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Coach David Ertl, Ph.D

Coach Ertl

I am a licensed USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Cycling Coach and a coach with the Peaks Coaching Group.

I enjoy sharing my years of training and racing experience and love of cycling with recreational and competitive individuals and teams.  I offer training plans, ebooks, training articles, and in-person and distance cycling coaching.  I would be happy to talk with you about achieving your cycling goals, whatever they may be.

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Peaks Coaching Group

David Ertl is a coach with the Peaks Coaching Group. We are the experts; we wrote the book on power training. Hunter Allen’s proprietary system of data-driven power training focuses on getting you the results you want in the time you have. Our cycling coaching will help you reach your goals through diagnosis of training needs, development and application of the right training plan, training zone maintenance, and clear focus on peaking.

Learn more about Coach David Ertl's experience and philosophy of coaching.

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Cycling Coach

You know how to ride a bike, right?  So why should you need a coach?  People would not think of playing tennis or golf without getting lessons, but because we grew up riding bikes, we tend to think we don't need help with cycling.  However, cycling, especially at the competitive level, is complicated.  It takes a lot more than being able to ride fast to do well.  You can spend a lot of money on all the latest, fancy, light, aerodynamic equipment, but if you don't first have all the appropriate fitness levels and skills required, all that doesn't matter. 

Are you wanting to improve substantially over what you have been able to do on your own?  Then consider getting help.  I offer various options, including training plans and coaching services.  Look around this website to see what is available.  And be sure to check out my Articles where I have posted a large number of my free training articles.


Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team

I am one of the coaches on the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team and have been since 2001.  The DMCC Race Team prides itself as being an entry level development team that helps people get into the sport of cycling and develop to their full potential.  We offer senior, junior, women and master teams within the overall team.

The team is focused on new rider development emphasizing juniors, masters and women riders. The team is one of a small number in the United States to be designated a United States Cycling Development Foundation Center of Excellence. And it is the only team in Iowa to have two Elite (Level 1) USA Cycling coaches working with the riders to develop their skills.

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Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

I am the online coach for RAGBRAI.  I offer training tips throughout the season leading up to this largest cycling tour in the country.  Every July, more than 10,000 cyclists dip their rear tires in the Missouri River and then ride their way across the rolling countryside and finish by dipping their front tire in the Mississippi River, 400-500 miles later.  If you are a self-proclaimed cyclist, this is one ride you must have on your to-do list.  It's much more than a ride, it's an experience of the great state of Iowa and the hospitality of everyone along the way.  Come ride Iowa and discover the beautiful rural countryside and find out how flat Iowa isn't!

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101 Cycling Workouts 101 Cover


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101 Cycling Workouts
Just as the title suggests, this paperback book contains 101 different cycling workouts to help you train with purpose. Includes workouts covering endurance, threshold, anaerobic, speed, power, strength, recovery and cross training. Never be bored training again!
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Personalized training programs built around clients’ goals and abilities.  Through personal contact and online technology, I'll work with you to develop customized daily training plans designed and provide you with feedback to help you reach your goals.

Electronically available downloadable books filled with cycling training information.

"101 Cycling Workouts"
"Training For Busy Cyclists"
"Basics of Cycling Training" "Pedal Off The Pounds"

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Electronically available articles you can download immediately. Just $4.99 each.

Training Resources
A variety of recommended training eBooks, programs and products to  augment your overall fitness and   training program.

  The information and advice contained within this website are intended to supplement, not replace, a supervised training program.   Anyone beginning or enhancing an exercise program should consult with appropriate health and fitness professionals.   The reader, not the author, is responsible for any consequences resulting from the use of any and all information contained within this website.  Please ride responsibly and within your limits.  
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