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Virtualtraining legends - Steve Vander Waal

"The competitive aspect is important - to be able to compare my times with others around the world. The challenges set up by VT have been fun as well."

This week we’re moving from Canada to the Pacific Coast of the United States to shine the light on another VirtualTraining Legend. Oregonian physician, Steve Vander Waal, shares his insights for the inspiration of us all. Find out how to maintain health, relieve stress after work and proceed in training – even if you have experienced a series of accidental car encounters. 


Hello Steve, so what is your home country and town where you spent your childhood?

I was born in 1948 and grew up in the small town of Pella in the state of Iowa, USA. About 5000 people lived there when I was young. 


Describe your story of getting acquainted with cycling and the first bike.

I was probably 5 years old when I got my first bicycle. Growing up in a small town, it was my means of getting to a baseball practice, the swimming pool and I used in to deliver newspapers for my paper route. I got my first good bike when I was about 26, a Fuji, fell in love with road cycling and then rode about 200 miles every week.


And where are you based at the moment?

I have lived in Manzanita, Oregon, for the past 33 years.  It is a very small beach town on the Pacific coast. A very temperate climate so I could ride outside year round, although it rains a lot.


Sounds great. What are you doing outside of the training room (workplace)?

I work as a physician, specializing in internal medicine.  I have my own practice in Gearhart, Oregon.


Nice. Please give us an idea how your "PainCave" looks like (bikes, trainers, accessories). 

I have a room in the house that I use as a getaway space.  It has my books, computer, etc.  I have my bike set up in it near a window with two fans for cooling.