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. ...