Meet the CSP Coaches
Level 1.2.3, Go-Ride, Bikeability, Sky Ride, Mentoring.
CSP has a broad range of experienced coaches and rider mentors, all volunteering their time and knowledge on a regular basis, including past and present GB Internationals. There are also several parent volunteers at sessions and in the background assisting with club organisation and administration.
Pendle has a wealth of current, Elite and Olympic riders, all very supportive of CSP and an inspiration to our members. To find out more, plus rider profiles, click on Who’s Who and Local Heroes pages.
All coaches and volunteers are CRB checked by British Cycling. This is a requirement of all British cycling qualified coaches, officials and volunteers.
Lead Coach - Len Woffindin
Club Coach, Level 2 Track, Level 2 Road & TT coach, Level 2 BMX, Level 3 track coaching candidate. Len is an experienced Track coach and a regular volunteer at Manchester Velodrome. He is a race commissaire (race referee) in Road, Track and Cyclo Cross disciplines. Manchester track accredited rider, rides the track league.
Best and worst sporting moment: 400m running race in 60.5 seconds as a 16 year old at school; bad fall at the track league at the Velodrome some years back, nothing broken but sore for weeks! Other hobbies:
Club Coach - Alan Gornall
Ex Professional cyclist, Great Britain International and Tour of Britain rider. Alan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CSP. British Cycling ‘Team manager’ licence holder.
Best and worst sporting moment: Winning Commonwealth Games Gold medal Edinburgh 1986; Breaking my leg racing in the Isle of Man 1981
Other hobbies; Skiing, camping and DIY
Level 2, Bikeability and Level 2 Road & TT Coach, Level 3 Road & TT (candidate) - Martin Brass
Well known face in Pendle schools delivering Bikability sessions, rides with Pendle Forest cycling club and CSP. A past winner of the famous ‘Circuit of the Dales’ Time Trial.
Best and worst sporting moment: “1987 Three peaks Cyclo Cross, 51st place with one peak to go, Penyghent, Finished 25th, on a Touring bike. Worst: 24 hour Time Trial. 16 hours of knee pain!
Other hobbies: “Not as fast as I was, but as fast as I can be “
Level 2 (candidate) and Bikeability Coach - Kirsti Grayson
Like Martin a well known in face in Pendle schools delivering Bikability sessions. A Sky ride leader and avid leisure rider, talks for England.
Best and worst sporting moment:
Level 2 (candidate) - Peter Boast
CSP Chairman and Clayton Velo 2nd claim member. Track accredited.
Best and worst sporting moment: Scoring a left footed screamer in a charity match, not bad for a bikie allergic to ball sports, a complete fluke and I don’t think I touched the ball again!..... On a bike, 3th Ronda van Sloten, Netherlands 1983 ....... Sounds impressive so it’s staying in! Worst? Broken Leg 2009, hands down.
Other hobbies: “Just cycling, I guess helping CSP grow is a hobby and a passion
Level 2 (candidate) - Neil Welsh
Regular sportive and challenge rider. Track accredited rider, CSP treasurer and Clayton Velo 2nd claim member. Neil is the CSP ‘Techie’, bike kit and gadgets are Neil’s thing!
Best and worst sporting moment: Passing Chris Boardman in the Rossendale Road Club Hilly 20 Time Trial in 1987 (he'd punctured!). Burnley winning at Wembley and being promoted to the Premiership 2009. Worst: Sneezing during my track accreditation at the Velodrome and sliding from the top of the banking, burning holes into my new skin suit.
Other hobbies: Burnley Football Club Season Ticket Holder, Enjoying good food and nice wine, Camping holidays with the family.
Level 1, Level 2 and Bikeability Coach - Martin Woffindin
CSP's youngest coach at 20, and also does lots of demonstrations at our sessions. As an U23 Martin races all year round at the Track, Cyclo Cross, and Road. CSP Academy rider. Martin has acheived the Gold award as a Young Volunteer with British Cycling, one of a very few in the UK.
Best and worst sporting moment: Winning at Brighouse Town Centre. Crashing at Preston and a chain ring puncturing leg.
Other hobbies: Cycling and bike mechanics.
Fitness and conditioning coach, Level 2 (candidate) - Mark Turner
A coach for over 24 years and one of the first strength coaches in the area, coaching professional footballers, boxers, swimmers and now cyclists. Mark is an expert in gym technology and advises on setting up fitness facilities across the UK and Europe.
Best and worst sporting moment: Worst sporting moment meeting England Goal Keeper David James and not having a clue who he was, I asked him what he did for a living! Best moment – still waiting”
Other hobbies: Collecting signed team tops, riding Cyclo cross, MTB and road riding.
Mentor and welfare officer - Sue Gornall
Ex Great Britain International, Ladies Tour de France 1988/89/89. Sue now rides for fun and is always on hand to dispense heaps of encouragement. As the clubs welfare officer members and parents can find Sue a very usefully source of advice and guidance.
Best and worst sporting moment: Representing GB for the first time and 18th in the World Championship road race. Worst, having to abandon the Tour De France while in 16th overall
Full Time British Cycling Go-Ride Coach - Simon Wilson
Elite road racer, full time B.C. coach (NW Region). Although a BC coach, Simon is local to Cycle Sport Pendle and gives us much appreciated support. Simon travels all over the NW delivering Go-Ride sessions at schools.
Best and worst sporting moment:
Duke Of Edinbrough Award volunteers - Amy Gornall and Oliver Payton.
Both regular session volunteers with CSP
Right, Pendle Olympian and London 2012 squad rider Steven Burke. Below CSP coaches in action Colne Grand Prix 2010, and Wilko, Burkie, Simon Wilson, and Paul Oldham visit CSP at the 2010 National Championships here in Pendle.