ranks, collecting state and national championship medals, earning a spot on the Junior National Team in 2004 and competing with team USA in Belgium, France and Holland. He helped his PA Team decisively win the National Team Pursuit Championship and qualify for the 2004 Junior World Track Championships in Los Angeles.
Michael is a strong believer in combining a cycling career with higher education. He graduated from Bucknell University in 2008 with a degree in psychology and collected 11 collegiate cycling victories throughout his academic career making him the winningest Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference rider during 2004 through 2008. As a freshman in 2005, he became the ECCC Champion and achieved a top-5 performance in the Collegiate National Road Championships.
After graduation Michael continued his elite racing career. In 2009 he was invited to join Team Cykelcity.se of Sweden and turned professional with them in 2011 where he earned international victories in Belgium and Sweden. That year he attained his lifelong dream of competing in the Philadelphia International Cycling Championships, the race his father founded. Mike has competed in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway and now balances racing excursions to Europe with elite racing throughout the U.S. He is well known and respected regionally with a recent PA State Road Championship as well as his campaigns with the PA Lightning team.
Mike balances his own racing with group and individual coaching, derived from both his own experience and the top coaches who taught him, including seven years under Olympic silver medalist Brian Walton, and six years with Sweden’s top cycling coach and exercise physiologist, Mattias Reck. His former team director, Aike Visbeek, went on to direct the Sunweb team in the Tour de France.
Mike’s coaching company, Vitesse Sport Performance has evolved through indoor training facilities, performance testing, personal coaching programs and team development, all focused on helping individual athletes achieve their personal goals. He now runs a top amateur team in Pennsylvania through his company that focuses on youth and new rider development, plus any interested athlete seeking to better his or her skill, experience, and performance.
- USA Cycling Certified Coach
- B.A. Psychology, Bucknell University
- 20 years of international cycling experience
- Coach of over 150 athletes from 2009 – 2020
- Earned “Best Small Team” in 2013 PA BAR standings for Vitesse company team
- Athlete victories in state and national championships