Gemini Performance LLC
Goran Nikolic, San Jose, CA
Software Engineer, Husband, Father, Wine collector
"Mitchell is incredible. He is patient, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to. I was very impressed with his attention to cycling holistically and not pushing the body until I was ready. He is committed to your success. I highly recommend him to anyone serious about improving their cycling strength. My goal was to get faster at climbing. Not only did Mitchell help me become a faster climber, but I also reached goals I thought were not possible. Aside from years of knowledge in cycling drills, plan creation, stretching pre/post rides, he also understands the emotional component."
Paul Luttik, Boston, MA (Netherlands)
Winner of Team Psycho 18th Annual Indoor TT, 400 watts for 21:24)
"I highly recommend Mitchell as a coach! Working with Mitchell taught me things about cycling I was not necessarily expecting to learn. Obviously the types of workouts and intervals to do in the run-up to my events were very useful, but I especially appreciated his focus on overall rider development. Specifically I learned how I could improve things like riding technique, training polarization, and taking the time to actively recover. As a “weekend warrior” it’s easy to always just “go hard” due to limited time, and certain standardized online training plans definitely encourage weeks of never ending high intensity intervals, but working with Mitchell showed me the value of a more personal and periodized/varied approach. That approach and mindset are definitely something I will continue to use in the future. Lastly I really appreciated his easy communication style, and how it’s clear he actually cares about your progress."
Sam Fritchel, Cambridge, MA
CCB Foundation Elite, 1st place 2019 Pro 1-2 Tour of Hilltowns
"Mitchell and I rode bikes together for a year as peers he being the much faster peer) before I decided to formalize a coaching relationship. Certainly, the physical gains I made under his direction were significant. In my first full race season, I accomplished more than I could have hoped for just a year earlier. It should go without saying that Mitchell knows how to write a work out plan, how to track improvements, how to properly taper and format a season. What's remarkable is his constant effort to stay at the frontier of the sport by reading studies, listening to podcasts, and personally testing new ideas. With three decades of cycling experience, he knows where cycling has been, yet he's more focused on where it's going".
"Anyone who has spent enough time in this sport knows that training and racing are the easy, fun parts. I've found the most challenging parts are injury and rehabilitation, illness, and the demands of a racing lifestyle. This sport asks so much of an athlete; it demands so much of their humanity. Physically, Mitchell has been through the wringer, has marched the road of rehabilitation. He is compassionate for athletes who make tremendous personal sacrifices to perform at their highest level. Many of our best conversations are not about power numbers, heart rate data, or even results. They are about how an athlete, a natural competitor, a human being, expresses them self through cycling. In moments of crisis, Mitchell has proven time and again to be an invaluable friend and mentor."
Foot note: "The year we met, Mitchell was training for the grueling 120mi Cat 1 national road race. Long, rolling road races had never been his strength, and yet at age 55, he went on a ketogenic diet, and rode more volume than ever before. In the end he flatted out of the race, but that's not the point. The point is, after nearly three decades in the sport, he adapted his training, diet, and mindset towards a novel goal. This is the sort of adaptable expertise he brings to the table."
Tate Kokubo, Arlington, MA
CCB Foundation Elite, 2019 U-23 National Road Race Championships, 6th place
"Before I started working with Mitchell I would ride as hard as I could every time I got on my bike leaving me with more fatigue than improvement. After about a full season working with Mitchell I have transformed as a rider pushing myself further than I thought I was capable of. From his knowledge of race craft and recovery to knowing what works best for my personal needs, he has created a system that I can trust. Not only is he good at helping me through success but when things do not go to plan his guidance through those low points has been the key to my work with him. He always has advice on the best way to learn from mistakes, take ownership and transform it into a new strength. Working with him has boosted my confidence and self belief, leaving me ready and prepared for anything on race day.
Cormac Mcgeough, Girona, Spain
2018-2019 ProTour Continental professional, Team EvoPro, Jelly Belly Cycling
"Before Mitchell started coaching me I was relatively narrow minded when it came to my training approach. Mitchell brought to my attention the training of all my different systems as well as taking a holistic approach to the bike, including changing my lifestyle and nutrition in a way which made me feel better day-to-day, and helped me to achieve my goals. Mitchell assisted with making my training much more professional; we always go out and ride with a purpose. But the best part about Mitchell is that in a heart beat, if I so desired, we could fundamentally change the way that we approach my training if things weren't working. He is very flexible in this sense, in that he wants to make his clients fast while taking into consideration their individual requests and their circumstances".
Erik Calderone, Boston, MA
2019 New England ITT Champion, Team Psycho ITT '19, 2nd, 380w x 22 minutes
I can say with complete confidence that now into my second year of coaching with Mitchell the experience has been nothing short of transformative. His holistic approach to the cycling lifestyle provided me with growth opportunities that transcend prescribed intervals, wattages, and heart rates. Of course under his guidance and training I became a much stronger cyclist. But more importantly, working with Mitchell cultivated an understanding and appreciation of the intangibles like race craft, nutrition, rest / restoration / recovery, and coming back from injury. He served as a friend and mentor through one of the most harrowing experiences of my life - I was hit by a car in May resulting in a badly broken femur. Under his guidance, I came back stronger than ever. I was able to race by late August and played an active roll in many highly competitive group rides. Training is easy when all you have to do is suffer through intervals. Any plan on the market can give you that. The question is, what kind of support network do you have when adversity comes knocking at your door, or worse, barging straight through? What do you do when you’re 10% stronger than last year but unable to capitalize on your fitness when race day comes? How do you manage sensations that seem to contradict performance? His advice and experience surrounding these questions and many others like it are the reason to work with Mitchell. As I look toward next season and reflect on the season that passed, I am humbled by the opportunity to be coached by someone I trust and respect. That is what you want in a coach, and what you will get day in and day out when you work with Mitchell Foley.
