The value of a coach to your own progress should never be underestimated and anybody wanting to get the best return on the time they invest in their sport will find no other service or product that brings them a faster improvement. The services of a good cycle coach for a whole year costs less than a good set of race wheels and in my experience the benefits to a rider's performance are always a lot greater.
Rob coaches athletes who invest in their own performance by owning and using a powermeter. In some cases, a heartrate monitor is sufficient although unlikely to yield the same performance gains as when training with power. All performance coached athlete programs include a TrainingPeaks account from which training plans are set and recorded.
Rob raced as an elite category cross country mountain bike athlete throughout the late 90s (ranked No.10 in the UK in 1998) before making a successful transition to solo endurance racing in 2003. He went on to become one of most successful and influential solo endurance racers in the UK. After accumulating an extensive collection of victories in big races in the UK, Europe and Canada, including a Masters 24 hour Solo World Championships title in 2005, he then progressed onto long-distance challenges. Rob was the first rider to complete the infamous South Downs Double unsupported. His palmarès includes victories in road racing, time trial, off-road duathlon, mountain bike cross country, cyclo-cross and mountain bike marathon. In 2013 Rob was inducted into the UK mountain biking Hall of Fame.
Rob started his coaching journey in 1995 as a volunteer skills instructor for West Thames Division of the British Cycling Federation. As his racing progressed other athletes started to seek his advice and he was soon helping others improve their performance. Over the next 20 years Rob has been prolific with his coaching and mentoring activities in many sectors of the cycling industry.
Full CV is available here [PDF]
In addition to performance coaching, Rob is recognised as one the the UK's top bike fitters and works in collaboration with Simon Smart at Drag2Zero, World leaders in cycling aerodynamics. By combining experience in aerodynamics and biomechanics, their Aero Fit packages deliver the elusive balance between optimum power, comfort and aerodynamics, allowing athletes to further enhance their cycling performance. More information is available here [PDF]
"Rob has helped me since the middle of 2015, where he brought me back from the brink of over-training and a poor start to having one of my strongest seasons so far, including two championships and a string of race wins towards the end of the season. Since then his structured approach, sound advice in all aspects and gentle persuasion have helped me to become a better all-round athlete as well as a better mountain biker." - Warren (Sweden)
"Since we have been working together I have regained belief and become more confident in my ability as a competitive cyclist. The coaching has set me on a structured path to achieving my goals." - Stuart (UK)
"RL Performance has taken me from a weekend warrior to fully understanding how to train properly, race and recover. I've seen massive changes both physically and mentally. It's not about the latest bit of shinny new kit that promises to make you faster, it's about putting the work in and listening to someone who has been there and understands how to train and race. It's tough at times but Rob is always there for support. The training calendar works perfectly with my busy lifestyle: Juggling Family, business and general life." - Simon (UK)
"Since I have been working with Rob I have found motivation, friendship and support in his coaching programme. This has led to a vast improvement in my own performance where I feel I am now meeting my potential compared with where I was 2 years ago before I started with him. I am now at a point where my personal results are improving all the time." - Jonney (UK)
"I'm much stronger, I am much faster and, above all, I can drive fast much longer than before. I'm super happy that I got in contact with Rob. Before I contact, it was not fun to train hard, I saw no results. Now I make progress and we see it on the tests and that motivates me. In the future I want to meet my coach. Maybe come to England for a race." - Tobias (Sweden)
RL PERFORMANCE is based in Somerset in the South West. You do not need to be local to benefit from coaching by Rob, however, power testing and skills tuition are usually run from our Somerset base.
For all enquiries please contact Rob: 07854 416661 | firstname.lastname@example.org