Coach Craig Undem
Craig’s lifelong passions are cycling and endurance sport. Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983 and eventually racing in the World Championships of Cyclocross, winning a World Cup medal in Mountain Bike Racing, placing 2nd in the US in Elite Criterium Championships, racing Track and Triathlon, he has earned the equivalent of a Doctorate in Cycling on the bike.
Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996, is currently the Director of all Junior racing in the state of Washington, CEO and founder of Cycle University, former board member of the Marymoor Velodrome and Cyclocross Association and sought after speaker, coach and fitness expert. He is a coach with USACycling and a graduate of the Carmichael Coaching College. Craig coached for Lance Armstrong’s coach for 3 years and assisted him at the Tour de France in 2002 and 2003. Craig also was the Head Coach for the Bristol Myers Tour of Hope in 2003 with Lance Armstrong.
His racing highlights include a Silver Medal at Elite Criterium Nationals, a ride in the Tour l’ Avenir for USA, twice a member of Team USA in the Tour of El Salvador and Washington State Criterium champion among many other road racing honors. He earned a World Cup medal in 3 years of pro XC Mountain biking, and in Cyclocross numerous Supercup medals, a Washington State Championship title and a ride in the World Championships in Munich in 1997 representing the USA.
Craig began coaching at REI where he worked for ten years and taught regular clinics on bike maintenance, riding skills, and racing beginning in 1987. He started the Washington cycling program for the Leukemia Society and was head coach for 3 years bringing over 200 riders to the 111 mile El Tour de Tucson and helping raise over $500,000. He served on the Marymoor Velodrome board of directors for 2 years and has been instrumental in developing cyclocross in the Seattle area. He has worked with State, National and Olympic Champions including the Redline Cyclocross team, Adam Craig, the Jacques-Mayne brothers and the University of Washington Huskies 1999 until present.
Craig’s pro level racing career and involvement with cycling’s key players gives him a unique insiders experience of cycling which has shaped his philosophy of coaching and motivating athletes at all levels of the sport. Cycle University is a “Brain Trust” of cycling’s best and brightest minds, lead by Undem, developing new methods to improve anyone’s ability in a supportive, innovative and inspirational environment.
Small Sample of the hundreds of athlete’s coached by Craig:
Andy & Ben Jacques Mayne – Road and Cyclocross
Jonny Sundt – Road and Cyclocross
Josie Beggs – Cyclocross
Adam Craig – Mountain and Cyclocross
Tim Rutledge – Cyclocross
Katie Blincoe – Cyclocross
David Salo – State TT
Sile Kiernan – State TT
Jim Brown – Masters Cyclocross
Matthew Hill – Masters Cyclocross