"From complete newbies to seasoned off-roaders, you can rest assured that every coach you find on the coaching directory has the necessary skills and experience to take your XTERRA racing to the next level,'' said Bucher.
The first-phase launch of the XTERRA Certified Coach web-section boasts over 30 experienced coaches in regions spanning The Americas, Europe & Asia-Pacific.
Nico Lebrun, 2005 XTERRA World Champion, XTERRA Europe Head Coach and Technical Director first introduced the program in 2018.
"We wanted to open more doors for aspiring XTERRA athletes in the underdeveloped Asia-Pacific region, but knew that not just any coach can be a good XTERRA Coach. We needed to find coaches who already possessed this special set of skills, or those who were willing to learn,” said Lebrun.
This idea then grew into what it is today, a directory of specially selected coaches offering everything from 1-on-1 personalised programs, to XTERRA focused training camps, both in-person and online.
Between the 30+ coaches, you'll see many familiar faces from within the XTERRA community, as well as a few new faces, too.
Many of the coaches have over 10 years coaching experience, with North American Head Coaches Josiah & Yaro Middaugh having 30+ years experience between them–that's 5 years more than XTERRA's been around!
Asia-Pacific Head Coach, Technical Director & decorated XTERRA Elite athlete Renata Bucher came into the fold earlier this year and it's been full steam ahead ever since.
"I'm already passionate about XTERRA and coaching, so I was very excited when Nico first told me about this idea and how to support the XTERRA community,'' said Bucher.
Renata is busy planning the 2020 certification camps with the regional head coaches. Interested coaches can expect to find 3 upcoming camps:
- Asia-Pacific: Kenting, Taiwan | 16-20 March, 2020
- America: Colorado, USA | 20-22 July, 2020
- Europe: Davos, Switzerland | 31 July - 2 Aug, 2020
"There are so many online programs where you pay a few hundred dollars & now you're a certified coach for that sport–we don't believe this method does the sport, athletes or coaches justice because you can't learn the art of XTERRA so simply,'' said Bucher.
From open water swimming, to mountain biking and trail running, the three disciplines of XTERRA require a very special kind of coach. Being qualified in just one of those disciplines is no mean feat, let alone all three.
"From complete newbies to seasoned off-roaders, you can rest assured that every coach you find on the coaching directory has the necessary skills & experience to take your XTERRA racing to the next level,'' said Bucher.
Early next year we'll be releasing phase-two of the coaching section, which will include a regional time-line of upcoming training camps & offerings for the 2020 season from our XTERRA certified coaches, as well as the criteria required to join one of the certification camps.
*Interested in learning more about the program and joining one of the upcoming certification camps? Email us at coaching [at] xterraplanet.com with an expression of interest, your high-level coaching experience & any related certificates / accreditations.