Bill Gros

Bill Gros


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Salt Lake City, Utah

PCG Elite/Master Coach
PCG Power Certified
USAC Level 1 Coach
USATF Level 1 Coach

Coaching Focus: Cycling: Road, Crit, CX, MTB, Gran Fondos, Gravel Grinders and Running


Background

I started racing in 1985 in the midst of the Greg Lemond era. Looking for a sport to replace my beloved baseball, I began training for triathlons. When my hometown bike shop in Brunswick, Maine put on a bike race in May of that year, I participated and was hooked. I have over 25 years of bicycle racing experience with over 1,000 career starts. I am an accomplished Master level racer, and direct my own team, PTS Racing LLC, based in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
 
I started coaching in 2006, and hold a USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Coaching Certification, am Certified in Power Training, a Level 1 USA Track Coaching Certification, and have been an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer. I am a 2017 PowerTap Local Coach and was a 2016 PowerTap Grassroots Athlete.


Coaching Philosophy

Congratulations! You’ve chosen to participate in one of the several challenging sports that I participate in and/or coach. Participation and finishing any sport requires a high level of fitness and skill. This is where a coach, like me, can provide the pathway to flattening the learning curve. Then when you reach seemingly unattainable levels, I can show you how to get that much more out your racing as you stride toward the top.

While being a dedicated power meter advocate, it is also important in the coach/athlete relationship, to determine how you the individual athlete, responds physiologically and psychologically to science backed training. You don’t have to be a slave to the numbers; the numbers provide a guide and ultimately show us the response you have toward the prescribed training. I also teach my athletes how training at specific power levels stimulates a specific energy system, how these systems develop over the course of a training/racing season, and how this translates to improvements in racing performance. For many of my athletes, I hold a long-term view on their development, encouraging them to not only focus on their coming goals, in the short term, but help them to undertake cycling, or being an athlete, as a lifestyle, a way, that gives the athlete long term support and guidance which lessons chances of athlete burnout.

My vast racing experience gives me the ability to convey the proper race behavior that matches up with your current fitness level, and physiology. Not only do I convey the training, I do my best to teach the racing. Training with Power allows one to race instinctively with power!

To sum it up best: “To succeed, you have to do the work, or none of this occurs”

Notable Achievements 

2001 -  1st Bob Beal Masters Stage Race – 35+
2001 -  1st Bob Beal Masters Stage Race Criterium
2004  - 1st MABRA Criterium Championships 30+
2005  - 1st Tour of Walkersville RR
2005  - 1st The Mayor’s Main Street Classic
2007 -  1st City Center at Oyster Point Criterium
2010 -  1st Capital Criterium
2011 -  1st Dawg Days of Summer Circuit Race
2012 -  1st Tour of Americas Dairyland Fond Du Lac Crit 45+
2013 -  1st Turkey Hill Country Classic RR
2014 -  1st Air Force Cycling Classic Criterium
2014  - 1st Tour of Washington County Kick Off Criterium
2015 -  1st Ride Sally Ride Criterium
2015 -  1st Crossroads Classic Mocksville Criterium
2016 -  1st Crossroads Classic Statesville Criterium
2017 -  1st Rocky Mountain Raceways/Utah Criterium Series


Athlete Testimonials

A Most Successful Season
“After 2 years of racing and seeing minimal results, I decided to look into coaching. I always saw the PTS team at local races and knew they were doing something right with their athletes. It was only after 2.5 months of training plans when I started to see how much stronger I was getting. The summer has just begun and I already have my first podium of the season under my belt.”
Angela swept the Tour of Washington County Stage Race Cat.4 Womens race, placing 1st in the road race, criterium, time trial and General Classification. She also won the Tyson’s Corner Circuit Race, the Giro D’Coppi Road Race and 8 other podium finishes during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Angela Parrotta, Washington D.C., Team Sticky Fingers

Sticking to the Plan
“I came to the sport three years ago without any endurance athletics background. After a frustrating half season of Cat 4 racing, I started working with Bill. I didn’t immediately follow the plan entirely at first, and my race results reflected that. Bill challenged me to follow the plan and after a hard block of training I earned my first win, a second place finish and my Cat 3 upgrade immediately followed. An off season of training gave me FTP gains, a double peak season, podiums, and my Cat 2 upgrade. If you are serious about being serious, Bill can provide the structure, consistency, and careful planning, that will make you stronger, reduce your limiters, and help you become a complete rider and effective teammate.”

Michael Russo, Washington D.C., Battley Harley Davidson Racing Team


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