Meet Our Coaches
Meet Our Team
We are the fastest students
at Harvard and have been since 1890!
Composed of a diverse group of dedicated undergraduate, graduate,
medical, law, business, government, and extension students, we are
the 2002 ECCC (eastern collegiate cycling conference) and Ivy league
champions. We are dedicated to promoting cycling at Harvard as a
life long sport. Student racers as well as cyclists from the community
are welcome on our group rides and benefit from our excellent coaches.
Many join the club as beginners, but all who truly dedicate themselves
soon become strong athletes.
In the past three years, HUCA has grown from 16 racers in the 1999-2000
season to more than 40 racers in 2001-2002. Today, we have over
50 students involved with the team, as well as a large network of
alumni, faculty, and friends of HUCA.
HUCA strives to foster team spirit and to teach riders how to ride
and how to race. The team gives new-comers and experienced cyclists
every opportunity to reach their individual and team goals. We hope
everyone who participates in the team will continue to develop as
life long cyclists, and grow in team sportsmanship and race professionalism.
Allis has coached the Harvard cycling team since
1982, and he still wears the same wool jersey he did back then!
He is a longtime champion
who has been a three-time Olympian ('64, '68, '72) and has ridden in
five world championships. His accomplishments, among numerous others,
have earned him induction into the Cycling Hall of Fame. He is also the
co-founder of Wheelworks (http://www.wheelworks.com/)
one of our sponsors. He has taught us everything about proper positioning,
cornering and hill
climbing, and why not to eat ice cream. We all aspire to pedal as fast
as he can (he pedals faster than his cadence monitor can record!).
Ed Sassler has also been a mechanic extraordinaire for
the Harvard team since 1989, and has been our coach since 1998. This
year, he is focusing
on weights training and the Men’s Development team. Ed knows about
every part on a bike there is. He also is the creator of Ti-Designs (http://www.ti-designs.com),
a titanium jewelry company, which sponsors HUCA. Visit Wheelworks (http://www.wheelworks.com/)
to consult with Ed on just about anything bike-related.
Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USCF-certified coach, Hicham
Marhraoui, infuses the women's team with his one-of-a-kind
coaching style and some tough-love training tactics. Always smile
during a group stability ball workout or else he'll add more reps
for the whole team; fail to synchronize repetitions with the rest
of the group and he'll tack on more reps for good measure. Marhraoui's
specialty in sport-performance training was forged from his own
athletic prowess as a member of the Moroccan Junior National Soccer
Team and his academic experiences. He holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology
from the University of Quebec at Montreal. Marhraoui studies bike
racing exhaustively and he is especially talented in tailoring training
theory to fit the individual. Fluent in French, he most likely owns
every book ever published about the Tour de France and when he's
not poring through volumes of cycling lore, he's out climbing hills
in the spirit of Federico Bahamontes. This is his first year with
HUCA and he is eager to work with cyclists who possess so much self-determination.
He can be reached at email@example.com
HUCA 2003, at Easterns
is an entirely student-run organization. It's pretty amazing what
a bunch of Harvard students can accomplish (on bikes!)
Everyone on the
team helps out in some way, whether it’s creating Cycling Film
Festivals or organizing transportation for the Racing Season.
Here are some of the key players for the 2004 season:
Poo-bah – Amy Kerdok
Men’s A/B Captain– Jay Ku
Men’s Development Team Captains –
Jamie Wong and Paul Novastad
Women’s A Captains – Amy Kerdok
Women’s BCaptains –
Racing Logistics – Margaret Gardel
Web-site Gurus – Julie Idlet and George
Sponsorship – Tammy Mentzel
Uniform Designer – Weymouth Design
Uniforms and 'HUCA-wear' –
Social Bee – Ramses Ayala
ECCC/Club Sports/USCF Liason –
Cycling Film Festival – Chris Akana
FoHUCA and HUCA Board – Tamara Metz, Nathan
Drake, Raj Krishnan, Peter Everett
Beanpot Race Coordinator – Jason Halaby
Alumni Weekend Organizer – Jen Park
Amy E. Kerdok,
Women’s A Team Co-Captain (2002-2003), Poo-Bah (2004)
I was always fascinated with bicycles. As a kid I would pretend
my yellow banana seat bike was a horse (named “Silver”
of course) and I would ride it along dirt roads in Cape Cod and
plummet down onto the beach and into the bay below. A neighborhood
friend and I would ride our BMX bikes throughout the 62 acres of
land that separated our houses back in Hudson, MA. We learned that
if you didn’t jump over the field stones you would hurt yourself
or worse, damage your bike! Perhaps it is no wonder then that I
was drawn to mountain biking first.
As a 7-season varsity collegiate athlete, cycling only served as
a means for getting to and from practice, and to class on time.
