ALTO VELO

11 Apr

A lot has been happening this past year. I started the Alto Velo company with my friend Bobby Sweeting and things have been going well. I received my first patent on the hub design I came up with and the wheel set already has a win at the San Dimas GC. We wanted to be a company with innovative designs and quality production. We are starting with road bike wheels, but plan to grow into other areas as well. You can check out the company website below and see what we’ve been working on. Alto Velo

Florida State Crit Championships

10 Apr

Since I’ve been racing a crit-heavy schedule to prep for Joe Martin and Tour of the Gila, I figured the FL state crit champs was worth a go. Brooksville is a fun course with a tough, bumpy brick climb and a lot of bad pavement everywhere. A good classics style crit course, fitting with the World Tour Spring classics happening. A break got up the road early in the 80 min crit, but had a lot of firepower in it. Eventually the break split up after a prieme sprint and half of it came back to us in the field. Since I was flying solo, I was taking big turns at the front to help pull the break back. The Guerciotti and FSA combination really smoothed out the bricks keeping the tires on the ground.

Pullin'

Pullin’

About an hour in, they put out a field prieme and I countered it to get separation from the field. Good thing I had the Giro Synthe for a little aero advantage and Bolle glasses to block out the setting sun.

Crit Chase

Crit Chase

I was able to bridge up to Stephen Perezluha (Isagenix Seasucker) and we worked to try to bring back the remaining two riders, Ruben Campangnioni (Stradalli) and Owen Shott (Velo Brew), up the road. We were unsuccessful as the duo had too big of a lead and I ended up 4th after a long day.

FL State Crit Podium

FL State Crit Podium

Lupus Team Camp 2015

12 Feb

This past weekend, we had our team camp up in Roanoke, VA. It was nice to change up the scenery and weather for a little bit, since I’ve spent the whole off season in Florida. This was the first time we had the whole new team together with all the riders and management in one place. We all rendezvoused at Starlight bikes in Roanoke and had our clothing and equipment distributed.  We are riding Guerciotti frames with Microshift drivetrains, FSA components, and San Marco saddles. On the clothing side, we have Starlight apparel, Giro helmets, and Swiftwick socks.

After getting all the equipment dialed in at the shop it was time for pictures at the Blue 5 restaurant’s White room. Here’s the 2015 Lupus Racing Team UCI squad.

The UCI Team

The UCI Team

The riding at camp was a great change of pace. We had some good weather and plenty of company on the roads. We were based out of Camp Easter Seals in the mountains, and the riding from there was awesome. Rural and plenty of elevation gain. Here’s the whole team UCI and devo together after the last day’s ride.

Team VA

The Whole Team Post Ride

Throughout the week we learned a lot about our sponsors and in particular a bunch of great information about the Lupus disease. If you have any questions about this autoimmune disease and how it affects people, please visit LupusGa.org for more information.

All in all it was a great camp and I’m looking forward to a great season with an awesome group of guys! Watch out for the team van at a race near you.

Team Van

Team Van

River Gorge 2014

26 Aug

It has been an up and down season for sure. Started coming on to form using Joe Martin as a prep for Tour of the Gila, but I went down in the big crash on stage one about twenty miles from the first climb of the race. This past weekend, we raced in the Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium. The event began with a super fun TT around a reservoir and across the dam retaining the water. Nothing special about my result here, but in the crit later Saturday evening, my teammate Winston lapped up with a group of strong riders and took 2nd in a confusing final lap of the race.

Sunday was the road stage and Winston was sitting pretty well in the overall. He got held up in a crash a mile or so before the first climb. The whole Lupus team held back to help bridge him back to the group right before Sand Mountain, the first climb of the day. The field split over the climb and Winston made the front group. I had to climb my way through the field to make group two on the road, which we eventually caught group one in the rolling hill portion of the course. From here I started covering moves and keeping or group together for Winston’s lead. Closer to the final climb up Raccoon Mountain, a group broke away from the group and I covered it. This group stuck all the way to the climb.  We went back and forth attacking up the slopes, but eventually I got away and was able to hold it to the line. Jonathan Jacob took second and Mark Fisher third.

River Gorge Win

River Gorge Win

I’m stoked to have won on one of my favorite regional climbs of the calendar, especially after the long journey back from crashing out of Gila.

 

Goal Achieved!

25 Aug

It has been a goal of mine to have an in competition USADA test based on a good result. I finally got to cross this one off the list after the River Gorge Road Race win.

