One of the key differentiators between being coached and following a regular training plan is long term progression. Over the past 5 years, 8 out of 10 riders that started coaching with us have stayed on to be coached for 6 months or longer. It’s nice to see a specific measurable improvement for a single cycling goal/event, but having a coach in your corner to guide you through a longer term approach through different training phases, events and goals is extremely rewarding and results in massive long term improvements.
Which Nero Coach will be coaching me?
We currently have two coaches at Nero Coaching, Jesse Coyle and Daniel Van Der Laan. Jesse Coyle (winner of the 2017 edition of L’Etape Australia!) will be taking the majority of new riders as a full time coach at Nero Coaching.
What equipment do I need?
At a minimum, just a road bike, heart rate monitor and a cycling head unit. Your coach will cater your training to make sure the training is achievable with the equipment you have access to. There is no requirement for additional equipment like a power meters, indoor trainer, etc
Is the coaching all online?
Yes, the coaching services we provide are delivered entirely online.
Do I need a power meter?
A power meter is recommended, but not essential. They are an extremely valuable tool to objectively see fitness improvements, prescribe more accurate training and give far more insight for your coach to assess your training. If you don’t have a power meter, we will cater all the workouts to use other prescription tools like heart rate, effort level, cadence, etc.
Can I be coached from anywhere in the world?
Yes, we coach riders all over the world!
Do I need to have a certain level of fitness to be coached?
No, we work with all levels of cyclists from complete beginners to elite riders competing internationally.
Will I be training indoors or outdoors?
This depends on your personal circumstances. We have some riders who train exclusively indoors, and others that don’t own an indoor trainer. Your coach will prescribe training based on the equipment you have access to, what you enjoy, and what will be most effective from a physiological standpoint.
How much improvement will I see from getting coached?
It’s very difficult to give a specific number. This depends on how long you are coached for, your fitness level when starting, how long you’ve been riding for, etc. There are other considerations when looking at improvement as well. For example, when training for a target event you may see a good 5% increase in your aerobic power outputs in 3 months, but on event day if you nail your nutrition, pacing, and other non-fitness elements, that could result in a 20% faster time compared to baseline. The one thing we can say is there is no more effective and enjoyable way to improve your cycling than by working 1:1 with a university qualified, experienced cycling coach like we have here at Nero Coaching.
Is there any in-person coaching?
No, our coaching services are all online. There is no in-person component of the coaching services. Coaching takes place primarily through written communication via the training software we use (Today’s Pan) and video/phone calls via mobile phone or Google Meet.
How often is my training updated?
We usually schedule training 4 weeks at a time. So your coach will plan 4 weeks ahead, you will complete that training and on the 4th week, your coach will work to schedule the next 4 weeks of training. Your coach may make adjustments to that training over the 4 weeks depending on how you complete it, as there may be some interruptions such as bad weather, sickness, busy periods at work, etc.
Can I still do group/social rides while being coached?
Absolutely. This is why our on-boarding questionnaire is so detailed, we want to get all this information from you so we can take these types of rides into account in your weekly schedule. Your coach will assess the physiological benefit of the “unstructured” rides you are doing in the week and schedule other training around those rides. We have some coached riders who do 3 group rides per week and others who only train solo doing structured sessions, it’s all individual.
What training software do you use?
All the coaching takes place on the training platform “Today’s Plan”. This contains your training calendar, inbox with communication from your coach, training data for analysis, etc
How many workouts per week will I be doing?
This depends on your prior training experience and goals. Most riders are on the bike 4-6 days per week to see strong, sustainable results. Those rides may also not all be structured workouts, as some may be group/club rides.
What training method do you use?
As accredited sports scientists we don't attach ourselves to just one training approach, such as Polarised, High Volume, HIIT, Sweet Spot focused, etc. We use different approaches depending on what fits with the riders schedule and physiology, as well as the time in the season. We believe sticking to a single training intensity distribution method is limiting for coaches and coaches who have the knowledge to apply a range of training approaches will get the best outcomes for riders.
Billing and Service
Am I locked in for any minimum time period?
No, at Nero Coaching we have never had minimum time periods, or start-up fees. You are free to stop the coaching service at any time.
How do I pay for the coaching?
The service is direct debited at the start of each month. We have Stripe (credit/debit card) and PayPal payment options.
Hear from Chris Miller, one of our long term coaching clients, on on his experience with us!