Coaching Library

ABCC Coaching articles from 1987 to the present day are currently being loaded into ABCC Online. Please visit regularly for an amazing wealth of coaching articles.

General Interest


Promoting Cycling and Improving Road Safety for Cyclists: Challenges and Next Steps

29th February 2016

This may be of interest, especially for those of you able and willing to attend this Public Policy event: Date: Tuesday 5th April 2016 Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm Venue: Central London Key Speakers David Cox, Chair of Council, CTC Marcus Jones, Senior … Read More »

Sports Coach UK e-newsletter, issue 32 now available

28th January 2015

This issue features “This Girl Can” campaign and other news stories. Click the following link to read all the latest news http://sportscoachuk.co.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?P921745298275739378416216404210  

Sports Coach UK

11th November 2014

Well worth signing up for their newsletter as lots of up-to-date coaching advise.  Free newsletter but also lots of other benefits for different membership levels including access to their superb range of professional development courses.  

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Information + Communication = Better Coaching

3rd January 2013

Information + Communication = Better Coachingby Ian Goodhew  ABCC Senior Coach Riders come to coaches to know how to get better results, not loads of theory. What we have to do is learn to communicate: more, skilfully, often, and better. … Read More »

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Haematocrit: data from an exercise physiology lab and what they mean for our sport

28th November 2012

Haematocrit:  data from an exercise physiology lab and what they mean for our sportby Nick Marshall  Lecturer and Sports Scientist South Bank University, London What is it? What are the natural levels? Is it naturally high in top athletes? Can … Read More »

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Sean Yates On Cycling

28th November 2012

Sean Yates On Cycling In November 1999 Sean Yates was the star guest at the ABCC’s annual Coaches’ Conference, Pedal Power. He was interviewed by ABCC Senior Coach Bob Hayward, and then answered questions. This ABCC Online book is a … Read More »

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Core temperature and fatigue

28th November 2012

Core temperature and fatigueby Nick Marshall  Lecturer and Sports Scientist South Bank University, LondonWhen we get hot and tired we think that it’s our muscles that are suffering but it may be that the real reason lies elsewhere.     … Read More »

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What Every Parent Should Remember About Sport

28th November 2012

What Every Parent Should Remember About Sportby P Fitzsimons  Sports Reporter Sydney Morning Herald   There is a madness in the air. On one field, schoolboys are going at each other like drunken sailors in a Marseilles dockyard brawl; on … Read More »

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Counting the Cost

28th November 2012

Counting the Costby Ron Hunt  Proud Grandparent   It’s that time of the year. Mid-January. The phone rings and the mouth goes dry. There is a sick feeling in the pit of the stomach. Your accountant is seeking a meeting … Read More »

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The Evolution of Cycling in Britain

28th November 2012

The Evolution of Cycling in Britainby Malcolm Firth  ABCC Senior Coach   In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais from the Duchy of Baden in Central Germany invented the Laufmaschine (running machine) which later became known as the Draisienne. This early … Read More »


Health and Nutrition


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How Running and Walking Affect Cycling

28th November 2012

How Running and Walking Affect Cyclingby Bob Hayward  ABCC Senior Coach and  Jo Tym  Physiotherapist, and ABCC Coach   If you’re having problems with your knees and back then it’s natural to look for the solution somewhere on your bike … Read More »

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Maximising Your Immune System and Preventing Infections

28th November 2012

Maximising Your Immune System and Preventing Infections by Professor Michael Gleeson Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences University of Birmingham, UK (now at University of Loughborough) From Cycle Coaching magazine, #4, 2000. Introduction Athletes engaged in heavy training programmes, particularly those … Read More »


Training and Competition


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An Interval Training Method for Racing Cyclists

28th November 2012

An Interval Training Method for Racing Cyclists by Malcolm Firth  ABCC Senior Coach and is based on data collected in 1972. Nevertheless, the concepts of progressive overload and the specificity of training are still valid today, as is the training … Read More »

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Training on a Dailey Basis

28th November 2012

Training on a Dailey Basis by Doug Dailey  British Cycling World Class Performance Program Former National Coach Doug Dailey’s three-year case study of one rider serves as a useful model of phased training.  The Kingcycle and the BCF Ramp Test … Read More »

