ABOUT

I decided to establish Liv Power Cycling so I could share my knowledge and experience as an elite athlete with others. As a former member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team, I was able to quickly turn to cycling to stay fit and healthy as a working mom. But New England weather forces cyclists to embrace indoor riding and I struggled to last longer than 7 minutes on an indoor bike. This is when I bought a power meter and hired a coach. In less than 4 months, I was at the top of my game racing the New England circuit of ladies pro races. After 4 seasons, at the age of 45, I won the New England Ladies Pro Criterium championships. This was all because I had a structured, periodized training plan and could measure my strength and fitness gains with a power meter. It is this knowledge and experience that I would like to share with you to help you achieve your goals. Trust me, if I can do it so can you!

-Val Livingston Hopkins

 

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RACE RESULTS

1st 2018 New England Criterium Championships Pro Ladies

1st 2018 New England Bicycle Racing Association Ladies Overall 40+

3rd 2018 Shoe City Criterium Pro Ladies

2nd 2018 Nutmeg State Games Criterium Pro Ladies

1st 2018 Cyclonauts Criterium Pro Ladies

1st 2018 Rasputitsa Gravel Grinder Ladies 40+

1st 2017 Shedd Park Cyclocross Ladies 40+

3rd 2017 Northampton International Cyclocross Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2017 CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2017 KMC Cross Festival Ladies 35+

2nd 2017 Rasputitsa Gravel Grinder Ladies 40+

2nd 2016 Mayor’s Cup of Boston Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2016 Auburn Lewiston Rotary Criterium Pro Ladies

4th 2015 Beverly Gran Prix Criterium Pro Ladies

2nd 2013 New England Criterium Championships Pro Ladies

CREDENTIALS

USA Cycling Level 2 and Power Certified Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainer (2012)

B.S. Human Movement Studies, Boston University

SafeSport Training Certified

CPR/AED Certified

WORLD-CLASS TRAINING

I lived at the Olympic Training Center while on the U.S. Development Team, moved to Milwaukee to train with the U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1994 and by 1995 I qualified for the U.S. Senior National Speedskating Team.

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden

MOM POWER

After having two kids, in my 40s I returned to competition as an elite cyclist, accumulating several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes. In 2018, I won the New England Pro Ladies Criterium Championships. All of my training was based on one-hour rides with power, centered around my FTP.