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Coaches

CRCA is fortunate to be able to draw on the experience of many of the city’s top coaches.

Daniel Chabanov

Daniel Chabanov started cycling as a New York City bike messenger in 2006. He raced for various NYC teams since 2008. Now a category one road and cross racer he has competed in cyclocross at the UCI level for the last two seasons. Currently racing for CRCA / Foundation on the road and the RGM-Watches / Richard Sachs Cyclocross team in the dirt. The past cross season he scored several top ten finishes and numerous top twenty’s in UCI Elite races all over New England as well as winning the New York State cross championship.

Craig Cook

Craig Cook (Director Emeritus, CRCA Junior Development Team)

Craig Cook started racing bicycles with the CRCA in 1985, at the age of 16. He raced at the elite level in the United States, and Europe including eight seasons based in France. Craig returned to New York in 2004 to pursue a degree in architecture. He freelances as a journalist and photographer, having worked in the disparate worlds of fashion, where he snaps pics, and cycling journalism, where he turns up every year at Bicycling.com to cover the Tour de France. Discouraged by the lack of support for junior cycling at his racing “alma mater” CRCA, Craig took over the position of Vice President of Rider Development and started the current Junior Development program at the end of 2005.

Ann Marie Miller

Ann Marie Miller is a 4 time United States National Masters’ Champion, a 13 time US Masters’ National Medalist, and a Category 1 racer who “discovered” cycling after a variety of endurance activities, including running and duathlons. Ann Marie started bike racing as a member of CRCA and credits the CRCA coaching program with launching her competitive cycling career.

An all-around rider, Ann Marie was a member of the Verizon Wireless Women’s Cycling team from 2002-2005 and competed in events such as the Solano Stage Race, the Redlands Stage Race, Fitchburg Stage Race, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, The Philadelphia Liberty Classic, the US Pro Criterium Championships, the Montreal Womens’ World Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and the Grand Tour du Montreal UCI Women’s Stage Race. She also completed the 2001 HP Womens’s Classic, a UCI event consisting of 13 stages in 12 days around the state of Idaho. In 2003, Ann Marie scored a clean sweep of the gold medals at the US Masters’ National Championships, winning the Time Trial, Road Race and Criterium, as well as the “Best All-Around Rider” award for her age group. In 2004, she won the Mad River Road Race, the “queen stage” of the Green Mountain Stage Race and was 3rd overall in the General Classification. In 2005, she won all 5 races she entered in the Bethel Spring Training Series, earning the Women’s Overall Series Championship, and repeated as the Series Champion in 2008.

Currently she is the Manager of Corporate Fitness and Wellness Programs and a cycling and triathlon coach for Cadence Cycling and Multisport, a coach for the Century Road Club Association, and coaches cyclists and endurance athletes, as well as personal training clients.

Tara Parsons

Tara Parsons began racing in 1995, and raced for 10 years regionally and nationally at the elite level. In 2008, she combined her 15 years teaching experience with her knowledge and skill on the bike and began coaching.

Tara raced with TEAm Lipton, Aquafina and RLX Polo Sport, and was a solid all around rider in the Pro-1-2 field. Her wins and placings include Empire State Games, Tour de Toona, Univest Grand Prix, Harlem Skyscraper, New York State road and criterium championships, Bear Mountian, Fitchburg Wachusett Mountain Road Race, Lou Maltese, New England Road Race Championships at Quabbin, Dayton Pro/Am, and North American Master’s championship in Sutton, Quebec. The races that she most enjoyed racing were big stage races such as Redlands, Sea Otter Classic, Altoona, Green Mountain, Killington, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Philadelphia Liberty Classic, and the Red Zinger classic in Colorado.

Currently, Tara continues teaching art and woodshop part-time, is an artist, and coaches women riders for racing, as well being the team cycling coach for the advanced riders with team Lipstick, a multi-sport team.

Scot Willingham, MA

Scot Willingham is a strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation expert with 20 years of experience in coaching, training, fitting, and teaching movement. He has a Masters in Motor Learning from Columbia University Teacher’s College. In addition, he is schooled in Exercise Physiology and Kinesthetic Anatomy.

As a Neuromuscular Re-Educator, he runs a coaching and training business in New York City, helping all types of athletes, post-injury/surgery clients, and those with chronic neurological challenges. He is ACSM and NSCA certified.Scot is a licensed USAC Level II Coach. He works with all levels of cyclists, offering classes in bike handling and safety skills, as well as off-the-bike exercise to benefit cyclists. He has written numerous articles, including:

The No Sweat way to Improve your Racing

Scot has been a devoted cyclist for over 30 years, commuting, touring, and racing in North America and Europe. He is a gold medalist in 50+ ITT competition, and a member of medal-winning teams representing New York City at the Empire State Games.