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Facebook was on fire as the Stage One Cycling Team gave a strong showing at the Louisville Kentucky National Cyclocross Championships!
There are tons of pictures up at the Stage 1 Cycling Team page, but here’s a great one of AV at the starting line!
Thirty-six national titles were on the line Dec. 11-16 as the nation’s leading amateur and professional cyclocross racers visit Louisville, KY for the USA Cyclocross National Championships. National champions will be crowned in the junior, collegiate, U23, masters, and elite ranks.
Who Rides WhatHere's what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season
Between Jamis, Giant, Liv, FatBack, and Surly, AirLine Cycles offers over 400 different bicycle options; rather than scrolling through endless drop-down menus, stop by or give AirLine Cycles a call, and let our friendly staff help you decide what style bike is right for you! While many of our customers choose a great hybrid or gravel bike for cruising the AirLine Trail, here’s what some of the AirLine Cycles crew is riding this season:
Brian – Owner
“I’m mostly a mountain biker, and I LOVE riding the smooth flowing trails at Hurd State Park. I don’t do big drops or jumps (ever since my RedBull contract expired), so I prefer the great traction and comfortable ride of the 3” wide tires on my 27.5+” Jamis Komodo Expert hardtail. I just added a FatBack Rhino to my stable, and really enjoyed getting out in the snow in the winter. FatBack really dialed in the geometry on these new fat bikes, and they ride amazingly well. As soon as the 2019 models come out, I’ll be adding a Giant XTC single speed 27.5″ plus bike into the mix as well!”
Jerett – Ace Mechanic
Jarrett rides the more aggressive trails in the area, and takes a few trips to downhill mountain bike parks in when he’s not turning wrenches. He’s loving his Giant Trance 2! It’s big enough travel for aggressive trails and drops, but still climbs really well! When he’s not on the Trance, his Giant TCX Advance SX carbon cyclocross bike is perfect for long gravel rides and even some road rides.
Kate – Licensed Massage Therapist and Casual Weekend Cruiser
Kate loves her Giant Roam 2 hybrid for cruising on the AirLine Trail. She test rode the Liv Rove, the women’s specific version of the Roam, as well, but actually found the geometry of the Roam to be a better fit. When asked what she liked best about her Roam, she said “The colors! It’s blue and yellow! I do love that bike though – very comfortable bike to ride, and I don’t fall off it as much as other bikes.” (You don’t need to be an expert or a pro racer at AirLine Cycles… we just love talking bikes to any kind of rider!)
Rob Stiles – STAGE 1/AirLine Cycling Club President
I love to ride and race in a variety of disciplines, events, and conditions, and Giant has really delivered on all aspects. For mountain, I ride a 2018 Giant XTC Advanced 29 1 (hardtail) and a 2018 Anthem Advanced Pro 29 1 (dual suspension). For cyclocross and gravel, I ride a 2018 Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2. I still train on the road frequently throughout the season and I occasionally compete in road events. When I do, the 2017 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 is my bike of choice. Right out of the box, the TCR weighed in just below 16 lbs. It’s comfortable yet plenty stiff. Finally, I was a reluctant latecomer to the fat bike party, but that all changed this past winter when I picked up an aluminum Fat Back Rhino. It’s become my go-to winter training and trail rig. The Fat Back has really inspired me to choose and stick tougher and lines than ever before. So yes, I have a lot of bikes, and I love them all. What better way to have a mid-life crisis? Come on out and ride with the AirLine/STAGE 1 crew and see for yourself.
David – Web Guru from WebLight Media
“My old school Surly Pugsley fat bike keeps winters fun, and I loved trying out cyclocross racing on my Jamis Nova this past fall. And I’ve been test riding lots of bikes. I’m looking for a carbon fiber full suspension bike, probably the Giant Trance.
Apollo – Trail Dog
“Ruff!” Translation – If I could, I’d be shredding it on a Trance Advanced 0 – Neon Yellow and Green… I dream of big air and screaming runs with the Maestro suspension system and I’d just float down those big rock washouts with the 140mm of rear suspension travel. I’d also have better turning control with the shorter chainstays and a longer toptube during my off-trail bushwhacking. I could catch a lot of squirrels with a tight radius like that… lot’s of ’em…
Brooks Nablo – Muddy Mayhem youth team coach and Eastern States Cup juniors official
When he’s not coaching the Stage 1 Muddy Mayhem junior team or officiating at a Eastern States Cup enduro event, Brooks can generally be found enjoying the local mountain bike trails with his family and other members of the infamous Haddam Neck Red Pedal Gang. His older son Hudson, aka the Savage, is the youngest member of the Stage 1 team. Despite being only seven, this kid regularly keeps up with the adult group rides, and more often than not puts them to shame by easily clearing tough climbs and soaring over drops on his Giant Trance Junior full suspension rig. Mom Maggie is loving her new Liv Embolden 1, and apprciates that the smooth full suspension keeps her comfortable and in control while keeping up with her crazy family. Younger brother Charlie and Brooks are anxiously awaiting the 2019 Giant releases to pick out their new rides…
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