DHL Spring School 6 – Picking up speed

Craig MacLean and Rob Hayles lend a hand

The heat was on at the 6th DHL Spring School.

The fifth DHL Sprint School of 2008 saw 68 talented riders descend on Newport for another productive training session with British sprint stars Craig MacLean and Rob Hayles helping out the talent team coaches.


“I’m really pleased I could come to Newport on Friday as I’ve not managed to make a Sprint School since the first one this season in January,” MacLean said. “It was great to see the kids again and they’ve all progressed really well over the last few months.”

Working on training for Keirin racing as well as several watt bike power sessions, the young riders were pushed hard all day. To finish the session, the fastest boys and girls from the days heats challenged MacLean and Hayles to a race. MacLean won comfortably, however, Hayles wasn’t so fresh and came in fourth behind one of the most talented boys in the group, Charlie Heffernan.

“It really is a fantastic opportunity to be able to ride with and be coached by current and ex world champions,” Heffernan said. “I’m really pleased to have been chosen to go this time and I hope that there will be many more that I can take part in to really push myself and improve my riding.”

Of the girls, Emily Kay, was the only one fast enough to reach the final and despite being just 12 years old, finished comfortably in sixth place, only a few seconds behind the leaders.

There’s just one more session this season, which will take place after the Beijing Olympics on September 5.  has a great session planned for the youngsters and is thoroughly enjoying his first season at the head of the Sprint School coaching plan.

“Over season two what we have done is deconstruct the sprint discipline into its different events and worked on the skills that are particular to each one,” said British Cycling coach Tim Buckle. “In all the sessions we have stealth coached the guys and worked coaching points into competitive play but, In session 6 the plan is to bring these skills back together and see the guys really use them in the actual events. In every session we have learnt by doing but Session 6 will have a real competition feel to it and we should see some hot racing from the guys using all their new learnt skills.”


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