Place of residence: Kerkrade (The Netherlands)
Experience: 12 years
Skills: Long climbs in the Alps
Goals: Finishing the Ötztaler Radmarathon in less than 9 hours
Website: René Michel
"I have been cycling for about 15 years and have always trained without purpose and without structure. Since the beginning of 2013 I started training with Alan's training plans. In the beginning it took me some time to get used to it, but once you understand how it works you really you start to improve. Because I have a lot of perseverance, I have made a lot of progress with these training plans. Of the 100 trainings I get from Alan, I finish at least 98 of them according to plan. I prefer to ride uphill, the longer the climb, the better. Over the years I have riden many cols, especially in Austria, France and Italy. I have also been able to ride a lot of Cyclo's like La Marmotte, Dolomites Marathon, TBT, Amstel Gold Race/Limburgs Mooiste and the Steven Rooks Classics. Since the beginning of 2014 I ride with a power meter, ideal for optimal climbing. Unfortunately the limiting factor for me is time. I work fulltime and am also expected to be home once in a while. A schedule of 20 hours a week is then sometimes quite a challenge!"
"In 2013, my goal was to finish one of the toughest Cyclos in Europe, the Ötztaler Radmarathon (238km, 5500hm). That also succeeded, without any problems. In 2014 another attempt, now the goal was to finish under 10 hours. With a time of 9:09, I was of course very happy! My goal for this year is again the Ötztaler, but now in less than 9 hours. At the end of last summer my threshold power was about 4.3 Watt/kg, which I hope to improve this to 5.0 Watt/kg in the next months."
"I am convinced that professional coaching can improve the performance of every tour cyclist. Nowadays, every pro has at least one coach and every training ride is analysed down to the last detail. Those who are prepared to change their way of cycling and have a little perseverance can go a long way!"