My Teammate Kenny Put The Smack Down On The Field Today At The Tour of KC

Team Celebration Dinner

Victory Dinner at Next Door Pizza

Quick little update, since I’m very tired and want to hit the hay as soon as possible.

Yesterday was a good race for me, but got chased down on every move I went so I had to settle for 4th place, but I’ll take it.

As for today, I had an awesome race today and as a team, my teammate John got the prime today as me and Kenny blocked the rest of the guys.

Then to top it all off Kenny made a great counter move while me and and my teammate John hit the front to block for him as he sprinted for a fantastic win. Way to go Kenny!!!!

After that we went to Next Door Pizza restaurant to celebrate as a team.

The floodgates are now open and the wins are going to come pouring in, so I can’t wait to hit it again tomorrow.

Previewed Friday Nights Tour of KC Course This Evening

Well today was a very interesting day for me.

I started bright and early with an hour and a half of motor pacing, because I missed my race yesterday due to the rain, so I really needed to get in some good race like efforts. Unfortunately, I am not the best morning person and brainlessly ate a big bowl of cereal right before I left for motor pacing. This clearly was a terrible thing because after the first effort I could start to feel my “calco crunch” and “rolled oats” start to creep its way back up.

Feeling this way I was not in the preferred condition to do race efforts but still pushed through any ways. But at the end of the ride I was happy to be able to get some race simulations in.Connor Brown, Kent Woermann, Kelly Skinner

After that I came back home and ate a lite breakfast and then switched some tread on my wheels and headed out for another hour, before I would meet up with my Dad, Kent, and Kelly at Gustos Coffee Shop to head over to Cliff Drive to see the course for Friday nights race.

Once I was done with my hour, which all I did was laps around the Tour of KC Saturday course, I rendezvous with the gang and headed out to cliff drive.

When we finally arrived we unloaded the bikes and set off to preview the course. On the first time through there was a bit of confusion and we ended up scrambling around a couple of times, but when we finally got through the course once we were pretty familiar with it.

After a couple of more laps we came to the decision that the course was to dangerous to do. The reason being is that there was a metal sheet placed right in the middle of the fastest and most dangerous turn on the course, not to mention that it was the last turn to the scheduled finish.

For this reason we had to call up all the chiefs in charge and figure out how to fix the course.

While this was going down Kent and I decided to play around on the old Cliff Drive hill and did a couple of fun lead outs and sprints up it.

At the end of the day I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to race this weekend at the Tour of KC!

Bummer About Worlds Tonight…Who’s Racing The Tour of KC?

We ended up giving the Tuesday night Worlds a shot tonight, but ended up bailing when it started to rain and lightning. I was pretty bummed out since its one of my favorite things to do during the week, but oh well, right?

I was basically preparing myself all day for Tuesday night worlds and the second we get there like I just mentioned is it starts to rain so we sat there for a bit and waited…and waited…finally my Dad and I decide that we better start heading home and that I might be able to catch a Lees Summit group ride, but wouldn’t you know it, the second we hit the highway we were greeted graciously with 5:55pm traffic. We just couldn’t catch a break!

Tour of KC Starts This Friday!

Tour of KC Starts This Friday!

I’ll tell you something else, if I have learned one thing today it’s how stupid other drivers in KC. I literally felt like I was stuck inside a zoo that let all the animals out of their cages. It was complete chaos.

People would be pulling out into on-going traffic and barely miss getting hit as the car that is trying to dodge it goes flying into the other lane almost causing a huge pile up.

Its like all the sudden because we have a cloud over us that people forget how to drive.

Even worse was once we were a mile away from the house we looked back over to where the crit was and it was clear. You could see that it just got out of the cloud and was crystal clear fifteen minutes before race time. I was so mad that we called it off but there was no turning around.

So the next issue was whether or not it was actually going to rain over here, so I decided not to take a chance and decided to go ahead and ride the roller.

The worst part was is that it barely even rained in our area, so basically this entire day was wasted due to Missouri and Kansas bipolar weather. Sheesh!

My plan is that I am  going to make up for my lost race workout tomorrow morning around 8:30am with some speed work via motor pacing with my dad.

I will more than likely do just over an hour of motor pacing and then head back home in order to ride later in the afternoon with Rick for an easy hour and a half. After that we are going to meet up with Kent Woermann around 6:15 and go pre-ride the Friday night crit course to get a good idea of what to expect.

Tour of KC

Here’s the Lowdown On The US Selection Camp And How It All Shook Out; Its All Fantastic!

So the past week that I spent in AZ was awesome. I had just a ton of fun riding with the best juniors in the nation. Although the beds and pillows at Northern Arizona University aren’t the most comfortable things in the world, its an absolute awesome campus.

It was so cool riding in Flagstaff seeing mountains all around us in the background. One of the places that we were doing a race was surrounded by mountains including Snow Bowl on each side of the course which made for a very cool racing scenery.Flagstaff Snow Bowl

Now I will say that I wish Flagstaff would work on there pavement problems its been a whole year since the last time I was there and its only gotten worse. Everywhere that we would need to get to we would have to go over the roughest pavement on the planet. Not only does it beat up the bike but really cakes the thing in dirt.

So on the last day at camp all I had left to do was an exit interview.

During the interview I was asked what I liked about the camp and what I think they could improve on and the only thing I could think of was giving us a day to blow our lungs out at altitude before our first time trial but that was it.

After talking about that they told me about my performance. They said that they were very impressed at how fast I have adapted and grown in the sport since this is only my second season of racing. Then we talked a bit about the teams and they said that they wanted the A and B team to be as balanced as possible and that they wanted to put me on the “A Team” but they needed a work horse instead of a GC contender.

So because they didn’t want me to be a bottle shleper or one of their other GC contenders to be a bottle shleper they had decided they wanted me to be on the “B team” so I could go for the win. They also told me about how even the A and B teams are and that they were trading people in and out until they found something they liked. They said that we had so much talent here that this was the first time that they were going to take three teams instead of the two. So at the end of the day the US will be sending three teams to Abitibi this year.

As for today, I had a two hour easy spin to wake the legs up after the long drive. So I met up with Rick for a cruise. Once there he showed me the TT bike that he was going to let me use and it is sweet! Its super fast too, you can do high twenties on it not even trying.

While we were riding we stopped by the shop and David hooked me up with a quick thirty minute test run with the new Cannondale Evo and I have to say that it is a rocket. I could feel the stiffness so much that I felt as though I wasn’t losing any power in the pedal transfer. The result is that your speed would just explode every time you would jump out of the saddle or amp the pace up a bit.

Lets not forget about the Di2 electronic shifting as well, it is just insanely cool. It has this feature that when you cross chain it will automatically adjust so that there is no rubbing whatsoever, plus you will never drop a chain with this bad boy. All in all it’s a great bike.

So this weekend I have the Tour of KC and its going to be so much fun. I just can’t wait to start racing again. Last year I had a blast and this year should be even better so definitely come down and race or watch.