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Charlie @charliecycleguide racing in a Cyclocross race

Who is Charlie?

Veteran cyclist, coach and ride leader, Charlie is well known on the South London cycling scene.

Initially a Cat 3 Racer in the SERRL leagues before moving off-road, first to cyclo-cross and then to MTB, he’s raced across Europe and gained a certain notoriety in Transylvania as being ‘the Englishman’ who kept winning races in the ‘Wise Man’ category!

Starting his coaching career with Herne Hill Youth CC, he established the club’s older group, before moving on to creating Dulwich Paragon’s Youth Squad, guiding groups of kids through their teens, keeping them in the sport, out of trouble, having a lot of fun and achieving some respectable results. 

He's a fully qualified British Cycling (BC) Level 2 Coach with Cyclo-cross, MTB and Road and Time Trial discipline specific awards as well as a BC qualified Ride Leader. 

Latterly, he’s organising the Dulwich Paragon Cyclocross team – a rapidly expanding group of riders actively competing in the local CX leagues. Affectionately known as ‘Coach’ to over 100 riders in the group, his regular coaching sessions and support for all riders regardless of ability have made Dulwich Paragon one of the leading off road cycling clubs in the South East. 

He’s organised many Cyclocross races for the London Cyclo-Cross Association, including the infamous Leeds Castle CX race with ‘the Wall’, ‘Moat’ and that marching band!

Charlie’s lockdown was spent discovering or ‘creating’ off-road routes in and around London, sharing them with fellow club members. These proved so popular that, ‘doing a Charlie route’ entered the club lexicon and they form the backbone of Hidden Tracks Cycling.

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