2017 in pictures – It was a very good year!

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I had the opportunity to ride and race in a lot of different places in 2017. From top right going clockwise: Rolling on the local roads of Kitsap County. Thursday night racing at Seward Park. USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships. Heading to the Col de La Croix in Switzerland. Training race at the Tom Dumoulin Bike Park in Sittard, NL. Turning a few laps at the Olympic Velodrome in Colorado Springs. Getting to race with the athletes that I coach is one of my preferred methods of coaching and plenty of those opportunities presented themselves this past year.

 

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For the third year I traveled to Europe with a group of juniors. This year it was with the USA Cycling Nieuwelingen Trip. Three weeks of bike racing school for 15-16 year old juniors based out of Sittard, NL. The kids raced six kermesses in three weeks and won five of them!

 

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Some takes from the four week UCI Coaching Diploma Course that I attended in August at the World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland. Top Right Clockwise: The after effects of the the UCI protocol watt-bike test – Dr. G. Millet talks altitude training – The fundamentals of bike fit. – Testing aerodynamics on a velodrome. – A ride to Morgins with the WCC Team. – The Final Diploma. I was only the fourth American to ever take the course and I am only the second to earn the UCI Coaching Diploma.

 

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Continuing education was a big theme in 2017. In addition to the four week UCI course I also attended two other important gatherings in the fall, both in Salt Lake City. As chronicled earlier this year, I am no longer affiliated with Gym Jones. A number of former GJ instructors gathered together for a “Wake” of sorts and to discuss how to move forward together – keep an eye out for some joint seminars, podcasts and other really cool things in the future. I also attended a climbing for coaching seminar put on by Steve Bechtel and the crew at Climb Strong. I recently started working with some climbers and wanted to update myself on new climbing modalities. Steve and his crew put on a great three day seminar.

 

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Two of the athletes that I work with stepped up big time for 2018! Logan Owen has signed a two year contract with the World Tour Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale and Heidi Franz has signed with the Rally Women’s Professional Cycling Team! I am super psyched for these two and the big things coming for them!

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