The Squad Embarks On A Journey To The West Coast

GATEWAY HD In CALI

GATEWAY HD In CALI

This past couple of weeks I have been over on the West Coast, training and doing some races with the Gateway Harley Davidson squad. Its always fun to travel but one thing never changes and that is how crappy airports are.

Seriously, want a bag of nuts that’s 80 calories, that will be five dollars. Its just ridiculous how expensive everything is there and to me everything always seems a bit lower quality. The Subway sandwiches don’t taste as fresh or as good as they do in regular stores.

Don’t even get me started on bike box fees, basically you pay $150 bucks just to have a bunch of people throw your bike around and have TSA steal parts from you. Yeah, that’s right TSA loves to take things out of the bike box and not put them back in. It’s almost like you are paying someone to punch you in the face. It just sucks and last I checked it was called theft.

So we usually end up walking aimlessly around the airport looking for the cheapest healthiest options we can find. Sadly, Josh couldn’t find anything either.

All of our flights got in pretty late, due to us having school, we all seemed to be pretty tired when we arrived the next morning. It always sucks when you have travel legs and you have to do a time trial, but none-the-less I still enjoyed being in Cali.

Team Riding To The Race

Team Riding To The Race

The weather was hot! Really hot, we are talking 97 degrees outside, I felt as if I was suffocating. Kind of like sticking your head inside an oven and trying to breath. It was hot! Coming from cold weather too that was a huge shock to my system. I ended up feeling like I just could not get enough water in me.

Unfortunately, it felt that way all weekend long too, just unreasonably hot. So when it came time for the road race, it just seemed as though I couldn’t get enough feeds to keep me from overheating. At about the last quarter of the race I ran out of water. That’s when I exploded and just melted my brain.

Im talking throbbing headaches! I had to stop and pull over as I threw up in my mouth from the heat exhaustion. Needless to say, it was not a pleasant sight. I could see the other guys dealing with it too, just a painful way to take yourself out of a race.

This is why I believe everyone should train in the heat of the day, because when it comes time for a race; you do not want to blow up cause of heat exhaustion.

Road Race

Road Race

It was a shame really, cause I really liked the new changes to the course. They made it a lot more challenging and safer than it was a year ago and I was excited to race it.

The next day we all decided that we would go and climb from the bottom of the time trial course to the top of Mt. Baldy, that way we would be able to get some good training in.

The climb was amazing! It was long, steep in certain areas and made for a fun ride. We spent a little over two hours, with some stops, climbing. It made me wish that I had a mountain where I live cause it was just such a fun time.

Chilling At the Top of Mt. Baldy

Chilling At the Top of Mt. Baldy

We ended up stopping at the top for some water and food and it made for a pretty sight. Afterwards we had an hour descent that we were just railing and having a blast on. It made for great cornering practice.

I like to use descending to practice looking for the right lines in the corner, because they really make you go faster on the descent and who doesn’t like speed right?

After we finished the ride we headed down to the beach and hung out. It was fun to watch the people doing their crazy things, like whipping. Yes, thats right… there were a bunch of people practicing whipping??

Max Getting A little Help On the Climb

Max Getting A little Help On the Climb

Then we made our way to the pier and watched the waves slamming into the shore. I love the smell of the ocean too, there’s always something refreshing about it.

The next day we headed out to Phoenix, Arizona. We had a really awesome host house, thanks to Craig and Renee Keaty. They took such good care of us and where as always super cool.

While we were in AZ, we basically got to train all day and hang out for the rest of the night. It was so much fun, we would just joke around on the rides, quoting Durianrider and sometimes attacking each other when it called for it.

We even tried to hunt rattle snakes at one point, but there were none to be found. Craig and Renee also made some awesome meals for us, with the world tour help from Dennis.

It felt great to get back outside and ride for six hours in the sun too. I got a pretty nice tan from it too! We even did one of my favorite rides out there, when we road to the bottom of Bartlett lake and back. AZ has those steady grades that just go for what seems like forever too, so you can really come away with some great training.

All in all it has been a great week of training and I am looking forward to what is in the future for the team.

Chilling After A Long RIde

Chilling After A Long RIde

The Pier

The Pier

The Beach

The Beach

Gateway HD Stopping Half Way Up Baldy

Gateway HD Stopping Half Way Up Baldy

Putting In Work In AZ

Putting In Work In AZ

The Had a Tent Half Way Up Baldy With Fresh Fruit!

The Had a Tent Half Way Up Baldy With Fresh Fruit!

At The PIer

At The PIer

At the Pier

At the Pier

Stopping For Water

Stopping For Water

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A Quick Update from Switzerland

Alright, I owe everyone a huge apology.TT in Switzerland

I really thought I would have all kinds of time to keep up on my blog and in reality, I do. However, its the technical side of things that has me perplexed. You see, my computer adapter doesn’t work in Switzerland and we have basically been here for the last two weeks.

