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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Oak Ridge Velo Classic 2015

July 25-26

Oak Ridge, TN

Hub City Lift Center Racing Explodes in OVC!

Octavio Subia 1st Omnium/2nd Crit/3rd RR Masters 45-49

Rothrock State Championship Crit Cat3/3rd Elite Masters

Justin Lowe 2nd Elite Masters

Junior Results!!

RR Zach Lowe 1st Taylor Murphy 3rd

TT zach 2nd Taylor 3rd

CRIT zach 1st Taylor 2nd

Visit for complete results!

Race Report!

Randy, Octavio, and I have been working together pretty hard to ensure Octavio stays on the top position for the TBRA Points competition. So far we have planned well and executed those plans flawlessly.

Saturday morning we lined up at 1115 for the start of the Masters 40+ road race in Oak Ridge. The temp was already 85 by the time we rolled out, as I was making final checks to make sure I had everything I needed, I noticed I forgot all my food just as we started rolling. So one can imagine what was going through my mind knowing I had to be there for my teammate and having to go over that climb twice. Anyway back to the task at hand, I stayed up front to the first part of the climb and up and over, no problems. Down the big hill my Garmin would later show my top speed of 49 mph, a super fast downhill. A couple of guys rolled of the front and held steady at about 10 seconds on the group for a few miles but they were quickly gobbled back up. I finally located Randy and got one gel, I hoped it would be enough. We hit the feed zone and Zack Lowe handled me a bottle of water which was a welcome refreshment. Back to work, the pace picked up on the way to the second climb, I found myself caught about half way back in the pack. Moving up was hard to do this time. Everyone was protecting their position. This climb is not difficult but with the slowing to almost stopped to make the sharp right hand turn any momentum one would normally carry is lost so it’s an all out effort. Up and over this time the climb was more difficult but again no problem, stayed in contact and now the work begins. I started trying to work my way back up front, everyone was really holding onto their position and moving was difficult. Their was a sharp right turn and I nailed it on the right side and moved up front. For a second I thought about trying to get a break started but just settled in behind Tony Adair. I would stay up front until the end of the race. Everything was going as planned. A MB rider actually tried to talk me into trying to escape, but I knew we could never stay away. He went and was quickly reeled back in. We made the turn to head to the finish, I think about 2 miles to go, still up front things started getting chaotic as always seems to happen at this point in the race. I held my position, finished off my bottled and tightened my shoes. Last year the group stayed bunched up until 500 meters before the finish, which made the finish difficult. We decided to string out the group before then, so after the right turn at the tracks I attacked with everything I had and got a gap. It was a slight up to the next turn and I heard another rider come up to me. I railed the turn and back on the gas giving it everything I had. At 500 meters my legs were like concrete, engine blown. The group came flying by and I saw Randy and Octavio there. Not sure what happened after that but Octavio got on the podium for 3rd place and finished ahead of Solomon who has been slowly creeping up on him for second in the points race.

by Joe Lambert
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