Head Coach Nick wins State XC Mountain Bike Championships!

This past weekend, Head Coach Nick raced the Crafts and Cranks/California State Championships Mountain Bike Cross Country up in Big Bear.  This event had been one of three “A” races Nick had picked out at the beginning of the season.  He duly took the “W” and with it the State Champions jersey!

2018 CA State Champ Jersey

Speaking afterwards he said “I learned a lot from the last round of the Gold State series  that I raced here a few weeks back where I got passed and beaten into second in the last half mile;  I wasn’t going to make that mistake again.  Training has gone really well leading up to the event, I tapered well and came in feeling fresh and ready to go.  I’m absolutely stoked to win the Bear Jersey and will wear it with pride!”

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Attack Position

If you ride on road, you’ll probably never have heard of this one, but for cross riders and mountain bikers the attack position is the key position on the bike required when you tackle trail obstacles.

Here’s an example from cyclocross

Turley Trot 2015

Here’s an example from mountain bike

Big Bear 2018

What MTB should I chose?

I was recently asked this question by a rider who hasn’t ridden mountain bikes before.  Knowing the athlete’s background in road and cyclocross racing, plus the terrain around where he lives, I initially responded either a 100mm travel hard tail or XC bike.  He came back to me saying, so why is the industry telling me to buy a 130mm travel full suspension trail bike then?

This got me thinking and I clarified my response – look at what the people you are going to ride with are riding.  Base your selection on that.  All MTB’s are a compromise and there is no point having a big bike if you are riding with XC types, likewise no point in having a xc bike if you’re riding with enduro types – you’ll be spending a lot of time by yourself and one of the best things about mountain biking (and cycling in general) is the camaraderie of the shared experience.

Coaching Services

Background

Racing friends round the block when a kid ignited a lifelong love of all things cycling for me. After joining my local cycling club, I raced on the road before my racing career was cut short by health issues. I gave up competitive cycling for a while, but continued to ride to a high level and when the newly invented sport of mountain biking came along, I quickly transferred over to riding on the dirt, travelling far and wide in search of the perfect trail.

Since becoming a family man, I returned to racing road bikes, and following a move to the Pasadena area, I took advantage of the mild, dry winters to race cyclocross.

I’m passionate about the sport of cycling and share that passion with others through being a Certified USAC Cycling Coach and Vice President and Race Director of PAA Cycling Club.

Services

I offer the following services:

Individual Coaching

I offer individual coaching for riders on a month to month basis.  Riders can chose from one of two levels of coach/athlete interaction or I can develop a custom plan just for you. I work with athletes using both power and heart rate using a variety of tools including Training Peaks and Strava.

Group Training

I specialize in group training of riders for road, cyclocross or mountain biking.  I’ve worked with groups of up to 40 riders but I have found 8-15 tends to work best.  I have a repository of sessions that can be run “as is” or sessions can be tailor made to meet the specific needs of the group.  Sessions can be skills based or fitness (workout) based or a combination of both.  A few examples of sessions run previously include:

  • Group riding
  • Pacelines
  • Sprinting
  • Threshold tests
  • Time trial training
  • Race simulations
  • Barriers (cyclocross)
  • Drop off’s (mountain bike)
  • Line choice (cyclocross/mountain)
  • Cornering (road/mountain/cross)

This is not an exhaustive list, but just a few of the sessions I have run.  Video analysis can be used to augment on the bike sessions.

Goal Focused Coaching

In addition to individual one to one monthly training programs for individual clients, I also offer short term plans for a specific goal or event.  I also offer individual sessions to review/work on specific aspects a rider feels they need help with.

Examples include:

  • Specific workouts aimed at improving key areas.
  • Specific technical skills training.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Mental skills training.
  • Nutrition.
  • Bike Fit.
  • Shoe/Cleat fitting/set up.

Other Information

In addition to USAC Coaching certification I have continuing education credits in the following areas:

  • Environmental physiology
  • Beginner racer training
  • Mental training
  • Season planning and peaking
  • Cyclocross training
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Training and racing with power

Nick Humby, 2016