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August 14, 2009

Ride to Winn

Canadian champion cyclist makes Union College his home

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“I’m on the bike about five to six days a week, at roughly ten to sixteen hours a week,” Winn said of his training schedule.

The bulk of Winn’s bike training happens from January to October. Winn said that he usually takes a month off in November to rest his body after the national competition.

In addition to bike training, Winn also tries to eat healthy and avoid junk food during cycling season. Coach Coffey also appreciated Winn’s strong work ethic.

According to Coffey, “Zach is one of the hardest working athletes you will ever meet. He trains no matter how hot or cold, wet or dry, and his hard work pays off.”

All of Winn’s training has not come without a few injuries.

“I’ve had a few stitches, lots of road rash, some good bruises, and I got pretty beat up the time I got hit by a car.”

No matter what has come his way, Winn has had the strength and determination to overcome and succeed. Many of Winn’s greatest successes have come while being apart of Union’s cycling team. In addition to his national championship, Winn has won several other awards.

“To talk to Zach you would never know he is a two-time Midwest Conference Rider of the Year and a national champion,” Coach Coffey said of Winn’s humble nature.

Winn, who is also a 2009 NCCA All-American, is ready for another victorious season with the Bulldogs.

“I think we will be as successful, if not more successful than last year,” Winn said of the upcoming cycling season.

According to Winn, Coach Coffey is one of the keys to the success of the cycling team, and helps his cyclists become better athletes.

Winn said of his coach, “Chuck gives some good advice. He is good at keeping riders motivated, but still calm before races.”

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