Friday, June 10, 2011

One of my best friends and training partner- Kyle Wamsley

For those of you who know me well... know I come from the real world of bike racing. For years and years my ass was in the saddle training and racing hard. Through all those amazing years on a bike I can say that Kyle Wamsley, aka "Slayer" was always and is still one of my best friends and training partner. A true professional bike racer that can sprint with the best of them. I know first hand as it was my job on many of the teams that Kyle and I both raced for to drop him off at speed out of the last corner so he could get the big win. The kid is fast! Really fast! I Dropped him off with 200 meters to go one year at the finish of a 120km road race, and looked down at my speed as he came blowing passed me for the win and I was going close to 40mph! OMG... How fast was Kyle going?

Back in the day... Getting ready to put Kyle on the line first! Wow... I was young!

I retired from racing about two years ago and Kyle is still racing on the Bissell Pro Cycling Team. Here is the report from this years US PRO Road Race Championships! Nice job KYLE!

Wamsley Is Top Domestic at USPRO
BISSELL was in the action from the start of the 2011 USPRO Road Championships. The 185k race in Greenville SC was the same grueling course as in past years. The tough course included 3 starting and finishing circuits in downtown Greenville and 4 punishing trips up Paris Mountain under the day’s scotching sun. Just after the neutral start in the opening lap, BISSELL’s Andy Baker heated things and was in the day’s initial move with about 7 other riders. Several attacks in the opening laps led to small time gaps, and Paul Mach and Andrew Dahlheim were also in the early action. The most decisive move of the day came as the riders headed up Paris Mountain for the first time. David Williams was one of 8 riders in the break and quickly the gap grew from 35 seconds to 2:10. As the pace quickened and the grade increased over the second time up Paris Mountain, the break began to feel the pressure. Williams and Robert Bush (Chipotle Development Team) eventually dropped off leaving 6 riders in the lead group. The gap fluctuated throughout the remainder of the day and the lead group slowly dwindled down to 4. On the final trip up Paris Mountain, a group of riders bridged up to the remaining break to form a new group of 9 riders. In the final 20k, 4 riders split off the front and this group held on through the 3 finishing circuits in downtown Greenville. Matthew Busche (Team Radio Shack) emerged as the new USPRO Road Champion in a photo finish. The remaining peloton came through for a field sprint and BISSELL’s Kyle Wamsley took it! Wamsley finished in 5th place and was the top domestic rider.

Keep your eye out for Kyle... He's having a really good season!