Plan for a plan..?

Ade's Road Cycling Blog

I’m looking for some advice.

In a few years time (probably more than a few, but less than a lot!) I will be looking to retire from my current full-time profession and do something part-time. I got to thinking that I’d like to do something I really love. So I started to form the nucleus of a plan in my head.

I have a keen interest in physiology and training, I love reading about the mental and psychological side of sport and I think I’ve built up some reasonable knowledge and experience in cycling and performance. In fact I’d go as far as to say I’m passionate about the subject, even though that is a phrase I really dislike because it gets bandied about far too much these days!

So anyway, eventually I’d like to start my own cycling coaching business.

I started looking into steps to take to make this a reality. If I do something I tend to go all in and do it as well and as properly as I can. So as I see it there are a number of routes. For British Cycling there are clear courses and progression

  • Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling (L1ACC)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (L2CCC)
  • Level 2 Discipline-specific Awards (L2DSA)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (L3CCC)

I think the cost of these (including the requisite first-aid qualification) comes to a bit over £2000, but the intention would be to spread that over at least 3 to 4 years.

Another route seems to be the Association of British Cycling Coaches (ABCC) which offers a course that is significantly cheaper at £250. I must admit I wasn’t familiar with this until I started looking in to the subject.

By contrast, a degree in sports science by distance learning appears to be between £18,000 and £22,000 depending on the university (I stopped looking at two – that’s way out of my budget!)

As I said at the start of this post, I’d be very interested in feedback on this subject, especially from people who have followed this route themselves. Or anyone aware of other routes to get to the same outcome. All advice, hints and tips gratefully recieved.


  1. · April 13, 2019

    The British Cycling levels are probably the best way about it. I always look at a coach’s experience and own racing/training success also, which can have more of a positive sway than a folder full of certificates. Go for it! 🙂

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  2. James Roberts Coaching · April 15, 2019

    Hi Ade

    As a current BC L3 coach I would advocate the BC route. The BACC route isn’t widely recognised and as you say Uni is ££

    You don’t need L1, you can go to L2 as a starting point in BC as you have a good understanding of the sport already.

    Happy to meet up and discuss some of my plans that may help you along your path.

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    • Ade · April 15, 2019

      Interesting – I thought on the BC website you needed L1 before L2? Will have to have a chat next time I see you. Thanks


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