Kevin Poulton, coach to some of the best cyclists in the world including Caleb Ewan, Alex Dowsett and Matthew Hayman has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Lucky for other coaches, he’s a total open book and more than happy to share his learnings and insight into the sport with anyone who cares to listen. Listen as Dirk and Kevin talk heat adaptation, carbohydrate manipulation and making serious VO2 gains from adherence to specific indoor trainer sessions.
“If you’re asking someone to go ride 7 hours, you’ve gotta have a good reason behind that.”
“When a rider does well in a race, the Director Sportif [says] fantastic work from him, [I’m] very happy. When the rider doesn’t do well [they go] straight to the coach, ‘What went wrong today?’So, we’re always accountable.”
“It’s about having that connection with the athlete to go and do what you’ve asked them to do and give them a reason to do it to the best of their ability. That’s the coaching art.”
“For a sprinter, we will obviously want all that glycogen for the finale over the climbs and that final sprint…so we wanted to make him efficient, but also gain endurance. And this is where the double day sessions and the indoor sessions provided that benefit.”