Win a personalised training plan to help improve your cycling

Becci Skelton with her mountain bikes
Becci Skelton Mountain bikes for women
Becci Skelton Mountain bikes for women
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Win a personalised training plan to help improve your cycling

Sometimes all you need is a little determination to help you become your best as a cyclist

Keep motivated for cycling, even if you're not getting out on the bike. As conditions are more challenging in the winter months and in lockdown, you might not always have the motivation to get out and ride. Setting goals will hopefully help encourage you to get out and fulfil them, even if that means keeping your eye on the prize until the warmer months come.

To help we're holding a competition where you could win a personalised training programme. All you have to do is simply tell us what you want to achieve with your cycling this year.

This could be anything from reaching 5km to completing 100km, maybe you want to get stronger to ride off-road. Or perhaps become a faster sprinter. What´s important is that it is your personal challenge. 

You'll need to enter by posting on Facebook or  sending us an email

The winner will be chosen at random and contacted 2 March 2021.

Becci Skelton's story

Becci is a cycling personal trainer who knows what it means to start from nothing and end up a champion. She started her riding journey aged 28 and is offering to help one lucky winner help and advice to achieve their goals this year. 

What is your background in bike riding?

I’ve always been able to ride a bike but I was mainly into team sports back in the day: Football, netball, hockey and a fair bit of athletics. It wasn't until I reached the grand age of 28 before I really took an interest in riding. I bought a hard-tail mountain bike when my mates at home were off on a biking weekend to Dalby Forest and I didn’t want to be left out! So that’s where it started really, just doing trail centre rides and I realised I enjoyed the downs a lot more than the ups. So from there I started to get into more gravity oriented stuff (I say donwhill, but I lived in Lincolshire, which is the flatest place in the world so hills are pretty hard come by!). We had a local spot called Hamilton Hill, I entered a mates downhill race there; the run was only about 30 secs long and I came 2nd...out of two, but I was only a few seconds away from a girl that competed in Nationals so I thought I can’t be too shabby at it.

From there I entered a few more mates races, did well in those, picked up my first sponsor, entered some bigger races, got another sponsor, I then podiumed at some nationals and it all went from there really. 

What are some of your highlight achievements?

In 2019, I won my first Elite National race, followed by a second win and was on the podium for the rest of the season.The graft and consistency paid off when I was crowned British DH Series Overall Champion. Seeing as though we didn´t race last year, the trophy is still at my house….I might claim it for 2020 as well? Haha.

Why do you ride?

I just love it, there’s no deep, meaningful reason to it, I’m afraid. I just like riding my bike

Becci Skelton races mountain bikes for women
Becci Skelton in her element

 I love the challenges it sets me, even when it’s scary and daunting as well; I love how it makes me want to constantly better myself; I love doing well and making my friends and family proud; and I love the places bikes take you and the people you meet through it.

You normally combine your riding with gym or at-home training, how has the balance changed (if at all) during the lockdowns?

The balance hasn’t changed too much to be honest; I stay consistent with my gym work at home, doing what I can with the equipment I have. I recently splashed out on a full weights rack and that has been the dream, although I don´t have a front room anymore! I’m pretty lucky where I live to have some very cool riding spots within pedalling distance from my house. I’ve tried to keep riding relatively chilled (the NHS don’t need my broken body on their hands), but it’s a blessing to be living in the Welsh hills right now! 

How can cyclists benefit from indoor training?

All cyclists should really be doing some kind of strength and conditioning work off the bike. It will make you a stronger, fitter, more confident and therefore faster rider. It also helps when the inevitable happens and you end up on the floor - having a bit of muscle mass helps no end in making yourself a bit more crashproof! 

What type of cyclists do you train?

I think I’ve had everything going. I try not to focus solely on one discipline or level. I’ve got elite DH and Enduro riders, casual racers, non-racers that just want to get strong and fit to beat their mates/partners on a ride, folk that are just starting out riding, and then people that are looking at loosing a bit of timber to better their welfare. 

All my programmes are tailored to the individual; their discipline, current level of fitness and how often they can (and will train) per week.  

What do you enjoy most about personal training?

Seeing results and clients goals reached. It sounds cliche but it’s so true. I invest a lot of time into my clients and try to make their programmes and interaction with them as personal as I can, so to get feedback that they’ve just got their first podium/can now get up a savage climb/beat their boyfriend/managed a full pull up/had a crash and didn’t die etc, I totally love it! 

If you had one piece of advice you could give to every cyclist, what would it be?

Press up, squat, lunge and don’t neglect mobility work! And get your head around enjoying training - there is nothing worse than doing a session that bores you or you’ve been dreading. OK, that is five pieces but let’s say it’s a package deal! 

Becci Skelton training plan for cyclists
Becci will set you a personal cycling training plan to achieve your own goals

Win a six week programme with Becci

You could win a personalised training programme by simply telling us what you want to achieve with your cycling this year. This could be anything from reaching 5km to completing 100km, maybe you want to get stronger to ride off-road? Or perhaps become a faster sprinter? What´s important is that it is YOUR personal challenge. 

Send us your entires via Facebook or Email

The winner will be chosen at random and contacted 2 March 2021.

Terms and conditions

  1. The promoter is: Cycling UK (company no. 25185) whose registered office is at Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Cycling UK and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Details of how to enter the competition will be shared via email and Facebook. The promoter may also share via Twitter and Instagram
  6. Closing date for entry will be 28 Februrary 2021. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  9. Send the promoter an email or Facebook comment explaining which female cyclists inspires you the most, and why.
  10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  12. The prize will be revealed via social media.
  13. The winner contacted via email or Facebook no later than 3 March 2021.
  14. No cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  15. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  19. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  20. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  21. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by writing to the following address: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.
  22. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  23. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Cycling UK and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy.
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