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Meet Neal Henderson: Coach to the Pros, Scientist Behind the Suffering

When you start using a cycling training app, the workouts you'll do are only as good as the coach who designed them. That's why we work with one of the world's best coaches in the world—one with a proven track record of producing results at the very highest levels of the sport. 

Neal Henderson is one of the most accomplished and well-respected sports scientists in the field. With over 25 years of experience coaching endurance athletes, Neal is the founder and CEO of APEX Coaching and Consulting in Boulder, Colorado. He served as the Director of the Sports Science Department at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine (BCSM), during which time he worked with hundreds of elite athletes to develop cutting-edge training and testing methods.

A former professional triathlete, Neal is an Elite USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach with numerous awards to his name, including the 2007 USA Cycling Developmental Coach of the Year, 2009 USA National Cycling Coach of the Year, and the 2011 Doc Counsilman Coach of the Year, awarded by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the use of science in coaching.

Neal has been a staff member at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as a cycling coach and has served on multiple coaching committees for both USA Cycling and USA Triathlon. He worked He has coached some of the biggest names in endurance sports, including Taylor Phinney, Flora Duffy, Cam Dye and Keil Reijnen. He is the only coach in history to have ever trained athletes to the World Hour Record for both elite Men (Rohan Dennis) and elite women (Evelyn Stevens).

Under his guidance, Neal’s athletes have won multiple Grand Tour jerseys, Olympic medals, and World Championships.

Neal himself is also used to performing at the highest levels, most recently taking the bronze medal at the age-graded Aquabike World Championships this year. He is also a former US National Champion on the track in the Masters Madison.

Neal first began using his evil genius in service of the Nation of Sufferlandria back in 2013 when he created the workout for the two-hour threshing machine we call Blender. He is the mastermind behind some of the most popular, effective, and brutal sessions in The Sufferfest library, including The Shovel, Getting Away With It, and The Omnium, just to name a few.

Neal—together with APEX Coach and Cycling Physiologist Mac Cassin—were instrumental in bringing the same comprehensive testing protocol and workout personalisation methodology Neal has used for over a decade with his elite athletes to The Sufferfest. We call it Four-Dimensional Power™. Neal's athletes call it their secret weapon.

Don't take our word for it. Check out just a few of the teams and athletes Neal has helped achieve their potential:

Teams and Labs

  • Team BMC -
    Exercise Physiologist
  • Team USA Cycling - Track Program Exercise Physiologist
  • Boulder Center For Sports Medicine - 
    Director of Sports Science

 

Cyclists

  • Rohan Dennis
  • Evelyn Stevens
  • Taylor Phinney
  • Keil Reijnen
  • Allen Krughoff
  • Meredith Miller
  • Tayler Wiles  
  • Danny Summerhill
  • Jamie Witmore

Notable Victories

  • Rohan Dennis - Tour de France yellow jersey winner, UCI World Hour Record
  • Evelyn Stevens - UCI World Hour Record
  • Taylor Phinney - Giro d’Italia pink jersey winner, U23 TT World Champion, Individual Pursuit World Champion
  • Flora Duffy - Xterra World Champion, ITU World Champion
  • Jamie Witmore - Xterra World Champion

Multi-sport Athletes

  • Cam Dye
  • Flora Duffy
  • Taylor Knibb
  • Joe Gambles
  • Jarrod Shoemaker
  • Alicia Kaye
  • Yannick & Robin Eckmann
 

    Neal sat down with us back in January of 2017 for the inaugural episode of The Sufferfest podcast, Everybody Hurts. Check it out and get to know the mad behind the method behind the madness. 


     

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