Logan Owen

Logan Owen – GP Larciano

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Yeah, that was a rough one….

Everyone was talking about the Strada Bianche from this past weekend – as they should. That was one hell of a bike race.

 

There was another bike race in Italy last weekend as well – the GP Larciano – held the day after Strada. This is a little late in appearing due to some travel delays following the race but here is Logan Owen’s report from Larciano:

On Sunday we had GP Larciano on tap. Many of the riders that raced an epic Strada Bianche were racing Larciano because it was really close to the finish of Strada.

 

As we rolled up to the start of the race it reminded me of many of the U23 Italian races I had taken part in in the past. From the presentation stage to the announcer – everything was very similar to my last few years of racing in Italy.

 

The plan for the day was for our climbers Dani Moreno, Daniel Martinez and Julian Cardona to wait for the 4th of 4 times up the 11km climb to follow moves or attack themselves. The team also gave me the green light to try and make it over the climb and be there for the sprint. After the 2nd time over the climb I realized I wasn’t going to have the legs and did everything I could to help all the climbers by positioning them into the climb. 

 

Martinez ended up finishing 25th. He was one of the strongest on the climb and was able to split it to just 8 riders but everyone looked at each other and a few other groups were able to get back on. I ended up being dropped the 3rd time up but kept smashing on with a big groupetto so we could finish the race. We ended up finishing 10 minutes behind the winner, Matej Mahoric. I can say that it was a rough one.

 

I am now in Girona for a few days with some of the guys for a mini-camp before I head back to Belgium.

 

I hope everyone enjoyed reading – thanks!

 

 

Thanks to Logan for the report. And – congratulations to his wife Chloe who absolutely smashed it at track worlds last week!

Logan Owen Reports from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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The Pink Armada with Logan sitting second wheel

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The 2018 Spring Classics season has finally arrived!

The opening events of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne took place this past weekend in Belgium and Tête de la Course Cycling athlete Logan Owen was there racing. Logan was originally supposed to make his European racing debut with his EF Education First team at KBK on Sunday but that changed when he was told last Tuesday that he would be racing Omloop Het Nieuwsblad instead.  Historically Omloop HNB has been harder then KBK, That definitely would be the case this year as it would cover the same roads and cobbled climbs of the old Tour of Flanders in the closing kilometers.

As his coach I was a little nervous. Logan was just getting over a cold and missed a scheduled session behind the motor to help get him back to race speed after the racing break he had following Tour Down Under. Now he was racing one day earlier in a harder race. Logan took it all in stride though and was pretty psyched to get a shot at Omloop HNB.

Below is his race report filed just after the race. Enjoy.

 

On Saturday I raced my first Spring Classic as a pro and probably my biggest race to date. I was a little nervous as to how hard the race would be since I’ve heard from many former pros that the classics are always full gas from start to finish.

 

Saturday morning we all got on the bus and prepared for war.

 

We played some old school rock to get pumped and ready for the race as a lot of the guys on the team were a bit older than me (so – a lot of the same music you heard in my car traveling with me to all of those races as a junior? 😉 – Joe)

 

As we walked off the bus to head to the sign-in in the center of the Ghent Velodrome there were tons of fans asking for autographs and pictures. In between trying to grab my bike and getting to the sign-in I had to sign around 30 autographs which was something I haven’t had to do on a large scale like this. I was blown away by how many fans showed up and how big the whole race seemed. After sign-in we did our final radio checks and headed to the start.

 

The temperature was just above freezing and everyone was completely bundled up. My job for the race was to make sure Sep and the other couple of guys going for the finish were taken care of all day and to make sure they were in the front at kilometer 115. If I made it past that I was to position them for the bottom of the Kokerelle, which was a new climb to the race and where fireworks were expected to go off.

 

Everything went according to plan and I was able to help put them in the front for both of those sections. It wasn’t easy as I spent a lot of energy closing gaps and keeping Sep out of the wind earlier in the race.

