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Coach John Hughes is the author of Anti-Aging: 12 Ways to You Can Slow the Aging Process and of the book Distance Cycling. He has written 40 articles on training, nutrition, psychology and medical issues for He is a veteran of Paris-Brest-Paris ’79, ’87, ’91, ’95, ’99, Boston-Montreal-Boston ’92 (course record), Rocky Mountain 1200 ’04, Furnace Creek 508 ’89 (course record) and ’93 (first place) and the Race Across America ’96. He is the former director of the UltraMarathon Cycling Association and editor of UltraCycling, has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a personal trainer and by USA Cycling as a coach.


  • 2018   Author of Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
  • 2010 - present   Author of 40 articles and books on training, nutrition and physiology, especially for century and brevet cyclists, at
  • 2011   Speaker on training at the International Conference on Cycling and Health, Shanghai, China
  • 2011   Author with Dan Kehlenbach of Distance Cycling: Your Complete Guide to Endurance Cycling, information on training, nutrition, and equipment for century, brevet and longer rides.
  • 1998 - 2010   Director, UltraMarathon Cycling Association, association of 1500 distance cyclists around the world.
  • 1998 - 2010   Editor, UltraCycling magazine and
  • 1995 - present   Cycling coach training cyclists for century, double century and brevet rides, multi-day tours, 12- and 24-hour races, qualifiers for the Race Across America (RAAM), and other endurance rides and tours.
  • 1996 - 2006   Cycling coach at the PAC Tour Desert Training Camps, training 100 endurance cyclists in Arizona each March.
  • 1994 - 2005   Owner and tour leader of the Pacific Crest Tour in the Sierra and Cascades, Leadville Tour in the Rockies and Red Rocks Tour in Utah.
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John winning RAAM Open West in 1989.
Lee “Fuzzy” Mitchell in BikeVan.
  • 2009, 1998, 1997, 1995   Crew Chief, Race Across AMerica
  • 2004   Rocky Mountain 1200 km & 8,100 meters climbing.
  • 1999, 1995, 1991, 1987, 1979   Paris-Brest-Paris: 1200 km & 10,000 meters climbing.
  • 1996   Race Across AMerica, 11d 15h
  • 1995   Course record Oregon N-S, 293 miles & 10,000’ of climbing in 14 hours 23 minutes, averaging 20.3 mph.
  • 1994   Course record Reno to Tucson, 850 miles & 23,000’ of climbing in 54 hours 17 minutes
  • 1993   Furnace Creek 508, 1st place in 32 hours 22 minutes, two-time winner, 512 miles & 30,000’ of climbing.
  • 1992   Course record Boston-Montreal-Boston, 750 miles & 35,000’ in 52 hours 35 minutes
  • 1989   Course Record RAAM Open West, 508 miles & 30,000’ of climbing in 30 hours 54 minutes.
  • 1996   Certified Sport Coach, USA Cycling
  • 1995   Certified Personal Trainer, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • 1979 - 1995   Stanford University administrator. Last two positions were Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning and Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Management in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
  • 1983   MBA, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1976   MA in German Studies, Stanford University
  • 1971   BA in History, Stanford University