Craig Undem ’85 is a local professional cyclist. In 2004 he founded Cycle University to develop the best coaching and teaching methods for cycling. Through CycleU, Craig has created a large curriculum of proprietary classes and teaching methods for everything from how-to-ride for the first time to preparing for the Tour de France.
At the luncheon Craig talked about his lifelong passion for cycling and endurance sports. Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983 and eventually racing in the World Championships of Cyclocross, winning a World Cup medal in Mountain Bike Racing, placing 2nd in the US in Elite Criterium Championships, racing Track and Triathlon, he has earned the equivalent of a Doctorate in Cycling on the bike.
Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996. He is currently the Director of all Junior racing in the state of Washington, CEO and founder of Cycle University, former board member of the Marymoor Velodrome and Cyclocross Association and sought after speaker, coach and fitness expert. He is a coach with USACycling and a graduate of the Carmichael Coaching College. Craig coached for Lance Armstrong’s coach for 3 years and assisted him at the Tour de France in 2002 and 2003. Craig also was the Head Coach for the Bristol Myers Tour of Hope in 2003 with Lance Armstrong.
Craig began coaching at REI where he worked for ten years and taught regular clinics on bike maintenance, riding skills, and racing beginning in 1987. He started the Washington cycling program for the Leukemia Society helping raise over $500,000. He served on the Marymoor Velodrome board of directors for 2 years and has been instrumental in developing cyclocross in the Seattle area. He has worked with State, National and Olympic Champions including the Redline Cyclocross team, Adam Craig, the Jacques-Mayne brothers and the University of Washington Huskies 1999 until present.
Craig’s team has coached the HUSKY Cycling Club team for the last 8 years. In addition he operates two CycleU locations in Sandpoint and West Seattle You can reach Craig at: Craig@CycleU.com You can learn more about CycleU at its website: www.CycleU.com