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Coach Emma Grant


Christchurch, New Zealand / Tucson, Arizona / Boulder, Colorado

Years training:


Years coaching:


Cycling disciplines:

Gravel, road

My story goes that cycling found me through the UK Sport Talent ID programme Girls4Gold. All I wanted to do from a young age was be a pro runner, and without a competitive outlet, I was a nightmare amongst three other competitive siblings; sport was the path! My first-ever race was a little scarring, bolting over my bars and knocking out my front teeth. My dad popped them in some milk to preserve them for the duration of the ambulance ride. Undeterred, I persevered on a wild ten-year journey riding out the highs and lows as a roadie.

After two major surgeries to repair bilateral iliac artery endofibrosis and a struggle to make a comeback, I tried really hard to quit cycling and get a real job. However, I still felt my best days as an athlete were still ahead of me, and the allure of gravel was too strong; so began a new chapter.

Going from being self coached to teaming up with Tim Cusick was the start of rebuilding much deeper fitness. Forever intrigued by what uniquely makes an athlete tick, coupled with Tim’s passion for coaching, it was only a matter of time before I wanted to put on my own coaching hat.

Racing highlights

  • U23 National Road Championships GB 2nd 2013

  • Top 10 GC Amgen Tour of California and Tour Down Under 2018

  • Redlands Cycling Classic Sunset Stage winner 2018

  • Cascade Classic 2x stage wins and overall GC winner 2019

  • Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel 1st 2022

  • Life Time Crusher in the Tushar 2nd 2022

  • Rebecca's Private Idaho Baked Potato 3rd 2022

  • Life Time The Rad 1st 2022

  • Life Time Grand Prix 16th overall 2023

Certifications, education, and experience

  • International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition

  • University of Bath – BSC Sports Performance 1st Class Honors

  • Yoga for Athletes Teacher training

  • The Cyclists’ Alliance Mentorship Program

Athlete Testimonials

Emma is doing a fantastic job coaching someone who has fluid training/racing goals but is still super motivated to train. She is successfully navigating my "Alaskan" variables (bad weather & lack of specificity for training - gravel roads & races) and helping me to make the most of it. Thank you, Emma!   - Kristin W.

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