XLR8 bike school has recently been set up by all round BMX legend Jools Allen , if you don’t know Jools then he is the lovely quite guy (hahaha) from Braintree BMX club, XLR8 is there to coach you or your children in all aspects of BMX and bike riding .
I have known him for a long time now and he is very passionate about BMX racing and coaching , he is possibly one of the best and most knowledgeable coaches I have come across , he really is there for all the kids and adults who need a little bit of help with racing/jumping/training etc or for the first time rider just getting into the sport .
Jools can often be found coaching BMX/MTB at Cyclopark and Lee Valley Velopark, covering BMX and MTB sessions on a regular basis, continuing to head up the Braintree coaching team and working with the EA team with Mark Seaman who is now leading on regional coaching across the UK for British Cycling.
XLR8 are looking to spread out across the clubs in EA and the South East and work with the club coaches in those clubs, they are also very keen to go into schools to spread the BMX gospel and take it to the kids rather than them having to be taken to it.

Julian Allen-
My name is Julian “Jools” Allen (pictured above) and I’m the Head Coach at XLR8 Bike School. I’m an ex British BMX Champion who has competed up to World Championship level for 30 years. My coaching experience ranges from 4 year old first timers to World Finalists and I have also worked with schools and corporate groups and everything else in between. I’ve delivered sessions at a vast array of venues as diverse as school playgrounds and fetes up to the Olympic BMX track venue in Stratford, London and the Olympic Mountainbike track at Hadleigh Farm Park, Essex. British Cycling qualified and accredited with enhanced CRB accreditation and Public Liability and Indemnity insurance.

I’ve been involved in cycle sport since first hitting the BMX race track in 1984 and have competed in Mountainbike 4X and XC, Cyclo Trials, Road Racing, a little bit of MX and have excelled in my chosen speciality of BMX racing where I still compete in the Veterans category. As well as coaching and riding I’m the British BMX Series race correspondent for British Cycling and 2024 BMX Magazine and regularly double up as bike tester and reviewer for the magazine.

If you or your group want to improve your bike riding skills and reach your goals then XLR8 Bike School can steer you in the right direction.

The Coach



Name : Jools, only my mum calls me Julian

DOB : 12/02/74

Years riding : 37

Countries visited for riding : France, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Australia, USA

Awards : Essex Sports Awards – Volunteer Coach of the Year 2010, The Housing Heroes – Inspirational Mentor of the Year 2011

Fave Food – Chilli Con Carne

TV – Gogglebox is my current favourite show and anything else bike related

Music – Dance music, Rock, Ska and Punk……and Chas n Dave

Films – Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs

Sports – MX, Moto GP, Speedway, Rugby

Non bike interests – Cooking, Writing, Crossfit

our philosophy

There’s no such word as CAN’T. You just haven’t got the skills yet. Be positive in your approach and we’ll do the rest.


Our services include-

BMX Track
BMX track sessions can be held at Braintree BMX track, Essex or at a venue of your choice*

1-2-1 sessions
For individuals or small groups to work on specific techniques and skills. Ideal for new or experienced riders alike – From £30 per hour per rider (discounts for groups).

Females only
Get a session in with just the girls and develop your skills – Pricing as above dependent on group size.

Group coaching
Groups of up to 16 riders can be catered for per coach with bespoke sessions to suit any riders needs – From £160 for 2 hour sessions. Bookings for a series of sessions welcomed.

For loads more info including corporate days, birthday parties etc contact Jools at-
Email –

Web –

Mob – 07921827670

Jools asked me to thanks Hayley and the rest of his family and friends for their support, thanks also to Dave Hall at B73 for the design work.



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