We had a stage race here and now we are staying for some extra training before heading back to Holland.

I have been trying to figure out how to post on my phone, but that obviously hasn’t been going well either.

As for the Switzerland race, we killed it! We won the Overall, the King of the Mountains and for the first time in U.S history we won the Team GC. Pretty freaking cool, right?

Team GC Switzerland

I also just got some awesome news today.

Its official, I am going to race the Tour of Ireland in July instead of Abitibi. I have to say I’m pretty stoked about this, especially since this is where my family is originally from.

Well, I have to keep this short, my internet connection is really bad and the whole process of using the phone is sketchy at best. Ill try and give another update later this week, but once again I really feel awful about not keeping things up to date.

What I will do is when I get back, I will unload all the amazing stories and pics I have gotten to experience. So keep coming back for more details.

Life is freaking great!

Connor Brown

 

 

Coolest Bike Fitting Ever With the Master Zen of TT’s-Steve Auchterlonie

So today was a pretty interesting day. It started out with my easy recovery ride, which was not made to easy due to the ferocious wind we had today, but I will say that after I was able to get my openers in I felt pretty good in the legs.

Once I was done with my ride I just chilled out and waited for Steve Auchterlonie to come over to help me us with fitting the new TT bike. Steve is a freakin genius when it comes to the science part of fitting in order to get extra mph’s.Connor Brown TT

When he finally arrived and started explaining all of the crazy things that he knows about TT bikes, I instantly knew that this was going to be a very cool guy to know. He started to throughout watt numbers that he calculated from my Joe Martin time trial in his head and was able to get a rough estimate of what I could hold for an hour. That just blew my mind seeing him calculate all of the speeds and power per second was very cool.

Then he started fitting me, he took all sorts of measurements from my road bike and converted it into a cool equation to compute how that would look on a TT bike, which is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

After he transferred all of the measurements it was time to hop on. One of the cool things that Steve was able to show me was where to put your aero helmet for maximum areoness then once I started getting the pedals pushing I knew right away that this was a winner.

So I am super excited to take the TT out for some practice and really appreciate what Steve did for me today. It wasn’t just the fit that was so cool, but the wealth of knowledge that he had to offer that was mind blowing.

Connor Brown Sushi Time

After that me and my Dad went out for some great sushi at a local restaurant. Theres nothing better than going out and eating sushi after talking about bikes for a couple of hours.

Great Weather After All & Great Racing At Tuesday Night Worlds

So its Tuesday now and after a long day of school it was time to pack everything up and get ready for Tuesday Night Worlds. I was extremly happy because the bad weather wasn’t going to be a factor after all. It was due to roll in around eight o’clock, well after the A flight’s race. Honestly, it would had been a total bummer if it would have stormed because then I would have had to ride on the rollers by myself for two hours, and I think we all know how boring it gets compared to riding outside, not to mention that I would of had to wait whole extra week to get to race and that would have drove me absolutely crazy.

When I finally got to the course about twenty minutes or so before go time I started to notice that it was getting really dark and sure enough it started to sprinkle. However, about six minutes later it stopped and the sky’s started to open up and it turned into a beautiful 69 degree partly cloudy evening perfect race weather.

Connor and Garreck headed to Tuesday Night Worlds Start

So when we finally got started about two laps into the race and a couple of short pulls later, I saw Kenny start to move up right before we got to the little hill and I immediately knew what was about to happen. Sure enough, Kenny suddenly launched an attack right on the hill and me seeing him move up I jumped right as he went, sprinting like crazy I looked down and saw Garrick and Shadd sprinting up to us. The attack was beautifully timed and it couldn’t have been a more perfect time to do it, since everyone seemed to be a little flat. So I really got to give props to Kenny on that great move, and because of it I was launched into the winning break.

It took like a split second for Shadd, Garrick, and Mark to bridge up to me and then Shadd just kind of amped it up and put in an absolutely insane pull around about 36 miles per hour to rip the gap open. Game, set, match, there was no looking back.

Connor Brown

So thirteen more laps went by till we would see one to go and the second to last corner Mark was kind enough to give Shadd a little lead out and just like that with 200 meters to go Shadd, Garrick, and I started to sprinting. Sadly I did not take home the gold but I did end up with the bronze. Garrick on the other hand had an absolute insane jaw dropping sprint to nip Shadd at the line for first place. Shadd I will say showed us all why he is the king of the corners around these parts. He just rails them like no one else.

After the race Garrick and I took a couple of cool down laps and chit chatted about the ride. Which is about the time when I got a text from my Dad saying its time to go, he seemed a little antsy about getting going, but it was dinner time. Obviously I’m home now about to chow down on some good organic pork chops, pasta, and some green beans. Then its off to the shower and hit the hay.

Tomorrow I have a much needed hour long recovery ride. Man, I love bike racing!