I’m Up To Long Rides and A Cool Tool Review

So this week has been basically a heavy training work load; I had long rides and hard intervals all week. Plus school started for me this week, which has been absolutely boring. Not to mention that my schedule is a bit messed up right now, however, this isn’t my schools fault my much needed change came abruptly, but I have basically been sitting in five- hour and a half classes that I am not supposed to be in the last two days.connor brown cycles logo 2 jpeg

Talk about a waste of time! However, it is all good because the weekend has begun and I am back to my usual. Unfortunately I do not have any races this weekend, which means that I will just be doing my own thing and putting in some long hard miles.

I do plan on talking about my MO State races tomorrow; so do stay tuned for that.

Speaking of my blog I am going to try and start a new thing for my blog to help jump start it. Im going to try and occasionally add some new videos. Just some stuff like me reviewing some products over the coming months or perhaps getting a fresh interview from a race.

For starters here is my review on my latest tool the “Fix It Stick”s:

If you are interested you can check them out here at http://www.fixitsticks.com

Connor Brown

We Had A Special Guest Tonight at Tuesday Night Worlds & Fresh Off An Afternoon Nap

Well once again I got to test my luck against the guys at Tuesday Night Worlds.

We had a special guest tonight apparently drug out from his afternoon nap by Shadd; the world famous Bill Marshall. With Bills presence I knew this would definitely prove to be an interesting race.Connor Brown

Accompanying me today was my teammate Kenny Englert and believe me when I tell you its always nice to have someone there to help you out.

After my hour pre-race ride which is an hour or so before the race we got things started via the neutral start onto the course. Right from the gun Bill launched and me being me I was definitely on the move to go with him so I sprinted up to him taking the rest of the peloton with me.

After a couple more moves Shadd decided it was time for him to go so knowing that he was the wheel I wanted I sprinted to him once again with the peloton right behind me.

Then after Shadd and Bill going and me dragging the peloton up to them I decided to lay off and see what was next. This time it was Ryan Kelly who decided to go and for some reason nobody wanted to chase him or go after him. So after he got out to a sizable gap Shadd put the kibosh on it and brought it all back.

Knowing that everyone was tired from bringing Ryan back I decided it was time to give it a go myself.

So I used Ryan as my sacrificial lamb and got a good gap. Once I was away from the peloton I knew that I was going to need to keep the speeds high if I was going to keep the gap. So after about two laps of this and keeping a nice gap, it was time for three to go. Hearing the sound of this ring in my ears I upped my tempo even more and put in a good dig.

Unfortunately with two to go, Shadd had brought me back and had a couple of friends following him to make us a five man group in total who had split from the rest of the peloton to duke it out for the finish.

After trading pulls for a lap we got to a point were nobody was wanting to step up to the plate and take a pull. So after jockeying around a bit we finally got to the last corner where I decided I had put in a dig right before to see if I could get away but Shadd said no dice to it and quickly caught my wheel.

So for the sprint I was in the front (not where I should have been), and sprinted but was pipped at the line for fourth. I almost was beat by Keith today but by throwing my bike across the line I was able to keep it.

After the finish Bill gave me some really good tips and encouragement on how to race. So I just need to learn the jedi mind tricks of cycling if I ever want to beat Shadd. I know its going to take a lot of skill, brains, and strength in order to beat the guy who knows every trick in the book.

Lastly, I want to thank our corner marshals for taking such good care of us. Thank you Mr. Englert for taking your free time to make sure we have a safe race. Your the bomb! FYI- It sure looks like a lonely gig if you ask me.

Jeff Englert


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!