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Lynda Wallenfels, owner and head coach at LW Coaching.com, is a Category 1 certified USA Cycling coach and author. She's coached mountain bike, cross- country and endurance athletes to reach personal bests for the past 18 years. For information on mountain bike training plans, coaching and consulting, contact her through her website.
Lynda’s love for bicycles and dirt started at an early age. She was always one of those kids with permanently skinned knees. While in college, she shocked her classmates by commuting the 148 miles from her mom’s house to school by bike. Eventually, this love turned to competition. In the 90’s, she professionally raced mountain bike cross-country events on the World Cup level, qualifying to represent her National team at the World Championships twice. After the birth of her two children, she returned to professional mountain bike racing, focusing on the endurance distance. She’s won 100-mile single-day races, stage races and was the 24-Hour Solo National Champion in 2009.
Lynda also coaches and creates training plans for mountain-bike athletes. She’s passionate about teaching practical exercises that athletes can use to directly improve their performance. In order to connect with her athletes both old and new, she hosts a live open-coaching day once a month on her LW Coaching Facebook page. This open coaching day is available to everyone, as Lynda answers training questions and talks ‘all-things-mountain biking’ all day long.’ Stop by her next open-coaching day to learn more.
Lynda’s mission is to share mountain bike training plans and knowledge with anyone interested in riding in the dirt and improving their performance.