The Cogs & Wheels of Effective Cycle Training

Date: Sunday April 29th, 2018 (5:00pm – 7:00pm)

Speaker: Nigel Smith

Venue: Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries & Agriculture office, ICC Trade Tower, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, India

You love cycling and are perhaps even passionate about it. You may even have goals and want to get better at it. Come join the Athletic Insights talk and understand the nuts and bolts of what goes into effective cycle training from British Cycling Level 3* certified coach, Nigel Smith. Nigel will cover the following in his presentation

  • Identify your objective, WHAT do you want to do? What does it involve?
  • Commit to the process, whatever it is! Understand how long it will take and the demands of that process.
  • How to set yourself targets (milestones) to reach your objective.
  • Have a strategy / process (breakdown each period into sessions, incremental load etc)
  • Be accountable for your training and nutrition! YOU are accountable for YOUR performance – it’s not work, climate, family etc.
  • Measure yourself – create metrics to test if you are on track including adaptation and recovery.
  • Finally, deliver EXCELLENCE! – The need for proper tapering and strategies and planning for race day. The importance of equipment – bike fit, wheels, aero and other equipment.

Who should attend?
Recreational athletes who don’t have a long term goal would benefit from understanding why a long term strategy is required.
Athletes who take their cycling seriously and would like to go about planning their training to achieve their long term goals.

About Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith, is originally from the UK, about 50km south east of London and has been living in Mumbai for the past few years.

For over 25 years from the age of 11, he was a regional level club athlete, competing in track, road and cross country events. An untimely broken ankle forced him to retire from competitive cycling and seek an alternative endurance sport, a path which led him to his first ‘open’ cycling event in 2008. He competed in time trials (a staple of the UK competitive cycling scene), Criterium (circuit) racing and Sportives, supplementing these events with multiple training trips to the Alps, Majorca, Corsica, the Canary Islands and Europe, including the Tour of Flanders and Liege Bastogne Liege Sportives (held the day before the Pro races).

In 2015, he moved to India to support a career move for his wife and took the opportunity to formally convert his years of training and competition into a coaching qualification. To this end, he has completed his British Cycling (the organisation behind 46 Olympic cycling medals since 2000) Level 3* coaching award and is very much looking forward to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with the Indian cycling community.

He continues to race in India, both in Masters and ‘Open’ Elite events, and has finished on podiums at races like the Nashik Peloton, MVS Criterium Coimbatore, Ahmedabad Cyclothon, Bangalore Championships, Mumbai Championships and more.