Or is that Snow-side?

It’s freezing here in Park City, Utah!


It isn’t the most enticing weather to ride in, but there’s something fascinating about riding in the sun, with snow lined roads.


I had to scrape and chisel out a path to the road from the garage. I didn’t want to walk my nice Pinarello through the ice in my Speedplays and DMTs!

Time to get riding. Hell Ride starts in one hour, so I’ll do my own in Utah!

It’s been a long time, and there’s plenty to catch up on!

For the 2012 season I am racing for Bissell Pro Cycling Team! This is huge for me, and I am so excited for the season. I raced with the original version of this team in 2006 (Priority Health), my first year pro, and it is a great feeling to be returning, some seven years later. It’s great to know that I have a history here. I know the great management and staff, there are great sponsors who I know well, and definitely a great group of guys to race alongside. I really couldn’t be more excited. That, of course, would be better if I didn’t come back to Australia to train, and break my collar bone!
It helps having a radiographer for a mother, so I was able to check the healing was on the right track.

The only positive thing about breaking my clavicle is I can now claim to be a cyclist. Almost every professional cyclist has broken theirs at some point. I can only hope this is my one and only! It was only that morning while I was reading the paper, eating breakfast, and drinking coffee, that I was thinking to myself how perfect this pre-season was going. It’s the first uninterrupted pre-season I could think, where I wouldn’t miss any training days from extreme heat, torrential downpour, or some unexpected issue. Maybe I should have knocked on the breakfast table!

It was a quick goodbye to my proposed training camp up at Falls Creek, painful goodbye to my twenties, and shitty way to spend the rest of my trip back home to Melbourne. I am back on the ergo now, but it isn’t too exciting knowing the world’s best training is right outside, and the weather is perfect while I sit inside banged up and miserable! I love to do each of my favourite rides in the week before I take off each year, and this year there won’t be the opportunity for that; Pakenham-Gembrook, Sorrento, Hell Ride over the hills, Arthur’s Seat, Beach Road. They’re all going to be missed, but at least I can be more excited to return later in the year.
These two guys were my biggest fans on the Pakenham-Gembrook loop.
Melbourne’s Beach Road. Amazing.

Next week I will return to The US, to my wife, and to the snowy mountains of Park City, Utah. There’s even more to look forward to than that. I will be on a nice new Pinarello Dogma Think2, complete with Campagnolo Super Record. I am a total bike geek, and as a professional cyclist pursuing my dream, with an undeniable passion for the sport and everything bicycles, to ride the finest the industry has to offer is a real treat! It’s one thing to ride bicycles for a living, and that alone is the best thing I could ever imagine. Now I am having a second year in a row on Pinarello too, regarded by many as the nicest bike in the business. Anyway, enough of that, I don’t want to rub it in. All bikes are awesome!
My new team, Bissell, already giving me a helping hand on my favourite climb in Salt Lake City!

Hopefully this post will be a kick start to many more. I have said that enough times, but there is definitely another on the way later in the week, because Mum has been hassling me! So if I can just give some advice to young riders; don’t break your collar bone. It really hurts. If you haven’t broken it, don’t. if you have, I know how much it hurts, and have empathy for you!

Smash it out there, and have fun. Tommy


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Our favourite Dutch rider, Thomas Rabou, has reluctantly decided to answer 22 questions for the good of our loyal Competitive Cyclist Racing Team fans. Rabou’s home is Loosbroek, a tiny, nice village on the outskirts of Amsterdam (like everywhere else in Holland). Loosbroek has a discotheque which holds more people than the population of its village! Thomas makes frequent trips across the Altantic throughout the season to maximise his frequent flyer miles, and to enjoy the flatland training alongside the dykes and windmills. Much of Holland is below sea-level, so it is great depth training (something that will come in handy for the Tour of Utah). Thomas is a wiz on bicycle mechanics; one time he had a flat for 2 years on his tubeless rims…

How many bicycles do you own?

I have a gentleman’s bike. You’ve seen it and I think you had the honour of riding my gentleman’s bike, man. I have a €60 mountainbike, second hand. It was only used 3 times when I bought it. I negotiated a really good deal. It doesn’t have suspension because it’s so flat in Holland. I have a cyclo-cross bike, I’m from Holland. I have my Colnago. I have a passion bike, it’s basically a no name bike that I won my first race as an amateur on. I have my awesome Pinarello training bike.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

28. I’m just a really good guesser, man. It’s the same like the weather, man, they just guess really well.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?

I don’t know man, it’s hard to say. 9. Cos Big Mike says 9… and I heard you never argue advice from someone older than you, so I guess Mike is right…

Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

Aniston is pretty cool, I think. No? She’s from Friends, yeah she’s pretty cool. I think Anniston looks more natural.

Do you want to bring sexy back?

