Bob Bills began coaching the Wasatch High School Mt. Bike Team seven years ago when his son Haydn was a rider. Bob has an extensive cycling history. He began road racing at age 13 and became a State Champion. He continued road racing while at the same time began to coach local racers. Bob began his professional cycling coaching career with two national corporate sponsored teams; three years coaching the Scott USA team and later with the Plymouth/Reebok Cycling Team. The US Cycling Federation recruited Bob to coach the US Junior National Cycling Team. He developed the Team USA concept which took the US Juniors onto their first podium in 10 years at the World Championships. He began riding Mountain Bikes in the early 1980s.
Bob has also worked for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing committee and was over the Youth Sport Development programs. He brought Olympic Winter Sports to over 150,000 Utah youth schools and Olympic venues. His programs developed over thirty Jr. National Team members and four Olympians.
Bob is also an avid skier, and has been teaching at Snowbird for 39 years. He was ranked 5th in the World in Aerial Ski Acrobatics in 1975.Together with a friend, Bob spent four weeks with the World Wildlife Foundation, route finding and setting the boundaries of the Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, Africa. The Ndoki region was previously unexplored rainforest. He currently loves to canyoneer in Zion. He was on the US Skeleton Team as a development racer, he is also a certified hang glider pilot and instructor, kayaker and mountain climber with many ascents of Mount Rainer and the Tetons. He has climbed the Matterhorn, Mount Blanc in Europe and hiked the Tongariro Volcano Crossing in New Zealand. He has climbed five different volcanoes in Chile for ski mountaineering.
Bob has taken an active role in creating a Wasatch High School Mt. Bike team family. The Senior riders are all Team Captains with responsibilities of coaching and helping the younger riders; whom someday will also become Team Captains. Our rider parents are also involved in not just “race day” and team meeting activities but also act as, rider leaders, coaches, shuttling to practices and providing locations for team meetings. Although Bob has a wealth of knowledge about cycling and international racing, that is not the model he uses for the WHS Team. We emphasize, above all else to simply FINISH the race! Never quit unless there is injury or mechanical failure. This is a life long goal…never quit! Once a rider quits, it becomes easier later on and potentially habitual over time. Ride with no regrets. AN error is just a way to recognize a lack of experience and to do not repeat it the next race. Bob will never be at the finish line but, rather waits at the exit chute of the race to congratulate them on finishing the race and to just “be there” for the riders.
Assistant Coach Christian Faatz:
I grew up in a small town in central Utah riding motorcycles and BMX bikes in the mountains and on dirt tracks that my friends and I would build. Specialized came out with its first Stumpjumper when I was 10 or 11 years old and my oldest brother bought one. I was so jealous and saved up my money and bought my first mountain bike, a Rockhopper, when I was 15 and I have been riding ever since.
I have raced on and off since college participating in numerous XC and endurance events including a multi day stage race, a couple road races and relay events. In my late 30’s I had the opportunity to devote a significant amount of time to training and was able to race as a Pro/Elite racer sponsored by KUHL brand clothing in the intermountain region.
I worked with the Wasatch High School Mountain Bike Team in its inaugural season and then time and schedule kept me away for a couple seasons. I have an immense love of cycling and I am now excited to work with the team and provide whatever time and knowledge I am able. Go Wasatch!