Training & Coaching

Seacroft Wheelers member and qualified coach, Mike Farthing, organises a variety of training sessions throughout the year, including the running of road and cyclo-cross program’s in the off season.

Mike Farthing 1988ish

The current plan is to run off road sessions for mountain biking and cyclo cross through spring and summer, starting in April 2018. Check back here for further info. nearer the time.

The current schedule is listed below but please be aware that this is seasonal and weather dependent so please check a session is going ahead before you turn up. Mike is available to offer extra coaching sessions and advice if required for all club members.

For more information on any of the activities contact Mike on

Feb 2018 Update
Road Training Sessions.
Pendas Way Circuit.
Tuesday. 7.00pm, John Smeaton High School. (see below for route)
Thursday.7.00pm, John Smeaton High School.

Cyclo Cross Race Training.
6.30pm,Primrose Valley (Bowling Green entrance.) Halton.
Wednesdays, 4th,11th,18th and 25th April.

Mountain Biking.
6.30pm,Primrose Valley(Bowling Green entrance.)
Wednesdays,2nd,9th,16th,23rd and 30th May.

Dec 2017 Update– Due to the ongoing building works at Thorpe Park the location of the Tuesday and Thursday training session will change to Pendas Way until further notice.

The Pendas Way Circuit starts at John Smeatons Sports Centre on Smeaton Approach.
Left onto Barwick Road,
Left onto Pendas Way,
Left onto Mansion Lane,
Left onto Sandleas Way,
Left onto Smeaton Approach,finishing the lap back at the sports centre.
The circuit is 2.1 miles long.
Tuesdays Road Training Session Meet near Brios Restaurant,
Thorpe Park, LS15 8GB
7pm – 8pm
Wednesdays Cyclocross Training and Coaching East End Park 7pm – 8pm
Wednesdays Road Training Session Meet at the Maypole,
6:30pm – 8pm
Thursdays Road Training Session Meet near Brios Restaurant,
Thorpe Park, LS15 8GB
7pm – 8pm
Saturdays Road Training Session Meet at the Maypole,
9pm – 11pm

Circuit Map – Thorpe Park

The Coach !

Following is a summary of Mike’s cycling activities, qualifications and history.

Member of the Seacroft Wheelers since inception 1975.
Organiser of several Seacroft Wheeler’s road and cyclo cross races.
Seacroft Wheeler’s B.A.R.(Time Trialling).
Coaching since 1980.
Qualifications – British Cycling Coaching Scheme Club Coach.
British Cyclo Cross Association Coach.
Association of British Cycling Coaches Club Coach.
British Amateur Weight Lifting Association Coach(Cycling).
Manchester Velodrome Club Coach Award.
Qualified First Aider.
Past and Present Coaching – Director of Coaching at the Yorkshire and Humberside Centre of Excellence.
Coach and team manager for the above.
Member of coaching team at the National Junior Cyclo Cross Squad.
Organiser and coach at numerous training sessions for road, cyclo cross, mountain biking,track,weight training and circuit training.

Mike is qualified and insured to carry out coaching activities in most cycling disciplines.