Rider Bio: Michael Allison

My journey into this sport really begins the summer before my freshman year of high school with a movie called You, Me, and Dupree. This movie is not about cycling at all, but in the movie Dupree gets a bike and this somehow convinced my buddy and I that we needed to get road bikes. We both bought entry level bikes, mine being a Diamondback Podium 1. The riding was sparse, but I enjoyed riding on the bike paths during summer break.

A few summers later my family was preparing for our annual trip to Nebraska to visit my grandma. I brought my bike along so that my cousin Aaron and I could go for a ride. At this point I still rode in cotton tee shirts, basketball shorts, and toe clips. That Saturday morning Aaron and I ventured out for a 20 mile casual loop with my dad and brother on some of Lincoln’s bike trails. It was a pretty casual ride. After we returned to the house a couple hours later, Aaron filled his bottles up in preparation to go out for some additional miles. He invited me along, and despite being pretty tired, I agreed. He had some extra cycling shoes that were my size and an old set of Speedplay pedals that he assured me would make a huge difference. After explaining how clipless pedals worked and crashing in the grass a few times, we rolled out for round two. I crashed two more times at stoplights on the ride, and had my first experience bonking. At the end of the day I had logged a little over 50 miles and I was hooked. I bought some bike shorts and a jersey the next week and began to do “races” (charity rides) around the KC area.

Cotton Tee, Bball Shorts, and Clipless pedals. Nebraska 2009

 

Later that summer in '09 I discovered how awesome bike shorts were.

Later that summer in ’09 I discovered how awesome bike shorts were.

That spring, I decided I was ready to upgrade from the charity ride events, to real bike races. I went to the Trek Store and picked up a badass race machine, the Trek 2.1. I was told to do the local training crits, Tuesday Night Worlds, to get a feel for how actual bike racing worked. I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first TNW. After doing a neutral lap, I was so caught up in the excitement of riding in a pack and the speeds that we were going that I went full gas off the front of the group. I was going faster than I had ever gone on a bike before, but one lap later the group came flying past me and I was off the back. Despite getting lapped what felt like hundreds of times, soft pedaling my way to the finish, and nearly throwing up after the race, I was still pretty intrigued by the whole racing thing. I had no idea how people would ride to the race and then ride home, and simply call it “training”, but I wanted to get to that point. I could barely manage to walk afterwards. I ended up doing a few more TNWs, but after getting dropped and lapped for a couple weeks straight, I decided bike racing might not be for me and looked into doing triathlon.

First Tuesday Night Worlds experience. Got lapped many a time.

First Tuesday Night Worlds experience. Got lapped many a time.

In August of 2010, I did the Jackson County triathlon in Lee’s Summit. I didn’t really train for it, other than the usual one or two rides a week plus the morning workouts for football. The swim just about killed me, the bike was super fun to me, and the run was a means to the finish. I got a tri coach, and over the course of the next year decided I was going to make an effort to get pretty decent at the multisport gig.

First triathlon ever. Jackson County Triathlon 2010

First triathlon ever. Jackson County Triathlon 2010

After high school, I went on to K-State and became pretty involved in the cycling club there. I still considered myself a triathlete, but the more group rides I did, the more bike racing began to appeal to me. That January the K-State team was planning a California training trip, and as the excitement built for that, I decided I would give bike racing a try that spring. Zach Dubas introduced me to the Lawrence racing team, GP Velotek, and even though I was still pretty unfamiliar how being on a team worked, I decided I would join. I spent the early part of that spring season racing every weekend I could, and doing every group ride I could. It didn’t take too long to upgrade to a 4. After the early spring races were over, I switched to doing collegiate racing. Since I was a 4, I was able to race in the Cat B collegiate fields, and at the time most collegiate races in our conference were Cat A/B. There were some talented Cat 1’s and 2’s in those fields so I basically had gone from racing Cat 5 to Cat 1/2/3 races in the matter of a few months. I got my ass kicked, but it was a huge learning experience and motivated me to want to get to their level. I upgraded to a Cat 3 at the end of the collegiate season. Around that time I was offered an entry from one of my teammates for the Dirty Kanza 200. My cousin Aaron was planning on racing, and the thought of a 200 mile bike race seemed exciting, so I figured why not? I mean, it’s only 200 miles… I finished in 16 hrs 38 min on my mountain bike. The experience was great, however I spent the rest of that Summer and early Fall with hamstring tendonitis. Pro tip, train for DK correctly!

