Meet our track coach, Carl Allsop

Cyclists on arena track

Wed 4 Mar 2020

"I've been a Track Coach at The Arena since  just after it opened. Former professional footballer on the Continent so have spent a lot of time around driven focused sports people. Love competing on the Track and race regularly in both Arena Track Leagues, particularly enjoy racing and coaching The Madison. Enjoy the Camaraderie and Team ethos amongst the Track coaching team we’re always pushing and challenging each other. 

I really enjoy seeing riders progress from a nervous first timer into a confident, competent Trackie. Seeing Arena riders compete and win National and World titles gives all the coaches a massive buzz.

I work closely with a number of riders who will undoubtedly bring more medals back to Derby but I’m particularly  proud of the coaching work I’ve done with Charlotte Parnham who from never riding the track before  is now National Flying Kilo record holder, 2k Pursuit Age group World record holder, holds numerous Masters National titles and recently won the Elite National Derny Championship.

I enjoy coaching all the sessions at the Track but have a particular fondness for the madness of the Race SQT, Derny and any Madison session.

Derby Arena is renowned as a friendly, welcoming place where elite riders happily rub shoulders with first time novice riders and Juniors. People under estimate how important it is as a social hub with a really supportive, inclusive community and I’m proud to play my part in that."

Carl on cycle track

Carl Allsop