Monday, February 09, 2009

Coaches at Wisconsin Camp June 6-13

Wisconsin Coaching Week June 6-13
All the coaches at Wisconsin Coaching Week have been invited to attend because of their cycling knowledge, but also because they are the type of people you can talk to as friends. They are just a personable talking about bikes at the dinner table as they are when giving an organized seminar. We are fortunate to have their mix of knowledge together for one week to help riders of all abilities at Wisconsin Coaching Camp.

Jim Langley
Jim lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, Deb. Jim got hooked on riding when he was 10 years old, and it led to a career in the bike biz. He now works out of his home office as the content director for, a company that helps about 1,000 bicycle shops in the USA and Canada with their websites.

Jim's probably best known for his wrenching and writing. He worked for 17 years as a professional mechanic in shops from New Hampshire to California , and then became the technical editor for Bicycling Magazine, opening a west coast office, where he worked for 11 more years. Jim has also written for Velo News, California Bicyclist, Inside Cycling and Self, and he's published three books including the bestseller Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair and his new ebook, Your Home Bicycle Workshop.

Jim maintains an extensive cycling website and blog ( and where he offers a lot of free and expert cycling help, and he's also a contributing writer for He has also worked as a USCF mechanic and coach, and also as a coach for Team In Training. Of course, when Jim's not working for SmartEtailing, writing or updating his website and blog, he's out riding and racing (mostly the road these days). He also has a passion for cycling collectibles, is an accomplished table tennis player and coach, and has ridden his bicycle every day for over 14 years.

Each afternoon at Wisconsin Coaching Camp Jim will be demonstrating bicycle repairs as part of his “Shade Tree Mechanic” seminars. He will covering practical topics such as solving your bike’s click and squeaks, wheel building and repair, index shift adjusting and lots of other repairs every cyclist should be able to do themselves. Jim’s knowledge and humor makes him an interesting teacher everyone can learn from.

Bob Olsen
Bob got involved with long distance cycling in 1983 as a crew member for Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo on their cross cross country record attempts. He worked in bicycle shops since 1985 (23 years experience) and has been fitting bikes for over 15 years (Fit Kit Systems Certified). He has also worked with area Physical Therapist and Orthopedic doctors on medical fits.

In 2005 Bob opened his own high end bicycle store focusing on building custom bikes and specializing in customer bike fitting. He is a member of the Serotta International Cycling Institute. Bob has a practical approach to fitting bikes as a mechanic and cyclist. He knows the compatibility of components that work together for the best fit application.

Bob has been a coach and bike fit specialist at the PAC Tour Arizona Camp. His practical common sense approach to fitting riders to their bikes has been a popular addition to these camps.

At Wisconsin Coaching Week Bob will be giving a seminar about practical bike fitting. He will be offering each rider a free 15 minute fitting session with suggestions and changes to their bike positioning. Bob will be available for further in depth personal positioning appointments for an additional hourly fee.

Fred Matheny
Fred has been a cyclist and cycling journalist since the ‘70s. He was the Fitness and Training Editor for Bicycling Magazine and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books and ebooks including Fred Matheny’s Complete Book of Road Bike Training. He co-founded (RBR) with Ed Pavelka and continues to contribute to the website and weekly newsletter. He began racing in Colorado in 1976 and has won several Colorado State Championships and been on the podium at Masters Nationals. He was on the 1996 Race Across America team that set a 50+ record of 5 days, 11 hours.

He has worked with hundreds of riders at PAC Tour Training Camps, Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps, and Dirt Camp and has coached at every Desert Camp since its inception in 1996. He is also a speaker who has given presentations at cycling events around the U.S. including El Tour de Tucson, the Hotter’n Hell Hundred and to business and professional groups.

You can buy Fred Matheny’s Complete Book of Road Bike Training from It provides detailed instructions on how to analyze your strengths and weaknesses then capitalize on those strengths and overcome any liabilities. It also includes sample programs to help you plan your own training.

At Wisconsin Coaching Camp Fred will be giving nightly entertaining seminars about his practical insight about training and equipment. He has seen many myths and philosophies change in the past 30 years. He has a good perspective about what really works.

Wisconsin Coaching Week is proud to offer these three coaches as a way for all cyclists to improve their cycling knowledge.



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