I’ve gone from full time to time-crunched athlete: 6 tips for smashing cycling goals on limited hours

Coach, wind-tunnel technician and former full-time athlete Andy Turner lifts the lid on performance gains on minimal hours

Andy Turner climbing
(Image credit: Orlagh Malone Gardner.)

My last race was the 2021 Tour of Britain; I held an Elite License and raced for a UCI team. Life has changed a lot since then, I’m now a full-time working 2nd cat, having spent several years battling long-Covid, mental health struggles, and learning to balance the bike alongside juggling several jobs - from wind tunnel technician to coach. 

Last year, with my power numbers at an all time low, I decided it was time to get back on it. Now, I’ve set myself the goal of getting to the start line and having a respectable race.

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Duration 2021 - Elite level2023 - no training2024 - 12months hard work

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Andy Turner

Andy is a Sport & Exercise Scientist, fully qualified and experienced cycling coach, personal trainer and gym instructor. He spent 3 years on the road riding for a UCI cycling team and 7 years as a BC Elite rider. 


After graduating in 2020 with first-class honours in his Sport & Exercise Sciences BSc, he continued to pursue his interest in research in the field of sport science alongside setting up his coaching business, ATP Performance, and working for USA-based firm, Wahoo Sports Science. He balanced this with racing at international level, competing in prestigious events such as the Tour of Britain and the Volta a Portugal.