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Argonaut Cycle Coaching - Rider Results Update

Having a coach you can trust is vital but having a coach you can trust AND who can help you get top results is even more important. Over the years Argonaut Cycle Coaching clients have amassed an impressive palmares with 86 podium results in major events over the last 7 years and another 75 top 10 places.  That’s over 150 top 10 results! The latest of these amazing results occurred just this past weekend with Danny Rosin claiming overall victory in the prestigious Cootamundra ‘Haycarters’ Handicap.

Here is the breakdown of our results so far:

  • Silver medal at the UCI World Tour Finals
  • Silver medal at Oceania Road Cycling Championships
  • 4 podium places in regional tours outside of Australia
  • 5 medals at Australian Masters Championships, including one gold medal
  • 32 State Championship medals, including 19 gold medals
  • 2 Australian National Road Series podium finishes and 1 Queen of the Mountains Jersey
  • 26 podium results in state 'open' events, plus 4 "fastest Times' and 2 GC winners
  • 15 podium places in club championship events or local tours
  • Over 75 top 10 places in other major events (as above)

 

If you have a major event planned for anytime within the next 6 – 18 months then let Argonaut Cycle Coaching assist you reach your full potential.  We have personal coaching spaces available now.  For full details check out or Coaching Services Services page.

Learning from other sports

Fly fishing competitions and cycling races. What do they have in common? On the surface it may appear that these two activities couldn't be farther apart but when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, both require good preparation and execution. 

While each sport has it’s own somewhat unique set of training and competition characteristics it should not come as a surprise that there are also lots of similarities and cross-over points where you can learn something from another sport.

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Bike Fitting Top 10 most common issues and how to solve them

I have been coaching cycling for closing in on a decade and riding for even longer.  For most of that time I have had a keen interest in bike setup, whether it’s aerodynamics for time trial and the various distance triathlon events or road cycling.   During my time as a cycling coach I have conducted hundreds of bike fits and recently I had cause to look back at some of the original fit sessions I conducted and it revealed two things: how much I have learned about bike setup and how common the key issues are now as they were back then.

This post provides a list of the most common bike fitting issues I have come across over the last decade and provides some general advice on what to look for and how to fix the problem.

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Jason Mahoney | Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 3:48 pm | | Tips | No comments

It’s official. I am no longer a racer but the coaching will go on

After 17 years as either a triathlete or road cyclist, today marks the end of my time on the bike as a competitor.   

Unfortunately over the last few years my health has not been great and this year has been one of the most challenging and I have had to make some tough decisions.  In the end I decided that my body was no longer capable of the demands of training and racing.

I will be continuing with my coaching work and I hope that over the coming years I can really make Argonaut Cycle Coaching a success.   Over the last 4 years alone I have assisted numerous riders reach their goals, including medals at state, national and Oceania championships, as well as over 150 top 10 results in open level (or higher) events.  I have also completed over 350 bike fits and performance tests for riders and provided skills sessions that have helped riders improve their abilities on the bike.

While there have been some setbacks this year, most notably the lack of access to Stromlo Forest Park for the masterclass sessions, the coaching will continue and I look forward to helping many more riders reach their personal goals.  

Finally, I am pleased to advise that from, 1 November 2014 I will once again be accepting applications for coached riders.  Numbers will be limited based on my current coaching load at that time.

 

Regards

 

Jason Mahoney

Jason Mahoney | Monday 13 October 2014 at 11:17 am | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

No performance tests until start of November

Unfortunately I will not be able to conduct any lactate, max heart rate or power testing until the start of November due to my Tacx trainer being out of action.   The lever for the rear wheel roller broke at the end of a recent test session and I am currently awaiting the arrival of a replacement which is not likely to arrive until late October or early November at the latest.

Fortunately I still have the Lemond Revolution training and can continue to conduct bike fitting sessions for this period.

If anyone is looking to have a performance test done then please still send your booking request through and I will let you know as soon as the trainer is back up and running.

 

Thanks

 

Jason

Jason Mahoney | Monday 13 October 2014 at 10:32 am | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

To split, or not to split. That is the question.

It’s one of the most common questioned asked in cycling forums and to coaches worldwide.  Is there any from benefit or problem if I split my days training into two rides?

This question is of significant importance to the vast majority of cyclists, most of whom complete training sessions on their way to work and then when they commute home afterwards.  Seldom does the ‘commuting’ cyclist have time for ultra long training session in the morning and anything before a 5am wake up call for many would be deemed hazardous to your health.

But, where does that leave your training?   Can you get by with shorter morning rides or by splitting the days training into two sessions?  It probably won’t surprise you that there is no single answer to this question other than the classic ‘it all depends’.

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Jason Mahoney | Monday 02 December 2013 at 2:22 pm | | Tips | No comments

Discipline vs Desire

Discipline is having the self control to do what’s necessary to improve your performance, while desire is the drive that sets our goals and wants us to succeed.

While both of these are absolutely necessary to achieve your best they don’t always play nicely together.  For example if you’re starting to feel a little tired and sluggish but you have a session planned for that day, what should you do?   Desire wants us to ride.  Desire wants us to make sure we don’t miss out on any training sessions that will help us be the best.  However, discipline wants us to have a rest.  Discipline knows that recovery is as important as training to reach our goals.    Which ‘voice’ you listen to will ultimately dictate what you do for the day.

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Jason Mahoney | Friday 08 November 2013 at 08:04 am | | Default, News, Race Reports, Rider Info, Tips, Training Sessions, Linkdump | No comments

Identifying threshold power - Cherry picking data

It's not always convenient to schedule and complete a performance test during a training program.  Fortunately there are several other ways in which you can keep tabs on changes in performance and identify if your training zones need updating. Previous blog posts have looked at using histograms and the various testing option, however there is another method that can be used to determine threshold power, it’s called Cherry Picking and it can be a useful method for riders who use a power meter.

 

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Jason Mahoney | Tuesday 05 November 2013 at 09:22 am | | Tips | No comments