Who we are and how we can help you.
Collectively our Holmes Cycling team has over 80 years of racing experience which we combine with the latest coaching methods, to create a bespoke training plan which is tailored to your personal needs. Our aim is to help you reach your individual cycling goals.
Perhaps you cycle purely for pleasure and want to become fitter and stronger so that those weekend club rides are more enjoyable. Or may be you have your sights set on becoming an Elite rider. Whatever your level we will share our knowledge, experience and passion for the sport with you, motivating you to achieve your own cycling success.
A key element of being coached, is learning how to train “smarter” and avoid wasted miles. We will create real structure to your training, enabling you to be at your very best for your targeted events. The process you will go through is tried and tested by both Roy and Matt, proven to be highly effective at a professional level.
Unlike a lot of coaching setups, we don’t place restrictions on when you can contact us, as we want you to feel that you can speak to us whenever you like. Good communication is vital for progression. You will receive support and encouragement throughout all of your training and we take a keen interest in any planned events.
It is our mission to consistently deliver high quality coaching at an affordable monthly price. Alongside that we pride ourselves on offering a more personal service, in which we share our love of the sport with you, and make sure that you understand why each element of your training is important.
Meet the Team
My love of cycling began over 45 years ago when I joined my first cycling club, Wigan Wheelers and I have continued riding and racing ever since.
During my racing career I have had over 80 wins, most noteworthy being 10 National Championship titles in my age group. I still regularly race as a member of Bott Cycle Team and in 2019 I won the British Cycling National Road Race Championship for my age group for the 3rd time.
I started racing bikes in 1984. Since then I’ve done hundreds of time trials, road races, track races, mountain bike races and sportives, but my first love has always been cyclocross. I still race that, and at the end of the 2019/20 season, I was ranked in the top 15 nationally for my age group.
I started coaching as part of the team of coaches at Solihull Cycling Club in 2009. I am now their Head Coach. With over 500 members and a team of 12 other coaches, Solihull CC is Go Ride accredited by British Cycling and has a successful youth development programme.
I am a member of the Association of British Cycle Coaches qualified to their Level 3 standard. I am also a British Cycling qualified Level 2 coach with the Level 2 cyclocross extension.
Adviser and rider mentor
I started cycling at the age of 8 and it has been a major part of my life since then. My dad coached and mentored me through the youth and junior ranks until I joined British Cycling’s GB Olympic Development Programme. I was selected to ride for the Junior World Championships in 2011.
Consequently, I turned professional at 18 with Raleigh GAC. In 2014 I joined Madison Genesis and spent 6 years with them, riding high profile events such as the Tour de Yorkshire and Tour of Britain.
For 2020/21 I will ride for the Belgian UCI World Team – Lotto Soudal and I hope to continue to progress at what is the top level of the sport.
My experience of racing at all levels, from youth to professional, means I can provide valuable input and advice to all our athletes.