Coaching

Who can benefit from Coaching?

Anyone who has a desire to improve and is open to advice can benefit from coaching. There are many reasons that people give for not having a coach-they might assume that they are “not good enough” or that they “don’t have enough time” for example. I would argue that both of these situations are those where coaching can be most effective (see Coaching Myths below). If you enjoy riding your bike and you would like to be better at it then a good coach should be able to help you.

Coaching Myths

“I’m not good/fast/skilful enough to have a coach.”
The important question here is “Would you like to be better/faster/more skilful?” If the answer is yes then good coaching can help. Whatever level you are at a coach can help you develop as quickly and as effectively as possible.

“I don’t have enough time to work with a coach.”
If you have limited time to devote to your sport then surely you want to make the most of that time? A good coach will be able to help you do that as well as setting realistic goals based on the amount of time that you have available.

“A coach will tell me exactly what to do to improve.”
I don’t believe coaching is about telling riders what to do. It is about working with a rider, agreeing a plan and helping them to implement it. Often having an outside perspective on any issues is one of the most powerful aspects of coaching.

“A coach won’t let me do what I want to do.”
If that is the case then you have picked the wrong coach! A coach should always work with the rider and might make suggestions but in my opinion the rider should always make the final decision.

Selecting a Coach

There are hundreds of coaches in the UK offering one to one coaching plans to riders. Some are doing Track Coachingreally good work and others are not so great so it’s important that you take some time to choose the right coach for you. In my opinion coaches should be happy to talk to prospective riders about how they work, what the rider can expect to get from them, what the coach expects from the rider in return and so on. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have or just to have a chat about your requirements.

If you are a British Cycling member there is a really good article on how to choose a coach available here:

10 questions to ask when choosing a coach

1 to 1 Coaching:

Including:

  • Individualised weekly training plan
  • Individualised annual plan
  • Initial Benchmarking and regular performance reviews
  • Performance Lifestyle advice
  • Technical and Tactical advice
  • Race Preparation and Mental approach
  • Bike set-up and equipment advice (Full bike fit services available at additional cost if required)

Cost:

Please contact me for details.

Athlete Mentoring:

Essentially this is 1 to 1 coaching without the training prescription.

I recognise that some riders will not want, or need, a training plan. You may be happy organising your own training but would like someone to talk through ideas with or make some suggestions? Maybe you need someone to talk to when things haven’t been going your way, are fed-up with training in the winter or you are training hard but not getting the results you want? Or are you the strongest rider in the race but lose out tactically? If any of that sounds like you, the Athlete Mentoring package is for you.

If you are interested in this package but not quite sure if it is for you, feel free to contact me and we can discuss your requirements and what I can offer.

Guarantee

I will do everything that I can to help any riders that I work with to develop, meet their goals and fulfil their potential. I can’t guarantee that you will win a particular race, complete a sportive in your target time and so on as a result of working with me but I am very confident that you will have your best possible chance of doing so. I am also sure that if you work effectively with me and commit fully to training you will get a better return for your money than you would from buying a new bike, set of wheels or any other piece of kit.