Phil Mooney

The Boss & Team Manager
San Rafael, CA
Racing License

I began road racing as an undergraduate after taking a class entitled “The Science of Cycling” as a winter term course at DePauw University. I joined the collegiate cycling team as a freshman, became hooked on cycling, and quickly became a Cat 1 racer on the road and track. I continued to race seriously after moving to northern California for graduate school at UC Davis (Geology). The 2010 season was my first season road racing on a national level at NRC races, riding for the Yahoo! Cycling Team. Immediately after finishing graduate school, I signed my first professional contract and spent the year racing in Europe with Team Raleigh. A few years and many miles later, I made the decision to retire from road racing and start to enjoy more leisurely rides on my mountain bike. In conjunction with this switch, I got married to my wonderful wife, Mandy, and took a more traditional job in the Department of Geology at Sonoma State University. In 2015, I continued to work at Sonoma State while taking over the helm as the owner and manager of Mooney Cycling LLC, the business umbrella that runs the Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Nature’s Bakery Team, and also launching the Bikelangelo brand of custom stem caps with some friends. You can now find me answering emails from my phone as I continue to enjoy riding around beautiful northern California!

Favorite Race
Mt Tam Triple Crown
Favorite Place To Ride
Western Sonoma County, CA: Mallorca, Spain: Dunedin, New Zealand
Favorite Strava Segment
Favorite Food
Favorite Drink
If Im Not Riding I Am
Looking at rocks or running a cycling team
Life Goal
Be happy
One Thing You Do Not Know About Me
Looking at rocks or running a cycling team
Pro Tip
If you have dirty bottles that you aren't able to clean with regular soap, water, and scrubbing, try soaking them in a mixture of vinegar and lemon juice overnight. They'll clean right up!
Best Tactical Advice
Don't over-do it with the 'sitting on' tactic. It's often better to at least roll through the rotation easily, just go up and off. You'll make more friends, keep the group safer, and it's actually an easier effort to sustain. Another option: Always ride in the top third of the peloton. It's a safer place to ride and you don't have the 'accordian effect' accelerations that you get in the back.
Best Way To Recover
Feet up, Marc Pro pumping away, reading a book by the fireplace. Another option: "Why stand when you can sit? Why sit when you can lay down?"
Best Training Advice
"To be a champion you must do 3 things: 1) Work like bull. 2) Eat like pig. 3) Sleep like baby." Another option is "Your legs are like bread, you must keep them warm."
Craziest Place Slept For A Bike Race
We once stayed in a budget hotel in the Netherlands before an early season semi-classic. The room was made entirely of plastic. The cleaning lady would remove the bedding and hose off the room to clean it. It felt like living in a toy house.
Tell Us A Joke
Helium walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, "sorry, we don't serve noble gases here." He doesn't react.