Several BikeManawatu member’s attended the Level 1 Road Cycling Coaching course recently in Palmerston North. The course was run over 2 days on 4th-5th February at Sport Manawatu. There were 18 course particpants from Whangerei down to Christchurch, with Palmerston North attendee’s being, Paul Roberts, Ross Castle, Nick Nelson, Alex Denholm, Kelsi Eccles, Luuk Van Wagtendonk, Howard Pinder and Megan Blatchford.
Topics covered included: Road Cycling Technqiues, Equipment & Clothing, Session Planning, Communication, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Risk Management Planning and Periodisation. The course concluded with a practical coaching session with a number of younger BikeManawatu rider’s coming along so we could practice coaching skills.
Added value for this course came from a variety of presenter’s including, Gordon McCauley who shared his great practical knowledge and experience. Also attending as a particpant and such a lovely person to meet, was Linda Villumsen who won the silver medal in the Elite Women’s UCI Time Trial Championships last year.