Level 1 & 2 Cycling Coach Certification
Brought to you by Performance Through Science in collaboration with Cycling Australia
This level 1 & 2 Coaching Course provides in-depth information on the physiology and
physiological assessment of a cyclist, performance monitoring and assessment, sports
psychology in cycling, advanced racing skills, race preparation, injuries, recovery and crisis
The course is interactive and practical which will cover the advanced principles of coaching.
Being dynamic and consisting of face-to-face training, in-depth discussions, presentations,
practical workshop activities and practical coaching.
At the start of the coaching course, you will receive all the manuals, resources and documents
that you need during the training. You will receive feedback on your progress throughout the
course and will be encouraged to develop a personal coaching action plan and coaching
philosophy. On successful completion of the six days, you will then embark on a period of self-
and mentor-directed learning and assessment tasks.
- At the successful completion of the Level 1 & 2 coaching course, the coach will be able to:
Act as a role model for their athletes.
- Assess and manage the risks of coaching national level cyclists.
- Identify and arrange physiological performance assessment procedures that are appropriate to the needs of their riders.
- Develop, implement, monitor and review an annual plan that is appropriate for the needs of an individual national championship level rider.
- Develop, implement, monitor and review an integrated coaching course to compliment the annual plan and meet specific individual needs.
- Plan, conduct, monitor, evaluate and modify as necessary recovery strategies.
- Provide appropriate advice and feedback to riders on bike set-up and equipment, nutrition, mental preparation, tactics and competition rules, anti-doping and travel.
- Create and manage an effective team and an optimal environment for training and competition
- Identify common cycling injuries and risk factors for common injuries.
- Plan, organise and manage training camps and domestic competition participation and travel for
national championship level cyclist.
The coaching course is composed of the following modules:
- Role of the Coach at National Level: an outline of the key roles and responsibilities of a national
- Risk Management at National Level: know the legal responsibilities of a national coach and risk
management during training, camps, competition and travel.
- Applied Cycling Physiology and Performance Assessment: understand and apply physiological
principles to be able to plan, conduct and review training activities to develop strength, power and
endurance and how to identify and arrange physiological performance assessment procedures.
- Annual Planning and Periodization: understand the importance of systematic training and
periodization and individualized annual training plans.
- Training for Sprint Events: identify sprint events, the demands of sprint events, and provide
appropriate training activities to improve sprint performance.
- Training for Endurance Events: identify endurance events, the demands of endurance events, and provide appropriate training activities to improve endurance performance.
- Strength and Conditioning for Cycling: identify the importance of strength and conditioning for cycling, and how muscle physiology affects this.
- Assessing and Monitoring Athlete Progression: identify the importance of monitoring athlete
progression and determine the most appropriate monitoring strategies.
- Enhancing Recovery: identify and implement recovery strategies that are appropriate for each
- Nutrition for Optimal Cycling Performance: identify appropriate nutritional strategies for optimal
- Mental Preparation for Competition: identify key mental skills and explain how mental skills
training can be integrated into the overall training plan.
- The Coach as a Manager: understand the coach’s role in creating and managing an effective training and competition environment.
- CA and UCI Rules and Regulations: teach riders the competition rules pertaining to Cycling
Australia and UCI events.
- Advanced Bike Set-up and Equipment Selection: understand the biomechanics of a bike set-up
and accurately set-up a bike for an individual athlete.
- Preventing and Managing Cycling Injuries: identify common cycling injuries, and how they can be
prevented and how to implement minor and serious incident management procedures.
- Anti-Doping in Cycling: an outline of current antidoping issues including the current procedures for obtaining a TUE, the obligations of athletes, athlete support personnel and Cycling South Africa.
- Travelling, Training Camps and Competitive Tours: explain the role of the coach with regard to
travel, training camps and competitive tours.
Assessment has several components:
- Short Answer Worksheets.
- Assignment: design two season training plans.
- Practical Coaching Tasks: o correctly fit a national championship level rider to his or her bike o plan,
organise, conduct and review an advanced training session o prepare, implement and review a risk
management plan for a state team travelling to and competing at
- Design a schedule for a two-day, live-in training camp.
Delivered by level 3 certified Coaches
DAY 1: 3rd March 2019 Level 1
• Introduction to disciplines • Coaching styles • Basic risk assessment • Entry level bike fit (Practical) • Introduction to sports science • Group management.
(Normally this is a 2 day course however when run in conjunction with L2 we need to make sure that we don’t provide death by presentation).
Also It would be good if the attendees had opportunity to reflect and come to the L2 with good questioning and bringing clear thoughts to the course.
DAY 2: 4th March 2019
• Follow up on Day 1, Level 1.
DAY 3: 5th March 2019
Introduction to L2:
• Advanced bike set up and equipment selection(Road/Track) • Planning and periodisation 1 & 2
DAY 4: 6th March 2019
Physiology and Recovery L2:
• Strength and conditioning for Cycling 2 and Practical • Manual therapy for the cyclist • Nutrition
DAY 5: 7th March 2019
Introduction to Psychology, Planning and Review
• Personal Excellence • Coaching the Coach • Establishing Coach and Athlete Pathways
DAY 6: 8th March 2019
Delivery and Assessment
• Road and Track Endurance Conditioning • Field Testing • Practical Delivery • Where to Now • Course Close