I began racing bicycles in 1985, while a student at Ohio University. In the early 90’s, I helped start the National Collegiate Cycling Association team there, and took my first USA Cycling Coaching courses while attending grad school.
After moving to Columbus, I was approached about helping out with the Ohio State University cycling team. I coached the club team from 2001 through 2012. Since we lacked the cycling scholarships to recruit experienced cyclists out of high school, our path to success was to develop Ohio State students into competitive cyclists. The approach was successful, with OSU sending athletes to National Championships every year of my tenure, and the team placing as high as 11th in the country.
While coaching, I continued though USA Cycling’s excellent coaching education system, eventually working my way to a Level 1 (highest level) coach.
I gained a good deal of experience teaching fundamental bicycle racing skills to new and developing cyclists — something I still enjoy doing. I was honored to contribute a chapter on skills development to the USA Cycling Level 2 Coaches handbook.
When my children were born, I stepped back a bit from coaching. But I have continued to stay involved, organizing training races, running junior programs, and providing custom clinics and advice for local teams.
And while I have slowed a bit with age and the demands of family, I have never stopped racing. I love track racing, and in 2015 finished 2nd in the inaugural season long Vocon Track Cup at the Cleveland Velodrome. And I’ve gained a great deal of personal experience in developing effective training plans for time crunched athletes.
I am currently offering personalized or customized group skills training programs and individualized training plans. Contact me for more details.