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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The Drought Is Over

So I am back at it again!

Yes, I have decided that now would be a good time to start things back up again here on the blog.

Don’t worry though you really didn’t miss much over the winter. All that transpired was a lot of top secret winter training exercises that no one will ever know about. No, really, it was just a lot of base miles with a lot of winter garb on. So, I felt as though I would give you guys a bit of a recap to get everyone caught up.

Signing Day At Lindenwood

Signing Day At Lindenwood

As of now I am officially in college! I know your thinking wasn’t he in high school like a couple of months ago? The answer is yes. I decided to graduate a semester early so I could make a fast transition into collegiate racing. Plus, who could turn down a nice place like Lindenwood, right? Or maybe you might just be dumb enough to go to Marian instead? No, in all honesty I am loving the college life.

I wake up every day at 7:40 in the morning, as opposed to getting up at 6:00 a.m. sharp, and walk down to my class, which I only have until 10:30 max. After that I am free for the rest of the day. This means that I will no longer have to write about being imprisoned in school while the beauty of the outside world would grace me with a glimpse through the windows. Those days are officially over!

Plus the classes are super laid back and really interesting/useful as compared to high school. I have probably learned more in my Business Law class than I have in my entire semester of my senior year of high school.

Not to mention that there are a bunch of really talented riders on the campus, which makes training very enjoyable when you are riding with your teammates.

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Team Camp Break

Besides Lindenwood, I am officially a Gateway Harley Davidson rider for 2015! I am super happy to be part of such an elite program and to be surrounded by such a great group of talented riders and staff. We have such great sponsors and everything that we have is top of the line.

Team Camp In Phoenix, AZ

Team Camp In Phoenix, AZ

The bikes are the best thing that I have ever ridden. It is virtually weightless and stiff as possible, in fact I can say without a doubt that this frame is the stiffest that I have ever ridden. The carbon grade is spectacular and I can feel nothing being left out during the power transfer.

Let it be known that we are also rocking with Hammer Nutrition, Bontrager, Castelli, and HED wheels this year so for sure we have the best products to help support the team. Overall it is going to be a lights out year. I have huge expectations for sure!

The racing season also kicked off for me this weekend and I did two races.

The first was an old favorite of mine out in Kansas called Spring Fling. We had really nice weather and a good turnout. I ended that day with a second place finish and I helped my breakaway, which consisted of Kent Woerman and Michael Allison. Allison won the day and had a great show of early season form.

Breakaway At Spring Fling

Breakaway At Spring Fling

After that race I headed over to Froze Toes where I was racing for Lindenwood and we had a hit squad of five guys in the a race and two who were also there; just not in LU kit.

It was an aggressive race but once Monk got off the front after we pounded attacks down everyones throats. I turned my focus over to help the rest of the gang set up Iron Dom while at the same time we made sure nothing reached Monk or if they were going to give it a shot it wasn’t going to go without me in it. In the end,. I ended the day seventh after a sketchy finishing sprint filled with potholes all over the place.

Froze Toes

Froze Toes

All in all not a horrible start to the season, and even better it looks like my winter training really cashed in this season!

Hammer Products

Hammer Products

New Bontrager Helmets

New Bontrager Helmets

Chilling At Team Camp

Chilling At Team Camp

Cody Anderson Holding Things Together At Froze Toes

Cody Anderson Holding Things Together At Froze Toes

Monk Solo At Froze Toes

Monk Solo At Froze Toes