BACK TO THE UCI

UCI headquarters Aigle SwitzerlandWelcome back to the Union Cycliste Internationale!!

The UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle Switzerland is the training centre for elite athletes and coaches from around the world.

In 2014 after coaching the Australian Cyclocross and Australian Junior XCO development teams in Europe Greg Founder of Halkswood Training Systems trained at the UCI headquarters gaining Level 2 Mountain Bike coaching qualifications. Upon returning from Switzerland Greg continued to implement the Mountain Bike Australia junior development program at National and State based camps from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and Bright Chalet in Victoria.

The training provided by the UCI has enabled Greg to develop coaching strategies and philosophies to build athletes to become peak international performers.

Never resting, Greg has continued by working hard to establish links to develop coach education across Australia and Asia. Delivering level 1 mountain bike coach and level 0 mountain bike skills coach programs feeds Greg’s goals of life long learning and best practice.

This leaves no doubt as to Greg’s commitment to athlete and coach development which makes no surprise that Greg is off to Switzerland again recommended by Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia to study the final and highest qualification of UCI Level 3 Cycling Coach.

HALKSWOOD IN SHANGHAI

The late nights of Exercise and Sports Science university studies gave way for work in China during April May with Halkswood Training Systems expanding into the Australasian sector. We have been diligently working toward establishing lab testing for our China based athletes.

An exciting opportunity to develop a working relationship with Shanghai based cycle studio “Spinback Indoor Cycling” resulted in our first offshore test centre.

Spinback the first cycle studio in Shanghai is ranked in the top 5 luxe studios in the world for indoor cycling and sets an exciting environment for our athletes.

Halkswood has developed “Ergo(R) a program platform of indoor sessions to provide the perfect opportunity for athletes to train indoors with specific training goals in mind and Halkswood Ergo coaches Greg and Mark worked flat out educating new Ergo Coaches in the Halkswood Philosophy of training “4 Sided Pyramid(TM)”. Education sessions on ERGOREC(TM), ERGOPOWER(TM) and ERGOSPLOSIVE(TM) were delivered with great results.

This is a new way forward for working with athletes during the harsh winter months and the humid spring and summer months in one of the worlds largest cities.

Keep an eye out for Ergo(R) as we roll it out internationally for our growing number of international athletes as well as our Australian base.

If you are interested in more information on how to access our programming talk to one of our coaches or contact via halkswoodtrainingsystems@outlook.com

 

Jessica Douglas wins Australian 24 hr MTB Championships

Last weekend the culmination of 12 weeks of planning and training finally paid off for Halkswood Training Systems athlete Jess Douglas.
In a late plan with a quick meeting and physiology testing session we were able to assess the possibility of Jess winning another title to bring her wins up to 3 at Aust Champs to go with her 3 world champs wins.

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Jess needed a new approach to raise the bar on her rivals and the goal of increasing the laps over 24 hrs from 28 to 30 certainly provided a challenge for the team.
We first needed to check that Jess would be able to produce the goods required to attain the goal and then develop a strategy to keep Jess focused on that goal. That meant keeping a cap on the desire to just ride, to make each session meaningful, to keep the ooogly booogley’s at bay and ensure that the vegan diet would support her workloads.

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It was at the Victorian Cyclocross Championships  where Halkswood were supporting our athletes Teagan Atherstone (pictured above) and Ben Walkerden to their State gold medals that we chatted about the 24 hr plan and Jess’s CX bike has played a huge role and had a hammering with distance rides and comfy recovery rides.
Testing and retesting. MTB night rides at the You Yangs near Geelong and countless ergos to build a faster stronger Jess.
Well, it at paid off last weekend with Jess not only achieving her goal of 30 laps, the laps were completed in 23 hrs which meant that there were 2 more as a potential. Fortunately Jess had lapped 2nd place twice which meant that she had 2 laps up her sleeve at 23 hrs. No brainer really…..call it a day and leave possibility in the bag for next year. Supported by husband Norm in the pits as before, Jess had nothing to worry about when it came to feeding, bike and lights.

