A few days before my schedule depart for the Nature Valley Grand Prix in June, I received a phone call from my director, Paul Abrahams. We spoke about my form, my motivation along with some of my past results. In the past, I have had quite a few good time trials. I have been very close to winning on multiple occasions and I had never trained for the discipline specifically. Paul told me he thought I could win the National Title as long as I put 100 percent into the preparation. So thats exactly what I did and apparently it payed of.
Several weeks ago I traveled to Oregon to race the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic as a test of my fitness. I went to see what I could expect for the National Championships. After winning the time trial at Hood, I had a feeling that the win at Nationals was possible. It also gave me a bit of comfort knowing that as long as I had the same legs as that I had at Mt. Hood, I would probably win. I was excited my preparation and focus was paying off.
One thing I really try not to do is be overly confident. I knew looking at my power data from training that I was on track for one of my best rides I have had. I also knew the race was not won yet. As I caught my three minute man near the end of the race though, I had a good feeling I would in for at least a podium spot.
I honestly had no idea what winning this title would do for me. Not only career-wise but mentally. I am very excited to train in the national colors with my Jakroo Kit as well as racing in the stars and stripes. It has only been 6 days since winning but I can tell you it sure feels good.
The team as a whole performed amazing at the National Championships. Going into the time trial, I had a strong feeling someone from our CashCall Mortgage Team would win the race not only because of talent but also knowing we had the best equipment there. It was great that teammate Chris Barton shared the podium with me in 2nd place, and David Santos had a great ride for 11th. We have such a wide range of talent on our team from climbers, sprinters, and time trialists that I knew we would have success at Nationals. I can honestly say I have never been more proud to ride for a team as I have for CashCall.
Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible and for helping reach a huge goal for myself and our team: KHS Bicycles, iRT Wheels, CashCall Mortgage, Hammer Nutrition, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo, Jakroo Custom Apparel, Chamois Butt’r, Finish Line, Shimano, Rudy Project, Serfas, Kenda Tire.