gordy@speedmadison.com

What do you like best about coaching & leading instructional rides?

People.  Specifically the interaction with athletes who are willing to dedicate themselves to the process of improving what they can do, and pursuing what they dream.  Whether I’m coaching an athlete individually, or leading an instructional ride, the connection to people who share my love of cycling and who are pursuing their goals is what I enjoy the most. 

Why did you become a coach?

I wanted to give something back to the sport of cycling and I realized many other cycling athletes could benefit from the knowledge I have gained from study and experience.

What is your coaching philosophy?

My coaching philosophy can be summed up with a series of statements. Rest as hard as you train.  Make a commitment to consistency and excellence.  Plan to persevere; patience pays.  Achieving the “impossible” takes a while.  A good coach is a mentor and a guide; but, you are the one pedaling the bike.  Do not seek, or accept ‘short cuts’; they do not exist.  Set your goals, follow the path, and you will attain success.

Your own athletic accomplishments:

I began racing bikes in the mid 1980’s at the age of 34. I took a break from racing in the 90’s. After 12 years, I decided to return to the sport. My first major accomplishment was coming back into the sport of cycling after such a long time away. Much had changed. Bikes were lighter, training more sophisticated, and, it seemed, racing was faster. To become competitive I knew I needed to learn how to use power measurement as a training tool. My second accomplishment was to integrate power training into my plan.  I also adopted a periodized approach to training.   Since returning to bike racing, I was upgraded to USAC Road and Cyclocross Cat 1, rode to eight Master’s National Championships, multiple podium finishes at Master’s Nationals, seven top 10 finishes in international competition including two wins, multiple WCA Series championships as well as WiSport Fastest man recognition, and I won 13 Wisconsin State Championships and many local victories. I have particularly good results in time trials where I set numerous course records in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  However, one of the most important athletic accomplishments that I am proud of is the achievements by athletes I’ve coached. Many have surpassed my course records and have gone on to achieve, State, National and international prominence.

Things you are currently working on / training for:

UCI Master’s World Championships

Certification:

  • USAC certified Level 1 coach
  • USAC Cat 1 Road & Cyclocross racer

Results:

  • 2010
  • USAC Master’s National Time Trial - 2nd
  • USAC Master’s National Road Race - 7th
  • WCA State Road Race Championship - Champion
  • L’Alpe ‘Blu Huez TT - Champion
  • ABR State TT Championship - Champion
  • Chiropractic Partners TT -  2nd
  • USGP Planet Bike Cup CX #1 - 3rd
  • Blue Mound Classic RR - 4th
  • L’Alpe Blu Huez TT #2 - Champion
  • La Crosse Fitness Festival Criterium - 2nd
  • 2009
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship Criterium - 2nd
  • Wisconsin State TT Championships - Champion
  • USGP Planet Bike Cup CX #1 - 3rd
  • USGP Planet Bike Cup CX #2 - 5th
  • Jingle Cross CX #1 - 3th
  • 2008
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship RR/T - Champions
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship TT/T -  Champions
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship RR - 8th
  • FIS/RSC Deutschlandsberg TT - 1st
  • FIS/RSC  Deutschlandsberg  Pairs TT - 1st  
  • UCI Masters’ World Championships TT - 7th
  • Grandview Firehouse 2-person TT - 1st
  • Jingle Cross CX #1 - 1st
  • Jingle Cross CX #2 - 3rd
  • 2007
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship RR/T - Champions
  • USAC Masters’ National Championship TT/T - Champions
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships TT - Champion
  • Jingle Cross CX #1 - 3rd
  • Jingle Cross CX #2 - 4th
  • WCA 45+ Series - Champion
  • Illinois State TT Championships - 2nd
  • 2006
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships - Champion
  • Wisconsin State RR Championships - Champion
  • Wisconsin State TT Championships -  Champion
  • 2005
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships TT - 2nd
  • WCA State TT Championships - Champion
  • Grandview Firehouse 50 4-person TT - 1st
  • 2004
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships TT - Champion
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships RR - 9th
  • 2003
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships RR - Champion
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships Criterium - 2nd
  • USAC Masters’ National Championships TT - 2nd
  • 2002
  • Grandview Firehouse 50 4-person TT - 1st
  • 2001
  • Grandview Firehouse 50 4-person TT - 1st
  • Badger State Games RR - 1st
  • Wisconsin State RR Championship - 1st
  • 1969
  • Wisconsin State TT Championships - Champion

Testimonials

Training with Gordy has taken me to another level in my racing career.  Although I am strong rider and motivated to train, I lacked bike-handling skills, racing strategy, confidence, and had a tendency to over train. Gordy devised a training program to work on my weaknesses while still improving my strength and conditioning.  With his help I won the time trial and came in second in the road race at Masters Nationals. I look forward to working with him the coming year.

- Arrietta