Biography:

Prior to becoming an elite international cyclist, Mike Woods was well on his way to having a successful career as a runner. He holds the record for the fastest mile run on Canadian soil by a Canadian and was a junior Pan American champion in the 1500m, a distance in which he would be ranked in the top 50 in the world. He was Canada’s junior track and field athlete of the year in 2005. But while rising through the American collegiate system on full scholarship at the University of Michigan, a series of stress fractures in his left navicular bone (due to poor guidance, diet and over-training) forced Woods to abandon his dreams of becoming a professional runner after breaking his foot for the last time in the fall of 2011. It was this adversity that led Woods to cycling, which he used as a less impactful way to train. At the insistence of friends, Woods signed up for a few local group rides and races before deciding to make a push as a professional cyclist. After finishing 21st in his first national championship road race in 2012, just two years later he came within one spot of the podium with his fourth place finish. In 2015 Woods earned his first professional victory in the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah where he finished second in the general classification. Known for his climbing ability, Woods races professionally with Cannondale Pro Cycling. He made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to know…

Family: Mother Deanna Woods… Wife Elly Woods…Getting into the Sport: Began cycling at age 25 after a series of injuries ended his running career…Friends pushed him to sign up for more and more races inspiring him to attempt a professional career…Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a degree in English… Loves shawarma and writing… Played hockey growing up, and aspired to be a professional hockey player…Odds and Ends: Nickname: Woodsy…