The internal dialogue that was raging inside my head at 5:45 Sunday morning was leaning towards me sitting out of the Coppertown Circuit race that day, but for some reason my usual crutch of excuses were failing me. Looking for that extra push of motivation I asked my teammate Case (money-big-time) Fallon what he thought, only to be replied with a throwback picture of Renshaw leading out Cavendish, HTC days, with the caption “let’s do this”, right there I knew what I’d be doing with my Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »
I approached the weekend given the weather forecast with complaints and talk of being risk averse. Lately I’ve been trying to make better decisions given responsibilities I have or whatever should be focused on rather than going around in circles at 30 mph in a down pour on one inch of rubber. After much noise, I decide to race with the Data boys and indulge in some early season racing; rain, responsibilities, or not.
Bicycles Plus E3 Winter Criterium – Saturday February 8th, 2014
After riding up to Trailhead Coffee with the boss-man Nate Dunn I changed into a dry kit at Blue Ravine ten minutes before the race. Soaked when the whistle blows minutes later, let’s see who wants to race in the rain. I think I calmly took about half a lap of getting blasted in the face by rooster tails before deciding I would attack…the conditions were possessing me but my legs were telling me to chill the F out. Must have been about three or four attempts to get away then Mr. Garrett Marking put in a savvy little dig just before the speed zone (quick tail wind section on the backside) and I zipped up to him and figured we could give it a go, why not, who cares if we are only ten minutes into the race? Read the rest of this entry »
- It’s being organized by the crew at Folsom Bike. From Tri-Night to the amazing Town Center criterium, these folks always throw great events.
- The course is on the same roads we train on, except instead of riding by our lonesome – we’ll have 500 friends along for the spin.
- Burying the lead here, but Big George Hincapie is going to be there too. If there’s ever a time to give a run at the KOM on Prospector, it’s probably when George is tapping out tempo on the front.
Maybe most importantly though – we’re all excited that we can sleep in and still make the start (unlike Levi’s big ride in October). If you want to sign up, go to gcfondo.com to get registered.
While many teams experience at least some turnover year to year, with riders always looking for greener grass in the form of a better lead-out, a great bike deal, or more race reimbursement…our team kept every one of our riders and added two more, all while offering comparably very little in the way of material benefits.
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