A first for Jersey and the southern region in coaching!

Being the first woman cyclist to represent Jersey at the Commonwealth Games in
1994 Lynn Minchinton-Gilley now has another first but this time it is in coaching,
being the only woman in the south region to hold the Level 3 track cycling
qualification!

Lynn has taken that knowledge and experience from her international riding days by
gaining the British Cycling Level 3, 1st4Sport coaching qualification, which is the
highest recognised coaching certification in cycling, allowing coaches, who have the
practical skills, experience and knowledge of cycling, to plan, deliver and evaluate
detailed periodised training programmes. She now has a hat trick of Level 3
qualifications in road, time trial and track coaching.

With an impressive palmares she has knowledge and experience to share having been
a National medallist at elite level winning bronze in the British National Track Sprint
Championships, was Wessex Divisional Champion at Elite level, Elite Sprint
Champion winning the Coronation Cup at the Women’s Track Championships in 1994
as well as regional track champion in Brittany; in addition she was four times World
Champion at the UCI Masters World Track Championships with an array of gold and
silver medals.

Of all the exams and assessments she has undertaken it was the track qualification
that has been the most challenging especially as Jersey does not have a velodrome.
Her final practical assessment was at the 142 metre indoor velodrome at Calshot,
Southampton coaching a two-hour session with riders from the British Cycling junior
talent squad. “I was advised the riders were of a good standard but never expected
this depth of talent; two riders in particular could possible be at the 2024 Olympic
Games. It was a privilege to work with these juniors who were eager to improve their
skills for future racing; the respect they gave me as a coach was so rewarding. Most
of my coaching preparation for this has been undertaken in France, the racing
committee in Brittany allowed me sole use of the velodrome on certain days so that I
could plan and deliver specific coaching sessions.”

As a performance coach who has coached junior riders to Youth Commonwealth
Games level, National and Brittany regional level she is actively coaching riders in
France, Jersey and in the USA. Time is spent between coaching as well as liaising
with French clubs to place emerging talent. She has coached an after school Go Ride
club for a number of years and earlier this year set-up a ladies cycling group, which is
focusing on helping less confident riders enhance their skill level to enjoy cycling on
our many shared pathways before attempting to ride on the highway.