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manualforspeed:

Location: Beaufort, SC
Date: 1 May 2012
Time: 9:57 PM
Race: Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic


I showed up to Speed Week with a broken wrist and some scrapes after getting plowed into by a Buick the day before my flight out… so things weren’t too hot to begin with, as far as my body’s integrity. Anyway, let’s just say my crit skills were not quite up to par at the start of the week, at least when it came to accident-avoidance. I took a brief skitter on the second day at Roswell in a corner after getting chopped and rolling a tire, but it didn’t seem to affect me much in the way of form.—Nate King

We talked to Competitive Cyclist’s Nate King at Speed Week. We’ll be featuring him in the coming weeks (here’s a spoiler: it got worse for him). A Manual for Speed

Posted at 5:01pm and tagged with: manual for speed, speedweek, crits, wrecking, criterium, athens,.

Yes, yes it did.
manualforspeed:

Location: Beaufort, SCDate: 1 May 2012Time: 9:57 PMRace: Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic
I showed up to Speed Week with a broken wrist and some scrapes after getting plowed into by a Buick the day before my flight out… so things weren’t too hot to begin with, as far as my body’s integrity. Anyway, let’s just say my crit skills were not quite up to par at the start of the week, at least when it came to accident-avoidance. I took a brief skitter on the second day at Roswell in a corner after getting chopped and rolling a tire, but it didn’t seem to affect me much in the way of form.—Nate King
We talked to Competitive Cyclist’s Nate King at Speed Week. We’ll be featuring him in the coming weeks (here’s a spoiler: it got worse for him). A Manual for Speed

Afflicted by permanent wanderlust, I’ve opted to spend the three weeks between the end of Speedweek and the US Professional Cycling Championships in Greenville, SC at the welcoming abode of one of our team’s gracious supporters just outside of Athens, GA (home of the University of Georgia, the infamous Athens Twilight Criterium, and launchpad for numerous American cyclists). 

Having never been to this part of the country before (read: The Deep & Dirty South), I’m still taking it all in and gulping it all down, like a UGA freshman frat pledge doing a manhood-validating kegstand.

First on my list of dispensable observations to expound to the outside world: The riding itself. I’ve never trained anywhere with population so spread out, and so my road choice has always been pretty limited. Here, though, there are roads FOREVER. I could easily create a 300 mile loop on twisty backroads that all look the same from the front door of my temporary domicile. Of course, this necessitates a cue sheet a mile long (yeah, that one was front AND back for a 4.5 hour jaunt) to keep from ending up bassackwards 200 miles away on the coast. While there’s no sustained climbing near Athens, the rollers of the Piedmont offer up spots for good, punchy accelerations on endless repetition of 500 meter-long Murs. Roads are fairly narrow and without the wide shoulders I’m used to, but they’re in really good condition (thanks to the lack of freezing temps in the winter, I’d guess) and typically devoid of traffic. The dirt roads are a blast! Well-packed, and not moondusty or gravel-strewn like the ones near my home in Utah.

The “store stops” here are nearly always entertaining - it seems the locals aren’t as used to seeing cyclists on long rides as they are in the West. I can always count on getting into an amiable conversation with store proprietors about expensive bikes, bike racing, the insanity of spending five hours perched on two wheels, and suspicious questions when informed of my Utah residence. 

Speaking of, the church marquees in front of Baptist houses of worship on the backroads are nothing short of comedic gold. I think I might start photographing all of them and making a nice leather-bound photo essay when I get back to the Wasatch. 

Posted at 9:36am and tagged with: athens, nate king, competitive cyclist, cycling, racing, training, the south, pinarello, georgia,.

Made it to the Athens computrainer races after a gracious flat tire rescue from Jeff and Katherine! Tommy/David go 1-2 in first heat!

Posted at 8:47am and tagged with: Athens, competitive cyclist, cycling, racing, twilight, full width,.

Made it to the Athens computrainer races after a gracious flat tire rescue from Jeff and Katherine! Tommy/David go 1-2 in first heat!