Results Letter

Results Letter

Winston Salem UCI 1.2 Road Race

20 Apr

This Friday, we took part in the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, a UCI 1.2 road race. Our squad consisted of Jimmy, Winston, Oliver, Buddy, Stephan, Oleg, Igor, myself, and Jan as the Director. The course was hilly and wove through downtown Winston-Salem and the surrounding neighborhoods for 171km. Each of the 15 laps had a 10+% stair stepped climb in it, which did a number on the field. For those who want to watch the race or pieces of it, here is the link.

The race started out fast from the gun with the first 3 or 4 laps seemingly flat out. We were represented at the front with Buddy, Winston, and Jimmy going with a few moves. Jimmy ultimately made a solid break which stayed away for a good portion of the race, but was reeled in eventually.  The winning move of ~20 riders got away after this move and we were out of position to respond to it.

The Climb - I'm 223

The Climb – I’m 233

Winston Salem Climb

Winston Salem Climb

 

Winston, Oliver, and I went with a few moves at this point, but nothing stuck. Heading into the last lap, I bridged to a chase group after the final climb, through the start/finish line. Here is the clip. I made it to the group, however we were later caught on the fast highway section. The final time up the climb, the remainder of the field shredded and finished in smaller groups, with our top placing being 43rd for the race.  I rolled in with this group at 47th.  Not quite the result I was hoping for, but this was a tough one. Just about half of the 190+ man field didn’t finish. As always I’m grateful to all the team and all the sponsors for making it all possible! Looking forward to the Joe Martin NRC race coming up this Thursday in Arkansas.

San Dimas Stage Race

31 Mar

I’m at 30,000 plus feet in the air right now, heading back to Sarasota, FL. This was a bit of whirlwind trip to California for the San Dimas stage race. I am so grateful to my Lupus Racing Team for giving us the opportunity to come out to the race and for all of the support. My teammates, Winston, Jimmy, and Oliver came out for the race as well.

My Aunt was in town visiting before the race and left a little good luck charm for me.

Going to California

Going to California

The weather was great the whole week. Always a little cooler than the southeast, but a nice break from the heat. We flew into LAX and had host housing with Melissa and her husband, David. A huge thanks to them for opening their home to all of us.

Made It!

Made It!

Always a Welcome Sight

Always a Welcome Sight

After flying in on Wednesday, Jimmy and I took a nice easy spin around the Sunset Loop circuit from the Redlands race. It was nice to see the course again in a much calmer setting. Thursday was the GMR TT recon day. We pre-drove, and then pre-rode the course to get the feeling for the climb again. We had the rental van jam packed the whole week.

GMR Recon

GMR Recon

GMR View

GMR View

Onto the racing. I had a good ride in the uphill TT and finished 36th. A few spots lower than the last year, but still solid.

TT Pain Face

TT Pain Face

The road race was significantly less eventful than the previous year, however the first few laps were still pretty hairy. It’s always odd how the field is coned off to one lane for about 2 or 3 miles. The field always seems too big for the course and that’s what makes things dicey. The field split and came back together a few times through the race, but on the final lap, a break of 10 riders got clear on the final climb. They finished ahead of my group of around 30 riders and the field came in a short time after. This moved me up to 34th on GC. Not a huge jump, but consistent results.

Rear Tire Post Road Race

Rear Tire Post Road Race

I locked up the rear tire in one of the incidents in the first few laps of the road race, and couldn’t get a spare wheel before the crit. I guess this is the price you pay for traveling with tubulars. Needless to say, I didn’t have all that much confidence in my rear tire, so I rode the crit a bit gingerly. It was a wide open, six turn, flowing course which I floated to a field finish. I was same time as the group and moved up another spot on GC to finish the race at 33rd overall. Not too bad of a showing for the first big race of the season. After the race, we got to enjoy the rest of the evening in Redlands. Burritos, a beer, and some Oreos were the rewards for completing the stage race.

I’m now setting my sights on the Joe Martin stage race with the team. It will be another attempt at a tough uphill time trial, and another chance to race with the big teams.

Team Bikes Are In!

10 Feb

I am extremely excited about our new team bikes for the season. We will be on Scott Foil 15s with Ultegra Di2. I’m a little late in getting this post up as I’ve had the bile assembled for a week now and raced it up in Dade City, FL this past weekend. The Foil rides brilliantly, even on the bumpy, chip seal pavement at the race!

