RIDER NAME: GAGE HECHT
CATEGORY: 17-18 junior
Through some of our dealers we come in contact with many talented athletes over the years. This year our dealer (ALPHA BICYCLE CO.) in Centennial, Colorado contacted us concerning sponsoring a junior for the Cyclocross season. We helped out with some equipment, but really had no idea what a force we were looking at. Meet Gage Hecht. He’s racing the 17-18 year old junior category in Cyclocross….and by the way; he’s ranked #1 in the world! Gage is racing on a fleet of Psychlo X RSL frames this year and is poised to be in Europe as the heart of the season gets rolling. Gage took the time to write about what he’s been up to lately……
I have had a great time so far this season with all of the racing that has taken place. Thanks to Alpha’s sponsors I have been afforded the opportunity to travel around the country and soon across the globe.
Early in the season I went to the Providence Cyclocross Festival. During the two day event I raced top caliber riders from all over the country. The first day it was cool outside and during the race it began to rain. I was able to hold second position for the first half lap. After that, I put in an attack that gave me a gap and I held it for the remainder of the race. The second day I sat in the lead group for the entirety of the race and held out for a second place.
Just this past weekend, I raced in Cincinnati at the Cinci3 UCI race. Both days were in parks consisting of a very grassy environment; however, the second day I raced held a lot more elevation gain and overall technical difficulty. The first day, I broke off the front in the first lap and built upon that gap until the finish. The second day, which was the Pan-American Championships, I got the whole shot and worked with my former teammate, Christopher Blevins, until we were two laps outside of finishing. I put in an attack and it led to my gaining a healthy lead. Consequently, I earned the title of Pan-American Champion. This win was the first American win at the Pan-American Cyclocross championships. Following that weekend I have been ranked the #1 Junior Elite Cyclocross racer in the world…such an honor!
Over the next couple of months I have been invited by the USA Cycling National Team to compete in Europe and experience a new level of racing. These races, some of which will be world cups, will take place in Belgium and the Netherlands where I will have the opportunity to race in typical European Cyclocross conditions consisting of a lot of mud. I’m really looking forward to comparing European Cyclocross racing/competition with American Cyclocross.
My goals this year are to continue to improve and grow as a rider while racing the Senior Men Open races with the Pros. Ultimately, I hope to win Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, TX and qualify for Worlds. If I am invited to race at Worlds, which will be held in the Czech Republic, I hope to place top ten representing America well. Again, I cannot thank Alpha and its sponsors enough for all of the support they have invested in me.
I am grateful to also have been provided a lot of great equipment this year. The Moots bikes that I am riding are amazing. It’s really cool to get the chance to ride titanium as opposed to carbon. It has proven to be a great material and the bikes perform amazingly. Also, this year I have been given the opportunity to use TRP’s mechanical disk brakes, which I have never race with before. These are like the cherry on top of the pie. Sram helped us a lot with components. I have always loved their product and they have performed well as always. I am thankful for the Clement tires I receive. They have helped me get through all the conditions I have faced with ease. DT Swiss has provided me with high quality hubs and wheels, and Fi’zi:k has delivered the comfort that every rider wants. My Lazar helmet fits like no other has which I am grateful for because my head shape is hard to fit. WickWerks has provided me with some or the best chainrings that are on the market and Crankbrothers gave me some very versatile pedals. Finally, Orange Seal has saved me from many flats, both on training rides and in the race.
Thank you so much to all of these sponsors for helping me grow as an athlete and reach my goals: Vista Auto Group, Subaru of America, United Healthcare, and Cardel Homes. I couldn’t do what I am doing without your support!
Our dear friend Susie Wargin of Channel 9 News, based in Denver, Colorado likes the color pink. So much so that this is the second bike she’s had painted in her favorite hue. This time around it’s a Vamoots RSL. Susie has been a long standing sports anchor with the top rated 9 News for many years. Always taking that early morning gig and always finding a special interest in cycling events around our great state. Coincidence? I think not. Is there a reason she gets to follow the US PRO CHALLENGE? Ride the Rockies? Yes, cycling is in her blood.
This last summer she visited and stayed with us here at Moots. A type of break from the action and part ordering a new bike! Susie is stepping away from the super full time news gig to pursue other things as well as being with her family a bit more. In there somewhere she has decided to do RAAM in 2015! What bike will she be on? This pink RSL no less.
Her bike is now done and ready to get those training miles rolling.
