Alex Jones

Alex Jones
  • Sport:
    Age:
    19
    Town:
    Teddington
    Region:
    London
  • Supporter:

Key Achievements

  • 2016UCI Para Road World Cup, Spain, Mens C5 Time Trial, 14th

  • 2016UCI Para Road World Cup, Spain, Mens C5 Road Race, 14th

  • 2016National Para Circuit Series, Road Race, Winner

  • 2016National Para Road Championships, Circuit Race, Silver Medal

  • 2015UCI Manchester Para Track International, Track- 4k Individual Pursuit, 3rd, Bronze Medal

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I had always loved sport but found most tricky to excel in because of my coordination problems but after watching Cadel Evans win the 2011 Tour de France I started riding up hills in France and my obsession started. I loved the speed and what I could achieve physically on the bike. My regional BC coach spotted something in me and after winning gold medals at the London Youth Games, I then joined the Regional Schools of Racing and got into track as well. When it was clear my mild cerebral palsy would affect my ability to compete on a level playing field I investigated Paracycling and was classified by an international panel in 2015 and I haven't looked back.

What does a typical week look like for you?

Out of race season I spend about 20 hours training on the bike; Monday am - Track session, pm road skills session and weekly meeting with coach, Tuesday - Recovery ride, Wednesday- Rest day and gym for strength and conditioning, Thursday - 5-6 hour road ride with specific goals, Friday - am Turbo, pm TT ride, Saturday - 3 hours Coaching young riders at local club plus 2 hour ride, Sunday - 5 hour fast group ride to Surrey Hills. In between I arrange regular massages to help with flexibility, clean and maintain my bikes and kit, write my daily training diary, organise myself for training camps and competitions, do my stretching/pilates exercises every day and make sure I eat healthily and sleep well.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

I like that if you listen and work extremely hard you can contribute a lot to your own and the team's success and see real progression in your results. When you put in sustained effort over many years along with positive attitude and determination it eventually shows in improved personal bests and wins - that is highly motivating. Without doubt the current Paracycllng squad and the way they have earned their amazing success is incredibly motivating and something to aspire to. I am also very lucky that I have brilliant coaching support - and the more time I spend on the bike the more I love my sport.

What do you enjoy the most about being a sportsperson?

Every single morning I get up and do something I have a passion for, however much it might hurt! I have competed all over the UK and abroad and met interesting and like minded people. And there is not much that is more enjoyable than the feeling of winning a race. As a cyclist I get to compete as an individual but also I enjoy being part of a wider team, it takes a lot of specialist talent around the rider to help you get to the top. I like the sense of developing your physical skills and mental strength and rising to the next challenge - and there's not a day that goes by without learning something new and valuable, about myself and my sport.

Who is your biggest influence in your life and why?

My parents and coach, Andy, have offered the ultimate unconditional support, advice and unwavering belief in me along the way. Without their encouragement, getting me to training and races and raising funds for equipment, travel and competitions I could not have reached this point in my development.

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