sam picHello and welcome to my site. If it’s your first visit you’ll soon get the idea of what I do and aim to do in the future and how I can help potential sponsors or as a coach to other athletes.

Triathlon is one of the worlds’ fastest growing sports. It has been in the Olympics since 2000 and is now regularly seen on the television. It consists of a swim followed by a cycle and finally a run. The Olympic distance is 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10 km run but events go up to the legendary Ironman 2.4 miles swim, 112 miles bike and 26.2 miles run and even beyond this!

Xterra triathlons are all off road, the swim is in lakes or the sea, followed by a gruelling mountain bike ride over 30km and a tricky off-road 10km run. Xterra races run all around the world most weekends, with the most prestigious races with large prize purses forming the Global tour. The global Xterra races are televised and most are part of either the European or US tour.

My athletic career started with cycling in 1987 at the age of 12, with my first international selection in 1993 to the world championships in Metabief, France (the first of 6 world champs I’ve done). In 1994 I became the overall winner of the Expert Mountain bike national points series before taking the National Under 23 hill climb title and Bronze medal in the cross country in 1996. Since then I have raced international both on and off road all round the world, including a full Mountain bike world cup series in 2002, where I was 3rd Brit overall. I have had wins or podium finishes at all the countries major off road races including Mountain Mayhem, the National points series and the National Champs. In 2007 I became the Masters Mountain bike National Champion, a title I successfully defended last year also.

I took up the sport of triathlon in 2005 after a successful cycling career, and in my first triathlon season I managed to win 13 races, including the prestigious Vitruvian Half Ironman. In 2006 I turned away from the road triathlons, deciding to use my Mountain bike experience and concentrated on the European Xterra series and came 7th overall in the series, with several top 10 results including a 4th in Xterra Spain. The highlight of the year was 15th place at the world championships in Hawaii. 2007 started well with 2nd places at Xterra Guam and Xterra Saipan, I again came 7th in the European tour and improved my World Championship finish to 14th place. Last year I managed to win my first Global Tour race which was Xterra Japan, I had another top 10 overall finish in the European tour despite missing 2 races. After a satisfying 11th place in the US champs at high altitude, I was hoping for a top 10 at the worlds, but as you can read in my blog it wasn’t to be!

This year I am very lucky to have the opportunity to take a sabbatical from work and train and race full time. I am hoping the extra rest and training will lead to bigger results in 2009, watch this space for details...