This course is for the recreational to elite endurance cyclist, cycling coach, health professional or student who wants to learn about performance cycling physiology and biomechanics. We begin by teaching you the key technical terms and an overview of the determinants of endurance cycling performance, such as VO2max, cycling economy, threshold intensity and muscle power.
In addition, we discuss what effects these physiological variables have in order to provide insight into how training can be structured to best improve endurance performance. We review laboratory testing techniques applicable to cycling and also how to monitor changes in cycling performance. We discuss both laboratory and field testing and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each method. In module 3 we discuss the various periodisation models and highlight the most effective way to periodise your cycling training to optimize performance. We show the details of how to create an annual plan, incorporating all the phases of a periodisation cycle. We present the evidence for why cyclists should include strength training as part of their overall conditioning,including detailed explanations of the type of strength training that should be incorporated and which exercises to perform.
In addition we give examples of strength training programmes for novice cyclists and for those who are more experienced. In module 5 we present the rationale for including high-intensity interval training as part of a well-structured training programme. We discuss the variables coaches and cyclists need to consider when designing high-intensity training sessions, as well as the physiological responses to this type of training. We cover the basic principles of cycling biomechanics and some key steps in optimising bike fit. In module 7 we investigate how best to monitor the training load of cyclists and we discuss why recoding both internal and external load metrics are important and how to use these metrics to ensure that training load remains optimal. We also show you how to set up a monitoring sheet to record the most valuable data required to optimally manage performance.
We show you how to put together a comprehensive training programme specific to cycling.We begin with a review of the most important information required when first meeting a client or athlete. We then assess how to stratify their ability and provide a training program. Lastly, we provide a number of 16 week beginner, intermediate and advanced training programs as examples and templates for you to use.