This week we caught up with two of our big winners from the 2016 Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest. Check out a little about their history with cycling and why they love to participate in our race in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Taylor Warren – Men’s Professional Race Winner
Originally from Florida, Taylor is a recent CSU sports medicine graduate and has lived in Fort Collins for five years where he owns a small cycling coaching business, @wascoaching. Taylor says he races more or less full time with a brand new Boulder based team, the 303 Project. Taylor began racing in the fall of 2009 in Florida. His dad is an avid cyclist and as a junior in high school, Taylor started going for rides with him.
Taylor races in criteriums primarily for fun and to build short term power. Taylor says, “Criteriums are great as a race form because they are very spectator friendly. Usually the crowd really gets behind the race as the circuits are rarely over a mile in length. Criteriums are also a great way to showcase a town and build up local businesses!”
Taylor raced in the 2015 and 2016 Ridge at 38 Criteriums and won both years. When asked about his time spent racing in Wheat Ridge, Taylor says, “Both times I’ve come down, it seems that the community really gets behind the race, people come out to cheer and it is incredible to win in front of a crowd that really seems to back the race. Ridge at 38 brings an amazing atmosphere out for the event and I can’t wait to return and toe the line with my 303 Project team members!” We can’t wait to have you back, Taylor! Good luck going for a third consecutive win.
Emily Jordan – Women’s Professional Race Winner
Emily grew up in Durango and loves everything outdoors, especially skiing, cycling, and playing in mountain lakes. She’s trilingual and uses her language skills to pursue her love of traveling. In fact, at the end of the month, she’s going to watch the start of the Tour de France near her family’s hometown in Germany. Emily currently works as a medical assistant and is in the process of applying to medical school.
Emily began cycling in 2014. She has a few competitive cyclists in her family, so when she was looking for a new sport, she figured she would try out cycling. She says that she entered her first race at the end of the 2015 season and was quickly hooked.
Of this racing form, Emily says, “Criteriums are FUN! They are fast-paced, they require technical skill and solid bike-handling, and team dynamics play a huge role. They are also really spectator-friendly because of the short courses, so it’s always fun to have lots of people out cheering you on!” She also enjoys criteriums because they almost never play out in the way you expect.
Last year’s Ridge at 38 Criterium was a really special race for Emily. It was her first race as a category 2 racer, and she says that she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Her coach and teammates were trying to put together race plans and kept telling her where to attack, but she says that her main goal was to survive the race. Of that final race, she says, “A couple girls started attacking early in the race, and I was determined not to let them get away. I ended up in what turned out to be the perfect break. Another rider and I worked well together and had teammates working for us back in the main pack. I ended up beating her in the sprint and walking away from my first [category] 2 race as the Colorado State Criterium Champion – that was definitely a race I will never forget!” We were happy to be a part of that special memory, Emily! We look forward to watching you race again this year.
Excited to see which professional and amateur racers will take home bragging rights and cash prizes this year? Don’t miss Sunday, June 11th, Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest! Learn more here.