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David Cole - Head coach at DC Triathlon.

  • European AG Duathlon Champion 2017 

  • Welsh duathlon Champion 

  • 6 x Ironman Finishes 

  • Ironman 70.3 World Championships Nice 2019 

  • Ironman World Championships Kona, Hawaii 2021 Qualifier 

  • Ironman PB 9.30 

  • Ironman 70.3 PB 4.08 

David has a wealth of experience in competing whether that be in running, duathlon or triathlon events globally - he uses his years of knowledge and experience to develop all of his athletes, whether beginners or experienced, in achieving their goals. 

David competed for Welsh Schools and Welsh Athletics in cross-country and track over 800 and 1500 meters as a teenager before turning to triathlon in 2013 and has raced in every distance from sprint to full distance. In his first year in triathlon, with only 6 months training, he completed Ironman Wales in a time of 12.24. David then turned to the shorter duathlon events competing in the European championships in Alcobendas in 2015 before becoming European Age-Group duathlon champion in Kalkar in 2016. He has since returned to slay the dragon in Tenby on a further two occasions in 2017 and 2018 obtaining a PB of 10.26 over the Ironman Wales course. David thrives on the hilly bike route in particular with a PB of 5 hours 13minutes over the route at the 2018 LCW. Apart from Wales David has also competed in the Ironman distance at Ireland and Mexico with a PB time of 9 hours 30 minutes. 

More recently David has been enjoying and excelling at the 70.3/middle distance events. In 2019 David qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice at Mallorca 70.3. A disappointment of a mechanical at Weymouth 70.3 resulted in a trip to Shanghai where David completed the event in a time of 4.10, coming second in his age group and qualifying to race at the World Championships in Hawaii for 2020 (now rescheduled for 2021). 

Despite the lack of events this year David’s season has still been a successful one. Pre-lockdown David won the Pembrokeshire and Wildflower duathlon. After working hard over the lockdown David then raced in the first post-covid event in the UK which was the Cotswolds 113 middle distance triathlon and managed the fastest time of the day over the time-trial format. He has also achieved PBs over the 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon run distances(!) and taken on his first ultra trail running challenge when he ran the length of Ceredigion Coastal path (62 miles total) over the course of two days.

David is eager to pass on all that he has learnt over the past seven years to his fellow athletes and is also extremely passionate about continuing to learn about the best and efficient training methods. Most recently he has been learning about the Wattbike, by signing up to the Wattbike seminars which taught the participants further detail regarding the tests that can be undertaking on the bike, what they tell us and how they can be used to track health and performance. David is a Welsh Triathlon Community Activator (Run and Ride Leader) and has registered to undertake his level 1 and 2 triathlon coaching awards before the end of the year.

Having worked as a solicitor and a director of George Davies and Evans throughout his years of triathlon training and competing he understands how crucial it is to keep the training as efficient and intelligent as possible and how to get the most out of every training session and is constantly striving to make sure that he and his athletes can make the most of every session.

David has been coaching triathletes for the past 2 years and prides himself on building a strong relationship with his athlete and communicating on a regular basis.  

No athlete is the same and he can offer an online training platform (with regular feedback) that is tailored for the specific athlete and not generic in any way. He can also help with one to one sessions and as a company we also have a cottage in the heart of Cardigan (a truly superb location to train, with everything on your doorstep) specifically tailored for triathletes, cyclists or runners to stay. During your stay we can offer a full training package and show you around some superb training routes as well as provide a training plan tailored towards your needs. 

For more information on coaching, one to one sessions, a training week/stay at our cottage or anything else please send us an email, Instagram or twitter message and follow David on Instagram (@dctriathlon) and twitter (@David88Cole). 


Nia Davies 

  • London Marathon 2018

  • Ironman Wales 2018

  • Ironman 70.3 Majorca 2019

  • Ironman Ireland 2019

  • Ironman 70.3 Weymouth 2019

  • Half Marathon PB 1.45

Nia was introduced to triathlon when she met David back in 2013. Since then she has completed numerous half marathons, a marathon, open water events, duathlons, sprint, olympic, middle distance and two full distance triathlons! It is safe to say she is now hooked.

Nia is coached by David and has had some success more recently in cycling events in particular and a second place finish in her only multisport event of the year (Wildflower Duathlon 2020). She is keen to target some flatter (and quicker!) events in the future in order to hit some PBs!

David and Nia host the welsh triathlon podcast, Nawr Yw'r Awr together.

Nia's role in DCTriathlon will mainly be on the admin side but she has also qualified as a Welsh Triathlon Activator which means she is qualified to assist David, the coach and to lead social run and bike sessions.