The coaching team at EPiC is made up of current and ex racing cyclists who have all achieved success on the bike. Knowledge is key, EPiC Cycle Coaching’s techniques combine decades of learning with the evolution of sports science to great effect in assisting all our riders to successfully increase their physiological capability’s. We believe our passion, knowledge and understanding of the sport is what sets us apart from our competition, don’t just take our word for it though, please feel free to read through the testimonials.
We realise that one size doesn’t fit all. We always create bespoke programmes for every rider to make the best use of time and optimise rider potential.
A part of how we help you achieve your goals is by listening to you. We communicate with you to set your goals and integrate a manageable training programme into your current lifestyle.
Recording of training data is an excellent form of feedback but it does not tell us everything. Direct communication is invaluable. Regular communication is an integral part of our training packages
At Epic Coaching we have developed numerous riders just starting out in the sport into professional bike riders. We have a select team of five coaches all with international racing experience and honours. They all have their own individual strengths as a coaches which we believe works extremely well when we combine as the coaching team we are at Epic.
The battery analogy is a good way to describe what we mean by this. If you can imagine for a moment, you start the race with a battery whose size is determined by how much good training you’ve done. Every time you have clean air in front of you and you are not sat in the wheels the battery is depleting. When your nose is in the wind it depletes at an incredible rate. When it’s gone it’s gone.
Every move that you make- attacking- driving hard on the front- moving to the front on the outside of the bunch – being caught on the wrong side of the bunch during a cross wind etc etc eats in to your glycogen stores. Learning how to race effectively and efficiently through good race coaching and feedback will accelerate the learning process dramatically. Once you are extremely efficient in using the power you have you don’t actually need as much power to be able to perform better. The David and Goliath story isn’t a world away from what we are talking about here.
This seems incredibly obvious and for some riders this isn’t a problem. A lot of riders however do doubt their own ability. Why wouldn’t you? The average odds of winning any UK road race are approximately 80/1.
We help riders to develop this ability by going into races with particular goals to achieve during the race which don’t necessarily involving a result. In fact worrying about gaining a result- top five -top ten or twenty can seriously inhibit riding well. We build the confidence in the athletes ability to race effectively and be able to recover in the bunch after efforts and not get dropped as they would generally have themselves believe will inevitably happen.
This is quite possibly the most important part of racing at an amateur level. A lot of newer riders into the sport now only have an understanding of how to race from watching racing on TV. Domestic racing couldn’t be further from professional classics racing in terms of team riding. It isn’t about team orders, sitting on the front and driving into a cross wind, driving a race up a climb as a team. These are all romantic notions to see all of the team on the front but wholly inefficient and a guaranteed way of “burning all your matches” in the lower categories of racing.
Good tactical ability is about learning how the race reacts at what part or point during the race and understanding group mentality and psychology. The group of riders in a race almost become one living breathing body that thinks and feels very similarly. At numerous points during the race it will get hard and eventually it will snap and the break will go. If your one of the riders that attacked early on and made it hard- or made the attack just before the break went…then you’ve wasted some of your battery power. A tactically savvy rider will make two hard efforts during a race. one to get in the break and one to win the sprint from the break. Some riders will say that certain riders are lucky and get in all the moves. There is no such thing as repetitive good luck in racing, these are all sound racing decisions made through good judgement.