John Hughes has been an endurance cyclist since 1975 and a coach and trainer since 1995. For 12 years he served as the managing director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association (UMCA), the founding organization of the transcontinental Race Across America (RAAM). During this time Hughes was publisher and editor of UltraCycling, the official magazine of the UMCA. As UMCA director, Hughes developed the popular century challenge, encouraging cyclists to ride 100 miles every month.
Hughes has twice competed in the Race Across America (RAAM) and has twice won and set a course record in the Furnace Creek 508, a 508-mile RAAM qualifying event. Among his other accomplishments are seven 1,200-kilometer randonnées, including a course record for the Boston-Montreal-Boston route. He also hold UMCA records for cycling from Reno, Nevada to Tucson, Arizona and across Oregon from the North border to the South border. For 10 years Hughes organized and led supported tours of the West and Southwest. He also explored the West on self-supported tours on a loaded touring bike.
Hughes contributes articles on training, nutrition, skills, medical issues and sports pasychology to RoadBikeRider.
Hughes has been certified as a USA Cycling sport coach and a National Strength and Conditioning Association personal trainer. Hughes has coached numerous riders, from people preparing for their first centuries to dozens of top RAAM finishers. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Dan Kehlenbach has been coaching cyclists and other endurance athletes since 1995. He has certifications through USA Cycling as a level 2 coach and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He earned his masters degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.
Kehlenbach spent four years with the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as the strength and conditioning instructor for the recruit training program in Cape May, New Jersey. He also represented the Coast Guard in cycling races, duathlons, triathlons, and running events.
As a contributing editor for UltraCycling, Kehlenbach wrote numerous articles on training and conditioning, specializing in articles that demystify the complexities of sport science. Kehlenbach contributes articles on training to RoadBikeRider.