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Optional certifications & Beginning racer program

Knowledge is power. With certifications in power based training, discipline-specific skills, and the ability to run Beginning Racer Programs (BRPs), you can give immense value to your coaching brand.

Who can resist extra credit? You've worked hard to get this far in your coaching career, but the competitive landscape is always changing. Give your athletes, and your coaching brand, an extra boost with any of the following optional certifications and abilities. 

Click the links below to jump to the training you're interested in:
  1. Power Based Training
  2. Skills Certification
  3. Beginning Racer Program
  4. Discipline Specific Certifications

Power Based Training

Overview

How-To

There are currently two options available to USA Cycling Coaches to acquire the power training necessary to become Power Training certified:

  1. Take the Power Certification Test provided by USA Cycling. To access the test, log on to your USA Cycling account, click on account under the welcome banner and then select "Coaching Links (including tests)" from the right side of that webpage. Your coaching license must be current to access the test.
  2. Take the Power Clinics, provided by PCG, then take the Power Certification Test provided by USA Cycling. To access the test, log on to your USA Cycling account, click on account under the welcome banner and then select "Coaching Links (including tests)" from the right side of that webpage. Your coaching license must be current to access the test.

Regardless of which option a coach chooses, only USA Cycling Level 2 & 1 coaches are eligible to become Power Training Certified. Level 3 coaches may complete any of the above, but will not be eligible to become power Power Training Certified until they achieve USA Cycling Level 2 coach status.

CEUs

Coaches will be awarded 25 CEUs for completion of any of the power based training courses and/or the successful completeion of the Power Certification Test.

In-Person Clinics

Peaks Coaching Group offers the in-person power clinics. The Peaks Coaching Group Power Course teaches you how to coach using a power meter and follows the USA Cycling Power Curriculum allowing coaches the opportunity to become USA Cycling Power Certified Coaches once they pass the USA Cycling Power Certification Test. This course is led by Hunter Allen, Dr. Stephen McGregor, and Dr. Andrew R. Coggan, the PCG Power Clinic is one of the most comprehensive and knowledge packed coaching clinics available.

The cost of the Peaks Coaching Group power clinic does NOT include the test fee of $149.

For registration and more information, please visit PCG HERE

Power Based Training Exam/Certification

The only way to become a USA Cycling Power Certified coach is to take and pass the Power Certification Test. Only Level 2 and Level 1 coaches are eligible to become a USA Cycling Power Certified coach. Level 3 coaches may complete any of the above courses and Power Training Test, but will not be eligible to become Power Training Certified until they achieve USA Cycling Level 2 coach status.  

The Power Certification Test can be downloaded by logging into your account and clicking on "account" (under the Welcome header).  On the account page click on "Coaching Links (including tests)" which is where you will find the link to download the test.  Your coaching license must be current in order to access the exam.

In order to pass the Power Certification Test, you must score a grade of 80% or higher.  Those who do not achieve the 80% will be provided one (1) additional chance to correct their errors.  If, after two (2) attempts a coach does not score the required 80%, they must wait one calendar year to retake the exam and resubmit the entire exam as well as be required to re-pay the test fee.

Cost

The cost of the Power Certification Test is $149. The Peaks Coaching Group power clinic is an additional $149.

Skills Certification

Overview

USA Cycling is conducting Certified Skills Instructor (CSI) coaching clinics to provide cyclists with an enjoyable and educational experience as they learn to race their bikes. The CSI clinics teach coaches necessary race skills for all athletes to begin, advance, and excel in bike racing. These skills will closely follow USA Cycling's Beginning Racer Program (BRP) curriculum.

The BRP is modeled off of the highly successful Northern California Early Bird Racing Series. Established approximately 30 years ago, the Early Bird Racing Series serves over 1,000 racers annually and is the culmination of many years of hard work from USA Cycling Coaches Larry Nolan, Laurel Green, Matt McNamara, John Cheetham, and Dan Smith.

Clinic Topics

Coaches attending the clinic are taught how to teach race skills according to the BRP curriculum, which is broken down into five individual lessons:

  1. Basic Pack Skills - Protecting Your Front Wheel
  2. Cornering – Choosing and Holding Your Line
  3. Pack Awareness & Skills
  4. Sprinting Basics
  5. Bringing it All Together

Each lesson is comprised of three components: 1) on-bike instructional clinic; 2) mentored race; and 3) race debrief

Registration

To register, log into your USA Cycling account and click on the "My Account" button. From there click on "account" (below the Welcome Header). From there click on "View Available Clinics/Webinars". Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the available clinics.

All coaches attending the CSI Clinic will also receive a BRP manual with directions for setting up and running a BRP.

Coaches are responsible for their accommodation and transportation.

CEUs and Cost

All coaches will receive 15 CEUs for attending the Certified Skills Instructor Clinics.

Cost of the clinic is $399.


Beginning Racer Program

Overview

While many people know how to ride a bike, very few have been taught how to race.  The Beginning Racer Program is designed to provide new racers with an enjoyable and educational experience as they learn to race their bike. The objective of the BRP is to inspire and educate new riders, thus leading to safer more enjoyable racing experiences.

For new racers, the USA Cycling BRP is a great way to learn the skills and dynamics of bike racing in a safe and welcoming environment. Whether you are a young junior rider or a master’s athlete, the BRP will guide you through the how-to’s of racing step by step.

For race promoters, the USA Cycling BRP is ideal for teaching racers how to race safely, have fun learning to race, and build the skills and confidence necessary for them to keep racing.

View the BRP Webinar conducted by USA Cycling's Director or Coaching Education here.

Clinic Topics

The BRP is broken down into five separate clinics:

  1. Basic Pack Skills — Protecting Your Front Wheel
  2. Cornering — Choosing and Holding Your Line
  3. Pack Awareness and Skills
  4. Sprinting Basics
  5. Bringing it All Together

Each clinic is comprised of three components: on-bike instructional clinic, mentored race, and race debrief.

