By USAC Level 2 and TrainingPeaks Level 1 certified ALP Cycles Coach and Owner Alison Powers
Finding a cycling coach is pretty easy. If you Google ‘Cycling Coaches’ many options come up. Here in the Denver/Boulder area, there are at least 40 coaches you can choose from. However, finding 1- a good coach and 2- a coach who you like, trust, and can openly talk to, is a lot tougher.
A good cycling coach will give you a lot more than a training plan and basic data analysis. In my mind, a coach is a teacher of the sport. The sport of cycling is much more than watts, fitness, and riding your bike fast in a straight line. In order to have success you must learn how to be an athlete, learn how to train, learn how to race and how to recover. Success involves skill, confidence, fitness, and luck and your coach should be by your side teaching and showing you how to learn and how to get all these attributes that champions have. A good coach will help you find your path to success.
First, before you begin the search for a coach, it’s best to determine what you are looking for in a coach. Do you want a coach you can ride your bike with? Do you care whether your coach is local or lives out of town? Male or female? Do education and coaching experience matter? With your coach criteria determined, you can now begin to look for a coach who matches exactly what you are looking for.
As a cycling coach who owns a coaching business (ALP Cycles Coaching), our best advertising and best source of new athletes comes from word of mouth from our current ALP athletes. This means, ask around- ask friends, ask teammates, ask competitors; who is your coach and why do you like having this person as your coach? What does this coach do really well? What do you wish the coach would do better? The more information you get, the better.
Interested in a training plan, but not full on coaching? That’s ok! We have you covered. ALP Coach Alison Powers created a 12-week off season training plan complete with strength training exercises, videos, and on bike cadence and leg speed drills. You will not find a more detailed and in depth 3 month training plan. The goal of this off season strength and training plan is to make you are more complete athlete with challenging full body strength and coordination exercises and workouts, and on the bike workouts to increase your leg speed, leg strength, and endurance. Check out the TrainingPeaks training plan here.
By this time, you should have a few coaches emails and/or phone numbers. Contact these coaches, tell them you are interested in coaching, and schedule a phone call or in person meeting (if possible). I suggest you ‘interview’ several coaches. Your coach will be someone who you tell everything (the more a coach knows about your life, your training, your stress, your schedule, etc- the better of a coach they can be) so you must be comfortable with this person and trust them with your cycling, your goals, your emotions, and your money; because getting a coach is an investment.
Lastly, as you narrow down your search for the perfect coach for your goals, try not to make your decision based on money and monthly fees. Just like with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Hiring a coach is an investment in yourself, your cycling, and your goals.
Here is a good place to start your coaching search- ALPCyclesCoaching.com
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 it has 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.