 

I basically treated those two points as my finish line and gave everything to make sure we were in the front for the key points in the race. After that I held on to the back of the bunch for a couple more kilometers before getting dropped with a big group.

 

Before the race started I told myself that no matter what I was going to finish the race. Many guys in the group that I was in got in their respective vans and team cars but I slugged on with 7 other guys to the finish. Although I finished they put me down as a DNF for some reason even though I wasn’t outside time cut but I was able to complete all the goals the team and I set out for myself before the race.

 

Sep really rewarded all of our hard work with a podium finish.

 

For my first classic in the World Tour I couldn’t have asked for a much better start.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

-Logan

 

 

Logan races again next week at the GP Industria & Artigianato in Larciano, Italy.

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 6

 

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Most Combative Rider on Stage 6! photo pulled from @RideArgyle IG feed

Logan Owen made his World Tour debut this week at The Tour Down Under in Australia. Logan made the most out of his first stage race as a World Tour rider by getting into the breakaway on the last stage, a 90km circuit race in Adelaide. He was named the stage’s Most Combative Rider. Here is Logan’s recap of the stage:

 

We had a 90km Circuit race on tap for today. The plan for the day was to get Will in the break and for me to help Mitch and Scully in the sprint. Will gave it everything in the first few laps to get into the break but it just didn’t work out. I started to follow moves and accidentally ended up in a move that got a decent gap. That group broke apart leaving an Astana rider [Truls Korsaeth] and me off the front. A guy from Trek [Laurent Didier] then came across. Both of them stopped working so I attacked and just went solo. Eventually a Dimension Data rider [Ben O’Connor] came up to me. He was going full gas to get the time bonus on the line with 7 laps to go. I told him that I wouldn’t work with him until after the sprint because it didn’t benefit me or the team to waste my energy and help him get time bonuses to move ahead of our GC leader. Either way he was going to get enough to leap frog Canty in the GC so I didn’t even bother sprinting. Once he got his bonus seconds we began to work together going flat out. Eventually with about 4 laps to go I attacked because I figured this would be my best chance at winning the stage. Eventually I got caught with a little over 2 laps to go (8km) and then just hung on for dear life.

 

In the end I got the Most Combative award and a trip to the podium. I was really happy with this because it was a cool way to cap off a great week of racing with the EF-Drapac p/b Cannondale boys. I learned quite a bit this week including that WT racing is very controlled and can be really easy until it gets ridiculously hard at the end of the stages. All in all it was a great week of racing for the whole team!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

– Logan

 

Logan is now headed to Girona for team camp. Check in next week as Logan will be filing a couple of posts from camp.

Logan Owen Reports from The Tour Down Under – Stage 5 – Willunga

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Logan Owen is making his World Tour Debut with his new team EF Education First at The Tour Down Under. He has been sending in updates on his race. Here is his recap of Stage 5 – the penultimate stage that finished on Willunga Hill:

 

We had the iconic Willunga Hill on tap today. This stage usually decides the GC for the race. Our goal was to put our two GC guys in the front going into the final time up Willunga Hill and try for the stage win. We looked after our GC riders really well all stage long, kept them out of the wind, kept them hydrated and everything. The whole team made it over the first of two climbs up Willunga. We were able to keep or GC riders near the front and protected coming up towards the crosswind section that goes for about 5km into the base of Willunga. Will and I moved Simon and Brendan up to the front before we made the left to the crosswind section. We hit the cross wind section with the four of us on the front and we slammed the race into the gutter. Will, Simon and I did some pretty long pulls going flat hoping to put the other GC contenders on the back foot. We were able to do some damage to what was left of the bunch and we were able to drop Brendan off at the base of the climb fairly fresh. At the end of the day he just didn’t have the legs to go with the attack that Richie Porte put in on the climb but we couldn’t have raced a better race as a team. Hats off to Richie on his stage win. Everyone knew when and where he was going to attack and he was still able to get the win.

