A Mid Season "Break"

The racing season kicked off about a month ago with a little bit of a reorganized schedule for the national cycling calendar. For the first time we started the season with the Tour of the Gila, a classic stage race in New Mexico that I have raced many times. Our new GC man, Serghei, finished second on the final stage and second overall.

After that it was off to California for the Redlands Bicycle Classic, another good early season race that I have also raced many times. Once again Serghei delivered winning the opening stage and taking the first yellow jersey. That meant that we were riding the front for him on the first road stage.

While Serghei couldn't hold onto the jersey on the tough uphill finish, he still finished up high in the overall for the week.
And then finally we come to the main event, the Amgen Tour of California, the biggest bike race in the country, the most important bike race that our team will race in 2017, and one of my biggest goals for the season. Ben kicked…

Kicking The Season Off

We are back from our Southern California training camp, we had some great weather and lots of good riding and racing. We wrapped up the week with the San Dimas Stage Race, where our teammate Jordan rode to second overall and we had several stage podiums as well. Here's a little video from our team time trialing practice:

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Wrapping up the Fat Bike Season

This winter the fat bike race scene really blew up, there were tons of awesome races all over Colorado. We started the race season off with the Fat Bike Open in Breckenridge. January kicked off with the Ullr Bike on the nordic center here in Breckenridge. It was a combo of fast groomed XC trails and some soft technical single-track. I gambled a bit and ran low pressure and I was suffering and getting dropped on the fast road section but was able to make it all back up and more on the soft single-track. In the end I was able to hold on for the win by just a few seconds.

The end of January brought the biggest races of the season the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte. I finished second in the World Championship race last year and I was there to try to improve to the top step of the podium. The weather was sunny but absolutely freezing cold. Highs in the single digits meant we were all very bundled up in my Pearl Izumi kit.

The first race was the opener race, 8 laps on a short…

Fat Bike Season Begins

As 2016 wraps up, the fat bike season begins. After having a great time racing my bike in the winter last year I was pumped to get back on my Scott Big Ed fat bike again. The weather was unseasonably warm in October and November which meant I was riding my road bike outside until the middle of November in Breckenridge! Crazy. And then the week of Thanksgiving the snow started to fall for reals and winter proper is now on.
To beat the winter blues I have been running and riding my fat bike, plus I just got a new trainer from one of team's great sponsors: Kinetic. I will be rock and rolling on this thing all winter.

But this weekend was the first fat bike race of the season, thanks to MavSports. The Fat Bike Open was the first single-track fat bike race that I have done, normally the races are on wide groomed trails, but the single-track added a nice element of excitement and made handling and positioning even more important and made the race feel much more like a mountain bike ra…

End of the Season

My final race of the season was the Ridgeline Rampage down in Castle Rock in the middle of September. A longer marathon style mountain bike race meant that I would be flying the Tokyo Joe's colors and riding my Scott Spark bike. Being a later season race the field was a bit smaller but still strong. We narrowed the race down to 4 guys on the first lap of 16 miles. At the start of the second lap I made my move and got a small gap. I would hold that small gap for the next 30 or so miles - just 10 to 15 seconds over 2nd place. It was quite the battle. But then with just a few miles remaining, disaster struck and I dropped my chain. I had to get of the bike to fix it, and boom, I was in 2nd place. And that is where I would finish. Not the win I was looking for, but still good and a really hard race.
With the last race completed, the off season begins. Which means lots of fun riding, especially on my mountain bike! We were in Crested Butte for a wedding this past weekend, and somehow …

Breck Epic 2016

Last week was the Breck Epic, the sweetest 6-day mountain bike race that I know of. And it happens to be in my backyard. With an awesome set of mountain bike sponsors - Tokyo Joe's, Scott Bikes (and helmet and shoes!), FSA Components, Pearl Izumi, Clif Bar, and Rocky Mounts I knew I had to race. I have done the race several times in the past but after the Tour of Utah I knew I had some good fitness, plus now that we are living full-time in Breck, it was just a short ride from my house to each and every stage.
The first stage started well, I rode a little more conservatively than in the past and around the halfway point I had caught the two leaders, Wells and Finsterwald (who happen to be two of the best mountain bikers in America). I held on for dear life on the downhills and we started the final long climb together. However, in our extreme pace (I was a bit cross eyed) we missed a trial marker and continued up the climb. We ended up climbing Humbug Hill - a dangerously steep cli…

Road Catch Up

So, you might have noticed I have been missing in action here. But we were doing tons of sweet racing recently, so I feel somewhat justified. Here's a quick recap of the road racing we did in the past month. First off was the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon back during the final week of July. The team had a really great week there. I was 2nd on the first stage, Lachlan and Jacob were 1st and 2nd on the third road stage and Lachlan finished in 2nd overall. I ended up finishing in 7th overall and winning the KOM jersey. Here I am on the final jersey podium:

And a little interview post race:

After that we spent a week in Utah preparing for the Tour of Utah, and we even did a little TV interview. Then it was on to racing starting August 1st. The first half of the racing started off quiet but the Jelly Belly team hit the gas on the third stage and we blew the race to pieces and our man, Lachlan was able to finish it off and crush the competition. Then it was up to us as his tea…