National team in Belgium

A good article posted by USAC, to read more go to

JUNIOR Development Program

Nathan Brown rode his way onto the podium in Wuustewezel, Belgium on Sunday as six juniors rode for the U.S. National Team in the Omloop Der Vlaamse Gewesten. Brown placed third after riding with a seven-person breakaway that lasted for 80-kilometers of the UCI 1.1 race. Teammate Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes) won the sprint for eighth-place, while Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing) was tenth. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes) finished in 24th, Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Hot Tubes) in 97th, and Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift)in 158th after crashing with five kilometers to go.


The boys did great, good ride by all of them.

Worlds 2009 Russia

Just back from Russia.  Very interesting place, not tourist friendly at all.  We did make it down to Red Square which was very interesting, along with our trip on the metro to get down there.  The food, we’ll let’s say if you were looking to lose wght that would be the place to go.  Our hotel, which was were all the teams were staying was right next to one of the busiest streets, and our room faced the street.  Cement rooms, very, very small and every thing echoed off the walls.  Thus very little sleep. 


Now to racing, we got there on Wednesday to a very sick Nathan, the food (which again was the worst) was not sitting well with him.  He was throwing up, bad head ache and basically very weak.  I took him out to eat a couple times and he did perk up a little by Friday the day of the TT.  But, still not on his game, very depleted and still not looking the best.  The course was in a beautiful park along the river, the first waves started with no wind, which was the wave of the Australian who won.  He rode a good TT, in Lawson’s wave which was the second wave the wind had picked up a little, and Lawson rode a very good TT.  Nathan’s wave started and the wind had really picked up 20 -25MPH side or head wind for the whole course.  That didn’t make a whole lot of difference for Nate as he was just not on.  In the first five K he had made up 35 seconds on his minute man an Italian, but from there he went down hill and was totally drained.  Finishing 34th, but he gave it his all and was very excited to have his teammate on the podium.  I haven’t seen Nate suffer and look so drained after a TT as this one.  But those are things that can happen on a one day event.


Moving on to the RR, I really thought that Nate was going to be done after a lap or two.  It was again on a very technical course, fast throttle’s on type course.  Inside the sports complex park, along side the Velodrome which is very impressive (several hr records broken there).  The course was one that would require a lot of mental alertness and physical strength.  Both of which I didn’t know if Nate had it in him.  He was tired, and ready for the season to come to an end.  Normally he was the team leader, but with how he was feeling the team switched up and changed around the plan.  The plan going in was for Lawson, and Eastman (both 17 yr olds) to cover the early moves, Nate to cover the middle attacks in the middle laps, and then to set up Jacob Rathe and Gavin.  Ian’s job was to just be the man to do any work that would need to be done.  The first couple laps were fast, the cool thing about this course was you could see them four times on the course with a little running.  Thus, Jonny and I did a little running.  As I said the first couple laps looked fast and dangerous.  The first moves went and no USA riders.  Eastman was hanging on and Lawson looked like a deer in headlights.  Gavin was not on a good day and was tail gunning it, eventually getting gapped and dropped on lap three. 


On lap two a move goes up the road and Nate goes with it, three guys (Belgium, Italian and Nate)  it grows to five and through one of the climbs they look good, but it got brought back by the time they came through the start finish.  Then some where on the part of the course on lap three that I couldn’t see Nate and five other get away, two Italians, two Belgiums, and a German.  They are moving and looking good.  The gap grows to 50 seconds.  The next couple laps the break keeps growing, by two’s and three’s, but no USA riders come up with any.  Again Eastman hanging on, Lawson still a little over whelmed, Ian patrolling the front and Rathe sitting in, Gavin out by now. 


The break grows to over 10 riders, I think finally 13, Nate driving it, but it was getting to big.  I was standing around the Belgium coaches and technical staff.  They had radios through out the course and all you could hear was don’t let the American ride.  The Belgiums started sitting on, just in case Nate tried to go, thus one Italian started sitting on, with a French rider and the German.  Thus the break was doomed, it went from over a minute to being caught with in one lap on the final lap.  Nate tried a solo move just before being caught, but it was still to far 16K to the finish.  Going into the final lap it was back together. 


Immediately three go up the road one Italian, One Belgium, one French, but no USA riders.  Jacob didn’t react Lawson was hanging on as was Eastman and Nate had just gotten caught from being in the break for 7 of the 8 laps.  Ian immediately went to the front and brought that back, but as soon as he did that, the Belgiums launched another attack with two of them, and all the other hitters except again the USA and the Dutch.  The break was six and moving fast, throughout the lap the break grows to ten with more of the heavy hitting countries except USA and Dutch.  Jacob never went with any of the moves, Ian and Lawson were dropped by now Eastman was hanging on, and Nate looked like he was ready to call it quits.  By the time they came through my advantage point the break was moving, the pack was in disarray and Nate, Ian and Lawson were off the back.  Ian and Nate had given it there all, as Nate rolled through were I was at he pulled over.  You could cut the course right there to get to the start/finish which he did.  He was toast, but I told him good job, he had given it his all.  The break needed to be split, it needed another American to allow it to be split.  They could of started to counter attack and that would of split the break allowing it to work.  But, that is bike racing. 


Back to the finish.  With one K to go the Belgium attacks and gets a gap, the French are chasing like mad and De Bie (the other Belgium is sitting on) they are moving coming through the 600 meters to go sign.  The sprint starts, the Belgium hangs on, Demare (French rider) out sprints the break and on down.  The only teams to truly miss out on the move were the Dutch and Americans.  A few seconds later, the field with Rathe leading it out from over 500 meters, getting past by five or so riders.  Eastman finishes at the back, just glad to have finished never a factor in the race.


