Our Beloved Maurice "beep beep BEEP BEEEEEP BEEEEEEP!!!" "C'mon, the sun isn't even out yet." "BEEEEEEEP BEEEEEP BEEEEP, WAKE UP!!!" "Ughhh, fine!!! (grumble grumble grumble) Happy now?"

"Welcome back to bike racing season, Shawn."

Well, after having a conversation with my alarm clock I decided it was time to have a conversation with my coffee press.

Fast forward…

In Fremont, heart beating. "Bike race parking." "Yeh-ah!" I get to join the orange vest crews alongside Maurice to help mentor the fresh blood. I swear there were 150 people there. It was amazing. I get paired up to mentor a group of 20 with help from one of my upcoming junior stars, Ellis Anderson. We're off and I'm leading the group down the middle of the road to test out "bike bronco" on the always feared, bot dots. "Yee-hah!"

Our next task, get a group of riders, many who have been afraid of riding in a group to feel comfortable riding inches from each other and rotate in a steady paceline. Ellis was a rockstar, helping control both the front and the back of the group. The pacelines were absolutely beautiful. I swear they were smoother than some of my breakaway companions in the pro/1/2 fields. It looks like the future of cycling is looking bright!

- Shawn Rosenthal