I panic-Googled ‘cycling coaches’ in London, and to my extraordinary good fortune, Njinga Cycling popped up and promised everything I was looking for (little did I know how much this would turn out to be). I left a message, received a call back within 10 minutes, and two days later, found myself in Richmond Park riding in cleats with Njinga’s Head Coach and co-founder, Togo Keynes, running beside me. I was a seven-year-old learning to ride my first bike all over again.
Through a series of private outdoor coaching sessions, Togo coached me through the basics of efficient road cycling: riding in cleats, pedal technique, shifting gears, ascending, descending, the joys of butterfly hills and even nutrition.
Though still a novice, Togo quickly taught me to ride with joy and confidence, which is exactly how I rode the London to Paris charity event.
FROM PRIVATE OUTDOOR COACHING SESSIONS TO THE NJINGA CYCLING ACADEMY AND INDOOR TRAINING SESSIONS
After the charity event, I began to attend indoor Wattbike sessions at the Njinga Lab on a regular basis. I also signed up to a couple of Njinga group indoor 8 week training programmes where I completed my first FTP test. In fact, I signed up to and attended as many multi-week programmes as my schedule would allow:
They provide great metrics, an incredible amount of knowledge, the chance to reflect and make adjustments accordingly and, above all else, share your progress and successes with a great group of riders of varying fitness levels with whom you build great camaraderie.
And with an FTP test at the beginning and end of each programme, you’re able to see tangible evidence of your progress from session-to-session and week-to-week.FROM THE NJINGA CYCLING ACADEMY TO SPORTIVES
From the Njinga Academy, my interest in sportives piqued. I began signing up for so many I couldn’t stop: the Tour of Cambridgeshire (2016 and 2018), Ride London (2016), Surrey Legs of Steel (2016), and Giro De Sardegna (2018).