Monday, October 27, 2014

Wheelmen Rider Spotlight #1: Ethan Lawrence

     In an attempt to become well acquainted with the 2014-15 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen community, Ethan Lawrence marks the first rider spotlight. The following information was provided as a set list of questions, which Lawrence took in stride. All responses are unedited.

How long have you been a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen or Wheelwomen?
This is my first year as a part of the CP Wheelmen

What is your favorite part of the Wheelmen and cycling, in general?
I love the group/social rides because they allow me to meet new people while exploring new routes in the SLO area. It also makes my rides a lot more enjoyable.

What cycling disciplines are you involved with?
Officially, I am a roadie and cyclocrossy(?) and I love to race both bikes but whenever I can I try to get on a mountain bike.

Please describe your favorite San Luis Obispo ride.
My favorite ride in SLO is riding up Perfumo or See Canyon. Both rides are a struggle to the top but reward you with excellent views and exciting descents.

What are you interested in accomplishing, with the Wheelmen, throughout 2014 and 2015?
My goals for the fall and winter are to train as consistently as possible while trying not to burn my self out. Once 2015 rolls around I plan on racing as many collegiate and non-collegiate races as possible.

What are you studying at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
I am a third year Business Admin. Major with a concentration in Marketing

What is your favorite genre of music and your favorite song?
This is a tuff question because I am one of the most indecisive people in the world but what I’ve been listening to lately is more acousticy and live music. One of my favorite artists is William Fitzsimmons so pretty much any of his songs.

Do you prefer “SLO Donut Company” or “Old West Cinnamon Rolls”?
Old West Cinnamon Rolls because it’s the last one I went to.

Please provide us with one interesting fact about yourself.
I only have half of the feeling and use of my right pinky because I cut the nerve and tendon last year

Aside from cycling and education, what occupies your time?
I love movies, music and have played guitar for the past few years so all my free time is spent doing those activities. I love going up to the top of the PCV parking structures at night to play guitar. Sometimes people come up there and listen for a little. It’s been a great and awkward way to meet people!

Wheelmen Feature: Charging Forward on Dirt

     With the generous assistance of Matt Sluski and Niels Smidth, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen are prepared to host a thrilling mountain bike race weekend, on Nov. 1-2.
     Cross-country, short track cross-country, dual slalom and downhill events will be taking place at the “Dirt Club,” in Santa Ynez, which happens to be a brief 45 minute drive from the Cal Poly campus.
     Sluski is the official race director, for the weekend of mountain bike races.  
     Smidth is a fifth year at Cal Poly, who has been involved with the Wheelmen for four years. Smidth, a former president of the Wheelmen organization, is lending a hand in the planning, development and advertising of the upcoming race weekend.
     “I got involved two years ago helping make the race happen and I have gotten more involved each year,” said Smidth.
     The shopping list of activities to host the race weekend includes approval from Cal Poly, guaranteeing insurance, seeking sponsorship and promoting the event. Not all of the tasks are glamorous but Smidth, among others, is taking initiative.
     The Wheelmen community is needed to make this a successful weekend. “On the race weekend, we will need lots of helpful volunteers,” said Smidth.
     Although serious and willing volunteers are needed, the weekend will not be all work and no play.
     The cross-country course has “lots of fun singletrack descents,” while the dual slalom course offers “big berms and jumps,” said Smidth. Downhill racing will fit an enduro style format. The timing of two courses will be combined for an overall placement.
     The “Dirt Club” promises to be entertaining on Halloween weekend. An unofficial costume contest is in the works for the short track cross-country race.
     “Since there will be plenty of Halloween candy around at this time, I plan on getting hand ups to the racers on some steep sections of the cross country course,” said Smidth.
     The Wheelmen will certainly provide spirited activity. Nov. 1-2 marks the annual Wheelmen mountain bike race weekend.

Writer: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen

     As a current first year journalism student, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, I am eager to engage myself in the plethora of opportunities that both the educational environment and town offer to students.
     In an attempt to continuously combine my passion for cycling and enjoyment of writing, I am producing race reports, rider interviews, rider spotlight sessions, sponsor promotions and additional information that pertains to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wheelmen. This project provides the Wheelmen organization with current, pertinent information to keep both organization members and the public informed. As a member of the Wheelmen, I will provide an inside loop to our occurrences.
     San Luis Obispo, California offers a plethora of both road and mountain bike riding. It is an understatement to say that I am extremely fortunate to spend time in the outdoors of San Luis Obispo. 
Mt. Lowe, San Luis Obispo. 

T.V. Tower road, San Luis Obispo.
See Canyon road, San Luis Obispo.