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Q: What is most important from winter and spring training? A: (Peter Basso) I would say consistency. Coming together as a team is the most important part of Spring Training. This is the time of year where we begin to ride together as a whole unit. Functioning as one, rather than a team of individuals. As a team we can employ specific tactics and strategies during races that allows us to not only control the race but places our best athletes at the front in the finish. Winter Training also allows us to learn more about "off the bike" exercises and training tips that will help to build on our "on the bike training". Most important thing is that we have fun together, we can't lose focus on the joy we experience riding our bikes. Q: What races does the Rassy Road Team look forward to this year? A: (Kale Halder) Some of the guys plan to hit some early season races in March down in Lawrence, KS. Our main focus, however, will be the Iowa Cup Series. Specifically, we plan to have a good showing at the Chris Lillig Memorial Cup Omnium (Iowa City) weekend as well as the Omnium in Clear Lake. Also new this year is the Midwest Flyover Omnium Series we will be sending some guys to. For those wanting some regional race experience, a small crew of us are looking forward to Tulsa Tough in Tulsa, OK. Additionally, we're returning as promoter of the The East Village Criterium. Saturday, August 3rd. This year, the East Village Criterium will be the Iowa State Championship Criterium!
The road season is getting pretty close to kicking off in Iowa. We've already had a few Gravel Road Races around the state and people are gearing up for the famed Kent Park Road Race on Sunday, March 24. We caught up with our road team for another installment on a few of their favorite things including their bikes! Q: Tell us about the new Specialized bikes! A: (Peter Basso) we are fortunate enough to have the Rasmussen Bikes name behind us. Greg and the gang actively support our addiction. That means we ride Specialized Bicycles as our weapon of choice. Some of the guys are riding the impeccably designed S-Works Venge. The Venge is the captain of the fleet and screams, "I'm faster than you." Designed with speed in mind, this bike is not only aerodynamic, but it is very stiff laterally. It's no wonder the top pros in the world ride this bike. Another pro's choice bike is the S-Works SL4, the hill climbing brother to the Venge. It weighs a shade less and is a 19% stiffer than its predecessor the SL3. Sleek lines and sexy looks, this bike is incredibly light at 15 lbs and climbs like a mountain goat. The rest of the guys have chosen the more affordable aluminum Allez Race. Newly designed this year with 'smart welds', a method that allows the bike to be manufactured with light aluminum tubing and stronger welds. Specialized was able to table the weight on this frame to just around 1200 grams. It's light, responsive and downright stealthy. This is a bike for any level of racer. Most important is the support we get from our friends at Rasmussen Bike Shop. Matt Buchanan is our dedicated team mechanic. Matt's a certified tech that knows all the ins and out of the bikes and components. He is always a smiling face that is willing to help. We greatly appreciate what our Bike Shop does for the sport and for us. Without them, we'd probably be throwing lawn darts at Waterworks Parks!