But I discovered mountain biking as an intern one summer, and the
rest is history. I went to MIT/Harvard for grad school and joined
the MIT cycling team in 1997. I rode for them on their mountain
bike team for 2-3 seasons. I probably only did about 5 races total
over that time, but generally placed in the top 3 (women’s
A cat). I then decided to do the Boston-NY AIDS Ride (yes on my
mountain bike) and quickly felt the “need for speed”.
Again, it was during another internship where road cycling was introduced
to me (thanks to FoHUCA Mark Bowen). I bought myself a bike and
I was hooked! Upon returning to Harvard, I discovered HUCA and started
riding with the club. I raced for the first time in 2002. I think
I ended up placing 9th in the ECCC women’s A category that
year and went to nationals in UVM. This past year I rode again,
placing 7th in the ECCC. I attended the national championships in
Berkeley where Harvard took 10th!
I now look forward to leading HUCA into its 2003-2004 year and season!
Feeling the need for both mud and speed, I see many a mountain bike
and road race ahead… won’t you join me in the adventure?
Stuart Gillespie, Men’s
A and B Team Co-Captain (2002-2003)
2003 will be Stu's third year racing and first full season at the
P/1/2 level. As Captain of the Harvard team, he hopes to lead the
team to Collegiate Nationals in Berkley, CA. After the collegiate
season, he will spend the summer racing full time, participating
in the top New England and National Racing Calendar Events. Stu's
main goal for the season is a top placing at Espoir National in
Texas in July. His long term goal for cycling is to race for his
country in the Olympics, may that be on the road or on the Track.
Jean Jinsun Ryoo,
2003 Women's Team Zealot
Jean is a kimchee-eating monkey-lover who enjoys baking banana bread
while washing pots at her dirty-hippie-feet-cooperative-house-home.
Despite an affinity for the salty sea and yogic activity, Jean discovered
that an invisible cycling bug (transmitted to her from her first-love-hybrid-beater-bike
immediately upon purchase) had been spreading into her brain and
heart via cardiovascular and nervous systems. It is well-documented
in the medical world that this cycling bug cannot be cured, and
so just when Jean thought the disease might go into remission from
the diversions of crew and dragonboat activities, a massive attack
of the cycling bug upon her prefrontal cortex forced her into a
rage of road-bike research and shopping during April of 2002. Unfortunately,
neither Jean nor her wallet have survived from this cycling bug
attack (which apparently worsens with mileage traveled on bikes),
and she is now training hard with the Harvard cycling team. Beyond
non-stop daydreams about the upcoming 2003 season, Jean's mind often
wanders over fantasies of future organic farming, backpacking, teaching,
tree-climbing, finger-painting, bike-building, bike-messenger-working,
cuisine-schooling, children's-book-writing, wine-making, cheese-eating,
world-traveling, surfing, warm-weather-living experiences. Though
currently completing a thesis project involving sculpture, photography,
and experimental video, Jean may one day return to chimpanzee research
and rain forest ecology conservation after graduating in June (as
long as she can keep road-biking-training wherever her gravity-friendly-hyphen-loving
feet/tires may lead her).
2003 Men's Development Team, 2004 Development team Captain
Paul Novosad is Harvard Cycling's token Canadian. Canada's unfortunate
shortage of paved roads means that Paul has seen limited time on
the road, but he has been mountain biking over narrow trails, skating
rinks, fallen trees and caribou since a small child. He bought his
first road bike last Fall, but it was not his last, to his roommates'
dismay... Paul now sleeps in the hall to make room for the bikes.
Impervious to cold, Paul was looking to terrorize the C field from
rainy Rutgers on, but discovered to his shock that racing on the
road was really, really, really tough. Now, between training and
his program in international development program, he is just trying
to survive the season.
Jim Craig, Triathlete
turned HUCA Cyclist (2002-2003), FoHUCA
Jim Craig is a successful triathlete who is fairly new to competitive
team road cycling. He has been racing triathlons for about 6 years.
His best races include two "Escape from Alcatraz" triathlons,
three 2.5-mile Waikiki Roughwater swims, several Half-Ironman events,
and The Ironman Triathlon, New Zealand (2002). This fall/winter
he tried cyclocross racing and really enjoyed the cold, the ice,
the mud, and the last place finishes. In his other life, Jim is
an active US Army Officer on a 1 year fellowship to study Public
Administration at KSG.
something else entirely, FoHUCA
gEorge recieved his first road bike, a black Cilo, from his dads
parole officer, it seems that the owner of the bicycle was someplace
where he would never need it. Officer Rite was also feeling bad
about a little filing mix-up that resulted in gEorge getting the
opportunity to make some new friends at a 'special' school. The
Cilo was an awesome first bike, it was shiny, all black with downtube
shifters and no one could pronounce the marque correctly. Although,
despite its Italian heritage, it wasn't very fast (the original
owner proved that incontrovertibly.) but for gEo's purposes, it
was perfect and it started him on the road to where he is now, if
you know where that is, please ring (617) 669 6569 asap.
gEo started racing with the Harvard team in 2002 and quickly rose
to the top of the D field, finishing second only to a Bates rider
(a different Bates rider every week) this didn't make him the least
bit bitter. This year, he's hoping that the Bates team have all
moved up to the B's.
