Introducing Coach Julia

A cross country and track runner in college, Julia Gieschen, found the transition to cycling an easy one after a running injury. She now serves as an expert coach for Carmichael Training Systems in Santa Ynez and can be found beating up the guys during local group rides or endurance mountain bike races on the backcountry trails of our local Los Padres NF.


She is heading up our growing women’s team and is looking forward to finding her “inner climber” for the 2016 season!

Follow her exploits on Strava, Instagram , Twitter (@jgieschen for both) and check out her CTS coaching profile if you are interested in taking your training to a whole new level.

Meet Marco Fennelli…

Mark has been racing for nearly as many years as some of our younger teammates…have been alive. So, he’s got countless race tactics and training wisdom that we should all tap into whenever possible this season. Back in his junior days he used to line up with legends like Greg LeMond, Wayne Stetina and another one of our teammates father’s, Rory O’Reilly.


In his own words, “I’ve been racing bikes off and on for most of my life, starting as a Junior in the late 1970s, continuing as an Elite in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and then as a Masters rider up until “retiring” a few years ago to pursue competitive running. I don’t know how many races I’ve done, but it must be near 400. Of those, I won 21 times. I enjoy stage races, road races with challenging climbs, and technical crits. I’m looking forward to racing again in 2016 with a team of enthusiastic and motivated riders.”

Welcome to the team Mark, we’re stoked to have you!

His online USAC results are deceptive. Follow him on Strava, Instagram (@marktfennell) and check out his blog – he’s a great writer and has some awesome stories.

This kicks off our daily introductions leading up to and through our team camp this weekend – covering everyone in time for the season opener SBCRR. Check back tomorrow for the next profile or subscribe to the Fig Mtn Brew Racing blog below.