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Raised in the capital of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), Mike Woods grew up with a pair of skates on his feet and a hockey stick in his hand. His dreams of being a pro hockey player though, like his diminutive stature, were short lived. By high school, Woods found that his 5’9′ 135lbs frame was better suited for the running track than the skating rink.


Through hard work and natural talent he established himself as one of the best runners in Canada. Breaking records in the under 20 mile and 3km and winning the Pan American jr. Games 1500m. Woods to this day claims the title of having run the fastest mile on Canadian soil, by a Canadian (3:57.48). With his successes on the track, Woods earned a full scholarship at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in English.

Running Results

  • Canadian Record Holder in U-20 Mile & 3000m
  • 5x Canadian National Champion
  • 2006 – top 50 World Ranking in 1500m
  • 2006 – Big Ten Indoor Mile Champion
  • 2005 – Pan American Junior Champion & 1500m Record holder
  • 2005 – Canadian Jr Track & Field Athlete of the Year
  • Fastest Mile run by a Canadian on Canadian soil

During his time at Michigan, Woods quickly rose up the ranks in the American Collegiate system, and, at the age of 19, earned a top 50 world ranking in the 1500m. However, his quick rise was followed by an even greater fall. Through poor guidance, diet, and over-training Woods suffered a series of stress fractures to his left navicular bone, ultimately forcing him out of the sport. Despite several comeback attempts, Woods would finally hang up his shoes after breaking his foot for the final time in the fall of 2011.


Throughout his battle with stress fractures, Woods found himself turning increasingly to the bike as a source of cross training and stress relief. “I used to steal my dad’s bike and go for rides when I was injured. It was cathartic and filled this hole left behind from running” says Woods, who would soon find himself, on the insistence of friends, entering local group rides and races. It did not take Woods long to realize his potential in the sport and, at the age of 25, he decided to make one final push at being a pro athlete, this time as a cyclist.

In the span of four years Woods fought the odds, overcame setback and injuries, and established himself as one of the top climbers in North America. In 2015 he wore yellow at the Tour of Utah, and claimed his first professional victory in the race’s 5th stage. This result, along with several others, earned him a spot on the 2016 Cannondale Pro Cycling team, making Woods, at 29, one of the oldest neo pros in cycling history.

Michael Woods posing

Born and bred in Canada, Michael "Rusty" Woods is a professional cyclist for the Israeli World Tour team Israel Start Up Nation. The 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, and 2016 and 2020 Olympian was once a professional runner, and is the only person to have broken 4 minutes for the mile and completed the Tour de France.
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Nationality /
Homebase /
Training base /
Birthday /
October 12th
Age /
Weight /
63 kg  (138.92 lbs)
Height /
175 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Rider type /
climber / puncheur
Pro wins /
Grands Tours /
Language(s) /
English, French
Team /
Israel Start Up Nation
3rdstage 8, Tour de France2021
1ststage 4, Tour de Romandie2021
2ndstage 8, Tour de Suisse2021
2ndstage 4, Volta a Catalunya2021
1ststage 2, Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var2021
3rdstage 4, Tour of Britain2021
3rdstage 5, Tour de Suisse2021
1ststage 7, Vuelta a España2020
1ststage 3, Tirreno–Adriatico2020
2ndstage 14, Vuelta a España2020
2ndstage 6, Vuelta a España 2020
3rdLa Flèche Wallonne 2020
1ststage 2, Herald Sun Tour2019
3rdUCI Road Race World Championships2018
1ststage 17, Vuelta a España2018
1ststage 5, Tour of Utah2015
2013Team Garneau - Quebecor (CT)
2014 (until 23/06)Amore & Vita - Selle SMP (CT)
2014 (from 24/06)5-hour Energy (CT)
2015Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (CT)
2016Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (WT)
2017Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (WT)
2018-2020Team EF Education First - Drapac P/b Cannondale (WT)
2021Israel Start-Up Nation (WT)

My Season

19 - 21 February 2021

2.1  /  France
 Win - stage 2
22 - 28 March 2021

2.UWT  /  Spain
 2nd - stage 4
05 - 10 April 2021

2.UWT  /  Spain
18 April 2021

1.UWT  /  Netherlands
21 April 2021

1.UWT  /  Belgium
25 April 2021

1.UWT  /  Belgium
27 Apr - 02 May 2021

2.UWT  /  Switzerland
 Win - stage 4
06 - 13 June 2021

2.UWT  /  Switzerland
 3rd, stage 5
 2nd, stage 8
26 Jun - 18 Jul 2021

2.UWT  /  France
 3rd, stage 8
24 July 2021

JO  /  Japan
05 - 12 September 2021

2.Pro  /  United Kingdom
 3rd, stage 4

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