About BJ Basham

In the past ... After 18 years in the IT department of a major government contractor I took advantage of the opportunity to change careers and decided to become a coach and try to make use of the experience I had gained in the sport that I have loved for over 25 year. In 2004 I joined the Peaks Coaching Group as an associate coach as well as working as the in-house mechanic and bike fitter at Peaks Power Training Camps.

Since 2004 ... my athlete roster and the number and quality of their results have grown. I currently support more than 20 athletes including riders from Virginia, Maryland, D.C. Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Winsconsin. Many of my athletes are new to the sport but I have also worked with elite and pro level riders. Even though I have had few results of my own over the years, I have l learned from every mistake I have made. One of my goals as a coach is to guide the athletes I work with around the pitfalls that I have run into.

My philosophy ... Balance and flexibility with life in and out of cycling are the constant themes within my coaching methodology. I believe that real life has to come first. Family and work provide the support that is required for a successful cycling career. And no one can know for sure what may come their way in life or even how well they will feel the day after a workout or race to have a program that is written in stone. The coach and the rider need to be willing to change the plan at any time. My favorite quote comes from Joe Friel: “If you feel like you should not do today’s workout, call me and I will tell you not to do it.” Nobody knows better that the athlete how they feel.

And more ... Along with my coaching business, I also perform bike-fitting services using the Wobble-Naught fitting system and have setup over 100 riders on their road, TT and MTB bikes.