Eddie Dunbar

Ex ITP coached rider Eddie Dunbar who is currently riding for The Ineos Grenadiers.Ex ISP coached rider Eddie Dunbar who is currently riding for The Ineos Grenadiers.

The Inspire Talent Programme


World-class expertise for aspiring professionals

Want to be a professional cyclist? Ready to do everything possible to make it happen? This is the programme for you. Bring commitment with work ethic and we’ll take care of the rest. The Inspire Talent Programme gives you the support and tools you need to reach the professional ranks. It draws on all of trainSharp’s collective experience and expertise and it works. We have helped turn numerous riders into professionals; namely Eddie Dunbar who is currently riding for The Ineos Grenadiers. The Inspire Talent Programme works because we know exactly what it takes to turn pro and can guide you through this process. It’s a lot to learn and almost impossible to do on your own. With a high level of contact we will ensure that you’re always confident that you’re doing the right things.

What is the trainSharp Inspire Talent Programme?

The trainSharp Inspire Talent Programme is a bespoke coaching experience with the sole aim of helping young riders (from the age of 15 years upwards) achieve their dream of being in a position to gain a Professional (pro) contract.

So how good do I need to be to become a professional cyclist?

To turn pro, you will almost certainly need to be able to average 5.5 watts per kilo for an hour. Therefore, if you weigh 70 kilos you should be able to average 385 watts for one hour (it is important to say that no rider is able to do this without some very serious long term dedicated training).

To win the Tour de France, you need to be able to produce about 6.4 watts per kilo for an hour (therefore using our 70 kilo rider as an example a tour winner could average 448 watts for one hour).

A good club rider could average 4.5 watts per kilo for an hour. Therefore you can see that the difference in w/kg between a good club rider and the numbers you would need to achieve to become a pro are about the same as between an average pro and a Tour Winner.

Of course, there is a lot more to becoming a pro then just being able to produce the numbers but w/kg are a very tangible way of measuring progress on your path to stardom.

How can the Inspire Talent Programme help me?

trainSharp are in a very privileged position. We work with and have close associations with some of the biggest elite and pro teams in the UK and on the continent. We have coached riders on a journey from novice, to elite, to pro.

Using our world class training sessions we will specifically train you so that you reach that magic 5.5 w/kg number. For novices with the correct training, it is possible to go from novice to an Elite within 4 years.

Turning pro is not just about numbers, it is also about results, networking, being in the right place at the right time, ensuring you make yourself marketable through your social media and being ready for that “job interview”.

trainSharp Inspire Talent riders are given help and guidance on all of the above and more.

Can you help me join a top UK amateur team?

Yes, once you start showing promise through testing /racing or a combination of both we will help you with a cycling CV, contact teams on your behalf and if both parties are interested, we will arrange a meeting with the team for you.

Can you help me join a team outside of the UK?

Yes, apart from UK teams, foreign teams routinely contact us to ask if we have any new talent on our books.

We have placed riders in teams in France and Belgium and currently have riders racing for World Tour teams as far afield as Australia.

Can you help me become a Professional Cyclist?

We have some tried and tested pathways to becoming a pro and also have some very exciting projects on the horizon which are all based around helping U23 riders reach their potential.

What do I need to do?

Success does not happen overnight so the Inspire Talent Programme has a minimum sign up of one year.

Within this period, we will be able to see how your body reacts to training and whether you have the constitution and mind-set to go all the way!

Is there an entry criteria to the trainSharp Inspire Talent Programme?

This programme is not open to every rider (firstly you should be 15 years old or above) therefore we have added entry criteria to the sign up. There will be an interview and there will be some testing which we will carry out.

Please note: trainSharp also off an Inspire Youth Programme which is available for riders aged between 11 and 15 years of age.

What else does the Inspire Talent Programme involve?

The trainSharp ITP includes our higher tier coaching plan where the athlete will receive a weekly training schedule with each training session tailored towards the riders’ short and longer term goals.

The training will come with regular analysis of training and racing data. More importantly, the programme will involve regular feedback including nutrition advice, strength training guidance, and everything else we have identified as being key to success in cycling.

How much will it cost?

The trainSharp ITP holds a minimum term of 12 months. The programme can be paid for by direct debit on the first of each month, or in one payment upon set-up. The monthly cost of the plan is £290.00.

An initial consultation, interview and fitness assessment is required for all athletes wishing to be accept for the ITP. Cost of the initial set up and test is £495.00 and can be paid for in advance.

