Tour Down Under 2016, stage 3 (photo: Graham Watson)

Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team Cannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team. The Canadian climber was once a professional runner, has broken 4 minutes for the mile, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Woods loves many things in this world, but shawarma, his wife Elly, riding his bike, and writing, in no particular order, find themselves at the top of his list.


FromOttawa, Ontario, Canada
BasedGirona, Spain
BirthdayOctober 12th
Weight63 kg (138.8 lbs)
Height1.75 m (5'9")
Type of riderClimber
TeamCannondale Drapac Pro Cycling Team
CoachPaulo Saldanha (Powerwatts)
Best result3rd on stages 3 & 5, 5th overall, Tour Down Under 2016


5thGC, Tour Down Under (2.UWT)2016
3rdstage 5, Tour Down Under (2.UWT)2016
3rdstage 3, Tour Down Under (2.UWT)2016
1ststage 5, Tour of Utah (H.C)2015
2ndGC, Tour of Utah (H.C)2015
2ndPhilly Cycling Classic (1.2)2015
1stClássica Internacional Loulé (1.2)2015
5thstage 5, Volta Algarve (2.1)2015
1ststage 5, Tour of the Gila (2.2)2015
4thGC, Tour of the Gila (2.2)2015


May 5, 2016

La Doyenne

If you took a guy from 1950 and time-travelled him to 2016, I think there are a lot of things that he would be unimpressed with. “What, no flying cars? No space colony on the moon? No cool looking in vogue jumpsuits?” “Hey listen buddy, we just figured out a way to time travel you […]

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May 2, 2016

In the Fleche

“Woodsy,” said my coach Ron Warhurst looking at me straight in the eyes, “Excuses are like assholes, everybody’s got one.” Ron was my running coach at the University of Michigan. Ron may not have been the most scientific coach, but what he lacked in fundamental knowledge concerning exercise physiology he certainly made up for in […]

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March 30, 2016

The Bottom Three

Over the past few days as I have laid in bed, in a dark room surrounded by piles of balled up and snotty tissues and an array of half-full mugs of tea and glasses of water, I have received a ton of messages of congratulations on my performance at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (VC). This […]

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