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Coach David Ertl, Ph.D

Coach Ertl

I am a licensed USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Cycling Coach and a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

I enjoy sharing my years of training and racing experience and love of cycling with recreational and competitive individuals and teams.  I offer training plans, ebooks, training articles, and in-person and distance cycling coaching.  I would be happy to talk with you about achieving your cycling goals, whatever they may be.

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Why You Should Consider Hiring a Cycling Coach

You know how to ride a bike, right?  So why should you need a coach?  People would not think of playing tennis or golf without getting lessons, but because we grew up riding bikes, we tend to think we don't need help with cycling.  However, cycling, especially at the competitive level, is complicated.  It takes a lot more than being able to ride fast to do well.  You can spend a lot of money on all the latest, fancy, light, aerodynamic equipment, but if you don't first have all the appropriate fitness levels and skills required, all that doesn't matter. 

Are you wanting to improve substantially over what you have been able to do on your own?  Then consider getting help.  I offer various options, including training plans and coaching services.  Look around this website to see what is available.  And be sure to check out my Articles where I have posted a large number of my free training articles.


Since 2004 I have been the coach of the Iowa Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride To Cure Diabetes. I am also the Western Region National Head Coach for this program.  This is a charity ride where riders raise a certain amount of funds in exchange for the opportunity to attend one of several JDRF Rides around the country each year.   By signing up, you get the benefit of having a coach work with you to help you prepare for your ride.  Ride distances are up to 100 miles and are in locations such as Death Valley, Vermont, Tucson, Lake Tahoe and Wisconsin.  Not only can you raise funds to help find a cure for this terrible disease, but you get the ride experience of your life by taking part in one of these rides.  Check out the ride program here.


Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team

I am one of the coaches on the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team and have been since 2001.  The DMCC Race Team prides itself as being an entry level development team that helps people get into the sport of cycling and develop to their full potential.  We offer senior, junior, women and master teams within the overall team.

The team is focused on new rider development emphasizing juniors, masters and women riders. The team is one of a small number in the United States to be designated a United States Cycling Development Foundation Center of Excellence. And it is the only team in Iowa to have two Elite (Level 1) USA Cycling coaches working with the riders to develop their skills.

Check us out here.


Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

I am the online coach for RAGBRAI.  I offer training tips throughout the season leading up to this largest cycling tour in the country.  Every July, more than 10,000 cyclists dip their rear tires in the Missouri River and then ride their way across the rolling countryside and finish by dipping their front tire in the Mississippi River, 400-500 miles later.  If you are a self-proclaimed cyclist, this is one ride you must have on your to-do list.  It's much more than a ride, it's an experience of the great state of Iowa and the hospitality of everyone along the way.  Come ride Iowa and discover the beautiful rural countryside and find out how flat Iowa isn't!

Read my training blog here.


Above & Beyond Cancer RAAM Team

Above & Beyond Cancer is an advocacy group of cancer survivors and caregivers who take on adventure challenges that serve as a metaphor that many cancer survivors use to describe their cancer experience. In 2011 a group of 14 treked to the base camp of Mt. Everest.  In 2012 an 8-person team raced in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM).  Above & Beyond Cancer Survivors is an inception of The World Tri creator and Adventurer Charlie Wittmack and Dr. Richard Deming, Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines.  I served as coach of this team to prepare physically and mentally for this incredible and symbolic challenge.

From their Statement of Purpose: "This adventure will mirror and reinforce the journey already completed by cancer survivors. Laughter and tears along the way will deepen our understanding of how our own adversity can enhance our lives and the lives of those around us forever. We will return to Iowa with an even greater appreciation for life, our planet, and our fellow human beings. Our gratitude and generosity will help change the world we live in for the better."

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101 Cycling Workouts
Just as the title suggests, this paperback book contains 101 different cycling workouts to help you train with purpose. Includes workouts covering endurance, threshold, anaerobic, speed, power, strength, recovery and cross training. Never be bored training again!
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Personalized training programs built around clients’ goals and abilities.  Through personal contact and online technology, I'll work with you to develop customized daily training plans designed and provide you with feedback to help you reach your goals.

Electronically available downloadable books filled with cycling training information.

"101 Cycling Workouts"
"Training For Busy Cyclists"
"Basics of Cycling Training" "Pedal Off The Pounds"

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Electronically available articles you can download immediately. Just $4.99 each.

Training Plans
Choose between pre-built or customized plans to guide and add structure to your training. Event-based and annual plans are available  for recreational and competitive cyclists and triathletes.

Training Services
I also offer in-person cycling sessions, weight loss management, fitness coaching and personal training.

Training Resources
A variety of recommended training eBooks, programs and products to  augment your overall fitness and   training program.

  The information and advice contained within this website are intended to supplement, not replace, a supervised training program.   Anyone beginning or enhancing an exercise program should consult with appropriate health and fitness professionals.   The reader, not the author, is responsible for any consequences resulting from the use of any and all information contained within this website.  Please ride responsibly and within your limits.  
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