Today Newgal, Sambino and I had a coaching day with Tony at UK Bikeskills at his top secret base in Hertfordshire. Both Newgal (my sister) and I are PE teachers and we know a fair bit about coaching, due to the nature of our trade. Hand on heart, I have to say that Tony is probably the most instinctive and complete sports coach I've ever had the good fortune to meet. This isn't a rambling post, looking at each and every aspect of the day in intricate detail - just a small one with three important points.
(1) In a short time, he increased my skills on a bike tenfold.
(2) The reason I achieved anything was because he wanted me to - not because we paid him, or because he needed it for his ego - but because the cornerstone of his philosophy is based upon the joy he gets from sharing something so important to him with others.
(3) I forgot about cancer for a while.
It was worth it for number three alone. Tony, you have a friend for life.