Day two of the Cascade Cycling Classic was short and sweet, featuring a 16 mile Individual Time Trial. Our 7 riders set out to tackle the course with the support of Manager/DS Paul Abrahams who made sure that each bicycle was set-up just right so that each athlete could give their best possible effort on the day. Shawn Wayland had a quick phone chat with us between cleaning bikes and napping today, as he is experiencing his first Cascade.
KHS: How were you feeling this morning heading into the ITT after yesterday’s grueling 123 mile road race?
SW: Well, I was sore. I work up this morning and my glutes were killing me! Yesterday’s race was really hard, and after 4.5hours of racing I was really feeling it and we still had the big final climb to go! Thankfully, my Velo Saddle made the time in the saddle much more bearable. I know I would have been in bad shape if the saddle wasn’t so awesome. During the race, we went back to the team car a bunch to get bottles and food from Paul. Thankfully, he was there to help us as the feed zones were pretty crazy.
After the race, I ate a ton and went to be super early so I could sleep a bunch. I woke up this morning feeling really good, so it must have worked!
KHS: This is your first time racing at Cascade, so the TT course was knew to you. Tell us about it!
SW: I really liked it. I was rolling with short, punchy climbs that made it challenging. There was a really strong headwind after the turn-around, so I had to be careful not to go too hard on the way out because the tailwind made me feel like I was flying! I needed to does my efforts so that I could have enough in the tank for the ride back. You couldn’t ask for a better place to race a TT, out a canyon next to the river. We all should have done cannon balls into it afterwards.
KHS: Tomorrow, you and the team will be tasked with race 111 miles at the Cascade Lakes Race, Stage 3 of the event. Looking towards that course, what are your thoughts?
SW: I am excited about it. I think it will be good for the team and me. It starts with a 20 miles climb, which means we will really have to suffer and work for the first hour. This part of the race is going to be critical. After that climb, the course flattens out a bit and then around the 100 mile mark, we will have another big climb to the finish. We have had to drive at least an hour to the start of the first two stages, so it will be nice to spin the 10 minutes from our host house to the start tomorrow!
KHS: Being your first time in Bend, have you tried out the great food and coffee shops?
SW: No, not yet. Our hosts and teammates have been making great food every day. I am on the lookout for some kombucha on the tap though, so maybe tomorrow.
KHS: Thank you, Shawn, for taking time to chat with us today. Now, back to cleaning those bike!
Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, NDXSports, Bike Religion, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Kramp Krushers, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.
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