Deerfield cycling has deep roots and began as a competitive entity in the 1970s. After a brief hiatus in the early 2000s the team was reborn in the spring of 2008 as an interscholastic varsity team. A member of the New England Prep School Cycling League, the squad competes in a long-standing series of races throughout northern New England. From individual time trials and circuit races to traditional road races, the New England League tests all riders’ abilities, and the 2011 season saw 19 teams enter the season series. The Pioneer Valley provides an incredibly versatile training ground, with flat roads stretching north and south and steep hills surrounding campus to the east and west.
While Deerfield fields relatively small squads, the team has proven to be incredibly talented, with numerous podium finishes, stage wins, and a second-place finish for the Class “A” boys squad in 2010 and 2011 and the Individual crown for Rhys Louis '12 in 2011. Historically, Deerfield cycling alumni have gone on to successful careers in cycling, including collegiate cyclists, domestic semi-pros, and a handful of professionals racing in Europe. Most importantly, Deerfield cyclists learn a strong sense of camaraderie and a love for the life-long sport of road cycling.
The squad will enter the 2012 campaign with most of the 2011 squad returning to the road. The team will be led by last year's boys "A" individual champion Rhys Louis '12, who will be looking to repeat his 2011 title. The boys team will also focus on the "A" team crown and attempt to finish ahead of Andover, a squad that has held DA off for the past three seasons. On the girls side, the team will welcome a large number of new cyclists, and we'll work hard to climb from the B division to the A. For more information regarding the cycling team, please contact Coach Calhoun at email@example.com.
Rich Calhoun (Head Coach)
Rich joined the Deerfield faculty in 2007 as a member of the science department. A physics instructor for eleven years, Rich has taught at The Groton School, Aspen Country Day School, The Hotchkiss School and most recently in Santiago, Chile. He currently teaches first-year physics, AP Physics for juniors/seniors, astronomy and serves as the director of the Tanoto Planetarium.
After a collegiate athletic career as a member of the Bowdoin College squash and rugby teams, Rich found road cycling and adventure triathlons as new challenges in post-collegiate athletics. He has completed road races and triathlons throughout Colorado and New England, continues to race during the summer months, and is a certified USAC coach. In addition to cycling, Rich coaches squash in the winter and lives in Poc Dorm with his wife Katie, a math teacher and field hockey coach at DA, and their three children.
Send email to Rich Calhoun (firstname.lastname@example.org)