Centre of Excellence Coaching

Multiple coaching opportunities and the Steven Burke closed road facility are the backbone of the team and rider development pathways

They are at the core of all that we do. Our relationships with Burnley College (Elite Young Athlete Programme), Holmes Cycling and MT3 lifts rider development to levels that are normally out of reach to young and up-coming riders. We also have an Olympic champion to call upon to support us and endorse our Centre of Excellence vision of coaching.

Our aim is to give team riders the tools to progress from Youth (U16) to Junior (16-18) and onwards to Senior (U23); equipping them with the tools, knowledge of modern training techniques and drills, which equals motivated riders working at being the best they can be.


Having the Steven Burke 1.1 KM closed road circuit at our disposal is key. It is here we can facilitate year round coaching, training sessions and drills, going indoor if necessary during winter months. The club room is also the ideal base for our training camps over several weekends in the off season. We have changing room and shower facilities, internet connection, big screen TV and catering facilities.

Winter Training

We are supported by MT3 during the winter, with structured strength and conditioning sessions and state of the art equipment. It’s here the riders work on core stability, strength and conditioning and flexibility/stretching.

Burnley College Test Lab

Our relationship with the college supports testing and data analysis, sports nutrition, sports psychology and long term athlete development (LTAD).

Meet the Coaches

Image left to right: Roy Holmes, Gareth Wiseman, Steven Burke, Adam Blackely. The rider is Josh Clough mid way through an FTP test.

Gareth Wiseman – Mr Motivator! G drives facility and road based sessions working closely with Roy, Adam and Harry for a well oiled machine. GB representative honours on the boards.

Roy Holmes – Our independent pair of eye’s. Roy works 1:1 with the junior team and hand in hand with Gareth and Adam using Training Peaks software. Prolific winner on the road since 1979 (It’s a long time and still racing!)  holmescycling.co.uk

Adam Blackely – Lecturer, Burnley sports college. Previously worked within British Cycling coaching and education department. Always handy on the bike but biggest claim to fame is he lives next door to G! Adam runs all the testing in the lab and much much more.

Harry Pate – At 21 Harry is our youngest coach! He works as a full time coach with premier league football club Burnley FC in the community projects.

Mark Turner, MT3 – Strength and conditioning coach, the team works with Mark in the off season.