I decided to establish Val Hopkins Fitness so I could share my knowledge and experience as an elite athlete with others. As a former member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team, I was able to turn to cycling to stay fit and healthy as a working mom. But it didn’t come easy…I had been struggling with my weight after my second child, not sure I would ever lose the last 20 lbs. On top of that, I was experiencing the fatigue and stress that is so common when a mom puts exercise and healthy habits on hold while juggling work and raising children.

New England weather forces cyclists to embrace indoor riding but I failed to last longer than 7 minutes on an indoor bike. This is when I hired a coach. With the structure of a training plan that combined strength and cycling workouts, in less than 4 months I was at the top of my game racing the New England circuit of ladies pro races. After 4 seasons, at the age of 45, I won the New England Ladies Pro Criterium championships. This was all because I had a structured, periodized training plan that provided accountability, personalization and goals.

It is this knowledge and experience that I would like to share with you to help you achieve your goals. Trust me, if I can do it so can you!

-Val Hopkins


I lived at the Olympic Training Center while on the U.S. Development Team, moved to Milwaukee to train with the U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1994 and by 1995 I qualified for the U.S. Senior National Speedskating Team.

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden


1st 2018 New England Bicycle Racing Association Ladies Overall 40+

3rd 2018 Shoe City Criterium Pro Ladies

2nd 2018 Nutmeg State Games Criterium Pro Ladies

1st 2018 Cyclonauts Criterium Pro Ladies

1st 2018 Rasputitsa Gravel Grinder Ladies 40+

1st 2017 Shedd Park Cyclocross Ladies 40+

3rd 2017 Northampton International Cyclocross Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2017 CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2017 KMC Cross Festival Ladies 35+

2nd 2017 Rasputitsa Gravel Grinder Ladies 40+

2nd 2016 Mayor’s Cup of Boston Ladies Cat 3

3rd 2016 Auburn Lewiston Rotary Criterium Pro Ladies

4th 2015 Beverly Gran Prix Criterium Pro Ladies

2nd 2013 New England Criterium Championships Pro Ladies


After having two kids, in my 40s I returned to competition as an elite cyclist, accumulating several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes. In 2018, I won the New England Pro Ladies Criterium Championships. All of my training was based on one-hour rides with power, centered around my FTP.


USA Cycling Level 2 and Power Certified Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

B.S. Human Movement Studies, Boston University

SafeSport Training Certified

CPR/AED Certified