The grad­u­ate

Cycling Weekly - - Fitness -

Writ­tle grad­u­ate Lana Redgewell ex­plains the ef­fect the course has had on her work­ing life “I heard about the de­gree through peo­ple I knew at Bri­tish Cy­cling and Es­sex County Coun­cil, so I at­tended Writ­tle’s open day where I ques­tioned them about the course.

“I’d en­joyed study­ing sports at col­lege and wanted to ex­pand my knowl­edge fur­ther to ob­tain a job that would in­volve elite cy­clists. It is a one-of-a-kind course, which made the de­ci­sion to fur­ther my stud­ies much eas­ier.

"When I was study­ing a generic sports sci­ence de­gree at col­lege, I found it dif­fi­cult to trans­late the in­for­ma­tion into cy­cling terms and do as­sign­ments based on sports I had no idea about.

“My knowl­edge and in­ter­est in sports other than cy­cling are weak, so hav­ing the lec­tures and as­sign­ments spe­cific to cy­cling made learn­ing eas­ier and the in­for­ma­tion more re­lat­able.

"I had the job of cen­tre as­sis­tant at Lee Val­ley Velopark when I started the de­gree, and the course gave me the con­fi­dence to ap­ply for a part-time coach­ing job, which quickly moved into full-time after fin­ish­ing my stud­ies. The course cov­ers a wide range of sub­jects from psy­chol­ogy, phys­i­ol­ogy and biome­chan­ics in cy­cling, which I ap­ply to my work on a daily ba­sis.

“I ap­ply a num­ber of meth­ods and the­o­ries to my daily coach­ing as well as hav­ing the con­fi­dence to dis­cuss more sci­en­tific ar­eas of cy­cling with cus­tomers, whether that is diet, test­ing re­sults or ef­fi­cacy on the bike. The list goes on; the amount of knowl­edge learnt from the course ap­plied in my day-to-day job is in­cred­i­ble. I never ex­pected that.”

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