Coaching proving top fit for Glasspool

Coaching proving top fit for Glasspool

James Glasspool is enjoying the transition from the hard slog as a professional athlete to coaching up-and-coming riders in the SA Sports Institute system

IT'S been a whirlwind 12 months or so for SASI scholarship coach James Glasspool.

Until November last year Glasspool, 26, had been a member of professional cycling outfit Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes pro cycling team.

But injuries, and other factors saw Glasspool assess his future in the sport.

An opportunity with SASI as a development coach arose - an offer which Glasspool was thrilled with.

''I didn't have a great year in 2016,'' he said.

''I had been living in Spain for the past few years and a few things happened which I wasn't happy with.

''To be a professional cyclist at that level is very challenging and you have to do all of the little things correctly, day in, day out.''

A meeting with SASI and the chance to take on a coaching/mentoring position with young riders has proved a winner for the young star.

Glasspool looks after up and coming cycling athletes in the high performance pathway including both sprint and endurance cyclists.

''I get so much motivation watching these athletes do their thing,'' he said.

''It is exciting to see them wanting to get to the next level.

''They were identified at a testing program as to be athletes with strong potential in the sport.

''And for me to work with coaches such as Brett (Aitken), and Alex (Bird) and physiologist (Dr) Jamie (Stanley) is great.

''Technology has been one of the biggest changes I have noticed since I started about 10 years ago.

''It has become more accessible, affordable and more professional. The athletes can be monitored and recorded daily.''

The budding stars will keep on training hard with track nationals in February, road nationals in January and assorted domestic competitions from now until then.

For James he will still saddle up in various events - not at his previous level and scrutiny but with plenty more fun and less stress.

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