Welcome to the second issue of JM Coaching Bimonthly!
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably heard a little bit about Ayesha McGowan. Starting with the goal of becoming the first black professional female cyclist, she has already done much more than that. She is changing the conversation and challenging the industry to be better in the way they represent their products and represent the people who use their products. You can check her out here:
But I’ve also attached an article she wrote for Bicycling Magazine. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Bicycling is not always the best publication. It’s full of clickbait in my opinion. But it is still one of the most read publications out there. So that only adds to the already powerful article. It is well written, well thought out, and actionable. It’s everything the industry needs to be a little better. And it’s worth a read by everyone.
Mark Cavendish, better known as the Manx Missile has been at the top of the pro peloton since I was a kid. I grew up watching HTC dominating the tour as Mark came to prominence in the sport, and forever changed the sport. He wasn’t the first to use his team to such an extent, but he was and still in many ways is the best. This post from Rouleur features Cav and long time director and mentor Brian Holm. They make a great duo. This interview/conversation is a great window into the mind and feelings of the worlds best. If you want even more on these two, you can check out part 2, as well as a great movie; “Chasing Legends”, the story of Team HTC at the 2009 Tour De France, where they changed the sport and the Manx Missile started to fly fully on the world stage.
The Shift Up Podcast is a relatively new podcast with Arleigh Greenwald, better known as the bike shop girl, where she discusses making the bike industry better and how to get more people riding bikes. If you work at a shop, there are some great insights on how to grow your business and change with the market. If you don’t it’s still a super fun podcast with great insights and discussion about the future of cycling all the way from racing to commuting and even more.
DC Rainmaker is a well known product reviewer and blogger. He mainly focuses on triathlon, but as is always the case, there is a lot of cross over from the bike side of tri to cycling products. Specifically he is one of the top reviewers for power meters. I remember that at my days working for PowerTap, that making sure the product passed DC’s test was nearly as important as passing our own internal tests because what he said, was in many cases what people thought. For good reasons, his reviews are super in depth, careful, and informative. So what better product to check out than the new Shimano Power Meter? Shimano has a reputation, but power meters is a whole new game. See what Ray thinks in this post.
Updated: April 18, 2018