PLAN7 Endurance Coaching

PLAN7 Endurance Coaching provides services to endurance athletes of all types whether you plan on racing, becoming more fit, or reaching that personal best time for your event. The coaching staff at PLAN7 are focused on helping you reach your goals. They work with cyclists, runners, triathletes, and any type of endurance athlete whether it is on roads, trails, snow, water, or dirt. They will help you get you as strong as your body can be with an effective training plan specific to you. PLAN7 offers coaching plans, indoor training sessions, bike fits, power testing, and customized nutrition services. Learn more at http://plan7coaching.com/

 
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DNA Cycling

DNA Cycling makes sure that you will feel and look great on your trip. Over the past nine years they have been continually refining, re-designing, and pushing the boundaries of what “the other guys” are doing.  Their desire to create the perfect fit led them on a journey to a concept referred to as Body Mapping. In a nutshell, DNA wants your kit to feel like it’s painted on. This requires matching up the perfect fabrics for different body types and riding styles. They add in laser cut trims, compression, seam construction, wicking properties, suspension systems, superb chamois and bio ceramics to create a kit that feels like a new kit each and every time it is worn. Because doing it right shows. Every time. Join us on our DNA Italy Experience to get a tour of the factory and spend a week riding with the owners. To learn more about DNA and their exceptional clothing check out https://www.dnacycling.com/

 
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Breanne Nalder-Harward

The other half of PLAN7 Endurance Coaching is Breanne. She raced for the DNA Pro Cycling Team for 5 years and considers this group her family. In road racing, her accolades include 2nd and 3rd place at USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship 2016 and 2017, 3rd place at 2015 Tour of the Gila, and she was awarded Most aggressive Rider at Tour of Utah Women's Edition 2014, as well as numerous top 10 finishes at NRC and UCI stage races. She was on a TTT team at World Championships in 2015 in and rode in many UCI races around the globe. On gravel (her new love), Breanne has been on the podium at Crusher in the Tushar and won Rebecca's Private Idaho 2017.

As the Nutrition coach for PLAN7, she earned a BS in Biology, a Masters degree (MS) in Nutrition and Sports Dietetics from the University of Utah. Breanne works hard to teach the science of food and how our bodies use nutrients as fuel to achieve optimal performance. She works directly with the staff chef in planning the food, so get ready for fabulous and healthy meals at all of the trips!

 
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Dave Nalder-Harward

An accomplished road bike, mountain bike, cyclocross and distance running racer himself, Dave is a USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Certified Coach, a USA Cycling Certified MTB Coach, and a POSE Method of Running Certified Coach. Founder of PLAN7 Endurance Coaching, he works with athletes in a variety of disciplines and levels to help them reach their optimal performance potential. At Upper Echelon, Dave puts together all of the routes and rides. With Dave as ride leader and head coach, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience and push yourself to accomplish some of the most epic riding in the world!

 
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Chef Eric

Erik began bike racing at the age of 12 years and has spent the last 18 years racing primarily on the road with some fun MTB racing mixed in. No stranger to endurance activities he and his wife's lives are full of camping and hiking trips, winter skiing or any other activity that gets them outside. A major belief of his is the balancing act between family, sport and life and how to work on achieving success in all facets of life. If you can’t find him outside on his bike you might find him in the kitchen preparing food that he has grown in his own garden as he truly values the food chain and the best way to know is to eat what you grow. Together with Coach Breanne, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, they create meals to make you happy and properly fuel you for all the rides during each trip, focusing on the local food and experiences of each destination. Yum!

 
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Soigneur Jannalyn

Jannalyn Slack is our go-to gal for all of your needs from riding with us. Not only is she the other half of Chef/Coach Erik, she knows her stuff on and off the bike! As a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA, associates degree from Provo College) she also received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Human Development and Family Studies. Combined with her experience and education as an athlete and coach, she is able to provide transformative therapy experiences and body work. Jannalyn enjoys cycling, hiking, baking, traveling and exploring new places, so it’s a perfect fit to have her with us on trips to take care of your body as well as help the place we stay enjoyable, comfortable, and smelling like fresh baked cookies!

 

Special Guests

Every tour will have a top level mechanic with us, who builds and breaks down your bike for travel, repairs any issues, and makes sure you roll happy the entire trip. Many trips will also feature special guests that will ride with us, share stories of their careers, and show us experiences through their perspective on their areas of expertise.