What better way to prepare for CX season than Cross Camp with Jeremy Powers! Go Michelle!
I’d like to welcome the latest members of the RVR Family. Donna Christopher has agreed to join us to support the ladies team. She is going to race cross this year in RVR colors and we are very excited to have another RVR Husband/Wife team here! We are also very happy to announce that Timmy Woolford has agreed to join the RVR family. Tim is a long standing Hampton Roads cycling member. He is a CAT 3 road racer and a member of the Dai Roberts Group team that owns and operates Perfect Fit Cycling and Triathlon. This team uses the Guru Fit system to give perfect bike fits for years of happy and healthy riding. Look them up on the web if you need that Perfect Fit (Chris Caton had his done already and I am scheduling mine in the next few weeks). Donna and Tim, you already look 48% better… 🙂 Welcome to the RVR family!
Please join me in welcoming our two newest Rogue Velo Juniors – Sean Hughes and Samantha McKinnon. Great kids that love to ride bikes.
First up is Sean Hughes. He is 11 years old and just completed his first year of racing. He raced both road and cyclocross in 2014. His proudest moment happened at Mt Trashmore race where Sean finished 5th in the 10-14 field. He also placed 3rd in the 11-12 VA State Cyclocross Championship field!!!
Sean’s goal for next season is to consistently finish in the top 5. The way he improved this season, you can bet he will be up on that podium in the Rogue Velo colors!!!
Next up is Samantha McKinnon who will be a big addition to our woman’s team. You may have seen Sam flying around the course in the Cat 4/5 and Cat 3/4 races, and if you didn’t see her on the course then you probably saw her on the podium as she is a regular there.
Sam has been racing triathlons since she was 6 years old and her first bike race was the Shenandoah Time Trial at 11. Her best bike experience so far was the VA Crit State Championships where she was the only female to hang onto the lead pack of boys. Sam says that race taught her a lot about race tactics, position in the pack, chasing down a break away and her first attempt at breaking away with Casey Fulton..
Sam’s goals for next year are to place well at Road Nationals and CX Nationals as well as upgrading to CAT 3 in CX.
Welcome to the team Sean and Samantha. We are excited to have you.
Well, unless you’ve been under an extremely large rock, in a cave, on another planet, you know that Rogue Velo Racing has just recently gone through some changes. Biggest of all, is our new partnership with East Coast Bicycles of Norfolk, VA (Nawfick if Jen is telling it). That said, we are super excited to have our good friend Mike Shipp and crew on board and are looking forward to some good fun together. For example, we had our first CX practice of the season last night, and Mike rolls up on a Trek fatbike (and killed it around the CX course in case you missed it). Yeah, he’s definitely one of us.
So with East Coast Bicycles comes the Goliath of cycling – Trek and their partner brand Bontrager. I’ll admit – I was not all that familiar with the Trek line prior to this move, but as I did my research I realized that Trek is what they always have been: the leader in cycling design and performance. With our partnership comes an amazing deal offered to us by Trek which they call “The Trek Great Athlete Program”. Fantastic discounts on bikes and gear and an opportunity for us to really support a brand that cares about the future of this sport – while they gladly support us. Win/win I’d say. So when you’re ready to pull the trigger on your next CX rig, or are now in the position to finally throw a leg over a hot new Madone road bike, make sure you stop in and see Mike and crew at East Coast Bicycles. We already have a bunch of great ideas for things coming in the near future – stay tuned!
Finally, I would encourage each and every one of you to drop a line or stop in and say thanks to Walt and Robert at Fat Frogs for their tremendous support over the last few years. Without them, Rogue Velo Racing would have really struggled to get up and running. Best of luck now and in the future to Walt and his crew. Always class acts, and excellent ambassadors for cycling in our community.
Anyway, see you guys on the road and most definitely in the gravel!