Meet the CCSD Team

Robert Panzera

Author Cycling Fast, published by Human Kinetics.

BA Purdue University
MA Kinesiology–Biomechanics San Diego State University

USA Cycling Certified Coach—Level 1
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Over the last 17 years, Robert’s main interest included racing, training with various level athletes, and constantly learning how to improve all aspects of fitness to be a better racer—i.e., weight lifting, stretching, stationary training, plyometrics, nutrition, etc.

Robert’s has experience in:

  • Bicycle racing – road, track, cyclocross
  • Bicycle events – one-day or multi-day rides
  • Running – competitive, exercise, general health, weight management
  • Weight Training – general health, sport-specific
  • Nutrition – weight management, sports performance enhancement
  • Sports Psychology

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Josephine Allen

Jo holds the position of CCSD Marketing Associate, Research and Development European and US Operations. She is a USA certified cycling coach and specializes in endurance events. Previously a rower in London, England, she has won 2 National gold medals and has twice won Henley Women’s Regatta. Jo started completing endurance cycling events when she retired from competitive rowing, starting with one day century rides and then moving to multi-day events across Europe and the USA.

In 2010, Jo created “Think Pink Cycling Challenges,” a 3 part cycling challenge which consisted of: riding all 8 stages of the Tour of California; riding across the USA; and then completing the Cent Cols Challenge (a 1,300 mile, 10 day, 135,000 ft ascent ride through the French Alps).

Jo has also completed various Gran Fondo and cyclosportive events around Europe and the USA including: riding the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway; the Etape du Tour; and the Gran Fondo Novi Colli. She is also a member of the Club des Cinglès du Mont-Ventoux (literally translates are the ‘Club of the Crazies’): a closed club which is only open to those who have climbed Mont Ventoux (the ‘Giant of Provence’) by all three routes in the same day.

In her previous life, Jo was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers working in Corporate Finance. During her Tour of California challenge, Jo was supported by CCSD and was so impressed with the company that after completing Think Pink Cycling Challenges, she swapped her corporate city life in London for a new challenge working with CCSD as Marketing Associate.

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Mark Rago

Mark brings to CCSD a friendly attitude, an enthusiasm for the sport, a generous heart, and a wealth of experience in MTBing. A “can-do” guy, Mark is always willing to help in innovative ways. Mark is an MTB Enthusiast, who is a Leadville 100 entrant, La Ruta finisher, and USA certified cycling coach.

You’ll find Mark leading road rides and trail rides in the all parts of California. He enjoys pairing endurance sports with all around strength training to provide athletes with the foundation to remain healthy and on top of their game, no matter if they are recreational or competitive.

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Jeff Clark

When not at the Tour of California performing neutral support with Mavic for the Pros, Jeff is helping CCSD campers make it through the week. His easy-going, helpful manner, brings a smile to everyone’s face whether he’s helping to ensure that your topped off with drinks and food, or servicing your hubs to make them roll smoother than ever! Needless to say, he is a very popular guy.

Jeff large mechanical knowledge stems from many hours wrenching at CCSD-sponsor, BRC (formerly Big Ring Cyclery), along with studied knowledge from mechanical courses taken through USA Cycling. His biggest asset, besides his friendly-attitude, is his practical knowledge, as he himself rides over 300 miles a week. Bring Jeff a mechanical problem and he will not only fix it, but will also teach you how to fix along the way. Nothing makes him happier then a mechanical challenge–and an audience–so pull up a chair, because Professor Clark’s classes are always in session at CCSD.

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