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Arousal and Anxiety

28th November 2012

Arousal and Anxiety by Ramin Minovi  ABCC Coach Introduction  There have been greater riders, but there has been no greater champion than Louison Bobet, winner of three consecutive Tours, of half-a-dozen classics, national championship, and a world title. From his … Read More »

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Working on your sprint

28th November 2012

Working on your sprint by Ramin Minovi  ABCC Coach A century of competition has shown us that a finishing sprint is an invaluable asset for a roadman. While it’s no good having a terrific sprint if you’re never there at … Read More »

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A look at Time Trial Pacing Strategy

28th November 2012

A Look At Time Trial Pacing Strategyby Malcolm Firth  ABCC Senior Coach   Introduction  One thing I often notice when I go to ten miles time trials is that many riders set off too fast, and by the end of … Read More »

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Be Very Afraid

28th November 2012

Be Very Afraid   by Roger Iddles  Stourbridge Cycling ClubAt 57 Roger Iddles is knocking out 19-minute ten mile time trials and 50-minute 25s. We asked him for the training routines he describes as distressing and frightening. Enjoy.   Normally … Read More »

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If it works, do it

28th November 2012

If it works, do itby Bob Hayward  ABCC Senior Coach Here in the UK most “hands-on” coaches are essentially amateurs. A few ideas on how they might operate. From Cycle Coaching magazine, #2, 2000.       The training schedules of professional … Read More »

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Using Power Measuring Cranks

28th November 2012

Using Power Measuring Cranks by Richard Hanson  Ross-shire Racing Cycling Club This article was first published in Cycle Coaching #2, 2001. Most of the research with SRM Power Cranks has been conducted by sports scientists. Richard Hanson used them for … Read More »

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Pace Judgement in Time Trials

28th November 2012

Pace Judgement in Time Trialsby Kris Tilford  Racing Cyclist from Topeka, Kansas, USA   Malcolm Firth’s  10 mile TT pacing suggestions  agree with my thinking very much. I arrived at my conclusions over a lifetime of poor time trial riding (and a wish to improve), … Read More »

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How to Use Your Turbo Trainer

28th November 2012

How to Use Your Turbo Trainer by Malcolm Firth  ABCC Senior Coach Introduction  Midweek quality training needs to be done during the winter months if you want the standard of your racing to improve each year, and the ideal place … Read More »

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High Performance Interval Training

28th November 2012

High Performance Interval Trainingby Dr. Gordon Wright  ABCC Senior Coach     Introduction During the 2001 season Stuart Dangerfield broke Graham O’Bree’s 11-year-old 10 miles time trial Competition Record when he turned in an 18 mins 19 secs ride on … Read More »

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Training with Power

28th November 2012

Training with Power by Richard Stern  BSc(Hons)  ABCC Coach   Introduction  With the advent of bicycle-based power-meters such as Graber’s Power Tap power-measuring hub (UK price approx £750), or SRM’s power-measuring cranks (UK price from approx £1200), coaches and athletes are now … Read More »

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Drugs and the Tour de France

28th November 2012

Drugs and the Tour de France by Ramin Minovi   Prologue In 1998, while the Prologue stage of the Tour de France was being run off in Dublin, an apparently trivial incident occurred at the French-Belgian border which exposed the … Read More »

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How To Set Up Your Road Bike

28th November 2012

How To Set Up Your Road Bike by Malcolm Firth ABCC Senior Coach   This article is based on a similar article published in “ Coaching News in 1990. Getting the correct frame size In order to make effective use of your … Read More »

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How To Ride A 12 Hour Time Trial

28th November 2012

How To Ride A 12 Hour Time Trialby Malcolm Firth  ABCC Senior Coach   Introduction  Before I started coaching in 1968 I rode in about eight 12hr time trials and since then I have looked after numerous riders of all … Read More »

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Tactics in Road Racing

28th November 2012

Tactics in Road Racing by Ramin Minovi Winner of five Veterans’ National road race titles and 85 LVRC   How do you win a road race? ‘How do you win a road race?’ asks an inexperienced reader. I think I … Read More »