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

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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.