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Attentive personal coaching to improve your cycling performance




As former World Tour professional cyclist, I am excited to offer my expertise and share my experience to help you become a better rider.


Our online coaching services are tailored to meet your specific cycling goals. Whether you are an everyday cyclist looking to improve your fitness or a seasoned competitive rider wanting to take your performance to the next level, VDB Cycling is here to help you "train and race like a pro".


​We offer coaching options to help you reach your full potential drawing on more than 30 years of cycling experience and insights from world-renowned coaches, soigneurs, and sport directors. 

Since 2015, we have helped our members achieve their goals and reach new performance heights with our structured training plans and personalized coaching services.

Let us help you elevate your cycling game and perform at your best!

Liege-Bastogne- Liege 2001
  • Best Value


    Every month
    SMART (AI) enabled training plan by Pillar incl. coach consultation time
    • Access SMART workouts on your own terms with coach support
    • Onboarding consultation by phone or virtual meeting (30 min)
    • AI enabled athlete profile assessment and zone set-up
    • Self-managed goal setting (Access 200+ events on database)
    • AI enabled training plan with periodization based on goals
    • Access to Pillar workout library to self manage workouts
    • AI enabled training review and progress tracking
    • 30-min coach consultation time per 4 week cycle
    • Free Pillar premium account subscription (value $10)
    • Cancellation - month to month commitment only
  • 1-1 Coaching PLAN

    Every month
    Personal coaching and training plan enabled by TrainingPeaks
    • Personal coaching and training plan enabled by TrainingPeaks
    • 1-hour coach consultation time per 4 week cycle
    • Onboarding consultation by phone or virtual meeting (1 hour)
    • WKO5 athlete profile assessment and zone set-up (value $99)
    • Personalized goal setting and training plan development
    • Access to signature VDB Cycling workouts managed by coach
    • Weekly training and key session review via e-mail or call
    • Free TrainingPeaks premium account subscription (value $25)
    • Training plan changes as required
    • Access to additional coaching resources e.g. race tactics
    • Cancellation - month to month commitment only


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Athlete testimonials

I started working with VDB cycling after a crash took me off the bike for several weeks. Coach Johan helped me get back in shape and into pre-accident form in less than 8 weeks. The personalized coaching and training plan kept me motivated, set clear goals for each week, and gave me the confidence I needed to get back on the road. I would not have been able to progress so quickly without the help from Coach Johan.

