Direct Power Coaching are a collection of some of the finest cycling coaches around. The team is led by British Cycling Level 3, multi award winning and BikeEtc magazine guru – Pav Bryan. We have worked with Pav as the coach contributor of our Coaches Blog feature. But we wanted to find out more about the DPC and how they came about.
About Direct Power Coaching
Our ethos is about real world training for real world cyclists….
Behind the Brand
In a little over 6 years, Pav has gone from establishing Pav Bryan Coaching – to growing the business into Direct Power Coaching. Now setting up in the US – we wanted to find out a bit more about his journey. Unfortunately our AATR budget wouldn’t allow for a flight over there, so we sent Pav a few questions which he has kindly answered for us.
Has cycling/bikes always been a passion?
Who came up with the name – Direct Power Coaching?
My friend Damen did. I had been looking to change the business name from Pav Bryan Cycle Coaching for some time and he thought of this. He later told me that it was really because he wanted to abbreviate it to DPCT and somewhat claim it was Damen & Pav Racing Team!
Do you remember your first client?
Yes absolutely, I can remember all the clients I’ve worked with one-to-one. I have real fond memories of working out of a room at my parents house, utilising a Wattbike to help clients improve technique. I was more of a personal trainer at the beginning I guess, but I wasn’t complaining!
Do you only coach or do you still compete & if so, do you listen to your own advice?
Ha ha, nope! I’m terrible and that’s why I have one of the DPC coaches, Ian, coach me. Even today, after feeling better from my stomach bug, I was ready to get out on the road. Ian just said “rest, 100%”. I know it’s what I’d say to one of my clients too, but we can all be biased with our training! Next up for me is Haute Route Rockies. This is in preparation for my main event of the year which is to break the World Record for the Fastest Ride of Route 66, 2500 miles in under 11 days.
What is the toughest aspect of being a cycling coach?
One of the biggest problems can be that people see their passion, cycling, as something less serious to them, after all hiring a cycling coach is a luxury. Sometimes people don’t understand that it is my living, I get a lot of questions about cycling, I try to answer them all, but sometimes you get that one person who keeps coming back and you just have to have that healthy boundary with people which protects my worth.
What has been your (DPC) proudest moment so far?
I’ve had so many. Probably Fabien winning the National TT for his age group last year. Fastest 15 year old in the country and going from strength to strength. That kid means a lot to me, a great friend and such a nice lad.
So what’s next? In an ideal world – what’s the 3-5 year plan for DPC?
Continue to grow, we went into our 21st country the other day. Latin America and the Middle-East have been great growing markets for us. I want to get more into Australasia too. We have a couple of new coaches starting with us soon, in anticipation of another busy winter. I think that’s a realistic target. We move an office into the US this year and become multi-national, that should cement our position there.
What advice would you give to someone new to business or looking to start their own brand?