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Kristen Arnold, MS, RDN, CSSD

Kristen has been racing bikes since 2012 when she was handed a titanium GT to borrow from a family friend. She started racing road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes all at the same time in 2013. Through racing in small fields and wanting to help increase the number of women bike racers in America, she founded a women’s developmental bike racing organization, Lady Gnar Shredders (LGS). LGS is dedicated to bringing more women into bike racing and supporting their development. She developed a passion for mentoring athletes through LGS and started coaching individual athletes in late 2016.

Kristen is a level 2 USA Cycling coach as well as a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition. Kristen obtained her RD from the Ohio State University in 2015, completed her Master’s of Science (MS) in Nutrition from The Ohio State University in 2015, and became a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018. She provides individualized nutrition counseling services which complement her coaching. With Kristen’s diverse experience in the sport of cycling and expertise in nutrition, she provides a comprehensive approach to her coaching.

Kristen is also professional road racer and seasoned mountain bike and cyclocross racer. In 2013 she completed Tour Divide in 23 days finishing with the 4th fastest recorded women’s time in the history of the race. Kristen has been racing on the national road circuit for 3 years and currently races professionally for ButcherBox Pro Cycling.

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EDUCATION

  • MS Human Nutrition- The Ohio State University
  • B.S. Dietetics, Human Nutrition- The Ohio State University

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Registered and Licensed Dietitian- The Ohio State University
  • CSSD (board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics)- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • USAC Level 2 Coach Certification
  • Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

COACHING PALMARES

2019

  • Ohio State Road Race Champion
  • Idaho State Road Race Champion
  • 3rd Colorado State Time Trial Championships
  • 5 athletes upgraded 1-2 categories in 1 discipline of cycling over the course of 2019
  • 10th Men, UCI C1 Super Cross Cup Day 1
  • 7th Men, UCI C1 Super Cross Cup Day 2
  • 6th Men, Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross Day1
  • 6th Men, Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross Day 2
  • 6th Men, Northampton International Cyclocross Day 1
  • 10th Men, UCI C1 FayetteCross Day 2
  • 10th Men, UCI C2 Shimano / Floyds of Leadville US Open p/b TREK Boulder / Panaracer
  • 11th Men, UCI C2 Shimano / Floyds of Leadville US Open p/b TREK Boulder / Panaracer
  • 2nd Elite Women, Cap City Cross #3 Paradise Garage Racing @ Big Run Park

2018

  • 20th Pro Men, Cyclocross USA National Championships
  • 7th Day 1 & 9th day 2, Men, UCI C2 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix
  • 17th Men, UCI C1 Reno Cross
  • 16th Day 1 16th Day 2 women, UCI C2 DCCX
  • 15th Pro Men, PRT USA Crits Boise Twilight Criterium
  • 22nd Stage 1 & 21st Stage 2 Pro Women, Colorado Classic
  • 10th varsity women, USA Collegiate Road Championships
  • 18th varsity women, USA Collegiate Criterium Championships
  • 12th Women Open, NUE Series Mohican 100km Mountain Bike Race, first 100km mountain bike race
  • 3rd collegiate A women, CSU Cobb Lake Road Race
  • First USPRO road and ITT championships
  • First Redlands Bicycling Classic
  • 7th Elite Men GC, Tour of Walla Walla
  • 2nd Elite Men Uphill TT, Baker City Cycling Classic
  • 15th GC Elite Men, Chico Stage Race
  • 2nd Elite Men, Idaho State Road Championships
  • 2nd Elite Men, Idaho State ITT Championships
  • 4 athletes upgraded 1 category in 1 discipline of cycling over the course of 2018
  • First criterium race for 1 athlete

2017

  • Ohio State Cyclocross Champion, Elite Men
  • Idaho State Criterium Champion, Elite Men
  • Ohio state Cyclocross Champion, Women’s Single Speed
  • 20th Day 1 and 20th Day 2, Men, UCI C2 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix
  • 17th  Day 1 and 20th Day 2, Men, UCI C2 US Open of Cyclocross
  • 4th GC Men 2/3, Cascade Cycling Classic, first year
  • 12th GC Men Elite, Baker City Cycling Classic
  • 2nd 6-Day Solo Men 30+ Cat2/3, Breck Epic, first year
  • 3rd Elite Men, Idaho State Road Championships
  • 3rd Elite Men, Idaho state ITT Championships
  • First UCI cyclocross races for 3 athletes
  • First stage race for 3 athletes
  • 7 athletes upgraded 1-2 categories in 1-2 disciplines of cycling over the course of 2017
  • First cyclocross race for 1 athlete

WRITTEN PUBLICATIONS

  • Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics peer-reviewed journal, 1st author
  • Master’s Thesis for the Department of Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, abstract
  • Nutrients, peer-reviewed journal, contributing author
  • Under Armour
  • The Egg Nutrition Center
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Chapter
  • Pelotonia blog
  • Lady Gnar Shredders blog
  • Infinit Nutrition blog
  • Cocoa Elite blog
  • Beyond Exercise blog
  • LIVESTRONG.com

INTERVIEWED FOR PUBLICATIONS FOR: 

  • BeachBody
  • Bicycling Magazine
  • Cyclocross Magazine
  • Gear Patrol
  • Fit614
  • 614 magazine
  • LIVESTRONG.com

NUTRITION EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS

  • Xavier University D1 sports teams (Cross Country, Track and Field, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer)
  • Bogus Basin Nordic Team
  • Lady Gnar Shredders
  • Paradise Garage Bike Shop/Columbus cycling community
  • Chicago Women’s Elite Cycling
  • Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Tacing Team
  • Locker Soccer Elite Girls Soccer
  • ButcherBox Pro Cycling
  • Sugar Beets Cycling Elite Women’s Mountain Bike Team
  • Fort Follies
  • Rocky Mountain Girls Lacrosse Team
  • Amy D Foundation
  • CrossFit Fixx
  • Rebound Sports & Physical Therapy
  • Sabino Cycles
  • Denver Dietetics Association
  • Johnson & Whales University, senior Dietetics Medical Nutrition Therapy class
  • USACycling
  • Source Endurance

NUTRITION CLIENTS INCLUDE 

  • Julie Kuliecza, professional road racer
  • Nick Norman professional soccer player
  • Jack Lohmann, burro racer
  • Hans Jurawitz, competitive Jiu Jitsu
  • Daphne Karagianis elite road racer
  • Rhys May, professional cyclocross racer
  • Chris Mayhew, cycling coach
  • Jocelyn McCauley, professional triathlete
  • Cheryl Peterson, competitive age group weight lifter
  • Amy Robillard, elite marathon runner
  • Sam Rosenholtz, professional road racer
  • Christy Zwolski, professional indoor soccer player
  • Liz Cole, CrossFit Games age group athlete

View Kristen’s Complete Academic Curriculum Vitae HERE