pR Rider Spotlight – Morgan Brown
Current Home: Denver
Discipline: Road (40+ Cat 4). I think it’ll be hard to avoid CX racing!
When did you join pedal? 2016 is my first race season. Mark Stookesberry is a frequent riding partner in the Park Hill Peloton (PHP). I was on the fence about racing, until Mark encouraged me to join pedal. Knowing that pedal Racing could offer mentors like him and Dan Schrad made it easy to take the plunge.
How long have you been riding and racing? I moved to Denver from Houston in 2011 and recall my first ride up Lookout Mountain – I was so winded that I had to stop at Windy Gap! But the bug had bitten nonetheless. I rode the Triple Bypass (2X), Copper Triangle (2X), and Golden Gran Fondo, but it was my association with the PHP that introduced me to the world of old guys racing bikes. As of this writing (6/6/2016), I’ve competed in six mass start races and one time trial.
What is your absolute favorite road or trail to ride? I think Vail Pass from the west is a simply wonderful combination of gold standard workout (one of the TT’s for the USA Pro Challenge went up this route) and amazing scenery.
What piece of bike equipment/gear can you not live without? I’m a huge fan of anything Honey Stinger! I’m hoping that for Father’s Day, I might pick up a Stages power meter and new set of wheels at pedal bike shop in Littleton!
Favorite thing to do when you’re NOT riding your bike? Our garden keeps me pretty busy this time of year.
Favorite motivational quote/saying? Mario Andretti: “if everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Let’s be honest, at 42 years old, I’m not literally trying to lose control, but I like this quote because it reminds me to never stay in my comfort zone. It’s certainly easier to sit in during a tough race, but if you never go for it, at the risk of blowing up, then you’ll never win.
Best race experience or highlight? I have to say, there’s no better highlight than winning a race! At the 40+5 OZ Road Race, I led a four-man, 20-mile breakaway and was able to pull out a victory. Winning in itself was cool, but it was even cooler to know that I used the course and conditions to my advantage, against a group of riders that was as strong, or even stronger, than I am. The strategic challenges of bicycle racing make this avocation a far more intellectual pursuit than I could’ve guessed.
What are your goals for 2016? In the first two months of racing, I’ve managed to keep the rubber on the road, win a race, and upgrade to Cat 4. Oh yes, and had a ton of fun. It’s hard to ask for much more! On the recommendation of a friend, I’m going to try out track racing – he says it worked wonders for his climbing and general power output. I’m hoping to parlay any improvements in power into a 40+4 podium this year. I’m targeting the Steamboat Stage Race.