Over 130 coaches convene for 2012 USA Cycling Coaching Summit


The opening reception for the summit also served as the ribbon cutting ceremony for USA Cycling's new conference center.
The opening reception for the summit also served as the ribbon cutting ceremony for USA Cycling's new conference center.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 17, 2012) –
Over 130 cycling coaches came together last weekend for the 2012 USA Cycling Coaching Summit in the national governing body’s brand new national conference center in Colorado Springs.
The summit was designed to enhance a coach’s ability to work with athletes of all ages and skill levels by offering a wealth of knowledge presented by leading experts in sport physiology, exercise science, team and individual coaching, nutrition, and athletes with disabilities.
“As a coach in a highly competitive sport, I can never rest on my existing knowledge base. My clients are pushing the envelope in their own training and racing, and I owe it to them as a coach to educate myself at the highest level in return,” explained USA Cycling-certified coach Colby Pearce. “The USA Cycling coaching summit had a long list of very accomplished experts in different sub fields of competitive cycling, so I could not pass up this chance to learn and absorb.”
For level 2 coach Bob Hillery, the most important aspect of the summit is that it helps him stay current on the relevant topics.
“Cycling, especially performance cycling, but even ‘hard-core recreational enthusiasts', is a dynamic sport,” he explained. “The evolving knowledge of nutrition and physiology presented at the summit is essential for any really committed coach to stay current.  Too much of what we once ‘knew’ is just wrong.”
Hillery also pointed out how valuable it is to get together with other coaches from around the country. He says it gives everyone a chance to get to know the challenges in other regions and to candidly discuss solutions.
“We do this because we have a passion not only for cycling, but for making ourselves and others better,” he went on. “The best way to do that is through real sharing of common, and unique, experiences.”

“The lectures at the summit were informative and interesting, but sometimes you have the best insights from the casual conversations which occur before and after the formal classroom setting. This is where the most meaningful information exchanges frequently happen,” Pearce said about the opportunity to mingle with other coaches.
Topics covered in Colorado Springs included training the masters athlete, helping your athletes lead a balanced life, the training differences of the two sexes, training the para athlete, maximizing performance in the time trial position, training plans for the track sprinter, the science behind nutrition, structural and functional adaptations of the heart, and many others. For more on the topics and presenters, visit the 2012 Coaching Summit webpage.

All in all, the summit drew cycling coaches from a variety of backgrounds – some who focus on one specific cycling discipline, and others who coach more than one sport.
“It was exciting to have all the presenters and coaches together and provide valuable education for all of them,” USA Cycling Coaching Education Director Kevin Dessart said. “The Summit could not have been the success it was without the presenters, USA Cycling Staff, and Sponsors (TrainingPeaks, SRM, Sierra Nevada) coming together to help provide the coaches the best possible educational and networking opportunity.”

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