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A monthly column featuring general health and fitness for cyclists

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  • Newspaper section: Life
  • Writer: Coach JJ
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Welcome to my first monthly cycling column, aimed at helping riders of all abilities, ages and gender get fitter, faster, healthier and lose a few kg. Over the coming months, my column will be giving advice on a variety of topics such as: How to get fit in only 3-4 hours a week, nutrition and hydration for the Thai climate, homemade recipes for training and recovery, general training advice, how to lose weight without dieting, training indoors versus outdoors, stretching, core and strength exercises to do at home or the office and much more. 

I started coaching 15 years ago to help riders of all abilities get fit and achieve their goals. I am a former racing cyclist who loves his bike and has ridden for 36 years, but I have also been a teacher and sports scientist for 20 years and learned the art of passing on knowledge and advice and adapting to the needs of different individuals. I’m proud to have worked with national champions, helped newbie riders lose 10kg and finish their first event like the Tour De Farm or Doi Inthanon in times they never thought possible.

I began cycling at 14 as a means of transport for my 10km journey to and from school. I used to race the bus to school and invariable arrived there faster. It wasn’t long before I realised cycling was an alternative to traditional high-impact and injury-prone sports, such as football and running. A schoolfriend persuaded me to take part in a 16km time trial race and I finished third and was hooked for life. I went on to be schoolboy national champion in 1979, rode for the Peugeot French team from 1986-1989 and won over 200 races (road races, time trials and track) from 1980-2012.

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