I'm Tony Hodgson. I discovered cycling as a way of dealing with asthma forty five years ago and exercise revolutionised my life.
In my early competitive years, I made lots of mistakes. In 1990, I started coaching and became qualified with the A.B.C.C. In 2001 I qualified in the new British Cycling coaching structure and also trained as a coach education tutor, a role I continue to hold on a part-time basis. I am now a BC Level 3 coach in Road & Time Trial, with supporting qualifications in Track and Cyclo-Cross.
At the same time, 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. The club has been the most satisfying thing I have ever achieved in cycling. I've learned so much as a coach in our club sessions, particularly coaching technique and developing skills. My tutoring has also taught me a great deal - from enthused parents through to ex-professionals; all have come forward to join British Cycling's efforts to revolutionise and popularise the sport and recreation of cycling.
I started coaching adults in cycling and triathlon clubs, prior to 2002, with a regional coaching organisation I helped to set up, Cycle Coaching North. I have concentrated mainly on young riders for many years, 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, including preparing and supporting teams. Many of our early young riders are now in their mid-twenties and riding at a high level.
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!