I fell in love with bicycle racing while watching TV coverage of Greg Lemond at the 1986 Tour de France, but I didn't begin my own racing career until 1998 while working toward my master's degree at the University of Virginia. After a brief break from racing to start a technology business, I invested in my first PowerTap in 2005 when I returned to racing.
Since then, my personal racing accomplishments have included:
- 5 Virginia State Championship gold medals
- 2010 Virginia State Omnium Champion
- 4 Virginia Best All-Around Rider podiums
- Top-ten national ranking in the time trial, 2008-present
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and training experience with a variety of clients from all over the globe, particularly master's racers, U23 riders, and juniors. In addition to coaching clients for PCG, I am the head coach of the Bear Creek Academy Cycling Team, a program geared toward introducing at-risk youth to the world of mountain bike racing.
My approach to coaching is based on decades of experience as a learner, counselor, and educator. It is based on four pillars:
- Meet the client where he/she is. Every client comes into cycling at a different point of knowledge, experience, fitness, ambitions, etc. As a coach, it's my job to assess where each client is on this continuum and then provide the athlete with the tools to move forward from there.
- Establish an open and honest relationship. At the core of any successful coach-athlete relationship is the ability to be honest with each other, to apply good listening skills, and to be able to communicate wants and needs effectively.
- The teacher is also a student. If I'm not continually learning about advances in technology, nutrition and training methods, how can I expect to provide my clients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based information possible? It's important to me to continually educate myself so I can best educate my clients.
- Set measurable, attainable goals. An athletic goal is not particularly useful if it is either unrealistic/unattainable or cannot be measured. My job as a coach is to help my athletes translate their ambitions into goals that, while challenging, can be objectively measured and realistically attained.
- Winner of the 2010 Virginia State Championship Omnium
- Top 3 of the Virginia State Best All-Around Rider competition from 2008-2010
- Twice ranked in the top ten nationally by USA Cycling in the time trial discipline age group