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It has been a great pleasure to work with the Douglas Bus and we look forward to continuing the support. Much much more to come

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Halkswood Training Systems athletes eat gravity for breakfast

Halkswood riders Tom Snowdon and Jasper Albrecht took on the states best gravity riders at Alpine Gravity’s first round of the 2015/16 Alpine Gravity Enduro series.

Tom an already seasoned enduro rider is going through the process of rider to athlete transformation and now is starting to enjoy the benefit of targeted training. So Tom, welcome to the top step!

Jasper, one of our Envieux Norco team members thought it might be great to ride a bit of enduro for cross training and a skills sharpener. 5th place on a borrowed bike is a pretty good entrance to the sport.

Well done lads! Onward and upward with the 4 sided pyramid.

Jas on the wall from Bendigo 6. Photo by Open Shutter Photography.
Jas on the wall from Bendigo 6. Photo by Open Shutter Photography.
Tom centre "Train hard to get lucky"
Tom centre “Train hard to get lucky”

Halkswood athletes in control

Teagan Atherstone and Josh Sullivan have won the female and men RAMBO finals at Albury today finishing the series off in 1st place Female and 1st place Male overall. Fantastic commitment by the super quick duo and their parents over the season. Halkswood Training Systems are excited to be heading into the 2015/16 Mountain Bike Australia National XCO series with Teagan and Josh both ready to move toward the top step.

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Teagan and Josh

4 sided pyramid driving success.

Studies and National Champions

A busy August with Ben Walkerden leaping his way up the hill at Fields of Joy National Cyclocross Championships and Halkswood head coach completing a small biomechanics research project on pumping for speed. In similar style to his State Championship win Ben rode off the front of the race leaving the competition to think about second place. A convincing win for Ben and a perfect lead up to the question of 2016 World Championships in Zolder, Belgium. For Greg, a vice chancellor letter of commendation for the research project! Wow! What now? Planning is underway for the lead into world championship with many race options available. Ben had committed himself to winning the National Championships and left no stone unturned. Halkswood Training Systems  developed the coaching product of the trademark “4 Sided Pyramid” which was instrumental in the successful planning for this National Championship medal and also left no stone unturned. Of course Ben’s commitment makes success appear easy. However, learning about himself and what he could achieve with new found self belief and strategic training made a significant difference for Ben. Well done! Well deserved! You are a champion!

Golden smile for Ben Walkerden
Golden smile for Ben Walkerden
Ben Walkerden your new mens 19 National Champion
Ben Walkerden your new mens 19 National Champion

Josh Sullivan grips RAMBO in a headlock

Josh Sullivan backs up his great result in the Victorian JM 19 ITT with a win in the 4th round of the RAMBO series. All smiles and very excited to get this weeks racing in the bag after digging deep in the weeks of lead up training for the ITT yesterday. Hard work makes us lucky! Well done yet again Josh!! MUDPACK SUNDAY

(photos Richard Smyth)

Grinner
Grinner
Wet conditions suit talented Halkswood rider Josh
Wet conditions suit talented Halkswood rider Josh

Vicrorian Junior Road ITT Championships

Alex Little focused
Alex Little focused
Abby keeping cool on the start.
Abby keeping cool on the start.

Halkswood athletes Alex Little, Abby Gray and Josh Sullivan rode in super wet conditions at the Vic Road ITT champs today. Rained all day and wasn’t ideal however at least it was consistent. Everyone got wet!

Really happy with the results of riders not wanting to get passed by anyone. Great approach to a hard day. Not to mention that Josh rode into 9th place on a standard road bikeand Abby coming in 5th with a less than  ideal warm up. Make some mistakes and learn. Experience is the best way to gaining knowledge according to Mr Einstein. Alex Little having only teamed with Halkswood in the last 2 weeks kicked his first goal and is set to bring on summer in a whole new way. Happy as.

First Time Time Trial for Josh
First Time Time Trial for Josh

Teagan wins her first Victorian Cyclocross Championship

Berms? No problem for Teagan
Berms? No problem for Teagan

Teagan Atherstone Victorian proudly wearing the gold medal as the 2015 J17 Champion. This is the result of a massive commitment by Teagan with XC ski team state XC running championships and now State CX championships. With National XCO MTB series coming on soon Teagan looks set to have a perfect year ahead. Well done on your achievements Teagan.

Winning and grinning
Winning and grinning

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