Name: Chris Hyde – Chairman of Hadleigh MTB Club
Years Riding: 30+
Qualifications: British Cycling Level 2 coach in MTB, CTC/B1ke MTB Skills Instructor
Countries visited for riding: Dubai, France, Netherlands, USA
Achievements: Raced XC aged 15-18 in South Wales competing in regional events gaining several podiums and wins.
I started in BMX and specifically BMX freestyle primarily for recreation although I did take part in a few local events. I initially got into Mountain Biking in the mid-1980s and started racing in a
local series in South Wales. During the seasons that followed, I raced in a few Regional and National events and picked up a few wins here and there. I also completed a few road events before deciding to stop the competitive side of cycling to concentrate on my career. It wasn’t until 2009 that I started getting back into Mountain Biking in what is now our local area, this really took off when I became involved with a group of local Mountain Bikers during 2012, as the Olympics came to Hadleigh. After the Olympics, as part of getting more involved in Mountain Biking again, I became part of the Hadleigh MTB Club and went on to gain my coaching qualifications to be a coach for the club and I am very proud to be the Club’s Chairman.
Since the Olympics I have been coaching at Hadleigh Park first doing led rides around the original Olympic track, coaching riders through all of the technical features, as well as coaching for Hadleigh MTB Club, it’s race team and it’s club members. Since the re-opening of Hadleigh Park, I have coached various groups of riders of all ages including Cub Packs, School Classes and Families in addition to continuing to coach the club and its Youth race team both at Hadleigh and other locations across the UK.
I am able to offer cycle coaching across all disciplines at a foundation level and, due to my specific MTB qualifications; I can coach in this discipline to a high technical level.
As coaches for the Hadleigh MTB Club who have coached at Hadleigh Park for several years now, we all agree it is a great venue for any rider to gain additional skills; and with the help of a coach one that can really improve a rider’s technique. As a venue it has not only the beauty of being able to do full laps on a World Class UCI sanctioned venue but as a rider you can repeat each technical section to really hone your skills.