Josh Whitmore

About Me

I came to coaching from a racing background, enjoying a brief career as a full-time cross-country mountain bike racer in the 1990s when the sport was at its pinnacle. I retired from full-time racing to pursue a career in outdoor education and mountain guiding, eventually earning a Masters Degree in Recreation Management. In addition to coaching, I work as the Director of Outdoor Programs at a university and race as a high level amateur and masters age category athlete in road and cyclocross events. Other people would describe my personality as mostly laid back, an all around nice guy, and having a consistent positive attitude. As a coach, my preferred style is to be a resource to athletes that have a high level of motivation and drive to improve. Rather than just tell you what to do, I prefer to create a synergistic relationship with athletes where my role is to provide you with the tools necessary to succeed. It’s up to you to make it happen, but I can help keep you on the right path.


Services

I primarily offer individual coaching for road, mountain bike, and cyclocross disciplines. I’ve coached athletes to collegiate national championships, top 5 finishes in National Race Calendar (NRC) professional races, and have helped athletes make the jump into their first professional contracts. Just as exciting for me though, I’ve coached masters athletes to state championships, new riders finishing their first century ride, and young racers competing in their first senior race coming out of the junior ranks. I am also available for skills development sessions and private training camps.

In addition to cycling athletes, with my background in mountain guiding, I also coach people wishing to get in shape for mountaineering expeditions such as to any of the seven summits like Everest or Denali. I use an endurance athlete approach to training for these types of expeditions, which leads to a high summit success rate.


Specialties

With a 25 year racing history, my coaching strengths lie in race tactics/strategy and race-day pacing. I also have particular interest in riding technique, training people to be fast and efficient in technical sections of mountain bike and cyclocross courses, or pack positioning and moving around the group in road events. I am also very good at helping you be efficient with training on a limited time budget.

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Residence: Sylva, NC

Certifications: USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, Wilderness First Responder, American Mountain Guides Association: Single Pitch Instructor, Professional Climbing Guides Association: Climbing Wall Instructor Certifying Course Provider, American Canoe Association: Level 5 Whitewater Instructor for Canoe and Kayak, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education: Avalanche Level 2

Coaching Level:

  • Expert

Sports Coached:

  • Cyclocross
  • MTB
  • Road Cycling

Coaching Packages:

  • Premium
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  • Ultimate