Staff profile

Mark  Walker

Mark Walker


Course Scheme Manager for FdSc Cycling Performance
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Applied Coaching Science


I obtained a BSc(Hons) in biotechnology from the University of Reading before gaining a PGCE in science teaching at the University of Leicester. Following a brief period as a school teacher I studied for an MSc in sports science at the University of Essex and moved into HE lecturing. I joined Writtle College in 2006 as course manager for Sports and Exercise Performance and was Deputy Head of the School of Sport, Equine & Animal Sciences from 2009-2015.

In 2014 I set up the FdSc in Cycling Performance which I now course manage. My current teaching areas are applied exercise physiology, applied coaching science, sports nutrition and work-based learning in cycling. My research interests are in pacing strategy in off-road cycling and the modelling of cycling power data. I have published topical articles on cycle coaching, a book chapter on cyclocross, and have reviewed for the cycling section of the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine.

I currently split my time between Writtle and my work as an elite cycling coach. I have coached numerous amateur and professional cyclists. My most notable achievements are guiding Alex Dowsett to the World Hour record, 10 mile championship record and a Commonwealth Games Gold medal. I have worked with Helen Wyman for five years and assisted her towards to two European Cyclocross Championship titles, numerous national titles and a bronze medal in the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships.

My coaching experience extends across a number of cycling disciplines including track, road, time trial, cross-country MTB, cyclocross and triathlon. I have provided physiological testing to cyclists of all abilities and across all disciplines. I also work as a consultant to other coaches and have provided sports science support to a sports marketing company and a large multinational corporation.

This year (2017) I developed a business partnership with the On Form cycling team and this led to the development of the Writtle University College Cycling Academy


Masters in Sports Science and Health
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BSc(Hons) Biotechnology
Level 2 Go Ride Cycling Coach
level 2 Cyclocross coach
Level 1 softball coach
ASA assistant swimming teacher
I was a PhD candidate with the University of Essex, but withdrew in 2016 to complete by published works

Subject Areas

Human Anatomy & Physiology
Cycling Performance
Outdoor Activity


Interpretation and application of cycling power meter data in cyclocross.



Walker, M.A.; Passfield, L & Barratt, P (2013) Performance Cycling: The Science of Success Bloomsbury 1.