Jon is the founder, director and head coach of trainSharp Cycle Coaching. He’s a lifelong cyclist, a successful road racer and time trialist as a junior and young elite, and was a college lecturer before he began coaching. He’s as passionate about helping people as he is about cycling, and that’s precisely what makes trainSharp athletes thrive.
Jon’s own racing career began at the age of 16. By his own admission, he was not the most gifted cyclist, but he could sprint well. A two-week training camp in Majorca as a junior is where the love affair with racing really began, riding with heroes including Adrian Timmis, John Herety and Steve Sefton. Majorca is still his favourite place to ride.
While his sprint brought him some wins, Jon knew the importance of working on his weaknesses. He embraced the new, science-driven training methods which came about in the late 1990s (such as training to power) and this was fundamental in him achieving his potential. When Jon’s focus later switched to time trialling, to better fit around a busy family and work life, he used the knowledge he’d gained to adapt his training. He was soon winning Opens and setting course records.
Other local riders were quick to notice Jon’s results and began asking what his secret was. Before long, Jon started coaching a few riders alongside his career as a college lecturer and soon he realised that it was what he wanted to do more than anything else. In 2003, trainSharp was born.
In the 20 years since he first started coaching, the science and technology have progressed a lot and Jon, insatiably thirsty for knowledge, has always ensured that trainSharp is at the cutting edge. On the flipside, the personal side of coaching hasn’t really changed at all and Jon’s qualities – likeability, communication, empathy and a genuine care for his athletes and their progress – mean that trainSharp’s expertise is delivered in the most effective way and riders always feel very supported.
Jon Sharples was born on 22nd September 1973 in Burnley, Lancashire. He is married with four children.