Julian Harper: "After having had a poor 2014 season interrupted by illness and injury, I decided to speak to Simon about where and how to move forward as I wasn’t enjoying my time trialling.
I have known Simon for many years and knew he was coaching some respected competitors. After a few discussions and a meeting I decided to take the plunge and move forward with Simon as my coach. What a good decision this turned out to be! Any doubts I was had were quickly dispelled shortly after starting my training programme. Simon intuitively knew when I was feeling a bit tired, before I had entered my metrics.
Simon changed one technical point in particular which I took on board with an open mind and I put my trust in Simon. I was surprised how quickly I adapted and this has helped me stay injury free throughout the whole year.
Leaving the training structure to Simon has meant I have been able to maximise my training without disrupting family life and fitting it around work, meaning it has been a pretty much stress free experience.
This in turn has led to my confidence coming back and really being able to enjoy my time trialling again, which ultimately is what it is all about for me.
Despite some pretty bad weather this season, I have still managed to smash my 10 mile pb and get some quick 25s in the bag on a course that previously didn’t really suit me.
One memorable race this year was when I was part of the team that won the Welsh 10 mile Championships, something I certainly didn’t expect at the start of the season.
I am now really looking forward to my winter training and what next season can bring."
Liam Bard: "Now the season has finished, I’ve hung up my bike for a couple of weeks and had the chance to reflect on my progress and results.
I decided to approach Simon for coaching in September 2014 following a disappointing season with my road racing. After the birth of my son in late 2013, I was struggling to find the time to train. The time I did have, I soon learnt from Simon was not being spent effectively & causing more fatigue than anything else.
Due to returning back to self-employment, time was even more of the essence, so employing a coach was even more appealing to me. Following the initial set up, Simon soon learnt my work/life balance and started producing weekly training plans that slotted in perfectly around my day to day life which also kept my family happy.
Wanting to lean towards Time Trialing more for the 2015 season, we set the CS Dynamo 10 as my first ever attempt at riding a time trial in March to which I surprised myself by coming a respectable 11th with a time of 23.05. Following this, I realised that “the winter training must be working” I soon got the buzz and went on to compete in a further 21 open time trials.
As the season progressed, riding religiously to Simon’s weekly plans and communicating regularly I was riding PB’s in every race. This only boosted my confidence and the drive to push harder as well as taking part in several 25 mile time trials too.
Having already registered from the previous year, I once again took part in the Ride London event in August. Now, having the capacity to ride harder with the “new engine” I’d built, I stormed round the 100 mile course in 3:58 taking 11th out of the 25,000+ riders entered. A fantastic achievement and sense of self worth.
On reflection, I’m amazed by the achievements I’ve made in my first season time trialing, competing against some of the best riders in the south west, to which I have claimed 6 x Podium Finishes, 16 x top 10 finishes, 1 x Welsh Championships Team Prize. 10mile PB: 20:13 - 25mile PB: 52:30
I’m now looking forward to the winter training and to what I can achieve next year working with Simon."
Simon, I felt that I should write this testimony about your coaching skills.
In the past 5 years I have suffered a heart attack, two left sided strokes, DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism through a crush injury! It has taken a considerable amount of time and hospitalisation to recover, as you can imagine. NHS physiotherapy helped give me some degree of life back but I was still reliant on others for my daily needs; I was taking a large mixture of tablets daily with the consultant’s / GP’s advice being that if I missed taking these tablets daily I would be poorly again! I have known Simon for many years and his enthusiasm regarding sport and especially cycling is infectious to say the least. I was a busy cyclist in the late 60’s / 70’s and a seasoned TT rider in Lancashire. I heard Simon had become a cycling / sports coach so decided to make contact with him to see if he could help me reach some kind of fitness level again – Simon accepted the challenge fully without a second thought! It’s a long story, but the result is that within 10 weeks of Simons help, support and coaching skills I was back on the bike riding not only on the flat but up the down hills with ease, not only has he restored my fitness to a level I could not have imagined but, he has restored my confidence and hunger for life again – I now take no tablets at all I can push myself on training and rides without fear of side effects, I look forward to every day on the bike, and next year intend to start competing again at a senior armature level. So Simon I cannot find the words to thank you fully for what you have achieved for me, my debt to you is massive and hope this feedback encourages other people who have suffered illness in their lives or just need the right coaching to enjoy life again contact you, I cannot recommend you high enough. Thank you so much Simon.
