Paris-Brest-Paris 2015

Tom Gee sets new American cycling record!!

Justin Lowe Complets PBP in First Attempt!!

August 16 – 20


Tom Gee of Paris successfully finished the 1,200-kilometer Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race in Paris, France, Aug. 20 in a time of 73 hours and 12 minutes.
This was the eighth time Gee has finished the event. That is a new record for U.S. riders in the 124-year history of the event.
Gee competed in France along with Justin Lowe of Stewart County. Lowe became a first-time finisher or “ancien” of the event.
Four Tennessee riders started the event and Gee and Lowe were the only ones to finish within the 90-hour time limit for the event.
Over all, only about 70 percent of the 6,000 starters of the event finished within the time limit.55e5d69dac271.image
Paris-Brest-Paris is the premier long-distance cycling event in the world and is only held every four years since its start in 1891.
It is the oldest cycling event in the world and was the forerunner to the Tour de France.
Originally a professional bicycle race, it is now an amateur-only event which stresses the same self-sufficiency required of riders in the 1890s.
Riders buy supplies anywhere along the course, but support from motorized vehicles is prohibited except at checkpoints.
There is a 90-hour time limit and the clock runs continuously. Participants ride through the night and sleep as little as possible, sometimes catching a few minutes beside the road before continuing.
Finishing the event and having their name entered into the “Great Book of Anciens” of Paris-Brest-Paris is considered a great honor for a cyclist.
Gee and Lowe are teammates on the Hub City/Lift Center Cycling team out of Jackson. Both are current Tennessee State Cycling Champions in their respective age groups.
Gee is the administrator of Henry County Medical Center in Paris.

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Multiple Podiums and OVERALL VICTORY at The 2nd Annual Hub City Kids Triathlon at Union University, Jackson, TN 8/8/15


The HubCity/Lift Center Junior Triathlon Team had a great showing at the 2nd Annual Kids Triathlon in Jackson, TN this past weekend.  Everyone looked awesome in their new team kits.  The weather was perfect and the turnout was great for the 2nd year event with close to 70 racers showing up.  There were 2 Divisions:

Senior Division (12+yrs) – consisted of a 200 meter swim, 3 mile bike, and a 1.2 mile run.   Junior Division (-12 yrs) – consisted of a 100 meter swim, 1.5 mile bike, and 0.6 mile run.

Natalie Stookey was our only female representative in the Senior Division and had a great race and earned 2nd Place in the female 15-16 group.

Nathanael Davis finished 6th and had the 2nd Fastest swim time in the male 12-14 group.

The Junior Division was highly contested with 50 total racers.  We had 5 racers in the Junior Division – Grayce McEarl in the female 10-11 group, Sarah Davis in the female 8-9 group and Taylor Murphy, Jack Guthrie, & Lance Franks all racing in the male 10-11 group.

Grayce set the FASTEST Run of the entire day with a time of 4:01 which was a 6:42 mile pace.  She was 6th in her age group and 13th Overall.

Sarah had the Fastest Swim in her age group, while also placing 4th in the female 8-9.

Lance had a solid race finishing 6th in his age group and 18th Overall.

Jack raced really strong finishing 5th in his age group and 8th Overall.

Taylor, who has had a great road racing season this year, continued his bike form from his TN State Road Race Championships victory the weekend before and set the FASTEST Bike time of the day.  Taylor also had a great run time of 4:11 which was a 6:59 pace, and enough to earn the win in his age group as well as Overall Victory in the Junior Division.

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Espinazo Del Diablo (TN State RR Championship)

August 2, 2015

Dover, TN

Justin Lowe and Tom Gee bring home State Championship

in Cat3/Masters 60+ Respectively!!

Juniors Sweep Podium!

Race Report

The cat 3 state road race was a success, in multiple ways.. We perfectly executed a race plan, and ended up 1rst and 2nd!

In our last race as 3’s, the plan was for me to make the first 60 miles as hard as possible. I went at the line (literally) and ended up spending 84 miles off the front, until Justin completed a bridge at around mile 79, and we rode in together.

I attacked at the line, and held 350 watts for the first 15 minutes, and had 1 guy come with me, from IAM cycling, a teammate of one of the strongest guys. I pushed hard for the first 45 minutes and got about 2 minutes, then settled in. Realizing it was taking the pressure off the IAM team with him being with me, I left him at 2 hours, and drove it hard for another 45 minutes, getting the gap to over 5 minutes.

I then got to relax and ride pace, stop at the feed stations, fill my water bottles, a nip of coppenhagen, and enjoy the scenery a bit, and just rode the fast sections hard.

As planned, justin attacked at 65 miles, and thanks to the moto giving me splits, I knew he was coming. I sat up, and he joined me with somewhere around 5 miles to go (i only have power, cadence, hr, and time… no odometer on my race screen – its set for crits!) He showed up with another rider, so we pushed it some and then it was justin and I.

Felt great not just to podium, but to execute a race plan to perfection! Congrats to Justin on another W and a fancy jersey.

The team did great with podiums in multiple categories.. Coming to the end of a great season, and I guess our team is too strong to stay in the 3’s. Its time to move on to the elite masters and Pro12 ranks :)

by Alan Rothrock
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Battle of Nashville Crit

Alan Rothrock WINS the Cat 3 race in a solo breakaway

Richard Murphy earns 3rd Place in the Cat 4 race

Rocktovio and Lambert 1st and 3rd in Masters 40+!!!

Tom Gee WINS Masters 60+ Gold!!

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