Why not. Where has it gone? Sexy was on the Team and it’s gone now, so it has to come back I think. I think it’s good, heh.

If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing chores?

Everyone knows about that. I think Cesar is a good second though.

What is your favourite colour?

What is my favourite colour? Orange man, wicked styx! It’s the colour of Holland. I don’t really like the colour, but I’m just a patriot I guess. I like orange too, cos Paco doesn’t like Euskatel, heh.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

I have been a dishwasher for 6 months. I have been a professional dishwasher too.

What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?

My favourite food is probably a typical Dutch dish. Smashed potatoes with meatball and I dunno, do you have translate? It’s like a cole, not Cole House, but it’s like, wait, um, I wonder if you even have this vegetable. It’s like a coleslaw. It’s a cabbage, a Dutch cabbage. Maybe we made it for you once in Holland. It’s smashed potatoes, with a Dutch cabbage, served with meatball and ice cold apple sauce.

Favourite drink?

Ah, ah, ice cold soda. Sound good? There is no such wrong answer heh.

What would you have for your last meal?

Probably my favourite dish then. That makes sense, no?

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Cleaning the bathroom is just terrible. Cleaning the freakin’ bathroom.

What is your favourite form of exercise?

I know. Outside or inside? Outside is probably like riding in the mountains. Indoors I would like to keep that quiet.

If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?

I dunno, just Rabou I guess. Keep it simple, man.

If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?

I actually thought about that, and I forgot about it. I know, I would make the electronic shifting solar powered. Think about that man!

Are you a morning or night person?

I am an afternoon person.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

I don’t know man, whatever. I don’t really like parties, I just like hanging around, like now. I just like hanging around. Whatever.

Who in the team has the worst taste in music?

Probably Chad. He has this ten year old disco that he thinks is super dope, and it’s like old. It’s like 15 years ago. Typical American I think. Ten year behind when it comes to techno.

What is your favourite body part?

Probably my hair. It’s a good one no? I’m not getting bald yet, so it’s good. I’m bald everywhere except my head, it’s euro style man.

What sound do you love?

Afrojack! It’s the most famous DJ in the world man. At this moment, in my opinion anyway. Because he’s Dutch, man.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Ah, probably not. I would probably negotiate a little harder, because I have a million dollars behind me. Give Josh a hard time…

Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?

Oh me man, I don’t wanna be arrogant!

Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?

Do I need to answer that question? It’s obvious.

Thanks for your time and most entertaining answers, Thomas Rabou! With the Tour of Utah just a couple of weeks away, look for Thomas in the KOM standings, and working tirelessly for the team.

Fact about Thomas: He won the KOM jersey in the Tour of California in 2010.

Big Mike, Big Mike, Big Mike in da house! Often mistaken as the team DS or mechanic, based solely on his looks (he claims his beard), Big Mike is the next Competitive Cyclist to answer, “22 Questions with Tommy”.

As you will find out in his following answers, Mike Olheiser is quite entertaining, and a great member of the Team. He is as strong as an ox, and won his very first race with the team (and his first race as a pro), which was a 55km solo breakaway in Uruguay. He claims to be the most interesting man in the universe… taking things up a notch… as always.

How many bicycles do you own?

If my wife’s bikes don’t count, I own 4, I think. Yes 4. If hers do count, 7 between us.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

25. It is a good age, was a good age.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?

6. Just a little above average!

Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

Oh, Halle Berry for sure. Hell yeah.

Do you want to bring sexy back?

Oh yeah.

If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing chores?

Oh that’s Cesar, everybody knows that. Well, that’s kind of a tricky one, because we’ve got Cole as well. We’ve got Cesar who can’t cook rice, and… what the hell does Cole do? Can I just say both? I don’t wanna be biased.

What is your favourite colour?

Red.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

I gotta be honest, I have not had too many jobs I haven’t liked. If I have to say something, plumber’s assistant, but it wasn’t that bad. See, I was taught how to do plumbing so I can do my own on the house.

What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?

Pizza. Easy. And I try once a week. Stuffed crust. I make a bad ass stuffed crust pizza. Chicago style deep dish.

Favourite drink?

I will be honest on that one and I will say red wine.

What would you have for your last meal?

Pizza and red wine. What’s wrong with that?

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Folding clothes.

What is your favourite form of exercise?

I wanted to say sleeping… um, but I don’t think that would fly. I would say cycling, I still like to ride…

If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?

Cockman Bikes. Doesn’t that sound like a nice manly name for a brand of bikes? And the head badge of it will be a rooster.

If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?

A frame cos it holds all the pieces together? I don’t know…

Are you a morning or night person?

Oh, night. (Mike is up at about 5 every morning, so this is news to me). I frikken’ hate mornings.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

I do like cocktail parties.

Who in the team has the worst taste in music?

