I envisioned a coaching and mentoring approach based on the best available scientific evidence, combined with a high-level of practical experience and common sense. This would be blended with sensitivity to the unique physiology, ambition and life-circumstances of each client, and also respect cycling’s rich heritage, culture and handed-down wisdoms
A1 Coaching was founded by Dubliner, Anthony Walsh, when he retired from professional cycling in the USA in 2013.
Even though qualified as a Barrister, Anthony had a vision of providing a coaching service through which he could share the knowledge, strategies and experience he developed through years of tireless research, experimentation and adaptation, and which helped him reach the top of the game.
Anthony envisioned a coaching and mentoring approach based on the best available scientific evidence, combined with a high-level of practical experience and common sense. This would be blended with sensitivity to the unique physiology, ambition and life-circumstances of each client, and also respect cycling’s rich heritage, culture and handed-down wisdoms.
The client-base quickly grew and Anthony began to develop a team that would share his own vision and contribute as broad a spectrum of expertise and experience as possible. This coaching team collaborates closely so that clients effectively draw from the expertise of all.
While the A1 team is continually striving to improve its clients’ performance, it is also constantly seeking to improve the service it provides. In this regard, A1 has developed a unique scheme whereby clients are invited at regular intervals to evaluate A1’s service. In this way, there is a reciprocal relationship between A1 and its clients – each helping improve the other’s game.
The use of the most up-to-date scientific evidence underpins A1’s striving for excellence. The game is constantly changing and new scientific data on training methods are emerging every week. But, what information should you trust and which should be viewed with skepticism? What will work in test conditions and what will work in real life for everyday people? And, how does this relate to traditional wisdom and custom, especially dominant in European cycling and related sports?
There is a very strong academic background amongst A1’s coaches and this, combined with huge practical experience, helps A1 bring a scientifically-based, well-informed and holistic approach to the coaching. We do not rely on formula-type coaching approaches. As Head Coach in A1, Anthony has responsibility for maintaining a consistently high-quality service for clients.
A1 Coaching currently provides a service to a broad spectrum of athletes and in all disciplines, triathlon and adventure racing – we serve athletes from elite international level to those who just wish to stay fit and healthy from cycling and related activities. Our clients range in age from 15 years old to over 60 years old and are based in Ireland, the USA, Canada, Qatar, Australia and many other countries. Along with direct one-to-one coaching, we provide an ever-growing range of allied services.
Cyclists and other athletes supported by A1 work from programs and mentoring which are rooted in science, sensitive to the individuality of the client, and draw inspiration from cycling’s rich heritage and traditions.