Where Cyclists & Triathletes Get
Faster • Stronger • Leaner • Sooner
Online Bike Coach is a unique, data-driven approach to wattage training for cyclists and triathletes at all levels.
I started developing the techniques that would become OBC in 2003. I had just published my book, Watts Per Kilogram, the first-ever indoor wattage training manual for cyclists. The use of ergometers was in its infancy, and limited to athletes with professional coaches and unlimited training time.
In 2006, I opened Cycling Center Dallas, a studio built for busy professionals with careers and families in addition to their passion for riding.
I challenged myself to apply the techniques of elite wattage training to deliver more results in less time—preferably just 2 or 3 sessions a week at 30-90 minutes per session.
To accomplish this, I needed very sophisticated analysis tools that delivered real-time data throughout a training session. Immediate feedback meant a rider could fine-tune their efforts by squeezing more wattage—and therefore better results—out of specific intervals or workouts. This is a technique usually done under the experienced eye of a professional coach in 1:1 training sessions. Through long experience, the coach knows the rider and knows when to push them for maximum results.
But with the right metrics, I believed the same technique could be used effectively with riders at home. Except, those metrics simply didn’t exist…yet.
Fast-forward to 2014 and 2016, with the development of W1 (“W-prime”) and more recently, MPA. These new metrics show the precise level of your remaining available energy and wattage as a percentage or in kilojoules, respectively. (For more about W1 and MPA—including technical details and peer-reviewed studies from other sports—check the Why It Works section and linked blog posts.)
And that’s the secret. OBC’s approach uses advanced metrics and analytics not available from other coaching programs to create more tightly focused workouts that deliver better results—in stamina, speed, strength and skill—in less time.
There’s plenty more to explore in this site. Feel free to look around and to ask questions before making the decision to become an OBC client.
I look forward to working with you!
Head Coach Richard Wharton
Founder, Online Bike Coach