Over the past 12 years, athlete clients that I’ve coached have significantly improved their power on the bike; on average by more than 10% within their first full season. Many of these men and women have won or placed in road, MTB, CX, and track championship events, at the state, national and UCI world level. They’ve set course time trial, RAAM, and world hour records, won grueling road and mountain endurance events, and have met and exceeded their own personal performance goals.
Athlete Client Results (while coached):
- UCI Hour World Record (F 55-59)
- USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship gold medals
- USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship Best All-Around Rider (BAR)
- Over 10 USA Cycling Masters Road and Track Natl Championship silver and bronze medals
- Over 10 SCNCA California State Championships gold medals (Road/Criterium/TT/Track)
- Over 30 SCNCA California State Championship silver and bronze medals
- 2X Race Across America (RAAM) Overall and Team Course Record and RAAM 200 wins
- Leadville 100 MTB “Big Buckle” and multiple MTB XC race podiums and victories
- Fiesta Island Individual Time Trial course record (20K/24:36/30 MPH)
- New rider upgrades from road Cat 5 to Cat 2 within 1-2 seasons with 20% power increases
- Numerous nation-wide road, criterium, time trial, track, and MTB wins and podiums
Athlete Client Testimonials
Shawn Olin is an elite Cat 1 road cyclist, multi-time USAC National Road and Time Trial Champion, Fiesta Island Time Trial and RAAM Record Holder (5:03:35), California Elite Track and Team Time Trial Champion, and a USA Paralympic Team member.
“Fiesta Island is the birthplace of triathlon, making the time trial at the island famous and a hallowed course in the sport of cycling and triathlon. That is why the record was so important to me. Without Coach Tingley, I would never have been able to have a record-setting ride.
Not only did he coach me using power-based training, he approached the record with a scientific, measured approach. Gary used his extensive knowledge of aerodynamics learned from multiple visits to the wind tunnel to dial in my position on the bike. He estimated the amount of power I would need to sustain for the 20KM, and picked a gear that I would be able to turn at the cadence I had trained for. With numerous site visits to the course, we found the fastest lines around the course, and Coach Tingley went back and measure the course using these lines. He then calculated the amount of distance this was, and was able to figure out the EXACT cadence I would need to pedal my custom fixed gear bike (that HE loaned me) round the island.
He got me the bike, dialed in my position, taught me the best lines, and coached me to the fitness level I needed to go out there and ride a 30mph 20K TT and get my name in the record books. Again, without Gary Tingley as my coach and mentor, I would never have been able to have a performance like that.”
Ruth Clemence is an elite Cat 1 road cyclist, UCI Masters World Time Trial Champion, multi-time USAC Masters National Road Race and Time Trial Champion, and UCI Hour Record Holder on the track.
“We set a few goals along the way in 2014 and the One Hour record for master’s women 55- 59 was a big one. We set the record and your attention to detail in my training and position on the bike lead to my effort on the track being a huge success for me.
Thank you [Gary] for your coaching participation in my year of racing both road and track”.
Craig Zimmerman is a business executive, multi-time race champion, top elite master’s racer and Cat 2 road cyclist, and winner of the 2016 Vlees Huis Road Race and L’Etape California, and 2018 OTF Stage Race (and RR/TT).
“I’ve been racing for 25 years with mediocre results. With a full time job running a company, I assumed my shot at improving my racing and fun was behind me. Then I connected with Gary and he started coaching me.
First, he does a terrific job of fitting in the training with my professional life. He is flexible with my time but he ensures that the work I need to be successful gets fit in. Next, he helps me identify targets and then we build towards those targets in a low pressure but meaningful way. Before Gary, I used to start a race hoping to hang on and thinking maybe something good could come my way.
Now with Gary coaching me, I enter races excited because I have confidence in my physical training so now I get to play out my tactics. It has given my racing an entirely new angle. It is an amazing feeling to train with Gary’s specific exercises and then enter a race and feel that work play out in your legs. Whether it’s climbing, sprinting or time trialing, the specific training zones pop up in the middle of the race and there is a feeling of familiarity and comfort. And that’s when the tactics and fun begin!”
Butch Richardson is a multi-time California and USAC Masters Nationals Road Race and Individual Time Trial Champion and winner of the Best All-Around Rider (BAR).
“When it comes to coaching I feel that Gary has the gift of making his coachees feel as if they’re the only ones he’s helping….he’s really focused on them and their needs and is able to create fine individual programs. He always keeps himself up-to-date on the latest training methods.
His expert knowledge of the sport and its unique physical demands make him extremely effective”.
