‘Cycling is freedom for me. I can use the same thing I use as a mode of transportation as a form of exercise and as a form of competition.’ –Kyle Murphy, Professional Cyclist, Team Jamis
It amazes me how many great cyclists come from the U.S. Southwest. Not all of them were born here, but the riding and lifestyle afforded by the Southwest is perfect for developing cycling potential. Here are three notables with recent successes.
Brandon McNulty, 18 years of age, is having a stellar year winning top races. In March he broke his own record on the South Mountain hillclimb above Phoenix by almost a minute. Brandon said ‘the local race is special to him because he rode up South Mountain with his father when he was younger on Silent Sundays when the summit road is closed to traffic.’
Travis McCabe improves every year. After nearly winning the overall at the Redlands Classic two years ago, he’s focused his training on maximizing sprint victories, playing to his strengths. Travis has won stages at the Joe Martin Stage Race, Tour of the Gila, and Redlands this year.
At age 36 when many pro athletes are retired and golfing, Eric Marcotte keeps winning and getting better. He won the downtown criterium race at this year’s Tour of the Gila, and also won the road race in February at the Valley of the Sun stage race in Phoenix. Eric’s determination continues after winning U.S. National Championships in 2014 (road race) and 2015 (criterium).
I received an email from USA Cycling with a few inspirational quotes on why we race . Here are a few of my favorites. For me, racing is a way of riding into health.
“The sense of community keeps me coming back.”
“I have found incredible friendships through bike racing and these friendships have endured.”
“It’s a rigorous mental exercise.”
McNulty Sets New South Mountain TT Record from AZclippedin