Featured Athlete - Chris Belyea

Oct 11, 2017

Our new Featured Athlete is Chris Belyea from New South Wales, Australia. He talks about his work with his coach and the benefits of taking the guess work out of his training. 

Chris has recently qualified for the World Gran Fondo Championships in 2018 for the 60-64yr age group after a stellar performance in the Amy's Gran Fondo qualifiation event in Australia in September. Listen to what he has to say about his focus on training, working with Coach Jessica Allen and his ambitions for the future. 

How do you feel Structured coaching has helped you since starting your work with Jessica?

It’s helped me immensely in getting a lot more balanced, both physically and mentally, in my overall training, particularly in the lead up to major events


What has been the biggest change from the training you have done before?

The biggest change is not having to worry about ‘am I doing enough’ to get where I need to be. Previously I’d subscribed to the tenet that ‘the more suffering the better’, but during my time with Jessica and Dig Deep Coaching I’ve been shown time and time again that, in fact, the reverse works a lot, lot better

The sessions I’m given are certainly challenging, but there’s always the eye on adequate recovery and ‘easier’ rides, and not being driven into the ground all the time as with previous experiences


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What is the biggest benefit you see with working with the Dig Deep Coaching team?

Definitely the structured approach to training, and being able to draw on the immense experience and expertise of the entire Dig Deep Coaching team

Another huge benefit is the ability to have my program tailored to my life outside of cycling, and the regular feedback I get from Jessica is insightful, and motivating


What is your short term and long term aims in both cycling and outside of the cycling world?

Thanks to Jessica, my short term goal of qualifying for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2018 has been ticked of quite nicely, so my long term goal of actually competing in the World Championships is still well and truly active

Outside of the cycling world … just being the best husband and father I can be


Your favourite training spin and why (locations / type of session etc)

Without doubt, any ride anywhere in Canberra, be it either a recovery spin, climbing repeats or whatever else Jessica throws at me. The Brindabella Ranges offers such a great variety of terrain, and the scenery is stunning

What motivates you to train when you’re tired/cold/late at night.

Knowing that I’m ‘accountable’ to Jessica for the sessions that I need to complete. She’s put the effort into creating my program and sessions etc, so on my side I just need to get the job done


It’s also incredibly motivating knowing that Jessica is a World Tour rider so knowing that she needs to ‘get the job done’ pushes me on to do exactly the same


You favourite Pro race of the year you look forward to watching and why?

Definitely Paris Roubaix – its such an iconic race with so much drama


What is he best bit of advice anyone has ever given you in regards to Cycling?

If you can’t be good, at least look good doing it


We wish Chris good luck on his journey to the World Gran Fondo Championships in 2018 and look forward to watching the continuing progress in the coming months.



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