An Australian former professional cyclist has provided his expert advice to Cambodian cyclists as the kingdom continues to hurtle towards sporting development.
Frank Zgoznik, a member of the Khmer Cycling Federation of Cambodia and national team volunteer coach offered participants expert advice, skills, and drills during a two-day Cycling Training Course for Coaching (Grassroots and Young Athletes) which concluded at the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia headquarters yesterday.
“To become good racers, young cyclists don’t even need to train on the bike, he said. Athletes first need to train in physical fitness and other areas to help develop capacity.”
Coach Zgoznik, a former professional cyclist, said that mindset was also important in helping to turn budding young cyclists into SEA Games medallists.
“I want them to change their mindset if they want to be a good cyclists. To strengthen the muscles. Building muscle and working out at th gym are all important if they want to achieve.”
The training course saw 38 participants – 3 of whom were female – learn about theory and practice of coaching young cyclists.
Coach Zgoznik also advised athletes on a correct diet for athletes which he said would aid muscle growth and recovery.
“Exercise is important as it puts pressure on the body, he said. “So we need to learn how to eat properly and nutritiously so that the body heals well. So strength can be gained after exercise allowing you to continue to practice tomorrow. And you have to get enough rest because it’s during this time that the body can grow.”
The coach said that if Cambodian racers followed what he advised, they could challenge for medals at the 32nd SEA Games in 2023 which will be hosted in Cambodia.
Vong Khanpov, general secretary of the Khmer Cycling Federation of Cambodia, said training was very important for both coach and athletes.
“Young people can gain a better experience and can develop better abilities. Better training can help them grow and expert guidance is very important. Without guidance and training from a skilled trainer we cannot make them competent athletes.”
Hun Samuth, director of the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, advised participants to heed the words of coaches and trainers.
“Good discipline is required to become an athlete and both the ability and discipline will help you join the 2023 SEA Games,” he said.