It's Here!

It’s Here!

Unboxed

Unboxed

Scott sends these bikes out pretty well assembled. Just a few pieces to bolt on and it was ready to go. Thank you to Chris at Pinnacle Wheel Works for helping with the assembly and dialing in the Di2.

Team Bike Built Up

Team Bike Built Up

A huge thanks to the Lupus Racing Team for supplying such a nice ride for the season!

 

First Race of the Season

9 Feb

This last weekend I raced in the Historic Dade City race weekend. This was my first event for the Lupus Racing Team (LRT). The event consisted of a rolling road race and a technical, downtown crit. I had my teammate Buddy Spafford racing with me in the cold and rainy road race. After a few good attacks and counters, Buddy finally got into a two man break on the third of four laps. Unfortunately, the big teams were looking to set the race up for a sprint, so the move was reeled in and the rest of the race was controlled to keep attacks at bay. Coming into the final hill and straight away, I made a move to get up into the sprint and ended up taking it to the line with the sprinters for 9th. Not too bad for a climber-type rider.

Fortunately, the weather cleared up for the crit on Sunday. This course is a lot of fun to race with brick sections, a chicane, and a big sweeping corner before the line. With Buddy heading back home to NC the night before, I was left to represent LRT by myself. With the legs opened from the day before, I made a few early moves, but nothing stuck. Right at the half way point, I got up the road with another rider. We stayed away for a few laps, but ultimately were brought back into the fold. With seven laps to go I followed a move and ended up in a three man break. We held this for four laps until we were bridged to by a group of six or seven riders. I held third wheel through the last lap and came out of the final corner in the same position. In the sprint, I was out kicked by two riders to finish in a solid 5th. All in all a good way to kick off the season.

New Team for 2014

3 Jan

I am pleased to announce that I will be racing with the Lupus Racing Team this season. The team is based out of Atlanta, GA and is dedicated to raising awareness of the autoimmune disease and increasing funding through the Lupus Foundation of America. I’m happy to be again racing for a team that supports such an amiable cause and look forward to doing my part in raising awareness, both on and off the bike!

The Atlanta Based Team

The Atlanta Based Team

My First Industry Product

2 Aug

In non-racing news, I have finally made it back down to Florida after a solid month of racing with the team.  While I was away, my first industry products were being made, and we finally got to pick them up today.  I’m stoked with how everything turned out!  I’m now looking forward to the next round of production and the next string of racing.
Hawk Racing Production

Georgia Cycling GP

29 Jul

A little recap from the team:

This past week the United Healthcare of Georgia 706 Project cycling team participated in the Georgia Cycling GP. This race was an omnium over 5 days with 6 stages.

