The Gear Changer Blog

Interviews with Riders and Industry Insiders

Yorkshire Grit - The Tommy Bustard Story

Mental health issues are a normal part of life. The truth is, in any one year, approximately one in four people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue. Mental health education helps reduce the stigma around mental ill health and encourages people to talk about their own...

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Performance Cycling Apparel - Behind the scenes at Le Col with James Ferguson

Clothing is such an important consideration as a cyclist. The majority of cycling magazines, for example publications like Cycling Weekly or Cycling Plus, will have pages of kit reviews often focusing on the new advancements in rain defence technology - in layman's terms, materials that will...

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Cycling Insiders - the Dean Downing Story

Woking Tour Series victory, 2009 (Photo credit @joolzedymond) You will probably struggle to find anyone who follows cycling even just a little bit, who hasn’t heard of Dean Downing. Two times British Criterium Champion, GB track cyclist, winner of the Tour of the Reservoir, the Lincoln GP, the...

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From Pro Cyclist to Sports Director - an insider's view from Canyon dhb p/b Soreen DS, Simon Holt

Simon Holt, Sports Director at Canyon dhb p/b Soreen and Head Coach at Grinta Coaching, gives an insightful perspective on the transition from professional cyclist to Sports Director. Founded by Tim Elverson In 2017, Canyon dhb p/b Soreen are arguably the most successful British UCI...

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Red Jerseys and Breakaways - Canyon dhb p/b Soreen rider Rory Townsend shares his cycling success secrets

In July of this year, Rory Townsend won the Eisberg Sprints Jersey in the OVO energy Tour of Britain. Riding for British UCI Continental cycling team Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes (now Canyon dhb p/b Soreen for 2020), Rory outgunned marquee names from the WorldTour teams. The Gear Changer caught...

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Motivation and Lessons in Suffering from Team Wiggins Le Col Rider, Jacques Sauvagnargues

(Jacques Sauvagnargues with former British Road Champion, Matt Stephens) Jacques Sauvagnargues is a young GB rider with the British Development outfit, Team Wiggins Le Col and has been racing at UCI Continental level. The team has been responsible for shaping the careers of some of the bright...

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Three simple tips to make networking bearable, even enjoyable and certainly more effective

Three simple tips to make networking bearable, even enjoyable and certainly more effective Last week, I gave a talk on ‘How to find a career with direction and purpose’ to the Wasps Rugby squad. When the subject of networking came up, the room was split between those who enjoyed it (or at...

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The Transferable Skills of Professional Sportspeople

A key part of my work, over the past ten years, has been helping professional sportspeople understand and see the value of their transferable skills. The other side to that, is speaking with organisations about how this skill set can benefit their business and working environments. Ironically, it...

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The Importance of Transferable Skills in Career Change

Put very simply, transferable skills are a set of core skills and abilities that can be used effectively across a variety of different jobs and industries. They are also known as 'portable skills' because, as the name suggests, you're able to carry them with you from job to job. Whatever your...

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How to change career when you don't know what you want (part one)

Have you ever heard yourself or someone you know say "How can I change career when I have no idea what I want to do?" Sound familiar? I certainly have, and I've also heard many of my clients say the same thing to me. It is a common challenge faced by anyone who is either unhappy in their...

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