Getting Use To It

So today it’s back to the usual, and that simply means more riding and training with a dash of school.

As for the road rash i must admit its placed in all of the right areas so that way it doesn’t really affect my riding; which is pretty nice.

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In the meantime, we are trying a new technique out and what we are doing is any time I am going out to ride I am applying Neosporin onto my scabs so that way when they crack they will be able to be kept sealed.

So far, its really worked out today, during and after my ride I felt as though my wound was fine and no longer open which is very good news, because that means it will heal even quicker.

I was thinking about the fact that I am going to have some funny placed scars on my butt though. I mean right on my left cheek is going to be a pretty huge one, unless it heals without it. I guess I will have to rule out “mooning” people in the future, so I suppose I will have to rethink my summer plans.

The cool thing is it just makes you look like a warrior which is pretty legit.

Anyways, I am all signed up for Velotek Grand Prix and this will be my last race before I head out for Europe. So hopefully I can leave on a high note!

As far as Joe Martin is concerned I am a little pissed about how that all played out.Connor go fund me button

I think that overall the officiating at that race has sucked, and for me specifically. Last year, I got a flat and while chasing back on to the peloton, a police officer that was doing the corners waved me through my turn and I sent me on a wild goose chase, that saw me lose my second place in gc.

This year I roll up to the start of the crit, and yes I went a bit backwards on the course (15 feet) but so did six other people. Yet for some reason, I was singled out and forced to go to the very back, and I mean the very back.

Then to top things off, I am involved in a crash and by the time I got to the pit they had no time to check anything and just threw me out there whilst the peloton was rushing by me. Why did they do this? because the official was screaming to throw me out there.

Not only did they send me out with out time to get up to speed, they also left me without a fighting chance. This was largely due to the fact that my bike was basically broken, with my brakes rubbing and bars screwed up, it made it a bit hard to chase back on. What’s the point of a wheel pit and rules?

But the best part was when the official said to me that I would not receive pack time, even though I was screwed, not because of my own wrongdoing but because of others. His reasoning, “how could I know if you could finish?”

What the heck? I’m sitting top 10 GC and I have been in every select group for the entire weekend and at this point in a hard crit race I have been a very big presence in the front, but somehow this official is concerned? Did he even watch the race?

When it comes down to it, I am not weeping and rethinking my cycling career over this. If thats how this comes across then you have the wrong understanding of how I am saying this.

The truth is, this makes two Joe Martin races in a row where I have gotten screwed. Listen, I read Steve Tilfords blog the other day about how he flatted with something like 8 or less laps to go and he is awarded pack time. How’s that work out? He’s out of the GC running while at the same time he’s out of the cash and he gets awarded pack time?

Then there’s me…sitting in the money, placed in the top 10 for the overall and I get a royal screw job. What the heck? That’s all I’m saying!

Side note: In Steve’s blog, he does mention that the pack time was a little screwy, but rules are rules. He too thought it was strange that riders who got dropped in the last 2 or 3 laps got worse times than guys who got dropped with about a quarter of the race left. It’s simply messed up!

Ok, my crying is over and the only thing left to do is to go back there and win the whole freaking thing!

Connor Brown

Joe Martin Ended Poorly

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So Joe Martin is all finished up and overall it was an incredibly hard race to do by myself. Especially being so far up in GC, that probably made it even harder because no one really wanted to help me out due to my positioning.IMG_6164

Anyways, Friday’s road race ended up with a late break up the road which ended staying away and then to complicate things coming into the finish a crash literally happened right in front of me, but luckily slid out just in time. However, there was a cost associated to it; I lost all my momentum and to make matters worse it was right on the second to last hill (the very place I had been planning my escape) and to add insult to injury I was in my hardest gear on a nasty climb.

Saturday, basically was just a hard race. As much as I tried to get away because of my high GC I was heavily marked so no one let me get away. The worst part was anytime I got brought back the teams where quick to counter, resulting in another break I was unable to get into, which sucked. At the end of that stage I was sitting in 10th place in GC.

The next day I wanted to get a good result in the crit and felt that I could get it done, due to the uphill finish.

Now this didn’t start off well, right out the gate, I had to roll like 5 meters backwards on the course to get to the start, and at least six other guys came with me. We all made the front row because of that, but for some reason the official was being a real jerk and decided that he wanted, JUST ME, to go to the very back.

In this crit, people start getting shelled on lap one and starting in the back was really sucky for this race.20140427_160541

So eventually I get to the front, but right after that, a guy runs right into my rear doing about thirty five which caused me to hit the deck hard.

Luckily I wasn’t to banged up, but my front wheel was cracked and the official made me walk all the way down from the top of the hill to the bottom of the downhill, which is like at least a half a mile walk, or maybe it just felt like that because I had to walk in my cleats, with my bike on my shoulder, with my arse torn up.20140427_163921

It took me about three laps to get down there and right away, the official tells the guy that he needs to swap the wheel and throw me in. Well he didn’t check anything else (nice job Mr. Wheel Guy) and ends up throwing me in while after the pack went by me doing 30mph+. The sucky thing was that both of my breaks were rubbing like mad and my bars were pushed over to the side.20140427_164204

So right out the gate I had to chase down a speeding peloton with a dysfunctional bike. That ended up costing me ten more places in the GC and I ended up finishing in 20th place. I must say, I am a bit pissed off with how it ended and overall Im just mad that I lost what could have been a great result of which I am constantly reminded every time I sit down.

