USA Cycling Coaching Ed Newsletter - June 2012


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Coaching ED Hdr
June 2012

Dear Coaches,

I personally can’t believe a month has flow by since the first Coaching ED Newsletter. Time does fly while you are having fun. Yes, while there is a tremendous amount of work to be done, I can honestly say I’m thoroughly enjoying working and communicating with all of you and moving our Coaching Education department forward.
In a short period of time, we’ve made a fair amount of progress and will continue to strive toward providing you with the service and education necessary to enhance your coaching knowledge.

This edition of the newsletter will highlight some extremely important happenings which are currently taking place, or will be commencing shortly. First and foremost is our Annual Coaching Summit. Yes, you read correctly, the summit will become an annual event. We believe this is such an important part of your education, that we feel it necessary to provide you with this annually. This year’s summit will take place Oct 12-14 at the USA Cycling National Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

In May we started the USA Cycling Webinar Series which will consist of 2-3 live webinars per month (typically every other Thursday). We’ve put together a number of highly qualified presenters on a variety of topics to continually enhance your education. All live webinars will take place at 4pm MTN time, but if you can’t make the live webinars, they will all be available via recording on the USA Cycling website 7-10 days following the live airing.

This month we’ll also host the first of four remaining Level 2 clinics in 2012, just prior to the Juniors, Elite, U23 & Paralylmpic Road National Championships in Augusta, GA. If you are heading to Augusta, this is a perfect opportunity to “double up” on your trip and get your Level 2 Coaching Certification.

Hope you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter and find it to be a valuable resource. With this in mind, if you have suggestions or comments, please feel free to pass them along.

Enjoy the ride,

Kevin Dessart
Coaching Education and Athlete Development Director

2012 USA Cycling Coaching Summit
Registration for the 2012 USA Cycling Coaching Summit to be held Oct 12-14 at the new USA Cycling National Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO is now OPEN. This year's summit promises to bring a wealth of knowledge and education to all attendees. USA Cycling is bringing together some of the leading experts in the areas of sport physiology and exercise science, team and individual coaching, nutrition, athletes with disabilities and bike fit, all with the goal of providing you with the best educational experience possible. The summit is designed to enhance your coaching ability and understanding when working with athletes of all abilities.

To learn more about the summit, or to register, click HERE.

Think you have a topic or educational information which would be beneficial to USA Cycling Coaches and would like to present at this year's summit, or future summits? Click HERE to submit papers on your topic for consideration.

USA Cycling Webinar Series
The USA Cycling Webinar Series can play an integral part in a coach’s education and provide valuable CEUs.  USA Cycling is committed to consistently providing new and innovative educational opportunities for our coaches. Therefore, we will be providing live webinars 2-3 times per month.  A calendar of 2012 webinars can be found below. All participants will receive 2 CEUs per webinar.



Jason Digman, PhD

Short Term Interval Capacity in the Lab and Under the Wheel



Frazier, Ralph

Coaching Jr. Cyclists - the Team Approach



Tim Crowley - Owner TC2 Coaching

Power Tools of Recovery



Kyle J. Wolfe

Coaching and Racing at the Same Time



Chris Gescheidle

Learn to Move Well Now to Race Better Later



Roger Young

Fundamentals of Coaching Track Workouts



Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes

10 Key Steps for Building a Successful Coaching Business



Sean Wilson, PhD

Drugs in Sports, 2012



Hector Torres

Strength Training for Handcycling



Ileana Sisson, PhD

The Winning Mind



Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes

Improving Cycling Performance on an Indoor Trainer



Sean Burke - Owner Crank Cycling

Application of Metabolic (VO2) Testing for Cyclists



Jonathan Tower

Stott Pilates for Cyclists

All webinars will take place at 4 pm MTB time on the date assigned. Can't make a live webinar? All webinars will be recorded and made available on the USA Cycling website within 7-10 business days. Need more information on our webinar series? Click HERE.

Level 2 Clinics
Are you a coach heading to Nationals in Augusta, GA this month? If so, it’s not too late to attend the USA Cycling Level 2 Clinic being held just prior to the racing on June 17-19. Double up on your time and save an extra trip by taking advantage of this opportunity to improve your coaching ability.

