Cycling Performance Club: Simon Jones- Coaching, science, and a post-marginal gains world

Semi-Pro Cycling

01-02-2022 • 1 hr 33 mins

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This week it’s a meander through some performance-related topics like coaching, marginal gains, performance teams, training load, and more with Simon Jones. Don’t know who that is - I’m sure if you’ve been a fan of cycling for any time, you know a rider or a team he’s worked with - with a performance career in cycling for over 25 years there isn’t much he hasn’t done.

And I will jump in with a few of his roles in high-performance in a moment but one thing that was nice about talking to Simon was when you have someone that has been around for so long (sorry if that makes you sound old Simon). But when you’re around long enough, you’ve seen many things come and go - so it was nice to hear what he prioritizes in coaching and cycling performance. And it’s not what you might first think when you hear he was Head of Performance Support and Innovation at Team Sky.

But just so we’re clear on Simon’s experience, he started out as a sports science graduate from Cardiff University and became a Sports Scientist with British Cycling just months later. He would go on to coach the Great Briton team pursuit riders through several Olympic cycles before taking up a job managing the Western Australia Institute of Sport, then moving to Team Sky, before his last role as AusCycling Performance Director for the last Olympic cycle.

Guest panelist:

Simon Jones

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonjones5/


The podcast co-hosts:

Jason Boynton, Ph.D.

boyntoncoaching.com

Damian Ruse

semiprocycling.com

Cyrus Monk

cyclistscientist.com


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References:

Is WorldTour Racing Actually Getting Harder?

https://beyondthepeloton.substack.com/p/is-top-level-racing-actually-getting?fbclid=IwAR2f13_oQKAcEFztN0lLpkEDVSxZ2EQJ9qfqI7-nFel7YFdNGUXEKCYOEEw