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Born and bred in Canada, Michael “Rusty” Woods is a professional cyclist for the American World Tour team EF Education First. The 2016 Olympian was once a professional runner, has broken 4 minutes for the mile, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Woods loves many things in this world, but shawarma, his wife Elly, riding his bike, and writing, in no particular order, find themselves at the top of his list.


FromOttawa, ON, Canada
BirthdayOctober 12th
Weight63 kg (138.8 lbs)
Height1.75 m (5'9")
Type of riderclimber / puncheur
Team EF Education First
CoachPaulo Saldanha (Powerwatts)

Top Results

1ststage 17, Vuelta a España2018
3rdUCI Road Race World Championships2018
7thVuelta a España2017
1ststage 2, Herald Sun Tour2019
1ststage 5, Tour of Utah2015
2ndGC, Tour of Utah2015
3rdHerald Sun Tour2019
Michael Woods breaks two ribs in Tour de France crash
Canadian Cycling Magazine - July 18, 2019  

Next Race

06 July - 28 July  /  FRA  /  2.UWT
Tour de France 


October 21, 2017

The Rook

“There’s purpose to this,” I said to Alex Howes as we rode along the shoulder of highway 103, a road that wound its way up to Mt. Evans. We were over three hours into, what would be, a 7.5 hour grind from Boulder to the 14,200 ft summit of Mt Evans and back. When you […]

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February 24, 2017

Crash and Burn

There are few jobs on this planet, in North America at least, that give you a four- to six-week vacation. When I worked as a manager at a running shoe store, I got 10 days vacation a year, with no sick days included. If I got sick, and I had to miss a day, that […]

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December 4, 2016

The Fix

My first year in the WorldTour was like a college freshman’s first trip on spring break. There were ethereal highs, there were tearful lows, and there were several occasions when I woke up in hotel rooms having no clue where I was. Emotionally, by the end of the thing, I was spent, and as I […]

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