Sportive Cycle Coaching is partnering with BiketheUkforMS (www.biketheukforms.org) and offering our services to those that raise funds for this wonderful charity. We particularly like the thought of helping riders achieve the classic UK 'End to End' ride. Having ridden an End-to-End in 2006, it will bring back many happy memories and maybe a touch of empathy from coach Andy!
James Whateley and his team organise a number of multi day cycling trips to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, to support those living with the disease and to help fund research to one day end MS! They work closely with the MS Society to ensure the hard earned fundraising of the riders goes directly towards their aims. As a rider, you get to meet local MS groups across the country to gain a real purpose to the ride and have a say in which groups you’d like to support.
James tells us that the trips are designed for all abilities with no set speed, no set groups and no one telling you when to stop, which creates a very relaxed and non intimidating environment. Other than checking in at planned rest stops every 20-30miles, the riding is very much up to you to enjoy your own way!
If you sign up for any Bike the UK for MS event and come to us for either a training plan or bike fitting service, we will donate 10% of our charges to the cause through your fundraising account.
Sportive Cycle Coaching is really proud to officially be working with CRY to help improve the overall experience of riders taking part in their cycling challenge events, such as the Prudential Ride London and Milan to Monaco. A big part of why Sportive Cycle Coaching proposed this partnership is because of the support that CRY has provided to the director’s family at a time when the unthinkable happened. The connection to CRY is therefore very, very, personal and we are so pleased to be able to help ensure the donations keep coming in.
Andy has direct experience of raising funds for CRY, having ridden the full length of the Pyrenees for them in 2010. That experience will stay with me for a lifetime and I very much hope that other cyclists that are looking for a charity to support will consider CRY. The range of their cycling challenges in 2020 is simply breathtaking - as you can see from the list below. We challenge you to head over to their website, select your event to show your commitment, then come back to us for help on fitness to get your ready for an experience of a lifetime.
With the partnership in place, CRY fundraisers can easily benefit from personalised training plans and bike fitting services to ensure they are in the best condition for their chosen events. Moreover, entrants that have a training plan or a bike fitting from Sportive Cycle Coaching will see a 10% rebate donated directly to CRY in their fundraising account.
Note: to qualify for the CRY rebate, you will need to register with us first (to avoid the scammers of this world).
The easiest way to do that is to go to https://www.sportivecyclecoaching.co.uk/contact/, then select 'Register for Partner Benefit Schemes' and use the 'message' section to tell us that CRY is the partner benefit scheme you are interested in.
Sportive Cycle Coaching is now a partner of Castello di Santa Cristina and providing our services to their guests.
The breathtakingly splendid 17th century castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations and is located on the borders of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, with a journey time of only 1.5 hours from Rome.
Antonio Mancini Caterini's teams offer guided and self-guided, on and off-road tours in stunning countryside all without the hustle, or hassle, of traffic. There are mountainous, hilly routes for those wanting to challenge themselves (e.g. Mount Amiata at 1754m above sea level) but there are also routes that offer a more gentile pace. If needed, road, mountain or E-bikes can be hired directly from Castello di Santa Cristina or you can bring your own - the choice is entirely up to you!
It's not just for cyclists though - the castle is a great place for families as they provide many other activities including horse riding at the onsite stables, a tennis court, Italian cooking classes, wine tasting and a wellness centre with a qualified physiotherapist.
As of May 2019, this partnership provides two significant financial incentives:
** The recipient of the bike fitting service must live within 75 miles of NN4 7SL. There is no such limitation for a 3 month training plan as this is conducted over the internet. Indeed, the recipient of that service could be located anywhere in the world!
Sportive Cycle Coaching is really excited to be a partner of the Girona Cycle Centre and provide our services to their guests.
Dave and Saskia, along with their team, provide a wonderful client service and overall experience based on their 15 years in Girona. It helps, of course, that they operate in an environment that provides a fantastic, if not perfect, cycling combination of sun, terrain, food and wine!
Let's be clear, though, that the differentiator is always service, not product and all of the staff at the Girona Cycle Centre are known for going the extra mile.
So, whether you are after a Pyrenean Odyssey, a one-day extravaganza, a plan-your-own route, a GranFondo, a mountain bike thrill, or simply two wheels to get you from A to B (via cafes, culture and quiet roads), Girona is the place to ride.
In fact, Sportive Cycle Coaching is so smitten with the whole setup that we will offer a 10% discount on any of our services, if you inform us you are heading out to the Girona Cycle Centre. Dave will, of course, confirm that this is the case - we don't want any scammers here!
If you have a bike fitting from us before you travel to Girona - and you're hiring a bike from Girona Cycle Centre - then we'll make sure that Dave has the 2 most vital metrics to get your bike prepared in advance. Now, isn't that the level of service that you want?!
