Morné Bester, professional cycling coach and owner of Pro Cycling Coaching based in Hermanus, provides cycle coaching throughout South Africa with international clients in Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Namibia. He has been passionate about cycling from a very young age, whether on the bike or watching and training others to achieve their cycling goals.
Morné has been a professional cyclist for the past 12 years and has won many races on the South Africa racing circuit, including the Junior SA Road Championships in 1994, the Jock Cycle Tour in 1995, 1997 and 2002, the South African Time Trial Championships in 1999, the Cape Argus in 2000, and the Tour de Eden in 2002. He achieved second place on the podium in the U23 South African (SA) Road Race and Time Trial Championship in 1995, the SA Road Championship as an Elite in 1997, the African Championships Road race in 2001, the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, Panorama Tour, and the Knysna Oyster Festival Road race in 2004.
On the international stage Morné won Stage 4 of the Tour of South Island New Zealand in 1996, and the Tour of Korea in 2003. In his career he rode with the likes of Robert Hunter in the U23 National team, Douglas Rider in Microsoft, Malcolm Lange, Daryl Impey and Andrew Mclean. Although predominantly a road cyclist, Morné also took part in mountain bike events including the Cape Epic (three times), Sani2C, Wines2Whales, and achieved a top 30 in the Karoo2Coast.
“I owe my success to hours of tough training and the knowledge of the correct training methods,” says Morné.
Training with a professional cycling coach
Pro Cycling Coaching is a specialist cycling coach service that aims to train cyclists how to acquire the maximum performance from their bodies. The cycling training programs on offer are in line with professionals training, but custom designed to fit clients with eight to five jobs. The programs are designed to focus on quality work and constructive cycling training.
There are not many professional cyclists who offer coaching, and therefore, Morné’s clients have the advantage of getting valuable guidelines from a cyclist whose successful cycling career speaks for itself.
“I know, and can share, exactly what to do on the bike and when to do it.”
“The success of my cycling training programs is apparent in my clients’ astonishing results and the champions that were produced both on the road and in duathlons – as they get stronger there is an enormous drop in race times,” says Morné.
The cycling programs are carefully structured to ensure that the clients train in the correct manner.
Morné especially concentrates on power work on the bike and heart rate training. He emphasizes that interval training and proper recovery rides are just as important, and athletes often do not train hard enough, nor carry out the their recovery rides at a slower pace.
As the sole cycling coach at Pro Cycling Coaching, Morné will provide personal coaching, and acknowledge the athlete as an individual rider. Riders will receive a weekly program based on what they are training for, as well as their needs to ensure that they reach their cycling goals. Based on weekly feedback from the trainee, Morné will be able to monitor their progress and adjust their program.
Cyclists preparing for events such as the Cape Epic and Sani2c will learn the value of proper base training – how to achieve their goals, when to commence their training, and the reason for following a training program.
Riders will also learn more about block sessions after base training and the benefits thereof. “I believe in doing quality sessions with the cyclist to ensure the cyclist obtains the required strength. Cycling training is all about getting to know your body; adapting to those days that you’re not feeling great and then changing your training program to fit your needs,” Morné continues.
Clients and their results
Morné is currently coaching some of the best junior mountain bikers in South Africa with many riders based in Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State as well as Port Elizabeth. Marnus Prinsloo from Grey College won the Free State School MTB League in the U16 category, Jeandre Ungerer from Durbanville won several Western Cape School MTB League U12 races, while another trainee, Ryno Gerber from Port Elizabeth achieved a podium position in the Eastern Cape School MTB League during the 2018 season.
Braam Gericke from Wildekrans Wine Estate started training with Morné in 2015 for his first Cape Epic realigning his BMI. Since then Braam has completed the Cape Epic from 2015 to 2018. Another training success story for Morné was when he trained Nelis Coetsee and Dawie Theron for the 2018 Absa Cape Epic.
Their team was arguably the heaviest to have ever competed in the Absa Cape Epic with a combined weight of 260 kilograms. Apart from coaching riders for important cycling events such as the Cape Epic and Wines2Whales, Morné also provides technical training to enhance the biking skills of triathletes. With Morné’s experience and his personal involvement in a cyclist’s journey to success, he is able to take the cyclist’s riding experience to the next level.
For the corporate and novice mountain biker, Pro Cycling Coaching also offers the ideal getaway trip to the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley near Hermanus with the most spectacular trails imaginable.
“I believe in doing quality sessions with you to ensure you get stronger,” Morné concludes.
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