Caleb Hill, British Youth Track Sprint Champion 2016.
I first met Steve when I was 13 and had just completed my first season as a competitive cyclist, racing as a second-year Youth B rider. I had had some success locally but hadn’t achieved anything on the regional or national stage. Steve obviously saw some potential and offered to coach me.
He asked me if I would like to be the National Youth Sprint Champion within two years. To be honest, I thought he was joking, but I had nothing to lose, so I went along with his plan because he seemed to know what he was talking about.
It wasn’t until much later that I realised he really did know what he was talking about – he has won numerous national, international and world championship titles himself, and he had coached many others to do the same level.
He first assessed my strengths and weaknesses, there were many of the latter –and then he devised a plan to address the weaknesses and further build on my strengths. I followed his advice and watched myself improve in every area as I became stronger, fitter and faster.
When I finally competed in the 2016 National Youth Track Championships, I was in the best condition I had ever been in. I won the match sprint title and in doing set a new British record for the flying 200-meter TT of 10.951s - the first youth rider ever to dip below 11 seconds. A month later I won the inter-regional match sprint title further lowering the flying 200 record I had set to 10.904s. Later that year I was accepted onto the Great Britain Junior Academy Sprint team.
I have really enjoyed working with Steve, and I am sure that I wouldn’t have achieved any of this without his help and guidance. He always listened to what I had to say and understood that my training had to fit around my life and family. I was confident that if I committed to Steve’s training plan and worked hard, I would achieve my full potential.