Review: MyCycling – Cycling Training Programs and Coaching Online

I have got the chance to take a closer look at the coaching service offered by MyCycling. Their coaching service was launched in 2009 so it’s a relatively new product on the market. Please note that the links in this review are affiliate links, thus I earn commission if you purchase MyCycling through these links.

What does MyCycling include?

Training programs. These training programs are based on heart rate monitor training principles with four different target zones. There are programs for beginners, first century riders, advanced programs (10 or 15hrs/wk) and specialized programs/workouts for climbing and sprinting.

These programs are really easy to understand and should be straightforward even for beginners.

Training Advice. There are blog posts from different coaches covering topics related to cycling training. These posts are plain text (no pictures or illustrations) with tips and tricks about sprint training, positioning in the peloton, climbing etc.

Training Log. There is an online training included in the offer so you can keep track of your training data . You can fill in distance, time, body weight, resting heart rate, avg. heart rate, max. heart rate, fitness, mood, power output etc. after each ride and make nice graphs to spot trends.

Note: It’s not possible to upload files from your heart rate monitor or power meter into this software.

Resources. Pictures and descriptions of stretching and strength exercises.

Screenshot: Online Training Log, MyCycling.

My comments

I think that the concept of MyCycling is interesting and could become a success in the future if they read my comments below because there is certainly room for improvement.

At first sight this product looks attractive with nice graphics and lots of content. Before I logged into the members area I would have expected more of that, but I got disappointed.

The only place where I found pictures was on the page with stretching and strength exercises. They also promised me videos, but they were not there.

Thus, most of the content is plain text, which in itself isn’t bad, but it’s important to know, so you don’t have other expectations.

Still, I would prefer they had used more graphic and pictures to illustrate their recommendations. That would make the articles more attractive and easier to read.

The training programs are simple and easy to understand. I haven’t tested any of them, but I believe that most amateur riders can benefit from these programs – like most amateurs can when they follow a training program.

If you are a competitive cyclist, you might need to modify the programs to make them fit properly. If your training amount is larger than 15hrs/week, I would look for training programs in another place.

The training log has a steep learning curve and is quite intuitive to use. It’s possible to add lots of details and that’s great.

If you enjoy keeping track of details, MyCycling might be the solution for you. Don’t expect advanced analysis of your performance. It’s more like a descriptive function that helps you to get the overview of your training. Thus, you can’t analyze a specific workout if you have a heart rate monitor file.

What you get are the details you enter manually (e.g. sleep, mood, body weight, avg. heart rate, resting heart rate, max. heart rate etc.) These data are not useful when you enter them, but over time, these data become more valuable (trends, overview etc.).

I will not use this training log, since I’m primarily a cycling coach this product is not designed for me, but for cyclists. I hope they will develop more on this training log in the future, because that could make it a tool that I would use for my athletes.

Conclusion

If you are a beginner and follow one of their training programs, it’s very likely you will improve your performance. These training programs seem to be based on classic training principles. You might also enjoy the training log where you can keep track of your training.

It’s difficult to say what’s a fair price for a product, but charging $97 for the above services seems quite fair. If you are unsure whether MyCycling could be interesting for you, I think it’s great to know that there is a 60 days money back guarentee if you don’t like their product.

As you can read from the above, there are things that could be better. I hope that MyCycling will continue to improve their service, because as it is now, this is not a premium product and I must say that I had expected a little more when I logged in the first time.

Read more about MyCycling here.

5 comments… add one
  • Tony

    Insightful review, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ve seen their ads several places in google ads, so was actually curious about this concept.
    I have two questions:

    1) Can any of these training programs be used for races like Marmotte 2010?

    2) Is there any feedback from the coaches as you follow their training program?

  • I find your review quite honest and you go into details wich is good.

    At the same time you link to mycycling with a link from clickbank trying to earn money from mycycling services. That is not good for the reliability of you and your review.

  • @Tony
    1) I don’t think training for Marmotte is so different from regular cycling training. I would more or less use the same principles as I do for competitive cyclists with some minor adjustments. It’s always a question about how much time you want to spend training. Just to make it clear: Professional cyclists would probably do well (win) events like Marmotte.

    2) There is no feedback option. It’s possible to ask questions and get them answered, but I guess it’s not a way you can get individual feedback on your training.

    @Jakob
    It’s always a balance to make reviews when there is a potential conflict of interest. As I can read from your comment, I have succeeded making an honest review. Thanks.

  • Hi Jesper,

    Thanks for the review.

    Just wanted to clear up a few things.

    1) Videos. I’m not sure if you missed them (or perhaps there was a problem), but under the “Resources” section, there are instructions, photos and videos for both stretching and core strength exercises.

    If you click on these links, you’ll see screenshots.

    > http://skitch.com/jaystockwell/ncqfj/other-resources-mycycling-members
    > http://skitch.com/jaystockwell/ncqff/http-www.mycycling.com-sit-ups-mycycling-members

    2) Thanks for your feedback on the other supporting images. I’m not 100% sure what is expected here, but I’ll take another look.

    For the most part, people are purchasing for the extensive training that is included. If you compare the caliber of the training, and the amount of different options you get, there is no compare between this service or any other. Especially for the price. We don’t claim that this is a one-on-one service or for aspiring professionals. If you require that, you should get a personal coach. However, most people are not trying to race for a living and this is a perfect solution.

    The training has been birthed out of the pro peleton, World cups, World Championships and Olympic games. It’s one thing to talk out of a text book and artificial lab settings (which we can attest to personally most of the time doesn’t represent how things play out in the real world) and quite another thing to talk directly out of experience. We’ve then distilled this down into programs that almost anyone can follow and do well with.

    That is what MyCycling.com is all about and what makes the service different.

    Thanks!

    Jay

  • Ron

    Hi Jesper,

    Thanks for your review. I write a site that reviews cycling products and I make some revenue from recommending goods and services that I think are worthwhile. You’re right, it’s a balancing act.

    I didn’t appreciate the comment from Jacob which called into question your integrity. You were upfront about your relationship with MyCycling.com which is better than can be said about Jacob’s ethics.

    I’m referring to the fact that Jacob had the cajones to link his signature to his little site (alexa rank of 6,643,158 …now that’s little) which features a cycling training program. That’s what I call ‘weaksauce’.

    Keep up the good work.

    Ron

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