Secrets From The Saddle: All things Cycling PODCAST
59. Meet MIKA SIMOLA from Finland. Get a Glimpse into How to Build a Cycling Career in Europe
April 19, 2021
In this episode, you will learn. Meet Mika, as a young cyclist wanting to go Pro, how he build his career and is now a full-time coach in Finland, sharing his love for cycling with new up-and-coming young cyclist.
Mika Simola is a Finnish racing cyclist. He finished in third place in the Finnish National Road Race Championships in 2012 and 2013. He rode in the 2016 and 2017 UCI Track Cycling World
Mika has now a Full-time coach @ Simola Training Solutions


His Story: 
I stopped as an amateur in 2017. I spent a couple of years in Belgium to ride the road, and at the same time track around Europe. The track was my main thing. I started as a points race/scratch race rider but then at some point I ended up doing the omnium. Last two years of my riding I did mostly 1km and scratch races but wasn't good enough at the international level. I did some European Championships, a couple of World Cups and two World Championships even but the gap was big to top. 
I still enjoyed my years as active a lot and it gave me a good background for coaching also. I have been coaching since 2010 but since 2018 it has been my full-time profession. I'm having riders from different backgrounds with different goals. I see every one of my riders as unique and important no matter how many hours they can spend on the bike or how many watts they produce.
I'm 35 years old at the moment and when looking back I'm really happy that as a rider I was able to ride full-time even not paid well or at all sometimes. And jumping from there to coaching was like a really nice transition to me. I was still with sport, I'm able to ride and train a lot all (~750h at 2020) but only to be able to help my riders on the road during the training sessions.
As a coach, I'm looking for international opportunities. Besides just coaching I am a member of our federations High-Performance Cycling Unit and head of the track national team for U19 and U23.
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