Hometown: Montpelier, VT, United States
Position: Sport Director

Team Novo Nordisk Sports Director Pavel Cherkasov raced professionally, both in road racing and mountain biking, for more than 10 years before taking on a director role.

Born in Bryansk, Russia, Cherkasov began cycling in 1984. He raced on the Russian Road National Team from 1988-1993 and was the Junior Team Time Trial World Champion in 1990. He signed his first professional contract after winning the Giro delle Regioni (Italy) in 1993.

Shortly after, he began competing in mountain bike where he excelled in cross-country and short-track racing. The former Russian national cross-country champion won the NORBA STXC Series (2000), Mercury Tour (2000) and Stowe Bike Club Time Trials (2001), and was runner-up at the NORBA XC Series (2000). In 2000, Cherkasov was a member of the Russian Summer Olympics team.

Cherkasov began directing in 2002 with Trek-Volkswagen. He joined Team Novo Nordisk in 2013.

Get to Know Pavel Cherkasov

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of perfect happiness is to slow down enough in daily life to be able to enjoy seeing your kids grow, sip tea with friends and smell the flowers.


What is your greatest fear?

To be late for the start of a bike race.


Which living person do you most admire?

Igor Schpilenok.


What is your greatest extravagance?

Have a day totally to myself.


What is your current state of mind?

The state of departure of dragster car.


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

According to my kids – the word “Hmm”


What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My dog Ruby.


When and where are you happiest?

 In Bania( Russian steam lodge.


Which talent would you most like to have?

To be patient.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Be happy to not achieve anything.


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Snow leopard.


Where would you most like to live?

The place that would have a wood-stove.


What is your most treasured possession?

Computer that works.


What do you most value in your friends?

When they answer the phone. 


Who are your favorite writers?

Sergey Dovlatov, Viktor Pelevin.


Who are your heroes in real life?

People that can get to work on time.


What is it that you most dislike?

To go to the airport at 3 am.


What is your motto?



What is your favorite word?



What is your least favorite word?



What sound or noise do you love?

 The sound of silence.


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Rally driver.


What profession would you not like to do?

Bike commisaire.