The Loppet Wheels Are Turning
It was a momentous inaugural year for Loppet Cycle Works (LCW) at Theodore Wirth. With the grand opening of our new urban adventure center, The Trailhead, and with the completion of over six miles of fun singletrack in the park, our goal to make Wirth a world-class hub of year-round outdoor activity has become a reality.
Loppet Cycle Works serves the full spectrum of cycling enthusiasts with programs, classes, clinics, and training for all levels of ability and all ages.
LCW’s mission is to empower cyclists of all ages to achieve their goals through safe, educational, and enjoyable outdoor experiences that expose participants to challenges appropriate to their developmental level through year-round coached individual and group activities.
Programs & Camps
Trips, Camps & Events
All LCW camps and events are currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions. Once the restrictions are eased or lifted we will review and possibly open if we feel we can conduct our camps and events in a safe manner.
MTB/Enduro Nationals (Winter Park, CO) August 10-25
Borah Epic + CAMBA Camp July 25-28 (July 26-28 no Borah Epic support)
Copper Harbor Trail Fest September 2-7
Equipment resource information coming soon!
LCW Director and Head Coach
After six years of working to develop, implement, and maintain the Minnesota High School Cycling League as a founding member and three years working as the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Coach Licensing and Registration Manager, Bruce Martens has partnered with the Loppet Foundation to create Loppet Cycle Works.
Bruce attended Minnesota State University, Mankato as an undergraduate double majoring in microbiology and chemistry and the University of Minnesota’s master’s program for Integrated Behavioral Health, specializing in adolescent development. Athletics and sport development have been critical components of Bruce’s academic advancement and his coaching philosophy is a fundamental integration of his personal experience with the evidence-based best practice of athlete-centered long term biopsychosocial development. He uses both his personal and professional knowledge and training to create a safe and collaborative space for student-athletes while working from an integrative, holistic (mind, body, spirit), and strengths-based approach. While drawing from traditional coaching methodology, Bruce resources a variety of non-conventional modalities that include mindfulness/meditation, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral, narrative, family systems, stress management, and injury prevention.
In addition to his love for health, fitness and nutrition, Bruce has been a passionate cyclist since he was a child. He has always used cycling as a means of staying fit and began competing in mountain bike races in 2001 as a way to nurture his competitive spirit. Wanting to enhance his fitness for mountain bike racing, Bruce found himself on his road bike more and more, which naturally led to his first road race and subsequent love for road bike racing. It was only natural that cyclocross racing would soon follow, not to mention his newest found love of winter fat bike racing. In addition to competing in countless 5ks, 10ks, half and full marathons, Bruce uses yoga, Nordic skiing, and endurance-inspired crossfit to supplement his personal training regimen. He is known for constantly pushing himself to find new levels of fitness and performance while having a deep passion for learning.
As a youth cycling coach, Bruce enjoys the process of collaboration to design and implement programs that will help each student-athlete reach their goals, both on and off the bike. Bruce has been working with student-athletes since 2004 and has devoted himself to building programs that maximize the competence, confidence, connection, character, life skills, positive affect, and psychosocial capacities cycling promotes.
When Bruce isn’t teaching, cooking up new training programs, or out logging time in the saddle, he covets time with his wife Lisa and son Liam. Additionally, he enjoys running, camping, cooking, photography, music, home improvement, time with friends, and gardening. Finally, and as you may have guessed, Bruce has hard time saying no to a ride!
Contact Bruce Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Manager and Head Coach
Guido is a former professional road cyclist. He started racing when he was 16 years old but has been riding bikes since he was two. He is the 4th generation of cyclists in his family with a few World Medalists in it. He represented the Argentinian National Team in his junior years and after that he spent most of his career racing for different teams in United States. After he stopped racing as a professional, he worked as an Assistant Director of a Professional Men’s Team.
Holly is a neonatal/maternal care registered nurse by day and LCW coach by night. Her passion for mountain biking began just 4 short years ago and her growth in the sport has been tremendous since first getting two wheels on dirt. From traveling the country to ride big mountains, mentoring for Little Bellas, attending skills clinics, racing our local MN scene, or just trying to convince everyone she meets to give mountain biking a try, this sport has become so much more than a hobby for her. Holly believes that mountain biking has been a life changing journey and she hopes to inspire folks in her life both on and off the bike. In her free time she enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, road trips, lake walks, baking and snuggling her cats, Otto and Bear. Holly resides in Minneapolis with her fiancé, Adam.
Jon comes to Loppet Cycle Works with a background in working with youth in the classroom. After reaping the benefits of off-season strength training in his own racing and riding, he is excited to bring his experience with strength training to other riders. Jon’s passion for mountain biking comes from the fact that it combines two of his favorite things: the woods and bikes. He takes any excuse to get out of the city to camp, hike, or ride. Jon currently races gravel, road and track and is hoping to try racing some mountain this year. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two cats. When he’s not riding bikes you can probably find him in the kitchen pursuing his passion for cooking.
With over 15 years as an outdoor sports professional, Justin has recently relocated to the MSP area after having managed and lead adult and youth snowsports programs in the mountain west. He is a fully certified alpine ski instructor and a certified cycling coach. With an extensive background in fitness and recreational mountain bike racing, Justin’s passion is in helping connect others with a love for the outdoors and assisting athletes to maximize their potential both on and off the bike. In his free time, Justin enjoys yoga, being a dog dad, and finding new Minnesota adventures with his wife Mindy.
Bio Coming Soon!
Team Manager and Head Coach
Bio Coming Soon!