A little unexpected perhaps, but it was what I didn’t do, rather than what I did that transformed my riding the most.

In 2006 I was forced to take a break from cycling. At first it was tough to stop, but it enabled me to take a step back and review everything I thought I knew about my training.

When I returned, I needed to develop a very individualised training programme suited to the unique needs I had — I simply couldn’t train in the same way as before. What happened next was eye-opening. My performance improved, the results were amazing.

Taking the necessary time out gave me a great awareness of just how crucial it is to focus on the individual, not just the outcome and thanks to this, Truly Personal Coaching was born.