Joe to Pro Cycling

In 2009 I'd been inactive for 8 years, had just turned 30, weighed 240 lbs and had enough. This blog is the journey of starting brand new in the sport of cycling, regaining fitness and aiming to compete in the Elite ranks of Amateur racing.

Current Weight: 180 lbs

Road Cat: 2

Cyclocross Cat: 2


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    Welcome Chris to the Team!

    2013 was a fantastic year and going into 2014 we wanted to continue to provide the premium…

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    How you dress for the trainer when its 13 f in your garage. Ha!

    Nature is an old lady with few suitors these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms she rewards passionately.

    The Rider (Tim Krabbe)

    Anyone riding mid day today? I’ll be out maybe we can rock a few miles in OKC.

    Finally able to get some Festive 500 work in. Having strep early in the week makes finishing it unlikely. But we will see what I can do with 2 days left and 350 kilos to go!



    Stop. Enjoy the moment. Ride.

    My favourite time when riding is sometimes the time I stop to take it all in. Creation is a wonderful thing.

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    Bikelove projects. Another little thing we have made in the workshop. Replaces the nut on your QR and gives you somewhere else to mount a front light or camera. Versions for rear QR , solid axle hubs and frame/fork mounts coming soon.

    I love this idea!! Who else would use this?

    Bike Lab Holiday Hours and Sales

    The Christmas and New Year Season is on top of us! 

    We wanted to give everyone a quick update on…

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    Cat 2, the black hole of USAC development

    Its not as much USAC as it is race promotion realities. But in both road and cyclocross as soon as you upgrade to category 2 you are racing the highest level of elite after coming from the amateur ranks of Cat 3.

    This year I’ve watched guys who were great cat 3s last year and who raced all season be non existent. They are thrown in with pros and the top echelon and shelled right away - even though they’d easily podium in the previous group.

    Not trying to find the fix in this post, just acknowledge the disproportionate step into category 2 for both disciplines. Since the skill system is focused on development and I’ve seen guys with Cat 1 potential burn out from the jump to Cat2, it seems partially flawed. And seems to make the beginner categories Cat 5 completely irrelevant.

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