Client Testimonial: Tom Soladay

BJ and I have worked together since 2006. I was an inexperienced category 2 racer with very little base and not much of a clue. We set goals so that I would have something to work towards, concentrating not only on my training but my entire approach to the sport and what I wanted to get out of it. As a result I finished the season off with a win at the Phillipsburg criterium and improved my climbing to take top five at the Bear Mountain road race.

Building off of our first year together we lead into 2007 with the goal of catting to 1 in route to securing a professional contract. BJ would remind me that I tended to ride too hard too early when I raced. Following this advice I made the winning break at my first NRC race of the season, letting things play out and committing at the hardest part of the race. I learned to keep myself out of trouble by reading races corner by corner, where I could move up and where I needed to be on a wheel. It was all put to use at the National Criterium Championships where I placed third. I went on to sign a 1 year contract with TIME PROCYCLING for 2008.

2008 was a year of team work and top 10’s. BJ brought up all of my power numbers and truly made me an all-around rider. I went on to make the winning break in two of the countries largest criteriums, I placed top 10 in a UCI road race, won a field sprint in an NRC event, and brought teammates to the base of climbs and final corners all-year.

BJ has always been easy to work with. He has successfully and consistently made training programs that fit my schedule and my goals. When we are working on something new he explains why that is and how it will affect everything else. If I need something changed, taken out or added, BJ is right there to customize my plan. He keeps things simple for me but most importantly he makes me want to be a better cyclist.

I have signed with UCI Continental Team Mountain Khaki for the 2009 season.

-Tom Soladay 
Bethesda MD
2008 6th USA Crits series overall 
2007 MABRA Senior Road Race Champion

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