Mitja is a head coach and founder of Tancacoaching, he is an active MTB racer from 1991, competing in cross country, marathon and eliminator races on all levels. He competed in world cup races as an active rider and as a coach. He is founder of MTB racing team Energijateam.com with 80 active MTB athletes, focusing on work with young athletes where more than 40 kids is active in energijateam.com-s MTB school.
Mitja had an interesting sports life, being on sport grounds from the first days he was born as his father was a sport education teacher. So sport and training was laid to his crib. He struggled as a young athlete to find his sport and took up all different sports, from athletics, skiing, rugby, cycling… and at the end he discovered mountainbiking was his life. Mitja even played Rugby as member of a national team on Junior world championships.
Years went by and he became a great MTB rider and a coach working with over 100 cyclists on ONE on ONE coaching.He competed on many international UCI categorised races all over Europe and in world cups and world championships as a national team member.
Mitja was a head coach in his UCI team that got a world championships silver medal in eliminator race with Miha Halzer in 2012. Miha also made almost 10 podium finishes in world cups eliminator and won a dramatic race at Nove Mesto na Morave.
Later in his carrier he fell in love with stage races and last few years stage races are his main occupation as an active athlete and coach.
4x 4Islands in first hand experience available in coaching advice!
Mitja is a part of 4Islands from it’s first edition, 1st year as a coach of 3rd placed team and rest of editions as a rider in team with Gregor they were good, 4th place in 2016, 13th in 2017 and 16th in 2017 & already warming up for 2019 edition.
Being active athlete gives him advantage to advise his athletes more practically and from first hand and not just theoretically. Mountain bike is a demanding sport and stage races even more. So personal experiences are crucial to make good training plans and give proper advice.
Gregor Is Mitjas assist coach at Tancacoaching and his right hand in energijateam.com team.
Gregor started as a young athlete at 13 years,
Mitja was his coach from beginning and carefully taught him all the secrets of training and racing.
Gregor became several time national champion in XC, was a member of a national team and
competed at world cup and world championship XC races. At a young age 19, he took up coaching
spot in Mitjas energijateam.com and worked hard with young athletes since then.
Mitja & Gregor are racing partners at all stage races in last 5 years and combining there
experiance, positive energy and training knowledge form a perfect coaching team you want training advice from.