Who is John Wann?
I work in the University sector as a Professor of Psychology, currently at Royal Holloway, Unversity of London where until 2014 I was the Head of Dept and before that at the Unversity of Reading where I was also Head of Psychology. My first degree was in Sports Science and I have worked in Sports Science Departments at UQ and UWA in Australia. Outside of my professional occupation I coach cycling as a group activity and I also coach aspiring individual riders as a British Cycling Level 3 coach. There is spill-over from my professional life into my coaching. My part of University research seeks to understand how we acquire skilled steering and racing-line judgments on bicycles or in cars, I also teach in the area of Sport Psychology on topics such as optimal arousal and mental preparation for competition.
I have been involved with coaching cycling since 2004 when my daughter (pic) started progressing through the Talent Team and BC structure. As a result of that I know the Women's road and track racing scene well and specialize in preparing female riders for competition, or sportives, or just 'getting into cycling'. The manner in which many females respond to success or failure in sport is often different from males and that needs to be taken into account. I don't give female riders "an easier program", the capacity of females to push themselves and their diligence in training often outstrips the boys. Before I ever became involved with cycling I was a swimming coach and worked in Australia and the USA. That colours my approach to training and I work very much on specific energy systems and how to best tap into them, rather than a more traditional mileage-based approach to cycling. In recent years very successful squads like BC/Sky have also adopted that approach.
SCIENCE BASED TRAINING
I'm a scientist and I take a scientific approach to coaching: acceleration requires power, generating power on a bike depends upon gearing and cadence and each of those place requirements on the rider in terms of strength and, depending on how long you need to sustain that power, on different energy systems. I like to use power testing, on a Wattbike, or using power cranks, as benchmarks for what we need to address and the gains being made. Turbo trainers with power displays are also useful training tools - they aren't precisely calibrated but they provide a useful metric within a session, or if you have a bike fixed to a turbo, across sessions. For technical aspects I use "Coach's Eye" for slow-motion video analysis and measurement. Training for optimal performance is the "appliance of science", thats what we do.
I'm a Psychologist, who works in areas that overlap with Sports Performance. That doesn't make me a "Sports Psychologist", but it does mean that I am very aware of what approaches are most effective in terms of mental preparation, imagery and managing motivation. To be honest there aren't any "magic mantras", its all pretty commonsense and logical, but different approaches work better for different personality profiles and that's the key to effective management of performance anxiety.
I only operate on a 1-to-1 basis, with individualised plans and the price many coaches levy for 1-to-1 tailored coaching can vary from £150 - £300 p.month (ouch!). I set my 'rate' at £40 p.month. This is a token levy, as an incentive for you decide when you need my services and more importantly when you don't ! You are free to suspend your coaching arrangement for holidays, prolonged illness, so there is no annual commitment. But this fee is not payable to me, what I ask you to do is set up a 'just-giving' page, or similar, set up to benefit Sports Relief, and then send me the link, so then my coaching input results in a charitable donation.