What my Athletes are Saying


Christian Leeuw

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to write this letter of recommendation for Marco Nicoli for promotion to the next level of Triathlete, Cyclist, and Endurance Coach. I have known Marco for the past 3 years and He has coached me for the past year. In my experience Marco optimizes the athlete’s race/event performance and the overall training experience.

I am an endurance athlete of 10+ years, and have had other professional coaching over that time. In working with Marco I found that my previous coaching relationships provided value, but fell short of the high fidelity work/life balance - while still achieving personal bests - that an athlete enjoys under Marco’s care.
Marco’s plan is built specifically for, and unique to the individual athlete, and then constantly edited to meet the ever changing physical, mental, and circumstantial stress state of that athlete. Marco is always soliciting specific input from the athlete based on what he is analyzing in the data and athlete logs. Rather than just ask “how do you feel,” Marco uses his extensive biophysical knowledge to ask about specifics. Even without a response from the athlete, the training plan adjusts. Most importantly He always has a positive alternative for whatever setbacks the athlete encounters - life, fatigue, or injury. In my case we worked through two physical setbacks (Calf injury, and extensive work travel) that I had assumed would have an unmitigated negative impact on my event. Instead with Marco’s guidance we found effective alternate training outlets and maintained a positive attitude throughout. That leadership, knowledge, and positivity directly enabled me to have an IM 70.3 personal best run time on a course I have raced twice before.

All of Marco’s superior communication and leadership wouldn’t be worth what it is, without his incredible depth of personal training experience, and his seemingly bottomless knowledge of training and adaptation. A self-professed “data geek,” He is constantly analyzing the state of his athletes and how best to apply all that he knows for the benefit of the Athlete.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to further discuss what it’s like to have a best coaching asset out there - Marco Nicoli - on your team!

Best Regards

Joe Doerr

It is my absolute pleasure to recommend Marco Nicoli

Marco Nicoli and I have known each other for over 15 years.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Marco, and came to know him as a truly valuable coaching asset to my triathlon training as an age group triathlete. He is honest, dependable and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, he is an impressive individual with a strong analytical mind who is always available to provide detailed examination and assistance.

His knowledge of the sport of triathlon and expertise in cycling was a huge advantage to my training. He put this skillset to work in order to help me achieve my race-specific goals.

Along with his undeniable talent, Marco has always been an absolute joy to work with. He is a true professional, and always manages to foster positive feedback. He brought out the best in me in many ways. Whether it was in training or in a designated race, our professional relationship flourished because I had routinely reached my targeted goals.

Please feel free to contact me at (310) 529-6349 should you like to discuss Marco’s qualifications and experience further. I’d be happy to expand on my recommendation.

Best wishes

Andrés R. Gómez

When I first met Marco, I was frustrated with my current coach and he was quick to diagnose why and give pointers to help make my training more effective.

After a couple of months of following his advice and doing various training sessions together, I decided to take the plunge and hire him as my coach.

His extreme knowledge and use of the quantitative approach, where numbers are what is used as a basis for measurement is the one thing that sold me. Not to mention his own results or his own personality.

Marco is always willing to help in any way he can and was open to working with me on whatever level needed. Our coach/athlete relationship was always evolving and we would work together to achieve whatever goal I was after.

If you are looking for someone who understands what it takes to improve at any level, has the time to dedicate to you and is constantly looking for ways to improve. Marco is your Coaching option.