Carl began his coaching career in 1984 with the Marina Del Rey
Cycling Club in Venice, California where he managed and coached the
road-racing program for Men, Women, and Masters. In 1985, he began
managing his own beginning cycling program for bicycle track racing
at the Encino Velodrome.
During that time, he also managed the developmental program and was
the staging director for all major events at the Los Angeles
7-Eleven Olympic Velodrome.
Starting in 1986 through all of 1990, Carl founded, co-owned and
coached the Los Angeles Racing Team (McNall Sports) to one of the
best bicycle road racing programs in the US. Nationally, he had a
combined top 10 Men's pro-am team, top 5 Women's team, top 5 Junior
team, and top 5 farm road program.
In the last year he coached
the team, he had over 350 wins and in-the-money placings with at
least 80% in the top six. His Women and Junior teams were taking
home at least half of the wins and top six placings every week.
Remarkably, he was able to simultaneously coach everyone from
beginners to pro's, Juniors to Masters, and Men and Women. At the
same time, he also coached individuals in track and mountain bike
racing. Carl specialized in recruiting and training beginners up to
the national and international amateur and professional level.
it's easy to see that it is that experience that now makes it easy
for Carl to train cyclists from any level, up to any level and Carl
continues to be known as one of the very best developmental coaches
In 1987, Carl worked for the international governing body for
amateur bicycle racing as a consultant for the design, organization,
and management of the Belizean Federation and Olympic Development
Program for cycling. He also conducted a training program for the
Belizean coaches and top athletes in Belize City, Belize.
While still working with his Los Angeles Racing Team, Carl was hired
to consult with the United States Cycling Federation head national
coach and staff on the design, organization, and management of the
new Olympic Development Program following the 1988 Olympic Games in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Carl studied sports sciences, sports management, and coaching at the
University of New Mexico when the program was ranked as one of the
top five sports sciences programs in the nation and obtained a
His studies included exercise physiology, kinesiology, psychology,
sports organization, sports management, athletic training, and youth
coaching. Carl was trained in the fundamentals of coaching,
officiating, organizing, managing, and promoting 15 to 20 different
sports. In addition to this, Carl took an Elite Coach's course from
the United States Cycling Federation on coaching both road and track
From 1972 through 1976, Carl served in the United States Air Force
in electronics warfare and counter measures. Carl also completed and
holds a degree in Master of Business Administration from the
Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. While
working on his MBA in the mid 1990's, he worked with the Lobo
Cycling Team at the Anderson School of Management at the University
of New Mexico and helped the riders win a number of collegiate and
USCF national titles.
Today, Carl lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico where he continues his
coaching work through his personal coaching programs and eBook, A
Better Way To Train. He is currently training athletes and helping
coaches from all over the world through his web site and email.
When you think about it, Carl Cantrell has been involved with bike
racing and coaching in one way or another since 1968, when he
did that first serious training ride with the Duke City Cyclists.
Over this 35-year span, Coach Cantrell has helped hundreds of
cyclists from all levels and from every background.
Carl still finds the time to coach cyclists personally using his
unique training methods however, due to his heavy workload can only
take on a limited number of clients at one time.
To learn more about
his personal coaching programs and how he can help you with your
cycling or racing, contact Coach Carl Cantrell by using this on-line
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