Per USA Cycling (USAC) coaching roles include, teacher, motivator, advisor, organizer, risk manager, representative, and role model.
It gives me pleasure to know that the riders I have worked with for a significant amount of time are still riding bikes and enjoying the sport of bicycling whether they are still racing or not. To accomplish that goal with a young junior racer or adult masters racer it is important for cycling to remain fun. To keep cycling fun I do my best to teach the skills required to make riding and racing safer. When athletes learn, practice, and master the required skills they gain self-confidence. Then as they follow a properly designed training plan they gain the fitness required to finish at the front and win bicycles. Nothing is much more fun than winning!!!
Bicycle racing is a team sport. Any cyclist hoping to make it to the top must learn how to work as a team member. In a cycling team; members must perform the duties required for optimal team results. Learning to be a competent team mate helps an athlete function in other important life areas.
Teaching athletes to follow the rules of the sport helps them learn how to win honorably. I do my best to encourage athletes to honor the sport by giving a 100% effort while competing within the rules of the sport. Then, win or not; the sport, the team, the family, and the athlete maintain their honor and self-respect.