I dunno. I can’t understand any of the Spanish music, so it’s gotta be Rabou.

What is your favourite body part?

My own body part, or in general? That is the answer.

What sound do you love?

Sound? … sound l love… water.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Ah, no. I don’t think I would.

Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?

Paco.

Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?

Cesar.

Fact about Big Mike: it’s pretty well known, but Mike Olheiser is a four-time Masters World TT champion, has one Masters World Road Race silver medal, was twice Elite USA Road Race champion, and twice Elite Time Trial champion.

So finally, the long awaited interview with Colorado’s own Ian Burnett. Ian is 25 and is Durango born and bred. The coolest thing about Ian is that his “Burnett” and my “Nankervis” family names both originate in the same region of England, Cornwall. Aside from that, he makes for an awesome roommate, great training partner, teammate, and friend. In January we had a two week training camp in California together and in the second week logged 38 hours. We didn’t stop talking (well, I didn’t stop talking, he didn’t stop listening) the entire time. I joke that I talked for 36 hours, and he managed to sneak in about two hours. Ian’s specialty is in the race against the clock, and he has spent countless hours in the last season and a half riding on the front of the peloton.

So, to get to know Ian Burnett a bit better:

How many bicycles do you own?

Ahhh… Road bike, TT bike, track bike, fixie, Ross, Univega, MTB, Fuji, cross bike, De Rosa. I think that’s all I have right now, except for a few rogue frames and parts lying around. 10 plus… and my girlfriend has 6 more, so that makes for an interesting looking garage!

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I would be 22.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?

I’d say I’m a 7.

Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

Angelina Jolie

Do you want to bring sexy back?

I think Cole is doing enough to take care of the whole team. He’s just too Wild.

If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing chores?

Cole. Still, 1 year on…

What is your favourite colour?

Red

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

Dish washing

What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?

Tacos. A lot.

Favourite drink?

Strongbow.

What would you have for your last meal?

Probably tacos. Mexican food.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Probably I wanna say dishes, but I do dishes all the time. I don’t like vacuuming really…

What is your favourite form of exercise?

Darts

If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?

BB (Burnett Bikes)

If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?

I would do frames because of the artistic designs and options.

Are you a morning or night person?

Night. (Ian has been known to sleep till well after mid-day. In fact, he is a world champion sleeper, sometimes sleeping for up to 14+ hours straight).

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

A cocktail party after winning a big race.

Who in the team has the worst taste in music?

I’d probably say Mike Olheiser. He loves some terrible old rock.

What is your favourite body part?

Probably butts.

What sound do you love?

Bell lap. 1 to go, 1 to go, 1 to go!

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Yeah.

Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?

Most of the time, Thomas.

Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?

Definitely not Thomas!

Fact about Ian Burnett: Ian is one of the few American riders whose career started on the track, through collegiate racing. He has a keen interest in coaching too, and this year launched his own coaching business, Colorado Endurance Training. www.ianburnettracing.com

Dave Williams, 24, grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, which is cool because I lived there for a season! Dave is a multiple-time Collegiate National Champion on the track. I have a soft spot for trackies, as that was also the way I entered the cycling world, and it is a great way to learn vital skills. Our team has three riders with a track background, as Ian Burnett is a past trackie too.

Dave studied Exercise Physiology at Marion University in Indiana. He is also my reference point for all things hockey, as he’s an avid Detroit Red Wings fan.

In his spare time, Dave works as a coach at Major Taylor velodrome, coaching collegiate athletes to national titles.

He once had an awkward moment just to see how it felt.

Here’s Dave:

How many bicycles do you own?

I own two.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I think probably 10 is a good bet.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?

I’m pretty good at disguising myself as normal, but for the people who really know me, I’m a good 7.

Lindsay Lohan or Selina Gomez?

Lindsay Lohan.

Do you want to bring sexy back?

I can’t help it, it’s a gift.

If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing chores?

Hmmm… I’ve spent time with everyone so far. With all due respect, it would be Cole.

What is your favourite colour?

I like silver. Like a bullet.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

Definitely the worst job I’ve had to do would be sorting through trash cans full of beer bottles by brand. That was a hating life moment.

What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?

My mom’s white chicken chili… now that I have the recipe, it’s a bi-weekly meal.

Favourite drink?

I’m going to have to say a Bell’s Oberon on a hot summer day.

What would you have for your last meal?

Mom’s white chicken chili again…

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Probably the worst chore as a kid and would still be if I had to do it would be cleaning up the dog crap in the backyard. Once again, a hating life moment.

What is your favourite form of exercise?

The Richard Simmons “Sit Tight” workout video.

If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?

I’d just put a picture of myself on the head tube and down tube. People would know what’s up.

If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?

I would make high end racing saddles… “Williams Bicycle Saddles” the name is not too creative, but that’s all I’ve got.