Chris Cherniak is a financial industry executive, national caliber elite masters racer, Cat 2 road cyclist, and winner of multiple road and criterium races in the Southeastern USA.
“Racing with the Pro’s is a huge goal. Deciding to go from Cat 5 to the Pro’s at age 46 is a much bigger ask. Gary’s expertise in power meter training, structured workouts, nutrition, and recovery was the formula for my success.
Gary has helped me obtain my long lived goal of racing in the Pro peloton. Whether your looking for just enhancement to your performance or going all the way, Gary has what you need to get there. Be prepared, you have to do the workouts, but after multiple podiums I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Christian V Cherniak”.
Dr. Tom Nelson is a California State Individual Time Trial Champion.
“I am a practicing general surgeon who also runs a surgical directorate with 330 employees. With a full time job and a family, I needed focused training due to my real life time constraints. I got into cycling a few years ago and started to race in earnest less than two years ago.
Working with Gary allowed me to focus on raising my FTP and improve my position on my TT bike which enabled me to win the SCNCA State Individual Time Trial Championship as a Cat 4 rider. Over just three to four months leading up to that race, I was able to raise my FTP by nearly 10% and also improved my position to shave off over 2 minutes on my previous best 40k time. Gary was also extremely flexible in adjusting my training schedule for travel, other races, and endurance events like the Belgian Waffle Ride without derailing my “A Race” goals for the season.
Gary’s workouts challenged me with specific efforts at FTP and through VO2 Max work and helped me to realize a Gold Medal in my category, a time that would have netted me a Bronze Medal in the Cat 3 group, and a fifth place if I had raced in the PRO/1/2 race. Thanks Gary – here’s to next season and a Cat 3 medal.
Tom Nelson, MD
Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy
Director of Surgical Services, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton”
Dr. Bill Langstaff is a multi-time California state Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial Champion, and medalist at USAC Masters Road Nationals.
“I first met Gary Tingley at Fiesta Island during a warm up for a Time Trial. Gary looked so fit I figured he would beat me by 2-3 minutes. When the results came I was surprised that I had beaten Gary by 2 minutes. Why–because he was a triathlete at the time just getting into cycling. Fast forward I noticed that Gary had created a series for time trials called SoCal Time Trial Series. He included 4 well known venues throughout the southland and that started a place where time trialists could compete and check results. It still exists today and I am proud to say I still compete.
Gary doesn’t do anything half way. He gives every effort he decides to enter his all. The next time we did Fiesta together he did beat me by 2 minutes and hasn’t looked back since. Once he got into the coaching aspect of cycling I knew he would be a great coach because of his attention to detail and care. I will tell you his coaching for me was terrific. I went on to win several state(California) championships as well as team time trials. 2 years ago I got a 3rd place at the national level of which I attribute the coaching from Gary as a hugh part of that accomplishment. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Coach Gary and recommend him to anyone wanted to excel in the sport. Thanks for the opportunity to be a better cyclist Gary”.
Dr. Peter Espinoza is a nationally competitive masters road cyclist and a top Southern California multi-time criterium podium finisher in the Men’s Masters 55+ category.
“August 2014 someone on a training ride asked me when was the last time I did a Masters Crit. I could not remember, and he asked me why? Old, fat, hot and tired was my answer. I was over 55 years old, happily married to a beautiful wife, 5 loving happy children, a thriving private dental practice, a devoted loving person in Christ. I am grateful for all my blessings but something was missing. I needed to change some how, to challenge myself. The only way I was going to be happy with myself in this life is to raise the bar. I can honestly say I had no goals, at first, because I did not believe I was capable. After many a year beating on my trade (cycling) with no improvement, help was needed, I needed a coach who I could put my faith into. “A leap of faith” is how I would describe it.
I did not know Gary, only what was on Training Peaks Coach Profiles. I committed myself to “his” plan for success. This ain’t for health spa waffle eating _____, this is serious stuff, and it is very scientific, all numbers no perceived exertion. Working with his coaching style, I have learned that I am more capable than I thought possible.
When Gary gives me a Threshold Power session, I know I am able to finish it. I no longer do what I did in the past, its better, its fun again, way fun! I feel like a kid on that big roller coaster. I had a great season, best ever and can’t wait till next year! Funny thing happened this last weekend, a friend, a very successful 45+ Masters suggested I try out for California State Crit, he said ‘you definitely have a great shot at it.’ Training is easy compared to believing in yourself. For me that belief only comes from success, even if you fail, you still believe because its real!
I never knew that, and it would not have happened if Gary didn’t teach me how to win, its more than just bike racing it is worth living for.”.