Level 2 clinics educate coaches to best prepare athletes for becoming competitive bike racers.  The agenda for the clinics will provide a foundation in sport physiology and training plan design, as knowledge of sport physiology is the basis for designing workouts within a training plan.

Remaining 2012 Level 2 Clinics:

June 17-19 - Augusta, GA - Hilton Garden Inn, Augusta (mention USA Cycling for discount rate)
The Level 2 Clinic in Augusta, GA will take place just prior to the start of the Elite, U23, Juniors & Paralympic Road National Championships, June 20-24
July 20-22 - San Jose, CA - Holiday Inn, San Jose
August 23-26 -Colorado Springs, CO - USA Cycling National Conference Center
The Level 2 Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO will coincide with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Coaches participating in this clinic will have the opportunity to catch Friday’s stage in Colorado Springs.
Sept. 21-23 - Austin, TX - Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake

The purpose of the Level 2 Clinic is to better educate our coaches in order to better train our athletes.  Coaches who attend the clinics can expect to take home a wealth of knowledge including a higher level of bike handling skills, a better understanding of the physiological stresses and adaptations the body endures through training, and how to utilize these stresses and adaptation in writing a more succinct training plan for their athletes.  Each of these can be used to help athletes achieve a higher level of success on the bike. In order to achieve the Level 2 coaching license, you must attend a Level 2 clinic.  In order to attend a Level 2 clinic, you must be a current certified Level 3 coach in good standing with USA Cycling to register.  Click HERE to visit the Level 2 Clinic Information page.

2012 Regional Development Camps
LAST CHANCE! Our remaining 2012 Regional Development camps are almost full. If you know of a Junior Athlete who might fit well into our development system, have them register NOW. USA Cycling Regional Development Camps are for athletes racing age 14 to 22 years and who are at least 14 years old at the start of the camp. The primary goal of each development camp is to improve the skill set of the athletes in order to make them better racers. Athletes will receive instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, coaches who also identify talent and, in some cases, select riders for international competition and/or a National Development Camp. Click HERE to visit the Regional Development Camps page.

Camp Location Manager Dates Type of Camp
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) Ryan Kohler June 14-19 MTB
Garrett College (McHenry, MD) Kristen Dieffenbach June 24-29 MTB
DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) Ray Ignosh June 25-30 Road
St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA) Larry Nolan July 1-6 Road
Finger Lakes CC (Canandaigua, NY) Todd Scheske July 3-8 Road
Northern AZ University (Flagstaff, AZ) Barney King July 6-11 Road
Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR) Jim Anderson  July 8-13 Road
UW-Lacrosse (Lacrosse, WI) Lowell Kellogg July 29-Aug 3 Road
St. Mary's (Sewanee, TN) Mark Fasczewski July 29-Aug 3 Road

For more info on the Camps please contact the camp manager via email directly or email

Help Wanted!!!
Midwestern State University invites applications for the position of Director of the MSU Cycling Team.  One of four independent Texas public universities, Midwestern State University serves approximately 6,400 students and is located in Wichita Falls, TX (population 104,000), equidistant from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and Oklahoma City and home of the Hotter ‘N Hell 100.  Reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness, the Director is responsible for the overall daily operations of the cycling program to include team management, coaching, training, recruiting, sponsorship procurement, and public relations.  A bachelor’s degree is required. 

The successful candidate should have a USA Cycling Level 1 or 2 coaching license, proven ability to coach and run a training program for beginning through elite cyclists, along with strong interpersonal and public speaking skills. The salary range is $3,334 - $3,872 (monthly with benefits) commensurate with experience and qualifications.  This position is considered security sensitive and requires a criminal background check. The anticipated start date of the position is August 1, 2012.  Additional information regarding this position can be found at

MSU is an EEO/ADA Compliance Employer. Applicants should send a substantive letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references in PDF format to: Dr. Robert Clark, Vice President for Administration and Institutional Effectiveness

SRM Certified Coach Sales Program
As part of USA Cycling’s partnership with SRM, the global leader in power meters, all USA Cycling-certified coaches can have the opportunity to offer power meters to their athletes.