If you request a training plan service from us, then don't worry about having to start it before your holiday in Girona, unless you want to. We know that many of you will be fit enough for your Girona adventure, so you can 'bank' the training plan for next year as we'll honour the discount for 6 months after your holiday. Shall I mention service again? :)
Sportive Cycle Coaching has partnered with the Lungomare Bike Hotel in Cesenatico, Italy to provide our services to their guests.
The hotel is just 1 hour from Bologna Airport in the beautiful town of Cesenatico, where perhaps the most famous climber in cycling history, Marco ('Il Pirata') Pantani, was born.
Every day, the hotel organises 5 different riding groups to address the varying needs and abilities of riders but there is no danger of boredom. The Lungomare Bike Hotel has a wide range of routes, flats, hills or mountains, from 30 to 200Km to suit performance cyclists as well as those riding at a more leisurely pace to absorb the beautiful contryside and villages.
There are also many opportunities for mountain biking lovers, with many beautiful trails in the pine forests or hills. 'City' bike and 'E-bike' users are also very well catered for, as they are perfect vehicles to explore the great culinary and cultural traditions of the area!
Please mention that you have discovered Lungomare Bike Hotel from the Sportive Cycle Coaching website and quote the discount code Sportivecycle2020 when you contact them. This code will entitle you to the following benefits:
In addition to all of this, if you have already taken, or have booked, a holiday at the Lungomare Bike Hotel and you are not yet a client of ours, you will be entitled to a 10% discount on any training plan or bike fitting service. Just ask Giuliana for the discount code and we'll honour it for 6 months after your holiday finishes.
Note: to qualify for the above discount, you will need to register with us first (to avoid the scammers of this world). The easiest way to do that is to go to https://www.sportivecyclecoaching.co.uk/contact/, then select 'Register for Partner Benefit Schemes' and use the 'message' section to confirm that Hotel Lungomare is the partner benefit scheme that you are interested in.
Sportive Cycle Coaching has realised something of an ambition by becoming an author for www.sportive.com!
Our first article was published on April 23rd 2019 and can be found at https://www.sportive.com/cycling-reports/537964/in-pantanis-shadow-chasing-the-legend-in-poggio-murella
We look forward to writing many more articles for Sportive.com and look forward to receiving suggestions on subject matter from our clients!
If you do have suggestions for subject matter, then please email Andy directly using the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Sportive Cycle Coaching is working with Trilogy Leisure, providing services that complement the Northamptonshire Leisure Trust's mission to inspire active lifestyles.
Trilogy members that already attend the indoor cycling classess will find that this partnership is the perfect way to extend your hard earned fitness to the outdoor environment. For members that are new to cycling, we'll help you gain the fitness that you want in a manner that you are comfortable with, in the time that you have available.
It doesn't matter whether you want to ride sportives, charity events, cycling holidays, end-2-ends, mountain biking or round the world epics. Sportive Cycle Coaching can help Trilogy Leisure members have more fun on two wheels!
We are offering a 10% discount for any Trilogy Leisure member, or employee of Northamptonshure Leisure Trust for ANY of our services. So, whether you are interested in a training plan, or bike fitting, or telephone based conversational coaching - please ensure that you request this discount when you get in touch with us!
Note: to qualify for the discounted rate, you will need to register with us first (to avoid the scammers of this world). The easiest way to do that is to go to https://www.sportivecyclecoaching.co.uk/contact/, then select 'Register for Partner Benefit Schemes' and use the 'message' section to tell us the name of the partner benefit scheme you are interested in.
We’re really excited to be working with Fergal McGrath to help improve the overall experience of riders taking part in this long established sportive. Our shared belief is that customer experience is the factor that drives loyalty and, when sufficiently well developed, it actually becomes a competitive differentiator.
With the partnership in place, White Horse Challenge entrants can easily benefit from personalised training plans and bike fitting services to ensure they are in the best condition for April 2020. Moreover, acknowledging the White Horse Challenge’s long association with Water Aid (WaterAid) entrants that have a training plan or a bike fitting from Sportive Cycle Coaching will see a 10% rebate donated directly to WaterAid in their fundraising account.
In 2020, Fergal is tweaking the White Horse Challenge so that it offers both a 70mile and 90mile route, on road choices that are designed to increase enjoyment by decreasing the pain of traffic interaction. The 70mile option definitely makes the White Horse Challenge more accessible to Sportive newcomers but comfort is also vital for riders that are less accustomed to the demands of hilly riding. Reflecting the increased accessibility to newcomers, we see a huge alignment here with our own bike fitting ethos, which is to increase enjoyment of cycling by decreasing the pain caused by poor bodily alignment.
If you request a training plan from us for White Horse Challenge 2020, please don’t forget to mention the discount code that Fergal can give to you. This will unlock the 10% rebate to Water Aid and enable it to be paid in to your fundraising account.
Note: to qualify for the Water Aid rebate, you will need to register with us first (to avoid the scammers of this world). The easiest way to do that is to go to https://www.sportivecyclecoaching.co.uk/contact/, then select 'Register for Partner Benefit Schemes' and use the 'message' section to tell us the name of the partner benefit scheme you are interested in.