The first stage was a 50 mile circuit race on the 2.5 mile hilly Road Atlanta Circuit. Attacks started from the gun and never stopped. After about a half hour of racing a 10 man break formed that included Shawn Gravois, Winston David, and Alexey Schmidt. The group worked together well for a while With about 15 miles to go the break started attacking itself and Shawn and Alexey made a front group of 6. With 2 miles to go this group splintered to 4 riders with Shawn making the selection. With 1 mile to go Shawn attacked, but was caught by the other riders. Thomas Brown took the win over Calixto Bello and Mike Stone. Shawn rolled home in 4th, Alexey was 5th, and Winston beat his group for 7th.
Stage 2 was a 60 mile circuit race on a 3 mile circuit. This race also started with attacks from the gun. A similar situation happened to the previous day. About 30 miles in a front group formed with Shawn Gravois, Winston David, Mike Stone, and Calixto Bello. During the last 6 miles of the race David and Gravois tried to tag team the other two riders but could not shake them. Heading into the final kilometer all the riders started looking at each other for the sprint. Gravois lead out the sprint. Calixto Bello passed him for first, Mike Stone came in second, and Winston David came in third.
Stage 3 was a 70 mile road race on a 10 mile rolling circuit. Calixto Bello attacked at kilometer zero and a 10 man group formed that contained 706 Project teammate David Goodman. This move got a maximum gap of 2 minutes. With 40 miles to go Team Novo Nordisk started setting pace on the front. With 20 miles to go the entire breakaway was caught except Calixto Bello. With 15 miles to go Mike Stone attacked with a Novo Nordisk rider. Winston David bridged the gap but skipped pulls in order to protect Shawn’s omnium position. David, Stone, and the Novo Nordisk rider came close to Bello but couldn’t close the gap. With 2 kilometers to go Gravois bridged up to the second group. With 1 k to go he got a gap but Mike Stone closed it. A Novo Nordisk rider led out the sprint but Stone and David came by him for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Gravois came home in 5th.
Stage 4 was an 8 mile time trial on rolling terrain. David and Gravois put in solid times of 16:32 and 16:41 respectively to take 1st and 2nd over Oleg Tanovitchi who rode a 17:20.
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Stage 5 was a flat 6 turn 90 minute night time criterium in Covington Georgia. The team wanted to possibly help Gravois and David get into the overall lead but the main objective was to win the crit. Mike Stone was all over Gravois and David and would not let them get up the road. After 30 minutes of racing Andy Scarano, Daniel Holt, and Brendan Cornett were able to slip away into a move of 10 riders. With about 30 minutes to race they took a lap. David, Gravois, David Goodman and Alexey Schmidt patrolled the front to neutralized attacks and set pace. No riders were allowed to slip away and the United Healthcare of Georgia/ 706 Project was able to take a 1,2,3 with Daniel Holt, Brendan Cornett, and Andy Scarano. It was a great team effort.
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The final stage was a 50 mile circuit race that consisted of 25 laps on a relatively flat 2 mile circuit. David and Gravois attacked a lot early in the race but the Lupus team of Mike Stone would not let them get a gap and gradually 2 or 3 riders would slip up the road. These groups of 2 riders eventually became 25 with a large gap. The 706 Project got David Goodman and Andy Scarano in the break. David and Gravois sat in the field all race because any of their attacks were neutralized and all omnium points were up the road. Scarano finished the stage in 11th place. After the final stage David and Gravois finished the omnium in third and 4th place respectively.

Bumpy Road to Nationals

30 Jun

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One of these wheels shouldn’t be in the car. Picked up a nice little nail in North Carolina. Good luck finding an open tire shop, in a small town, on Sunday. This put me a day behind, but I’m rendezvousing with the team in Dayton, Ohio tonight.

Johnson City Omnium (Roan Groan)

10 Jun

This past weekend we again had split squads racing at Tulsa Tough, the SC State Road Race and the Johnson City Omnium. In Johnson City, we had a small squad, consisting of Andy Scarano, Max Robb, and Myself. Sully wasn’t able to make it to the race after being sick all week. The Johnson City Omnium is a tough race with the road race finishing on a 7 mile climb, a hilly time trial, and a tight technical crit.

The road race started aggressively with a flurry of attacks within the first five miles. Andy rode into a break with some of the stronger riders in the field in the first hilly section of the course. This was the winning break that stayed away for the remainder of the race. The field was still motivated and attacks to bridge kept coming, which held the break within two minutes. I attacked with Brian Sheedy and Nick Jowsey and we were able to bridge up to the break on the final highway segment before the climb. The break all started the climb together and it slowly split up on the slopes. Jimmy Schurman (Champion System p/b Stan’s NoTubes) got away from me on the climb for the win. I took second for the second year in a row and Andy rode strong up the climb after being in the break all day for 6th. Max had a solid finishing climb to finish with the field. The Raleigh bikes handled the climb well, being both light and stiff, especially with the complete Thomson cockpits and Masterpiece seatposts.

Blue Plum Criterium  Dave Boyd/Johnson City Press 27 wins and 9 wins overall

In the time trial, Brian Sheedy took the win and I again took second by less than a second. I now had the overall lead in the omnium heading into the downtown crit. The tight, technical crit started off quickly. Andy and I moved to the front with a light rain beginning to fall. About twenty minutes in, it started to downpour, making the course super slick and causing several crashes. The Kenda Tires hooked up well in the rain on our Industry Nine race wheels. I was able to make the split of six riders off the front, including Sheedy, who was sitting in second in the omnium. Our break lapped the field with seven laps remaining, and despite several attacks, it came down to a field sprint. Chris Uberti (UCI CT: Team SmartStop p/b Mountain) took the win and I sprinted to 5th and Andy took 11th. I held enough points to win the overall GC over Sheedy and Uberti. Andy finished the omnium in a solid 7th. Another great weekend of racing for the team! Here’s a link to the local paper’s write-up of the race.

