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Coach Kathy Watts

Location:

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Years training:

45

Years coaching:

14

Cycling disciplines:

Road, gravel, mountain bike, multi-day, time trial, cyclocross

I truly enjoy helping my athletes achieve their goals. Whether it's a simple request like "I want to get stronger and faster" or a more complex one like "I want to win or podium," it's exciting to watch your progress, both through data and tracking and also through careful listening and understanding each athlete. As Tim says, mixing the science with the art is what makes the magic.


Cycling has been in my blood since I was a little girl. My first two-wheeler was a used blue bike with fenders and fat tires (this was before mountain bikes!). Little did I know I would be a cat 1 mountain bike racer in my 30s and 40s! My first ten-speed bike in eighth grade was an orange Schwinn Varsity that my parents got me for Christmas. That bike took me everywhere and set the stage for my lifetime love of cycling, exploring, and adventure.


Before working with BaseCamp as a coach, guide, and athlete coordinator, I owned an outdoor retail chain of stores for 23 years, selling clothing and gear, as well as guiding backpacking, canoe, and cross-country ski trips for my customers. I have always enjoyed my work; I love talking with people and helping them find what they need for success and happiness.


I am a jack of all trades. There is always something to do in my world! Besides cycling, I love to garden, paint, cook, walk the dog, swim, play, read, and create. I love to travel, too; being able to see different customs, cultures, and landscapes has been an amazing gift and a huge part of me. 

Personal victories and highlights:

  • State time trial champion

  • Elite mountain bike racer and state champion

  • Multiple cyclocross podiums

  • Nationals top 7 TT

  • Summited Mt. Rainier

  • Flat water canoe racer

  • Led multiple backpacking, cross-country ski, and multi-day canoe trips

  • Coached the 1-hour world record for 90-94 age category


Events I've coached:

  • State, national, and world road and time trial

  • Rebecca's Private Idaho

  • Leadville Trail

  • Steamboat Gravel

  • Unbound Gravel

  • Hotter'n Hell Hundred

  • Gold Rush Gravel Grinder

  • The Crusher

  • Marji Gesick

  • Gran fondos

  • Ultra events

  • Road races and events

  • Mountain bike races and events

  • Gravel races and events

Athlete Testimonials

Kathy is a very dedicated coach. Her ability to understand my needs and goals are core to the success of our and any coaching. I feel Kathy went above and beyond constantly adjusting my training to meet my injury recovery limitations. Kathy created a perfect training flow which brought me from my first indoor 5 mile post injury ride to a season highlight 166 mile 10 months later. Yes I did the work. The key as experienced is not only doing the work, you have to do the RIGHT work. Kathy provided the right work for optional performance returns.   - Ken C.

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