Chris Richardson - Team Bike Fit Specialist
Richardson Bike Fit offers a premier bike fitting experience in a private studio located in Maryland close to the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. Master Bike Fitter, Chris Richardson, is passionate about his craft and has been dialing in triathletes, cyclists and mountain bikers for over 25 years. Chris maintains advanced certifications from all major bike fitting institutions and continues to hone his craft through mentorship programs with the very best in the cycling industry. In conjunction with his wife, Theresa, who is a former Mountain Bike professional rider, they are a dream team that have consistently made our athletes faster and more comfortable on their bikes. Team Richardson's expertise and amazing service is one of our secrets to success.
For Speed Sherpa athletes, Richardson Bike Fit provides VIP service as they use the latest technology to identify areas of opportunity for aerodynamic improvement and injury prevention.
Juan Carlos - Team Massage Therapist
Motion Massage invigorates your senses and helps your muscles heal. It is owned and operated by Juan Carlos, who has been practicing for over 10 years in Northern Virginia. Juan is certified by the NCTMB and studied Massage Therapy at the National Massage Therapeutic Institute. His deepest interest is providing therapeutic massage with a focus on areas of tension caused by overuse and injuries. He became a massage therapist because he’s always had an interest in anatomy and physiology, and wanted to be a part of a profession that helps people live a more vibrant, healthy, and happy life.
For Speed Sherpa athletes Juan provides sports massage geared toward preventing injuries, preparing the body for athletic activity and maintaining an optimal condition.
Dr. Kur Sohn - Team Physio
Velofit Physical Therapy offers the most up-to-date manual therapy techniques, movement re-education, bike fitting and sports performance to meet all your needs. It is owned by Dr. Kur Sohn. Kur is a board certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) physical therapist who graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2001 and earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University in 2005.
For Speed Sherpa athletes Kur offers discounts for treatment, bike fitting, and an app-based strength program he has designed specifically for triathletes. Kur believes in manual therapy and functional strengthening to help people reach their goals.
Kur is on the teaching staff at Kinetacore and is an Assistant Instructor for the Functional Dry Needling 1 course. Kur worked at elite sports performance facilities before opening his own studio He is passionate about biomechanics and sports performance and truly believes that elite level physical therapy should be available to athletes of all levels. Tapping into the athletic potential of the human body is what drives him to provide this service to the DC area.
Kelsey Abbott - Mental Skills Coach
Kelsey Abbott is a Confidence Coach & Instigator of Joy, writer, speaker and host of the Find Your Awesome podcast. She helps driven humans learn to really truly love themselves, shed the shoulds, embrace their own unique greatness and SPARKLE. She works with the Speed Sherpa Racing squad each month through zoom conferences to boost our confidence, performance, and joy as triathletes.
Kelsey studied at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) where she earned certifications as a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner and Cor.E Performance coach. She also studied at the Applied Nueroscience Institute, earning her NeuroPositive Certificate in using neuroscience to change how the brain processes challenges.
Before becoming a Confidence Coach, Kelsey was a nationally-recognized science writer and marine biologist, working in DC, Seattle, Hawaii and Barbados, training dolphins and studying killer whales in the process. A competitive swimmer for most of her life, Kelsey transitioned to triathlons where she now competes at the national and international level. Kelsey has qualified for TEAM USA four times and she is a consistent threat for the overall or age group podium in whatever triathlon she enters!