Nic Pillonel

Nicolas Pillonel, a Swiss-Australian coach with more than a decade of coaching/training experience, is an accomplished multi-sport athlete, competing at national level in Switzerland in athletics and cross country running. Nic is based in Châbles, Switzerland and works with athletes from all over the world. He speaks French, German and English.

My philosophy fits very neatly with the methodologies. Simplicity and quality in training is the key, but there must always be an understanding of the needs and circumstances of each athlete. I believe this is why I’ve been able to specialise in coaching senior executives and busy entrepreneurs as I understand the realities of their work and home life and we work together to get the best out of the time they do have available. This method applies to all athletes however, as we are all busy! I also have a mantra which I use often as I see so many athletes training the same way year after year and not improving – “If you want something you’ve never had, you may have to do things you have never done.”

Nic Pillonel

Coach Nic Pillonel

Nicolas has competed internationally in triathlon of all distances, including 15 Ironman races in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Japan as well as competing at the World Championship in Hawaii. After moving to Australia in 2001, Nicolas founded a successful Fitness and Athletic coaching business and trained age group and national level athletes. He also provided personal training services to high level corporate executives and delivered corporate health programs to large organisations in Australia. Nicolas returned to Switzerland with his family in 2016 and is living in the French region.

“Growing up in Switzerland I was always obsessed with sport and competed at a national level in athletics and cross country. This transitioned well into triathlon and I started competing in Europe from an early age. Much of my training and competing was done while working a senior executive role in Zurich, so I understand the challenges of work and finding time to train and train right! I competed in all distances, including 15 Ironman races in Europe, Australia and Asia. My transition to coaching occurred after my move to Australia where I had the opportunity to train athletes of all levels and stages of development. I enjoy working with passionate athletes and the reward is seeing their development and progression.”

Years as Professional Coach

Kona Qualifications

AG Champions

Years in Triathlon

Coaching Plans

Coaching Blog

Why Low Cadence for Triathlon?

Strength training - low cadence, big gear hill reps for Trisutto camp athletes in Cyprus. Even after all these years, and all the results I'm still asked by athletes about bike cadence. How come I'm such a proponent for 'non-biker' trained athletes to use low cadence?...

Fearless Racing

Melanie overcomes the tough conditions at Ironman Western Australia with a smile. This weekend, I had Melanie Baumann racing in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Western Australia. After racing Hawaii in October, Melanie was still keen to race and...

Welcoming Coach Declan Doyle

As our Trisutto family continues to grow, I am very pleased to welcome coach Declan Doyle. I have known Declan for more than 10 years, and during that time I have been able to observe his outstanding exploits as an athlete, while he continued his career in...

Bike for Show, Run for Dough!

A superb come from behind win for Lisa Roberts in Cozumel. Photo Credit @TalbotCox Lisa Roberts continued her amazing season capturing her 3rd Ironman title in Cozumel. This fall Lisa has been on fire nabbing a title in September, October, and now November. Lisa...

Bahrain Brilliance

Daniela lays it on the line at Bahrain 70.3. Photo Credit: TrimaxMag Now the dust has settled from last weekends race, we can make a clear analysis of both the race, and of the season. Firstly, hats off to an absolute brilliant return to top level racing for The...

Coaching: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is almost upon us and I’m beginning to see athletes posting on social media about the newest tri equipment or gadgets that they have received, or would like to receive as gifts. They’ve read in the tri mags, or observed the top age group or elite...


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