About the Coaches…
Talking about ourselves and our experience is not something we find easy or comfortable. Blowing our own trumpet does not sit easily, however that aside, if you are going to sign up with a coach you probably want to know a bit about the person you are entrusting with your training. So here goes…..
Our Coaching Philosophy
Our coaching is athlete centred and driven by both development and performance. We believe that, with a good coaching structure, it is possible for everybody to reach their individual potential and have great experiences along the way. In order to do this we feel it is essential to focus on all components of performance; physical, psychological, technical and tactical.
We feel it is important to consider the individual needs of the rider and seek ongoing input from them in order to ensure both rider and coach are aligned. We encourage an open and honest relationship and believe effective communication between the rider and coach is vital to the development of the rider. We aim to not only coach, but also educate the rider in order for them to become independent.
We bring our own years of experience from many areas of the sport to our coaching. Underpinning these are sound coaching principles, current exercise science and best practice guidelines. We strongly believe in fair sport and anti doping.
We strive to develop and improve our coaching through continuing professional development. If we don’t know something we will either find out or seek expertise from another professional such as physiotherapists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches.
Paul Bennett – PB Performance Coach and Owner
Paul Bennett has a wealth of experience and qualifications in cycling. Having raced in many facets of the sport himself; as a first category road rider and also in the spheres of MTB, cyclo-cross, time trial and track, Paul brings racing craft and experience to his vast array of formal qualifications.
It is this vast and broad personal experience, which allows Paul to relate to and empathise with those he coaches. In addition to his cycle race experience, Paul has also taken part in sportive events such as the Etape du Tour and competed in triathlon; this was undertaken to understand first hand the demands of this multi-event sport.
Paul has completed British Cycling coaching qualifications up to level 3 and has a range of discipline specific qualifications and CPD including track, cyclo-cross, time-trial, road and MTB. Paul also has extensive experience working with power meters and data.
Alongside his own experience and his qualifications, Paul has more recently put all these skills into practice having been employed as a full time cycling coach in a secondary school. Paul developed a cycling pathway, which was well integrated into the school and in which many students participated. As part of this role, Paul led regular experience trips for students including Dalby Forest mountain bike weekends, the Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge and a five day experience to Girona, Spain where riders experienced challenging road and mountain bike rides.
Paul’s coaching experience has been particularly hands on in recent years and his passion for developing skills in a practical sense is clear to see. Working with riders to discuss race scenarios and ensure that they are as tactically astute as possible is a real focus.
During recent seasons, Paul has enjoyed a support role with a number of elite road teams, namely BH Solidor and Easton Ritte. Experiencing some of the races within these set-ups was interesting and allowed Paul to further develop his skills as a coach and team manager. Supporting at races such as the UCI Cicle Classic, Ras Mumhan stage race, Stafford GP and rounds of the Tour Series all add to the wealth of experience.
Louise Bennett – Coach, Mentor and Massage Therapist
Louise Bennett is a qualified triathlon coach, sports massage therapist and a keen amateur triathlete herself. Louise has represented Great Britain in both duathlon and triathlon age group teams on many occasions in both European and World Championship events. Her fourth place in the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in Pontevedra in 2011 is a highlight. Before moving to triathlon, Louise competed in cycling both on the road and in time trial where she finished third overall in the CTT classic national series.
Louise is a British Triathlon qualified coach and has also undertaken additional CPD in sports nutrition. Her own training and racing experience, alongside the coaching skills she developed professionally, make her well placed to understand athletes’ mindsets and help them succeed.
Louise is passionate about sport and supporting others to achieve their potential. After working in secondary education for 18 years, most recently as a Principal, Louise took a career change and trained as a sports massage therapist and triathlon coach; something in which she has always had an interest. In education, Louise’s focus was developing and supporting students and staff to be the best they could be; now she is bringing these skills to coaching and mentoring in sport.
Louise supports cyclists, triathletes and runners so they can make the most of their training and helps them prepare for their racing. From road racing cyclists to ironman triathletes and ultra-runners, everyone has their own challenge and Louise relishes the opportunity to help them achieve their full potential.
Within Team PB Performance, it is Louise who is always there to pin on the numbers, hand up a bottle, loosen the legs off and put riders back together when things may not have gone as well as they hoped. Maybe, she is what can be described as the ‘glue’ of the team! Her motto has always been “it’s not what you do, it’s not what you say, it’s how you make people feel’.
We can honestly say we have experienced the excitement, disappointment, setbacks, suffering, exhaustion, successes, banter and fun that the emotional roller coaster of sport can bring; this, we hope, helps us fully understand the athletes we work with.