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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

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

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.
Crit
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.

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

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

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

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.

ISP

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.

Back to School…

16 Sep

It’s been a while since I last raced at Cascade in July, but theFloridaracing season has picked back up again recently. The school semester has begun again, which has limited my ability to travel to further races. I’m not finished racing for the season, but I’ll most likely be racing regionally in FL until the end of the season.

A few weeks ago Winston, my teammate, and I raced the Great Nocatee Stage Race in Ponte Vedra, FL. Winston made the early break in the road race and ended up 3rd on the stage. I made my way into a chase group and won the sprint from it to come in 5th.  Later that day we took first and third in the time trial, with Winston taking first and I took third. After the crit, Winston ended up winning the stage race and I came in third. We had five podium appearances that weekend.

Nocatee Podium

Classes have been going well, but they have been keeping me busy with studying and homework. I have two semesters left until I graduate, so my collegiate days are coming close to an end. I do still get one more crack at collegiate road nationals though.

Two weekends ago I raced the Labor Day weekend in Brooksville,FL.It was another hotFloridaroad race in the middle of the day. The attacks came early from the gun and a break of six got up the road. I soloed up to the break on the second lap and rotated with the group until the field was closing in with a little over a lap to go. I attacked the break and got away solo. I was able to stay away for the remaining fifteen miles and increase my lead to a little over two minutes on the next group to finish. The next day was a crit in an abandoned housing development. Again, the attacks came early and often with the two bigger teams being aggressive. I missed a few good moves and ended up pulling the field around, because I couldn’t get away. We finally pulled the breaks back and I countered with three other riders. We worked together to open up a good gap with seven laps to go. I tried to get away from this break again, but everyone was too fresh, so it came down to a sprint where I got third. Two podiums in two days of racing solo isn’t too bad.

Labor Day Podium

This past weekend I did the seventh installment of the Gainesville TT challenge. It is a 15k time trial that takes place in Brooker, about an hour ride fromGainesville. There was a good turnout at the event, which consisted of Merckx and Aero categories. I set the new course record for the Aero category and was the fastest on the day with a time of 19:33 (28.6mph average).  Well, I’m off to go get some more homework done.

Spring Break Trip and Racing

16 Mar

Well I’ve finally had some time to catch up after a great spring break trip.  The trip started two weekends ago when Nat, Kyle, Nat’s puppy Emma, and I all piled into Nat’s car along with all of our gear and three race wheelsets.  We started the break by racing the SB&T Albany race weekend put on by Swagger. As usual we had a cold and rainy weekend with the downtown crit on Saturday and a nice long road race on Sunday. Many of the usual Georgia teams were present at the race along with some familiar faces from Florida and most of the Realcyclist team. I managed to finish 11th in the crit despite slipping and sliding through several corners. Realcyclist split the field early in the hundred plus mile road race with me bridging up to the lead group shortly after it was established. Tommy Nankervis and Frank Travieso got away early and finally with around twenty-five miles to go Oscar Clark and I got away from the split to finish third and fourth with myself taking 4th.

Racing in Albany

After leaving Albany, GA we headed to my cabin in Highlands, NC as has been the norm for the past two years. Fortunately this year we had running water because the water pump had been replaced since the last trip. However, it took a while for the water heater to heat the water for showers, so we drove to town to shower. It had been 48 hours since we last raced in Albany, and we were still dirty from the race. Unfortunately, the community center that we had showered at last year was closed for a special event, so we were out of luck. We next tried the fire station around the block, but it was a volunteer station, so no one was there. Nat, however, got on the phone and called around and finally got in touch with a lady who was in charge of an historic inn in Highlands. She let us use the shower in an vacant room, which was incredibly nice and made us all feel human again. The highs were in the low 50s each day, but the riding was awesome as always. It seemed like each ride was fueled by bacon in the morning and either enchiladas and margaritas from Mi Casa or barbecue. We had nice long rides each day and climbed several mountains. It actually snowed on us during one of the longer climbs on our ride Thursday.  It’s always nice to test the climbing legs in the Smokey Mountains and get away from the flats of Florida.

My Cabin

After the week of training in the mountains we loaded up again and drove to Newnan, GA for the Georgia Tech collegiate race weekend.  We lucked out this year, because this race weekend is infamous for being freezing cold and rainy, however we had clear skies and relatively warm weather both days. David, the Kyles and I managed 2nd in the team time trial on Saturday morning. We had a few hours to recover from our morning effort before the road race.  After the neutral rollout, there were a few attacks to which a group of us countered and got away. We rolled it for the rest of the race and whittled the break group down to two LMC riders, Brian Sheedy and Nathan Larson, and myself. I made a dig on one of the climbs and ended up soloing the last twelve miles of the race to take the win. Kyle took sixth to add to our point total for the weekend. On a strange note, the night before each race we ate at Tacomac and I had a stout with dinner. Afterwards we went to Publix and I got a mini cup of Ben and Jerry’s, a York peppermint patty, and a few chocolate chip cookies. This is an odd combination, but it seemed to be the right snacks for success this weekend. I just hope I don’t have to keep this up to do well in the future.

Sunday was another road race and as before an attack came early and stayed away for the first lap of the eleven mile course. Once this break was captured more attacks came and finally I got away and was joined by two riders, one from Clemson and one from Cumberland. We were eventually joined by Andy Baker (Furman) and Bradford Perley (LMC). The break eventually split up with Baker, Perley, and me forging ahead. The race came down to a sprint after dodging a van that pulled out in front of us just before the final turn. Perley took the win with me taking second and Baker rounding off the podium.  After the races, we drove back to Gainesville, FL thoroughly exhausted from a long week of training and racing. I caught up on my homework and took my last midterm today, and now I am enjoying a much needed recovery week before I get back to training.

Team Globalbike

30 Dec

Well, it’s been over a week and I guess I haven’t been keeping up with my blog as well as I had hoped.  It has been a few weeks since it became official, but I’m riding for the Globalbike cycling team next season.  I am very excited to be riding for such a good team that supports a great cause.  In other news, my sister bought her first road bike today. She caught the bug too, and has had me looking for a bike for her over the past two months.  We finally found a nice one in her size, here in Sarasota. Now I’ll help her tune it up and get the position dialed in.

Back At It Again

18 Dec

Well it’s been a while since my last post, but I guess it’s as good a time as any to make an update.  I had my last final exam of the semester yesterday, so I now have three weeks off for winter break, but I’m sure a lot of that time will be spent on the bike preparing for next season.  After the past race season I had three weeks completely off the bike, and I must say that I really missed riding during that time, but the rest was definitely good for my motivation.  The time off gave me an opportunity to reflect on the past season and to form new goals for the upcoming one.  I’ve been back on the bike and in the gym for four weeks now.  This off season has been going well despite getting rained on four of the first seven short days back  at it.  I’ll try to post more frequently now that I will have more free time and time on the bike.

Off-season

6 Nov

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I’ve got my bike in the 39×11 with the chain off and I am enjoying my first week off after a long season of racing.

Welcome to My Site!

21 Apr

Haven’t figured out what to put here yet, but I’ll add some more content soon.  However, the above links do have content.