Meet The Team

Stefan Hopewell – Founder and Director

Stef Hopewell.

Stef has more than 20 years of experience of working with sports teams, athletes and sports brands. He has been involved in several high profile sports tournaments including World Cups, international tours and Rugby League’s Challenge Cup and has worked with Olympic sports including Handball and Cycling.

Dr. Vinny Webb – Founder and Non Executive Director

Dr. Vinny Webb

Vinny is a former Head of Education and Coaching at British Cycling. He has a long and illustrious career in coaching and performance and has recently received a DProf in Elite Performance from the University of Central Lancashire.

Danielle Riley – Coach and Coach Coordinator

Danielle Riley

Danielle is an award winning coach who has inspired thousands of women to take up cycling in her role as Ride Leader, Bikeability instructor, level two road, time trial and track cycling coach.

A lifelong competitive cyclist, she competed for many years before becoming a ride leader, a role that she approaches with enthusiasm and determination. She is well-regarded in the north west-region and delivers on the Ride leadership, British Cycling Coach Education and Bikeability instructors’ programmes as well as the Accredited Race Marshalling scheme, being an accredited Marshall. Read More...

Rachel Connerney – MTB and Cyclocross Coach

Rachel Connerney

After a previous career in Equestrianism and as a Business Analyst for some of the world’s biggest companies, Rachel brings a lifelong knowledge of what it takes to perform at the highest level. Specialising in off road disciplines, Rachel currently races throughout Europe and beyond. Read More...

Lizzie Rigley – Track and Strength and Conditioning Intern

Lizzie Rigley

Lizzie has recently joined us and will be completing her level one track coaching award over the next few months. 

Lizzie is in the final stages of completing her Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University with her long term career goal to be a strength and conditioning coach at an elite level and competes regularly for the MMU Cycling Team. Read More...

Sheena Ogley

Sheena Ogley – Marketing and Social Media

Sheena joined Manchester Cycling Academy as a volunteer and helps raise our profile with her marketing skills.

She recently set up her own marketing consultancy which she set up as a social enterprise. Read More…

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