David Sellars

David Sellars


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Hardy, Virginia

PCG Associate Coach
USAC Level 2 Coach
LEOMO Motion Analysis Certified Coach
Safe Sport Certification

Coaching Focus: CX,Road

Background

I started riding and racing bikes as a teenager and worked in a local bike shop through high school and college. That shop experience funded my hobby and let me build a strong knowledge base of bicycle maintenance and repair, as well as, learning the different types of cyclist out there from commuters to recreational to elite level competitors. My training and racing varied through the years until I hit the Masters level. From that point on, I have maintained a consistent and efficient power based training volume that lets me compete in the Elite Masters category for Cyclocross races in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Off season fun includes gravel, crit and road races, MTB events and the occasional triathlon.     

Coaching philosophy

My biggest goal as a coach is to provide each athlete with the appropriate training guidance that meets their needs and focus on what is really important. We are all aware of the numerous training plans and textbooks out there that can be followed. Most of us, including myself in past years, get overwhelmed by this much information and don’t know which one to follow, how to start, how much time, etc. A coach can take your goals, time constraints, etc., build a custom plan and say “Here follow this.” This allows you the athlete to focus on what is important which is moving your legs to hammer out each workout and build strength and stamina day after day. Don’t worry about following each workout blindly! Discussions on “why” will be included along the way to build your own training knowledge.

My biggest training philosophy is efficient and consistent training. As a husband, parent of three kids, and having a challenging career, time is valuable. The time we spend on our bikes and training is critical to meet our goals. Having a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearlong training plan that is thought out, and has you working in all the appropriate power and heart rate training zones at the correct time, will pay dividends in the long run and steer you away from “junk” miles. Consistent training involves hitting your weekly mileage or training time goals week after week. Always be honest with yourself when picking an achievable weekly volume and plan on hitting it to make fitness gains.                           
Notable achievements
  • Virginia Cyclocross (VACX) Masters 35+ Series Champion
  • Monstercross Mens CX Champion
  • Cyclocross Nationals 40-44 Competitor: Asheville, NC and Hartford, CT
Athlete testimonials

The coaching I get with David is worth every penny and drop of sweat that I have invested. He is excellent, knowledgeable, and professional in his coaching. I could not be more satisfied and appreciative for all he does for me.
That also goes for all the Peaks staff as well. I recently attended the Beginner Racer Program which was an informative and worthwhile weekend of training, teaching, and racing. From Kate and Shirleyann, to Sherman, and Hunter himself, Peaks is a top-notch organization in all they do.

Even though David and I have just started working together, I have already achieved several of my goals, including 3 top-tens in three out of four road road races and criteriums in my first season of racing. I also lost 15# during the Peaks Nutrition Challenge which means I am back to my high school weight of 139# at 47 years old!

Keep up the great work guys!" - Jim Long

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