The HSP Team

The HSP Team members are committed professionals with decades of experience. They understand that outstanding service and attention to detail are critical for the success of HSP and for their clients who depend on them every day for their expertise.

Todd Herriott

Todd Herriott

FOUNDER / CO-OWNER / HEAD COACH

Todd is founder/co-owner of Herriott Sports Performance, where he specializes in coaching and strength and conditioning for endurance athletes. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has over 15 years of coaching and teaching experience.

Todd’s years in the domestic pro peloton, along with his experience as a cycling coach, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor at some of New York City’s top health clubs have allowed him to develop a vast knowledge base when it comes to motivating and training an athlete.  Todd works with amateur, age group and professional athletes.  For the last 3 years, he has worked as a conditioning consultant to the 2011 Tour De France-winning BMC Professional Cycling Team.

Determination and a long-term dedication to cycling paid off for Todd in 2002. He was featured as the 2002 Velonews Amateur of the Year, and later became the first American to win the Univest Grand Prix and the Vuelta Cuba (at age 32!). Throughout Todd’s career, he was fortunate to ride on some of the major U.S. domestic teams, including Health Net (2002-2003) and three seasons with Colavita/Sutter Home (2003-2006).

Todd Herriott

Innovative training methods have always been important to Todd. In the ‘80s, he was an early adopter of training with a heart rate monitor.  In the ‘90′s he discovered the advantages of lactate testing and how the results could benefit both himself and his athletes.  And in 2000 he became a firm believer in training with a power meter. He’s also a Dynamax Medicine Ball Master Trainer and presenter, an advocate of Inspiratory Muscle Training, and has recently added Redcord Neuromuscular Suspension Training to his cache of conditioning modalities.

Todd’s training philosophy, which he’s developed after years of close relationships with other coaches, his own coaching experience, other racers, and his own racing, is simple:  Establish the relationship, understand where the athlete has been and where they want to go and plot a practical, reality-based training course that can be measured over time. There can be no progression without overload, and at the end of the day, every athlete is seeking to improve performance. Simple.

David Richter

David Richter

CO-OWNER / PRO SHOP PRO / COACH

David began his cycling career as a BMX champion at ten years of age. But BMX played second fiddle to his first love, baseball. David turned down a minor league contract out of high school and went to college. That’s when he jumped on a mountain bike and cycling became his newfound passion.

Since then, he has excelled in the professional ranks of mountain biking, cyclocross and road racing. David rode as a professional for Team Yeti off-road. The switch to road brought David to the Subway Professional Cycling Team under the tutelage of Rene Wenzel. Team Monex was David’s next stop, where Director Roberto Gaggioli shared his wealth of knowledge of winning with David. Then David traveled to the Canadian Italpasta squad and a season with Redline on the North American pro cyclocross circuit. His experience on the pro circuit has brought him all over the world, and has been on the podium in UCI and NRC races (including that top step).

David Richter

David’s reputation as a great bike handler also netted him an invite to the Red Bull Road Rampage. Only 19 of the best cycling bike handlers were invited. He really enjoys teaching the fundamentals and intricacies he’s learned over the years that enabled him to compete with the best.

David has been the captain of every team he’s raced with. David is a natural leader, teacher, and coach and has not only won national championships (NORBA Hill-Climb, Mammoth and AMBC Cross-Country), he has coached national champions and is committed to building champions.

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Heather Nielson

Heather Nielson

ASSOCIATE COACH / INSTRUCTOR / SALES

Heather Nielson is an associate coach and a class/clinic instructor at HSP. She competes at the Pro 1/2 level on road, is an avid mountain biker and is USA Cycling Certified Coach since 2010. Heather has been heavily involved in the cycling community in Northern California for many years. From organizing and promoting the Ride Empowered Criterium Training Series and many women’s beginner cycling skills clinics in Sacramento to campaigning for the Sacramento Valley Velodrome project, she’s a proven leader on and off the bike. Heather is new to Seattle and excited to share her experience, knowledge and skills with athletes at every level of the sport of cycling.