Pretty sure this is my first race ever. Spring Fling 2012

Pretty sure this is my first race ever. Spring Fling 2012

I was making the face then too. KSU Road Race 2012

I was making the face then too. KSU Road Race 2012

Dirty Kanza 2012- Finished in 16hrs 38min

Dirty Kanza 2012- Finished in 16hrs 38min

At the end of 2012 I hired Jim Whittaker to coach me, which was really when I began to take the sport seriously. I began the 2013 season learning how to race, since I had spent most of 2012 simply hanging onto the Cat A/B collegiate races. It took awhile, but by the end of the season I was comfortable testing different tactics to figure out my strengths and weaknesses before upgrading. I ended 2013 upgrading before Gateway Cup and winning Kansas Best All Around Rider in the Cat 3’s.

Milan San Kansas. Actually, Spring Fling 2013

Milan San Kansas. Actually, Spring Fling 2013

Tour of Lawrence Crit Cat 3

Tour of Lawrence Crit Cat 3

Won the Cat 3 Kansas Best All-Around Rider in 2013

Won the Cat 3 Kansas Best All-Around Rider in 2013

For 2014 I had a strong spring and got some decent results locally and was able to help my teammates at regional races. The highlight of last year was getting a really solid build for the end of the season and being able to animate the race each day at Gateway Cup, picking up some primes, and missing out on a solo win by one lap at the Giro Della Montagna stage.

U23 Nationals Road Race 2014

U23 Nationals Road Race 2014

Tour de Francis Crit at Gateway Cup 2014. Crashed, attacked, attacked some more, caught with one to go...

Giro Della Montagna Gateway Cup 2014. Crashed, attacked, attacked some more, caught with one to go…

2014 was a huge learning experience for the team as a whole. I’m extremely excited to build off of my personal 2014 successes, help get the team some results this season, and make this my best year on the bike yet! Thanks for the support, and I’m excited to see you all at the races!

Olathe Subaru Cycling 2015

 

 

Rider Bio: Kent Woermann

I started road cycling when I was around 10. My dad and I would ‘train’ each summer by putting in 20-30 mile rides on the weekends along with the occasional fun ride like Wheel to Weston or the Lenexa Night ride. Our big goal was to complete the MS150 each fall. Back then it was 100 miles on Saturday then 50 miles on Sunday – which in my 10 year old mind was massive. I can’t say I loved nor hated it but cycling wasn’t nearly as high on the priority list as baseball or basketball which made for year round competition.

Around 19 my dad took me to a group ride and I’m fairly sure I got dropped before it even started. I didn’t know what had just happened but it peaked my interest with endurance sports and I started looking into triathlon. I’m not sure why I thought triathlon would be fun but I got the idea in my head that an Ironman would be a solid challenge. After a fall/winter of bike, run, swim (read: weeeee, thud, sink) I realized my happy place was on the bike. In the Spring I attempted to hang on to another group ride and hung on just a little longer (maybe 5 minutes). I was getting better but still had a long ways to go.

As I started doing more group rides I started to get a little faster and guys started talking to me about racing. I had no clue what bicycle racing was or how to get started, but I wanted to give it a shot.

One thing that I found weird about bike racing – if you don’t know somebody to help you get started this sport can be intimidating and there isn’t any clear cut way to get started. Eventually somebody convinced me all I had to do was show up, pay the entry fee, and race. Sounded simple enough but it still took a couple months before I finally just went for it.