- Susie went with these highlights on her new rig:
- Vamoots RSL (custom)
- Moots RSL fork
- Shimano Ultegra kit
- Shimano Ultegra wheels
- Moots Ti stem 31.8
- Moots Ti post (zero set back)
- Chris King 1 1/8” no-thread set (black sotovoce)
- Chris King PF BB
- Custom “Telecom” Pink paint
We are proud to announce that we have a new dealer in Mill Valley, California. STUDIO VELO has come onboard as an authorized Moots dealer and has already stocked bikes and has their first full custom in the works as well. Moots is thrilled to be in the heart of one of the epicenters of cycling, just over the bridge from San Francisco. STUDIO VELO has been in business for 10+ years and founds their business on PASSION, PRECISION and PERFORMANCE, these core values are shared by us here at Moots as well.
Be on the lookout for Moots events coming to STUDIO VELO this coming year. We’ll be out to support a great shop and partner to bring Moots to Marin County, California.
If you live in the area, please stop by and see what Handbuilt in the Rockies is all about at STUDIO VELO.
Moots dealer BESPOKE CYCLING in London are featured in this short video promoting the “MOST GLAMOROUS BICYCLE SHOW ON EARTH”…..The takes place in Monaco, so I’ll take their word on that. The store front shots are of BESPOKE CYCLING and the ocean, palm trees and “other views” are from the Monaco tourism board. Like they need a tourism board, right? I’m clearing my calendar now for the April 3rd-5th event.
Anyway, can you spot the Moots in the video?…a couple of hits. Eyes up here!
This past Monday and Tuesday small businesses that had been nominated for THE WRIGHT AWARD gathered in Denver for an afternoon of round table discussions and then the award night on Tuesday at SPACE Gallery. The WRIGHT award was started by a group of entrepreneurs that awards a Colorado company that combines commererce and lifestyle in the work place. Cutting edge businesses that show they do more than make things and sell things. This is about working in a place that encourages employees to get out and be active while taking care of business.
150 companies were nominated. 12 of those companies make it to the final, which requires you to put together a 90 second video about your company. Those 12 are asked to come to the round table session and the awards night. From there the 12 videos are shown during the night and a panel (which has already seen the videos and voted) cuts the 12 to the final 3. The final 3 are then put on stage and asked questions by the panel. Those questions/answers determine the winner.
Moots was honored to be in the final 12. We worked with Michael Bye here in Steamboat to produce our video. Capturing what your company is all about in 90 seconds is tough work for sure. As the videos were shown, there was a short break between the first 6 and the last 6, which let our governor John Hickenlooper take the stage and say some great words about our state and the spirit of small businesses in Colorado. Once the last 6 videos were shown the final 3 were announced. Moots didn’t make it into the final 3, but we felt really good about the experience and exercise that went into making the video.
Eldorado Climbing Walls, Icelntick Skis and Dale’s Pale Ale made the final 3 and went through the on-stage- Q & A. In the end, Eldorado Climbing Walls came out the victor.
All in all it was a great event and again, we were honored to be in the final 12.
We hope you enjoy our little video. Look for more of them to be hitting our site soon.
MOOTS FACTORY PILOTS —RGR COLORADO 2014
We all have tales of “epic” rides, shredded tires and shredded legs. This tale goes back to late July of this year and the Rapha Gentlemen’s Race-Colorado. An event that is not an “event”, no road closures, no permits needed, “We are just a group of 6 friends out riding this beautiful terrain” is pretty much the only instructions you get….plus a queue sheet that lists out the turns and mileage and overall elevation gain/loss…..oh yeah about that….only 107 miles dotted with 7 sustained climbs that put us climbing almost 3 vertical miles in the end… (That’s just over 14,000 feet in this case). ….with over half the miles on dirt surfaces to the “Switzerland Trail” that would best be taken on a mountain bike for most. Truly an amazing way to see a route you would never string together on your own….in your right mind.
ON WE ROLLED
The Moots Factory Pilots vowed to finish the route, no matter how long we might be out there. We stuck together and pushed through as a group. We rode a mix of bikes, from Vamoots RSL, Psychlo X and Vamoots DR. We all stuck to tires around 28mm and used every one of those little millimeters. We almost made it the entire day without a flat, until about 3 miles to go…..just at that point you want someone to take your bike away from you and hand you a sandwich. We changed it and headed to the barn. Not the last team to finish but hey, only 8 teams out of 24 finished the entire route, so we felt like winners anyway.
NAMES #HASHBROWN FUN?
Looking back at the queue sheet brings back the memories of the roads, climbs and land marks. Names like….FLAGSTAFF, GROSS DAM, MAGNOLIA, MOUNTAIN PINES RD, ESCAPE ROUTE, SUNSHINE and let us not forget the gut punch of LICKSKILLET ROAD at mile 87.8. Just a little .7 mile stretch at 18% to make sure your legs were still hanging from your waist. OUCH.
