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Cole has MASSive win

Philadelphia Bike Ride

I couldn’t have been happier with my performance at French Creek.

The last few weeks since returning from the Whiskey Off-Road in Arizona have been absolute chaos. I’ve put in a ton of quality training hours, raced a bunch, and even stood on a couple of podiums. Off the bike, Team RDC held our first annual Million Dollar Bike Ride. It was a massive success with 550 riders raising 1.4 million dollars for research into rare genetic diseases. Make sure to come join us next year!

In racing news, I managed to win my first ever Mid-Atlantic Super Series race in the Pro field at French Creek this past weekend. After riding a perfect race I made my move on the last lap. I attacked with everything I had on the first long climb of the lap and kept it pinned for the next 30 minutes. I stayed focused on picking good lines through the rock gardens and rolled across the line 1.5 minutes up on second.

It felt great to finally win a pro MASS race. It’s something that I’ve been aiming for the last three seasons. I had an incredibly long streak of second place finishes last year. Breaking that streak left me grinning for days!

This week I’m putting the final touches on my training for the Translyvania Mountain Bike Stage Race which starts on Sunday the 25th. I’ve been putting in big hours on the mountain bike, dialing in my technical skills as well as my fitness. This year’s field is shaping up to be the best ever, and I can’t wait to see how I stack up against the country’s best racing on rocky PA trails.

To put a cap on my training for this week, I’ll be racing the Greenbrier XC, the Mid-Atlantic regional championships. After that it’s a week of easy spinning and recovery before TSE. My hope is to go into the epic extremely well rested so that I’ll still riding strong during the final stages of the race. An easy week of pedaling also means more time to explore stone roads and hidden trails around the city. Sometimes the easy days in between races are the best. No pressure, just enjoying the small things and exploring by bike.

I couldn’t have been happier with my performance at French Creek. Preparing for 7 consecutive days of racing on rocks like these means lots of time on the mountain bike. One of my favorite spots, just outside of Roxborough. Philly has a great network of gravel roads, you just need to know where to look.

All photos by Cole Oberman.

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