I'm Tony Hodgson. In 1990, I started coaching and became qualified with the A.B.C.C. I started to improve as a rider myself from this point and I realised how much coaching could do. In 2001 I also qualified in the new British Cycling coaching structure and became a coach education tutor, which I do part-time. I am a BC Level 3 coach in Road & Time Trial, with supporting qualifications in Track and Cyclo-Cross.
In 2002 I co-founded Hetton Hawks CC, one of the UK's oldest "Go-Ride" youth development clubs, based at Hetton Lyons Country Park near Durham. My coaching at club and regional level with teams, plus tutoring new and experienced coaches has taught me a great deal - all of my skill sessions have been developed in this environment.
I started coaching adults in cycling and triathlon clubs, but since 2002, I concentrated mainly on young riders, fitting in adult coaching when possible around work and my volunteering commitments with the club; which included a spell as a North East board member and Chair.
I'm now returning to building up my adult coaching portfolio as an experienced coach. Many of the young riders I coached at Hetton and in the region are now well known national professionals and elites.
I want to help riders achieve their best, save them time doing so and critically, make them sufficiently knowledgeable to help themselves over time.
Coaching by numbers it isn't!