There are three main areas where a training plan would be beneficial to a cyclist and we refer to them as the three F's - Fitter, Faster, Further
How the 3F's relate to an individual is, of course, on an entirely individual basis.
'Fitter' could mean everything from riding your first 30km, using cycling as part of a health improvement programme or breaking your personal best time on the Alpe d'Huez
'Faster' could mean completing a 25mile time trial in less than an hour, or keeping up with the front riders in a local cycling group. It could mean getting confident enough that you can 'keep up' with a group and thus have the courage to join a club.
'Further' could be riding the Trans American race, reaching your first 100km or just being able to ride for 40 minutes rather than 30.
My point is that the 3F's are relevant to everyone who enjoys cycling and they can be improved by following structured training plans.
So, whatever your inspiration for cycling - beit holidays, sportives, charity events, general fitness, leisure or just getting out and about - have a think about how you would personally beneift from improved 3F's.
Then, when you are ready, please use the contact form or spark up a chat session and we'll do our best to help you!
Sportive Cycle Coaching believes that the best way to conduct a workout on your bike is for your bike computer, or your smart app, to tell you what to do and when to do it.
So, for example, you would be instructed by the app/computer when to finish your warm up, when to finish your intervals, when to cool down, as well as the relative intensities for the different phases.
We use Training Peaks to either reproduce your existing workouts, or construct new ones for you and then export them to a number of bike computers / smart apps including:
If your specific type of indoor trainer is not on the above list, then please drop an email to email@example.com, as the list is not exhaustive. Each workout usually only needs to be loaded once as they can generally be built to automatically adjust to changes in your Heart Rate or Power Zones. All you have to do is ensure that your personal 'profile' in the smart app / smart trainer accurately reflects your personal metrics and then it's off you go to the workout!
The advantage of this approach is that we do the time consuming (tech) work so you get to focus on the hard (cycling) work!
The fitting session is conducted at your home, or place of work**, at a time to suit you and aims to make you feel as comfortable as possible on your bike. If you suffer from pins & needles in your hands, or you get a lot of neck ache, back ache or sore knees then the chances are that the discomfort will put you off riding. Well, the fitting services will address those things!
You can choose a level of service from either Essential or Premium.
The difference between these services is that Premium includes a detailed assessment of your cleat-pedal alignment. In other words, we will ensure that your cleat alignment is absolutely spot on. Not everyone rides with cleated shoes of course, so that's why we have the two services, priced accordingly.
Both of our mobile bike fitting services utilise Hudl slow motion capture videos so that you can see exactly what we see. In addition, the premium service uses the BikeFit Systems products and methods to establish correct cleat alignment.
We also offer a fitting service at your place of work and have an ongoing initiative called 342. It's not the formation of your local football team but, instead, it means that 3 fittings for the price of 2, if they are all Premium or all Essential. If there's a mix of fitting types, then we'll still do our best to work out a discount! So, if you and your mates at work are all cyclists, why not benefit from a group fitting day at your place of work? (We do prefer to use an indoor room for the fittings, rather than be invited to use the car park, so please bear that in mind!)
We do focus on fit for road bikes, hybrids, commuters etc but some aspects are indeed relevant to MTB and Tri-bikes.
**You'll need permission from the landlord or building owner before we can operate at your place of work.
Please click here to purchase a Bike Fitting service.
When you think your body has completely "had it", there's a least 100 miles in the reserve tank - you just need to know how to tap in to those reserves. That's really easy for me to say, of course, but how can it be done it reality?
The answer is not a magical tap on your handlebars that you can open, when you need an extra dose of something. Equally, it's not ripping open a handy gel and expecting to turn in to Geraint Thomas or your favourite Pro cyclist. The truth behind how you can access those hidden resources is rather more mundane. Yes it is about being fit enough, Yes it is about being hydrated and fuelled properly but, most importantly I believe, it is about knowing you are prepared and that you can adapt, improvise and overcome if you need to.
All clients are different but the questions below give you some idea of where Conversational Coaching can go, in order to help you be better prepared.
Let's get talking to find out what is blocking you and then find ways to get over, under, around or through them!
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The chance to benefit from the services offered by one of Sportive Cycle Coaching's partners. If you would like to know more about the respective partners then please click here.
Feel free to contact any of the organisations listed above directly via the links provided - but please mention the fact that you found them via the Sportive Cycle Coaching website!
If you have been referred to Sportive Cycle Coaching after or during an engagement with one of the partners and you are not yet a customer of ours, then please let us know. We'll give you a 10% discount on any of the services that we offer as a reward for engaging with us!