Steve Harrop, Founder and Director of Coaching has a lifelong passion for cycling. He built his first race bike in the 1970’s, and after many thousands of miles on roads and trails (and many, many bikes), his passion for cycling continues to grow.
Capitalising on his strong science-based background Steve built a successful international career in the healthcare industry, leading and coaching highly motivated sales and marketing teams, while continuing to balance his love of cycling with his family and career commitments. Whilst living and working in Chicago, Steve was introduced to an ex-US Postal Service Team rider, Robbie Ventura who, since retiring from professional racing, had developed a comprehensive training program for endurance athletes focusing on high quality coaching delivered with the maximum benefits of the latest technology and training methodologies. Steve recalls
“When we moved from Southern California to the Mid-West, I thought I was limiting my ability to train the whole year round. However when I met Robbie, I knew that I’d discovered the secret to not only maintaining, but building on my cycling performance during those notoriously long and cold Chicago winters. The greater structure of a year-round training program enabled me to realise my cycling goal at that time, to race the Leadville Trail 100.”
The pinnacle in 2013, was when Steve was awarded one of the much coveted Race Buckles at the infamous 104-mile long mountain bike Race Across the Sky, held in the city of Leadville, high in the Colorado Rockies.
Upon returning to the UK, Steve found there were limited opportunities for serious, non-professional cyclists to gain access to the training he had found so effective, so he decided to develop his own training business here. In Steve’s own words
“Skyhook Coaching Services brings a revolution in cycle training for riders in the UK, but it is actually built on years of experience and athletic successes from the USA”.
In 2014 Steve was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of British Cycling Coaches.