  • What level do I need to be to benefit from coaching?
    We cater to cyclists of all skill levels, ranging from beginners to professional athletes across various cycling disciplines, aiming to enhance their riding experience and leverage professional coaching methods for optimal performance.
  • What devices do I need for transferring my training data and accessing my training applications?
    We strongly advise using a power meter to maximize the benefits of your subscription. Monitoring your progress effectively relies on reliable data capture devices like a heart rate monitor or power meter. Additionally, access to a PC or laptop is necessary for downloading supported training applications and participating in virtual coach meetings via Zoom, our designated platform. If you lack any of these resources, please reach out to us for assistance.
  • Do I need a Pillar or TrainingPeaks account to get started?
    We offer assistance in setting up your account and syncing your data, which is a straightforward process. With our coaching options, you receive complimentary premium memberships to TrainingPeaks or Pillar as long as you remain a paid member of our coaching services. It's important to note that if you choose to end your subscription with us, you will lose access to the premium benefits of your preferred training portal. You will then be responsible for any subscription fees associated with maintaining a premium plan directly with the software providers. However, you will still have individual access to your account, as your username and password are managed by you. We do not retain any of your data or personal details once your subscription with us is canceled.
  • How will I access my daily workout calendar?
    Your training calendar, fitness assessment, and ongoing workouts will be accessible through either the Pillar or TrainingPeaks platforms, depending on your subscription. This gives athletes the ability to plan and review upcoming workouts accurately and easily, share notes with their coach, and communicate directly with their coach within the application, based on their subscription options. For Basic plan members, coaching communication will be automated through Pillar. If you prefer personalized communication, we recommend considering the 1-1 coaching option.
  • What other options do you provide beyond the training plans and workout session analysis?
    1-1 coaching clients receive personalized coaching consultation via their preferred communication channel to address a wide range of cycling-related topics. These topics include basic nutrition advice, considerations for bike fitment, addressing common riding discomfort concerns, improving group riding skills and etiquette, discussing racing strategies, and preparing for events or race days. Additionally, we can refer athletes to professional nutrition support services and provide guidance on bike fitment options based on their location. These services are included as part of the subscription option for 1-1 coaching clients.
  • What are some key benefits signing up for a coaching option?
    1-1 coaching offers numerous benefits and a structured approach to training that many of our first-time athletes appreciate. Here are some examples: Personalized Training Plans: Receive customized training plans tailored to your goals, fitness level, and schedule. This ensures you have an effective and efficient training regimen designed specifically for your needs, reducing the risk of overtraining or injuries from self-directed training. Expert Guidance: Access the expertise and knowledge of your coach, who is a former international professional cyclist. Benefit from valuable insights, tips, and advice on riding technique, nutrition, recovery, performance optimization, and any other questions you may have. Accountability and Motivation: Regular check-ins, progress tracking, and feedback from your coach keep you accountable and motivated. Having someone support and monitor your progress can be a powerful motivator to stay consistent and committed to training, especially during challenging times. Flexibility: Our coaching options offer flexibility in training schedules and locations. You can access your training plans and coaching support from anywhere, allowing you to fit workouts around your work and travel schedules. Access to Resources: Subscribers gain access to a variety of resources such as educational materials and data analysis tools. These resources enhance your understanding of training principles, help you make informed decisions about training strategies, and deepen your knowledge of how your body responds to training stress.
  • What power gains can I expect from subscribing to a coaching option?
    Typical power gains can vary widely based on factors such as the athlete's initial fitness level, training history, commitment to the program, and adherence to the coach's guidance. However, research and anecdotal evidence indicate that athletes working with a knowledgeable coach often experience significant enhancements in cycling power and performance compared to self-coached individuals. On average, athletes can see improvements of approximately 12% across various energy systems. However, it's important to note that numerical gains are just one aspect of improvement. Coaching also focuses on refining cycling technique, enhancing pedal stroke efficiency, improving bike handling skills, and optimizing aerodynamics. These adjustments result in more efficient power transfer and reduced energy loss, leading to overall performance enhancement.
  • Can I perform the planned workout sessions indoors or if I prefer, outdoors?
    Absolutely, if you have the necessary equipment for indoor sessions such as a smart trainer (and optionally, a Zwift account), we can seamlessly transfer all planned workouts from your coaching application (TrainingPeaks or Pillar) to simulate indoor interval sessions. For outdoor riding, the planned workouts can be transferred to your preferred bike computer head unit (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.), granting you access to the workout session and instructions. However, we highly recommend using an indoor smart trainer for very specific interval work, especially if there are multiple interval sets involved. This recommendation is based on considerations of road safety and traffic, ensuring your safety and prioritizing your confidence in your bike and equipment to execute tasks like sprint intervals safely in an outdoor setting. Your safety on the road should always be the primary concern before simulating any intervals outdoors.
  • What are the main benefits of having an athlete WKO5 assessment performed?
    Our athlete assessment services provide valuable expertise and knowledge to guide you through your training journey right from the start. We conduct an athlete assessment to gather insights into your cycling experience and analyze your historical training data. This assessment helps us determine key metrics and calculate your cycling profile or rider phenotype using software like WK05. A rider's phenotype encompasses observable characteristics influenced by genetics and environmental factors, impacting performance, strengths, weaknesses, and preferred cycling disciplines. These insights enable us to offer valuable advice on technique, nutrition, recovery, and performance optimization. To perform the assessment, we need a minimum of 3 months' training history/data from any cycling recording application like Strava, Wahoo/ELEMNT, or Garmin. The more comprehensive your training history, the deeper insights we can provide. Additionally, syncing this data with TrainingPeaks makes the process seamless and enhances the quality of our analysis. The primary benefits of undergoing an assessment include: Direction Confirmation: Gain clarity on the effectiveness of your training efforts and understand the potential for improvement. Determine how much stronger you can become and ensure you're on the right path towards your goals. Training Effectiveness: Assess the effectiveness of your training regimen and track your fitness trajectory. Understand if you're stimulating the correct energy systems based on your riding goals, ensuring optimal progress and performance. Strengths and Weaknesses Identification: Identify your strengths and weaknesses to tailor your training focus. Determine areas of excellence and areas that require more attention to achieve a well-rounded skill set and enhanced performance.
  • Do you have a cancellation policy?
    Our subscription terms are month-to-month, based on a 4-week cycle, and billed at the start of each cycle. You have the flexibility to cancel at any time before the next billing cycle begins, without being locked into a long-term contract. We require a commitment to one billing month at a time. For athletes choosing our 1-1 coaching option and opting to pay upfront for a 12-week cycle, we offer member discounts. If you decide to cancel after 2 billing cycles, we will refund the remaining billing cycles as long as you inform us in writing that you no longer require coaching. This ensures that you have the freedom to adjust your subscription as needed.


Johan van der Berg, a Certified USA Cycling Level 3 coach, brings over 30 years of extensive cycling experience to VDB Cycling. His passion for cycling mentorship, coupled with a background in management consulting following his cycling career, led to the establishment of VDB Concepts and VDB Cycling in 2015.

Johan's expertise lies in AI-enabled SMART training methods, utilizing cutting-edge technologies and applications in coaching. What sets him apart is not just his technical prowess but also his wealth of real-world professional cycling experience, having competed at the World Tour level for several years. This firsthand experience includes preparing for prestigious events such as the Tour of Flanders and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, where he worked closely with world-renowned coaches and learned from top sports directors in the industry.

Members opting for the personal one-on-one coaching option benefit directly from Johan's guidance. They collaborate with him to craft customized training plans and gain exclusive access to consult on race day strategies, mental preparation techniques, group riding skills, and more.


Additionally, Johan provides referrals for bike fitment and nutritional expertise as needed, ensuring a comprehensive approach to optimizing performance.

Located in Charlotte, NC, Johan operates in the US Eastern Time (ET) zone, offering a tailored and accessible coaching experience for cyclists looking to excel in their sport.

Coach Johan


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