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Category Archives: Devin Clark’s 2014 Racing Season
St Louis native, and Cannonball/Hub Racing alumni Devin Clark is racing his first season as a Professional in 2014. He has signed on to Athlete Octane Cycling for the season, and has agreed to keep his St Louis friends updated on his season with race reports on this website. 2014 Athlete Octane Schedule Tweet
Walterboro, Spartanburg and Gaffney Coming into Walterboro, we were rested but unsure of how the week was going to play out since all the other teams were similarly rested. The real question was whether or not we would be able to keep Dan on his roll of winning races since he had won the first two Speed Week races. Three in a row was a tough goal to set, but after the first two, it was beginning to be easier and easier to imagine. Walterboro has 6 corners and is pitch black in some spots. There are times when you … Continue reading
Athens Twilight is probably the best attended criterium in the country. The town of Athens gets behind the race in a big way. The 1k course is lined all the way around 6 deep. I know because when it was time to stage, I could barely get through to the course. A spectator helped me to push through the crowd to the fence where I could get onto the course. Crazy. The big story of this race is a wreck that involved a moto and an unconscious rider and then a pile-up as a result of the moto. Chad explained … Continue reading
Winston Salem was a brutal race. it was one I had marked on the calendar hoping to do well. Coming off a rough start to the season, I had modified my goal to just do the races and see how I felt. The weekend has two races, the Winston Salem North Carolina UCI road race and the NCC crit. They are relatively new to the calendar. At 120 miles, the 7 mile circuit road race is one of the longest and highest ranked one day races in the country. It has a good payout and the course is not only … Continue reading
The Charlotte Novant Health Criterium is the bike racing equivalent of the game shows where people go into a plastic box and grab as much money as they can while it blows around. They put $40,000 out with half in mid-race prime sprints. That means that basically every other lap is a sprint. Add to that 8 narrow corners with 2 wide open straights and you have a course that is throttle on the whole time. I was sick, so it was tough for me to do much. The interesting part of the race was that Holloway made a small … Continue reading
The San Dimas Stage Race was an eye-opener. It consisted of 3 events: a 4 mile uphill TT, a shortened 84 mile circuit race which ended up being 70 miles since they had to check the dam for earthquake damage, and a pretty straight forward 6 corner criterium. The four mile TT was rough, as I would say that my personal strength and body type are not suited to uphills or time trials. My teammate Chad Hartley beat me by one tenth of a second which he was sure to tell me. Based on his power data, and using my … Continue reading
Training Camp was a long week where we got our bikes, had them fitted to us, did some long training rides and then capped it off with the Tucson Bicycle Classic Stage Race. It also happened to cap off with notoriously poor Tucson pavement cheese gratering half my body. The Monday after Old Pueblo, we drove up to Phoenix to get fits from fit guru Chris Pulleyn. He has fitted riders like Ekimov, Hincapie, Busche and some jerk named Hartley. To say that he was thoroughly experienced was an understatement. He immediately saw issues I had dealt with for years … Continue reading
This week is the beginning of team camp, so to kick it off, we raced the Old Pueblo Classic in Tucson Arizona on March 9th. Old Pueblo is a standard of the early season where the fit west coasters beat up on everyone from cold climates. For the first ride of a team, it was a good test. The race was about a mile loop with 6 corners and 2 long straights. The three corners coming into the finish were narrow and bumpy. The wind was crossing headwind for both straights. I rolled up to the start towards the back … Continue reading