AIDAN CHARLES is the owner and Head Coach of Charles Coaching & Nutrition Services. Aidan regularly works with athletes and his fellow coaches to help support endurance athletes of all levels achieve their goals. Aidan has coached athletes ranging in age from 14 to 75 years old to numerous athletic accomplishments, including multiple world championship titles, over ten national championship titles, and Race Across America event records. In addition to being the coach of the Yale Cycling Team, he has consulted with various collegiate athletic programs (including Mary Washington, Yale, and Wesleyan Universities) on training program periodization and methodology. Aidan has been a featured contributor to articles in Bicycling Magazine, National Geographic, and a variety of publications. He is also a regularly featured panelist/speaker regarding training techniques, nutrition, and coaching for endurance athletes and youth development in the sport of cycling.
Aidan is a 2006 Graduate of Mary Washington University, with a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. He is an active category one road cyclist, a former Under-23 USA Cycling National Team member, and he raced professionally for the Nerac Cycling Team. Aidan enjoys helping all levels of athletes, from the beginner to the professional level, in a variety of endurance sports, including cycling, triathlon, duathlon, running, and rowing.
Additionally, Aidan is the founder of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, and he continues to serve as an advisory council and board member for the non-profit which provides youth across the state of Connecticut access to the sport of cycling. He is the recipient of Hartford Business Journal’s 2015 40 Under 40 award and the 2013 MCSAAC Harry E. Burr Award.
BEN WOLFE is a certified USA Cycling Coach and has been a CCNS athlete since he first started cycling. Since then, he has competed at both a National and International level of racing and is in his second year of racing with the Jelly Belly professional cycling team. Besides over 40 race victories in cycling events throughout the country, Ben’s top results include a top-10 in the National Championship Road Race and two top-10 placings in the U23 National TT Championships – including a 3rd place finish in 2014. Coach Ben has spent seasons in Europe with the USA U23 National Team, competed in pro-tour level races such as Tour of California, and selected as the first alternate for the UCI U23 World Championships.
Coach Ben’s extensive racing experience and genuine approachability help him connect with athletes, understand their physical and mental challenges, and provide the keen advice that they need to reach new levels of success in their training and racing. Ben is full of enthusiasm and is currently accepting athletes.
RYAN SERBEL began his cycling career in high school riding a borrowed mountain bike through the trails of northeastern Pennsylvania. What started as an addictive hobby escalated over the years to a full time passion. Ryan began racing on the road in 2009 and quickly upgraded through the ranks, achieving his Category 1 license in 2010. Along the way, he has acquired several cycling titles including 2012 New England MTB Endurance Series Champion, 2011 Nutmeg State Criterium Champion, 2010 #1 NEBRA Ranked Road Racer, and many other notable finishes. Currently, Ryan is completing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Hartford. Effectively integrating this knowledge of the body and its susceptibility to injuries is just one of Ryan’s attributes that CCNS clients can benefit from.
HUNTER PRONOVOST, a life-long Connecticut resident, won his first cycling state championship as a 16 year old and has been an avid competitive cyclist ever since. Over the years, Hunter has been a multi- time state age-group champion in road, cyclocross and cross-country mountain biking. He is currently a Level 3 USA Cycling Coach and continues to race at the Pro1/2 category level. As a top-ten finisher in the 2000 North American Orienteering Rogaine Championships, Hunter’s experience allows him to help athletes compete in a diverse range of endurance sports. He is also an active promoter of cyclocross races in the state and has led numerous clinics for both experienced and beginner riders.