Photo by Ed White.
Name: Nick Holbus
Location: Bayview, WI
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Road (2) Track (2) Cross (3)
Goals for the upcoming season: Find a Madison partner and, hey! win a Madison.
Why did you start racing? Conceptual art was not competitive enough.
First Race Story: My very first race was way back when they used to host an early-season road race from the Trek factory in Waterloo. I set the tone for my first several years of racing by riding off the front after the first mile, only to blow up and get completely dropped 2 minutes later. I rode out the rest of the 40 mile race with the stragglers.
1st Bicycle: GT ZR5000 aluminum frame with Shimano SORA components, purchased from the Bikesmiths
Current bikes: Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, Specialized S-Works Langsters (x2: one mass start 58cm, one pursuit 54cm), Specialized M4 aluminum CX, Cannondale CAAD 4 mountain bike w/ Lefty.
Favorite Bicycle story: Not sure if its true or not, but the year before I first travelled to the Quad Cities for Memorial Day Weekend, there was an incident in the Pro-1/2/3 Burlington-Wapello-Burlington road race that went something like this:
So, the Pro race has the whole road under a rolling closure with police escourt. The 100+ rider peleton is cruising at like 30mph down highway 99 back towards Burlington. They just pass that one bridge after the Metropolis turn off, and all of a sudden there's a commotion up at the front of the field and the entire field comes to a complete stop. No shopping carts, no riders in the ditch. Rather, there was a parked car in the ditch..... with two half-naked chicks getting busy on the hood!!! Talk about stopping traffic! Not sure exactly how this played out, except that I think the girls hid behind the car after realizing 100 spandex dudes were standing there grinning at them.
Bicycle superstitions: Don't make any significant bike adjustments the day before or day of a race.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: In 2008, I built up a TT rig the day before the State TT and didn't get to test ride it against my better judgement (see "superstitions" above). Turns out that I anchored the rear derailleur cable on the wrong side of the securing bolt. This caused the throw to be just a little off, which caused some of the middle shifts to flipflop between gears, which, when i got out of the saddle (which is, in itself, dumb) to accellerate for the final 2 miles, caused me to throw the chain off the front chainring and go ass-over-teakettle at 32mph.
Special Talents? Eating brats and chocolate malts on epic road rides; making waffles, being crotchety.
Weaknesses: Getting bored during a race.
Final words of wisdom? Race to win, not to participate.