Cycle-Smart Athlete Profile: Kim and Ben Coleman

This week, we sat down with Kim and Ben Coleman to discuss their unique situation as a bike racing couple with young children, and how they balance family with training and racing. Cycle-Smart coaches have a unique understanding of this balance, since most of us are both parents and competitive athletes as well, and we work hard with our clients to build programs and offer coaching that work best for their needs both on and off the bike. Here's what Kim had to say about working with Cycle-Smart: CS: Who is your coach and how long have you ...

A Somewhat Serious Zwift Racing Guide, by Kevin Bouchard-Hall

The Art of Zwift MasteryWith Spring right around the corner it is important to get focused on the most important part of the season.  Peak Zwift racing. We are in the last stages of people riding inside that don’t want to be there and soon the world of Zwift will be a ghost town populated only by triathletes.  With that in mind, and the possibility Spring and Summer will never actual return, let’s talk about how to make the most of your time Zwifting.Starts.  Everyone’s favorite Zwift feature.  The 5min Vo2 max effort where you ...

Cycle-Smart Coach and Athlete Profile: Jordan Villella

What's your background in racing? I started “racing” in 2007 with alley cat messenger style racing in Pittsburgh. After many unsanctioned but seriously fun races around the city, I decided that I wanted to compete on a closed course - something where cars weren't trying to hit you. I entered my first cyclocross race at the local “Month of Mud” series and was awoken to the world of actual racing. From there I trained and raced as much as possible - traveling all around North America collecting lots of experience and some good results . Those results earned me my pro mountain bike license and category 1 cyclocross license. Most of my experience is in cyclocross and mountain bike racing but I ...

Cycle-Smart Coach Profile: Michael van den Ham

Of the types of riders that race cyclocross, those that mark every course with a quiet intensity and a methodical approach are the most successful. Michael van den Ham, the Cycle-Smart coach who has represented Canada five times at the World Championships and who earned his second elite national championship this season, exemplifies that mindset. Here’s where the athlete meets the coach in his role with Cycle-Smart: Michael van den Ham coaches a young rider at Massachusetts 'Cross Camp. Photo Janice Checchio. ...