This past weekend was the first collegiate race of the season, aptly named the Rutgers Season Opener, with a short prologue and criterium Saturday and a short circuit race Sunday. I raced on the first Sol Cycles road model, and it attracted such incredible crowds of people that I could barely warm up for my races! We are working on a professional company logo, website, and color brochures, so that should help a lot!
Monday, March 3, 2008
The races went very well, with Princeton placing in the top 10 in every single race. I personally had great sensations and am clearly the strongest in the field, but I have nothing past about 80% of race pace! This is perfect because my first big TIME Pro Cycling team objective is the Tour of Virginia starting 9 weeks from today. In the next 9 weeks I will really build up my intensity and I should be flying through May and June, when all of my first big races are (Philly week, Nature Valley, Tour of PA, Fitchburg).
As far as the bike goes, it is AMAZING! I am so proud of it! It is incredibly stiff and lively, almost like a steel bike ride with the snap of an aluminum bike, but it is very comfortable over rough pavement like carbon. Bamboo is just an amazing material because nature has found a way to optimize stiffness, strength, durability, and pliability over millions of years of evolution. The bike fits like a gem and I am very happy to ride it over the next 8 weeks of collegiate racing.
Here are some great photos from Rutgers.