The biography of USA Triathlon coach / U.S. Olympian, David Brinton is filled with extensive coaching and international triathlon, velodrome, and mountain bike competition experience. David Brinton's racing and mountain bike coaching biography tells a powerful story of his extensive experience as a cycling coach and mtn bike coach backed by years of international road, velodrome, and professional mountain bike racing experience.

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The cycling events of the 1976 Olympic Games inspired nine-year-old David to become an Olympian and in the month following the Games, he got a hole-shot on his dream. He began racing BMX as a self-prescribed foundation for cycling and over the next four years earned more than 100 trophies, performed shows throughout Southern California on a freestyle stunt team and became well known for jumping his bike higher and farther than all of his friends.

At fourteen, David bought a road bike and left his 20-incher behind. At the end of the 1981 season he entered two races. The following year he won the 1982 National Road and Track Omnium Championships. In 1983 David was invited to live at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and qualified for the junior World Championships, but was too young to compete.

He attributes his lightning quick ride to the top in cycling to his BMX experience and his first two cycling coaches. His tactical coach, European 6-Day racer Rick Denman, taught him how to ride smarter and win more races. From the beginning of the 1982 season, David also received personalized training programs from Clement Capliar, the U.S. National Team Coach from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. David is profoundly grateful for the lessons he learned from these and all of his coaches. Then he moved to the Olympic Training Center he fell under the guidance of Eddie B., Jiri Mainus, and Craig Campbell.  Each passed on valuable knowledge he continues to share with his clients today.

During the next seven years he qualified to compete in a total of 12 events at the Junior, Elite, and Pro MTN bike World Championships, earning five top-ten finishes and setting four national records. In addition to competing at the Worlds, Olympics, Goodwill Games, and earning Pan American Gold and Silver medals, David represented the United States in numerous stage races throughout East and West Europe. He competed alongside Tour de France champions Lance Armstrong, Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and former teammate Andy Hampsten (Giro winner).

In the process, he became known for his diversity as a racer, a diversity embodied in his performance at the 1985 Junior World Championships. In the first event, David finished 6th in the 70k road team time trial. Still tired the following afternoon he finished a disappointing 11th in the 3k individual pursuit-qualifying round on the velodrome. The next morning he was scheduled to race the 4th seeded East German and lost by two-hundredths of a second. David's miscalculated attempt to save energy for the next round resulted in the loss of a guaranteed silver medal and possible gold. He ended up 9th with the 3rd fastest time while setting a new National Individual Pursuit Record of 3:30.99 (sea-level, pre-aero bars). His effort lowered the record by more than seven seconds.

Two and a half hours later David had enough left to finish a 5th in the one-kilometer event on the velodrome, while setting a new National Kilo Record of 1:06.81. His national record held for eight years even with the aero bar advantage introduced a few years later. With a day to recover, he entered the 40k points race and was the overwhelming favorite to win. While sitting in second place on points and in anticipation of gaining a lap on the field, David suffered a bad crash that left him with a broken scapula and unconscious for more than 45 minutes. The crash also prevented him from starting the 120k road race as the U.S. Team captain (winner of World Road Trials).

"At age 21, I felt blessed to have accomplished my childhood dream of being an Olympian.  Bicycle coaching is my way of giving back to a sport that has given me so much."

In 1986, his first year as Senior, David focused his efforts on the one-kilometer event for the World Championships. After winning the trials, he posted a time of 1:04.67 for 11th place at the Worlds. At 139 pounds and 5'10" nobody understood how someone with a climber's body could accelerate so quickly and reach such speeds. Apart from good genetics, high tolerance for pain and relentless determination, the only other explanation was exceptional technical skill and highly developed pedaling techniques.

As a racer, he studied other riders and invented drills to further enhance his technical skills. He applied the same thought process he used to learn new stunts on his BMX bike. As a natural born teacher, showing other riders his technical formulas came naturally. Over the years, David has created and refined a series of technical skill and drill formulas to increase pedaling technique, power delivery, explosive speed, descending and cornering control. His proprietary formulas dramatically accelerate the skill level and confidence of his novice and recreational riders, while providing his racers with a great advantage over their competitors.

Soon after accomplishing his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian, David decided to go back onto the dirt and race on his mountain bike. After one race as an expert, the NORBA Nationals in Park City, he turned pro in the cross-country and downhill events. With each NORBA National, he placed higher in the top-20 and his crossover success seemed ensured. The highlight of his mountain bike career was competing in the 1990 Professional World Championships in Durango, Colorado.

The following year, David made the decision to take a break from racing and pursue his two other passions, coaching and stuntwork. His dream as a little boy was to become an Olympian. With his mission accomplished, he was ready to chase his next venture of becoming a stuntman. Although he was only 23 when he retired from racing, he had been competing at the highest level of elite cycling and BMX for nearly 15 years. Being a stuntman was something that always intrigued him and perfectly meshed with his adventurous personality. Stuntwork and coaching perfectly suited his personal ambitions and allowed him to stay heavily involved with cycling.

In 1984 at age 17, David's very first paying client was Academy Award winning actor, Kevin Costner. He was hired to teach Kevin to climb and ride as a professional racer for the movie American Flyers. David's first job as a stuntman was in January 1985 doubling Kevin Bacon in the movie Quicksilver. Throughout his racing career, David accepted stunt jobs provided they did not conflict with his training or race performance. To date, he has been seen jumping cars, crashing, and performing other non-bicycling related stunts in more than 120, TV shows, and commercials.  (Stunt Resume PDF)

After a 10-year hiatus from serious training and racing, David got the urge to get back into shape in 2001. Applying the same concepts and techniques he had been teaching over the years, he earned a bronze medal at the 2002 Master's 35+ National Criterium Championships with only four races under his belt since 1990. On local Southern California group rides, David can be seen battling at the front and being an inspiring cycling coach to his riders and others around him.