With Wenzel Coaching
Client levels accepted:Individual, Custom, Elite Custom, Consultation
- Individual $119/mo
- Custom $199/mo
- Elite Custom $250/mo
- Consultation $100/hr
Associate Coach / Milwaukie, Oregon
"Steve ... you were very upbeat and willing to take on an older athlete and this did not seem to diminish your enthusiasm. You put together a program that took into consideration my time constraints and that was appreciated. Other coaches I have worked with have laid out schedules that seem to assume I did not work or have children and bicycling was my highest priority. You seem to understand family comes first and we will do the best we can with training."
Associate Coach Steve Long of Milwaukie, OR has been cycling in Oregon and Pacific NW races and endurance events for over 17 years. Like many, he started with a mountain bike and then acquired a road bike, riding with bunch of local guys in a spirited, competitive fashion. Steve dropped about 20 pounds within the first couple of years and continued to a healthy competitive weight as his diet took on a well-being and weight-management focus. A natural teacher, Steve’s ability to relate from this experience helps him guide new riders through their own transformation into cycling athletes.
Steve has helped clients upgrade from Category 4 to Category 3 and even Category 2 in their first year of racing. He loves the challenge of helping racers and teams with race strategies and overall team development. Steve understands how to help his clients negotiate the sometimes-difficult challenge of balancing work, home, and training schedules. He has a special interest in helping individuals involved in 12-step programs and can also help clients become aware of their bodies via mindfulness approaches.
Steve has been drawn to the area’s more challenging races over the years, including classic Oregon road race events and OBRA Championship races such as the Silverton Road Race, Mt. Hood Classic, Elkhorn Classic, and Walla Walla Stage Race, where he has placed well in masters competition. This experience along with wins in hill climbs and team time trial championship events give him insights to share about some of the most challenging terrain in Oregon. His many miles of gravel riding logged in training and events also help pass on the wisdom and skills necessary to compete in difficult races. A few skill sets bubble up to the top: climbing, descending, pacing and endurance, power development and use, race strategies, seeing important opportunities as they develop in race scenarios and positioning one’s self to take advantage of them. Steve teaches his athletes how to go into a race with a strategy in mind while also being open to developing situations and capitalizing on them.
Steve has a wealth of experience in both century and ultra-century riding, including rides like the RAMROD, the Shasta Super Century in California, and historic rides that include 10,000 feet of climbing in 100 miles. He has completed the Seattle to Portland event in one day, an accomplishment that he looks forward to helping others achieve by through tried training, fueling and strategy methods. While nutrition, hydration and pacing are instrumental in longer events, they are just as important in shorter events and it’s important to get these right in order to accomplish one’s goals.
Steve is available to do minor bike fit tune-ups if something isn’t feeling quite right as well.
For a more detailed analysis and assessment of your individual needs, please contact Steve.
Events: Endurance Road Riding, General Cycling Fitness, Gran Fondos – Centuries, Gravel Grinders, Learn to Ride, Mountain Bike Racing, Road Racing
Services: Clinics/Camps, Consultation, Learn to Ride, Skills Training, Training Programs
Specialties: Beginning Racing, Beginning Riding, General Fitness, Master Athletes, Return from Illness, Return from Injury, Return from Overtraining, Road Skills, Senior Athletes, Working Athletes
"Steve has been very good at preparing me for a variety of different events, whether it's the coming race season, a time trial, or a triathlon. He tailors the training to my specific goals and always has me ready to go come race day!" ~ C Hoops, Racer, Triathlete, Endurance Cyclist
I had hip replacement surgery in February of 2014. I began physical therapy in June of 2014 since it was clear that my right hip/leg was significantly weaker than the left and that my body was compensating creating an awkward gate when I walked. In addition to the physical therapy I decided to set a goal of riding in the Levi Granfondo in Oct of 2014, the 60 mile ride and set out to find a biking coach to make that possible. Thankfully, it was Steve Long who was recommended to me since he has experience coaching people who have suffered injuries. Starting in July of 2014, Steve focused on core and whole body strengthening, He coordinated his coaching with my physical therapy and was an excellent communicator. He closely monitored how I was responding to both the physical therapy and his coaching and modified my plan so that I was making small incremental gains that resulted in huge changes overall. I exceeded my personal goals for the Levi Granfondo and am currently a better cyclist than I was before the surgery. Also, it feels so good to be able to walk with a straight back and an even stride. I appreciate his coaching and sincere interest in contributing to my continued physical improvement on and off the bike. ~ M. Wolcott
"I feel like things seem to be progressing along great, and I'm learning a lot. I've been able to work through a number of questions and concerns, and Steve has been great to work with. He's been very responsive to my questions and concerns." ~ Greg C.
"Steve ... you were very upbeat and willing to take on an older athlete and this did not seem to diminish your enthusiasm. You put together a program that took into consideration my time constraints and that was appreciated. Other coaches I have worked with have laid out schedules that seem to assume I did not work or have children and bicycling was my highest priority. You seem to understand family comes first and we will do the best we can with training. Thanks Steve. I will be back." Larry Z
"Love Steve...........he knows how to focus on a specific goal whether it's preparing for a triathlon or an endurance event like the Death Ride. I like that Steve ensures that I'm on track but most importantly that I stay injury free during training." ~ Elizabeth H, Ironman Triathlete and Endurance cyclist, Camas, Washington
"I have been getting great advice from Steve for the last several years. During that time I have completed several century rides including the STP (twice), and a number of metric centuries as well. He has also helped me come back from two major back surgeries when I wasn't sure I would ever even be able to ride the bike again. Thanks Steve! ~ C Selnes, Austin, TX
"Steve and Scott were terrific at Wenzel Coaching in helping me achieve much higher level of competition through a custom plan of workouts made for my capabilities. I have a busy work schedule but they worked around this with a comprehensive program which was specific for my needs. They also helped with goal setting, which in my opinion is fundamental to a successful program. A special thanks to Coach Steve for his tireless efforts!" ~ Mike O.
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