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.
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.
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.
Update: 27 August – New items added and all remaining items moved to the top. Some prices updated as well.
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Due to an untenable issue with the ACT Goverment, I am no longer able to book the Stromlo Forest Park criterium circuit for exclusive use at the necessary times and as a result I am no longer able to offer the Masterclass skills sessions.
This is a very disappointing outcome as last season's session were well attended and planning was well underway to conduct more sessions later this year, including more of the extremely popular Criterium Masterclass sessions.
I am pleased to advise that the details for the March and April masterclass session have been finalised.
For March it will be the second of our Junior Development sessions. This session was originally drafted for the 9th March but it will now be run on Saturday 20th March.
After receiving some great feedback and suggestions for the April session, I have settled on Race Craft as the topic of focus. This should be quite a diverse session and should provide a nice ‘summary’ to this round of masterclass sessions.
Full details for each of these sessions should be available on the website within the next week so keep an eye on the Masterclass page or Twitter and Facebook.
Following the April Masterclass I will switch over to a seminar format for winter as there are a few topics received in the suggestions that would be better dealt with in that environment. Details of the seminars will be posted on the blog and website leading up to May.
Our Masterclass skills sessions started in September 2013 and to date have been very successful. The plans are to continue running these sessions each year from September through to April, with a break over winter.
For March it’s part two of the Junior Development series and planning is currently underway with a draft date of Sunday 9th March at 9:30am.
The session current planned for April is Team Time Trials but since it’s the last one for this round of sessions I am interested in hearing your ideas for a topic or topics to be covered in the April session. It can be a repeat of a session already done or something new.
If you have any suggestions for what you would like included in the April Masterclass session please contact us.
(NB: The April date is likely to be the weekend of the 19th-20th)
I have just received advice from the park managers at Stromlo that due to a large Cross Country running event being held on the morning of the 23rd that they will not permit the criterium track to be used during that time.
The cross country event is scheduled to finish at 11:30 so unfortunately this means I need to push the two Masterclass sessions back to slightly later in the day.
I have contacted all currently registered participants via email however at this stage the revised times are now:
Handicap Racing session => 11:30am - 1pm
Sprinting Session => 1:15pm - 2:45pm
I appreciate that these times may lead to some people not being able to attend and if that's the case I am very sorry. Depending on how many of the currently registered people are unable to make the revised times I may consider moving the sessions to the Saturday. If this occurs I will provide a further update at that time.
Once again - my apologies for this change to the scheduled sessions.
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