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Why Choose an Online Cycling Coach?

I'm Coach Rob Manning, a USA Cycling Certified online cycling coach.  I offer online cycling coach services for all levels of cyclists.  With a background in exercise physiology, pharmacology, chiropractic medicine and exercise prescription, I'm fully equipped to address many of the issues facing all levels of cyclists.  It is important to remember that coaching is not just something that is available or recommended for elite athletes, because beginners and intermediate riders are well positioned to take advantage of an online cycling coach and can see huge gains in relatively short periods of time.

An Online cycling coach helps you set SMART Cycling GoalsBenefits of an Online Cycling Coach

What can an online cycling coach do for you? The simple answer is that a coach helps you become a better rider.  There's plenty of ways to get faster, stronger and more confident while riding your bike, but the “just go out and ride” mentality has many limitations.  Structured training is the key to improving without burning out, and  this is where an online cycling coach comes into play.

A coach will help you to set goals, prioritize events and build a training plan that specifically targets those goals and events. The online cycling coach will provide objective feedback, discuss your progress and adjust the training plan to accommodate your progression.An online cycling coach has the benefit of being able to reach you wherever you are and help guide you on your goals without being tied to a single local coach. Finally, every athlete should recognize the value of having an advisor who can steer them in the right direction, keep them focused on their goals and hold them accountable for their training plans.  This is why your coach is a valuable tool in your training arsenal.

Online Cycling Coach Services

Consults are available for separate purchase.  No coaching purchase is required to purchase a consult.

  • Email based
  • Skills assessment, athlete strength and weakness assessment
  • Goal setting assistance
  • Coaching recommendations (either mine or your own) in a detailed, take home written format

Monthly online cycling coaching is available for beginner, intermediate and elite cyclists and consists of the following:

The most stripped down form of one-on-one coaching available, this option removes the custom training plan design from the equation and relies on my pre-written modular plans.  You save money but still get all the online cycling coach access you need to succeed.

  • Support for all of my downloadable training plans (purchase of Training Plan Support requires purchase of downloadable training plan(s))
  • Purchased monthly (for example, if you want further support beyond the first month, please re-purchase the following month.)
  • Train with Heart Rate Monitor data and/or Power data
  • Communication: 1 email/week to discuss questions, modifying downloaded plans to fit your schedule, etc.
  • NO minimum commitment
  • Billed monthly until cancelled

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Designed for coaching at a distance, this plan builds on the Training Plan Support option.  It offers increased contact between athlete and online cycling coach as well as including customized training plan design.  Field testing direction, assessment of training and event performances and monthly edits to targets and goals is key to getting the most out of your custom training plan.

  • Train with Heart Rate Monitor data and/or Power data
  • Initial consult including skills assessment, athlete strengths, and athlete weaknesses assessment (email based)
  • Goal setting assistance
  • Field testing direction and review
  • Monthly assessment of training/event performances
  • Monthly edits to target events and goals
  • Communication: 2-3 emails/wk
  • Custom tailored training plan delivered each month
  • 3 month (minimum) commitment

Designed for the most meticulous athletes, this package is designed to give maximum contact time between coach and athlete.  It includes full capacity to have your power meter data constantly monitored and allows your online cycling coach to create a tailor made plan to help you conquer your weaknesses and refine your goals on a more frequent basis.

  • Train with Heart Rate Monitor and/or Power data
  • Initial consult including skills assessment, strengths, weaknesses (email based)
  • Goal setting assistance
  • Field testing direction and review
  • Bi-Weekly assessment of training/event performances
  • Bi-Weekly edits to target events and goals
  • Communication: Continuous email support
  • Custom training plan delivered monthly (changes made as necessitated by event/goal changes)
  • Includes Strength Training coaching
  • Schedule up to 1 ride with your coach every 3-month block (weather, travel time, distance dependent)
  • 3 month (minimum) commitment

Requirements for effective use of the above coaching plans: 

  • Heart Rate Monitor: A heart rate monitor gives an idea of the athlete's training zones and allows for specific training.  I'm fond of using an ANT+ or Bluetooth HRM that can sync with multiple devices.  
This one can be used with free iPhone or Android apps to create a powerful training tool.  It can also be used for working with Heart Rate Variability to determine overtraining status.
  • Speed/Cadence cycling computer: A cycling computer with speed and cadence helps to show improvement and specify training cadence zones.  
  • This Cateye Strada is a good solution for those who don't want to break the bank on a computer and don't want to hook up their iPhone or Android device.

    Being able to quantify your training is one of the cornerstones of any coaching program.  It's important for you to be able to ensure you are training within the zones prescribed.  This means that you will be required to have at least a cycle computer with speed and cadence as well as a heart rate monitor to obtain good results.

    Recommended for better results:

    • A Garmin unit (or similar device) is extremely useful and will help you quantify your training with more accuracy.  You will have multiple metrics, including heart rate, speed, distance, elevation, vertical ascent speed, and far more.  Not required, but recommended.  I've always been a fan of the 
    Edge 510 and the 
    Edge 810 as well, but for me, simplicity is better.
  • Power meters are currently the best training tool available for cycling.  They are the gold standard for quantifying work performed as well as being point specific about training zones.  I recommend Stages Power meters for a combination of excellent price, good quality and ease of installation, and they are great supporters of Tailwind Coaching.  Their power meters are also Bluetooth compatible, so those of you who use your iPhone or Android as a training computer can hook it right up with no adapters.  Not required, but recommended.
  • A trainer is a useful tool for athletes who train during inclement weather or during winter months, but is not required.  My personal favorite is the 
  • Kurt Kinetic Road Machine because of the linear resistance curve, (more) realistic road feel and coast down, and the indestructibility.  If you're looking for a more exotic trainer, I'm a big fan of the Wahoo Fitness line of trainers, and they are also big supporters of Tailwind Coaching.
    For the more advanced online cycling coach options, I highly recommend the above three items in order to get the most out of your coaching experience.


    If traditional coaching is not something you're ready to commit to, consider utilizing one of my pre-built training plans in order to give your fitness a boost. If you have any questions or are looking for more intensive coaching or a customized plan, contact Coach Rob with any questions and concerns.