For as strong as the American team was I believe the outcome should of been better.  But, as all know that is bike racing, some days you are on, others not.  Any thing can happen in a given one day race.  They all did the best they could for that day.  Nate has had a great junior career and thanks to all of you he has made it to be one of the elite riders in the World.  He was a feared rider in the peloton, by hearing team directors talk and talking to me afterwards.  He fell a little short, but he walks away happy with his race and with no regrets he layed it out.  Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing all soon.


On a side note the boys (Tristar) did great at Junior Nationals, that is for another post.  Jonny got on the podium once and just missed it the other days once in the TT by .002 seconds.



Update Stage 1 Trofeo Karlsberg



This is from a South African site about the first stage of the Trofeo Karlsberg that the US National team and Nathan are racing in. 

For most of the first stage the race was under the tight control of Germany A and B teams, with most of the moves only gaining around 10 seconds.

With 10km to go it came alight when Chris Jennings attacked with five other riders, including Tour de Pays de Vaud winner, Nathan Brown. They gained 17s quite quickly with Brown and Jennings at full tilt. Germany put most of their A and B teams on the front, later joined by Netherlandsbut still only managed to reduce the gap to 13s. Italy eventually also joined in and the break just didn’t have enough power with three nations committed to bringing them back.  They were caught with a mere 300m to go!  So close, yet so far…..

Re:World Qualifiers 2009

Hi to all,

This was written by Nathan’s Director and I thought it was so good I wanted to post it on the site. Very soon we should have photos posted from the race.

Hello everyone,
I’m going to try to keep it brief. Yesterday was the worlds trials road race held thirty miles south of Nashville, TN. It was hot and humid and long, for juniors. The race was a nineteen mile hilly run out to a twenty one mile circuit they did three times, also very hilly. We started with five riders in the eighty plus field of all the best juniors in the US. Our plan was simple, no mistakes and let the race come to us. When it’s this hot and long the early move is usually not a great move. I left for the feed zone ten minutes before the start to beat the crowds there; that didn’t work. Feeding was going to be critical today with the high heat and the long laps. Gabriella, besides me, is probably the best feed zone feeder I’ve seen. She ha s incredible vision for the guys and fast hands and never seems to miss a feed. We staked out our spot and wai ted. The lead police car came by leading a solo rider going like he was late for dinner……..Three minutes later the field. No problem, with what was ahead I was not worried. All the guys took a feed and we waited.

Next lap four new guys off the front, followed one minute thirty later by two with another thirty second gap to Nate B rown, twenty seconds later by a Garmin rider then Gavin and one other and the field twenty seconds back. Still no problem. These races change quickly but I was getting looks from some directors in the feed zone like “What are they u p to? What are they waiting for?” I get the basic info from the wheel van, Anders flatted twice, two separate times, Nate flatted a rear and Lawson flatted a front. Still no problem, they were all there except Lawson who was chasing back on. Since Lawson won the time trial on Saturday, I knew he was a good bet to get back, plus there was nothing I could do.

Next and last lap the lead police car comes by and we wait… rider, it’s Nate, solo riding like the school principal is looking for him. He has twenty seconds on one rider then we wait……Two minutes later there are four and the field another minute thirty later. This was it. Gabriella and I had both spoken to Nate about stepping up, getting his head out of his butt and getting on with making the worlds team. Nate, as the top road racer from the US and one of the best in the world last season was finding out that being “the chosen one” is not all it’s cracked up to be. The wins didn’t come as easy as last year even though he’s stronger then he was then. We, as a team, were not riding for any single team member in this race. They all were going to have their chance to auto qualify for the worlds team but if you wanted the team’s support, you needed to put yourself in a position to win, then the team would support that. We had gone over several possibilities that could happen and this was one of them. We said very little to Nate or any of the guys in the few second s we saw them. What was there to say? They knew what they had created and they were living up to their potential, all of them.

After they passed we made the dash for the finish line and waited. It was hot waiting. I could only imagine how hot it was on the bike. The police car came into sight and there was Nate, solo, the Nate I knew from last season, the big race winner. He was back and better then ever. He crossed the line and down the road with Gabriella, recovery drinks in hand, running after him. Nobody in sight so I watched the tearful greeting the two of them shared down the r oad away from everyone else. Two minutes later one rider, three minutes later four then the field sprint won by Gavin. We killed them with teamwork I knew, I just didn’t have the details.

The details: Lawson single handedly kept tempo making sure no lead got out of hand for the first thirty miles until he flatted. Anders and Ian, on the second lap blew the field apart with a monster hard ten mile effort, brought back the break and set up Nate for the winning move. When it came back together Nate went so hard up the midway hill, according to the National Team c oach, Benjamin Sharp, nobody could respond at all. Twenty five solo miles later we win, Nate wins; same thing. As Ian came across the line he looked at me and asked if Nate did it, thumbs up from me and Ian let out a big “Yeah…..!” There was no ” I wish it wa s me” from any of them, just a job well done.

After the race while we were waiting for the awards to happen this big dude, bigger then me, balder then me, looking mean, came up to me, the team and some of the parents and asked ” Are you the team director of the Hot Tubes team?” Yes, ” I wanted to tell you that I was driving the wheel van for their race and in all my years, including when I raced in Europe, I have never seen a junior team race so pr ofessionally. You guys had a lot of flats and none of then ever got flustered. They even said thank you to me when I did a slow wheel change. They were calm, co ol and very fast. None of the other riders who flatted ever got back on but all of your boys did. It was a pleasure to watch them race.” All I could think of to say was “thank you.” I don’t know who was more proud at that moment, the parents, Gabriella or me.

Thanks for reading,


Tobias Stanton
Director: Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team Inc.
Two Shaker Road G100
(978) 425-9033
Shirley, Massachusetts 01464