Logan Owen

Logan Owen Reports from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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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.

 

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