Simon Says Cycling coach Tampa Florida

About Coach Simon

 

Stage 2 Victory Giro de Capo 2003
Stage 2 Victory Giro de Capo (2003)
 
Training with clients in New Tampa, FloridaTraining with clients in New Tampa, Florida (2009)
 
Winning the South African National Road Championships (2000)
Winning the South African Pro Road Race champs (2000)
 
2<sup>nd</sup> team overall Tour de Langkawi (2000)
South African National Team Tour de Langkawi (2000)
 
2<sup>nd</sup> team overall Tour de Langkawi (2000)
Race winner interview with Phil Liggett (2003)
 
I have been involved in competitive cycling as a coach and a racer for the past 23 years. To this day I still have the same passion for the sport of cycling – whether it is riding my bicycle or coaching other cyclists – as I did the very first day I began racing back in 1987 at the young age of 12 years old.

In my teenage years my father was my coach and coach to many top Olympic track and road cyclists. My father was always researching the latest scientific training methods in cycling, running, and strength training, and incorporating them in to his training plans. I went on to win many national titles on the road and the track as a kid and began my own coaching career back in 1992 while racing as a junior.

I dedicated a total of 18 years to my own racing career. During this time I raced 6 years professionally, won two pro national road titles, and raced in big international races with many of the world’s best professional cyclists. In my final few years of racing professionally, I became responsible for designing my teammates training plans. This naturally led me to my current career as a full-time professional cycling coach.

As a racing cyclist I was always known as a rider who could lift his game for an important race. As a coach I have developed a similar reputation of having the ability to help the athletes I coach make significant and rapid improvements and peak for their major objectives. Some have gone on to win World Championship medals and become National Champions.

Today Simon Says Cycling combines a wealth of experience with a very high level of individual attention and caring for each person. I believe that helping others achieve their true potential – whether they are recreational cyclists or competitive racers – is as much about caring, guiding, motivating, and instilling self confidence, as it is about writing the perfect training plan.

I now call Tampa, Florida my home where I share my life with my wife Vanessa and our two girls Hannah and Chloe. 

 

 
Racing Career Highlights:
 
  • 28 professional wins
  • Continental African time trial champion (2001)
  • 2-Time South African Pro National road champion (1998 & 2000)
  • 15-Time South African National Champion (1987-2000)
  • Commonwealth Games selection representing South Africa (1998)
  • French and South African national team selections (1992, 93, 98, 00, 01, 03)
  • Giro Del Capo – Stage 2 winner and overall points winner (2003)
  •  French Championship – silver medal winner points race & team pursuit (1993)
  • Tour de Langkawi – 2nd team overall (2000)
  • US Pro Championships Philadelphia – 13th place (2001) & 28th (2003)
 

Coaching Bio and Client Achievements:

  • USA and RSA National time trial champions 
  • Olympian and 70.3 Ironman winner 
  • World Championship bronze medal winner U23 time trial 
  • USA and RSA National team members 
  • Top US and international professionals in road, mtb, and triathlon
  • Norba MTB semi-pro series leader
  • Number 1 ranked semi-pro in the USA
  • Florida points category winners & State champions
  • South East Regional Championship mtb cross country overall series winners 
  • Contributed articles for Active.com, Ride Magazine, SupaCycling, Florida Racing Magazine, Glory Cycles
  • Product tester for Polar heart rate monitors
  • USA Cycling certified coach