“In the fall of 2014, Triathlon Ontario recommended Chris as a potential source for a cycling Coach. Since that time I have been fortunate to train with and learn from Coach Chris. Ranging from long distance fall rides where I learned about his countless travel and racing experience, to numerous intense winter indoor trainer sessions he has helped me develop the speed, power and bike handling skills that I need to become faster and more confident. He has taken me from being a junior triathlete with little cycling experience, to one that had the fastest bike split in the 16-19 year old age group at the 2016 Triathlon World Championships in Cozumel Mexico.
This past winter, I made some coaching changes with running, and am now running along side Chris as well. Since then I have found that my times have improved, my technique has bettered and overall I learned to love running again. Not only is Chris an amazing cycling and running Coach, he has designed a strength program for me to do a couple times a week, specialized to what a young triathlete needs to focus on. Chris is more than willing to help me balance my triathlon training with my commitments at school and with swimming he has openly collaborated with my swim coach to set goals and to push me to become stronger, while maintaining the balance needed for a student athlete.
I have learned to love training more than I ever could have imagined, and that is thanks to Chris. He is an exceptional Coach who cares about his athletes health, safety and happiness and truly strives to help them achieve their personal training goals. He has mentored me along with many others and has helped us all achieve goals and set new ones for the future. Thanks a lot Chris I couldn’t have done it without you!”
“If you want to succeed, you absolutely have to have a good coach. You can read all the physiology textbooks you want—goodness knows I’ve read a great many of them myself— but there is no substitute for the skill and experience of a coach who’s sole responsibility is to put all the theory into practical usefulness. Your training plan doesn't need to be a trial and error process. Chris takes a modern and scientific approach to training his athletes, which shows in the results. In this, my first season racing seriously, Chris understood not only the amount of work, but the type of work that would be needed to achieve my goals. I cannot understate how much of a motivating factor it is to have your whole year planned out for you, knowing exactly how each workout brings you one step closer to achieving your goals. When you have a plan and a purpose, you never want to miss a workout, ever! As a result, at every race I competed in this season (May to October), I always felt I was optimally prepared, in peak shape at the right time. More importantly, Chris took special care to ensure recovery periods were well adhered to throughout the season, allowing me to maintain and improve my fitness the entire year without injury, illness, or mental fatigue.”
Graydon Raymer | BSc., BPHE, MSc (Kinesiology)
I’ve been Competitively racing my mountain bike for 15 years. I started off with a local race series, and got involved in team 8 and 24 hr races. I had some reasonable results locally, and some good results at the relay races (in 4 or more person teams ), but had a quick reality check when I tried out the Ontario cup Mountain bike race series. It turns out that local success didn’t equate to being quick at the provincial level.
I ventured into endurance races, and stage races. I’ve competed in Transrockies and Crank the shield, two times. All of the above, I did with no formal training. Just a guy going out and riding his bike, with no idea what I was doing. While competing at some of the O-cups, I saw some Coach Chris jerseys going past me during races.
In 2012, I registered for the BC Bike Race for 2013. This a 7 day stage race that takes a tour of some of the best single track in the world. After “doing” Transrockies and Crank the Shield, I was tired of just finishing the race, and I wanted to be involved in the actual racing. I wanted to feel good at the end of the day, and not be dreading the next morning. I contact Chris Helwig by e-mail. To my surprise, I got a response within a few minutes.
Chris took the time to sit and talk with me about my goals and aspirations. I told him I was hoping for a top 50 % in BC. It doesn’t sound very high at first glance, but when you consider I was racing pro racers, I figured that was realistic. Chris setup a training schedule, that was built to my somewhat odd work schedule, which includes a rotating shift work schedule.
When I attended the race in 2013, I was lighter, stronger and faster than I figured ever possible. I made my goal of top 50% easily, and would have been substantially higher, had 2 major mechanicals not slowed me down.
Since then I’ve stayed on with Chris. He helped me to learn how to train properly, eat right, and take time to recover. The previous concept of “ go hard “ every ride was shown to be wrong, and I quickly found that , later in the racing year, I was still going strong, while others who were crazy fast in the beginning, died off in the last half of the season.
In the last few years, I’ve Finished 2nd overall at the Centurion stage race, 3rd in the Woodstock 6 hr solo, a 3 rd place tag team 8 hr at Hardwood and Mansfield, and 2nd place also at Hardwood and Mansfield as a tag team. A 6th at the Horse shoe Canada Cup, and several top 10 finishes in the Ontario Cups series.
While the improvements in performance are huge motivators to stay on with Chris, the thing that impresses me with Chris is his compassion for his athlete’s. In the past 2 years, I’ve had 2 major injuries that affected my ability to ride and train. Chris was very accommodating and helpful during this very trying time for me. It was hard for me not to be able to perform the way I’ve come to know I can, and Chris helped to keep my frustration inline, and kept me from going to hard, too early.
