Coach Isaiah Newkirk on the Transition from Pro Road to Pro Gravel and How to Train

Coach Isaiah is back to chat about his new transition from professional road cyclist into the gravel scene, and how his training and outlook on the sport has shifted. We talk about:

  • cross training
  • planning out a gravel race calendar
  • how CTL is affected by gravel-specific training
  • why strength training is particularly important for gravel racers
  • and more!
It's a good conversation, and we're super excited to see Isaiah throw down in some of the gravel races this year coming off a road career. For more on Isaiah, check out our previous episodes with him: And don't forget to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday training plan sale! Starting on Tuesday, November 26 and going through Tuesday, December 3rd, we're giving 50% off all training plans with code Fast50. Now's the time to start getting faster!

About Isaiah Newkirk

Isaiah has been coaching for 12+ years and a FasCat Coach for 6. He came to us as a graduate of collegiate cycling powerhouse Marian University competing in Track, Road, and Cross. Isaiah raced Professionally on the Road for years, racing all over the world, and doing iconic US races such as Tour of Utah and Tour of Colorado. Since "retiring" he has shifted focus to doing races to the likes of LT100, Unbound, and other endurance events. Isaiah started coaching in 2008 when he was asked to coach a little 500 team in his home town of Bloomington, IN. Since then coaching has become a passion for Isaiah and he is eager to help any rider achieve their goals and potential. Isaiah has coached athletes to National titles, World Titles, and to the professional ranks. Isaiah is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach, TrainingPeaks Level 1, Certified Skills Instructor, and was a speaker at the USA Cycling Coaching Summit 2020. Isaiah is also director and performance manager for Domestic Elite Team : Project Echelon.

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