Are you a morning or night person?

It depends on the day, but usually a night person.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?

I’d host a beach party on Lake Michigan just for the heck of it.

Who in the team has the worst taste in music?

I haven’t heard many of my teammate’s music, but if I had to guess I’d say Nate.

What is your favourite body part?

“Da butt” aka buttocks.

What sound do you love?

The sound of the old V12 Ferrari Formula 1 engine.

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

No, because I don’t think anyone could replace me with the same charisma that I possess.

Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?

Thomas Rabou

Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?

Thomas Rabou

Fact: In the super fast criterium series, Speed Week, Dave Williams was the only rider to take a lap on the field for the whole week. Solo!

The next rider on the Team to be asked “22 questions with Tommy” is Taylor Shelden, of Boulder, Colorado. Taylor grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado, and entered cycling through Nordic skiing, where he was part of an NCAA winning collegiate ski team. Taylor attended the University of Denver where he completed a Mechanical Engineering degree.

There is no rider in the peloton who looks as smooth and fluid on the bike as Taylor. His climbing talent claimed the King of the Mountains jersey at the Redlands Bicycle Classic this season, after fighting on through a few unlucky crashes for a heroic win. Many more top results are just around the corner.

How many bicycles do you own?
0.5 Mountain Bikes.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Probably around 14
On a scale of 1 to 10 with ten being the weirdest, how weird would you say you are?
Maybe a six?
Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? Lady GAGA or Katy Perry? Kim or Kourtney? Lindsay Lohan or Selina
Gomez?
Jennifer, Katy, Kim, and Lindsay. And yes we are on a first name basis.
Do you want to bring sexy back?
Perhaps.
If the entire Competitive Cyclist Racing Team lived in a commune, who would try to skip out on doing
chores?
Cole.
What is your favourite colour?
My favorite color is red.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Office filing assistant at a land title management company.
What’s your favourite food? How often do you eat it?
Probably cereal. And I eat it everyday.
Favourite drink?
Smoojies.
What would you have for your last meal?
A vermonster ice cream treat from Ben and Jerrys.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Vacuuming.
What is your favourite form of exercise?
Parkour
If you started your own bicycle brand, what would you name it?
T-frame.
If you can make any bicycle industry product, what would it be, and what name?
A puncture proof tire. It could be called the magic tire or something like that, maybe something more
spectacular sounding than that.
Are you a morning or night person?
Night person.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
Dance party for my homies.
Who in the team has the worst taste in music?
Paco does listen to some bizarre sounding stuff.
What is your favourite body part?
What kind of question is that?
What sound do you love?
EDM.
If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
Probably not.
Who is your favourite Hollander on the team?
That one Dutch guy.
Who is the best looking Hollander on the Competitive Cyclist Racing Team?
See above.

Fact about Taylor: He wants to go fast!

A new year means a new bike, and this year could well be the best bike/wheel/groupset combo I have ever had the fortune of racing! I mean, in the cycling world, Pinarello seems to be as high-end as high-end gets, let’s face it!
Each year I like to give everyone a look at what I’m getting around on for the season, and it also gives a chance to plug all the great sponsors that make racing a possibility!

Road frame for the year is the Pinarello Dogma 2, in fancy white with red. Awesome looking, and while white is hard to keep clean, with my OCO (Obsessive Compulsive Order) it gets washed twice a week, and always looks fantastic!
Time trial frame is the amazing Pinarello Graal.
Groupset is SRAM Red, and my favourite of the three big ones. It is the most functional, and simple to use groupset, in my opinion. I love the fact you only use one lever to shift up, and down. On top of that, SRAM employees are just great to deal with.
Wheels are Reynolds. Awesome is all I can say. So many options, and great options! Reynolds specialise in wheels, they are the best at it.
Look pedals. Pioneers of the clipless pedal dating back to the mid-eighties with the best, Bernard Hinault!
3T bars and stems. Traditionally, there were only two brands of stems pros would ride. 3T remains at the top of the game they have lead since the forties and fifties.

Here’s a list of our other great products for 2012: Vittoria tyres, Arundel cages and bar tape, DMT shoes, Selle San Marco, Catlike Helmets, Smith Sunnies, Giordana Clothing, CycleOps Power Meters, Clean Bottle, Honey Stinger, 2XU, and PowerBar.

I’d say a couple of words about each product, but it’s going to be the same thing for each product; awesome, the best, couldn’t want anything else. That’s the way we roll at Competitive Cyclist Racing Team, the same as our title sponsor CompetitiveCyclist.com, nothing but the best of the industry. That makes this the coolest team to race for. We race on the best gear available, a dream come true for a cycling geek like me. What makes things even better, is that every little thing we race on is available to our great fans at the links included with each product!

Fact: 1.67% is the percentage of Americans who commute by bicycle.