Position/Role: Head Coach and Founder
Craig’s lifelong passions are cycling and endurance sport. Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983 and eventually racing in the World Championships of Cyclocross, winning a World Cup medal in Mountain Bike Racing, placing 2nd in the US in Elite Criterium Championships, racing Track and Triathlon, he has earned the equivalent of a Doctorate in Cycling on the bike.
Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996, is currently the Director of all Junior racing in the state of Washington, CEO and founder of Cycle University, former board member of the Marymoor Velodrome and Cyclocross Association and sought after speaker, coach and fitness expert. He is a coach with USACycling and a graduate of the Carmichael Coaching College. Craig coached for Lance Armstrong’s coach for 3 years and assisted him at the Tour de France in 2002 and 2003. Craig also was the Head Coach for the Bristol Myers Tour of Hope in 2003 with Lance Armstrong.
His racing highlights include a Silver Medal at Elite Criterium Nationals, a ride in the Tour l’ Avenir for USA, twice a member of Team USA in the Tour of El Salvador and Washington State Criterium champion among many other road racing honors. He earned a World Cup medal in 3 years of pro XC Mountain biking, and in Cyclocross numerous Supercup medals, a Washington State Championship title and a ride in the World Championships in Munich in 1997 representing the USA.
Craig began coaching at REI where he worked for ten years and taught regular clinics on bike maintenance, riding skills, and racing beginning in 1987. He started the Washington cycling program for the Leukemia Society and was head coach for 3 years bringing over 200 riders to the 111 mile El Tour de Tucson and helping raise over $500,000. He served on the Marymoor Velodrome board of directors for 2 years and has been instrumental in developing cyclocross in the Seattle area. He has worked with State, National and Olympic Champions including the Redline Cyclocross team, Adam Craig, the Jacques-Mayne brothers and theUniversity of Washington Huskies 1999 until present.
Craig’s pro level racing career and involvement with cycling’s key players gives him a unique insiders experience of cycling which has shaped his philosophy of coaching and motivating athletes at all levels of the sport. Cycle University is a “Brain Trust” of cycling’s best and brightest minds, lead by Undem, developing new methods to improve anyone’s ability in a supportive, innovative and inspirational environment.
Small Sample of the hundreds of athlete’s coached by Craig:
Andy & Ben Jacques Mayne – Road and Cyclocross
Jonny Sundt – Road and Cyclocross
Josie Beggs – Cyclocross
Adam Craig – Mountain and Cyclocross
Tim Rutledge – Cyclocross
Katie Blincoe – Cyclocross
David Salo – State TT
Sile Kiernan – State TT
Jim Brown – Masters Cyclocross
Matthew Hill – Masters Cyclocross
Position/Role: CycleU Junior Team Coach
Position/Role: Coaching Manager, Coach,
Bio:When I was 12 I wanted to buy my first 10 speed bike at the local KMart. My mom was a single mother of four kids and I was the oldest with many responsibilities for someone that age, but I’m not complaining; I developed a hard work ethic and am very independent as a result. She agreed to pay for half the cost of the bike if I earned the other half. I spent all summer mowing lawns for $5.00 each and saved the money I needed. I still remember the day I rode that 10 speed home from that Kmart.
All through middle school and high school I tried many different sports including running, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, gymnastics and although I never felt like I was very good at any of them, but I knew I wanted to be a professional athlete when I ‘grew up.’ During college, I started to really enjoy camping and hiking a lot through the majestic beauty of Southern Utah. I joined the ‘Outdoor/Rec club’ at the university which had quickly dissolved into the Mountain Biking club. I didn’t have a mountain bike, but that didn’t stop me from ‘asking’ to borrow one from a guy friend of mine. That was it. I had fell in love with the bicycle. Two years later I was the president of the Mountain Biking club and had earned the nickname ‘biker chic’.
My summer before my senior year of college I finally decided to purchase my first road bike. I did some mountain bike racing but after I participated in my first road bike race I fell in love with the sport of road racing. After I graduated college in 2005 I decided to focus on racing my bicycle. Unfortunately, my first year or so of ‘training’ and attempting to race were plagued with lots of illness, chronic fatigue and auto-immune like symptoms. The doctors could never figure out what it was so I quit going to doctors, laid in bed and did my own research.
After about 8 months I slowly started getting my energy back and finally, I started to feel like I had enough energy to ride a few miles and within a few months I was knee deep into building base during the winter. I was ready to chase my dream again. I went from a Cat 4 to a Cat 2 in 12 months and then after a training camp in the Sierra Nevada hills near Sacramento, I decided to come to Northern California where I had learned that this was the place to race, as the area has the longest and richest history of racing and the caliber of racing is the highest in the country. I left Utah, a job and everyone I knew and moved to Northern California where the first several months were spent couch surfing and racing. In 2010 I started racing in the Pro/1/2 category.
I’ve learned that it takes a long time to develop as a cyclist both physically and mentally. I’ve also found that I get a lot of satisfaction by helping others gain the skills to ride a bike. I got my USA Cycling coaching license in the winter of 2010. After beginning to race on the national circuit in 2013, I took ‘living my dream’ to another level and moved to Seattle WA to coach full time. I work with clientson a daily basis, in clinics or remotely. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, doing art projects, music and spending time with friends and family.
Coach Bruce Gillepsie
Coach Layton Carrol-Novack
Bio: Born in Seattle. 16 years old and a sophomore at Franklin High School. Been riding since I was about 12. Started racing 3 years ago. I race road cyclocross and track at Marymoor Velodrome. I love riding around the seattle area and getting outside to be active.
Where is Layton found: Sand Point Cycle U
Favorite Product: Garmin Edge 510
Favorite Ride: Mercer Island Loop
Coach Tom Meloy
Where Tom is found: On the East side riding his mountain bike or road bike, planning our Chelan camp and coaching riders who are looking for an experienced guide on their way to top fitness and cycling.
Favorite product: Specialized bikes!