THE COACHING TEAM
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 an interest in Sports Nutrition and 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 USA, Sarah returned to South Africa and was accepted to study her Masters in Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, but decided to rather shift her focus to her cycling and establishing her racing 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 Science 2 Sport and has been a cycling coach ever since. Sarah’s passion lies mainly in mountain biking, teaching skills and empowering female athletes in particular. She has mastered the art of teaching skills to a variety of people with different levels of confidence and ability, and she finds coaching and seeing results in her athletes extremely rewarding.
Sarah currently races professionally at UCI level, and enjoys cross country, as well as marathon and stage racing. Her most remarkable achievements of 2019 inlcude her wins at the Trans Baviaans, as well as the African Leaders Jersey st the ABSA Cape Epic, Joberg2C, and Cape Pioneer. Sarah is proud to have qualified to represent South Africa this year at the African Continental Cross Country Champs (Namibia) as well as World Marathon Champs hosted in Switzerland. In 2020 she will also aim to retain the Elite Women's African Leaders Jersey at the Absa Cape Epic as well as qualify and participate in World Marathon Champs in Turkey.
BSc Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition
BA - Sports Psychology
Andrew is an experienced and extremely well known name in the South African road cycling and mountain biking industry. He first received his Springbok colours in 1988, and has since claimed spots on more national and international podiums than we can count, both on and off road. These unique achievements include 25 Cape Epic stage wins and 3 overall wins, in his category. Andrew established the Cycle Lab brand in 1995, first as a training centre, and then developed it into a formidable retail and maintenance outlet that has expanded countrywide. He has been a presenter on Supersport’s Supercycling TV show for many years and is respected as a source of great knowledge and wisdom when it comes to anything bike related. In 2008, Andrew was involved in the establishing the (now) PWC Bike Park in Bryanston. Andrew’s passion for the sport of cycling, as well as his vast knowledge and experience, is something that all aspiring athletes should take advantage of. We look forward to him adding his expertise to The Threshold’s coaching team.
Andrew is a Data Scientist by profession, having completed his BCom (Honours) in 2006 and currently working towards completing a Masters in Computer Science. He currently lives in Canada and works at one of the big 4 consulting firms, although he has always had a vision of starting up a business on the side that would give him the opportunity to utilise his vast athletic knowledge. Andrew comes from a rowing background, having rowed in the National squad during his university years. 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 5 years.
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.
Staci has run all possible distance races from numerous 5km parkruns to 12-hour circuit events, on both the road and out in the trails. These include Wings for Life, a number of Comrades Marathons, Two Oceans Ultras and a number of multi-day stage trail events like the Wildseries Three Cranes Challenge. She has also run the Cannes, Athens and Moscow marathons internationally. Staci was the founding event director of the Woodlands parkrun, one of the first 10 events in the country and she co-founded and co-ordinated the Freedom Runs for Freedom Day for 5 years.
She ran a personal running coaching business for 2 years before creating an online coaching course and offering private female-only running coaching. Being a qualified life coach too, Staci has a particular interest in connection between the body and the mind and adds elements of mental conditioning to her coaching as well. She strongly believes it is a vital part of ensuring the best possible results for ladies with specific running goals.
If this wasn’t enough to make you believe that Staci is the ideal running coach for you, she is also a practising Lyno© and Be Activated Practitioner. She is acutely aware of the importance of getting the body into top shape while including recovery time, while taking the impact of lifestyle stress, nutrition and relationships into account. She realises that, especially with women, running coaching is not a one size fits all. Staci is a master at ensuring that you find out what’s right for you in order to achieve your next best result.
Lyno Practitioner, 2017
Training Essential & Programme Design for Endurance Running, SSISA, 2017
RPR level 1, 2019
Be Activated Practitioner, 2019