About Coach Doug
I am originally from the northeastern United States and started working in a bicycle shop part time as a junior mechanic after entering high school, and moved up to the position of head mechanic prior to graduating high school. I started competitive cycling in the junior categories from the age of 14 in both USCF(now USA Cycling) and citizen races. As a junior rider, I competed in the Mt. Washington Hill Climb twice and was on the podium in my second attempt. After turning 18 and moving up to USCF Cat 4, I collected enough points for a Cat 3 upgrade by the end of the season.
However, after entering university, and then getting smitten by mountain biking and motorcycle racing, my competitive cycling activities took a hiatus until 2009 while living in Tokyo. Upon restarting cycling I worked with a professional coach and realized how quickly I improved, compared to my (in retrospect) disorganized training "plan" that I followed during high school. This has led me to think about the "what if" scenario if I had access to qualified coach during my initial years of training.
My technical degrees in engineering have given me a very analytical approach to training and coaching. My professional background as a counselor and career/life coach gives me great satisfaction from working 1-on-1 with clients. I decided to combine my educational and professional background with my passion for cycling and obtained my USA Cycling Level 2 coaching certification in 2012. Located in western Tokyo, I enjoy working with riders of all ages and abilities across a wide range of coaching activities, from bike handling skills and training plans, to managing the stresses of training and competition.
For the 2014-2016 racing seasons I have been working with the NeilPryde - Nanshin Subaru Professional Cycling Team participating in the Japan Pro Tour and Japan Feminine Tour.