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.

Training and Toona

13 Jul

Well, I’ve spent the past two weeks up in the Northeast. The first week up at Bobby’s in CT and the second at the Tour de Toona in PA. I made the sixteen hour drive from Augusta to Connecticut the day after elite nats. Bobby and I had some awesome training rides together up there in the hills.  When we weren’t riding I spent the good portion of my day chillin’ with Allie, as you can see.

Allie

After a good week of riding and hanging out, I made my way over to Altoona to meet up with my teammates.  We had a nice host family and they let us have a huge basement to ourselves. I was looking forward to testing my climbing legs in an NRC race after having a few good climbs at previous races. The first road stage ended on the top of Blue Knob. A break went early and had roughly three minutes on us in the field going into the final climb. I started a bit further back than I had hoped, but I was able to climb past all of the riders from the field, except Baldwin. I was even able to catch two of the riders from the six man break to finish 5th on the stage.  After this stage, Mike’s unofficial team car (notice the Globalbike stickers) was bumped up to number 4 in the race caravan.

Car

After a day off and an intense air hockey game between Winston and Zac, we had another road stage. This race was sketchy from the start with a few bad crashes early. Unfortunately, Mike got caught up in one of these early crashes. Things eventually cooled off until we hit the climb in the middle of the race.  I pinch flatted right at the base of the Blue Knob climb. This took me off the back of the caravan, where I got a neutral SRAM wheel and had my work cut out. I climbed my way back up through the race caravan and then the main part of the field. I could see the yellow jersey group, lead by Pure Black racing, up the road and knew I had to climb to it to stay in the GC. I was able to make contact with this group just before the gravel section near the top of the climb. I remained in this group for the duration of the race and ended up with same time, just a few seconds behind the break that went at the base of the climb.  I lost a few seconds in the crit after getting caught behind a field split on the final lap and ended up 8th in the GC. Not too bad for one of my first few NRC races.

Big thanks to Globalbike and the team for making Toona and the upcoming Cascade work out.  Thanks to Zac and Kyle for being our soigners/mechanics during the race. Now I’m looking forward to flying out to the Cascade Cycling Classic. Thanks to Simon for setting this trip up.

Roan Groan Race and More

6 Jun

Here’s a quick overview of the past few weeks. I got back into town after a two week race trip with Winston David to the Tour of Atlanta (ToA) and the People’s Community Bank Omnium, also know as the Roan Groan Race.  We stayed with our teammate Mike Lanham during the three day ToA series and got in four days of racing.  Winston made the breaks in both crits and ended up third in each.  After the ToA, Winston and I headed up to my family’s cabin in the Smokey Mountains to get in a good block of training before Elite Nationals. We had to drive down to Franklin, NC to do our recovery rides, since we didn’t bring a trainer with us.

Prepping the bikes for Roan Groan Omnium

After our week in the mountains, Winston and I met up with the rest of the Globalbike team in Johnson City, TN for the Roan Groan omnium.   I had been looking forward tot the road race, because it ended with an eight mile climb up the 55oo foot high Roan mountain. The team did a good job of keeping the race together until the base of the climb, where they dropped me off to go with the other climbers. I was able to finish 5th up Roan mountain and eventually 7th in the omnium.

Roan Mt. Finish

I’m now looking forward to spending some time at home with family and friends until Elite Nats, where I’ll be racing with the team again.

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.

The New Whip

19 Feb

I finally got my Boyd Bikes team bike built up this week and finally got around to posting pics. It took longer than expected as I had to install parts around my class, homework, and exam schedules.  I can’t wait to race it now!

The Before:
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The After:

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Race Mode:

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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.