Gareth & the 4 man team from High Wycombe cycling club are now in their final preparation for the Tour of Wales cycle race or Ras de Cymru as it’s also known.

With that in mind Gareth is now on a strict diet to rip down to his racing weight. He is now on week 2 of the diet & has so far lost 7lbs or 3kg! All this in 7 days.

Keep checking in to see how the preparation is going & also to follow his blogs during race week.

James & Gareth Attack in a build up race at Goodwood!

 Friday 18th June

Today I had an NLP session (neuro-linguistic programming) with Craig Thompson to help me get in the right head space for the race. What a fantastic session! We worked on removing any negative issues & doubts I have. So far I feel much more positive. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a big goal ahead of them. Bring on June 30th!

 Sunday 27th June.

For those that are interested apart from my daily updates during the Ras, results

can be found on Now off for a final light training ride before England V Germany!

Wednesday 30th June.  Stage 1 – Prologue

There was a slight course change which played into the Team’s hand nicely.  Team Leader, Clive Nicholls, found himself in Yellow after the first stage.  So the Team is happy, and it’s a job well done.

Thursday 1st July.  Stage 2 – Hilly Road Race

Due to mechanical problems, Gareth Batson lost quite a bit of time on this stage.  The rest of the boys finished in the bunch, narrowly avoiding a big crash.  Clive just losing the jersey by 13 seconds to the stage winner.  Will keep you posted.

Friday 2nd July.  Stage 3 – Team Time Trial

Although this was the focus for the Team, Gareth started with a very tight chest and, unfortunately, was dropped on the first big climb.  But overall, the Team went on post a good time with the only three remaining members.

                                   Stage 4 – Hilly Road Race

Sadly, Gareth has abandoned the race at the top of the first major climb with respiratory problems.  Clive, James and Tom went on to complete a very tough stage.  Well done Team!

Stage 5 : Road Race

This was probably the toughest stage of the race. 2 climbs both of 3km plus. Tom attacked hard on the first climb and forced a break but unfortunately the leader of the race was too strong & beat Tom over both climbs. Tom ended up finishing in the front group with Clive in a bigger group a few minutes back. James found this stage very tough & ended up losing 20 plus minutes finishing in the final group on the road with anyone behind being disqualified for falling below the time cut-off.

Stage 6: Flat Road race with mountain top finish.

This race has really taken it’s toll with only 83 out of the original 102 riders starting!

The bunch stayed together for the first 10 miles then both Tom & Clive attacked with Tom yet again forcing a break, this was however dragged back by the start of the climb which was very windy & wet. The yellow jersey wearer Mike Smith of Team Corley cemented his lead with a very convincing final stage win with Tom finishing first of the Wycombe team. Clive & James finished together a little way down.

The final General Classification placings for the team are : Tom Crouch 28th @8mins 19 sec down

  • Clive Nicholls 46th @ 16mins 11 secs
  • James Norris 73rd @ 38mins 9 secs
  • Gareth Batson DNF.

All of the team would very much like to thank Scott ( team manager) for his superb support during the race. Also Gordon & Margaret Wright (High Wycombe CC club president & secretary respectively) for coming down for the whole race & also giving much needed support.

Gareth’s final comment:

Although I’m very disappointed to have had to pull out with my breathing issues (yet to be diagnosed) it was a great experience. I really must give my congratulations to Tom, Clive & James for completing a very hard stage race! As  individuals & as a team we will now be looking for our next racing challenges….watch this space!


Cut Your Resistance & Energise!

What is holding you back?

Is there something in your way preventing you from reaching your goals?

Is your fitness improving or is it caught in a merciless cycle?

A consultation with CynerGy Personal Trainers will help you identify the areas where you are falling short.  We can tailor a fitness programme around your available hours to streamline your route to those

Here, CynerGy’s Gareth Batson is racing to success in a recent Team Trial Cycle race, one of his key goals for 2010.

Don’t resist, energise your training – CynerGy Personal Trainers
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Good Snacks

One of our clients  is finding it difficult to avoid all the bad snacks in the house!   Without resorting to padlocks or sabotaging the shopping delivery vans we have suggested he adds Nuts and Seeds to the shopping list.   This article by Mizpah Matus explains why…..

Nuts and seeds are concentrated sources of protein, fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and other minerals. Some of them contain omega 3 fatty acids and as such can help to improve the balance of cholesterol and the blood lipid profile and reduce the risk of heart disease.

They are best consumed in limited amounts if weight loss is desired or if digestive difficulties are present, however in these situations the nuts and seeds rich in omega 3 fatty acids (flaxseed, walnut, chia and pumpkin seed) may be beneficial as these fats can actually improve metabolism.

Almonds are very high in minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron and are the only nut that is alkaline forming in the body. According to Ayurvedic medicine, almonds nourish the vital energy of the body.
Almonds are also thought to contain a compound that is anti-carcinogenic and for this purpose it is recommended that six almonds are consumed daily.

