THE COACHING TEAM
Our coaches are divided into different Tiers dependent on their experience. Tier 3 coaches are our most experienced coaches with 8+ years of experience. Tier 2 coaches have experience ranging from 3-8 years, and our Tier 1 coaches have experience of less than 3 years.
All coaches have formal qualifications with internationally recognized bodies or formal university degree(s), some have both. By tiering our coaches into different categories it allows us to continue to develop a newer generation by allowing them to gain coaching experience and put the theory into practice. This structure also allows for valuable sharing of knowledge between all coaches, but also allows so to charge slightly less or more based on the coaches valuable experience.
Darrin is a qualified Biokineticist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), who is also accredited in Precision Nutrition. After completing his first degree through the University of Pretoria, Darrin went on to complete his Masters, MSc (MED) in Biokinetics, at Wits University. In addition, Darrin is a recognized UCI Level 1 and Ironman certified coach.
Although Darrin is most passionate about his cycling, he is a very talented triathlete. He has vast experience coaching athletes who are focusing on cycling, mountain biking, running and triathlon. Darrin thoroughly enjoys reading and researching to enhance his knowledge in the spheres of physiology, technology, nutrition and psychology. This ensures that he’s always in the know and aware of developments in his field and allows him to provide not only a tailored training program, but a holistic and informed coaching experience.
In 2018, Darrin won Gauteng Time Trial champs, and was placed second at SA Time Trial champs a month later, in the 30 – 34 category. He has shifted his focus back to triathlon for 2019 to tackle his next goal. He also has aspirations to embark on his PhD in the near future, with the theme of helping to shape future South African and international stars. Watch this space...
MSc (Med) Biokinetics Wits
(Hons) Sports Science UP
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Ironman Certified Coach
Sarah completed her BSc Exercise Science with a focus on Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Coaching. She then went on to complete her BA majoring in Sports Psychology, from Brevard College in the USA. After spending 5 years studying and riding in the US, Sarah returned to South Africa and was accepted to study her Masters in Clinical Sports Psychology Online at National University, while maintaining focus to her cycling and establishing her coaching career. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and always strives to excel in everything she undertakes, treating each athlete that she coaches as an opportunity to succeed.
Sarah has always been a natural when it comes to coaching. After matriculating from St Stithians Girls College, she was invited to coach rowing and netball, which she thoroughly enjoyed. In 2018, Sarah completed her Cycling Science Certification through Science2Sport and has been a cycling coach ever since. Her passion lies mainly in mountain biking, building strength through personalized training programs, teaching MTB skills and empowering female athletes in particular. She has mastered the art of teaching MTB skills with her PMBIA Certification and enjoys teaching people with different levels of confidence and ability. She finds the one-on-one interaction with her athletes extremely rewarding.
Sarah currently races for an international UCI accredited team called Liv Factory Racing, and enjoys cross country, marathon, gravel and stage racing all around the world. Her most remarkable achievements of 2019 include her wins at Trans Baviaans, as well as the African Leaders Jersey at the ABSA Cape Epic, Joberg2C, and Cape Pioneer as well as placing 26th at World Marathon Champs hosted in Grachen, Switzerland. Despite the 2020 season being put on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Sarah is looking forward to racing a full international season starting with the Unbound200 Gravel event in Kansas, USA. Get in touch for personalized coaching and follow her season on Instagram @sarahhillrsa.
BSc (Hons) Exercise Science - Advanced Sports Nutrition, Lab Testing and Coaching
BA (Hons) Psychology - Sport and Exercise Psychology
SSISS - Cycling Science Certification
PMBIA - Level 1 Certification
UCI - Level 1 Certification
MA - Clinical Sports Psychology (in Progress)
Stacey is a qualified Biokineticist with a specialization in Sport Science and Coaching. She studied at Lees McRae College in the USA and cycled on their collegiate team for a year and a half. She then returned to South Africa to complete her BHsC in Biokinetics, whilst racing locally and internationally on her road and mountain bike. During her time in the US and South Africa she was awarded cycling scholarships and academic awards, finishing her degree at the top of her class. She always puts 100% effort into everything she does and loves to help athletes be the best they can through rehabilitation and in reaching their sporting performance goals.
Stacey has worked with a wide range of experienced coaches in a variety of different disciplines which has helped shape her into the coach she is today. She started off coaching a high school mountain bike team whilst at university and grew her coaching experience from there, focusing her studies on sport and performance. She coaches Mountain biking, road cycling and some ironman athletes but her first love is mountain biking.
Stacey has just started training and racing internationally again following the completion of her studies. From this she learnt that maintenance and training during hectic times in our lives is possible and so important, even if there is no racing happening. She has some big races coming up, putting her main focus into cross country, marathon and stage racing with the occasional road race to keep things interesting. Her biggest achievements so far have been winning the Gold medal at U23 African Continental XCO Championships in 2018 for Zimbabwe, finishing in the top 10 UCI ladies’ teams at Brasil Ride in 2018, finishing 5th Elite woman in Africa Games XCO and 4th Elite woman in the XCM at Africa games in 2019 as well as numerous Zimbabwean National Championship titles in XCO and some podium positions on the road. Stacey combines her education and her experience to help you be the best athlete possible and to help you achieve all your goals.
BHsC Biokinetics - 2021
Andrew is a Data Scientist and coach residing in Oakville Ontario. Andrew comes from a rowing background, having rowed in the National squad during his university years after which he switched to road cycling. He is a qualified coach with the Association of British Cycling Coaches and has been coaching cyclists, mountain bikers and time trialists for the past 7 years, although his racing career spans since his school days.
He has had the opportunity to work closely with other experienced coaches and brings a variety of experience to the table. Andrew is a 4x Gauteng Provincial Time Trial Champ, and has been on numerous podiums including National Time Trial Champs multiple times, National XC Marathon champs, and more. He also placed in the top 50 at the Cape Epic in 2015, and achieved 3rd place with his racing partner, Danny Fowler, at Wines2Whales in 2016. The pair went on to win the Glacier Cradle Traverse in 2017 and 2018. Andrew also finished 2nd at the 2018 UCI Cape Pioneer Trek in the Solo category. His rowing career spanned over a decade where he won two South African Boatrace titles and multiple national and provincials medals across all boat classes in heavyweight and lightweight classes.
Bcom Hons Economics
MSc Big Data Analytics
Asso of British Cycling Coaches - Senior Coach