Coaching Scholar: Justin Knox - Profile


Monica Eden

Name: Justin Knox

Age: 36

Keen Mountain Biker Justin Knox currently coaches for Matlock Cycling Club at Thornbridge Outdoor centre in Derbyshire while studying hard in his final year of a Sports Coaching/Development degree.

His main passion is mountain biking through the Peak District and endurance racing, although he has a particular dislike for 29ers and people who buy full suspension bikes to just ride them down disused railway tracks!

British Cycling's Scholarship programme provides two individuals who are committed to a career in coaching with the opportunities to work closely with the organisation's performance staff and Coach Education team in order to broaden their understanding of cycle sport and further their personal development.

The 12 month programme will consist of a wide variety of coach development opportunities, tailored to meet the specific needs of this year's scholars, former Talent Team track rider Monica Eden and XC rider Justin Knox.

In addition to being supported by the Coach Education team, successful scholars will be expected to keep detailed blog of the activities and here is Justin's first entry.

What are you doing at the moment?
A Degree in Sports Coaching / Development at Derby University, just entering my final year.

What's your main discipline?
Mountain biking.

What coaching certificates do you hold?
Mountain Bike level 2 and currently completing my Road & TT level 2.

What kind of riding do you do?
Cross-country mainly and occasionally Downhill, I like it technical and rocky.

Where do you coach?
I currently coach for Matlock Cycling Club at Thornbridge Outdoor centre In Derbyshire.

Why do you ride?
Excitement, adrenaline, fitness.

Where do you ride?
The Peak District - I mainly love the stuff around Derwent reservoir, Cut Gate has to be my favourite when it's dry.

What's your favourite event as a spectator?
Four Cross and Downhill Mountain Bike, especially at Fort William the atmosphere is amazing.

What's your favourite event as a competitor?
Endurance races, you get more bang for your buck.

What do you like?
Bikes, Skiing, Sunny holidays, music, chocolate and beer.

What are your dislikes?
29'ers (they're just not right), midges, seafood, people who buy big full suspension bikes to just ride them down disused railway tracks and Sunday drivers.

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