Riders and teams enter bike races because they want to see how they stack up against the competition. For that to make sense, riders must believe that the playing field is level. The competition must be fair to be meaningful. Sports only make sense if the best athletes win.
For more than 15 years, my colleagues and I have been hiring and training cycling and other coaches and then watching them develop. In that time we’ve had a chance to see what makes for a successful coach and what has held others back. Many factors contribute, including experience, education, and teaching skills.
David Darlington is author of several books and numerous articles, including several published in Bicycling Magazine. He’s also a long time bike rider who likes to go fast. Check out his story about the time his knee forced him to slow down and how that lead him to rediscover his love of cycling.
This article has been updated from an article previously published in ROAD Magazine.
Coaches often say that racing success requires genetic talent, hard work and luck. You get the talent from your parents and there’s not much you can do about it. You put in the hard work. You hope for the luck.
Riders take certain things for granted. We believe the bike will go where we steer it, that we’ll pedal harder when we want to go faster and if we pedal hard enough, we’ll be able to catch the group or breakaway.
We don’t expect back soreness, while we do expect that we’ll pedal a little easier to clear leg pain when it shows up.
Ever thought of riding a triathlon on a mountain bike or running a rocky trail instead of pounding pavement? When I tell people I’ve raced triathlons for the past 10 years, many of them imagine the Hawaiian Ironman and an inspirational TV broadcast.
Wenzel Coaching works to help our athletes and coaches find the best resources for their overall fitness and competitive games, no matter their level. This month we feature mental skills expert and therapist Melinda Halpern of Grit Performance as she talks about helping athletes through performance plateaus.
The Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Calves are the major muscle groups that directly power the pedals of a bicycle. When Quads and Hams are not in balance (one group is tighter than the other), a number of bio-mechanical problems can occur, including chronic back pain, changes in pelvic alignment affecting posture, and joint imbalance affecting Range of Motion (ROM).
Core strength is the tie that links the arms stabilizing the handlebars with the power going into the pedals on the bike. When your core is strong, both everyday and dynamic movements feel more natural and empowered.
Most people are averse to change. That is, in part, why so many people knowingly continue unhealthy habits. Rare is the person who likes to hear that he or she is making self-defeating choices and needs to think or act differently. Change means confronting the unknown. It brings anxiety. Knowing that a coach will suggest changes is enough to stop some riders from even seeking coaching.