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 2016 Olympian 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)


9thstage 17, Giro d'Italia2017
5thstage 8, Giro d'Italia2017
5thstage 6, Giro d'Italia2017
4thstage 5, Vuelta al Pais Vasco2017
2ndGP Miguel Indurain2017
5thGC, Tour Down Under2016
3rdstage 5, Tour Down Under2016
3rdstage 3, Tour Down Under2016
1ststage 5, Tour of Utah2015
2ndGC, Tour of Utah2015
2ndPhilly Cycling Classic2015
1stClássica Internacional Loulé2015
5thstage 5, Volta Algarve2015
1ststage 5, Tour of the Gila2015
4thGC, Tour of the Gila2015


February 24, 2017

Crash and Burn

There are few jobs on this planet, in North America at least, that give you a four- to six-week vacation. When I worked as a manager at a running shoe store, I got 10 days vacation a year, with no sick days included. If I got sick, and I had to miss a day, that […]

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December 4, 2016

The Fix

My first year in the WorldTour was like a college freshman’s first trip on spring break. There were ethereal highs, there were tearful lows, and there were several occasions when I woke up in hotel rooms having no clue where I was. Emotionally, by the end of the thing, I was spent, and as I […]

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September 8, 2016

Wiggle Your Big Toe

At least once a month, while making small talk on a plane, or while at an event or in an elevator, I am asked the following question: “So you are a pro cyclist? Have you done the Tour?” I am sure most cyclists, from those trying to eek out a living to Chris Froome, often […]

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Vuelta a España (2.UWT)
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