Tom Van Dyck, Boston, MA
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cyclist, Rock Climber, Runner
"Mitchell has been an indispensable resource for information, motivation and inspiration for me in cycling as well as throughout my life. As a father of 2 toddlers, a musician, teacher, cyclist, climber, runner and all around active and high energy person it has been difficult for me to focus my psych and intensity in a way that would get me stronger rather than continually leave me feeling depleted. Mitchell has created an extremely personalized approach to my training around an incredibly busy (work, family, lengthy international touring etc.) and demanding personal life that has had me seeing rapid gains way beyond my expectations. He has truly listened to me and geared all our work together towards my goals articulated and sensed. He has also been a teacher, mentor and a friend through an extremely challenging part of my life. For this, I am very grateful. Our work leaves me feeling a sense of accomplishment and teamwork in our endeavor to make me a better cyclist, all round athlete and healthier person. His tremendous intelligence and knowledge of everything about cycling and the body’s varied physiological responses to exertion are fascinating and extremely intellectual engaging for me in addition to being essential knowledge for any serious athlete. Having gone purely on instinct with no real plan or principles to my prior training our work has been transformative for me. While not a heavily competitive or accomplished cyclist, Mitchell has treated my training with the utmost respect and sense of importance despite its lack of imminent imperative. As a musician who teaches and has studied with great instrumental pedagogues, I can honestly say his coaching and mentorship are at the highest level seen in any intense personal endeavor of mastery and excellence. I cannot recommend him enough!”
Jerome Nadel, San Jose, CA
2017 National Champion Master 55+ Crit, 2016 NORCAL Most Valuable Rider
"I've known, raced against, raced with, and admired Mitchell's approach toward cycling and life for more than a decade. From our introduction at Masters Nationals several years ago, where we were in a break together and he went on to win, to racing as teammates, to leveraging his skill, perspective, and philosophy on riding, racing, and life as my coach, my admiration and derived value are immeasurable. Mitchell's insights and suggestions are clear and implementable. I'm riding better and enjoying the bike more with his coaching."
Michael Boucher, Sterling, VA
Corp sales, Triathlete
"Mitchell is a great coach! When I first met Mitchell I was swimming at Walden Pond as a brand new triathlete knowing very little about biking. I was doing what we call in swimming “garbage yardage”. Within 9 months, he taught me how to train with a purpose. Every ride had something more to focus on, making training interesting and dynamic. He was extremely flexible to work around my MANY other activities (I’m sure I made things difficult with how much else I was doing), always seeing how we could weld it all together to help strengthen the total training package. By the end of only ONE SEASON Mitchel guided me 1/3 of the way up the leader board in my age group on the USA Triathlon rankings as well as increasing my FTP by over 100 watts! Mitchell is not only just a great coach. In the middle of the season I decided to move from Boston to Northern Virginia. He helped me plan new bike routs, get in touch with local cyclists and pick new local races! This is above and beyond what I would have expected from any coach, but it really goes to show that Mitchell takes into account the bigger picture when he is coaching because everything is connected. I cannot think of a better well rounded and thoughtful coach.
Ronald Savenor, Boston, MA
Porsche Pirelli Cup Champion. Driving instructor
"Mitchell’s approach to training and injury rehabilitation has been very effective for me. Over the years I have sustained many injuries and Mitchell understands my deficiencies from them. He knows how to work with and around them, and guides my workouts (nutrition & recovery) to be in tune. My past injuries, my current condition and my goals are all aligned so I can achieve the fitness, health and condition I want. -Ron Savenor"
Kenneth DiPietro, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Retired, lifestyle cyclist, Ironman HI
"What I appreciate most about Mitchell is his approach and accepts me for who I am, yet encourages me to see what I can be. Mitchell brings his years of real world racing experiences and accomplishments and applies them in a tailored method helping his clients achieve their goals."
Dina Sorenson Charlottesville, VA
Former Women's Pro 'out of hiatus'. Current wellness-fitness-lifestyle rider
My relationship with the bike is half way through its 32nd year. Thirty years ago I discovered the sport of cycling and with that…have been wedded to the bike throughout all of life’s highs, lows and inevitable flat spots. As an athlete, I have always valued and leaned on the expertise of a great coach to keep me sharp, tuned and honest about my goals and capabilities. I have learned over the years, no two coaches are alike as it takes an exceptional human being with depth of life experience to become a great coach. As a mature athlete, Mitchell Foley has brought great coaching back into my life after a hiatus from competitive cycling. Of course, offering customized training programs is one aspect of success, but his training approach has philosophical backbone and his innate ‘bike whisperer’ abilities tune into the unique, personal attributes that drive my athletic aspirations. To be coached now, in the most powerful and fulfilling sense, requires that I remain coach-able and open to the wisdom of a great coach like Mitchell who guides and gives real-time feedback. Working with Mitchell Foley captures the spirit, essence and efficacy of such distinctive, authentic coaching. His brilliant combination of technical, empirical expertise and leadership; depth and breadth of real world experience, genuine commitment to my personal process and uncanny ability to get to the philosophical and practical heart of the matter inspires me in this mature phase of my lifelong relationship with the sport of cycling."