James is British Cycling qualified coach, he is UK Anti Doping registered 'coach clean' coach, he is member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists and has completed a MSc in Applied Sport Science focussing on improving endurance performance in elite cyclists. In addition, he is a member of the UK Coaching Performance Coaching Association - the UK's most prestigious association for performance-focused sports coaches in the UK.
James was a professional cyclist based in Belgium for 5 years, in that time he competed in races such as Kuurne Brussel Kuurne and Brabantse Pijl in addition to competing world-wide from Asia to South America.
Later he moved onto cyclocross in which he competed at the very highest level including World Cups, Supersprestigue and Bpost Bank race.
James has the scientific and applied knowledge to optimise training prescription.
James has worked with, or continues to coach, Olympians, European Champions in cyclocross, national road race champions, national track champions as well as World and Europeans championship medallists across a number of disciplines. In total James has coached riders to over 20 World, European or National Championships medals.
James Spragg "I have worked with professional and amateur athletes, each offers their own unique challenge, every training plan needs to be customised to the individual athlete"
James Spragg "My evidence based coaching approach uses the latest knowledge in the field of sports science together with my extensive experience as both an athlete and coach to build your individualised training plan"
There often come times in your career when you need an outside eye on what you're doing. In the 2015/16 season, James has been that eye. His knowledge of power and performance analysis are huge. Having him as part of my coaching team has been really important and given me belief I needed, exactly when I needed it.
Having a team coach is vital, and having the right person for that role is even more important. James has provided support, guidance and in depth knowledge to our riders and staff. He has helped us achieve more and never fails to impress.
I have worked with James for several years; from working full time in London with very limited time to train to now being a full time athlete on the Irish track squad. James’ depth of knowledge and attention to detail has proved invaluable throughout all of the varying changing circumstances in my cycling career culminating in winning the Irish Road Championships in 2015. I definitely attribute it to some very skilful coaching in the weeks, months and years leading up to it. I am looking forward to continuing to improve with James’ coaching and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any athlete no matter what their ability.
Lydia Boylan Multiple Irish National Road Champion
Balancing family, work and other commitments is difficult to get the most benefit from the limited training time available. Especially when these elements often compete with a limited reserve of energy. It makes sense to get a coach who understands these commitments and the different, sometimes competing, demands they place on you. A good coach works with you to understand your goals and aspirations and then provides a training plan with varied sessions to meet these goals and ensure that you don’t get bogged down doing the same training sessions over and over again. James is this coach, who I have found does things differently to other coaches and is able to communicate clearly why you are doing the sessions you are doing.