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Article posted: 18/12/2012

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Phil guides the Mountain Bike riders within the Great Britain Cycling Team so he was the ideal person to apply his extensive expertise to the production of our Mountain Bike technique videos. 

Five Quick Questions with Phil Dixon

What led you to working for British Cycling

PD: For me this was a natural progression from being a bike rider to work with British Cycling; from racing local races to being on the start line of the biggest championships in the world, I have had the experiences to draw from that help the riders that are on the programme at the momentIn the time between being a full time bike rider and taking up my position as Olympic Mountain Bike Coach I was working with a number of youth education schemes which really developed my communication skills. This has helped me in a performance coaching environment.

When did you start?

PD: As with everyone I had a bike from an early age, doing the normal things I had the standard paper round at age 11 to get some pocket money. After a few years I got fitter I was going out of a weekend in the hills of Derbyshire, entered a local race, then a regional, national, joined the Great Britain Squad and was entering the best races in the world.

What motivates you?

PD: My motivation comes from helping people improve as athletes and achieve their performance goals / targets; everything from physical, technical, tactical, psychological, and nutritional.

What was your best experience as a coach?

PD: The London Olympics was an amazing journey, everything leading up to the games with qualification rounds, the way everyone got behind the mountain bike team on the final days of the games and the day itself. Watching Annie Last put everything into place, taking the race from the front in her first Olympic games, setting a benchmark for the next generation of female MTB bike riders to aspire to was fantastic.

Hero?

PD: You cannot get a better hero than my old man. As a bike racer, it’s the same for everyone, you have that special someone you can rely on, take you to races, and invest time in you. He is a good listener and was never afraid to be open and honest in conversation. These are attributes that have stuck with me and I have taken them with me into my coaching career.  

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