ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Scott's Involvement with Cycling and Filmmaking
Scott Coady is cyclist, pro-cycling fan, filmmaker and fundraiser. He made his first film - The Tour Baby! - to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in response to his best friend's daughter being diagnosed with brain and spinal cancer.
Scott got the cycling bug in 1985 when, as a poor graduate student, he walked into Woody's Bicycle World in Los Angeles and fell in love the with hand made Italia frames hanging in the shop. He bought a Gitane and began riding recreationally. After finishing grad school and moving back to his hometown of Thousand Oaks, CA, he joined the Conejo Valley Cyclists (CVC) and began training for racing. With the help and coaching of his good friend Peter Whitwell, Scott entered his first race - The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix - and won. With the coaching of Steve Grossman, who raced in Europe for several years, Scott produced strong results in criteriums throughout Southern California. Known as a fierce sprinter Scott gets the nickname of "Scud Coady" from his teammate John Foster, after going off the front and off the road and crashing on a decent because of his awesome power but inaccurate landing.
In 1992, Scott goes to the Encino Velodrome and learns to ride track from Rick Denman and falls in love with track cycling. Scott moves to Minneapolis, MN for work in 1993 and begins racing at the National Sports Center's wooden velodrome with 48 degree banked turns and starts to tear the place up.
Scott traveled to France in 1995 for two weeks of intense training with his good friend Matt Tapie and they both climb Mount Ventoux in response to a challenge from Davis Phinney whom they met a few years earlier at one of Davis and Connie's cycling camps.
In 1996, Scott has an interesting year. He meets a woman in Minneapolis whom he falls in love with (and will later propose marriage to) wins almost every race he enters on the track with the coaching of Tom Lee and the support of velodrome director Bob Williams, wins five silver medals at districts, sets the record in the flying 200 meters and goes to the worlds. Scott places in the top ten in all five events he enters with his best place being a 4th, and takes a shower with Chris Boardman right after Boardman set the new Hour Record using his now outlawed superman position.
Later that year, Scott sells his house in Minneapolis and moves back to California with his fiancé, stops racing and riding, and begins what he calls his "dark period" which lasts until early 2000.
In 1999, Scott broke up with his fiancé (who didn't support his passion for cycling) quits his job and finds himself heart broken, in debt, and out of shape. In October of 1999, the organizers of the Tour de France announce that for the 2000 edition of the race, Mount Ventoux will be in the race for the first time in 30 years. Upon hearing the news of Ventoux being added to the race, Scott declares to friends that he was going to the Tour de France the following year for a weeklong trip so he could see the riders climb Ventoux. As the Tour grew closer, Scott decides to follow the event from start to finish. Two weeks before the trip, Scott decides to buy a video camera to record his adventure thinking it would be fun to show to his old racing buddies one day.
Scott goes to the Tour de France with video camera in hand, has an amazing time and shoots eighteen hours of tape.
Inspired by his friend's daughter's battle with brain and spinal cancer, Scott declares he will make a film of his Tour de France adventure and raise $100,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation even though he knew nothing about filmmaking. It will take three years for Scott to make The Tour Baby!. He releases the film on DVD in August of 2003.
Between August of 2003 and October of 2005, Scott raises over $160,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation through sales and screenings of his film which rapidly becomes a cult hit among the cycling community and is named the foundations #1 Peloton Project fundraiser for 2005. In addition, Scott begins raising money for the Davis Phinney Foundation by hosting a roast of Davis Phinney in conjunction with the San Francisco Grand Prix raising over $50,000 for the DPF bringing Scott's total funds raised to over $210,000.
At the beginning of 2006, Scott begins editing his second film - Cobbles Baby! - about his adventures following the 2004 edition of the Paris - Roubaix featuring George Hincapie. Scott released the film on September 14th 2006.
Upon release of his film, Scott creates the "Dollars for Davis" campaign and pledges to donate one dollar from the sales of his films to the Davis Phinney Foundation and begins to invite other's in the bicycling business to do the same.
About Scott's Professional Life
Aside from Scott's love affair with cycling, passion for filmmaking and fundraising, he has a real job. Since 1988, Scott has worked in the field of organizational and human development. His step-daughter Olivia summed it up by telling a friend that her step-father helps companies and people reach their full potential.
After working for seventeen years as a consultant who traveled to companies around the world as a leadership and executive team coach, and five years of dreaming, thinking and planning, Scott opens the Institute for Embodied Wisdom in November of 2005 in Ojai California. The Institute's motto is "dare to pursue a dream" and offers courses, workshops and retreats for both personal and professional development. Scott continues to work with the executive teams of selected corporate clients who want to achieve extraordinary results.
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About Scott's Personal Life
Scott loves his wife Kathleen and their daughter Olivia above all things. Scott and Kathleen were married in 2002. Scott knew he would propose to Kathleen after she climbed Alpe d'Huez (see highlights for more details) and skipped Mount Ventoux letting Scott be "the man" at something. Actually, he loves her for many other reasons not to be mentioned here and for her undying support of Scott and his passion for cycling and filmmaking among others.
Scott continues to pursue his own personal development and is learning about indigenous wisdom. He just completed a vision quest where he was left in the wilderness for four days and four nights at 8000' in daytime temperatures of 107 degrees without food or water and was the only person out of 30 others who, on his first attempt, completed all four days. As he lay there and suffered, his thoughts continued to go back to his climbs up Mount Ventoux and to all he learned from cycling about keeping the pedals turning no matter how bad it hurts appreciating all that he has learned from cycling and all the wonderful ways he has been able to apply the lessons from our beautiful sport.
Scott also enjoys surfing, hiking, camping, backpacking and online competitive video games.