These past weeks I have been living on the road with the Gateway HD squad. To be honest I don’t mind
the traveling at all. I think it’s even one of the many cool parts about cycling. It’s like living each day like an adventure.
Anyways, I have been based out at Creed’s house for the most part and it is crazy, they have an awesome basketball court the we all enjoy playing on in our off time. Plus its great to hang out with everyone on the team. I can’t forget about the riding over there either, the routes are both beautiful and great for training.
On my first ride their I was fortunate enough to get to ride with Creed and our Castelli Rep. While Chris was showing me some routes and some nasty hills, I got to hear about some of the new products that are coming out to the public soon.
The stuff that I have been using right now is out of this world, but the newer stuff sounded crazy! Apparently they are going with a second layer of skin kinda thing. So it should be tight! Plus they made some new overall changes to the appearance of the bibs, which I am excited to try out in the future.
So I recently went up to the Quad Cities races up in Iowa for the first time ever. I was pretty excited to try my legs in a couple of their cool courses. Plus we had a solid team, which meant that we could walk away with some good money at the end of the week.
The event started off with a road race that on the flyer said it was 95 miles, but ended up being 105 miles. This ended up being the hardest race for me, due to it being a hard race with constant attacks and that I had the worst stomach ache from sampling some of the local cuisine. I literally threw up twice during the first half of the race. I ended up missing the winning break that went in the first half of the race due to my stomach problem, but I managed to salvage my day by bridging to it with one kilometer to go.
Unfortunately I was pretty cooked for the sprint and rolled in 19th. It was probably the worst course for the series for e so I wasn’t to mad about it.
The next race was the snake alley, I wish I had some pictures of it, but I can’t seem to find anyone with pictures (of me). I figured you all have probably seen or heard of it by now anyways. I was pretty fortunate to have gotten a call up thanks to my buddy Brian. This meant that I went from the eighth row to the front row for the race.
Unfortunately on lap two, coming up the Snake I got chopped in one of the switchbacks by a rider. Now I didn’t unclip, but I was in the process of trying to find a good gear that I would like to ride the snake and this time going up I was trying out my big ring. So when I had to stop pedaling and then start back up I literally pulled my left foot out of the clip. Watching riders fly by me as I tried to start back up on the climb was pretty discouraging. Yet, for some reason I decided that I would not just rollover and die and went after it.
Now I was probably about 80 riders back from the front at this point, which meant that I was just going to have to race my bike. One by one I would catch riders then attack to get to the next group and I continued this until I managed to catch the group behind the leaders group.
Right as I caught them I attacked and flew around them and got a good gap. At this point it was two to go and I was running out of time, but I was starting to catch riders who were falling off the leaders group. But at the end of the day I rolled in for a tenth place finish.
The next day was Melon Cities and it was a wet one. Still this didn’t stop anyone from showing up so the race went on.
Now on this course they have this fast descent that feeds you into the long hill and at the bottom is this huge speed bump. So for the first thirty minutes I spent my time trying to figure out how to handle it and then finally a stroke of success.
After growing the testicles to try and jump it, I flew across it, and at that instant I knew that I had one the race. Right as this occurred the rain started to fall and if you don’t know I love rainy crits. I just feel invincible in them. So right away I started attacking and getting in movies and just racing aggressively.
I eventually took all of the primes with the help of strong lead outs from Dennis and then ended up getting off the front with seven laps to go and stayed away for the win.
It was pretty fun.
The next day was the Quad Cities crit and after an awesome meal from the night before I was ready to rock and roll.
I knew that after winning the race the day before that I would probably have some guys watching me. So I made the decision to work for my teammates.This meant that I just sat up at the front and controlled the race. While everyone else was trying to get off the front.
Eventually Micha got away and stayed away for second and everyone else on the team finished top 25.
All in all a pretty good showing for the team.
The next week was Winston Salem and I did not feel great at all for this race. I didn’t optimize my recovery during the week prior and felt tired and flat for the race. I didn’t help that it was wicked fast too.
However, Dennis slayed it and finished top thirty in the road race.
Anyways, we are headed to Big Bear, California right now and from what I have heard from Dennis the place is beautiful. He told me that it is like a replica town of a famous city in Switzerland or something. So not a bad place to get some altitude training in before U23 Nationals.
Check out some of the Videos and Photos from the past week.