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SB&T Albany Crit Win

29 May

This past weekend we had squads racing across the country. I raced the SB&T Albany race weekend. This was the first race of the SRS series and there were good turnouts for the races, with around 75 riders in each field. The weekend began with the 75 min. downtown Albany crit. Our team consisted of Brendan Cornett, Winston David, Max Robb, and myself.

The race started off a little on the slower side, so I put in a solo move on the second lap. I was reeled in three laps later. Once the field was all back together, the attacks started. We had at least on rider represented in every move and about half way through the race, I got away in a group of six racers. This was to be the winning move, despite the gap dropping to within ten seconds at one point. Winston and Brendan worked to shut down the field to help us stay away. With three laps to go, I attacked the break, but was caught half a lap later, so I went again with two laps to go. This time I was able to hold of the chasing break and take the win ahead of Andy Crater (Finish Strong) and Oleg Tanovitchi (Iron Data).

Shawn Finish

On Sunday, we had an early morning road race of 91 miles. Team Finish Strong went to the front and proceeded to control the race for the first two laps of the three. The we put in a few moves, but nothing was sticking, so we held off for the final lap. After the final KOM, the we started attacking and countering each move. Nothing stuck, however, so the we had to gear up for the field sprint. There was a big crash with 1 km to go, but the team all managed to avoid it and Brendan sprinted to a solid 6th place and Winston took 8th. All in all we raced great together and I got to pop bottles on the podium.

Shawn Podium

National Star Wars day

4 May

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Got a new set of the Stormtroopered out Kenda Kaliente Pros to celebrate the day. Thanks Kenda Tire!

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Stormtroopered out

Kenda Swag

30 Apr

Along with the new team kits arriving, we also got a nice package from Kenda Tires too.

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Kenda Swag

Team kits are in!

29 Apr

The team kits by Primal arrived today! The design is simple and classy, and it ties in well with our black Raleigh bikes and red Garneau helmets.

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Primal Kits

These things look awesome and are hands down the best fitting kits I have ever ridden in. I am a huge fan of the bibs, especially because they don’t have  a rubber leg gripper. This fabric bottom is way more comfortable and the legs still don’t ride up. The jerseys fit my body well too and have the right length sleeves. I’m stoked to have a team kit that fits this well.

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United Healthcare of Georgia p/b the 706 Project Jersey

Foothills Road Race

24 Apr

The morning after the Sunny King crit we raced in the Foothills Road Race in Alabama. This was a 68 mile race along rolling roads with a few good climbs mixed in. I covered the early moves and eventually made it into a break of twelve riders that went on the first longer climb of the day. The break mostly consisted of four Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis riders and five Team Predator riders, with myself and a few others rounding out the dozen.

About half way through the race, our break was reeled in and then counter attacks started. We took turns attacking on the midway climb with my teammates Sully, Winston,  Andy, and Dan being active players. Over the top of the climb, Winston went with a small group of riders and I bridged up to have two riders in the eight man move. We got the gap up to two minutes on the field, where it remained for the remainder of the race. With 8 miles go go, Winston and I took turns attacking the break, but the other riders were motivated to keep it together. With 5 miles remaining, we hit the final climb of the day where Sergio Hernandez (Team Predator) attacked at the base. Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas Oncology) and I bridged to him on the climb and the three of us rolled away. We rotated hard with the block tailwind and managed to stay away from the second half of the break. With 600 meters to go, my group of three was still together and I jumped, but was caught just before the line for 3rd, behind Sergio and Ryan. Winston took 7th and Andy Scarano finished 12th. We raced well as a team with everyone working together. Sadly, there was no podium for pictures.

New Wheels

8 Mar

Got my new team bike today from the Hub Bicycles in Athens! We will be racing the Raleigh Militis 3 this season with full Ultegra 6700 drive trains  I’m glad to be back on Shimano components, because they shift so well. We will also be racing on Industry Nine wheels and Kenda tires. Thomson completes the build with seatposts, stems, and their brand new carbon handlebars.

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The New Wheels

It’s Official

3 Jan

I’m pleased to announce that I will be racing for United Healthcare of Georgia p/b the 706 Project for the 2013 season. We should have a strong team to be competitive in both the NCC and NRC calendars! I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.

Collegiate Nationals 2012

7 May

Well, I’m over 10,000 ft in the air, and the captain said it was safe to use my laptop now. I’m flying home from Utah after a great weekend of racing at Collegiate Nationals.