TIPS FOR RGR COMERS
During a day like the RGR it is without doubt very important to pick your team wisely. You should not base this on speed alone; you should base it on their mindset and ability to keep a good sense of humor for 8 hours. For most teams out there it’s not a matter of IF you will bonk, but just when…..and keeping a cool head during the crappy times is key. Our band of brothers + one sister did just that….we all have worked together at Moots for some time and have ridden many rides together, but never an outing like the RGR…it really brought a new meaning to “bonding”…and since this ride we all have just a little more “dirt” on each other…..
So the next time something like this comes up I’d be proud to ride with Matty P, Corey P, Kelly B, Nate B, or Matt A….serious fun out there and something I’ll remember for a long time.
For more insight to the RGR Colorado you can read some great words from non other than Andy Hampsten on the RAPHA site.
Fresh off of our return from Eurobike and Interbike we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and press posts have been hitting the interwaves about two new bikes from us. The story goes like this…. ROUTT and ROUTT 45 are two new bikes with a great past. Once called the Psychlo X which shared the same geometry of the racy Psychlo X RSL the ROUTT’S under went a geometry re-vamp last fall. We lowered the bottom bracket, slackened the head angle, lengthened the head tube and shortened the top tube to better suit the loose conditions many of us ride on a daily basis. The ROUTT keeps its racer friendly 42.3cm chainstays to keep it quick around a taped off cross course and the ROUTT 45 goes to a 45cm chainstay for even more stability and also to accommodate a larger tire width. The ROUTT can handle up to a 34mm tire, while the ROUTT 45 can take up to a 41-42mm tire for those more adventurous days in the saddle.
Also introduced are our all black decals(see below). Decal sets are in stock now and can be ordered for any model except the MX Divide and Divide. They will be in our web store shortly.
These two models really round out our line and let you have your pick dependant on your riding style.
Look for our website to be updated soon!
The Moots family is growing lately. We’d like to welcome Ellis Hindes to our crew. Eric and his wife Kristin welcomed their little girl just about 4 weeks ago today. Eric runs our CNC department and makes/designs all the cool items that get welded into your Moots. Of course the first order of business is to give Ellis something sharp and titanium to play with…..a future at Moots? Maybe. And yes, that’s a Moots sticker on her forehead. Don’t call social services.
Both Kristin and Eric are adjusting to parent life in stride…”she sleeps, eats AND poops” were Eric’s words when asked how it’s going. Nothing really shocking anymore!
Congratulations to Eric and Kristin and welcome Ellis!
We are packed up and headed to Las Vegas for Interbike 2014. Trade shows are known for loads of conversation and time on your feet. What better way to break it all up then a bike ride? The Moots crew is getting out and riding during the show and we’d like to invite you to do the same.
FRIDAY September 12TH
We are parking at our local Moots Dealer; Las Vegas Cyclery and heading out to do the Red Rock Canyon Loop. Ride rolls at 6:30am sharp from the shop parking lot. Bring your bike and let’s ride. The ride should be about 30 or so miles at an easy pace, with some climbing.
Once finished we’ll head into the show for the consumer day.
Date: September 12th, 2014
Time: 6:30 am
Location: Las Vegas Cyclery
Type of ride: road
**Please note: we will not have demo bikes for this event.
Steamboat Stage Race 2014—-
This last weekend Steamboat Velo bagged its 6th edition of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race on the roads in and around our wonderful corner of Colorado. The Steamboat Velo club has grown the race to a field of 400 racers that took part in 3 stages. An opening 22km time trial along River Road started off the action on Saturday, testing man, machine and the rolling terrain we ride weekly. TT bikes abounded for this stage to go against the clock.
Next was the Sunday Moots sponsored road race. A very hilly course that took place on Twenty Mile road and the “3 bitches” as the locals so affectionately calls them. True to its reputation the course handed out punishment for all, with our local woman pro Amy Charity taking the win in the women’s category. Which speaking of woman, the stage race pays our equal prize money for both men and women…..they are paving the way to the future. And with every edition in the past the Sunday evening BBQ help at Moots HQ was a hit. During the evening loads of food is served to all, factory tours are given by Moots employees and a Moots frame is drawn out of the hat for one lucky participant. Steamboat Velo also went the extra mile to have a volunteer podium that recognized the hard work done by some incredibly giving people. During the evening donations were also collected and with some help from entry fees, the event raised $700.00 for Lift Up, which is our local food bank.
Last up was the downtown crit that covers a rectangular course through old town Steamboat Springs. One little hill and some fast corners make this a classic crit course loved by many. Just one block off Main Street this stage really gives the feel of our town, as spectators are drawn to the fast action and great vibe.
Congrats to all that conquered the course and their bodies. Next year will be lucky number 7 for the event, which you can count on again for Labor Day weekend.
Hope to see you there!