Val di Sole World Cup

On Sunday, I finished in 14th place at the Val di Sole World Cup. While I’ve done better on paper during the 2016 season (6th in Ste Anne and 12th in Cairns), the races where I performed last year were less attended and the percentage of time I finished behind the leaders was greater. Simply put, this past weekend showed I’ve made some progress in closing that gap to the front of the race.

Posted on August 30, 2017 and filed under Mountain Biking.

Turing around the 2017 race season.

I’ve decided to start writing a blog post to combat some late afternoon jet lag fatigue. TJ is currently napping which I simply cannot do if I hope to get on any sort of schedule. Our Trans-Atlantic travel fatigue was also compounded by today’s tough training ride, which came right on the heels of a French Cup race yesterday and a short road trip from Montgenèvre, France to Finale Ligure, Italy.

Posted on August 22, 2017 and filed under Mountain Biking.

Hand surgery.

My Dad drove me down to Colorado Springs for surgery and the procedure was a huge success. Dr Kobayashi was able to repair my existing ligament so I didn't need a full reconstruction. For surgery, I chose to be heavily sedated instead of undergoing a general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist said my request wasn't very common although it seemed like a no-brainer to me since I'd avoid a breathing tube and be able to leave the surgery center quicker. Honestly, I was out the whole time and don't remember much!

Posted on June 20, 2017 and filed under Mountain Biking.

2017 World Cups: Nove Mesto and Albstadt

Finishing felt good. It seemed like an immediate antidote for the disappointment I felt. But I kept myself together afterwards and so far on this trip home; which hasn't even been that hard. In bike racing, you just never know how an experience will end, however much you try to anticipate the challenges and control the variables.

Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Mountain Biking.

OPINION: PUBLIC LANDS CRITICAL TO OLYMPIC DREAMS

As I headed to Rio to compete in mountain biking at the Olympics, I found myself reflecting on all the factors that led to realizing this dream. Mountain biking is an outdoor sport and requires access to nature and trails. As an American, I am guaranteed access to the outdoors thanks to our spectacular system of public lands.

Posted on September 24, 2016 and filed under Mountain Biking.

California US Cup Racing

Once again I’m typing while flying. This time I’m somewhere over the southern Pacific in a Boeing 777, headed for touchdown in Sydney where I catch one last flight to Cairns, QLD for the World Cup opener (watch it live here). I’m just past the mid-way point in my five-weekend racing block and time is starting to fly (it’s like I’m missing a day or something. oh wait, that happens when you fly to Australia!).

Posted on April 19, 2016 and filed under Mountain Biking.