Kevin Poulton is a coach who’s trained many in the professional peloton, including the likes of Caleb Ewan, Marcel Kittel and who also coached Mathew Hayman to his famous win at Roubaix in 2016.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, Mat spent 6 weeks solely on the home trainer with a broken bone in his hand, riding ‘Zwift’ – a new virtual home training software, after crashing out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. He got back on the road at Paris Roubaix. And well, the rest is history.
For a long time in professional cycling, indoor training, for the most part, was reserved for times when a rider was forced to train indoors, usually due to injury. With developments in technology and perhaps thanks to the creation of Zwift, it’s popularity has been on the steady rise.
In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a big change in the world, impacting all facets of life, including our sport of cycling. I spoke with Kev earlier in the year about sitting down to record a pod on all things indoor training, and now, with racing cancelled and limited or no training outdoors for a lot of us, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about this modern age of cycling.
I chat with Kev about how Zwift is and can be used in training, the science behind it, some tips and tricks for racing on Zwift and how to implement sessions as part of your training program.
You know where I’ll be for the next few weeks!
See you out in Watopia.
Listen to my two-part podcast with Mat Hayman:
Part #1: The Night Before Roubaix, here. And Part #2: The Day After, here.