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Cycle Racing

Driving the lead car on open roads for a UCI team on a Tour de Yorkshire recce is certainly interesting; so when my good friend and team DS for Vitus Pro Cycling, Cherie Pridham asked me to help out, I was delighted and excited. After all, at heart I’m just a cycling fan like the rest of us.

After what seemed like Noah’s flood of 40 days continual rain, the sun was shining back and the skies were blue as we all got ready at Beverley, finished coffees, and DS Cherie passed over the necessary instructions.

We wanted to do more with up and coming teams in 2018, especially in the USA, as we're a global website after all. Also being a fan of Pizza, Papa John’s Team seemed an obvious choice. Seriously though, it’s a great young team, full of colour and spirit and with a positive vibe about it. Time then to speak with team founder, Tish all about it...

Team founder Tish was a racer herself, coming from a sports background, racing cat 3 and was tops in Florida. Her husband raced masters too, so I guess it was a sports background for the kids to grow up, and yes, the kids were son racing too.

Fitness, Grit, Luck, and a Whole lot of Support

Hannah Shell, USA & Pappa John Racing UCI Team

What does it take to get through a UCI stage race? We spend a lot of time documenting the grit, team tactics, fitness, and pure suffering it takes from the riders. But results lists and social media posts don’t fully capture the effort, skill, and background logistics it takes from support staff to get the team to the line. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to help riders make it through each stage.

I’m going to try to do justice to the insane amount of effort the team management put in to

Creating the Kit List

Hannah Shell, USA Road Cycling

We’ve all had that oh shit moment pulling up to a race realizing we forgot our shoes our bibs, our race number or some other essential race item.

My (sort of) solution to this forgetting problem is to have a race ready bag where I keep all my stuff. Our team is super fortunate to be sponsored by adidas for luggage and apparel. The adidas backpack is perfect because it has the best combination of big pockets and small pockets so that every item has a home. Here’s what I keep in my bag:

1. Shoes.