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  • Richard La China 7:10 pm on November 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bike coach, bike racing, cycle coach, , lachina, mountain bike race, , , , Speciliazed, velosport   

    Is a Cycling Coach Right For You? 


    To be a good cyclist takes a few certain innate personality traits—determination, perseverance, drive, and a willingness to endure much physical and mental

    Richard La China

    Richard La China | Racers and Chasers

    pain. To be a great cyclist, one must have all of the qualities above, as well as an intense curiosity. A great cyclist always asks, “What can I do better and how can I do it better?”  Great cyclists scour their training and race data, as well as the latest books, magazines, and forums for answers that lead toreal, visible results: a podium finish, a personal best, or a qualifying time. For a lucky few, this tactic works. But for most of us mere mortals, an extra ingredient is needed.  Like Richard La China (detailed below) figured out, a Cycling Coach is the missing key and can provide the great, curious cyclist the springboard for success.

    Richard La China started mountain bike racing as a junior.  He was great a rider whose natural talent and ever-present drive to improve led him to race in the expert category by his early twenties. Richard was having a great time racing but at some point, like many of us, Richard decided to take some time off to focus on other things in life.   That time off turned into 13 years off the bike.

    Richard La China | Rim Nordic 2011 1st Place

    Richard La China | Rim Nordic 2011 1st Place

    In 2008, Richard decided it was time to return to cycling.  He re-kindled his passion (and his fitness) beginning with a cross bike and later transitioning back to a mountain bike.  In 2010 Richard entered the Rim Nordic Series as a Clydesdale and had a very competitive comeback, culminating with a 1st place overall in the series for his class.
    Richard attempted to continue riding this wave of success the following race year, but found it difficult to compete in a new category—a 45 day European cycling trip resulted in a 30 pound weight loss, thus rendering him ineligible to compete in the Clydesdale class. Richard spent hours reading every bicycle magazine, blog, and training bible, trying to come up with a plan that would take him back to the podium, but nothing seemed to be working.  Finally, with three races left to go in the year’s US Cup Series, Richard decided that he couldn’t do it on his own, so he hired a Cycling coach.

    Coach Jesse Eisner proved to be that elusive, missing link for Richard. Jesse helped him focus his race tactics, pacing strategies,

    Richard La China | US Cup Vail Lake 2011

    Richard La China | US Cup Vail Lake 2011

    and develop his top end speed. By the end of the US Cup series, Richard had moved up rapidly and finished off his season with a win in the Rim Nordic stage race, as well as the 1st place overall Rim Nordic series.

    Richard and his coach have worked hard to address his weaknesses and all of that hard work has paid off.

    “Richard La China is a dedicated and disciplined cyclist. He is eager to learn and always looking for feedback. He takes his training and racing seriously and it shows in his performance.” ~Jesse Eisner

    More information about Richard La China (LaChina) can be found at https://richardlachina.wordpress.com

    About Jesse Eisner:
    Jesse is a USA Cycling certified coach, and a cat 3 racer.  He has also coached collegiate and elite cycling teams, and works with cyclists ranging from weekend warriors to beginners and professionals racers across multiple disciplines. 

    If you are ready to work hard and need a coach to help guide you, encourage you, and help you reach your goals, we know that we can help you.  
    You can read about Jesse and the other Crank Cycling coaches at http://www.crankcycling.com

  • Richard La China 11:19 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cycle for Kids, Lea Davison, Little Bellas, Paige, , Speciliazed   

    How a Bicycle Changed My Little Girl’s Life 

    For a father, although there is no difference in the amount of love that he has for a daughter or a son, there does exist something that makes the father-daughter relationship very special. I think the “special-ness” is a result of how difficult it is to cultivate that tight bond, one that seems so natural between a mother and her daughter.

    About To Head Out For A Ride

    Paige, About To Head Out For a Ride…

    I can attest to this because of my experience with my daughter, Paige.

    Like most little girls her age, Paige had always been closer with her mom, and did not really understand, or take much interest in, the sweat, dirt, and competitive vibes that so dominate my mountain bike world. However, all of that changed this past summer after Paige learned how to ride her bike and competed in her first race……

    It was a beautiful summer morning, and Paige, then 5 years old, had accompanied me to a Racers and Chasers race in San Diego, California.  I brought Paige’s bike–a customized baby pink bike she helped me build with spare parts– with us thinking she might want to practice riding around a little while I was getting ready for my race. My friend, Stephen (a former Canadian pro rider), and I had taught her how to ride her bike a few weeks prior. Like a true athlete with previously untapped potential, she learned quickly. After only two and a half hours in Balboa Park, she was riding her pink bike (without training wheels!) like a young Lea Davison.

    Paige Asleep in the Truck after finding the Perfect Handle Bars for Her New Bike

    Paige Asleep in the Truck after finding the Perfect Handle Bars for Her New Bike

    Because her skills were so new, I didn’t expect Paige to want to race that day. However, as soon as we got to the event, I noticed Paige checking out all the bikes buzzing around the staging area.  She must have felt that exciting, competitive intensity that vibrates the air at MTB races because then, out of the blue, Paige told me she wanted to race.

    At the staging area for the kids race I asked her one last time, ‘Are you sure you want to race?’  Wearing her new helmet, gloves, and a huge smile she said without any hesitation at all, ‘Yes! I want to race, Dad!’

    She lined up, the raced started and she was off — with a look of pure determination, she pedaled as hard and fast as she could.  Paige seemed to have it all under control until she got to a grass section of the course.  Paige was slowing down — I ran over to her and jogged beside her as she worked hard to keep her cadence up.

    Paige's First Moutain Bike Race

    Paige’s First Mountain Bike Race

    I could see she was getting tired and just about to cry,  I told her ‘Pedal baby, keep pedaling — you can do it!’  Right then, something came over her, I could see drive, passion and fire in her eyes…  She stood up on her pedals and hammered to the finish line.

    Although she didn’t win the race that day, she gave it her all and I couldn’t be more proud. Not only did she show great physical strength, but she also proved that she had great mental toughness, fortitude, and self-confidence, all of which are qualities that will help her achieve success in all aspects of life.

    Since then, she’s raced a few more times. She’s had her ups and downs, from beating all the boys to having her chain fall off and not being able to finish the race, but she continues to love it.  She loves riding and racing, and the best part is that she loves riding and racing with me.. :)

    “A daughter can outgrow your lap, but she can never outgrow your heart.”

    Thanks for reading…

    Richard La China

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