Intro to Swim Pedal Run & Novice Team

Not sure where to start or need a little help getting to the starting line? The nations largest triathlon team & Performance Bicycle have teamed up to provide a free 90-day triathlon coaching program.


What is S.P.R.I.N.T.

S.P.R.I.N.T. is an abbreviation for Swim, Pedal, Run, Intro & Novice Team.  The team includes Coaches, Mentors & Athletes.  This program supports Cal Tri’s mission to build a sustainable community where athletes of all levels have easy & affordable access to the resources, coaching and support needed to accomplish their goals.


What are the resources?

  • USA Triathlon Certified Coaches Direct The Program
  • Mentor Support From Start to Finish - 10:1 Athlete to Mentor Ratio
  • 12 Week Sprint or Olympic Training Plan
  • 14 Week Half distance Training Plan
  • Monthly Motivational & Special Topics Speakers
  • California Triathlon & Performance Bike S.P.R.I.N.T. Diploma
  • Includes A Premium No-Fee California Triathlon membership
  • No Fundraising Requirements


Who is on the team?

Athletes are coached and guided by a combination of USA Triathlon Coaches & volunteer Mentors who have appropriate race experience.  The Athletes are individuals with a passion to get triathlon race ready in 90 days.


How much does it cost?

Free. Zip. Zilch. Nada.  This supports Cal Tri’s mission is to build a sustainable community where athletes of all levels have easy & affordable access to the resources, coaching and support needed to accomplish their goals.


Who can be a mentor?

Mentors have the opportunity to pass forward some hard-won knowledge.  We have Mentors that are professional Athletes, Kona qualifiers, as well as 2-3x racers.  Mentors will serve as a resource for up to 10 Athletes per session.  

What do athletes need to do?


  • Upon purchase of Cal Tri kit, you will be assigned a mentor.
  • Engage and lean on your mentor for help and support
  • Have a great attitude and be ready to surprise yourself
  • Complete your diploma
  • Pay it forward by volunteering in your community

For more information contact

Get To Know The Mentors

Jared Willbergh (Sept/Oct races) - I am a triathlete who lives in the East Bay Area.  I enjoy all types of short course racing and have recently started MTB racing and will be participating in a few XTERRA type events this season.  I usually throw in one long distance race per season as I am currently training for Ironman Santa Rosa 70.3.  I decided to volunteer for the program to give back to the sport that I love.  I was once a beginner triathlete who had a lot of questions and didn’t know where to start.
Roland Valdez (May Races) – My name is Roland Valdez and I currently live in Burbank and I work as a technical support engineer.

I started racing triathlons in 2011 and still do.  I decided to volunteer as mentor because as I was mentored as a beginner, I learned how important it is to have someone experienced available to help getting to know the sport during the first year of trying it out.  I want to share my knowledge and experience with new triathletes and ensure they have a fun journey and successful race day.

I am currently signed up for TriEvents#3, Goleta Beach Triatlon, and Ironman Arizona this year.

Mike Owen (June races)  - I’m a hotel manager who is married with 4 girls, 3 of which are triplets who just turned  a year old and although are a lot of fun, are a lot of work, too.  I volunteered to help out folks new to the sport because I find great inspiration in their decision to take this challenge and better themselves and the journey that comes with it and it makes me want to use the time that I have to train and become better at this sport, too.  I’m currently training for the Big Bear Olympic in June and Lake Tahoe Half in August.
Mary Tanner  (Aug races) - My name is Mary Tanner and I live in Seaside, CA. I have been competing in triathlon and Ironman for the past 15 years. I am sidelined this year due to a DVT in my leg and would like to give back!  This year in unknown in terms of racing but I will make up for it in 2018!
Chris Castallo – Chris Castallo, television executive, 1x Iron Man
Training for TBD races in 2018.
Super appreciative of all the great benefits of Cal Tri and wanted to pitch in a little bit. Love the spirit & mission of accessibility for all.
Also, I can talk about tris more than anything else I can think of, so mentoring is a lotta fun.