How it Works – Any USA Cycling coach with an active, valid license can order SRM Power Meters:
1 – Visit SRM at to familiarize yourself with their products. Click HERE to view the order form.
2- Call SRM at 719-266-4127. Tell them you are a USA Cycling coach and provide your license number. Let them know you would like to order under the USA Cycling Certified Coach Sales Program
3 – Place your order!
4 – After your initial order and your account is set up, you will be able to order via email or their Coaches online shop (scheduled to launch summer 2012).

Need to learn more? Contact SRM at or 719-266-4127.

Medicine of Cycling Conference
USA Cycling is proud to once again collaborate with Medicine of Cycling and UC-San Francisco on the third annual Medicine of Cycling Conference to be held August 24-26 in Colorado Springs, CO.  The conference is for physicians and medical professionals working with cyclists, cycling teams and race events. 

There are a limited number of spots for USA Cycling Level 1 Licensed Coaches, and the activity is approved for ten (10) USA Cycling Coaching Education Units (CEU). 

Coaches interested in attending the conference should send an email to

The conference will begin on Friday, August 24 with a hands-on Medical Emergencies in Cycling Course (MECC), the Stage 5 finish of the USA  Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs and an evening welcome reception.  On Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 the conference will feature presentations, break-out sessions and panel discussions on topics such as: orthopedics, concussion, nutrition, dermatology, cardiology, sports psychology, rehabilitation, bike fit and more.

Please view the Medicine of Cycling website to register, read speaker bios and check for curriculum updates at

USADA’s Launches Supplement
USADA’s number one priority is to protect the rights of clean athletes, and as many of you know, the concerns surrounding the use of dietary supplements both from a health and anti-doping perspective is a real issue for athletes.

USADA has created an online tool to help athletes, NGBs and athlete support personnel better navigate the issues surrounding the decision to use dietary supplements and have recently launched their new website   

Supplement is a comprehensive web portal designed to help you understand what risk exists and what you can do to be a more informed athlete and coach when deciding whether or not to use supplements.
Some of the things on Supplement you should to be sure to check out include:

The supplement bottle video that gives an in-depth look at problems with packaging;

The High Risk list, which names specific supplements that are known to contain prohibited substances;

Third party testing guide which helps evaluate independent supplement testing companies

USADA remains committed to helping athletes who want to compete clean and healthy and hope Supplement will be an effective tool you can use for both yourself and your athletes.

The USOC Launches its SafeSport Initiative
Through its SafeSport initiative, the United States Olympic Committee is providing resources to the sport community to recognize, reduce and respond to misconduct in sport. The initiative addresses six primary types of misconduct: (1) bullying, (2) harassment, (3) hazing, (4) emotional misconduct, (5) physical misconduct, and (6) sexual misconduct, with an emphasis on child sexual abuse. Misconduct in sport often negatively affects performance or causes athletes to drop out of sport entirely.

The SafeSport initiative is delivered through a dedicated website,, and provides solution-oriented resources for clubs, coaches, parents and athletes. Written resources include a handbook for creating a SafeSport strategy, definitions of each type of misconduct, sample policies and procedures, template forms and documents, tips, and additional resources. 

The SafeSport resources are designed to reduce high-risk opportunities – including unsupervised interactions outside of training and competition, locker rooms and changing areas, alcohol at social events, in vehicles during local travel, and in vehicles and hotels during overnight travel. With these risks in mind, the sample policies provide resources to provide two-deep leadership and minimize unsupervised one-on-one interactions with athletes.  SafeSport also provides guidance for creating a plan to respond and report misconduct, with an emphasis on reporting child sexual abuse.

SafeSport also delivers an online training for coaches, staff and volunteers. Addressing all six types of misconduct, this video-based training will help coaches understand how they can help combat misconduct – helping their athletes train with fewer distractions. The online training will be an ongoing resource that will be continuously updated for users. Through these resources we, as a community, can make sport safer for everyone.


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