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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    The fact that this guy is clad in lycra and practicing in a velodrome shows just how serious he is about getting his beer as quickly as possible…

    — OTB

    I need this bike.

    (via theurbancyclist)


    We have the results from the first race dialed in - but a couple adjustments left on the Women’s side. We are scoring the women as 1/2, 3 and 4s this year. Congrats to all those who raced hard last weekend. Link to Results Spreadsheet We are getting ready for the next race in the series - the…


    This coming Sunday (10/14) in Wheeler Park, a fantastic location in downtown Oklahoma City by the river bike trails, is a cyclocross race for everyone - The Physician’s Optical River Cross hosted by VillainCX. Working with http://Oklahoma.CX we have a first timers race (or beginners) for anyone who is just starting in cyclocross and wanting to see what the experience is like! All you need is a bike, a helmet and a sense of fun and adventure to join us on Sunday. The beginner race costs are covered, you just need to fill out some info for race details and you are good to go!

    [Here is a link to Event Information - Registration - and the Event Flyer]

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    getting into the gym

    I am getting into the gym this fall to start adding into what I’m doing with cycling. It’s in the midst of cyclocross season, so I’m just getting adapted at first and not going heavy. Just reps in the major areas I want to work. Lifting for cycling is different then what I did in college football, both on reps and the specificity of cycling. 

    I’m also having fun though - this feels more natural to me then anything I’ve done so far cause of the years of experience with it. Using the Apple Reminders app to put a workout together (Daily Workout) to check each lift off as I go through it. Thinking of muscle groups that I “feel” when I ride hard - and putting efforts together to micmic how that muscle group is used. 

    Beyond the obvious of glutes, hamstrings and quads - definitely focusing on the stabilizing muscle groups. Abs and back - they are the foundation that let’s the legs give out power. Strong legs and weak stomach makes your back sting and hurt. Anyone doing cyclocross right now can be a witness to that. 

    What are you doing different this year for your training?
    Cat 3 Crew at the Start Devon stomping it out! Chris handling the barrier. Tony in action! Brandon laying the hammer Tommy on the fly


    The team’s first race of the year happened today. Lots of results all around. Great racing and strong showing everyone!

    Great first race team!


    The 3rd Annual Criss Cross, first race in the Oklahoma Cyclocross Grand Prix, is tomorrow! It’s bound to be a cold and blustery day, and if it rains it could get epic! Here are some pics from the same course after it rained last year - plenty of mud to go around!

    Here is a link to the event flyer - all registration is the day of. Get your season started, or try cross for the first time! See you there!

    How to keep riding your bike this Fall! Staying Warm to Enjoy the Ride (by charleysbicyclelab)


    Cyclocross and Embrocation go together like peanut butter and jelly! mmmm, PB&J.

    Ahem, anyways, when you are wanting to get warm before a ride or race, stay warmer during the ride, and have nice heat on your legs afterwards embrocation is IDEAL. We are thrilled at Villain CX to have Soigneur sponsoring us this year. We are going to be rocking their Embrocation and Chamois cream and kicking butt!

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