Training- Part 1 - Interview of Jean-Baptiste Quiclet - Equipe cycliste AG2R La Mondiale

Training- Part 1 – Interview of Jean-Baptiste Quiclet

Today’s priority is to take a step back and to give a meaning to our daily life while preventing the epidemic from spreading. There’ll be a second time when the situation will be easier and we will work again towards our next goals.

How did the team cope with the situation?

The priority is our riders and staff’ health. So it’s just about keeping a fitness level. It’s more like a temporary situation than optimizing our conditions.

The team has also decided to give some time (two weeks) to our riders in order to let them organize their lockdown and to take care of their families.

Have you changed the way you work?

On one hand it’s an unusual situation in terms of logistic. We have never experienced that before. But on the other hand, we the coaches, we are used to work remotely, to work from home and to do not have the daily proximity with our athletes. So it’s not new for us as it looks like creating training programs for a winter preparation.

How does training look like in this situation?

Each coach is in charge of 7-8 riders individually. They have a daily contact with them. We has prepared thanks to our physical coach, Stephen Barrett, a strength & core training program.

We have also prepared home trainers training sessions thanks to new technologies that help us a lot. All training data are synchronized on our training platform. It helps us to follow precisely our riders’ condition.

We have also scheduled 2 group training sessions on a virtual platform every Thursday and Saturday to ride together and keep a social link between us.

How do you motivate the riders?

It’s our mission as coach to break the routine in their training. It means : changing exercices, giving goals for the day. It’s important to be closed to them but we have already organized that before. Each rider has daily contact with a coach or a sport director.