Julia Oh, Women’s
A Team Co-Captain (2002-2003), FoHUCA
Julia Oh is a senior at Harvard College. She has raced three collegiate
seasons and one USCF season, in category 2! She is 20 years old,
5’2’’ and 120 lbs of sprinter. Some of her more
notable results include:
Leg pressed 750 pounds
Did 5 pull-ups
4th place New York City Championships 1st place circuit race, 2nd
place criterium Fitchburg stage race category 3
Sprint points winner Fitchburg stage race category 3
3rd place Division 1 Collegiate Nationals Criterium
Having enjoyed her 0.2 mile commute to class, Julia
began road riding the second semester of her freshman year. As an
experiment, she started racing with the Harvard University cycling
team three weeks after that. She promptly finished dead last in
every race she entered for the next year and a half, with the exception
of one in which she flatted 3 times. In 2002 she had a breakthrough
and discovered sprinting. After a pleasantly successful collegiate
season (4 wins and a record 8 2nd places), she began racing on the
USCF/NRC circuit. After becoming a bike racer, Julia plans on going
to medical school. Julia is currently a member of the beauteous
Independent Fabrications/Wheelworks elite women's team.
Women’s A Team Co-Captain (2002-2003), FoHUCA
Kimberly Rothman started cycling in the fall of 2001, during her
second year of law school, as part of her triathalon training. One
day while she was buying degreaser at Wheelworks, John Allis invited
her to ride with the team. She went to the first practices not knowing
what to expect, but she had a great time on the team rides. Pretty
soon all of her spare time (not to mention money) was going into
her bike -- she was totally hooked. Her first race was the Mountaintop
Crit at Lehigh. She spent most of the race clinging to the wheel
of her teammate Nurit Bloom. They finished first and second (Kim
got second), kicking off the season to a great start. She raced
as a B rider for the entire season so that she could learn the ropes
and get comfortable riding in a pack. She's still learning the skills
of group riding. Coming from triathlons, where drafting is illegal,
she is finally getting comfortable with it. She finished up her
season as the top points scorer for B women in the ECCC. Looking
to next season, she's excited to see what a year of training can
do. She knows that it will be a big challenge to step up to being
an A rider, she's ready for the challenge and the excitement.
Ilana Brito, 2003
Ilana Brito first got on a road bike last November. She raced her
first season in 2002 and quickly went from getting dropped on rides
(of course John would ride with her) to being a hillclimber! Who
knew?! This billygoat went to France last summer to watch the Tour
de France on her bike from the tops of Les Deux Alpes and La Plange.
This year, she plans on racing in the collegiate season and then
racing USCF this summer. She is looking forward to racing in the
Fitchburg Stage Race in June.
Aside from her riding, Ilana is this year's poo-bah. She is focused
on keeping the team pumped for race season! There are some new projects
in the works for the team. including preparing for the Harvard University
Grafton Road Race, launching the FoHUCA Board, and sending everyone
to Spring Break at Trexlertown! This is going to be an awesome year!
Paul Grosu, FoHUCA
Paul Grosu currently works as a Bioinformatician at Harvard's Bauer
Center for Genomics Research. Paul - together with George Kenty
- where the captains for the Men's C/D team for the 2002 season.
During the summer of 2002 he was part of the group which worked
on the proposal which resulted in Harvard Cycling (HUCA) being awarded
one of the 2002 Centers of Excellence by the USA Cycling Development
Foundation. Currently Paul does work for the team in the area of
Publicity and has done some work in the area of Sponsorship. He
frequently rides with the team and helps wherever help is needed.
He attends evening classes at Harvard's Extension school but unfortunately
he cannot race with the team since he is not a full-time student,
but he hopes to someday be one in the future. He is also an avid
reader of cycling related materials and loves to talk cycling with
anyone. He wishes that through his training to someday be a super-fast
rider on his super-light 54cm CAAD5 Cannondale. He is planning to
race with the Boston Road Club during the 2003 season in the 4/5
Category. The rider which he admires is Lance Armstrong, though
Jan Ullrich, he says, is still fun to watch. If you want to talk
cycling or just have a question or two feel free to drop him an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.