REDLANDS

Hey guys Just wanted to tell you all about Redlands it was a really good race for the team and for me personally.  Got my first top 10 in an nrc (National race Calendar ) race and first top 20 GC in an nrc race. Hope to really keep this momentum rolling for the next few races.   I have a couple videos here giving you my recollection of generally what went down.  I left lots out due to time but these are long any way so enjoy.  Also i put in a couple links to watch the live feed if you want to as well as a few links to show you the crashes in the crit. lots to see on this post but they are worth it because REDLANDS. 

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These guys killed it this last week.

Go to this link to watch the full sunset loop race its long but a cool race to watch: http://cyclingtips.com/2016/04/video-exclusive-streaming-of-the-32nd-redlands-bicycle-classic/

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Host house dog

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The Sherif 

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Kaler Crushing it 

Crit Crash /\

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Erik not looking homeless in this photo

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off the front at the crit

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Reese was the greatest getting us pumped for the races and beating us at Wii

Another one Eric was here /\

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Heading home to trade this Sick BMW for my Corolla.

Nationals, and a bit of Knoxville

Where to begin.. so, the last week has flow by with 2 ridiculously hard races and some incredible riding in between.  I left home Saturday May 24th for Chattanooga, TN for the Professional Road Race National Championship.  Although it is my second year as a pro it is my first time going to nationals.  Last year I decided to stop myself on a descent 50 mph with my knee a few weeks before. Needless to say I wasn't ready to race.  This year however, I was ready.    

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We had 8 guys ready to start this years road race: Max Jenkins, Peter Olejniczak, Monk Freehery, Hogan Sills, Jake Sitler, Jake Silverberg, Stephen Hyde, and myself.  We had a pretty straight forward plan but to sum it up we wanted to have someone in the breakaway and if we didn't get someone in the breakaway we needed to get someone into it quickly.  The race has 4 loops in downtown Chattanooga followed by some longer loops with a 4 km climb averaging 8% grade.  The race then finished with 3 more small loops back in downtown.  

 Preride of the course with Sam from LiteSpeed 

Preride of the course with Sam from LiteSpeed 

The race started full gas from the start.  Our guys were trying to get into a break and some of us covered some moves early on but, of course as luck or chance would have it even with 8 guys we missed the early break of 15 or so.  Not awesome.  So we tried to launch a couple guys up to close the gap and no one made it. Stephen gave it a couple of solid efforts. Max got a few of us to the front to do some work to keep the break close. Hogan was a work horse up there with help from some of the others.  At the same time Jake Sitler got a flat. (Jake is a great climber so we really wanted him there cause he had the potential to really make it to the finish strong).  Monk gave up a wheel to be quick and also gave up his race at the speed we were going.  I waited to pace Jake back to the field.  At this point Hogan and Silverberg were still riding the front heading to the climb.  Max set a hard tempo up the climb and at that time a couple guys got dropped from the break which gave some other teams some of the responsibility to chase.  At this point we were down to 4 but still in a good way.  That changed quickly with some bad luck; Stephens Front Mec wasn't working so he stopped to fix it and had to chase, which burned a lot of matches to make it back and Sitler drank something bad and his race was over with violent barfing.   It was down to Max and I up the climb for the third time. Max made it easily up the climb.  I was about 10 seconds behind the group  but i never made it back.  I have tons of excuses for why I didn't: allergies, asthma, or maybe just the long climb got in my head.  Anyway, I was bummed since I know I can do better.  Max had the ride of the day finishing 17th after crashing in the rain that started in the last hour of the race.   It was not our best race for a lot of different reasons but that just makes us more willing to put in the work for the next few races in the coming weeks. 

 Max on the ground but got up amd finished strong. 

Max on the ground but got up amd finished strong. 

Watch full race here.

 

After the race we spent the next few days in Knoxville, Clay Murfet's home town here in the states.  I didn't really know what to expect from the place but its an awesome place for riding a bike. Great winding narrow roads with very little traffic are all over the place making it a great place to unwind after a hard race.  Come ride there it's awesome. 

 

 

 

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San Dimas, Redlands, Joe Martin and Life.

