Our qualified coaches and leaders have a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to share. You can read about them here.
Ed started mountain biking aged 14 and did his first race at the 1991 Malvern Hills Classic. He has competed in many forms of cyclesport from downhill and XC MTB to road racing, track and time trials. Ed raced downhill professionally achieving top 20 results in World Cups and winning the Elite men’s UK series in 2001, and more recently he has taken up cyclo-cross racing. Ed is not just a racer-head, and is just as happy out exploring new trails, road riding to a café or perfecting his wheelies in the car park! He is a BC Level 2 Coach and MTB Leader.
Tracy was born and bred in Malvern and, growing up on a farm, bikes were always part of her life. At 15 years old she competed in her first race at the 1994 Malvern Hills Classic. 25 years on, bikes are still her life, and have taken her all over the world riding and racing professionally. She now loves to be able to come home and help nurture the next crop of local kids at club junior coaching sessions having qualified as a BC Level 3 MTB Coach and Level 2 MTB Leader.
James describes himself has ‘just a big kid who still loves riding bikes’. He thoroughly enjoys exploring the mountains and woodlands on his bike with friends in tow and would be lost without his bike. James enters a little bit of racing now and again, and loves seeing people of all ages enjoy the freedom of riding bikes. For 15 years now, James has been coaching and guiding mountain biking: he is a BC Level 2 Coach and MTB Leader.
Justine is very much a social rider and enjoys nothing more than cycling with friends and family! Cycling has always been a large part of her family life with both her sons competing around the world in various competitions. She has raced occasionally herself, most recently at Mountain Mayhem. Justine considers herself privileged to have been part of the junior club since the beginning: volunteering at first and later qualifying as a BC Level 2 Coach. In 2016 she was awarded Coach of the Year in a district sports awards ceremony. She loves watching the young riders developing their skills and having fun on a bike.
Wait for it … Ben started cycling when he was 2. Yes – TWO! A move to Malvern in 1987 introduced him to mountain biking and his first race at the 1990 Malvern Hills Classic where he finished 2nd as a Novice. Ben soon made it to Elite level, competing in over 500 races, finishing on the podium on 300 occasions and winning over 100 races across all disciplines. He was National Champion in Sport class (’92), Expert (’96 & ’97), and Masters (’03 & ’06). Ben has also been part of a winning 24hr MTB race team, was Regional CX champion (’99 & ’00) and Regional Road Champion in 2001. He is now qualified as a BC Level 2 Coach and Level 2 MTB Leader with outdoor First Aid.
Sarah has always enjoyed cycling whether as a form of transport or social riding with friends and family. She joined the club in 2010 when her children started coaching sessions and was initially the Club Welfare Officer. Sarah completed her BC Level 2 Coaching award in 2016 and has since attended the BC inter-regional Mountain Bike championships as an Assistant Coach for the West Midlands area. Sarah loves coaching the younger groups, but she feels the need to perfect her bunny-hop before coaching the older children!
Matt started mountain biking in 1995 having spent too much of his university grant on a first MTB. He has ridden extensively all over the UK including coast-to-coast bike-packing expeditions across each of England, Scotland and Wales. Until very recently he had only ever entered one race – Britain’s first mountain bike marathon in 2000 – and to this day he remains pleased to have even finished (as half the competitors didn’t!) Matt has been volunteering with the club since 2016 and is a BC Level 2 MTB Leader with Remote Emergency Care First Aid.
Vicki frequently rode in the Forest of Dean when living in Gloucestershire, but since moving to Malvern she has had to develop her skills to keep up with her two boys who are mad-keen mountain bikers! She gained her BC Level 2 Coaching award in 2015 and has been running junior coaching sessions since then where she loves to see so many children developing their riding skills. Vicki enjoys the social side of riding, and while she enjoys riding local trail centres and the Malvern Hills, she says her favourite location for mountain biking is Les Gets in France.
Liam has lived in Malvern his whole life. He first represented his country in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, in which he came third in cross-country MTB racing. Four years later, Liam became Commonwealth Champion, and he was National Champion for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. Liam has represented Great Britain in three Summer Olympic Games, finishing in the top 10 in both 2004 and 2008. Volunteering as a member of the coaching team at MCS since 2013, Liam is a BC Level 2 Coach and MTB leader.
James has a passion for developing people’s ability on their bikes. Mountain biking for him is a sense of adventure, achievement and progression. He describes himself as a playful and fluid rider, and says that most of the time you’ll see him in the air! James is qualified as a BC Level 2 MTB Coach and Level 3 MTB Leader.
At 53, Gareth is one of the older coaches at Malvern Cycle Sport. He joined in 2013 after retiring from playing rugby and is qualified as a BC Level 2 Coach and MTB Leader. His previous race experience includes various National MTB Fun category podiums, and he organised racing for MCS in their ‘Super 10’ Mountain Mayhem win at Gatcombe Park in 2014. Gareth is now often seen following MTB and CX races around Europe. His favourite cyclo-cross course is Namur in Belgium. He will answer to most names that include Gareth, Evie’s Dad or simply ’G’.
Jez qualified as a British Cycling Level 2 Coach in 2016 and has been coaching with Malvern Cycle Sport since 2018 as well as with a local school. An accomplished competitive cyclist Jez has raced 24hr Endurance MTB, club, regional and national series time trials and most successfully on the track at National and Worlds level, holding a National title, one UCI World Silver, one UCI World Bronze, two European silvers and multiple national bronze medals.
Louis is the youngest rider in the coaching team at 19 years old. It doesn’t seem that long ago that he was turning up for coaching sessions himself! He is now a qualified BC Level 2 Coach with an impressive list of cycling experiences. He has raced competitively at a National level in both XC and cyclo-cross, but his preferred discipline and real love is Enduro, in which he currently races at both National and International levels. Louis is also a qualified coach in climbing and canoeing.