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Blog: Masters Doping.

I don't  call myself a writer. I do consider myself a passionate coach, fan and cyclist.  I think my position in the sport gives me insight that most don't have. However, this subject is a bit more complex because of the unique "proximity" I have to the announcement that NC rider David Leduc tested positive for rhEPO. 


I have known,raced against him for decades. He has beaten me to a pulp on several occasions. Crits. Yup. Stage races. Yup.

Is this how we see David? 

  1. a person who acts dishonestly in order to gain an advantage.

By definition David is a cheater. 


I received lots of emails/Dm's/messages after the announcement broke. I'm based in North Carolina. I have called hundreds of races David has raced in. I've seen him gut himself to win a that actually put him in a ambulance. 


David is a unique individual. He, from what I know, is uber intelligent. A philosopher of sorts. Owned his own business. A doper. 


David was also an interesting interview. Quiet. A bit unassuming at times. A great technical racer. He would sit at the back of a race, 1 lap of a crit he would move to the middle, the next lap he was off the front in a winning move. His signature move. 


One day he came up to me, while commentating, and he politely, quietly said "You're one of the best announcers I've ever heard". Walked off. Quietly. That's about all he has EVER said to me outside of "post race interviews". (Sans a training camp in Florida we all did together eons ago). During bike races David wanted to rip me..or anyone to shreds. Don't get me wrong. He does have his moments in group rides with people he knew. I'm sure lots of pros and elite guys can chime in on what they thought or how they felt about Leduc. That's not for me to judge. I can only comment on my experiences with David. 


It's funny how we all are first to jump on board and say..."yeah, we all knew he was doping". I guess it's all easy for us to say it now. But, yeah, over the years I did hear. "How did he just win a Masters 35+, Masters 45+ and Pro 1/2 crit in one day?" (Yeah he did that one time) I call them "undergroud grumblings". Quietly.


It really is a testament to how driven, crazy insane masters racers are driven to win. It fills a hole. This is their drug. Because, in some cases, if it wasn't for racing it may be drugs or alcohol or....another way to fill that need/itch.


I know that we would love to remove doping from our sport. It will never go away. When there's pride and money (yeah, it's small money, but it's not really about the money for masters, it's the "I crushed your will") involved AND people with discretionary money that can afford it...sorry it's here to stay.


Do we test every race? Can't. To expensive. 


I sure hope David will learn from this. I hope cycling (again) will learn from this. I also hope that some day we will no longer have to quietly wonder wether someone is doping. Seems far off. 


Tailwinds to you all.






Video Blog: What the heck do I do now?

Christmas has just passed. The New Years is right around the corner. So. How to train for the upcoming year over the next few weeks. Long slow distance? Short/Intense intervals? Both?


Tis the season....

We find the inundating nature of the Holiday Season. It's a bit stressful. Good eating habits take a plunge, training wanes. 

The best remedy to all this is...TRY. Get on your bike and do a easy ride. Go for quick jog or run. It really will make Santa happy to know that you are taking care of yourself. Reward yourself with that piece of pie. 

Holidays are stresful. Reduces stress by being active as much as possible!



Recovering Legs and Sanity: The Off Season


Off season, off season, oh how I look forward to you all year! There seems to be no shortage of cool, interesting and non-structured workouts to be done during this time, and after a long year of being prescribed what to do every day, it’s so cool to mix it up. A long time ago when my first baby was a baby, I started teaching fitness classes at the Y in my neighborhood. Now cycling takes up a majority of my year. I don’t often do the workouts I lead in my classes, and I look forward to this time, when I can squat, jump, burpee and lunge my legs away without worrying about how it will impact a Sunday race.


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Is Failure a good thing?

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"The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks


What is TotalCyclist?

We get asked the question all the time. We are so much more than just cycling.


WE really think you will like our new website!!

TotalCyclist 3.0


It's been about 2 years or so since we have built a new website. The time was right. We sensed the frustration of some of our clients INABILITY to maneuver our last website so we took it upon ourselves, challenged ourselves to service our client base better. 

Some of the things you will notice:

  1. I tell all of our athletes: "K.I.S.S". Keep it simple stupid. Well our last website wasn't simple. The new one is!
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  3. The new website has some neat new features. You can book your class without ever having to navigate to a 3rd party website.
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  5. Yes you can still use your TotalCyclist app!

The "More" tab features all of our peripherial entities like DivaCamp and the TotalCyclist MTB race team. 

We value your feedback. We hope you will like the newest version of TotalCyclist!!!



Coach Susan Is At It Again!

Congratulations are again in order for TC Coach/Athlete Susan Airheart for winning her age group in the Thunder Road Marathon. She ran it in 3:42! Way to go Susan!




Triathlon and Cyclocross Heat November Up!

Congrats are in order for TC coach/athlete Susan Airheart as she placed 2nd in her AG at the USA Triathlon National Championships in Anderson, SC. This qualifies her for the ICU Worlds in China in 2014. Way to go Susan!


Athlete Jodi Newman placed 8th in her AG at her first iron distance race last weekend at Beach to Battleship in Wilmington, NC. Nice work Jodi!


On the CX front, TC mountain bikers are having fun at our local CX race held at North Mecklenburg Park in Huntersville. Bonnie Kleffman placed 2nd in the Open Women's field, with Casey Bailey not far behind in 4th place, and Sherrie George making a strong showing at 5th across the line. 


In the Men's Open Elite, Luke Sagur smashed it with a 2nd place finish, while Jamie Turski killed it with a 4th place in the Cat 4 field. As if Jamie did not get enough, he went on to race the Open and pulled out a 16th place. These guys mean business! Nice work!




Mountain Bike Fun at the Wilkes 100


Congratulations are in order to Sherry George for her 1st place Women's Single Speed podium last weekend at the Wilkes 100K, held at the famous N. Wilkesboro Warrior Creek/Dark Mountain trail system. This fun and flowy course was the perfect venue for an endurance mountain bike race, and Sherry rocked it with a first! Also on the podium that day was coach Laura Gleason, pulling out a 3rd place in the Women's 40+ category. Way to go ladies!


In the Men's Single Speed class, Scott George held a 6th place with a time of 5hrs, 10min. In the Men's open, Kelly Hudson had a 16th place finish, putting him in the top half of finishers for his stacked field. Nice job!