I have no doubt that he helped keep me from re-injuring myself, and thus got me back up and racing quicker than I would have on my own. Chris helps me see the bigger picture, and has guided me to making smart decisions on my racing plans. I look forward to working with Chris to improving my speeds, and finding more podiums.
"In the past 6 years, Chris has taken me from a guy with a desk job who wanted to be a Triathlete, to riding the complete route of the 2010 Tour de France one day ahead of the pros.
No matter how large my goals and dreams Chris has been there every step of the way.
From his complete knowledge of training through perceived effort, heart rate training and training with power, Chris is also there for me on the bike and at the tours ensuring that I get the most out of the specific training programs he has designed for me. I'm impressed and grateful that through Chris' structure and experience he was able to prepare me specifically for each event. Whether it was a sprint triathlon, the World Duathlons, or a 3640 km trek through France Chris had me dialed in just right!"
“After retiring from national level boxing I decided to try some triathlons. My background was running, with NO bike experience and NO competitive swimming experience. At first, my training was all over the map. I was injured and frustrated. I have always trained with purpose and it is important to me to know that the time I spend on the road or in the pool is leading towards improvement. I talked to some people in the cycling community, and the name "Chris Helwig" was always mentioned. I contacted Chris and the rest is history. I struggled with my run times for eight months. My training had no direction on the bike or in the pool. I met Chris and started to see huge gains within one month. I had my best 5km Road Race time of the year doing the first negative split of my entire life. I placed second in my age group at the Wasaga Beach sprint triathlon and at the Lakeside triathlon. At Lakeside, I had my best swim time and bike time ever. I look forward to my workouts everyday. Although they are challenging, I never feel fatigued and I have remained injury free. Chris' knowledge of periodization training has been the key to my constant improvements. In addition, Chris builds my training schedule around the many other commitments I have in a day. Chris is always willing to change my schedule at a minutes notice if necessary. Chris was also present at two of my races this year and he is a constant support and motivator. I have and I will continue to recommend Chris to my friends in the triathlon world. I am already looking forward to next season and to the rewards that Chris' program will bring.”
Jenn Ogg (B.Kin)
“In 2006 I made the move up to Master Expert for the Ontario Cup MTB series. Leading up to the season I had trained on my own. In my first race I finished a disappointing 26th, and in the very next race, had a DNF from fatigue. This is when I decided to hire Chris as my coach. He first sat down with me to outline goals and ways of reaching those goals. Now my training is scheduled to meet the needs of my family and work commitments, while peaking for competitions. Chris has taken the guess-work out of training for me. It wasn’t long and I began making huge improvements, and even finished 2nd at the provincial championships in 2006. Now for the 2007 season, I have come out of the gates strong with a 3rd at the first O-Cup, and my first WIN at the second! I basically went from last to FIRST in one year. Hiring Chris has been the best money I have spent on my amateur cycling career. Thanks Chris.”
"Working with Chris has been a very positive experience. I have found in him everything I was hoping for in a coach, and as a "novice" cyclist I am surprised by how far I have come with Chris in a relatively short amount of time .I am impressed with the care and thought that is put into developing a complete personalized program and by his knowledge of the science of cycling. Working with Chris has allowed me to maximize the use of my time and taken the guess work out of my cycling — when I go out the door for a ride I am confident I am doing " the right thing" and taking steps towards my goals. With Chris to guide me through the off-season this year I am setting my goals higher and expecting even better things next year!"
Douglas Chisholm | M.D.
"Who would have ever thought how far coaching can take you in a given time. I've been training with Chris Helwig for almost a year now, and in that time I have seen a dramatic improvement in my cycling performance. Training on my own was tough, and with no real guidance I really didn't know how to achieve peak performance for my mid-season races. Together we set performance goals and developed a plan of smarter; more efficient training which eventually led me to three top 10 finishes and very close to a podium spot in Ontario Cup series racing."
"In 2002 I had six top-ten finishes in sanctioned races, including two in Italy, I was in six winning breaks (one of which lapped the field) and I won a club race. In eight previous full seasons of racing, I had never once been in a winning break and I had never once won a club race.
I achieved these results in my first year back after 5 years off the bike. I never felt fatigued, I never got sick of training and my desire to race was undiminished to the point where I didn't want the season to end. I also wasted zero time thinking about what to do for training and preparation for races. I attribute this entirely to the program prepared for me by Chris Helwig and my faithful execution of that program."
"Chris is more than a coach — he is a coach/athlete.
Kathleen Millar | former national team rider
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