Brazil nuts are rich in the sulfur containing amino acids and selenium. Selenium has an important function as an antioxidant and is involved in immunity.

Flaxseeds are the richest source of omega 3 fatty acids and thus help to improve immunity and reduce high cholesterol. When taken in the form of flaxseed meal they effectively prevent constipation and are a source of lignans – compounds that have antitumour and antioxidant properties. Flaxseeds also help to balance estrogen levels.

Hazelnuts are very rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, folic acid and vitamin E. Hazelnuts act as a general tonic and strengthen the stomach.

Macadamia nuts are very high in fat and can contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. However in moderation they can help to improve the balance of cholesterol due to their abundance of monounsaturated fats. They are also very low in carbohydrates and as such are suitable for low carb diets.

Pistachio nuts are considered a tonic for the whole body in Ayurvedic medicine. They purify the blood, lubricate the intestines and can be used for constipation.

Pumpkin seeds are known for their effects against intestinal parasites especially roundworm and tapeworm. Their high zinc content may explain the value pumpkin seeds for the treatment of impotence and prostate enlargement.
Pumpkin seeds are also a valuable source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Sesame seeds are very high in calcium and are a good source of magnesium, niacin, vitamins A and E, protein and unsaturated fats. In the form of tahini (sesame seed paste) they provide the richest and most bioavailable source of calcium.

Sunflower seeds are high in protein, unsaturated fats, phosphorus, calcium, iron, fluorine, iodine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin E and are one of the rare plant sources of vitamin D.

Walnuts are high in protein, iron and contain omega 3 fatty acids. They can reduce inflammation and pain, lubricate the lungs and intestines, and nourish the brain and adrenal glands.

©Mizpah Matus is a nutritionist who specializes in the raw food diet.

To learn more about how to lose weight and create vibrant health with a raw food diet visit The Raw Food Solution.

Reiki Courses

Reiki Courses –    Reiki is a Japanese word representing Universal Life Force, the energy around us and within us. Reiki is a way of activating, directing and applying natural energy for the promotion of health, healing, balance and wholeness. This form of healing is a holistic and therefore useful for preventing imbalance, assisting the body’s natural healing powers and maintaining the rebalance as a state of well being.

It can be used most effectively as a self help technique as well as for the release of stress and relaxation and to restore the vital energy lost in daily life; therefore, creating good health

Level 1: 19-20 June 2010

Second Level/Practitioner: 25-26 September 2010

Third Level/ Advanced Practitioner: 26-27-28 November 2010


Come and improve your overall core strength as well as cardio fitness. Geared towards cyclists, but everyone is welcome!

Classes starting 4th of February at 19:30 (7:30 PM).

Classes are £8 per person or £60 for a block of 10.

Boxing Cardio

A high intensity cardio boxing class held at 09:30 on Thursday mornings.  Class fees are £8.00 per class.

All welcome

Pilate’s Class

Pilate’s Class – Beginning Wednesday, 3 February at 12:00

Mallorca Training Camp


Cynergy’s Gareth Batson is running a traning camp in Mallorca in March 2010.
The training camp is for cyclists looking to get some quality training on the bike away from the potholes and puddles.
“It’s a perfect destination with dry, traffic free roads and really kicks off your year to a great start”, says Gareth, “We ride, eat then relax just like the professionals do and the training is just 100% perfect for whatever you want to acheive in 2010 on the bike”.

Riding with the Sky Pro Cycling Team


Gareth Batson of CynerGy PT was one of about 300 riders selected to ride with the new Sky Pro Cycling Team around London City central on 4 January 2010!  He was thrilled to be able to participate on such a momentous occasion.  Over 2,000 people applied to take part in the event.

Gareth had an absolutely amazing time…even though it was a bitterly cold morning.  He said at one point, of he and his cycling partner James Norris, that their hands were so cold that they burned, but it was all worth it as they were able to chat with their cycling heroes, as well as get autographs and have photos taken with them.

After the event, Gareth said a new favourite of his to watch this year is Austrailian Simon Gerrans, a climber as well as an all-rounder.  He is such a friendly guy, and only too happy to have his photo taken with Sky fans.  Michael Barry, an all-rounder and domestique, was yet another rider that Gareth found to be very approachable. The whole Sky Team was present; however, they could not possibly meet them all.

It was a great start to what will hopefully prove to be a very successful year for both the Sky Team as well as for Gareth & James’ racing season ahead 

Frieth Hilly 10K


Well done to all who ran in the Frieth Hilly 10K!
Client, Derrick, shown here with Cat Batson did very well for his first organized event in almost 10 years!
The weather was fabulous and the atmosphere was equally impressive. This is a fast growing annual event.

If you fancy a 10K hilly challenge, this is the one for you!