The South West Academy of Sport Cycling Program, proudly supported by AusCycling and Royal Bikes, is part of the developmental pathway for the best cycling athletes in South West Victoria.
Under the guidance of junior state coach, Kerry King, SWAS athletes receive one-on-one support over 15 individualised sessions, as well as additional group sessions across locations including Warrnambool, the Grampians and Mount Buninyong.
Dr. Kerry King
The overarching objective of the SWAS Cycling Program is to implement a program which takes a holistic approach to an athlete’s development.
From a coaching perspective, the program provides a series of “Training workshops” which focus on skill development. The training workshops cover drills and activities as determined by the coach, based on athlete needs. Athletes are also provided with a personalised riding program developed by head coach Kerry King via the online Training Peaks program over 15 weeks. The cycling program’s approach to coaching provision is “to provide athletes with the opportunity to develop and improve skills/knowledge/approaches/attitudes in their cycling”.
With an athlete-centred approach, the cycling program provides a structure that integrates the physical, technical and mental aspects of cycling. To this end, the program delivers a series of off-course activities around personal excellence and athlete education.
The 2022 program has been made to align with the change in seasons – Road & Track, and club activity/operation, and is coordinated by SWAS Coach, Kerry King. The practical cycling components are delivered in consideration of racing calendars and the core elements of SWAS, being strength & conditioning, athlete education and personal excellence.
All riders need to meet the following selection criteria:
Be a member of an AusCycling affiliated club in the South West
Have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
Are racing in the Victorian Junior Road Series or have reached a satisfactory standard of performance based on current rankings at local races and regional events.
A desire to progress further along the junior pathway and eventually progress their own Cycling and/or progress to the development team.
Benefits to athletes:
Multiple training workshops with head coach Kerry King
Riding program designed and tracked through Training Peaks Pro an online Cycling training program
Up to 15 hours of personal coaching (additional sessions at discounted cost to athletes)
Musculoskeletal screening – conducted by qualified Exercise Physiologists to guide S&C programming and sports specific training
Access to strength and conditioning sessions in a facility in the athlete’s shire over the course of the program.
Education sessions delivered by industry professionals- including injury prevention, recovery, nutrition, sports psychology and much more
Skill development and planning with accredited coaches
Sports science fitness testing used to inform S&C and sports specific training over the course of the program
SWAS will support state and national athletes for travel and accommodation subject to funding from the Victorian Government Pathway Travel Grant
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