Cycle Coaching Hertfordshire
RideRevolution providing cycle coaching Hertfordshire wide. Our coaching team proudly serve Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford, St Albans and Hertford along with all the surrounding towns.
RideRevolution was specifically setup with the aim to provide a range of cycle coaching and over time this will be supported by a range of cycling based lifestyle packages. Our training packages have been carefully created to offer all encompassing training solutions for a wide variety of riders of differing abilities and requirements. The athletes we currently coach are active in a variety of cycling events, from Sportives and Road Events, to Crits, Cyclo Cross and Time Trials.
After carrying out substantial research in the cycling coaching market, it was clear that there was a lack of high quality packages at affordable prices. Our packages have been created to fill this gap and offer competitive rates for high quality coaching without the restrictive feel of many offerings from other companies.
Regardless of which package suits your needs and budget, you will always have the benefit of our Rider Liaison, who is available to provide broader advice on cycling events and range of supporting topics that many riders would find extremely useful. In addition to this our coaching team all have an extensive knowledge of not just coaching, but a wide spectrum of riding related topics and are there to help you get the most from your time on the bike!
In addition to cycling coaching, over time we will be partnering with a range of interesting and complimentary companies in order to provide our coach riders with additional benefits and experiences.
Our system to Coach cycling
Stage 1 – Evaluation
All our coaching packages begin with an initial consultation to give our coaches an understanding of your history, ambitions and time constraints for training. It’s crucial to us that you feel comfortable and that training is tailored to fit in with your work & family commitments.
It’s very important to the relationship, especially in the early weeks that enough time is spent communicating, so we do not limit this with time constraints. After you and your coach develop an understanding, less time will be required and communications will naturally settle into an effective pattern.
Stage 2 – Planning
After the initial consultation, we move into the planning stage. This involves using a number of tried and tested methods for your coach to measure your fitness level. This will be followed by some planning work to ascertain and put in place some agreed goals and targets. From this work, your coach will obviously identify your weak areas in relation to your goals and will build development of these areas into your training plan.
Stage 3 – Development
Your custom training plan will be communicated via the industry standard online platform, Training Peaks. You will be provided logins to allow you to view your training sessions, these can also be downloaded to your cycle computer if you wish.
The Training Peaks platform will allow both the rider and the coach to provide specific feedback on sessions as required. The platform also tracks a huge volume of metric about your performances.
Stage 4 – Analysis
Data collected during your training sessions will be uploaded from your device back to Training Peaks. Your coach will then be able to analyse results and as required adjust your training plans to based on this info. We will also be able to watch metric such as fatigue to ensure your are recovering well from training and events. This information will also allow us to plan your events and ensure you are in peak condition and well rested.
I started looking into a real coaching services and found RideRevolution, the first thing I liked was they do not charge a signup fee. You just pay for one month at a time with no fixed term contract. After a few emails and a phone conversation to discuss if they could help me considering my health condition, I decided to give it a go. After a phone conversation with Charles, my coach, about my goals and what I wanted to achieve, my plan was put in place a month at a time. So, I started to work through the plan, after each effort I Whatsapp message Charlie about my thoughts on how I got on then at the end of the month we have a phone chat to discuss the next month’s training. So far, I’m into my 4th month and progressing pretty well.
When I started I could only ride for around 6 miles. This weekend I will be doing my first 20-mile ride! This is all down to RideRevolution and Charlie. To me it is the structured approach to training that makes the difference – it gives you such a purpose. I now hate it if I cannot get out and do my training and having someone to discuss your training with makes it just fantastic as far as I am concerned. My aim is not to stop with them until I can do a 50 mile ride.
Let’s be clear I’m not a cyclist. I’m 56 and only started cycling when lockdown started. I was doing OK but since getting coaching I have gone to the next level. My max power has doubled. My FTP is up 65%. My heart rate and recovery is a massive improvement (I use a Whoop Band and even they are impressed). It’s all down to Tom and his well thought out structured sessions. They aren’t all easy. They aren’t all hard. They are though almost all spot on. Thoughtful and well designed. Plus he actually gives you feedback and asks you what’s working. Other coaches don’t do that – and without feedback you’re just a number. My advice? Do it. Get a coach. Coaching will do your stats more good than a new £10k bike.
Tom has been coaching me since the 2019/2020 Cyclocross season and it was clear there were improvements being made straight away. I achieved my second cat licence last year, so this year was going to be a big jump in racing. But with little to no racing available we’ve all had to adapt our goals for riding, which Tom has helped me with by giving a clear and concise training plan. The flexibility on this has also been helpful with my work commitments having changed many times throughout the year. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone needing that extra bit of coaching.
I joined RideRevolution last year whilst competing against riders like Jake in National level races. During 2020 it would be easy to think that a coach wouldn’t be required but if anything, I’ve found sticking to a training plan to be more motivational and has kept me focused. Instead of racing we worked on a series of personal best targets which with Jake’s guidance we’ve been able to reach.
The numbers don’t lie, in 2019 I had an FTP of 375. And in 2020 I’m up to an FTP of 407. That’s an almost 10% increase! I also held a 430 watt average during a TT which I wouldn’t have been able to do before joining RideRevolution.
I was at the stage that I didn’t want to train anymore because I didn’t see the point. I came to RideRevolution to put some more structure in what I was doing. And when Jake gave me clear guidance and put into place what I should be doing it all started clicking. It made me want to go out and ride my bike. I rode up to him during a race on Saturday with a big smile on my face to thank him for helping me see it was still a fun sport.
Jake was able to set a personalised, structured training plan around achieving goals we had set for the 2018 race season. Having my training sessions planned out for me to see each week really made sure I was making the most of the time I had available. He was also able to adapt and tailor the training at short notice depending on how I was feeling or if my plans had changed for that week.
Jake personalises his training programmes to fit in around my varied riding and racing goals. He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things and answer questions I have however stupid they are. His extensive experience of racing has been great in helping prepare for races and he shows a genuine interest in how well my races have gone. I had only intended working with a coach for one season, but sort of enjoyed the challenge and have now been working with Jake for about 3 years, and still see an improvement in performance year on year.
Veteran Road Racer
After years out the sport, I rediscovered racing after turning 40. I trained hard and got up into the 3rd cats, but just keeping up wasn’t enough for me. A friend recommended RideRevolution, so I took the plunge. With a well laid out training plan, regular communication and support, my fitness and confidence have grown. I am now a competative 2nd cat! The coaching is very flexible and training fits in around family and work commitments. Highly recommended.