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Old 03-19-13, 08:34 PM   #1
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World Champion on My Block

Looking over my Strava output for today I noticed that just ahead of me on one of my favorite segments a familiar name. It is Mark Savery, world cyclocross champion in the 40-44 age group. I decided to click on his link and maybe follow him and wow, he often rides almost right by my house! I've probably seen him on the streets riding any number of times.

Some of his rides are not even epic and give me ideas about road rides in town I would never have thought of. And some of them are pretty epic, at least from my perspective.

He has had 200 mile weeks three of the last four while I've been training indoors and whining about the weather.

Here's his Strava link... I think some of you will find it interesting. I think I will become a follower.

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Old 03-20-13, 05:04 AM   #2
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200 mile weeks tells me he hates the trainer! . On another note, have you tried any of his routes yet? I hadn't thought about finding new routes that way.
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Careful Don, stalking is frowned upon............................. but it would be really cool to see him and ride some with him, if possible. He probably has a winter CX rig set up for the weather and conditions you are having up there. Please give us a report if you see/ride with him.

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Old 03-20-13, 07:22 AM   #4
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200 mile weeks tells me he hates the trainer! . On another note, have you tried any of his routes yet? I hadn't thought about finding new routes that way.
His trainer sessions are probably kept top secret. Lots of his public outdoor ride titles in Strava seem to imply suffering due to miserable weather.
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World cyclocross champion = non weather wimp.
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I pulled up his UCI records. I bet you could dust him on the roads.
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I pulled up his UCI records. I bet you could dust him on the roads.
Hah! Fat chance of that! Exhibit A:

http://app.strava.com/activities/45082653
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We have a world champ in the neighborhood as well-Tracer Finn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIPLmOlgopY

He did a magic trick that everyone has seen. The one where you pull your finger off. Only thing is, Tracer lost his finger in a race as a teenager. BUT, he got back on his bike and won the race. After the race they reassembled the kids and had them go look for the rest of his finger. He raced for CW. CW recently released a bike that bears his name.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=3649444

His dad was Ceasar's Coliseum headliner Micky Finn from the '70s. There is a picture of Tracer jumping his bike over Micky's piano.
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Very cool! I bet he knows some great gravel routes around there.
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Champ Edges Me Out on the MUP

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Very cool! I bet he knows some great gravel routes around there.
Funny you should mention gravel. My friend/coach is planning to do some gravel racing this year in the area and he tells me Nebraska is a hotbed for that stuff. I'll probably go out with him to do at least part of some of his gravel training rides and maybe provide some support. If I find out info and take pictures I'll be sure and post it.

Going back to the Strava feed that made me think of Mark Savery, here's the Leaderboard for a little two-mile 1.5% uphill grade that I often do on the local MUP. Savery must have been on a recovery ride the day he did it because he edged me out by .1 mph. Drat!


Here's the ride Savery did today. It was very windy and a few degrees above freezing and I've ridden some of this road and it isn't easy. I did not ride today... I'm going to have to HTFU.

http://app.strava.com/activities/45233969

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There are so many world champions in our area, in different age groups and disciplines, that I no longer scoff when I see someone sporting rainbow stripes. Because too often, they earned them.
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There are so many world champions in our area, in different age groups and disciplines, that I no longer scoff when I see someone sporting rainbow stripes. Because too often, they earned them.
We are still thrilled with the simplest of bicycle-related things out here in the heartland. A sports "celebrity" not involved with football and not constantly ballyhooed in the media is a great thing around here. And if I can gain just five seconds, I will jump ahead of him or a Strava segment... well that would be kind of cool to a simple person like me.

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