Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How to be a Cycling Coach in Australia

It is great when to know how the coaches produced by one of the great cycling country in the world, Australia. Malaysian cycling now days appoint John Beasley and Graham Seers both who are an Aussie to bring a light and hope for Malaysian cycling team. Plus there are a tonne of qualified coaches in Australia, served from a local bike shop teams, regional teams, professional teams and their national team.

But how their authorized bodies can produce a huge number of qualified coaches and these coaches can produce a massive number of cyclist and a dozens of superstars? Let me share with you the program behind this phenomena. As a reader, we just start to compare how Malaysian authorized bodies, organize their budget, human capitals and resources in organizing a Coaching Courses.

Cycling Australia, in conjunction with BMX Australia and MTB Australia, is the recognised National Sporting Organisation and peak body for the competitive cycling disciplines of road, track, BMX and mountain bike within Australia, and coaching forms an integral part of all the disciplines. Cycling Australia's Coach Education Program aims to educate, assist and develop coaches at all levels in all disciplines so that they can fully support the nurturing and development of their cyclists.

Cycling Australia conducts four levels of coach education courses. The coaching courses that form the four levels are delivered under the strict guidelines of the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), a program of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) that is managed by the ASC's Coaching and Officiating Unit. All accredited Cycling Australia cycling coaches are recognised as having met the standards under the NCAS, which are recognised by the Commonwealth and State / Territory governments and International Cycling Union (UCI).

NCAS CycleSkill Coach Training Program
The CycleSkill course is specifically targeted at the coach who aims to assist novice cyclists in the areas of bicycle skills, road worthiness, the correct choice and fitting of cycling equipment and optimising bicycle set-up using existing equipment. The course duration is one day and is delivered by each State/Territory cycling organisation.

NCAS Level 1 Road & Track Cycling Coach Training Program
The Level 1 Road & Track coaching course is for the coach who assists club and state level cyclists to develop their fitness and hone their racing skills for road and track riding. This course addresses fitness, bike set-up, skill development, nutrition, physiology, psychology, basic periodisation, strength and conditioning, and an understanding of drugs in sport. The course is two full days. Note: Level 1 Coaching Courses are delivered by each State/Territory cycling organisation. CycleSkill coach accreditation is a pre-requisite for attendance at Level 1 courses.

NCAS Level 1 BMX Coach Training Program
The Level 1 BMX is a Training Program aimed at coaches who want to assist club level and state/territory championship level BMX riders to develop BMX skills, riding fitness and basic racing skills. The training program addresses basic coaching and BMX techniques, and will allow coaches to nurture and develop BMX riders. The accreditation allows you to independently plan and evaluate BMX training for BMX riders.
The work of coaches at this level will be vital in supporting developing riders and enhancing the performance of existing riders.

NCAS Level 1 MTB Coach Training Program
The Level 1 MTB is a training program for the coach who assists club and state championships level MTB cyclists to develop their fitness and hone their racing skills. This training program addresses basic level long-term planning and evaluation of training for MTB riders, group management, organisation and communication, MTB bike set-up and maintenance, MTB rules and event descriptions, MTB cycling skill development, physical conditioning, sport science, anti-doping, and inclusive coaching.

NCAS Level 2 Road & Track Cycling Coach Training Program
The Level 2 coaching course is aimed at the coach who works with elite athletes competing in National Championships. In particular, this course provides the underpinning knowledge for coaching an emerging elite young athlete who seeks to represent Australia at Junior or Under-23 international events. The course provides in-depth information on physiology and physiological assessment, performance monitoring and assessment, sports psychology in cycling, advanced racing skills and race preparation, and recovery and crisis management of the injured cyclist. The Level 2 course is delivered over six days.

NCAS Level 3 Cycling Coach Training Program
The Level 3 is an advanced coaching course for the coach who seeks coaching as a profession at High Performance level and aims to coach international Elite cyclists in major championships. Level 3 coach candidates are mentored by a State Institute or Academy of Sport (SIS/SAS) Cycling Program Head Coach and/or a National Team Program Coach and generally work on a full- or part-time basis in a SIS/SAS Cycling Program or the National Talent Identification and Development cycling programs.

As a bottom line, if we want to achieve like an Aussie, we must start to copy or implement an extra elements to suit our culture in Malaysia. Are you ready to be the next generation coach?

"Hanya Jauhari Mengenal Manikam"


  1. Salam,

    Informasi yang baik dan itu lah jika hendak di bandingkan level coaching berbasikal negara kita. kualiti perlu di utamakan serta pengalaman.

    Lumba basikal Malaysia, Malaysia Boleh

    Fairoz Izni

  2. I'm a triathlete and i speak more from that viewpoint than as a swimmer, a cyclist or a runner.

    The biggest difference between Malaysia and the UK, or Australia is the lack of a club structure. In the UK there are hundreds of small clubs, each having a need for coaching to improve the skill of its members. The coaches ard usually older athletes who transfer their desire to win, into the desire for younger athletes to win. Volunteers usually.

    I'm not familiar with PCC but I do know that Pacemakers is a monster. A running club with 6000 members! Runners thrive on competition as do cyclists. Club vs club competition is a key driver for producing coaches. We need more small clubs - 50 to a 100 members. Lots of small competitions - weekly timetrials with the prize being kudos and none of these big bribes to enter.

    Malaysia needs clubs - for cyclists, for runners, for triathletes because small clubs are the core of creating a competitive environment that allows an individual to transcend their own limitations and achieve their potential. Clubs provide a framweork and a wealth of knowledge that nurtures and grows coaches. And clubs eventually allow nations to grow their sporting talent anf take their deserved place on the world stage.


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