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Kristen Arnold

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Kristen Arnold, MS, RDN, CSSD

Kristen has been racing bikes since 2012 when she was handed a titanium GT bicycle 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 (RD) 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. Check out her nutrition counseling services.

With Kristen’s nutrition expertise and diverse experience in the sport of cycling as a racer and a mentor, she provides a comprehensive approach to her coaching. She works with athletes from the beginner to elite ranks in road, cyclocross, and mountain biking disciplines. She has the most experience working with athletes with full time jobs, families, and other obligations and understands how to healthfully and effectively tailor training for athletes with limited schedules. Her friendly and approachable nature attracts athletes who value one-on-one communication and the coaching-athlete relationship. She truly cares about all of her athletes and their growth as bike racers and healthy functioning people.

Kristen is also a category 1 domestic elite 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 for The Meteor // Intelligentsia Domestic Elite women’s road cycling team.

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


  • 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



  • Cyclocross USA National Championships: 20th Elite men
  • UCI C2 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix: 7th day 1.  9th day 2, M
  •  UCI C1 Reno Cross: 17th M
  • UCI C2 DCCX: 16th day 1.  16th day 2
  • UCI Colorado Classic: 22nd stage 1.  21st stage 2. W
  • PRT USA Crits Boise Twilight Criterium: 15th P1 M
  • Idaho State Road Championships: 2nd Elite M
  • Idaho state ITT Championships: 2nd Elite M
  • Uphill TT, Baker City Cycling Classic: 2nd Elite M
  • Tour of Walla Walla: 7th GC Elite M
  • USA Collegiate Road Championships: 10th Varsity Women
  • USA Collegiate Criterium Championships: 18th Varsity Women
  • CSU Cobb Lake Road Race: 3rd Collegiate A Women
  • NUE Series- Mohican 100km Mountain Bike Race: 12th women open
  • Chico Stage Race: 15th GC Elite M
  • USPRO road and ITT championships
  • Redlands Bicycling Classic
  • 4 athletes upgraded 1 category in 1 discipline of cycling over the course of 2018


  • Ohio Cyclocross Championship: 1st Elite M
  • Idaho Criterium Championship: 1st Elite M
  • Ohio Cyclocross Championship: 1st Single Speed W
  • UCI C2 West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix: 20th day 1. 20th day 2 M
  • UCI C2 US Open of Cyclocross: 17th  day 1. 20th day2 M
  • Idaho Road Championships: 3rd M Elite
  • Idaho ITT Championships: 3rd M Elite
  • Cascade Cycling Classic: 4th GC M 2/3
  • Baker City Cycling Classic: 12th GC, M Elite
  • Breck Epic: 2nd 6 day Solo Men 30+ cat2/3
  • 7 athletes upgraded 1-2 categories in 1-2 disciplines
  • first UCI cyclocross races for 3 athletes



  • Bicycling Magazine
  • Beach Body
  • Gear Patrol
  • Fit 614
  • 614 Magazine
  • Cyclocross Magazine


  • 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


  • 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