Connor Brown

If “Danger” Is Your Middle Name, Then Joe Martin Is Your Game

So what can I say about today other than it was simply the cherry on top of the cake. Literally, this race was a complete nightmare from start to finish. For a so called NRC race Joe Martin really dropped the ball.

Let me give you an example; they let cars somehow find their way onto the course in every race today, seriously? Now for those of you, who don’t race, imagine thinking you’re on a closed course and your riding as fast as you can in a very tight group of riders and by total surprise you come around a corner to find a car sitting there. Talk about a major surprise and a whole lot of $5,000+ bikes sliding all over the place… Connor Brown

Anyway, I was sitting there on the trainer watching the masters race and the entire race somehow cars were getting on the course. Not only were they on the course but they panicked and would park right in the corners, the most dangerous place for a car to be.

So for my entire 45 minute warm up I had to listen to my Dad yelling at the corner marshals to get the cars off the course. To be honest, I thought yesterday the corner marshals did a terrible job but today was the icing on the cake. Joe Martin better rethink how they did this race this year, because at this pace there going to lose a lot of racers and maybe there NRC title.

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Today’s race for me was to support Kenny and cover every move that would go off the front. After the debacle yesterday I was now 30 minutes off the leader, but Kenny was still sitting seventh in the General Classification which means we were still racing for a payday.

Once we finally started racing a couple of moves went and I would either pull them back or go up and sit in on them. After about twelve laps of doing this, mid pack there was a crash and unfortunately Kenny was stuck behind it. The good news is that because there was still five to go Kenny was still eligible for a free lap since they didn’t end till the fourth lap. But after Kenny made it to the pit it was the fourth lap and they would not give him a free lap. Because of this Kenny would then move down to about 25th in the GC forcing us out of the money.

When the final last lap came and I was pretty cooked from covering everything that I didn’t have much left for the sprint so I had to settle for seventh.

At the end of the day BAR Elite totally got screwed at this race losing our GC positioning and the money that would go along with it. So I really hope that Joe Martin improves from this otherwise I might be racing somewhere else next April 26.

Quick Spin and We Are Off To The Joe Martin Stage Race In Fayetteville AR

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As I have been reporting all week, its been all about trying to recover from last weekends races and I have to be honest, I am feeling pretty good. I have a simple 1 hour ride with some openers, but due to the rain I am going to do them on my trainer and then head on out with my Dad and Rick Krepps.

I’m thinking we should be down in Fayetteville sometime around 7pm tonight where we are going to have a team dinner at noodles with Rick Krepps, Kenny Englert, a cool little Italian joint just outside of where we are staying. The bummer thing is we will not have John Frey with with us this year, he has been having some knee troubles and with a little luck will be back at it for the race in St. Louis in a couple of weeks time.

Speaking of hotel accommodations, the bummer part in bike racing is that as much as we travel, if we aren’t staying in host housing we are usually staying in motels like Travel Lodge. I don’t know why, but they seem to have found some kind of savings by cutting pillows in half. Seriously, they are like couch pillows and they suck! Someone needs to have a serious sit down with management there, because I have yet to meet anyone who thought that was a great idea. Come to think of it, I haven’t met too many people who haTravel Lodgeve actually stayed there either.

My solution…simple, I’m bringing my own pillow!

That’s the motel we are staying in on the right. Funny thing is that’s the best picture I have ever seen of that one. Now the parking lot looks more like a mine field. You need a SUV to navigate it.

Anyway, check in is between 7-10pm tonight which is when we will get our Time Trial start times. I hear that we actually have some late times, which is awesome and allows us all to sleep in. Its one of the perks to moving up in categories. Our road race will start several hours after the TT at 3pm and we will be racing 68 miles. So that’s it, its go time and I am just about as ready as I can be.

My Focus Was All About Recovery Today To Prepare For The Joe Martin Stage Race

Roller and Exercise BallAhhh it’s Monday and after a long weekend of racing it’s time to relax with the day off. In order to help the legs recover I decided to put the compression socks on and lay down for the rest of the day. Not to mention the hour of Hell with the foam roller. No seriously it was pure torture for the hour that I did it. But I will admit that the legs feel way better after rolling the knots out of the legs, so it was well worth the pain.

 

The reason for all the recovery is for this weekend’s race; otherwise known as the infamous “Joe Martin Stage Race”. This is by far one of the biggest races of the season, and one of the races I’m really targeting to win. Joe Martin Stage Race Day

With a good result last year finishing 4th, I am really gunning for this one, not to mention that this race could make your whole season if you won just a single stage but a good result in the GC could turn you into a legend.


The cool thing is that this year the city of Fayetteville has just recognized April 25th through April 28th as Joe Martin Stage Race Days. With this immense support from the city of Fayetteville this should be one of the best Joe Martins ever and I am pumped for it.   

Anyway, as Bubba Gump says; “that’s all I got to say about that.”