Jonathan Hamblen – Coach, Studio Instructor, Owner Velocious Sports LLC
Kids, DIY, choose your future, choose your coffee.
And now for something completely boring… (skip down for short version)
I’m a former professional bike racer, husband and father of a bunch of kids. I started crashing bikes at age 3 when the road took a chunk of bone off my ankle in a fall while riding with my mom and brother. Then, at age 7, I rode down a steep hill (Grant Ave in Manassas, VA) and into a pothole, removed all of my front teeth with some pavement and received a concussion. I don’t remember hitting the ground but when I came to in the ER there were lots of friends/family waiting with gifts. I was hooked! Later, I started racing road and mountain bikes -in 1990. Joined my first Pro team in 1996 and have been coaching since 2000. From the late 90’s until the mid 2000’s I was on the road driving, flying, and crashing across the country every week for bike races. Then, after my first child was born, I trained indoors exclusively for five years on a Computrainer and stationary bike while still racing as a “Pro”. In 2013 I had to retire from Pro racing and become a full time driver for Team Dad – running kids to school, soccer, dance, BMX, etc… I still ride two-three times a week on the Wahoo Kickr and attend BMX, cyclocross, duathlons, and road races on the weekends (I’m theTrack Operator of Tanglewood BMX and spend a lot of time at the track).
In 2010 I began coaching for the Wake Forest University Cycling Team, four years later we won our first medals at the 2014 Collegiate Nationals in both Road and MTB’ing, (way to go Stephen Vogel and Katy Applin!) five medals in all. In the 2015/16 season Katherine Shields joined WF cycling as a grad student and WON the Collegiate National Criterium Championship!!! The first cycling National Champioship for WF. Kath also got 3rd in the TT and 2nd in the Omnium! The men competed in the TTT for the first time, getting 11th place and securing a 9th place Team Omnium result! Earlier this season Kath took two 3rd place finishes in Snowshoe, WV, at the Coll MTB National Champ’s in STXC and XC! Kath was 3rd at the Coll Cyclocross National Champ’s in Asheville, while both her and Dylan Knutson finished 4th in the Coll CX Relay National Chmp’s with just two riders (you can have four)! They repeated this feat in 2016 too.
I have also coached riders from other universities to multiple National Championship medals – Katherine Shields was 2nd in the 2015 Collegiate National Criterium Championship and took bronze in both the Time Trial and Omnium for Lees McCrae College (undergrad) – and a jersey, Emily Shields won the 2016 Collegiate Nat Chmp’s STCX MTB race for UNCG, the 2015 Collegiate D1 National Cyclocross Championship for Lees McCrae College and multiple medals for MTB at both LMC and UNCG! In all, riders I coach have earned over 25 National Championship medals over the years.
I know what training junior, collegiate and Pro racers need to be doing to race well, as well, I understand the stress and time constraints of adults with kids and jobs trying to squeeze in a little training each week. Whether you are 14 years old and training for Junior Nationals, a first year Pro trying to find your legs, or a working parent of four, I’ve done it all and been all of these. I can help you be a faster and fitter bike racer – or just a more fit parent who rides bikes for fun.
LONG STORY SHORT: been doing this a long time, pretty good at it, join up!
Joe Carpisassi – Co-Owner Velocious Sports LLC, Studio Instructor
It’s a theme here… bikes, parents, coffee, DIY.
Joe began competing in endurance sports in his youth. Participating in both Track and Cross Country through high school, where he was a multiple time State Champion and State record holder. He continued competing in College for both The University of Maryland and NC State University, where he placed in the top 10 in the 10,000m at the ACC Championships and was a member of multiple ACC Championship Cross Country Teams. Joe competed at the marathon distance after his collegiate career before being force out of the sport after a string of lower leg injuries. After a few years away from sport, Joe turned to cycling in his late 20’s and quickly rose from Cat 5 to Cat 1 while holding down a full time job and progressing in his career in the insurance industry. Scoring notable wins in The Mt. Penn Road Race, The Mt. Washington Hill Climb and State Time Trial Championships. Joe also has numerous wins in endurance events, off road and cyclocross disciplines. Joe’s ability to balance a family, career and an elite level racing schedule has given him a unique experience and perspective on the sport.
Joe attributes his success and enjoyment to learning great fundamentals of training and benefiting from a very positive and encouraging atmosphere provided by the Eastern North Carolina cycling community where he spent his early years in the sport. Joe has focused his energy off the bike to promoting events and managing both development and professional cycling teams. Most recently with Team Mountain Khakis/ Team SmartStop from 2010-2015 where he served in rolls ranging from director sportif to asset manager. It is his hope that he can share his experience in the sport with others and to inspire others to share the same passion and enthusiasm for the sport. Joe would like time spent in the Velocious studios to increase the feeling of “community” for all cyclist that share in it.
Nathaniel Ward – Studio Instructor
Another bike racer, dad, coach, musician, writer, DIY’er, coffee drinker.
Nathaniel Ward, sole coach and proprietor of Inner Athlete Cycle Coaching, is a long time category 1 road and cyclocross racer and a USAC licensed category 3 cycling coach. An accomplished road and ‘cross racer himself, Ward also has the experience of coaching top level cyclists including national champions, and even other coaches. His strengths as a coach, in addition to cycling-specific knowledge, are his communication skills and background as a music and English teacher, and a mental health counselor. Talking to people about what makes them tick, and putting that information to use in a goal setting context is the core of Ward’s approach to training bike racers.