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Name: Andrew Yeoman
Disciplines/ Current Categories: Track - Cat3, Cyclocross - Cat 3, Road - Cat 4.
Goals for the upcoming season: Win a crit. or a road race for the first time ever, upgrade to a Cat 3 on the road, have fun at the track, put up some competitive cross numbers.
Why did you start racing? I started doing alleycats in 2006 because I was really into riding fixed-gears and wanted to test myself against friends and strangers. The following year I started road and track racing and I haven't looked back.
First Race Story: My first sanctioned race was the first Kenosha Spring practice crit. of 2007. I did it on a steel Ciocc with 8-speed Shimano 600 and still did pretty well. I'm sure I was beyond sketchy in the pack and corners though. I had only gotten a road bike the week before and I remember I kept on shifting between rings because I couldn't remember which shifter controlled which derailleur.
1st Bicycle: I had some Raleigh mountain bikes when I was a kid. When I got into fixed gears, I had a Ross conversion for about a year that served me well.
Current bikes: Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. custom cyclocross with SRAM Red, Milwaukee Bicycle Co. Team Pegasus edition track, Aluminium Merckx with Rival, hopefully that'll be upgraded to a Madone with either Red or Force very soon. Late 90s KHS Aero Track for about town.
Favorite Bicycle story (Does not have to be related to racing): Not so much a story, but I have very fond memories of exploring downtown Chicago late at night when I was getting around exclusively by the Ross conversion. I'm not sure I'll ever get that feeling back of being so happy and alone while surrounded by so many big buildings.
Bicycle superstitions: If you don't bring flat changing tools, you're going to get a flat. Also before every cyclocross race I pump my tires to what I think is right, then I let out a little bit of air, just to be sure.
Dumbest thing you've done on a bike: June 1st, 2007, day before my 25th birthday, Cale's house, Cale's SS 29er, my face meets pavement.
Special Talents? Not really.
Strengths: Long sprints, putting myself in pain.
Weaknesses: Apparently endurance, racing cyclocross on clinchers.
Final words of wisdom? I'm coming for you, Mike Morell.