I’m Gary K, or Gary Kristensen MBE, BEng (Hons), GCGI. I got the MBE for services to cycling in the UK, which is where I lived and served my country in the British Army (REME) until migrating to Australia in November 2007 to serve as a Captain in the Australian Defence Force (RAEME).
There, we lived in Queensland, with homes in Brisbane (from 2014) and Toowoomba (from 2007). The BEng (Hons) is in aircraft engineering, which is what I did for the Australian Army, and is a 1st class honours after completing self study in my spare time from 2002 to 2006 at Kingston University. Me, driven, oh yes!
I’ve been using and coaching with power since 2003. I had the first (problematic) model of powertap and I was one of the first people to purchase the new Stages crank based unit when it was released. Technology has moved on, and these fantastic devices are now easily affordable for a much wider demographic of riders.
I took to cycling full time in 1996 after an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction curtailed my efforts as an elite, national level triathlete. The bike leg was always particularly strong, so after not much persuasion from a very good friend of mine, Paul Haggerty, I set myself up as a dedicated cyclist and started out competing in time trials in the UK, where the scene is massive! Prior to triathlon I competed at National junior level at endurance and white water kayaking, and after joining my first unit attached to the Royal Marines, fell running, mountain marathons, soccer and track athletics took most of my time. I passed the Royal Marine Commando course in 1989 which entitled me to wear the coveted green beret.
As soon as I discovered my love for road racing, my training changed and so did my mentality. This was something I knew I could be good at, and it was exciting, unpredictable, tactical and something you had to use your head in as well as your legs. Totally opposite to a time trial, where it’s often the rider with the best power and aero position that wins.
I gained points quickly in the British Cycling system until I was riding national and international events, predominantly for the British Army team, which I was secretary, manager, facilitator, organiser, directeur sportif and leader for from 1997 until 2002. Within that time the Army Cycling Union ranked as the highest placed club in the British National rankings for a number of years, and won many accolades including South East England Club of the Year, awarded by the Surrey Cycle Racing League. These were great days! Many great riders and people came out of the Army CU, aka The Men in Black, and we organised a good few events too!
While in Australia I mainly competed in Masters races on road and track with a reasonable amount of success at State level. I won Gold medals on the track in the TT (666m) and Individual Pursuit (including setting three State records) and a gold and silver in the Team Pursuit. On the road I’ve a bronze in the Individual TT, three Golds in the Team TT and a bronze in the Criterium Champs. The only event missing a medal is the road race! My first love! In Dec ’13 I also won a silver in the Qld Elite Track Champs Team Pursuit with Andy Patten, Graeme Smith and Neale Roborg-Sondergaard, and in 2014, won 4 out of 5 medals on the track at the State Masters Champs. Keen 🙂
Masters racing developed massively in the time I was in Queensland, and to achieve anything, you had to be dedicated, serious and motivated. Training smart and looking after yourself is a big part of that, and I have the skills, knowledge and experience to help you.
Now, I reside back in the UK in Burbage, Leicester, and I work in Tamworth, Staffs, as a consultant engineer with Aspire Consulting Limited. I retain and still engage with riders in Australia and Europe, and will continue to develop my athlete base from riders within the UK and Europe.
So, if you’re looking for improvement and progression, I can assist and guide you. Location matters little when you’re using power as the metric, and with great communication and feedback, as you will see when you get through the first month of the Power Assessment Program (PAP). If you’re interested, please check out the other pages to see what level of service I offer and the prices I charge.
Please contact me via this LINK to discuss your individual needs. You won’t be disappointed!
Ride safe and all the very best.