My first race was the Baldwin City road race in 2008. I made it about half-way through before getting dropped from the group and finished 13th. My next race was the Cliff Drive circuit at TKC where I crashed on a wet downhill shortly after completing my first lap (120 psi is not good in rain I later learned). My last race for my grueling 2008 campaign was the Sedalia Criterium. I got caught behind a crash on lap 2 and couldn’t catch back on. From the few laps I actually got to be apart of the racing I was hooked.

Early winter training

Early winter training

Tour of Hermann 2009 – Cat 5

Tour of Hermann 2009 – Cat 5

Tour of Hermann 2010 – Cat 3

Tour of Hermann 2010 – Cat 3

I started training hard through the winter by lifting weights and riding my bike inside and outside as much as I could. The next season I started winning in the 5’s, then the 4’s, and by the end of 2009 I was getting my ass kicked in the 3’s. Once again I trained hard through the winter and came out guns blazing in 2010 by taking a handful of early podiums then really hitting my stride during the middle of the season and racking up a handful of wins. At the end of 2010 I upgraded to category 2. My first category 1/2 race was the Friday twilight race at Gateway Cup. It was a scary, awesome, and an adrenaline packed experience. The speeds and intensity were much higher than anything I had experienced before. It was great motivation to train hard once again through the winter.

MO State Criterium 2011

MO State Criterium 2011

Recovering from my broken clavicle in 2011

Recovering from my broken clavicle in 2011

First Cat 1/2 Weekend at Gateway Cup

First Cat 1/2 Weekend at Gateway Cup

Racing CX in 2011.

Racing CX in 2011.

In 2011 I was ready to rock but a hard early season crash at Hillsboro Roubaix shattered my clavicle and gave me my first real challenge in cycling. Racing was always challenging but learning to turn left again and get over the fear of crashing was much harder. I still had some great performances later in the season which opened up the opportunity to ride with the Tradewind Energy squad in 2012. Riding with Tradewind in 2012 and 2013 was full of learning experiences and challenges alike.

In 2014 I had another gnarly crash that knocked me out and put me the hospital for a couple days. I  cracked a rib and punctured a lung but otherwise wasn’t too bad. When I got home and started looking at my shoulder I realized it looked really weird. I went to my chiropractor for x-rays and sure enough I had a full AC-seperation. I went in for surgery to have it repaired a few weeks later and pretty much ended my 2014 road season. I got back on the bike in July with strict orders not to crash. I got some decent fitness back around October so I decided to start riding my MTB again and even raced a few CX races.

It was rough taking a year off from racing but there is always positive to be found in any situation. I took the time to focus on some nagging overuse injuries and got those under control. I also was able to spend some extra time growing my business, Move Up Endurance Coaching. I’m stronger, healthier, and more motivated to race than I’ve been in quite some time. I’m super pumped to be racing with the Olathe Subaru crew in 2015. It’s going to be a great year!

Tour of Hermann 2012.

Tour of Hermann 2012.

Tour of KC 2012

Tour of KC 2012

Colorado w/Kelly

Colorado w/Kelly

 

Rider Bio: Ian Silovsky

IAN SILOVSKY

Hometown- Milford, Kansas

Residence-Topeka, Kansas

Birthday- 08/06/1988

Strengths- All-rounder

Height- 5’10”

Weight-147 lbs

Ian has been competitively racing bikes for 5 years. Coming from a collegiate running background, he thought Triathlons’ would be his next adventure, until he bought his first road bike for $200. Soon after riding the open roads he decided to participate in his first Crit in Arkansas and the rest was history.

For Ian cycling offers him the ability to stay active, while still keeping his competitive edge. “The combination of technology, camaraderie of teammates, and the opportunity to challenge oneself, makes this sport the best in the world!”

Ian’s goal for 2015 is to earn his upgrade points to a Category 1 level rider, and to continue the growth of a regional elite team based out of Kansas. When Ian is not working or riding, he is spending his time with his wife, Caitlin and his two labs.