 

The Tour finishes tomorrow with a 90 km circuit race which will most likely end in a bunch sprint.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

– Logan

Logan Owen Blog Post – “Blessed”

This is the first installment of many to come from Logan Owen. I am hoping to have Logan post some updates periodically as he travels the globe racing on the road for The Axeon Cycling Team and in cyclocross for Cal-Giant Cycling Team. 

Enjoy.

As I fly to Europe (for the second time in 24 hours – my plane was turned around back to Chicago after being almost halfway there) to race Roubaix I’ve had some time to reflect on the past few years of my very young career. I’ve never really realized until right now how truly blessed I am to be able to do what I love and how fortunate I am for all of the opportunities that I have to travel and race around the world. I have had some special mentors along the way and have been on some great teams. These opportunities are what have made (and continue to make) me the cyclist I am today.

For being my second year on Axeon Cycling I already have had the chance to race with some of the best cyclists in the world. The Amgen Tour of California was the most recent UCI event I’ve done and only my second UCI race with Pro Tour teams in it. Going into the race I wasn’t sure what to expect about how tough the race was going to be because my only other race at a similar level to ATOC was the Tour of Alberta. Our team started out California with the objectives of trying to get in the break and trying to finish well on each individual stage. The first stage ended up going pretty well and smoothly with the break coming back close to the finish. I was able to fight my way up in the sprint with some really big names to finish 17th. It was quite intimidating to be up there with guys like Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan, who have won multiple Tour de France stages, fighting for position towards the finish. I slowly got used to fighting for position with the big name guys in the finishes as the race went on and was able to turn that into some decent results with a 14th place finish on stage 4 and a 9th place finish on stage 8. For the other stages that didn’t end up in a sprint we were looking out for Tao and James, our GC (general classification) guys, by getting bottles for them and keeping them in good position within the bunch. Being able to work for your teammates is a great learning experience and makes you realize how important that teamwork is in the sport of cycling. Tao ended up finishing 13th overall in the race which was a great result for him and the team. After a couple of top 10 and 15 place finishes, being represented in a few break aways and finishing top 15 in the overall, I would have to say Axeon Cycling had a successful Tour of California. 

After California I had a couple of weeks before I needed to head over to Europe for the U23 Paris Roubaix. I decided to head over to my girlfriend Chloe’s place in Indianapolis for some recovery miles in between ATOC and Roubaix. While I was in Indy I was able to stop in and say hi to one of our main sponsors, SRAM, since they are based in Indianapolis. I had a lot of fun taking over their Twitter account for a few hours as well.

After my visit with SRAM, I ended up going to Iowa for Snake Alley with Chloe since my coach, Joe Holmes, had told me it was a Midwest classic. Chloe and I made the four hour drive out there and participated in the race. I had no idea what to expect since I had never really heard of the race before. After pre riding the course I knew the race would break up immidiately and that the start would be crucial. Chloe ended up riding away from the Pro Womens field to win her race by minutes, which was a great way to start off the day. I ended up getting a great start due to a call- up and was able to capitalize on that great start to finish third after all was said and done. It was a great race with an amazing crowd cheering us up the Snake Alley climb and it was really cool to be able to participate in such a historic race. 

Myself and the rest of the Axeon Cycling team are heading over to Europe now to prepare for the U23 Paris Roubaix. I’m especially motivated for this race after finishing eighth last year in my first ever attempt at the race. Hopefully either myself or one of my teammates can top that result from last year and come away with a win! After Roubaix I will be traveling back to Indianapolis to hang out with Chloe and prepare for Tour de Beauce, which takes place from June 10th-14th.

Stay tuned for more updates on where I’m traveling, how the races are going and which races are coming up next!

-Logan

Screen shot of Logan Owen’s power file from the last stage of Tour of California. Logan’s entry was the following: “Really hard start and I was just holding on the best i could. legs were still a little tired for the finish but was able to stay up near the front and get 9th on the stage.”

 

Screen Shot of Logan Owen's power file from Snake Alley - a true Midwest Classic.

Screen Shot of Logan Owen’s power file from Snake Alley – a true Midwest Classic.

