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.

Connor Brown

Connor Brown

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

2014 Joe Martin TT In The Books

IMG_81518178191220So today was the start of Joe Martin, and the first stage was an uphill power time trial, very short but with an average grade of 6.8% it was a tough one.

As I stated before I really wanted to get a good result here and what better way to start the race off than with a third place with over 100 riders starting today.

Right now I am only 9 seconds down on the leader; my friend Brian Dziewa won the time trial with an incredible 8 minutes and 43 seconds. Now thats fast!!

Warming Up.

Warming Up.

Overall I am very pleased with the results so far and can’t wait for the road race tomorrow!

Connor Brown

I wouldn’t have believed this if I hadn’t of lived it myself

Devils Den Time Trial:

 So this has been a time trial made for me. Completely up hill crazy hard, the way I like it. The weather for this was not the best we had a head wind with rain to makes things interesting. Once I started I felt pretty good and was going at a really good pace. Then it happened for some reason my big ring decided to dump on me and for the rest of the ride I couldn’t access my big ring. But the worst part was I lost all my momentum when the ring dumped the chain  Even after all this I still managed to pull out a solid time that would basically tie me for second.Connor Brown and Kenny Englert

Road Race

 Started off great I felt very good and decided that I wouldn’t animate the race until the second lap. Even though the race was constantly getting stopped and neutralized do to the cat threes playing leap frog with the masters, it was still fun.

Finally the second lap came and it was time to lock and load. I just attacked a couple of times to see what would happen. Then my attack came it was on a portion of the course that was uphill for like ten miles I went and drilled it doing about twenty six the only guy who could go with me was the Garmin development kid and he would not pull through for me. So after a really hard effort they finally brought me back but it was good because the moved dropped 18 guys.

 After another 25 miles or so we were getting down to about 15 miles out. That’s when it happened bam just like that I had no back wheel, it totally flatted. Once the wheel car finally got to me the group was about thirty seconds away from me. As the guy from the car got out and walked over I had to beg him to give me a wheel. As he finally brought wheel over I asked him if it was a junior cassette. He replied no and walked back over to the car and finally came back with a junior wheel. Then it took him two minutes to put the wheel on. He took so long that my teammate Rick came over and helped snap the wheel on.

 Now it was time to chase I went so hard my teammate just told me to go so thats what I did. As I went by the feed zone my Dad told me the group was only 35 seconds ahead. I then immediately amped the pace even more and was gaining on them. Then I came to the fork in the road and I asked them which way and the police and corner marshals told me to go straight. So I kept going and going and going until I ran into the “wall” which is one of the big climbs again and I thought to myself this cant be right so I turned around and went back to the fork in the road. This time I went the other way. But I didn’t know whether or not I was supposed to turn or keep going straight. About three more times of getting off the course I finally see the 1-2 field and I decide to follow them. At this point  I found my Dad who was basically out trying to find me since he realized I must have gotten told to go the wrong way.

 Once I finished I immediately protested that they (the cop and course marshall) had waved me through and that it was not my fault but apparently you shouldn’t listen to the police while you are racing. So no help there.

At the end of to day because of the debacle I am now thirty minutes off of the leader so I basically went from the top all the way to the bottom. I guess thats racing no matter how messed up it is.