I panic-Googled ‘cycling coaches’ in London, and to my extraordinary good fortune, Njinga Cycling popped up and promised everything I was looking for (little did I know how much luck this would turn out to be). I left a message, received a call back within 10 minutes, and two days later, found myself in Richmond Park riding in cleats with Njinga’s Head Coach and co-founder, Togo Keynes, running beside me.
I was a seven-year-old learning to ride my first bike all over again.
Through a series of private outdoor coaching sessions, Togo coached me through the basics of efficient road cycling: riding in cleats, pedal technique, shifting gears, ascending, descending, the joys of butterfly hills and even nutrition.
Though still a novice, Togo quickly taught me to ride with joy and confidence, which is exactly how I rode the London to Paris charity event.