In this video I talk about what I’m going to be covering in this video series, the five most common cycling problems, a little about my background and our coaching company’s history and finally, two of the seven top cycling training mistakes to avoid.


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These are the five most common problems.

  1. Getting dropped in bunches or on climbs. There are a lot of people coming to me that say they’re getting dropped in bunches or on climbs, or in races.
  2. They’re training hard and not seeing any improvement. I get quite a few people with those issues. They’re putting in the time on the bike, but they don’t seem to be getting any better.
  3. Sometimes I get people come to me with a loss of drive or focus or confidence.
  4. Not having enough time to train, that’s a real big one, and I get a lot of people coming on to my coaching programs, in fact I really specialize in helping, working with people that have full lives and got family/work commitments.
  5. The last one is having training interrupted by illness or injury.

If you’re unsure what to do or where to go to sort these out, then this is the place to be because I’m going to be covering off all of this. I’ll be talking a little bit about myself, very briefly. Then I’m going to cover off the seven common reasons for a poor result. Then I’ll be talking about addressing the five top things before we even start to train. If you don’t get these five things sorted out, the you’re setting yourself up to fail, so that’s why we address them up front. I’ll talk about how we resolve a lot of these problems with our training structure and programs, then I’ll be talking about how we can support you further in our members area, and how that all works.

Just a little bit about me and our company, Cycling-Inform. I started riding in 1980, and I started racing in 1981. I’ve raced at state and national level here in Australia. I’ve been coaching since 2007, and I’ve successfully coached hundreds of cyclists at local, state, national, and world level. Mainly master’s athletes. I’ve coached some world champions. I’ve had people medal at local, state, national, and world tour. I’ve been very successful at the high- end, and we do a lot of work with the Charter Mason NR Race, that’s a national road series racing team.

A lot of this information that you’re getting is coming from that high-end, and we’ve distilled it down to club-level racing cyclists and recreational riders. The stuff that we’re doing right at the high-end, you get access too. We’re the largest cycle coaching company in Australia, and we work with Bicycle Network, Audax, and 7 Peaks, providing training material. You may have found out about us through Bicycle Network, Audax, or 7 Peaks. Our coaching methodology’s based on providing support and balance. Ensuring that your training is sustainable, and it’s balanced with your working life and family commitments.

Obviously, I’m a accredited Australia cycle coach. I’ve trained with cycling Australia through the AIS Development Program and every couple of years I spend time with the national coaches.

So, these are the seven most popular things I’ve seen people get wrong when when they’re training.

Doing the same training but expecting different results

They’re doing the same training but expecting different results. You’re going out there riding. You may be riding hard, you may be getting in some good hours on the bike, maybe riding with your mates socially on the weekend, and smashing each over and going out during the week and doing the same things. You may be doing some indoor training sessions. You may be just rolling around on the road doing your own thing. If you’re doing the same thing, and you’re expecting different results, then it’s just not going to happen.

If you want to see a change, if you want to see an improvement in your training, you need to try something different. If currently what you’re doing’s not working, then obviously you need to try something else, because obviously, what you’re currently doing isn’t achieving the results for you. We’ll cover that all for a little bit later on in this session as well.

Incorrect match between training and outcome

The next big one is the incorrect match between training and outcome. For people, they pick up training programs off the internet, or they do their own thing, they read an article in a magazine, and it gives them some training tips. They read some research somewhere on the internet, or research that’s been covered off in an article in a magazine from some research that’s been published in some sports science thing.

They start applying that to their training without any thought around the background around that particular training technique. It’s really important to understand that, just because something works in one particular area, doesn’t mean that it’s the holy grail to resolve all your training issues. What I’m talking about here is that your training must match the outcome that you want to achieve. For example, the training that we provide to people doing criterium racing is a lot different to what we give to people that are training for road racing, and that’s a lot different to people that are training for time trials. This is all different to what we do for people that are riding for recreational events.

Then when we get off into the really big recreational events, there’s a big difference between the training that we do for people that are doing recreational events that last two or three hours, and people that are training for recreational events that last thirteen hours like the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek. Just because somebody’s getting serious in their training in some areas and you may have some cycling friends that said, “Look, I tried this and it worked really well for me”- it may not work necessarily work for you. It’s really important to understand that the training that you’re doing must match your outcome.

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