This year’s Collegiate Nationals went well for Team Florida (UF). Neal Shepherd and I flew out to Ogden, UT after our final exams Friday afternoon. We got in a bit late, but we got to sleep in, since the Division 1 crit was in the afternoon on the following day.  The D1 crit was 75 minutes and was full throttle the whole time, but we held our positions well.  We went with a few moves, but nothing stuck and the race ended up coming down to a field sprint.  Neal made a gutsy move with two laps to go to move into the top fifteen or so positions. He held his position throughout the last lap and finished a solid sixteenth. This is a good result for Neal’s freshman season with the team.

Sunday was the day of the D1 road race. This was the event that I had been looking forward to all season, mainly because the race finished with a beyond category climb. The drive to the road race was a bit hectic. At first, the main road to the race parking was closed and the other way around the mountains was the race course. We ended up behind the women’s race on the final climb and followed the race caravan to the finish. To have some fun on the climb, we put the rental Exlorer in “cactus mode” and drove part of the climb with half the wheels on the dirt just to, in the words of Victor, “do some truck stuff.”

Cactus Mode

We made it to the race on time after  taking an interesting detour around the canyon, because the road that lead directly to the start was closed. Neal again got the call up in the road race, because of his SECCC omnium success. The race started out more animated than expected, and a break of ten riders got up the road in the first ten miles of the race. At the beginning of the second lap, a chase group of eight got up the road. Neal and I missed both of these moves, but they were only holding a two minute gap on us in the filed.  We went with a few chase groups, but nothing stuck until I got away with three other riders in the second chase  group on the final lap. We eventually crossed the gap to the first chase group, and then a few riders and I bridged to the lead group. Our group of about twelve at the time began the climb and eventually the group whittled down to two riders and me. The first rider from Colorado went over the climb twenty seconds ahead of me and the other rider went over just ten seconds ahead. Due to the strong tailwind, none of us were able to gain on one the others and we finished in the same order as we crested the climb. This was a great result for me and the team.

D1 Mens Collegiate Nationals Podium

Back in the field, Neal was looking to make up spots on the climb. Unfortunately, half way up it his crank arm came loose, which made his bike unrideable.  Neal actually ran for a mile or two until he got serviced and his cranks were tightened. This setback took him out of contention, but being a trooper he still finished the race. We had great showings at both races this year, and I was able to land a spot on the podium. I’m glad we were able to represent Team Florida, the University of Florida, and all of our sponsors so well. Big thanks to Team Athletix benefiting Globalbike and Clementine Bikes for providing me with a great bike to race this season, and to Boyd Cycling for the tubular 58’s that got me through the flat circuits and over the final climb.

I’m looking forward to some time at home with my family now that the semester has finished. I then plan to head up to stay and train with Bobby Sweeting in Asheville. This should be great training leading up to Elite Nationals and the remainder of the NRC calendar.

The 2012 Team Bike

2 Apr

For the 2012 season, the Athletix Cycling Team benefiting Globalbike will be riding fresh custom painted Clementine bikes and Boyd wheels. I’ve had my bike built up for a few weeks now and I love how it rides. It rides smooth and is stiff and stable in the corners. I took my time building the bike up and took special care in measuring the length of the ISP. This was a process of measure 20 times and cut once. The result was the perfect saddle height.

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A little tip here is to use a metal hose clamp as a saw guide for cutting the seat post and steerer tubes straight.  The tape helps to keep the cut clean and and keep the paint from being scuffed from the clamp.

Clementine in Motion

Spring Break 2012

10 Mar

Spring break began as it traditionally has with the SB&T race weekend in Albany, Ga. We had a cool, rainy race weekend for the prologue and crit, and then a nice day for the road race. I christened my new Hincapie long sleeve skinsuit  with a 4th in the twisty 2 mile prologue. Made the break in the rainy crit and ended up 7th.  The road race started off well with me bridging up to the early break of favorites on the first lap. Unfortunately, our break was caught and when the attacks started up again, I stood up to sprint and felt my rear rim hit the ground. I ended up flatting out of the race after a long wheel change.  After leaving the course I drove up to my Family’s cabin in Highlands, NC to train in the mountains as per usual.

The Cabin

Porch View

What a difference a change in latitude and altitude makes. I went from the warm sunny South to the cool mountains in a few hours on the road. It was odd to see icicles this late in the season, but it’s still a cool sight to see on a ride.