What do I get for the set up?

The initial consultation price will include a full day at the trainSharp Centre of Excellence, near Lewes, East Sussex.

The athlete will undergo a series of fitness tests. These will be carried on our indoor SRM Ergometer and out on the open road using the athlete’s own bike.

A one-to-one interview will take place with trainSharp Founder and Head Coach Jon Sharples, to gauge enthusiasm and drive to progress as a cyclist.

We advise parent(s)/guardian(s) to attend the initial consultation if the rider is under 18.
All of the above will be used to ascertain whether the athlete has the physical and mental attributes which are needed at the top level of this demanding sport.

I have another question that isn’t answered here. Can you help?

Yes of course! We would love to hear from you, please contact us for any further information. Either use the contact us form on our website, send us an email – paul@trainsharp.co.uk or give us a call in the office – 01892 577802.

What do I do next?

Please send an email to inspire@trainsharp.co.uk to state your interest in the programme.

Once we receive your email, we will reply to you and arrange for some initial forms to be completed. After this point, we will provide you with a telephone consultation to answer any initial questions and then arrange to book you in for your consultation.

How Much Does The Inspire Talent Programme Cost?


The trainSharp ITP is challenging – requiring both commitment and talent – and is not right for every rider. There is an initial assessment day for applicants where we make sure you have what it takes to be able to succeed on this demanding programme.

As well as covering the usual registration and set-up with trainSharp, the ITP assessment day fee includes a full day at our trainSharp HQ near Lewes, East Sussex, where we will put you through your paces in a series of fitness tests, followed by a comprehensive interview with trainSharp founder and head coach, Jon Sharples, to make sure ITP really is the right programme for you.

If you have what it takes, we will use all this information to create your own personalised roadmap – which is a high-level progressive coaching plan just for you – designed to achieve the programme’s goals of you turning Pro.

At trainSharp we don’t do one-size fits all coaching. Your goals become our goals, and we support you all the way. So … if you are serious about making it as a Pro – sign-up with us and start your transformation today!

Inspire Talent Programme (ITP)

For the aspiring pro

£290 pcm

NRider development

NLong & short-term goal focus

NRiding skills development

NNetworking and cycling CV support

NPerformance gap analysis

NRace debrief

NMonitoring and reporting

NEnd of season review

NTech support

NRace analysis

NGuaranteed results

NHolistic approach

NPower to weight focus

NStrength & conditioning

NBiomarker profiling

NNutrition advice

NBody composition consultation

NWKO 5 analysis

NMotivational mentoring

NRace tactics & pre-race support

NFatigue management

NInjury management

NRoad map creation

NBespoke training plan for your individual goals

NWorkout analysis & feedback

NTrain like a pro

NReal personalised coaching

NHelp you understand the data

NMonitoring and reporting

NRace tactics & pre-race support

NFatigue management

NInjury management


There is a minimum sign-up period of 12 months.


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ITP Graduates


Some of the trainSharp Inspire Talent success stories

Adam Blythe - Tinkoff

Eddie Dunbar - Team Sky

James Shaw - EF Pro Cycling

Ben Turner - Ineos

Stuart Balfour - Ribble

Puck Moonen - Lotto

April Tacey - Drops-Le Col

Georgia Bullard - Brother

Anna Kay - Star Casino

Pia De Quint - WNT Pro Cycling

Jacob Vaughan - Lotto

Alex Braybrooke - Lotto

Mark McNally - Wanty Cycling

Tim Torrie - Vitus Pro Cycling

Rory Townsend - Canyon DHB

ITP Graduates


Some of the trainSharp Inspire Talent success stories

Adam Blythe - Tinkoff

Ben Turner - Ineos

Puck Moonen - Lotto

Eddie Dunbar - Team Sky

James Shaw - EF Pro Cycling

Stuart Balfour - Ribble

April Tacey - Drops-Le Col

Georgia Bullard - Brother

Anna Kay - Star Casino

Pia De Quint - WNT Pro Cycling

Jacob Vaughan - Lotto

Alex Braybrooke - Lotto

Mark McNally - Wanty Cycling

Tim Torrie - Vitus Pro Cycling

Rory Townsend - Canyon DHB

Don't Train Hard, Train Smart
Don't Train Hard, Train Smart

No matter who you are, what level, beginner or elite, your goals become our goals. If you are serious about your performance and making improvements then we will help you all the way, call us today to start the journey.

We guarantee you will go faster!

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