Loppet Cycle Works Juniors

The Loppet Wheels Are Turning

It was a huge summer at Theodore Wirth. With the grand opening of our new urban adventure center, The Trailhead, and with the completion of over five miles of fun singletrack in the park, our goal to make Wirth a world-class hub of year-round outdoor activity is finally becoming a reality. To that end, we are thrilled to announce Loppet Cycle Works (LCW), a bike program that hopes to parallel the success of Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and invite more of our community into a year-round, active lifestyle connected to the Great Outdoors.

Loppet Cycle Works is poised to serve the full spectrum of cycling enthusiasts at all levels of ability and ages. We’re excited to welcome Bruce Martens as head cycling coach and program director. Bruce brings a wealth of experience, having worked six years as a founding member of the Minnesota High School League, three years with National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and most recently, coaching and mentoring athletes of a wide range of experience and ability at the National Center for Youth Development (YO-DEVO).

LCW’s mission is to empower cyclists of all ages to achieve their goals through safe, educational, and enjoyable experiences that expose participants to challenges appropriate to their developmental level through year-round coached individual and group activities.

LCW Session IV (9/3/2019 - 11/8/2019)

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Bruce Martens

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 martens@loppet.org

Guido Palma

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 Windschitl

Head Coach

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 Emerson-Kramer

Head Coach

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.

Justin Folger

Head Coach

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.

Brian Koeneman

Head Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Todd Bauer

Team Manager and Head Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Casey Griesemer

Team Manager and Head Coach

Casey recently moved to the Twin Cities area from Madison, Wisconsin for a day job at Novus Media, an advertising agency located in Plymouth, MN. His race career started soon after graduating high school, participating in the WORS series garnering a 2nd overall in Cat 2(2014), 8th and 7th overall in Pro Men(2015, 2017), and highlighted by a 3rd place finish in Men’s Cat 1 Nationals in 2017. Throughout College he raced at a collegiate level for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater participating in Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in 2016, 2017, and 2018 placing top ten in the XC events in the first two years. Casey is excited, motivated, and primed to impress for 2019 as he competes at a Pro/Cat 1 level in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Race Series and around the nation for Loppet Cycle Works. When he’s not at work or riding he likes to spend a lot of his down time rock climbing, kayaking, camping, practicing yoga, or diving into various music festivals and shows around the Midwest.