Icicles

I got in two good days of riding in the Smokey Mountains before I headed over to Asheville to help Bobby and Lindsay move into their new apartment. Bobby and I had some good hard rides in the mountains near Asheville, and we also got a good workout from unloading the biggest U-Haul truck available.  Fortunately, my team manager Josh came over to help us unload the truck. His help made the unload a lot quicker and easier than in would have been. After a fun week away from school, I’m now back in Gainesville preparing for class on Monday.

UF Swamp Classic Weekend Video

17 Feb

One of our Team Florida members, Bao Lam, made a cool video of the UF Swamp Classic race weekend. The on-the-bike shots of the downtown crit were taken from under the saddle of my bike. This footage starts at 1:45.

(Video courtesy of Bao Lam, http://www.youtube.com/user/CyclingWorks)

No Shave November

2 Dec

It’s a few days late, but here are the results from my No Shave November effort. image

 

My New Single-Speed Bike

22 Nov

Yesterday, on my way out of town, I had the rear shifter paddle snap off roughly fifteen minutes into the ride. Luckily the shifter internals froze in the 19, so I was able to complete the 6 hours in the 53×19. I’m just glad it didn’t fall into the 11 and kill the rest of my ride. SRAM has a great warranty policy, so the shifter will be replaced.
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In the mean time, I can’t miss out on quality training, so I rigged up an older 9-speed bar end shifter while I wait for the warrantied shifter to come in.

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Back on the Bike

4 Nov

Well, I’ve been back on the bike for a week now, just easing back into training for next season. It’s strange how awkward you feel on the bike after not riding for a few weeks, but the squares I was initially pedaling have started to smooth back into circles.  It was nice to have a few weeks off to recover from the long 2010 season, but I’m glad to be back on the bike again.

The State TT

9 Oct

With the end of my racing season in sight, I was using the state TT as motivation to keep riding until I could take my time off at the end of the season. I’ve been riding my TT bike for the past two weeks to prepare for the event, but with a bit of bad luck, I crashed in the rain on Thursday, two days before the TT. I ended up breaking the left bar end extension off my bike. A few nice bruises and some road rash added injury to the embarrassment of sliding out in the rain.

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The Aftermath of Thursday's Crash

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The Friday Fix

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JB Welded

Still wanting to do the time trial, I went to the hardware store and bought a 1/2 inch bolt to JB Weld inside the broken aerobar to mend it. I wouldn’t recommend this, but I didn’t have the motivation to track down another set of aerobars and completely recable my bike Friday night. The fix worked, but my body didn’t. Just couldn’t put out the power with stiff legs, but still managed 5th. I’m now going to take my time off to let the body heal and to prep for the off-season.

Late Season Racing

21 Sep

The racing season down here in Florida is still going strong, but I’m looking forward to the off-season, since racing began in February.  The FL season goes through the end of October, but we’ll have to see if the legs and motivation can hold on for that long.

I raced the Ocala stage race this past weekend along with Winston David, my friend and Globalbike teammate. The racing went well  for us. I made a break of six riders about five miles into the 65 mile road race on Saturday. We ended up putting five minutes on the field by the end of the race. Our group came down to a sprint, where I took fourth with a well timed bike throw at the line. We had a five mile time trial later that day.  My legs were feeling it from the all day break, but I was able to finish third in the TT and put fifteen seconds into the next rider from the break. The TT put me in the overall lead. Winston had the fastest time of the day and won the TT.

Ocala TT Podium

We cut it pretty close on Sunday arriving at the course at 11 am. We thought the race started at noon, but it was actually scheduled to start at 11:30 am. Fortunately the race was delayed, so we had plenty of time to get ready before the start. I guess this is why you should actually read the race fliers prior to the events. After being in the break all day Saturday, I was hoping to chill in the field for a bit before looking to get away with moves, but I had no such luck. The break went early again and we spent four of the five laps away in a ten man break. After several attacks and counters, I ended up attacking on the biggest hill toward the end of the final lap. I opened a nice gap on the rest of the break and soloed in for the win, thus securing the overall.

That was me giving a high five after winning the road race.

Ocala Stage Race Podium

This was another good weekend of  late seasonracing. I’m looking forward to the off-season after a long season of racing, but we still have a few more weeks left. This coming weekend is the Team Florida cemetery time trial. I like to use this to gauge my form throughout the seasons, and I’m hoping to set a good time after working on my TT position with Bobby Sweeting up in CT.