My 13 year old daughter, Jani had a very good MTB XCO season in 2015 as a Sprog Girl (12). She came first in all her races. After her first race in 2016 as a Sub-Junior girl (13) she came second losing some of her confidence. We realised that it will take more than talent to win MTB XCO races, it will take hard work, determination and PROPER coaching to become the best!
We contacted Marcel van der Poll founder of Veloworld and UCI accredited coach who set up a meeting with me and Jani. Marcel immediately addressed Jani’s weaknesses both on and off the track and helped her with proper goal setting, something very few coaches do.
Marcel taught her strategic tactics, how to eat and most importantly recovery! He has assisted with increasing Jani’s endurance, bike handling skills and sprinting ability. Marcel rebuilt Jani’s confidence along with his training program, which helped her finally win races again.
Marcel has always made himself available to answer questions about diet, training techniques, equipment or racing strategy with a unique perspective gained from competing himself. The training itself was always fun, challenging, structured and non judgmental which allowed Jani to progress at her own pace, which is very important at her age.
The results speak for themselves, even with Jani’s time constrained schedule being a Grade 7 with a full schedule at school; she has become leaner, fitter and faster. She achieved her goal and finished second overall among the Limpopo Sub-Junior girls in a very short period of time.
Marcel, a passionate cycling leader, he is a hands on coach who will go the extra mile to make you a better fitter athlete.
- Madrea Jordaan, mother of Jani Jordaan