Widely known as one of the top experts in the world in coaching endurance athletes using power meters, Hunter Allen's goal has always been to teach athletes how to maximize their training and racing potential through professional analysis of their power data. This goes hand in hand with his philosophy that a power meter helps athletes discover their true strengths and weaknesses, quantitatively assess their training improvements, and refine and maximize the focus of their training.
Hunter firmly believes that power training can add a whole new dimension to your cycling. By using a power meter, you literally have a second-by-second training diary that allows your coach to not only see exactly what you do on your rides but also plan your training using the dose-and-response method. Hunter's power training method has built success at all levels of cycling and endurance sports, and he has trained such well-known professional and Olympic athletes as Jeremiah Bishop (Volkswagen-Trek, 2008 US National Champion Mountain Biker), Daniel Lloyd (CerveloTest Team, 2008 Vuelta de Extremadura), Sue Haywood (2007 World Mountain Bike 24 Champion), and Dan Fleeman (CerveloTest Team, 2008 Winner of Tour of Pyrnees and with the 2008 USA Olympic BMX Team).
Hunter is himself a former professional cyclist for Team Navigators and has raced for over seventeen years in Europe, South America, the USA, and Canada and has over forty career victories to his credit. Considered a great all-rounder, he was able to learn a wide variety of race tactics and skill necessary to succeed at the professional level.
Since retiring, Hunter has become a USAC elite-level cycling coach and a certified nutritional consultant. He is a featured presenter for many USA Cycling Seminars. In 1996 he founded Peaks Coaching Group to focus on developing leading edge methods of efficient power training. For the past ten years, PCG has been a leader in the industry in the field of power training for endurance cyclists. This unique opportunity has given Hunter the ability to review thousands of power files and racer profiles and develop an artful science of power training and coaching. During this time period he also co-developed TrainingPeaks' WKO+ software and coauthored the book Training and Racing with a Power Meter with Dr. Andrew R. Coggan.
As a coach, Hunter makes sure to look at each athlete as a whole person. He excels at designing custom programs designed to maximize each rider's potential. He believes we are human beings working closely with other human beings, and it's important to him to work hard to find your strengths and weaknesses and to help you improve your skills, then develop a realistic plan that works for life. It is important that a coach learn as much as he can about you as an athlete and as a person in order to better develop a plan for success. He has now coached over 400 athletes and still learns something new from each one.
Hunter holds a B.A. in Economics from Randolph College and lives with his family in Bedford, Virginia, with his super-wife Kate and three growing children, Thomas, Jack, and Susannah. He is also a certified yoga and tai chi instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a certified coach for the Leukemia Society. In his spare time, he enjoys driving and tinkering with fast cars, hunting, and of course cycling!