Cycling coaches help riders develop their cycling skills.
Typical hours (a week)
36 to 38 variable
You could work
evenings / weekends / bank holidays
away from home
How to become a cycling coach
You can get into this job through:
a university course
getting specialist training from an industry body
There is no set entry route to become a professional cycle coach but getting a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a sports-related subject like sports science could give you an advantage.
If you're a competitive cyclist, you could do a foundation degree in cycling performance or cycling studies.
You'll usually need:
1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
If you're working with younger riders in schools and community groups, you could be:
planning fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment
helping riders to improve their riding technique
working with riders, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote the sport
If you're working with riders involved in the competitive side of the sport, you could be:
working on developing more advanced riding techniques and tactics
designing training programmes
supporting riders at races and competitions
maintaining records of rider performance
advising on how lifestyle choices can affect performance
mentoring other coaches
working with experts including sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers
marketing and promoting your coaching services, if you're self-employed
combining your coaching with other work to earn money
You could work on a sports field, at a sports arena or at a race track.
Career path and progression
You could work for British Cycling as a development coach, introducing people to cycling, or working on talent programmes to support cyclists.
You could work as a coach for a local authority or organisation with an interest in sports development at places like BMX tracks, mountain bike trail centres or indoor cycling tracks.
You could become a self-employed coach and design training programmes for amateur riders.
You could also become a cycle trainer through the Bikeability scheme, teaching young people how to cycle safety on roads. If you work with young people, you could move into sports development or youth work.
With experience, you could transfer your skills and abilities to other areas of the sports industry.