Name: Jez Vince
Years Riding: 35
Qualifications: British Cycling Level 2 coach in MTB, B1ke MTB Skills Instructor, CTC Trail Mountain Bike Leader
Countries visited for riding: France, Spain, USA
Achievements: Regional Champion for BMX in both the London and East Anglia regions 3 years in a row. Number 4 nationally for BMX in the Superclass category (Semi-elite) 3 years in a row, competing in National, European and World BMX Championships.
I started racing BMX competitively in 1980 and by the end of my BMX racing career I was racing at an elite level competing in world championships, including reaching the semi-final stages but unfortunately being crashed out by another rider when qualifying for the final. I started riding MTB in 1996, first starting in DH racing and freeriding, then moving over to 4x and dirt jumping. I added road riding to my cycling arsenal and took part in various sportive races. I started to do more and more XC riding but really got into XC in 2010 and then much more heavily involved in 2012 when the Olympics came to Hadleigh. After the Olympics I wanted to get involved more in MTB and start giving back to the sport, so I became part of the group of people who started Hadleigh MTB Club. This spurred me on to gain my coaching qualifications to be a coach for the club.
Since the Olympics I have been coaching at Hadleigh Park, first doing led rides around the original Olympic track and coaching riders through all of the technical features, as well as coaching for the Hadleigh MTB Clubs race team and club members. I have coached various other groups such as students for their GCSE PE and local Cub groups, all at the revised Olympic course. I have also coached at other locations around the county and for the Eastern Region Youth MTB development squad.
My B1ke MTB skills instructor qualification was gained at Bike Park Wales and I’m one of the few people qualified to coach there. As a B1ke MTB skills instructor it enables me to do 1-2-1 coaching at a more technical level.
I find Hadleigh Park a great venue for any rider to gain additional skills; and with the help of a coach this can really improve their technique over the various technical sections. Finally 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.
Participant Feedback of Coach:
‘It was an absolutely cracking morning. Great facilities and superb coaching. I think every single one of us pushed ourselves and learned something new, very rewarding’ – Andy