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


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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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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