Get RCA Assessed

With the Road Cycling Academy

Cycling is a unique physical discipline. Especially when we compare it to other sports, such as swimming, football, tennis, a triathlon club, etc. Within those sporting environments you’ll typically have a coach assess you, before guiding you to the right path. That ‘right path’ being – a relevant grade, class, piece of equipment, or style of training. In other words, an experienced person will set you up for success.

With cycling, however, the vast majority of us will buy a road bike and start riding on the road. For most, there’s often little to no direction nor advice from a coach. External to listening to friends or finding information online, you’re pretty much on your own.

So it’s a legacy cycling culture – here at the RCA – we’re trying to change. Because it doesn’t have to be that way!

What is Get RCA Assessed?

  1. 45 min consultation with an RCA coach 
  2. Test FTP & establish your power zones
  3. Identify your base training sweet spot
  4. Test your base / aerobic fitness
  5. Make a formal recommendation

What do you need for assessment?

  1. In good health 
  2. A road bike
  3. A power meter
  4. A heart rate monitor
  5. Smart or bumb indoor trainer 

The RCA’s formal recommendation – that will be sent via email after the final test – will include a synopsis of your current fitness levels and a zone specific summary of what type of training we feel you should focus on over the next 8-12 weeks. The recommendation is not a specific day by day nor week by week training plan. Moreso, professional advice on where to focus on now, across your available training time. 

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Your RCA Coaches

Cam Nicholls Coaching RCA

Cam Nicholls

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Cycling Australia Level 1 Road & Track Coach
  • ASCA Cycling Strength & Conditioning Coach (current study)

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY 

The key to my approach is ensuring we’re blending the rides you enjoy doing, with a structured approach. I typically like to work a two to one ratio, where we work 2 weeks hard, and one week easy. This approach ensures you get the most out of your high intensity training, and allows good rest and recovery periods, to properly absorb fitness adaptations.

Danny Roberts-Clarke

Danny Roberts-Clarke

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • B App.Sci (Exercise Physiology) and B App.Sci.Hons (Health Sciences)
  • Cycling Australia Level 1 Road & Track Coach

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY 

I’ve long had a passion for science based, individualised coaching. The cookie cutter approach has never sat well with me, which is why I’m stoked to be working with RCA to help riders find what works for them and to really understand the principles of training. Beyond the science and numbers though, cycling is supposed to be fun… so you’re as likely to find me ripping a muddy berm on the mountain bike as hurting on the turbo trainer.

RCA Coach Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Cycling Australia Level 1 Road & Track Coach
  • Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education (Hons) 

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY 

Studying human physiology has really helped me to understand what needs to be done to reach goals that any athlete may have. Specifically, the impact that nutrition and a positive mindset has on how cyclists perform on the bike. My passion is to provide holistic coaching that is individualised to each cyclist and their circumstances. I am a very passionate competitive cyclist myself and know what it takes to achieve goals on the bike. I am also a big supporter of doing what makes you happy and I endeavour to create this environment with every athlete I coach.