Continuing Education

Here at ALP Cycles Coaching, our goal is to continually try to make our athletes better, faster, and stronger. We give them training plans, we teach them, we analyze their ride data and post ride comments. We want to make our athletes better. On the flip side, as coaches, we must also want to make ourselves and our coaching better. Continue to learn, or get left behind- dropped off the back of the coaching peloton.

This is why, we make learning and teaching our coaches how to do things better a big priority. We do not want to get dropped. We want to attack and stay off the front solo.

Last week, ALP Coaches Jennifer and Alison joined 150 other endurance sport coaches for the TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit at the University of Colorado. It was a 2 day event focused on the science and business of coaching endurance sports (running, cycling, triathlon). Topics covered were:

TP summitThe Psychology of Suffering
Developing the Next Generation of Endurance Athletes
The Power of Big Data in Endurance Sports
Hydration and Performance

A Philosophic Look at Performance Modeling
The Scientific Preparation and Monitoring of the Elite Athlete
What’s Next in the Science of Coaching

Armed with this new knowledge about coaching and science, we can start to apply it to our own coaching. We now have new tools in our coaching tool box to share with our athletes to make them better.

Other ways we continue to learn is by working together. Coaches Jennifer, Patricia, and Alison all come from different backgrounds, have different racing and training experience, and have learned how to coach from different areas. Patricia is from Switzerland and had her first cycling coaching training there. She was able to share that international knowledge with Alison and Jennifer. In addition to coaching for ALP Cycles Coaching, Jennifer works for USA Cycling in the Coaching department. Every other week, she leads coaching webinars for USA Cycling Certified Coaches. She is up to date on all new ideas, philosophies, and skills that other coaches are teaching and preaching. Alison has 6 years of coaching experience as well as having raced and won at the very elite levels of road racing. All three coaches work together, give each other ideas, and share information for one common goal- making ALP Cycles Coaching the best coaching company there is.

We will continue to learn, we will continue to teach, and we will continue to make ourselves better– all in the name of having better, faster, stronger, and happier athletes.


ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 3 female coaches, Alison Powers, Jennifer Sharp, and Patricia Schwager. Each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person.

As an athlete of ALP Cycles Coaching, you will receive monthly training plans, phone calls, e-mail updates, and “hands on coaching” with athlete training rides and/or workout sessions. You also receive discounts toward ALP Cycles training camps, skills clinics, clothing, and race/team tactics lessons.


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