Rider Profile: Get to Know Robert Freeman

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Robert Freeman is a new recruit to the KHS-Maxxis-JLVelo Cycling Team. Living in Tustin, CA he has had the opportunity to race against our squad for the past season. He has come over to our team from the Rokform Development team where he had great results as a junior and category 2 racer. After a stellar 2015 season where he placed on the podium multiple times, he received his category 1 upgrade and is ready to tackle a full season racing with our team. We are excited for all that he brings to the team, including his electric personality. Below are 6 questions with Robert about his experience so far with our team. Enjoy!

KHS: In 2015, you spent many races in the breakaway with 1 or 2 KHS team members. Is it nice to have them allies now?

Robert Freeman: Yes, in 2015 I definitely got comfortable looking at the butts of some of my new teammates. I am now very grateful to have them on my side since each time I got in the winning break with them, they figured out how to work me over, so now I get to work with them instead.

KHS: We just got back from Valley of The Sun Stage Race, and it was your first experience racing in the P1 category. Was it everything you expected? More? Less?

RF: It was crazy.  Definitely weird fighting for wheels with guys who you had watched win national championships. The other surprising thing was how relentless the pace was, those guys can go and go and go. I can’t wait for more though, I loved racing where the competition is truly there and another level.

KHS: The team is heading into a full season of racing at the NRC Level. What do you think will be the biggest difference from last years racing?

RF: Longer stages, more races and racing guys one weekend and then seeing them on TV the next.

Photo Credit: Danny MunsonPhoto Credit: Danny Munson

KHS: Looking at the race calendar, what event(s) are you looking forward to racing the most?

RF: The Redlands Bicycle Classic for sure because it is the biggest race I will have ever done and all the courses are super exciting. Past that, I am looking forward to doing Tulsa Tough for its crowds cause those look next level, and Cascade Cycling Classic since they put on a great race and after racing it last year. I can’t wait to get back up to the area, it is beautiful. {Robert won the final stage, Aubrey Butte, in the cat 2 category in 2015 – so he knows this course well!}

KHS: After your first big road trip with the team, what stands out the most to you in regards to team – personalities – foundation of the team?

RF: That we will always be here for each other. Bad race or good race, we will be laughing to the point of crying in the van ride back to the host house.

KHS: You have just left the junior ranks, and you are consistent with attending classes at school. What college are you attending and are you taking online/regular classes during the season? What is your ultimate education goal?

RF: I am currently at Santiago Canyon College where I am taking two classes online this semester.  I will go back to full-time in the fall, with the goal of transferring to a 4 year university soon and majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Photo Credit: Danny Munson Photo Credit: Danny Munson

Thank you to our sponsors: KHS Bicycles, Maxxis Tires, JLVelo, Serfas, Shimano, Velo Saddles, Praxis Works, Xpedo Pedals, Kali Protectives, Infinit Nutrition, Bicycle Blue Book, WD-40 BIKE, Chamois Butt’r, Cycling Illustrated, Rennie & Associates, Big Wheel Coaching, Ultra Cycle, and Q2.

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