Of course im like 3 months behind on my blog.  Well because i have no real good reason other than school and way to many shows that im watching on hulu and netflix. ( let me know if you need a recommendation).  Anyway the first racing block of the season is over for me while im home for a few weeks training for the next big block.  

So looking back to the fist few races ill give you some highlights not to be to boring.  First was Team camp in Florida.  it was pretty fun getting to meet the whole team lots of new riders with lots of stuff to learn. Florida is pretty cool except for the crummy drivers, humidity, old people and apparently no one their drinks fresca ( im on a fresca kick right now).  Leaving florida we headed strait o cali for the San Dimas stage race.  First night in cali we had a fun trip in a hooker van to Englewood to lets say a pretty sketchy hotel.  With a few of the guys freaking out and rented a car to get out of there i did the noble thing and left all the young new guys for the comfort of our host house in San Dimas Tom.  ( sorry again Dan, Jake and Jake). 

 

 team camp Tampa 

team camp Tampa 

The race went ok for the first real race as a team together. It was a bummer that  Jake and Jake both crashed out during the road race.  Then we spent the next week chilling in San dimas at our awesome host Tom Mee's house. it was a great week training on GMR and baldy getting ready for redlands. 

Redlands as always is one of the best races of the year. The community is so involved and the organization is always top notch, not to mention that it is the first race on the National Race Calendar so every one come to it with guns a blaz'in.  Day one was highland Circut race the teams plan was to set up Clay for the Sprint ( since Bretch was out with a broken collarbone) while Sitler and I were suppose to try and get in any potential moves that went away and get some KOM points if possible.  On the first lap I was right close to the front so when we went up the climb for the first KOM points is was right there and just went for it although doing so pretty much killed me for the next 8 ish laps of the race there was no way i was going for the second KOM points but lucky Sitler was all over the moves that went during that time.  He was brought back and lucky for me I was again in the right spot and got in the next move 5 of us rolled away and when the next KOM chance came they were not all that interested so i went for it again taking second because Brendan Rhim was up the road ( the kid is on fire).  The break got caught with about 2 laps to go.  As I came through the finish I thought got the KOM jersey but I wasnt sure we waited around and sure enough I got the jersey.  I was super stoked to say the least.  Now it was time to defend it.  

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Sounds easy but well it is not.  Stage 3 was the next place that there were KOM points for grab and well all I can say it OUCH!.  I went for the points both times blowing way to much energy way before the KOM and didnt end up with any points and was pretty disappointed.  One thing about racing that is awesome about it that after every race you can learn something and well I can say i learned alot.  Ive never been in the position to defend like that and although I failed miserably i learned alot and will be a better rider because of it.  the rest of the race was relatively uneventful but as always a blast. 

Joe Martin Is always fun and fast has crazy sprint finishes. This year was no different other than i was mush more confident in the front of the field drilling it with the sprinters and their teams. It felt just like all those one board camera videos that are going around ( here) yelling, throwing elbows and shoulders it pretty awesome and terrifying, there seemed to be lots of crashes ( clay went down to break another wrist) but lucky I want involved in any and had a great race sprinting to 13th on one stage.  For sure a confidence boost that I can hang and sprint.  

Now im home with my awesome Wife and dog just training before I leave to nationals.  Im really not good at this blog stuff so leave me feed back on how to make it more interesting or worth reading one day i might be ok at doing it.  till next time 



Winter well Kinda

Generally as a cyclist I dread January and February in Utah, although snow and cold is beautiful and makes for the greatest skiing on earth it means endless hours on the indoor trainer or as most would prefer to call it self inflicted torture.  Ok, its not that bad really you get to watch a lot of TV, or you can join Plan 7 House of Watts run by Coach Dave Harward ( and if your lucky me as an instructor).  But 2015 is Has been a little different its been closer to 60's most days the last month than to the normal 20 to 30's.  It been amazing and made me feel a bit like some one from NorCal and for the first time in a couple winters I haven't wanted to leave for Cali or any warm southerner place. Any way it has been a pretty good winter so far with lots of Audible being listened to, tans lines starting a bit early and still fully stocked on Embro. The impending drought doesn't seem to bad right now I've been enjoying my semi-green grass these past few weeks and I fight to keep it green during the summer any way if every one else has brown grass too it will just save me a lot of time.