Colin Sturgess Joins Our Coaching Team

Dec 31, 2014

We're delighted to announce the newest member to our already multifaceted and vastly experienced coaching staff. 

Dig Deep Coaching have brought on board Colin Sturgess, a man who has little to learn about any discipline from world class 4,000 metre pursuits to the longest and toughest of road races at the same level. Colin-Sturgess-Paris-Nice-1989.jpg

Sturgess was born in the UK near Wakefield in 1968 but moved with his parents to South Africa at the age of six; following in his father's footsteps Sturgess took to cycling and in short order was dominating the South African junior scene with multiple championship wins and world class times.  His parents decided that the best way for their son's talents to develop would be to return to the UK.

Sturgess burst on the UK scene winning several junior national championships and at just 17 years-of-age took silver in the 1986 Commonwealth Games 4,000 metres pursuit final against Australian pursuit protege Dean Woods in Edinburgh.

The Olympic year of 1988 saw Sturgess become the first rider ever to record an 18 minute 10 mile time trial; on a road bike - but he did take the bottle cages off!

The Seoul Olympics saw the not yet 20 years-old narrowly lose the ride off for bronze in the 4,000 metres individual pursuit to stylish German Bernd Dittert.

Turning pro for ADR in 1989 alongside Greg Lemond, revenge was sweet for Sturgess as it became Dean Woods' turn to settle for silver as the Englishman staged one of his blazing last laps to take gold in the world 5,000 metres professional championship in Lyon.

30578_390085019091_765669091_4020529_3363842_n1.jpgSturgess added the British professional road race championship to his palmares in 1990 and another worlds pro pursuit bronze in 1991 before his first - far too early - retirement from the racing scene.

Returning to the two wheeled world in 1998 he was part of the England Commonwealth Games 4,000 metre team pursuit squad for Kuala Lumpur - along with a certain Bradley Wiggins - which took silver behind the mighty Australian squad which included Brad McGee, Luke Roberts and Mick Rogers.

And for good measure that year he won the late lamented English classic road race, The Tour of the Cotswolds before hanging up his wheels for a second time.

But the man who could knock out a 65 second last kilometre against Dittert in the '88 Olympics is back again - winning the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists time trial championship in the autumn of this year.

Sturgess is looking forward to his new role with relish; 'it's about time I shared all this knowledge I've built up over the years and I'm delighted to be given this opportunity by Dig Deep Coaching.

Colin is currently taking on coaching clients for road, time trial and all track endurance disciplines from one kilometre upwards. 

For more information on getting coached by Colin please email

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