IAN FIELD

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"I started racing aged 12 and soon progressed to a national level winning the Junior National MTB Series and placing second in the National Junior Road Series behind a certain Geraint Thomas, winning rounds of both series.

 

At the time, the only two options for riders in the UK were to join a British Cycling plan for track or MTB... or head abroad on their own to try and forge their own career path. I chose to join the newly formed MTB academy based in Manchester with the goal of London 2012. Getting to work within this environment was a huge learning curve, working with some of the country's best coaches and nutritionists, gaining vast amounts of knowledge and understanding of being a professional athlete.

 

During this time, I won a National U23 MTB title and placed 6th on a stage of the Premier Calendar Series. However, after three years of injuries, my time on the academy came to an end. Having shown more promising results in cyclocross, winning rounds of the National Series as a second year U23 and placing 16th at U23 Worlds, I pursued a career in Belgium, packing up my Clio to live in Europe and surround myself with 'Cross.

 

During this time, I raced on the road during the summer in preparation for the cyclocross season. Results began to come at smaller UCI races, including a break out 6th place at Nacht Van Woerden, Holland. Finally, I got top 15s at Superprestige events and World Cups. My career highlights were 11th at Iowa World Cup and a 12th at the first "home" World Cup in Milton Keynes - and not forgetting the infamous Koppenbergcross 2013 attack on lap one which gave me fame in Belgium still to this day.

 

While in Belgium, I had the opportunity to train with some of the top teams and add to my knowledge of what was needed to become the best in the world. In my career, I've won 5 National Titles, 6 National Trophy Series and over 20 UCI professional races, including two in America.

 

In 2012, I completed my coaching qualifications and began coaching a limited number of select people to build up the people skills and man-management needed in helping others. Even as a coach, I always want to be the best and absorb as much knowledge as I can. I stay up-to-date with new research and I've completed further online courses into Sports Physiology and the use of TrainingPeaks data analysis"

CONTACT ME

ian@veldcoaching.com

07917 859 407

@veldcoaching

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