Mark Can help you too

Mark is always happy to take on new clients and to face fresh challenges. If you would like Mark’s help please get in touch outlining what you need from your cycle coaching for a free, no obligation consultation.

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