A personal statement from Tim Phillips
How did I get here?
At the beginning of 2013 I was significantly overweight (and had been for a good few years) but I was determined to make a change, prompted in part by my father’s heart surgery and history of heart disease in our family. I started on a weight loss programme of dieting and exercise, and as well as going to the gym bought a bike so I could get out and ride. I always enjoyed cycling as a teenager and a student, but it never occurred to me to do it competitively (back then that would have been unusual).
From 2014 to 2016 I did more and more cycling, lost all the weight I had intended to (and more), and undertook a series of sportives to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. This included a number of iconic events including l’Etape du Tour, Ride London 100 (3 times), Dartmoor Classic, Fred Whitton and many other road and off-road events.
I joined St Ives Cycling Club at the end of 2015 and in 2016 participated in my first competitive cycling events, the club time trials. 2017 saw me compete in a number of open time trial events and win the club championship. In the last year I have also gained UK track accreditation and competed in cyclocross and road races.
The 2018 season started well with qualification for the World Championship time trial event and a 10 mile TT time of under 20 minutes for the first time. Since then unfortunately illness/injury has knocked my season back and led to some refocussing.
I have a scientific background, with a physics degree and PhD, so the numbers-based side of training, performance and analysis come naturally to me. I have immersed myself in physiology, power-based training, time trialling, aerodynamics and road racing. I also have a background in working with people over many years of management and more recently running my own business. I believe I can give you the benefit of the learning and experience that has got me from zero to being a half-decent cyclist in just a few years.
I'm also a British Cycling and Training Peaks Level 2 accredited coach and will be working on further qualifications in future.