Neal Henderson Election Statement


Neal Henderson
Coach - Track Committee

Thank you for the nomination to be able to represent the members of USA Cycling as a coach on the USA Cycling Track Committee. While I do not have an extremely lengthy history as a track cycling coach, the last 6-years of my coaching career have involved a significant commitment to track cycling. I coached a certain American cyclist from junior to teenage Olympian, and on to two-time world champion on the track.  I worked for USA Cycling as consultant with the track cycling endurance program from 2010-2012 focusing on our women’s team pursuit squad, which earned the Olympic silver medal in London.  I have been a USA Cycling Level 1 coach since 2011, and earned the Doc Counsilman Award for use of science in coaching from USA Cycling in 2011.  I was nominated by USA Cycling to be considered for the National Doc Counsilman award from the United States Olympic Committee, and was selected as the winner of that honor from the USOC in 2011.  I have also earned USA Cycling Coach of the Year honors in 2007 (Developmental) and 2009 (National).  I am the owner of APEX Coaching & Consulting in Boulder, CO and have been involved in coaching endurance athletes since the mid-1990s.

I have not exclusively focused on elite cycling, though, and have worked with scores of juniors, U23, collegiate and master’s riders here in Colorado at the former Boulder Indoor Cycling Velodrome, LA’s Velo Sport Center Velodrome, the Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs, and now am one of the first coaches working with riders at the new Boulder Valley Velodrome.  I am excited to be able to help track cycling grow throughout the US for track cyclists of all levels.  The athletes that I have worked with have earned numerous national titles, and even world championship titles in each of the UCI junior, elite, and master’s level of competition.

I started off as a triathlon coach volunteering with the first USA Triathlon national team in 1996, and I was a member of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2003-2008.  I also served as a president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2005 and was a board member for 3 years.  I would appreciate your support in being able to continue to provide guidance to the sport of track cycling as a member of the Track Committee. 

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Neal Henderson