Job: Pro bike racer.
Nicolai came to ROK coaching as a promising teen from Denmark. Now he’s racing professionally in Europe. See what TBC has done for Nicolai.
Hilde wanted to be the Norwegian Road Race and Time Trial National Championships. Read about how TBC helped her meet her goals.
Job: NASCAR driver.
Think NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes? You’re wrong. Aric is one of the fittest guys on the planet, and has used TBC Coaching to keep him fit.
Job: Head Animator
Lino DiSalvo wanted bike race coaching while working on Disney’s “Frozen.” TBC help Lino earn his upgrade.
Nicolai Brochner came to TBC Coaching through Joe Friel’s Training Bible at the age of 18. After tearing up the Junior scene in Denmark and he began training with us. A few months after working with TBC “The Danish Missile” came stateside for a change of scenery and a shot at some old-fashioned midwestern crit racing. He tore it up. And loved it.
His short stint here earned him an offer on a U.S. pro development team in 2013- and, boy, did he develop quickly. A season that started with him tearing up cold Chicago crits for the development team ended with him on a domestic pro team racing UCI races against the likes of Peter Sagan.
He wasn’t just “racing” in races with Sagan, though. He was fighting for position- right to the bitter end. In the Tour of Alberta, Nicolai ended several stages nipping on the superstar’s wheel.
That’s Nicolai in the black helmet closing out the final stage at the Tour of Alberta. The kid finished 5th- just off second and ahead of several professional national champions, a former Tour de France stage winner, and a former Tour de France and world champion.
Nicolai is a special talent. He’s won the best young rider at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, and the Sprinter’s crown at the Redlands Stage Race. He also won outright at Gila. He trusts TBC coaching to get him to the top of the world’s stage, and that’s where he’s at now- racing professionally in Europe. If TBC bike race coaching can get Nicolai to the big show, TBC coaching can get you where you need to go.
Hilde works very hard at this. She juggles quite a few things – family, work, etc – on a daily basis and training is sometimes down on the list. One of the most complicated aspects of coaching is in helping your athlete accomplish their goals on the bike with the time that their “real life affords.
That typical Norwegian toughness and focus had Hilde realize results in 2013 and 2014 that were sometimes beyond what she seemed to think she’d do. A silver medal in the Norwegian TT championships was the first eye opening effort- especially since her category wound up as the fastest of the day. Hilde was also the 2nd fastest woman… period. Her goal prior was to hit a 250 watt FTP (4.25 w/kg) and the average from that TT was a very impressive 257 watts. Hilde accomplished that a few watts at a time.
Next up was a road race with the Norwegian national championships up for grabs. Hilde just killed it. She had a clear limiter to work on at the beginning of the 2013 and 2014 season though and it would rear it’s head on that day… the sprint. It’s tough to change a skill set like that quickly. But, as Hilde always does, she worked very hard at developing her power at VO2max and right on down to her sprint.
And… Pay dirt! Norway had a new national champ.
Results kept coming on the road and in the dirt. Too many to list, but a few really stand out. 4th and 8th in the time trial and road race at the World Championships later that year in Italy was the pinnacle of a road season with too many results to list here.
Off-road was amazing for her as well. The Birken in Norway attracts 10’s of thousands of mountain bike racers from all over the world. Hilde finished 2nd out of 400 in her category and 17th out of 1300 women overall!
Exercise Fit For A King.
“You’re looking at it.” That’s what Aric Almirola says from atop his bike if you ask him what he does to “get away” from the hustle-and-bustle of the track on a NASCAR race weekend. Almirola, who drives for Richard “The King” Petty Motorsports is one of the sport’s up-and-coming drivers on racing’s most popular circuit.
Being part of NASCAR’s new generation, though, doesn’t mean you spend your days alternating between driving 200 m.p.h. and hanging out at rockstar parties. It means you spend your time hustling- from one racetrack to the next, from one sponsor obligation to the next, from one autograph session to the next. Every day Aric is hustlin’. It’s not unusual that the father of two will go weeks without seeing his own house, let alone sleeping in his own bed. And, when he does get home? What does he do then? Those precious few days during the race season are dedicated to his wife and two young kids.
Being part of the new generation also means that Aric knows something casual motorsports observers often times don’t get- race car drivers, just like cyclists hold insanely high heart rates for long periods of time, often in brutally hot conditions. If you want to be an elite NASCAR driver, you better be among the elite with your physical fitness.
So, Aric busts his tail in the gym- but he also busts his tail on the bike. The low-impact rides with longer, steady, high heart rates are great at mimicking the high heart rates over extended periods that Aric faces in the car on Sunday.
Aric Almirola is probably busier than you. He most certainly travels more than you. With a hectic life and a young family, every minute of his day is important. Even in his 200-mile-per-hour life, Aric also sees the value in ROK Coaching’s plans. He also sees the payoff.
One of Hollywood’s Busiest.
Golden Globe winner, Academy award winner and creator of the Billion dollar box office hit Frozen, Lino DiSalvo has goals! Family man and busy professional begin to describe him, but don’t really cut it. When I feel too busy I think of Lino, it makes me feel better.
Lino was fairly new to racing with 2012 being his first full season on the road. Hailing from Southern California, there is no shortage of fantastic training, tough group rides and hyper-competitive racing. He and Rob started working together in June of that season- with Lino just coming off of a slight injury. He stuck to the program, made it out of a mini-base period that allowed him to build fitness while healing up and since then has done nothing but improve.
A coach has to block out the noise and identify a rider’s core strengths. Lino looks like a climber and can hold his own in that regard, for sure. As we went along, though it became clear that the money was in his sprint! That changes a lot with race tactics and training, but Lino is the open minded sort and fell into that role very quickly.
Lino had a sense of the basic tenants of racing very early on. Stay safe, play the numbers, use your strengths and be patient. The Poor College Kids Road Race was a demonstration of this. It came at the end of a rest week and so the plan was for Lino to sit in and wait for the finish. Fortunately for him it was an uphill sprint and Lino played it well. He stayed safely in the field, used as little energy as was possible and then scorched almost everyone and finished 3rd! A good example, but not the only one that season top 10 finish he got it!
His goals for 2013 included an upgrade to category 3. By his 7th top 10 finish he got it! Working with such a dedicated and thoughtful athlete new to the sport is in many ways the most rewarding and exciting aspect of this gig. The improvement is constant and the enthusiasm contagious.
He and his wife have recently added to their awesome family, and making award-winning movies will take it out of you. So the racing is on hold, but my bet is more to come from this guy….
“Faster” may only be an email away.
What can ROK Coaching do for you? You’ll never know if you don’t ask. Asking doesn’t cost a thing, either. Go ahead… get in touch. You won’t regret it.