Martha brings 10+ years of elite- and masters-level race experience in mountain biking and cyclo cross to her coaching approach. In this regard, Martha has competed at World Cup, NORBA, and Canada Cup MTB events, as well as racing in nine, 24-hour solo races (four of these on her single speed), the TransRockies Challenge, the Cascade Cream Puff, the Test of Metal (singlespeed), and the BC Bike Race. In cyclo cross, Martha has raced at US Gran Prix events, UCI races, and several US and Canadian National Championships; she has an Oregon State Cyclo Cross Championship title and three Canadian National Cyclo Cross Championship medals to her credit. Martha's athletes have had podium results and personal bests at the TransRockies Challenge, The TransRockies3 solo event, the BC Bike Race, La Ruta de los Conquistadores, Park City Point2Point, Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, US National Cyclocross Championships, Banff Road Stage Race, Xterra regional and state events, and various regional MTB, road, and cyclocross races.
Martha's coaching philosophy is to teach her athletes how to reach their potential through individualized training plans that combine physical development with personal growth and achievement. She plans effective workouts that focus on quality to ensure her athletes maximize the time they have available to train. Martha has a passion for cycling and racing and can show you how to balance training, racing, and proper nutrition with a demanding career/lifestyle.
Martha periodically races as a Sport Factory athlete, coaches a local women's road racing team, leads coaching clinics and training camps, and is always expanding her coaching experience as a Canadian NCCP Level 2 "trained" high performance coach (equivalent to an Expert-level USA Cycling certified coach). Martha is also completing her power certification with The SportFactory.
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