Saturday, January 27, 2018

Team Wheelsmith


As an 18 year old, I thought I won the lottery when I was asked to ride for Wheelsmith's Pro/Am team. It wasn't like Paul Willerton going to Team Z but it still had that magical moment for me. Andy just came off a 2nd place at the US Olympic Trails RR and Robert and Kristif both had a Polish national champion jersey in there duffle bag.  Here is a shot from the 1993 Redlands Bicycle Classic.

Top row: the original Shredlocks (mechanic), Brent Hansen (manager), Andy Lawsen, Esteban Fraga, Jimmy Robbinson, Robert Krysitaniak, Rob Parsons (coach)
Bottom row: Kristof Viart, Jake Hess, Mike Murray. 
Missing from photo: Andrea Peron, Trent Klasna, Dean Myer

For the record: we were sponsored by a small Ti frame manufacturer out of Mass called Merlin and we tested out the original electronic groupo via Mavic. At Tour of Willamette we had to basically dip our rear deraillers in silicone to ensure at least 3 cogs were accessible to us on the steep climbs.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

KOM training with Harry Gurnee

Craig and I figured it would be prudent to train as early as possible with the 2017 Yosemite Boogie KOM Harry Gurnee.  Based on how my legs feel after chasing him for 6.5 hours today, I'd say he is right on track to sneak off the front of Quimby this year and fend off the Texan Ian Moore. John C. Fremont Peak looming off in the distance...ouch.

For the record: I've only seen one other cyclist with femur's as long as Harry's (Talor Tolleson)