training with Propello

Croyde Ocean Triathlon

Croyde Ocean Triathlon – Training with Propello2018-05-03T04:56:48+00:00

Croyde Ocean Triathlon, in association with The Pickwell Foundation, is thrilled to have Propello on board as our coaching partner this year.

In addition to designing a bespoke 12-week training programme for the event – which you can access for free here  via the incredible Training Peaks portal using the code “peopleandplanet” – they have also put together a team of experts in their individual fields to offer coaching, advice and much more, in the build-up to July and beyond.

James, Rob and Ben are available to provide advice and coaching for all elements of triathlon, including local knowledge of the Croyde Ocean Triathlon course (check out their details below). Propello is also offering two workshop days for those looking to improve their overall swim, bike and run performance (as well as transition) – or you can arrange individual coaching and training programmes to tackle specific challenges/weaknesses in any discipline. The two workshop days will be held on:

Each workshop is priced at £15 per session per athlete – so sign up early to avoid missing out on this great offer! You can add workshops to your basket when you sign-up for the triathlon or afterwards via RaceNation.

To complete the 12-week training programme ahead of this year’s event, it will commence on Monday 16th April 2018. Before you start the training programme Propello recommend that you focus your training time on building endurance through extensive aerobic exercise in each of the three disciplines. Make sure you incorporate a few hard efforts in each session. Aim to build up to 6 hrs training a week before you start their bespoke Olympic Distance Triathlon Training Plan!


James Lapish


Intuitive and individual development of nervous or inexperienced up to elite level swimmers.
Combining the latest scientific methodology and experience from 20+ years of representative sport to maximise your potential.


Rob Wakefield


A clear communicator and people person who has been helping people unlock their potential for 20 years. Great with the numbers, loves the technology and its application to people and sport. Still training and competing in endurance cycling events and races.


Ben Cox


Specializing in endurance physiology.
Over 25 years coaching and mentoring.
Specialist in physiology, movement mechanics, strength & conditioning, and mind-setting.
Injury rehab demon and destroyer of long term injuries.


To focus on getting the best engine and computer (you the athlete!) rather than expensive kit

To get you fast on the bike and still be able to complete a strong run!

To get you to the start line, prepared and in the strongest condition possible – with a mindset that they are going to give everything to complete the job!



Whilst this programme is for beginner/intermediate swimmers who are taking the plunge for the first time, more experienced swimmers will benefit from the sessions – setting their own goals. 


This programme is aimed at those who want to build their bike skills and endurance alongside the other elements of the triathlon.


This programme will develop strength in speed, your threshold levels, and your overall speed endurance.

Transition – the 4th discipline

Races can be lost here so preparation is key!

Bringing his year’s of experience directly to you, James will be taking you through the transition process to ensure you get to the bike and run unscathed, calm and prepared for the remainder of the race ahead.


Represented Great Britain triathlon team in the age group sprint distance race in the World Grand Final and the European Championships. Raced up to and including Iron Man distances.

A coach for more than 20 years. Still training and competing in endurance cycling events and races.

In additiong to coaching and mentoring for more than 25 years, Ben will run any distance and has completed races of 100 miles and over.


British Triathlon Coach – Level 2

Open Water Swimming Coach – Level 2

Strength & Conditioning Coach – Level 3



Master’s Degree in Sports and Health Science