Associate Coach // San Francisco, CA
Events: Mountain Bike Racing, Cyclocross, Road Racing, Endurance Road Riding, Endurance Mountain Biking
Specialties: Beginning Racing, Working Athletes, Master Athletes, Senior Athletes, Elite Athletes, Elite Development, Return from Injury, Return from Illness, Return from Overtraining, Mental Skills, General Fitness
Services: Training Programs, Consultation, Clinics/Camps, Skills Training, Mental Coaching
Client Levels Accepted: Individual, Semicustom, Custom, Consultation
Availability: Currently accepting new clients
Hailing from England, Paul Page Hanson began his racing career some 20 years ago by entering the fabled UK time-trialing scene, moving into criterium and road-racing, and then cross-country mountain-biking. Making the most of a decent engine, Paul blended enthusiasm, sensible weight-management and a conscientious approach to find podium success in all realms of road, track, mtb, cyclocross and enduro.
Now based in San Francisco, Paul is a USA Cycling licensed coach, bike fit specialist, and pro bike-mechanic. He also holds Advanced Bodyworker qualifications and works with many athletes in his massage-therapy practice. Paul was a psychotherapist for 10 years in London - with a masters degree in Consciousness Studies - and brings this experience to his coaching, too. He has an engineering Diploma, and is a trained actor, having worked in theatre and television.
Paul continues to enjoy all aspects of cycling, and focuses on cross-country mtb, racing Cat 1. He can be found most weekends placing in the top 10 of his age group in California mountain bike races. His most recent successes include 3rd at the Boggs 8-hour mtb solo division, and podium placings at Sonomas, Downieville, Tamarancho and the infamous Leesville road-race. He is also an avid cycle tourist and endurance fan, having ridden all the mountains in the Alps and Pyrenees, and more locally, completed a sub-9hour Markleeville Death Ride.
Paul's philosophy of coaching is that it is a collaborative venture, where coach and athlete work together to achieve realistic goals, using clear and manageable strategies - and having fun on the bike! He has guided cyclists from a wide range of age, ability and discipline to success including:
- a 23 year-old female to a series win in cyclocross;
- a 21 year-old male roadie from Cat 5 to Cat 3 podium in one season; this rider showed broad talent. Paul and he worked together on fit, technique and nutrition, and also honed his sprint, climbing and TT prowess; he's destined for Pro1/2;
- a 52 year-old male to success in the highly-competitive California mountain-bike racing scene;
- a 64 year-old male return to fitness and top-ten finishes in his first season; this athlete was a runner in college and really wanted to get back into some competition; careful attention to diet and training-load paved the way;
- a 30 year-old roadie to a TT win and a successful hilly century.
Each of these is an example of cooperation, tracking of progress and astute planning. Paul aims to combine his own racing pedigree, coaching experience, and grasp of up-to-date science in supporting each athlete's aspirations. It starts with listening: What is the rider's goal? What are they doing already? How much time would they like to commit? Thus begins the partnership. This season Paul has worked rigorously with his clients, who range from experienced Cat A racers to novices, in getting on the podium, completing ambitious endurance rides, and achieving optimal fitness.
Paul was visiting a high-school friend when he met his now-wife Jamie at a San Francisco dog park in 2006. Walking Zoe, the Lab, is now one of their favorite pastimes. Additionally, both are singer-songwriters, and can be found from time to time at musical gatherings in and around the Bay Area. Paul is also a voracious reader - especially the history of cycle-sport!
Mental Skills Training with Paul Page Hanson
Paul Page-Hanson has coached many athletes to optimal mental preparedness, addressing issues such as stress management, pre-race focus, relaxation and composure, and self-awareness. Paul holds a Masters degree in Psychotherapy and had a practice in his native England for a decade. Over the years he has worked with musicians, actors, public speakers, sportsmen and women, and many regular people who sought to review their existing patterns and develop fresh ones. He has woven this knowledge and experience into his coaching. Thus he can help you identify obstacles to calm and efficient thinking, and replace them with strategies for clarity and purpose. The psychological aspects of competition are tremendously important. If you'd like some coaching in streamlining your own thinking habits, please do contact him.
"Paul is fantastic. He's helping me move through my fears associated with crashing my bike and breaking my clavicle (twice). By learning how to relax on my bike, I am re-learning how to use my energy to push the pedals and power my bike, rather than wasting energy being tight, nervous and tense." ~ P.Dowd
"Paul has a tremendous amount of knowledge, not only about cycling (specifically my sport, mountain biking,) but the body mechanics and the nutrition that go along with the sport. He understands how the mind and body work together in order to reach one's goals. He coached me to race and finish one of the toughest mountain bike races in the WORLD, La Ruta De Los Conquistadores. His years of experience and patience will most certainly assist you in achieving your goals." ~ C. Davidson
"Paul is a fantastic instructor - his explanations and demos were very clear and he took the time to really answer any and all questions and help everybody. I learned a lot and came away from the clinic with a solid grasp on the basics. I'm much more confident on the bike now." ~ L. Stewart
"Paul is easy to talk to and always has something insightful to say. With his help, I went from a beginner to racing at an elite level in just a couple of years. Paul has a plenty of experience and genuine passion for the sport of cycling. He is full of knowledge and he's willing to share it!" ~ Paul N.
"Paul has a vast knowledge of bike facts and history as well as the training/fitness angle, so he is a very well informed coach for almost all disciplines in cycling. Paul is a good listener and accurately puts your goals and situations in his mind when designing training plans. Plus, his British accent makes all his advice sound so Euro!" ~ Dane G
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