Last year, I was in New York and had the pleasure of taking Michael Reilly’s class at Equinox. Michael has been an instructor since 1997 and is one of the original members of the Indoor Cycling Association (thank you, Michael!). It was the day before one of the big American holidays that serves as an entrée to summer, Memorial Day. Michael did a Memorial Day ride that was very moving and I wanted to share these videos with you. Pay attention to his coaching—he’s got a great way of engaging his audience.
Two months ago, I wrote a post about the wisdom (or lack of it) of standing for very long periods out of the saddle. I challenged anyone in the indoor cycling world to perform my standing climb challenge. I still think it’s worth trying, but I recognize it’s not a very effective workout, so I have a much more attainable challenge; one which will also be eye-opening as you compare power, heart rate, and cadence with standing versus seated efforts. Will you do this challenge?
Another Facebook live broadcast! This one is about Stage 15 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz that goes two times up the Grand Colombier, a brutal climb in the Jura Mountains, just west of the Alps. Keep checking back as I give you tips on how to authentically teach these stages in your cycling classes!
Facebook live videos are growing in popularity right now, and I plan on taking advantage of this excellent way to bring you more coaching tips. Check out my first one here. It’s about today’s Tour de France stage results, and tomorrow’s epic climb up Mont Ventoux, and how you can coach them in your classes. I plan on doing this a lot more often too, so stay tuned!
Ever notice riders who turn their elbows out to the sides, either when seated or when standing? I’ve seen it quite often at conferences, even amongst instructors. Gene Nacey of Cycling Fusion and I have a clever cue for you to cure your students of this habit. It’s a great way to think of riding both indoors and outside!
Welcome to the Magic Coaching Minute, a new segment on ICA. We will bring you a coaching suggestion via video once or twice a month. The first Magic Coaching Minute is with Gene Nacey of Cycling Fusion, filmed and produced at the Cycling Fusion Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. In this video, we analyze a rider’s poor technique as demonstrated by Gene, and try to assess the best way to correct his form. The issue is a very jerky pedal stroke while climbing out of the saddle. The rider often looks like he’s on a pogo stick. How do you fix it?