Fan Club: Junior Development with Team Axeon
Throughout the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Manual for Speed will be following the Axeon Cycling junior development team because we think cycling development is critically important and woefully under appreciated, especially in the United States. In order to help you familiarize yourself with these young bucks, we spent some time with the guys before the race asking questions and taking photos in their finely appointed Steamboat Springs condos.
I Daniel "Swole" Eaton
From Flagstaff, Swole lives in Mesa Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. In 1877 Mormon pioneers started a settlement where modern-day Mesa is now located. Lynn Toler, judge for the TV show Divorce Court is also from Mesa, AZ. Dan is learning to speak French.
II Chris "Cujo" Putt
Hailing from Breckenridge, CO, Chris now lives in Park City, Utah. He likes hiking and cooking, and he once got into an argument about whether or not you should put a pet parrot in your will. He is also the only one on the team who has seen an episode of the marvelous Eastbound and Down.
III James Oram
From Palmerston North, NZ. James now lives in Auckland, NZ. James has not updated his blog since March of 2014. When he’s back home in NZ, he keeps his mind fresh with “studies and odd jobs.”
IV Keegan Swirbul
An accomplished cross-country skier from El Jebel, CO, Keegan has also been featured in multiple parkour videos. He beat Lance Armstrong at the 2012 Power of Four mountain bike race in Snowmass. His albino gecko, Geico, has been with him since second grade. Unfortunately, Keegan is still suffering repercussions of a recently sustained head injury and he will not be able to be race in this year’s USA Pro Challenge.
V Tao Geoghegan Hart
Tao is from London and currently lives in Girona. He keeps a blog full of heady and lyrical writing. Hey enjoys coffee, pizza, and his duvet.
VI Greg Daniel
Greg was born in Sylva, NC, a town of 2,500. The town was named after a Danish handyman. The movie, The Fugitive, and parts of Deliverance were filmed there. Before he focused strictly on road racing he divided his time between cycling, running, and swimming–he was once a triathlete.
VII Logan Owen
Logan grew up in and currently resides in Bremerton, WA. He grew up racing BMX, and then moved on to cyclocross. His Twitter profile says he has, “an awesome girlfriend”. She races bikes as well. He was 8th at the Espoirs Paris-Roubaix and he loves fish tacos from Anthony’s in Seattle.
VIII Chad Young
The USA Pro Challenge will be Chad’s first race with the team as a stagiaire. He loves chicken pho, has a penchant for sultry singers, and thinks that the BMW 2002 is the most classic working man’s race car. He’s from Newmarket, NH.