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Sancture Sportifs

Richard Laidlow

Languages Spoken: English, French

Immersed in triathlon for over 27 years and being a Triathlon Coaching for over 22 years, I adopt a fairly hands-on, supportive approach, providing rigorous continuing education. So often, the fundamentals of triathlon training are overlooked and whilst there are 100’s of training programs out there that can help you get fit, very few make that process efficient, organic and custom enough to meet with your personal needs.

With all my coached athletes I set out to help them achieve a fundamental understanding not only of each discipline individually, but the “whole” sport that is “Triathlon”. I do this by improving your technique, by helping your understanding of basic bio-mechanics and by teaching you to use your senses to train.

Apart from my coaching qualifications I have been given the incredible opportunity to learn and gain a depth of coaching knowledge from 1000’s of athletes at our successful Triathlon Training Base “Le Sancture des Sportifs”, set up by myself and Michelle, (my wife!) in 2004. This is where we live and work today.

Previously an RAF Physical Training Instructor I was part of the relay team who broke the world record for the Belgium to England Channel crossing (plus numerous other channel swims), and gained additional practical and theoretical knowledge as a lecturer in Sports Science and YMCA qualified personal trainer and as a former elite athlete I competed for my country in both swimming and triathlon. I still compete regularly in all disciplines and am the Head Tri Coach for Triathlon Catalan.

We have two sons, Sam (born 1998) and Jake (Born 2008) who have grown up in this Triathlon environment. Our eldest Sam now races for France and for POISSY, and our youngest has already raced more times than I can remember. So I am well positioned to help you achieve your goals no matter how tough you think they are!

I hold an IRONMAN Coaching Certificate, am a Certified Professional Training Peaks Coach, and a qualified British Triathlon and British Cycling Coach.

Gregory Rouault

Languages Spoken: English, French

I’m a French Oklahoman passionate for sports and high performances! I grew up in France where I developed some skills for running mainly. This gave me a chance to get a scholarship to run cross-country and Track and Field at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. I ran 29’04 for 10k and got a BA in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration. I then started working as a business analyst in March 2005 and at this exact time started Triathlon as an age grouper. Rapidly and without initially expecting it, I became pretty competitive fighting with some of the best pros at some of the most competitive US triathlons (St Anthony, Alcatraz, Memphis etc…).

“You only live once” so I decided to put my professional career on hold and move back to France in October 2007, allowing me to train full time and give myself a real chance. A few years down the road, I’m so glad I made that decision!! I won a World Cup, numerous continental cups, some great triathlons and got to race with “la creme de la creme”.

I lived everyday to its fullest and did everything to give myself the best chance to succeed. For example, I joined the famous D-Squad coached by Darren Smith in 2012 and really enjoyed learning from one of the best coaches of the sport.

The only negative in this entire story, is that I struggled with some unexplained stomach problems that held me back for the last 5 years. I decided to make a positive out of it though and to move to the other side of the fence and coach to share my passion and my knowledge!! I’m now the manager of Poissy Triathlon, the most successful club in France and the club that I proudly raced for all my career. I coach youngster, adults, and elite athletes and I have loved everyday so far.

Achievements

– Winner of 2013 Edmonton ITU World Cup

– Winner of 7 Continental Cups (Geelong, Larache, Poznan, Eilat…)

– Winner of the 2013 London Virgin Active Triathlon

– Member of the French Triathlon Squad from 2008 until 2013

– Member of Poissy Triathlon

– PB for the 10,000m on the track : 29’04

– PB for the 10k on the road : 29’07

Greg Parkin

Languages Spoken: English

My name is Greg Parkin, and I have the dubious honour of being Richard’s very first coached athlete in around 2002. He coached me from a novice Triathlete up to a decent Ironman. We both did IM Nice together in 2005 when it really was considered a big thing to become an IM. Of course now it is becoming something that all Triathletes seem to want to complete ASAP. I don’t agree with this philosophy- I think that you should take your time and enjoy the brilliant, ever-changing journey that our sport offers.

This thought process matches my Coaching Philosophy. I want my athletes to enjoy, to savour, to learn, and to become part of the process. I hope to make them not only better athletes but also to have a greater understanding of themselves as people. Its very important to me that we build a rapport, as I strongly believe that we are all different, and therefore I need to coach the individual in a way that suits them specifically.

I believe that rest is as important as the 4 hour long ride, and I think both Coach and Athlete need to agree on a race strategy and really “buy into” it. This can only happen if they both believe.

I am now Head of Coaching at one of the biggest Triathlon clubs in the UK (Wakefield Triathlon Club) with over 560 members. My wife has won the UK Middle Distance Triathlon and my oldest son finished second in his regional series- Triathlon is a life choice for my family and I, and we love it!!!

My strengths include Endurance Coaching, Nutrition advice, Race Strategy, Female Coaching (I strongly believe that it is different to male coaching) and building a real good team spirit.

Nicola Busca

Languages Spoken: English, Italian, French, German

Nicola got into triathlon in 2012 after 15 years of ski racing and 10 years of teaching, coaching and skiing. He started training for triathlons in Italy with former Olympian Vladimir Polikarpenko, then with Richard from 2016. Under Rich’s training Nick finished his first IM and several half IMs (improving his personal bests in the half length), plus qualified twice for the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (finishing 16th at the 2017 edition in Penticton, Canada). He’s also an Ironman Certified Coach, a Level 2 Triathlon Coach with British Triathlon and a personal trainer. In June 2018, he begins the 1 year long Level 3 High Performing Coach Program with British Tri.

Freelance journalist – L2 triathlon coach – IRONMAN certified coach – Ski instructor

Sam Laidlow

Languages Spoken: English, French

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