It's a Tuesday which means professional bike racers go back to work after our Monday rest days. So to celebrate here is a preview of what's on tap here at the Toque Blog. We have B.I.K.E.S Update #6 with videos from this weekend's Presbyterian Hospital Invitational and a guest speaker in 2-time Olympian Bob Mionski. Who is that? Do you remember the Road ID spokesman on the 2011 Tour de France coverage? He is also bicycle law attorney in Portland, Oregon and one of the mentors that I got to spend time with in early April. Also coming up is a Toque Torque training tip for those who race with asthma followed by a Toque Toast update discussing the wonders of BEETS! And finally, early next week, an update from our weekend of racing in Sunny King, Alabama.
On Sunday, the team raced in a small criterium outside of Charlotte, joined by a considerable portion of the professionals from Saturday's race. We planned to ride a very aggressive race, make it hard, get a good workout and ultimately work for Carlos in the finale. We raced through the small one street town of Noda, NC about 5 miles north of downtown Charlotte along a six corner 1km lap with very tight turns. As a result, it was easy to let a break go yet the race didn't want that to happen. So with 5 laps to go, we all just magically surged to the front (we didn't plan a leadout at all) at the same moment and thus started to count down the laps. In the finale, Carlos took the win over Bissell's Andrew Dalhiem and Team Type 1 Development's Daniel Holt. For more details.