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Feedback from clients following cycling specific Strength and Conditioning sessions working with the S&C Team at Exeter University. Please contact me directly if you are interested in attending the next session.
HEY SIMON, I FORWARDED YOUR FEEDBACK TO THE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND THEY WERE IMPRESSED AND ENTHUSED WITH THE DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP
Many thanks for organising another really helpful S&C session with the Uni
The coaches, Pete & Wayne, were excellent - we found them really attentive
& helpful, and very happy to give everyone a proper answer to their
They are definitely knowledgeable, and can transfer the information in a way
that is easy to understand and make sense.
Just the little pointers on correct technique and posture will really help
me get the most out of my ageing frame!
Hope you can organise some more sessions to build on this.
Thanks again to you all
All the best
S&C Exeter university
"This Session was really helpful. I had some reservations as i don't have access to a
gym and i wasnt sure what i would be able to do in my (limited) home "gym". I do
have a foam roller so i will be getting back on that and trying to use it daily
to improve flexibiilty/ reduce the tighter areas in my lower half (there are
many!). It was encouraging to know that the body weight exercises i have been
doing are good and with a selection of jumps and pistol squat variations with
less rest I may be able to go some way to improve my strength without spending
more money on kit/ gym membership. it was also good to learn about "cardio or
resistance 1st?" & how many sets/ reps with a view to hypertrophy/ and avoidance
of. I also received some useful pointers with regards to my posture when lifting
and also my foot position (i'm a bit duck footed) and how when i am lifting
heavier weights this will become a problem. all in all, it was well worth the
drive up from Bodmin, if only for the personalised snippets that made it
worthwhile for ME rather than generic information which can be easily accessed
on the 'net.
Many thanks Tim
Thanks for arranging another S & C session together with "Beef". Once again it
was a well organised, informative hands on session. The two lads Pete and Wayne
obviously take a lot of pride in what they do and were keen to answer any
questions we had for them with enthusiasm and a with a full explanation behind
their reply. With some slightly painful quads today the exercises they
demonstrated, made me realise what I am not doing, in order to help me progress
further with my training. So all in all another useful session which refreshed
Thanks to all
I just wanted to say how useful and motivational I found last night's session
at Exeter Uni.
Although I live an hour away, this is the second session I have been to and
both have been first class and well worth the journey down from North Devon. The
instructors were knowledgeable and patient, and more importantly understood my
needs as a cyclist. I thought it was presented in a relax manner, which made me
feel comfortable to ask questions.
I have recommended these sessions to friends, who I know are very interested in
future dates. I personally would be interested in a nutrition session and
something that looks at the mental preparation needed to perform in race
It was great to be at the University, and using their facilities.
thanks to you and the Uni team for organising this.
Hi Simon and Sally,
Thank you so much for fitting us and for giving us all the advice and exercises/stretches…..to say nothing of the superb shoes etc – I really do feel the part now! We both thought you were so helpful and just what we needed to get us going – we loved all the encouragement We will be in touch when we have got something to report or have any queries.
With many thanks again and hope you have a very Happy Christmas.
Lucia and David
December 12th 2013
Well done Kim!
The perfect feedback from a client/athlete =COACH HAPPY
Simon Edney!! I am so proud of myself!!!!! I did it! I did the 4 lots of 2 minute runs and actually did all of them, usually I do the first two and then do 1.5 mins for the last two with a minute on the end but I was in the zone today, on my 3rd 2 min run i did 2.5, i also did an extra minute on the end. I wasnt feeling all too happy for this today but hoped a run would do me good and after that I'm so pleased :):):):):)
Simon, I'm sure I speak for everyone who attended that it was an excellent session, informative and pitched really well. I personally gained a lot from it, having had over 20 years experience of resistance training I was sure that I wouldn't learn anything new, but couldn't have been more wrong! Thanks to you Simon for arranging it and a big thanks to Beef and his colleague for an excellent session. Is that my glutes I can still feel?????