SURVIVAL CAMP 2020 COACHES
Kristen Arnold is a professional bike racer with ButcherBox Cycling, coaches athletes one-one-one and in clinics with Source Endurance, and is a board-certified sports dietitian. She loves riding on all types of terrain and has been known to be called 'Classics Kristen' by her friends who have enjoyed long hard days on the bike with her in suboptimal Midwest weather.
Through racing in small fields and wanting to help increase the number of women bike racers in America, she founded a women’s developmental bike racing organization, Lady Gnar Shredders (LGS). LGS is dedicated to bringing more women into bike racing and supporting their development through open membership to all women, the mentorship program, women's clinics for all cycling disciplines, promoting races, and hosting group rides. She developed a passion for mentoring athletes on and off the bike through LGS and started coaching individual athletes in late 2016.
Zack’s been making his living doing “bike stuffs” for quite some time now. He started racing road bikes in the D.C. area and quickly moved up the junior and elite ranks. He went off to college to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado to study Exercise Science and race. Continuing his racing career in college he won a couple national titles on the road and track while moving to the elite and professional ranks with Mercy Cycling and then onto Elevate Pro Cycling. As he graduated he took a position as a cycling coach with Source Endurance. The past few years Zack has seen much racing success with a team pursuit national title on the track in 2014, a top ten at Dirty Kanza in 2016, and a win at San Rafael twilight and overall USA crits podiums in the last year. Zack now resides in Fort Collins, coaching with Source Endurance, racing with Team Clif bar, promoting FoCo Fondo, running a bike fit studio, and trying to decide which bike to ride that day take up most of his time.
Andy Brightman is one of only a literal handful of people who have started and finished every one of the eight Belgian Waffle Rides. A roadie before the craziest commenced, the excitement of exploring roads rarely ridden combined with the challenge of riding a road bike over rocks and sand is what hooked Andy since that very first BWR in 2012. Andy, along with Survival Camp counselor Neil Shirley, have this distinction and a deeper well of Survival knowledge to impart to all who join in the Camp’s offering. In the 2018 edition of the BWR, Andy was appropriately awarded the kUDOs jersey, which is bequeathed to the most inspiring rider, in honor of our friend Udo Heinz.
“I love the challenge of each BWR, but for me the best part of this rad event is sharing in the struggle and accomplishment of the feat with others. Seeing a rider make it up Lemon Twistenberg for their first time or cheer for a friend crossing the finish line after a very long and difficult day in the saddle is always a thrill. I am stoked to be part of this year’s Survival Camp. Let’s ride!”
Jon Hornbeck is a former road professional, founder of SPNDX Stampede, and works with the Belgian Waffle Ride.
Phil Tinstman is one of the founders of the iconic event. He has been doing bike things this whole life from pro MTB, BMX, road and gravel. A great wheel to try to follow on technical sections and descents.
Nikki Peterson is a professional mountain bike racer and a co-founder of KS Kenda Women, a Source Endurance Ambassador, and the Program Coordinator for SoCal NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association). One of her tasks with NICA is to lead skills clinics to coaches all over Southern California. Additionally, she coaches her local middle school team in Idyllwild. In 2019, she competed in the BWR and finished 14th overall in the largest women's field in BWR's history. She is looking forward to coaching and encouraging even more women to take on the Waffle in 2020!
Michael Marckx likes branding, biking, babes and beer, but not necessarily in that order. He created the Belgian Waffle Ride and some people hate him for that. He works with some of the coolest brands on the planet, his garden is the envy of the neighborhood and his wife is a babe; and some people hate him for that.
Paul Dunlap - Velofix
Lifelong cyclist with a passion for adventure. I’ve supported the Source Endurance BWR Survival Camp for 4 years. I’ve ridden and driven the course so many times that I lost count. Our support is there for you every mile during the camp. Pre, during, post, we are there. And, you might see me jump on a bike every now and then. 2019 was a great year for me in completing XC races at: Sea Otter, QuicknDirty, Tahoe, Leadville, Grizzly 100... Just keep pedaling!
Dan Hughes is a four-time winner of the Dirty Kanza 200 (ten-time finisher), a past Trans-Iowa winner, and past Gravel World Champion. When not riding his bike, Dan runs Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop in Lawrence, KS and chases his three sons around.
Eric Marcotte has raced professionally on the road for years, managing to grab few USPRO national championship titles along the way. He’s also a Doctor of chiropractic, and loves teaching and educating patients to help them achieve their best. He leads an active lifestyle and really focuses on the balance of his body for long term sustainability. Always looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experiences to allow others to enjoy the ride.
Neil Shirley is a former professional rider, two-time BWR winner, and member of the instructor team at every edition of the BWR Survival Camp. Over the course of his 25+ year history in the sport and love for all things road and dirt, Neil’s traveled to far flung locations across the globe always in search of the ultimate riding experience.
At my first BWR in 2017 I crashed and broke my hand, but still rode to a top 10 and won the KOM Jersey. Then in 2018 I came back with the fitness and ability to win... that day was magic. I didn’t think I could love an event more, but when I crossed the finish line first I learned to love the masochism of BWR more. And to have the privilege of helping others navigate that treachery successfully is a great pleasure. I look forward to seeing everyone at camp!
Adam has coached 13 yrs and is the owner of Source Endurance. Before that he earned a MS in Exercise Physiology and raced road, CX, and Mtb around the country. He's coached athletes to 17 national championships in 11 disciplines on 2 continents. And he's twice been top 20 at BWR.
Whitney Allison is a long time road-professional, most recently for Hagens Berman Supermint, in 2019. The longer and harder the race, the better for this power rider. She is no stranger to gravel at her home in Fort Collins, CO. Whitney is back for her third year as an instructor at the BWR Survival Camp. Outside of racing, she runs Marketing for Source Endurance, is a co-promoter of FoCo Fondo, and co-owns Bike Sports LLC.