 

Louisville World Cyclo-Cross Championships 2013 Press Conference

Logan Owen, Zach McDonald, Jeremy Powers and Katie Compton addressed the media prior to their races in Louisville. Here are some snippets from Logan.

Logan responding to a question about the lag time between US Nationals and Worlds and how that influenced his preparation. 

Logan talks about the differences between racing in Europe and the US and how his experiences in Europe have helped his development As a racer.

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes. Post Rome World Cup Interview

Yesterday Logan Owen participated in his last race in Europe for this cyclocross season toeing the line at the Rome World Cup, the penultimate race in the series. Logan ended up fourth behind the seemingly unbeatable Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands, Bertolini of Italy and Budding of the Netherlands. Although disappointed with his placing, Logan currently sits in second overall in the series with one race to go. He has no plans to participate in the last race in the Netherlands instead returning to the US for a shot at his eighth National Championship in a row, some rest and more training and then a final push to the World Championships in Louisville, KY on February 2. We had a chance to catch up with Logan shortly after the race in Rome.

TdlCCycling: Logan, fourth place today in Rome, not what you wanted but still a good result, tell us about the race.

Owen: I was leading the first half lap, feeling really good. I felt I was riding the course well in the pre-rides in the morning and just feeling really good. I came into a section with a corner that had a bunch of slide marks in it that was different than in the pre-rides. It was all smoothed out now, no traction, just slide marks in it. I came into the corner, hit the slide marks, started to lose it then caught myself at first but then just kept going. It went all the way out from under me and just like that I was on the ground. It was stupid. As soon as I was back on my bike Van der Poel was already around the next corner. He just drilled it as soon as he got around me. He went so hard. The Italian kid [Bertolini], he didn’t stay with him but was able to stay close to him. He kept slowly losing ground to Van der Poel but he was, the Italian kid was really strong today. He had a good ride. So those two were gone and for a while then it was a group of seven battling for third. By the time I was able to get back up and get back to the front of the group Van der Poel had a considerable gap. The course was so fast plus add in the corners it was just difficult to move up and gain a lot of ground. Our group was basically racing for third by the first lap.

Budding was in the group, Yaanick Peeters from Belgium was in the group, Nicolas Cleppe another Belgium was in the group, all of those guys are really fast. Quinten Hermans was also there so there were a lot of Belgians in the group. Quinten was the only one really attacking. He would attack, we would drop guys and then come back together and the guys we dropped would get back on and this went on for quite a while. I was really tired by this point too. I had to chase really hard to get back to this group after I went down so for the rest of the race I was pretty shot. I had to go really deep to get back onto the group. I knew for the finale I needed to get in front of Budding before this chicane, single track section. It’s a big wide open sprint to this corner, chicane, off camber, you go across a horse track then a left there. All of this is super tight. I knew I needed to be in front before all of this and I was really focussed on being in front of Budding. We all sprinted to that corner through that wide open area. I was on Budding’s wheel and there was just no way I was going to come around him. He was really strong. I just sat on his wheel. I didn’t even want to come off his wheel that’s how fast we were going. He had me by the time we got to the chicane.

He [Budding] and I are tied on points now but I have the tie breaker for second in the overall.

TdlCCyling: So he will race that last race in the series so you will probably end up third overall then.

Owen: No fourth. Hermans finished seventh today. He has to get top seventh or eighth in the last World Cup to finish ahead of me and that is probably going to happen in that last race.

TdlCCycling: That sucks.

Owen: Yep. I think that I would’ve had to win today for him not to catch me. It sucks because that one mistake screwed the entire race today.

TdlCycling: Well, that’s bike racing.

Owen: (Laughs). Yeah, still sucks though. I felt that I had the legs today, I just f’d it up.

TdlCycling: Yeah, you just have to take something away from that. What’s the lesson? Sometimes you just have to back off, maybe not be so aggressive to the point where that aggression costs you.

Owen: Yeah, I was just pushing the pace at the beginning and I took the corner too fast and it was different from the morning practice run which caught me off guard and it was already too late and I was already going too fast and I was just like “oh shit….”