Michael Sayers

Michael Sayers

PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT

Mike Sayers is the head coach of the USAC U 23 development team and has been the head coach for the USA Men’s Elite and U-23 World Championship teams from 2009-2013.  He worked as an assistant director for the BMC Pro Cycling Team from 2009-2012.

Mike raced professionally from 1995-2008 in the U.S. and Europe, and was a founding member of the Nutra-Fig, Mercury, Health-Net Maxxis and BMC Pro Cycling teams. On the bike, he was known for his inspiring leadership and aggressive style of racing, and as a coach his knowledge and experience have helped countless athletes achieve outstanding results.

To say that Mike is one of the most experienced people in American cycling today is an understatement. HSP is honored to have him as a performance consultant working along with us to help our athletes continue their progression.

Tommie Richter

Tommie Richter

SALES / SERVICE / PRO MECHANIC

Tommie RichterTommie has never had a job outside of a bike shop. He’s worked in many Seattle bike shops over the past decade in both sales and service and started in the Pro Shop in 2011 as our “weekend guy”. Tommie graduated from UBI, the top bicycle mechanic school in the country, in 2012 and is now full time with HSP. His knowledge and repair skills make him an exceptional mechanic, and his outgoing and positive attitude make him a pleasure to work with.

Tommie is also a key figure in the bicycle polo movement here in Seattle that is quickly spreading across the world. He has been involved in the World Bicycle Polo Championships for the past few years and is very involved in raising awareness and promoting the sport.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

PHYSICAL THERAPIST

Chris Johnson - Kona RunChris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where he earned a bachelor of science with distinction while completing a senior thesis in the physical therapy department under Dr. Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Chris was a member of the varsity men’s tennis team, scholar athlete, captain in 2000, and recipient of the Lee J Hyncik award for excellence in athletics and academics. He remained at the University of Delaware to earn a degree in physical therapy while completing an orthopedic/sports graduate fellowship under Dr. Michael J. Axe of First State Orthopedics.

Following graduation, he relocated to New York City to work at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma of Lenox Hill Hospital as a physical therapist and researcher. He remained there for the ensuing eight years until 2010 when he opened his own physical therapy and performance facility, Chris Johnson PT in the Flatiron District of Manhattan.

Recently, Chris relocated to Seattle to further pursue his professional with Olympic Physical Therapy (OPT) while taking advantage of a more active, outdoor lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a physical therapist, Chris is a certified triathlon coach (ITCA). Outside of his professional work, Chris is an avid sportsman and races triathlon at the amateur elite level. He is a three-time USAT All American and recently was awarded All World status in 2013, and is currently ranked 34th (AG) in the country in long course racing. Chris is also extensively published in the medical literature and has a monthly column on Ironman.com in addition to running his own blog. To learn more about Chris, please visit his website.

Peter Schmitt

Peter Schmitt

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONSULTANT

Peter is a trained and seasoned Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner with 17 years of medical training. He has worked in hospitals, outpatient and private practice and he maintains expertise in both 8 principles and 5 element theories of Chinese Medicine. Peter completed his medical residencies at Bastyr University Seattle, Kyung Hee University Seoul, Korea, Guanamen Hospital Beijing, China and Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu, China and was a core faculty member in the graduate program of Oriental Medicine at Mercy College NY, NY.

Peter has spent the last decade using the logic and wisdom of nature to help guide elite and professional endurance athletes in the protection of their health and the manifestation of their natural potential. He provides athletes with an objective perspective and educates them on the underlying physiological processes that are key to the balance between performance and health which ultimately helps guide them to make informed choices about health and sport.

Peter works closely with athletes and their primary care team to ensure safety and the highest quality results and plays an active role in injury rehabilitation and therapeutic processes. He also provides counsel on nutritional and natural supplementation strategies and he sees athletics as vehicle for self discovery and personal evolution.