Tim Shoreman – Accepted on Scottish Cycling MTB Junior Performance Program

Exciting news from Velocita Coaching rider Tim Shoreman as he is accepted onto the Scottish Cycling XC-MTB Junior Performance Program for 2017.

Since starting with VC in 2013, Tim has won the Scottish XC-MTB series 3 times in succession, with numerous 1st place podiums as well as 2nd in the 2016 Scottish National MTB Champs. National success has been top 5 positions in the British XC-MTB Series and placing 5th in the 2016 British National XC-MTB Champs. He has also been part of the winning Scottish team for the UK Inter-Regional XC-MTB Championships.

Moving onto the SC Junior Performance Program means that Tim is now taken on full time for all his development by Scottish Cycling. Whilst I’m sad to see him departing VC, this marks a huge success in our coaching time together by achieving the next step forward, and I wish Tim every success as a Junior in 2017!


New Kit for 2016

Just taken delivery of this super bright Giro Aeon 2016 helmet in fluro. Just the ticket for my coach led road sessions, not to mention good viability in poor weather conditions…of which we’ve had a fair bit recently!!


Shoreman Cleans Up at Youth Dirt Racing

Velocita Coaching rider, Tim Shoreman took the over all win this weekend in the U16 category at the MTB Youth Stage Race. Held at Glentress forest by Peebles Cycle Club, the event consisted of 4 stages. These included a Hilly/Technical XC race, Hill climb, rooty DH and a short & fast Dirt Crit. Congratulations to Tim who won 3 of the 4 stages to take the overall.

Tim’s next target is the National MTB Inter-Regional Competition in a weeks time, held at Hadleigh Park in Essex, where he has been selected to represent Scotland North.

Arctic Race of Norway 2015 – Scottish Junior Team

Last weekend I travelled over to Narvik in Norway as Team Coach, with Peter Clark as Team Leader and the nine riders of the Scottish Junior Team.

Mens Team: Alistair Merry, Danny Hedley, Grant Martin, Jordan Stronach, Zak Loney. Womens Team: Ashleigh Fraser, Emma Borthwick, Lulu Bartlett, Sara Bradford.

Sponsored by Statoil this is a hugely prestigious event for Junior racers with an fully international field, tagged onto the professional stage race that weekend of the same name.

Flying over Friday, we arrived late in the evening to the university accommodation and    preceded to get the bikes built and checked. Sat then involved a pre-race ride to open up the legs and together as a team we reviewed the 8 Km circuit. Contained within Narvik it was steep and challenging with leg busting climbs opening up to fast & technical descents. It was going to be a good race for sure! That evening a seminar/workshop was held with Thor Hushovd, the race ambassador, giving the junior riders insight and aspiration into what is required to become a professional bike rider.

Race day on Sunday was a huge fanfare with massive crowds gathered for roll out of the Pro race. Keeping everyone calm, relaxed and focused on the task at hand was key for Peter and myself, as well as ensuring they were well hydrated in the hot conditions!

Both our men and women’s team rode strongly in a very competitive field with our highest placed finishers being Ashleigh Fraser (12th) and Sara Bradford (13th) showing the true nature of team work, riding together and crossing the line side by side.

This was a massive learning experience for the team and we were delighted to learn that Statoil have signed up to support the event for another 3 years. Plans are already afoot and I’m looking forward to developing the Scottish team for 2016.

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Evans Conquers the 25TT Hour

Another success this week, this time for Time Trialist Les Evans. One of his primary season goals was to come in under the hour for a 25 mile TT and together we’ve been building his training to his target event. Last night at the club 25TT, Les rode a solid 59.06, smashing his PB, well done Les!

Hard As Nails – Sarkis Rips up the ‘Celtman’

Massive congratulations to Laura Sarkis for a stunning performance this weekend at the Celtman, gaining 4th woman and 27th overall in a time of 14hrs 47 mins. No stranger to the super tough event, Laura has been training hard all season with Velocita Coaching and her hard work has paid off, beating her previous time by nearly 2 hrs. Top effort Laura, time for a well earned recovery!


Arctic Race of Norway – Media Launch Day

The sun shone for Thor Hushovd’s visit to Aberdeen yesterday for the media launch of the Scottish junior team for the Arctic Race of Norway.

STV were present taking a number of photo’s of the team and Velocita Coaching’s Ashleigh Fraser also got an STV interview along side Thor, making the evening news. Afterwards we rode out west with Thor and the team, with everyone chatting to the former world champ in the rotation. Obviously we couldn’t resist a final sprint finish and Peter had the chequered flag ready 🙂

The whole day was a great promo for cycling in north east and its a fantastic opportunity for the young riders which I’m delighted to support. Plenty to be done now and my next steps will be the organisation of a series of coaching sessions for the team to get them prepared for August. Exciting times ahead!

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Youth Tour of Scotland 2015

This Easter weekend I accompanied the North East Scotland youth team to the Youth Tour of Scotland, in the role of coach & team manager. The event was hosted at Strathallan school in Perthshire for the full 3 day event. The best youth riders are attracted with teams from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland & Isle of Man and the quality of rider is top level. It was a really great experience for the team and a big learning curve in fast, technical racing with large fields of up to 80 riders. I was kept busy attending team manager meetings, producing the daily schedule, planning the race tactics, keeping the lads on time with their warm ups/down, logistics and 101 other jobs that makes it all come together.  Couldn’t have asked for a better team though and had a real sense of pride seeing their organisation and enthusiasm. Well done!!

Youth Tour of Scotland

In two weeks time I’m delighted to be accompanying the North East Scotland youth team to the Youth Tour of Scotland, in role of coach & team manager. A fantastic event for youth road racing, this is the highlight of the calender. The program incorporates a long circuit road race on the Saturday, a Perth city centre criterium followed by a Time Trail on the Sunday, with the weekend finishing off with a short circuit road race on the Monday. All stages are closed roads as per youth racing and its promises to be a fantastic weekend for the riders battling for stage wins as well as the GC overall. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date with the results as happen through the ADCA Youth facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ADCAYouth

KOM Sportive Steps Up

Great news that organisation of our local King of the Mountains Sportive has this year has been taken over from Deeside Thistle CC to be run by local event organising company, Fire Trail Events. Bringing a professional edge to the event, three routes are available including 25 miles, 100 Km and 100 miles so there is a distance for everyone. If you are considering entering and want specific coaching support, get in touch for a tailored plan with inside knowledge of the course demands. Be at your best and conquer the toughest!

Training Peak University – Back to School

Spent this weekend at the home of British Cycling in Manchester at the Veldrome, with the Training Peaks team led by Joe Friel.

Having flown in from the USA for a rare UK delivery with detailed product training followed by a 1 to 1 interview exam. I’m delighted to announce all modules were passed and that Velocita Coaching is officially certified!

All VC riders are provided their own Training Peaks account, for receiving their training and posting their session data & feedback. Access is easy and efficient through both a mobile app and desktop PC so you can keep up to speed at home, work or on the move.

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Tooling Up Workshop – Repair it Yourself

This weekend was the delivery of a keenly awaited Roadside Repair & Home Maintenance workshop for 30 local Aberdeenshire riders.

Hands on experience in changing tubes, splitting/re-joining chains, measuring wear, changing brake pads and indexing gears, as just some of the areas covered.

If you’d benefit from a group or individual session, get in touch now.