TdlCycling: Ok, well thanks for the recap. Good luck with the trip tomorrow back to the US. Rest up and we’ll touch base with you next week prior to Nationals

Owen: OK, thanks.

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes. Interview on the Eve of The Rome World Cup

Logan Owen is back in Europe as he prepares for the Cyclocross World Championships on home soil in Kentucky this coming February. He has already notched up a win at an event in Namur and the day after Christmas he went one better than his third place in Tabor notching second at the World Cup race in Zolder. We had the opportunity to speak with him on the eve of his last race of the trip, The Rome World Cup.

TdlCCycling: Tell us a little about your trip to Rome from where you have been staying in Belgium for the past week.

Owen: It was good. We stayed a few extra days after Cross Camp. A lot of the guys did Baal but I decided to not do that. I wanted to rest up before we came here. It was only about an hour flight, super simple. USA Cycling helped us out to get here. We are staying at the host hotel for the Rome World Cup which is where all the teams are staying.

TdlCycling: Tell us about what you did today as far as pre-riding the course, what you saw, what is the course like and what do you expect in the race.

Owen: It’s basically a dirt crit. I think it is going to be big groups. I think it will probably be a group of at least five coming to the finish together. I hope to be there racing for the win. Hopefully we can keep Van der Poel in the mix, in the group, hopefully he can’t get away like he has been. But yeah, the course is just going to be dry and fast.

TdlCCycling: Is the course very technical?

Owen: There are turns throughout the entire course, nothing too difficult. It’s not muddy or anything. Not at all like we have been racing in in Belgium. And it is supposed to be sixty degrees and sunny.

TdlCCycling: Nice! So after the race what will you do then? 

Owen: After the race we will be packing everything up, packing up our bikes and taking off to a hotel close to the Rome airport, check in there and stay the night before flying out on Monday.

TdlCCycling: Then you will be heading directly to Wisconsin for the US Nationals in Madison correct?

Owen: Correct. I didn’t want to fly all the way across the country to Seattle just to get back on a plane again. I am staying with a host family in Milwaukee for a few days and then hooking up with my Redline team in Madison on Thursday.

TdlCCycling: Good luck for tomorrow and we will touch base with you next week when you are back in the States.

Owen: Sounds good. Thanks.

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes, Namur Post-Race

Logan Owen is back in Europe pursuing more World Cup points and valuable experience on his quest for a World Championship title in KY in February. In his first race at Namur he had a resounding victory winning with a considerable margin. Here is the post-race interview.

Logan Owen Report from Tabor

Logan Owen is currently in Europe with USA Cycling participating in 2 World Cup events. Yesterday’s race was in Tabor in the Czech Republic and Logan finished 5th. This Sunday the team will travel to Plzen to compete in the second World Cup race. The aim of the trip is to gain experience and World Cup points with the final goal being the World Championships next February in Louisville.

This is his second post from Tabor. Enjoy. 

Today we woke up to a cold morning in Tabor but unlike every other day it wasn’t foggy! So we did our usual breakfast routine at 8 and then got ready for our training for the day. We headed out of Tabor to do a loop that ended up going through some town that we had no clue existed.

On this adventure we ended up getting lost but quickly found where we were going thanks to Yannick’s iPhone. Overall we had a good 2hr ride.

When we got back we showered up and headed down to lunch at the usual pizzeria. They have much more than pizza though. After that we headed to the mall, which has a grocery store on the basement floor out of 4 floors total, and got some groceries. We carried all of the items in my backpack back up to the room. Cody, Yannick and I then went out and walked around town to do some shopping. I ended up getting a pretty sweet Craft beanie. After exploring the town we just headed back and relaxed in the hotel rooms until it was time to walk to dinner.

We ended up going to this Indian restaurant and I had never eaten at an Indian restaurant before and I was definitely skeptical (my nickname is White Bread after all). However after dinner I ended up loving the chicken curry I had with rice and a mango lacy drink. All in all it was a very relaxing day.

Thanks for reading.

-Logan