My Life Behind The Bars

These past two weeks I have been doing a ton of racing between all of the Tuesday Night Worlds Crits, Frozen Waffles plus Lindsey Wilson in Kentucky its obviously been a solid block of training for me.

So since there has been kind of a break in my blogging I figured I would catch everyone up on the past races.

Starting with my personal quest for the Frozen Waffle Maker down in Springfield, Missouri. Yes, the prize for first place was a waffle maker, and what better prize for a carbo-ravijour college student then a waffle maker, right? As you can see the stakes were high for me. I noticed that there was a team at this race with a considerably large amount of guys at the race. They will remain nameless for this, but just know they had a lot of guys.

Frozen Waffle

Frozen Waffle With Chris

I on the other hand had no teammates to work with so I had to start implementing guerrilla warfare tactics to try and get stuff done. Right away a move of ten plus people got up the road and since I noticed that the “big team” did not react well to it and were not represented in the move I stayed put. I knew well enough that move didn’t stand much of a chance and I was right, they ended up pulling it back so my hunch played out.

I have found that in a lot of situations where there is a big team you really only have to watch like three guys tops. So when I hear guys complaining about how unfair it is that there is a big team present, in my opinion it just makes it that much more fun to try and blow them up.

Anyways, the break comes back and a try a few times to test the waters but everything stays close. The “big team” decides to get their lead out train going for the finish and wouldn’t you know, I got stuck in a bad place and lost some key positioning. I was so poorly placed that I ended up screwing myself out of the win that day. I finally found a whole that opened up in the final 400 meters which had me

Frozen Waffles Podium

Frozen Waffles Podium

sprinting from 15 guys back to try and take the sprint. Unfortunately, that little mishap cost me the win and I ended up just getting nipped at the line. Im pretty sure had I had about 25 more meters that race would have been mine, but it was a good showing for SBR Quantum anyhow (oops).

Here is the video on the race I am in the orange and black, bike is orange too.

After that I did the Tuesday Night Worlds crit with the Lindenwood squad, and I must say it’s just a blast to ride with everyone there. Julie Carter (our coach/director) splits us all up and we just try and beat the hell out of each other. It makes for good smack talk during the week too.

It is such a good time so if you are in the area, you should come out and enjoy the pain with us, because the LU team has been hammering it and every strong rider in the area is there too. We are talking some serious firepower!

My first Collegiate race of the season was the past weekend and the LU hit squad was looking to take names. Overall, we had riders in every group lighting it up, but for starters the men’s A team got second in the TTT and in the crit we took second and fifth making it a brodium and in the road race we got third. Not bad for our first outing as we get to know one another and gel as a team.

Me And Max Slaying

Me And Max Slaying

During the races we could really tell that Marian was really timid on letting us up the road so much so that they were bringing moves back that had their own guys in it. Plus they had 16 guys in the field, which is why I can’t figure out why they were racing like a bunch of prima donnas that have their thumbs up their bums? I’m in the camp that when you got that much firepower, why not smash the race?

In the end, we all had fun though, which made for an interesting race. I will probably pick some stuff out to talk specifically on later this week. For now I will leave you with the wise words of Super Pro Josh Carter.

“Watch Listen & Learn”

Shout out to the #KobraHitSquad you know who you are.

Podium With Brophy

Podium With Brophy

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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

My Stay In Switzerland

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Vineyards

So this will be part number 2 of my stay in Europe. I will be covering my stay in Switzerland and the Pays de Vaud race.

Switzerland is probably the most beautiful place that I have ever seen. Snow top mountains encircling a huge crystal clear lake, with vineyards as far as the eyes could see, it certainly makes for an amazing view.

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View from window

For starters we were staying in Aigle, which is right at the base of the mountains and right next to Lake Geneva. We were staying in a hostile (like a hotel) that was right around the corner from the UCI center, which meant we were blessed to be treated to the cuisine of the UCI center, which was pretty cool.

Anyways, we would be racing in the mountains at Pays de Vaud, which has been the coolest race that I have done so far in my young career.

We had a pretty great race here, we had won the king of the mountains jersey, the white jersey, the yellow jersey, the best team overall, and three out of five stage wins. Not too shabby, right?20140605_114226

We obviously had a very successful run of it. However, that was only accomplished at the hands of hard work and an entire team effort. Everyone was working as a unit and we were able to man handle that race due to this.

On a side note, I absolutely loved racing in Switzerland; it was awesome having an actual mountain top finish in a race for once. Plus the descents through the towns were insane!

We were going so fast through technical descents that as where going into a cool town right next to the lake, we hardly even got to see any of it.

After the race we went and had a team training camp for a solid week. It was awesome to have long hard days in the mountains and be able to get some good training in. Plus we did a bit of sightseeing and had plenty of selfies takin.20140603_110116

All in all, I loved Switzerland and hated leaving the place, but our stay in Sittard would also be very enjoyable.

Connor Brown

Road To The City Limit Of Bonkville

So I had a pretty early start to the day today. I needed to get out on the road no later than ten in the morning, due to the fact that I was going to have lunch with my Dad and Jonathan.Connor Brown

During my ride I decided I would tackle the head wind today and road into it for about 75% of my ride. It was a tough move because by the end of the ride I was pretty beat and almost bonking.

Luckily I finished up and made it home just before the bonk set in. I probably should’ve ate a bigger breakfast but just had one of those mornings where I wasn’t that hungry.

Anyways, once I finished up I got cleaned up and headed out for lunch. Once I arrived and got seated I decided I would have a sweet tea to quench my thirst, I ended up drinking quite a few glasses, so much so that the guy started commenting that he was going to bring me a pitcher. I got a good laugh out of it but, truth be told I was just a smoldering fire that needed to refuel after a three hour ride.

After I ate and chatted for about three hours, we left the restaurant, but not empty handed, thanks to Jonathan hooking me up with a bunch of cycling magazines and the a couple of DVDs of 2013 Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Paris-Roubaix, and the 2007 tour of California.

Which meant that when I got home I was definitely going to be watching Liege-Bastogne-Liege with my pops tonight!

Connor Brown

The Time Has Finally Arrived And I’m All Set to Leave For U.S National Camp

Well, the time has finally arrived and I have to say I am as ready as I will ever be for the U.S. National Camp.Connor Brown

With school and packing I am definitely in a major time crunch, so I am going to make this short and sweet.

In the meantime, I am going to try and put some quick blog posts together while I’m in San Diego, but I am not totally sure how much time I’ll have or if I will actually be able to upload them on my phone, but I will do my best.

Anyway, I had a day off today and have pretty much been busy on homework and cleaning up my bike all afternoon.

Speaking of my bike, wouldn’t you know the day before I leave it starts to have some mechanical issues, so the guys at Bike America will be seeing me on an emergency basis firs thing tomorrow.

I will tell you that I am expecting to get some cool pics and give you some great stories over the next week, so keep a look out for the posts and with a little luck my app will work just fine for uploading.

Connor Brown