Henleyville Road Race (E3)

Henleyville Road Race (E3)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin

Last race of the season, and I had never raced so far away, so how could I say no to waking up at 4:20am, drive for 2.5h and race my bike one last time for the 12th Henleyville Road Race? I couldn’t, so here I was on I5, eating a plain bagel and drinking coffee, determined to make it to the hall of fame of Velopromo races. ….

Cal Cup 2018 (P1/2)

Cal Cup 2018 (P1/2)

In the photo: Chris Craig

With the 2018 season coming to a close I am happy to say I was able to take home the Cal Cup! The Cal Cup is an omnium of last ten major races in the Velo Promo season. The competition was tight and we needed to perform well, at least 7th place, at the final race (Oakland Grand Prix) to lock it down. …..

NCNCA District TT Championship (Elite 1/2/3)

NCNCA District TT Championship (Elite 1/2/3)

Written by: Emile Goguely (In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin, tied on time with Emile :)

With a shortened road season and loads of time on the TT bike I decided to target the district time trial championship. The event was meant to happen in Esparto but the location became Athlone just south of Merced. Not a fan of last minute changes and vague course description but this played into my favor as I still had college friends from UCM and that was an opportunity for me to be in town. ….

Giro di San Francisco (Masters 35+ 4)

Giro di San Francisco (Masters 35+ 4)

In the photo: Marco Lei

The Giro di San Francisco is one of my favorite crits of the season. It’s local, technical, with railroad tracks, lots of potholes and cracks, a small up hill and typically a large field – everything a crit racer could wish for.  With the podium finish two days prior, I’m coming into this race with high hope of getting good results. This race has always felt special to me. I ride these roads every morning as my office is right outside the race course. ……

Red Kite Omnium Finale (E2/3)

Red Kite Omnium Finale (E2/3)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin

This was my second race of the day, and should have been my “celebratory” roll-out as I had secured the 2/3 Red Kite Omnium overall. I was joined by Mikal Davis and Michael Kurnik, determined to fool around. But deep inside me, I wasn’t completely happy about one thing though: I hadn’t won any mass start race of the Red Kite 2/3 this season. ……

Red Kite Omnium Finale (E3/4)

Red Kite Omnium Finale (E3/4)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin


I came into this race with the sole ambition to help my teammates Ingmar Jungnickel and Mikal Davis to improve/defend their positions in the Red Kite Omnium general classification. Dante Lobue and Michael Kurnik were also there to support our two leaders. Ingmar was sitting in third in the Omnium and was closely watched by riders occupying the 2nd and 1st places. He had to get a couple of primes to be able to win the overall so we knew from the start that it would be a hard task. ….

Red Kite Summer TT (P1/2)

Red Kite Summer TT (P1/2)

In the photo: Emile Goguely

Having invested a considerable amount of time on time trialing capabilities I decided to race the Tempus Fungit to see where I stacked against other time trialist. The course is a 11miler out & back with the out leg rolling slightly up. I was ready to try a different strategy and different gear this time around. ….

Red Kite Summer TT (E2/3)

Red Kite Summer TT (E2/3)

In the photo: Mathias Jacquelin

This was my second time riding the mighty Red Kite Omnium Tempus Fugit Time Trial up and down Cull Canyon in the Elite 2/3 category. That is a long name to explain what needed to be done: go as fast as you can up the hill, turn back, and instead of recovering, go as fast as you can down the hill.

I had won the E2/3 on this course for the spring edition on my faithful Merckx with clip-on bars. …..

Suisun Harbor Criterium (P1/2)

Suisun Harbor Criterium (P1/2)

In the picture: Chris Craig

Feeling:

After being tangled in a crash, no real injuries, and trying to chase back on the day prior at Dunningan I pulled the plug after lap one and decided to save it for the crit the next day.

Plan:

This course is notorious for a split/big break. The goal was to stay near the front and try and keep either Travis M or myself fresh for a reduced field sprint. …..

Red Kite Bump CR (E2/3)

Red Kite Bump CR (E2/3)

In the photo: Chris Craig

After way too long, I’ve finally won my first race! Definitely hooked to bike racing now, nothing quite like the feeling of coming across the line in first. Wanted to thank Mike’s Bikes and our other sponsors for their support. Especially wanted to thank my teammates Travis Mceuen, Mathias Jacquelin, and Matt Swartwout for pulling the right moves to ensure we landed a win.

Brisbane Crit (E2/3)

Brisbane Crit (E2/3)

In the photo: Chris Craig

Brisbane was a warmup crit after 2-3 weeks of travel and Europe and unstructured training. The course has some very technical turns (especially a sharp 90-degree turn) and definitely was expected to have lots of surges. Decided to give the 2/3 a "go" before racing the P1/2. We had a strong Mike’s Bikes presence in the race: Mathias Jacquelin, Ben Marshall, James Grady, Theo Goguely, and Arnaud Borner (plus a few more)…

Davis 4th of July Crit (E3)

Davis 4th of July Crit (E3)

In the photo: Ingmar Jungnickel

This win meant a lot to me...

I am an engineer at Specialized and was part of the team that designed the new Venge that was released to the public the day before. While I already had my bike for a couple months, I could only take it out for solo rides, so I had no race experience on the new bike…