How to Start a BRP

There are a variety of ways to launch a BRP in your area:

  1. Work with a USA Event Services Manager who can guide you through the steps

Stuart Lamp

719-209-8211

Eastern Region

Don Losole

210-722-9384

Central Region

Larry Martin

719-434-4210

Midwest Region

Stefanie Larson

719-434-4217

West Region

2.  Work directly with a local race promoter

3. Create your own independent BRP

Regardless of how you create your BRP, all persons looking to hold a BRP MUST complete the BRP application and adhere to the BRP curriculum.

To find a BRP in your Region, check this list.

USA Cycling Beginning Racer Program Application

All parties looking to hold a BRP MUST complete the BRP application and meet the requirements outlined in the application. Once the application has been reviewed and approved by USA Cycling, the USA Cycling Beginning Racer Program manual will be delivered to the requesting party. Along with the BRP manual, approved providers of the BRP will also receive the official USA Cycling BRP provider logo to display on their websites, flyers, collateral, etc. Click here to view the application.

Upgrade Points

USA Cycling rules state a Cat 5 cyclist may upgrade to Cat 4 by acquiring ten (10) points. These points can be achieved by finishing 10 mass start races, or 5 USA Cycling approved Beginning Racer Program (BRP) clinics, or a combination of both.  Mass start races count as one (1) point each and USA Cycling approved Beginning Racer Program clinics count as two (2) points each clinic. Women cat 4 cyclists are authorized to apply up to ten (10) points from the Beginning Racer Program clinics towards cat 3 upgrades.

In order to receive the full two (2) points from a USA Cycling BRP clinic, the rider must take part in all three (3) components of the BRP clinic; 1) on-bike instruction/clinic; 2) race; 3) race debrief (no partial points will be awarded for only attending one of the three components of the BRP)

Discipline Specific Certifications

Overview

These certifications ensure coaches receive advanced training and coaching skills in cyclo-cross, track and mountain bike.

In order to attend a Discipline-Specific Certification, you must be a licensed level 3 coach or higher in good standing with USA Cycling.

Discipline-specific Certification Purpose

The purpose of the Discipline Specific Certifications is to teach coaches how to more effectively teach and coach their athletes in a specific cycling discipline. Coaches who attend these 1.5-day certifications can expect to gain valuable knowledge of specific drills and methodologies pertinent to helping their athletes achieve a higher level of success in their specific discipline. These certifications are meant to be enhancements to a coach's current USA Cycling coaching license; they do not replace licensing and are additions to your coaching credentials and specialties.

Available Certifications

Cyclocross

Success in 'cross requires more than good fitness. Athletes need to master a wide range of techniques, hone their race craft, and learn about proper preparation. During the Cyclo-cross Specific Certification, participants will gain the technical knowledge needed to coach cyclo-cross athletes. Topics include on-the-bike cyclo-cross skills and drills, bike handling in a variety of conditions, how to lead a cyclo-cross workout, preparing a cyclo-cross specific training plan, equipment selection and set up, dealing with weather, and tips to help your athletes avoid common mistakes. Whether you are coaching beginner or advanced cyclo-cross riders, this clinic will help you and your athletes achieve success.

Mountain Bike

The purpose of the Mountain Bike Specific Certification is to teach the fundamentals of coaching mountain bike racers. The course focuses on cross-country and endurance technical skills and racing preparation. Topics include body position and bike handling, skills and drills, how to lead a mountain bike training session, how to prepare for specific events, equipment issues, and tips to help your athletes avoid common mistakes. Most athletes understand the importance of training, but they have less understanding of bike handling and race preparation, and how to practice it. As a coach, you'll learn the teaching techniques needed to keep your athletes ahead of the competition.

Track

The purpose of the Track Specific Certification is to teach coaches how to run a safe, fun, and effective track workout, thus leading their athletes to a higher level of success on the track. Safety is the number one priority and is obtained through awareness, communication and predictability. This clinic will cover racing tactics, skill development, common terminology, general riding etiquette, as well as rider and coach responsibility.

Registration

Registration is open and available by signing in to your USA Cycling account. Click on “account” (below the welcome header) and then click on VIEW AVAILABLE CLINICS/WEBINARS. You must have a current Coaching license to attend the certifications.

Format

Each certification is 1.5 days over a given weekend, is worth 15 CEUs, and will incorporate both classroom and on-bike sessions. Each coach must bring a bike (relevant to the discipline) in good working condition. Coaches must also bring appropriate riding attire as well as wear a helmet during all on-bike sessions.

Cost

The cost for each discipline specific certification is $399 and will include on-bike sessions, lectures and handouts. Cost of lodging and meals is not included. Please visit your USA Cycling account for payment options.

Should you need to change clinics after registering, a $100 change fee will apply if the change takes place within 30 days of the clinic start date.

Staff

Cyclo-cross and Mountain Bike – Pete Webber www.petewebber.com Pete Webber is a veteran cycling expert with more than 25 years of experience in all types of riding. A former pro racer at the world cup level, he's now a full-time cycling coach and skills instructor. Pete honed his teaching techniques over a 12-year period at the International Mountain Bike Association. He is a former masters cyclo-cross world champion, multi-time national champion, and is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Pete was the lead designer of Boulder's Valmont Bike Park, and is head cyclo-cross coach for Boulder Junior Cycling.

Track Cycling – TBD

Testimonials

"Thanks for the CX Coaching Certification last weekend! It was really great, and even though 'cross is the aspect of cycling I am most interested in already, I still learned a lot! Thanks again for your work in making coaching certification more valuable for us!" Christopher T. Smith