On Monday USA Cycling banned 48 year-old Australian Nicholas P. Clark from the sport after he intentionally fabricated and fraudulently provided “false information about his background in cycling” in a case of what could be called “Resume Doping.”
The former Pro Bike FC shop owner and USA Cycling coach in the Washington DC area lied about his extensive European pro cycling background, claiming he had been a top UCI professional rider with the AG2R-Casino team (among others) and had an impressive list of accomplishments – Australian National time trial champion, standing on the UCI Junior Men’s World Championship podium and racing in the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Nice, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, plus being good friends with UCI World Road Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Paolo Bettini.
In addition, via his Pro Bike FC Show podcast and USAC coaching license he promoted his “extensive” experience and cycling background to coach local amateur riders, regional teams and even elementary school children via the Youth Education Sports (YES) program.
It was all a lie that began to unravel in April 2022 due to a lengthy and extensive CyclingTips investigative article.
Below is brief sample of Clark’s unbelievable and deceptive cycling resume from his failed (he only rode 88 miles) #TeamNickRAAM 3000 mile Race Across America.
“Former UCI Pro Cyclist, Current USAC Pro Cyclist, and USAC Licensed Coach
Nick is a former UCI professional cyclist and current USAC Professional cyclist who has been competing since he was 13 years old, now with over three decades of cycling experience. With a solid Palmares behind his name, a native Australian, In the 90’s Nick got a startup with the Belgium elite development team, Team Spenco. Nick got picked up by Pro team Casino Ag2r where he remained for three seasons, later moving back into the FCI continental domestic roster with Italian team Bicci Pro Team where he was a domestique. Nick stayed there for a short period where he improved his conditioning as a good all rounder with strength in the hills. Nick moved to MTB racing later in life only for fun and turned Pro in 2015 (DH/Gravity and MX). Nick continued to ride road and Is now a seasonal coach and ongoing statistic coach with FCI Team Bicci based out of Italy.
After returning to the United States, Nick began coaching a youth development team, and an elite women’s team. He founded two teams in South Carolina of Cat 1-4 riders, one of which later merged into a larger team. With his family growing, Nick started to revert to full-time coaching. Nick also founded NPC Training Systems. Nick is an accredited fitter with the IBFI (International Bike Fitters Institute), as well as a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and Corrective Exercise Specialist with the International Sports Sciences Association, a Certified School Cycling Instructor with Youth Education Sports, and a USAC and Training Peaks accredited coach.”
Again, it was all part of a scam put on by con man Clark, who is now banned from coaching in the USA for three years and from competing for one year.
Photos: YES, Inc.