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ROB PENN Rob Penn has ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life. In his late 20s, he gave up a career as a solicitor and cycled round the world. He is the author of It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels (Penguin), a Sunday Times bestseller which has been translated into 11 languages. He is a director of Bikecation.  

JASON SMITH Jason is a qualified cycling coach, (British Cycling level 2) who has experience of coaching core skills and techniques to both kids and adults via group and 1-2-1 sessions. He has also coached elite junior performance riders, some of whom have now progressed into professional riders. Jason specialises in coaching amateur riders seeking to improve their performance or undertaking a challenge. He is first aid qualified and holds CRB enhanced clearance. In 2013, Jason was responsible for all the coaching, ride logistics and guiding for charity ride – http://www.theredcycle.co.uk – a 1,200 mile ride around the UK in 16 days. Jason has raced both road and mountain bikes and completed several cycling challenge rides. Riding now takes many forms – coaching – guiding – racing – training – commuting – poodling with the kids

ROSS PHILIPPS Ross Philipps  raced for the Welsh Cycling Union in the Junior Tour of Wales in 1994. As a serious club cyclist, he has ridden and raced for Abertillery Wheelers and M&D cycles. Today, he rides for Cwmcarn Paragon. He is a big fan of the one day classics and his favourite riders are Miguel Indurain and Jan Ullrich.


DARREN CARPENTER Darren Carpenter has been riding and racing bikes since childhood. A member of the Welsh Junior Team and then the British Cycling Team, Darren raced internationally alongside the likes of David Millar and Tony Buckly. At senior level, he was selected for the Olympic Development Squad and rode full time for Nike, Giro and Giant, including a season on the Continent. He was Welsh champion several times. He is currently a British Cycling Coach, a Sky Go Ride Coach, and a British Cycling talent spotter. He is also a long-standing member, secretary and club coach of Cwmcarn Paragon Racing Club. In the future, Darren would like to run his own tea

LAURYN THERIN Lauryn started riding a bike about 4 years ago through a friend who did triathlons. However, it was only when she moved to Manchester for a job as a Recreation Education Officer for British Cycling that she started to ride more than a few times a month. Lauryn took part in the staff track sessions once a week and  joined a women’s team based in the North West called Maxgear. Lauryn began to race and within one season she was starting to win regional races. Shortly after her job came to end, she trialled out for the Paralympic Programme as a pilot and was successful. Lauryn has now been on the Olympic Podium Programme for 18 months.  


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