THIS EPISODE Mike grabs a bite to eat and chews the fat with old friend Shawn Milne (along with interloper Ian MacGregor of Skratch Labs). Milne recently culminated his road racing career with 5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda to become the new team director of Team Rio Cycling, a Colorado-based development cycling team. In addition to his prestigious palmares on the road, the Gloucester, Mass. native also races cyclocross for the Keough Cyclocross team, where this past season he won at Cycle-Smart International and NBX Gran Prix of Cross.
In between bites at Yellowbelly Chicken in Boulder, the trio reflect on the past, discuss the critical differences between cyclocross and road racing, have a vent-fest about some of the less wonderful team experiences they’ve had, and Shawn reminisces on his New England racing achievements and what it was like to live a hardscrabble life as the son of a fisherman.
We also learn of Shawn’s love of Ducati motorcycles, the good old days racing with Creed, and what this next chapter holds in store for them both as team directors.
Enjoy this insightful and intriguing conversation among old friends over good food and laughter. We sure did.
As always, Open Mic with Mike Creed is presented by The Colorado Cyclist, Mike’s very first professional cycling team in 1998. Thanks to everyone at Colorado Cyclist for their support of Mike over the years, and a big thank you to them for stepping up and sponsoring the podcast and offering $50 gift cards to our Twitter contest winners. Please visit their website at coloradocyclist.com and give them a follow on Twitter at @Co_Cyclist to show your appreciation for everything they do for us.
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Thanks, and enjoy.