Girona Cycling S.L. is run by a husband and wife team, Fiona Smart Ph.D and Gareth Speechley. They have both been involved in competitive sports for well over 30 years each. They formed Girona Cycling S.L. in 2005 and hosted their first clients in 2006. In 2008 they opened Hotel Mas Pelegri, their 3* Hotel and training centre and have been looking after everyone from the top pros to complete beginners ever since. Everyone is welcome from individuals, families, groups or teams.
We are the Girona experts. When other training camp companies plan a camp in this area, they ask for our help and guidance. Please also see Time Outdoors for a few coaching articles we have written.
Fiona gained her PhD. at Cambridge University, in the UK. Following her PhD she went to TSRI, La Jolla USA, to research synaptic plasticity for 6 years. With a thorough understanding in the body's physiology and also with her speciality in neurophysiology this enables her to have a more scientific approach to the coaching of cycling and triathlon. Fiona is a qualified sports massage and sports injury therapist. She also specialises in strength and conditioning using plyometrics, balance and agility, body weight training and breathing techniques to enable people to become more effective athletes. As she gets older she also realises the ageing process has a greater effect on our ability to train and how we need to adapt our training to full-fill our potential as we age and also to make us keep healthy and active. Fiona started skiing at 18 months, enjoying downhill ski racing for a number of years. She has been involved in one sporting activity or other since then. As well as being a competitive county runner Fiona has excelled in triathlon and duathlon. She now concentrates on longer distance events and has raced in several Half-Ironman and Ironman events. Fiona coaches both professional cyclists and triathletes, as well as beginners and age group athletes. For her it is important to help everyone reach their potential. Fiona is also a qualified first-aider.
Gareth started running at age 11 and after an injury moved to cycle racing at 15. He has raced throughout Europe, Australia and the USA on the road, the velodrome and in mountain bike events. He has represented his country in duathlon and triathlon at age group level. Gareth is an expert cycling coach, bike set up guru (Accredited by the International Bike Fitting Institute), a Level 2 Triathlon Coach and a qualified first-aider. He also has a thorough understanding in bike mechanics. He has an eye for details and is a brilliant technique coach, enabling athletes to perfect their technique so that they can go faster for longer!
Luke will be joining us for the 2017 season. He is an accomplished junior elite triathlete. His sporting accomplishments are as follows:
• Selected to represent Great Britain in Junior Elite European Cups (2015)
• British Junior Elite Triathlete (Top 10 Ranking)
• South East Regional Triathlon Champion (UK)
• Sussex County Swimmer (800m Medallist)
• National and County Cross Country Runner
• Represented Great Britain at the Junior World Biathlon Championships (Monaco)