CX1 Cares

This is an awesome way to introduce a new product and we all had a good time putting this all together. Laughed so hard I was crying when were were doing the first takes.

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Art of The Can

Even more epic stuff to see in the big city. Red Bull was doing an art exhibit where they had artists make sculptures out of strictly Red Bull cans. Pretty freakin awesome! There were so many good ones!! Very impressive to see the amount of time and the meticulous work that people have put into their designs.

You wouldn’t get to see stuff like this in Sactown…unfortunately.

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Tonight we got to go to the Blackhawks Game! I’d say it’s now a yearly tradition! This year I found some epic seats in the lower section, only about 10 rows up from the ice.

They were playing Tampa Bay and it was a super good game, went in to OT and then on to a shootout with the Hawks taking the win! We definitely got our money’s worth.

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Chi City

I always like to coming to Chicago. Big cities are fun and always have so much stuff going on and get to go see the crew at SRAM. I decided to take the day and walk around, kill time and enjoy the off day from riding to be a tourist. I went and got some super good lunch from this this Asian Fusion spot called Saucy Porka. Super good Bao Tacos that had BBQ short ribs in them…yeah tasty!

After that I walked from the financial district through Millennium Park and up to the River Walk, then down Michigan Ave. Nice way to kill the day.

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Derby City

Louisville is super rad! It is definitely one of my favorite spots to travel to and always has a cool vibe around the whole city. Good riding on road and off, good food, cool downtown. Yeah, pretty solid on all fronts.

This years course at Eva Bandman Park was so freaking awesome it’s not even funny…seriously though! It had turns of turns, cool jumps, epic off camber. What could be better. Saturday was a night race which I definitely am not a huge fan of. It just makes for a really long day. Plus hard to see conditions and a late night because you’re all wound up from racing for an hour at 8pm. But now I sound super negative so let’s just scratch that. The race actually went super well after getting a not so good start off of the third row and being in 30ish position through the first lap. The legs really felt good and the course was flowing for me, so I just started picking guys off. Ended up finishing 11th which it freaking awesome and might be my best UCI C1 result to date.

Day 2 was just as good but almost had a carbon copy of the start…yikes, need to work on those starts a bit I guess. Ended up rolling around all race with Adam Craig and we were having a blast just slaying the course. Riding stairs, hitting jumps, all the fun stuff you not supposed to be able to do on CX bikes. I finished up 10th and was able to score 1 UCI point and make it a successful weekend. I’m super stoked everything is falling into position and man it is fun to do well!!

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3x The Fun

This weekend was the always awesome Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival. It’s 3 days of racing on 3 different courses at 3 different venues. It’s fun and challenging and Saturday’s race is a night race to top it all off. Super fun. I started the weekend off on the right foot and finished the Race in Harbin Park off with an unbelievable 5th. The rain came down and made for some true cross conditions and a great time. So good to finally get some slick courses.

Saturday night the temperature dropped down into the high 30’s and it was time to pull out the thermal skinsuit and leg warmers. Completely different conditions with it being dry and fast. I was still able to put together a great of racing and finish off with a 13th after it coming down to a sprint with Todd Wells to the line.

Sunday was the most technical course we may have ever raced on in the US. The amount of mental focus it required was unbelievable. Tons of off-camber, crazy steep run ups and a tight and narrow chute descent that was so much fun. I was feeling pretty smoked after 2 hard days of racing thus far but once again got a good start and was able to settle into a nice group and finish out the weekend with a 10th!

All in all one of my best weekends of racing yet with scoring points all three days! So much fun. Next Stop Louisville

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Gateway to the West…or Midwest?

I flew out to St. Louis on Friday for a solid weekend of racing at the Gateway Cup. When I got in the weather was perfect and it looked like it was gonna be a beautiful weekend of racing. I was staying with some friends and he was nice enough to pick me up at the airport, little did i know it was gonna be in his bitchin’ ’64 Impala! We couldn’t fit the bike case in the trunk which was probably big enough to stuff more than a few dead bodies in…haha. So we decided just to put it in the back seat which made it even funnier. We’re just cruising down the highway with the top down and the bike hanging out the back seat!

The weekend of racing wasn’t ideal for me. I didn’t get a chance to ride on Friday and spent most of the day sitting on a plane which didn’t help. Saturday’s race I felt super sluggish and just couldn’t really feel the power in my legs. I did get the holeshot, which was cool, but the course had zero tech stuff so I quickly blew up and dropped the anchor pretty hard to finish up 20th…ugghh. Unfortunately, I could somewhat feel that that was gonna be the case as I was pre-riding.

Luckily, Sunday went much better. I was still feeling slightly sluggish but nothing like the day before. I decided to go a bit easier off of the start and was sitting top 3 though the first few turns. On lap 2, had a little bobble and lost some spots, and was forced to chase to stay in that top 10. I sat in 12th for most of the race but ended up finishing 13th after battling on a big horsepower course.
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Off Day Exploring

Took an off day and decided to head into the city to do some tourist stuff. Walked through Boston Common, checked out the Bronze Statue of George Washington. The Boston Marathon finish line was pretty rad. Went over to Cambridge and saw Hahvahd Yahd, and ate some pizza at Otto. You know I had to track down the local sneaker shops. Found a few good ones.
We walked into one running shoe store and that had a pair of original Oregon Waffles in the UofO colorway. It took some convincing but they finally let me pull it down. So Sick!!!

The funniest part was that Colt was asking me at lunch what would be one pair of shoes I would want if I could get anything out there. And I said a pair of unworn Original Oregon Waffles.
Solid afternoon of being a tourist.






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Devine Providence

Day 2…what a world of difference from yesterday. As soon as the sun came up we had clear skies and nothing but warm temps. This made the course dry out quickly and made for one of the fastest average speed races I’ve done in a while. Our race was basically two groups of 7-10 guys rolling around as if it was a road race. Totally different dynamic than the day before. I got off to a good start and settled into a chase group of about 3 guys rolling around in 12-15ish and was working with those boys for most of the race. With about 3 to go, I ended up starting to feel it and dropped back into a group of about 6 that I rolled with until the finish. Ended up 20th on the day. Not my best result but good considering the conditions and how the race was playing out.

I was able to walk around and snaps some pics while some of the other races were going on and before I got out to pre ride. Gives a good perspective of the venue and how these bigger races layout. This venue is probably one of the coolest out there!!
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