Robbie Ventura is the founder and owner of Vision Quest Coaching. With a talented staff of world-class coaches, VQ provides expert training programs for over 500 endurance athletes of all levels from beginner to elite, including cyclists and triathletes ranging from 8 to 80 years old.
Robbie graduated with honors from Lake Forest College with a double major in Business and Psychology. While working toward his Bachelor’s degree, he played on the Forester hockey team, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He was also named to the All-American Collegiate Cycling Team. In 2008, he was inducted into the LFC Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in both hockey and cycling.
Robbie was a professional cyclist for 12 years. A competitive racer on the dirt, road and track since the age of 7, Ventura amassed over 70 victories during his professional career, was a member of the U.S. World Team and rode the Track World Championships in Hamar, Norway, placing 5th in the elimination.
In 2000, Robbie started Vision Quest Coaching (www.visionquestcoaching.com), a uniquely positioned program for endurance athletes focusing on high quality coaching delivered with the maximum benefits of the latest technology and training methodologies. The success of his athletes has helped VQ grow to seven locations and, since opening, has helped thousands of athletes reach their potential in competitive athletic events. In recent years, VQ was named the official coaching service of TREK Travel. And, in his most aggressive expansion to date, Robbie is a partner in a 14,000-square-foot facility that houses a state-of-the-art Vision Quest Performance Center as well as a TREK Concept Store.
Robbie made his TV debut with the NBC Sports Network (then OLN), joining Al Trautwig and Bob Roll as a commentator at the 2006 Tour de France. He continues to appear during the Tour as a technical expert and has expanded his TV career to be an expert analyst for triathlon events and U.S. cycling races as well.
Robbie has been helping to produce and star in the nation’s leading race training DVDs to Train Like You Ride™. This comprehensive series, RealRides® Training System with Robbie Ventura (http://www.realrides.tv/), targets specific areas of cycling performance and skills. He has developed more than ten different titles to date and each acclaimed title can be used on its own or as part of the overall program.
In 2008, as a two-time winner, Robbie was named official race honoree for the 26th Annual El Tour de Tucson. 2008 was also the year that Robbie began his involvement with Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was honored to serve as the lead designer for both the road race and time trial cycling courses. In 2011, that course design was used for Robbie Ventura’s Gran Fondo (“big ride” in Italian). Such rides are long-distance, mass-participation cycling events, not races, popular in Italy—and now in the US!
Robbie’s own coaching certifications include: NCSF Personal Trainer, USAC Level 2, USAT Level II. When not training athletes, he is spending time with his wife, Lori, and their four children: Luna, Enzo, Luciana and Raquel. In addition to cycling, in recent years he’s expanded his own competitive training and racing to include swimming and running. His first triathlon was the 2008 Ironman Canada with an overall total time of 10.49.01. Read Robbie’s account of the whole experience here. In 2014, Robbie turned a horrible crash and hard-fought comeback into an informative and uplifting feature article in PainPathways Magazine (Winter 2016 issue) entitled “Crashing Through the Recovery”.