Sports/fitness cyclists
Are you targeting a tough challenge ride, a cyclo-sportive or a long Audax? Not sure how to optimise your preparation? Read more

Racing cyclists
Finding the right formula, the best mix of training volume and training intensity, is a task that all competitive cyclists face. Read more

Tri-athletes
Competitive tri-athletes need to be good cyclists and this is often the discipline where there is most opportunity for improvement. Read more

Novices
Are you a beginner? Do you enjoy doing some riding and you want to get more out of your cycling? Or perhaps you want to use cycling to lose some weight and generally improve your fitness and health? Read more


Association of British Cycling Coaches


Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (Road and Time Trial)

British Cycling Coach-Education Tutor

 

 

 

Benefits of Coaching

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-boundDeciding to work with a coach is an investment of both time and money and understandably you want to be sure it’s an investment that will pay dividends. But no two cyclists are the same and the benefits you will experience from working with a good personal coach will depend on you, your experience and your personality. Help with some of the following are likely:

Goal setting
Some riders are very clear about their goals and they only want help achieving them. For others the task of identifying SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) goals is more difficult. What is certain is that for all riders the opportunity to talk over the possible directions and targets for short, medium and long-term objectives can lead not only to better goals but to more focus and ownership for targets and hence greater motivation.

Tailored training plans
The problem with standardised training plans or predefined plans from a book is that they by definition assume a certain level of experience or fitness. They cannot possibly take into account your strengths and weaknesses, your sporting background or the unique nuances of your goals. By working with a personal coach you can have total confidence that a training plan will match your needs and that every ounce of expended energy will be worthwhile.

Focus
It’s all too easy to lose sight of the important aspects of training when preparing for a tough challenge. It’s so easy to get one aspect of training or preparation blown out of proportion or to forget that another should be taking priority. Good training is training that stays focused on the right things at the right time and a coach can bring the objective view point, from someone who completely understands what you are trying to achieve.

Motivation
There’s no doubt about it – training to achieve a personal challenge is a tough business. It requires dedication and sacrifices. How do you find the motivation to leave the comfort of your sofa and get out there for some hard training, especially if you’re already tired and you simply don’t feel like it? For many people this is the single biggest benefit of having a coach. Someone else is waiting to hear how you got on in your training – you’ve agreed with them that this training is what needs to be done – for many a coach provides just the ‘kick up the backside’ they need!

Confidence and self-belief
We all know of people who have achieved amazing things – but the starting point for anyone to achieve anything must be that they BELIEVE they can. I will openly admit that I never believed that training would work for me. I was an ordinary cyclist with no great ability and I simply didn’t believe it would be worth training. Several years later I know with confidence what improvements good training can bring – and it is my role as a coach to give you that confidence too.

 

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