Motorcycle racing champion Ben Spies has a great affinity for bicycle racing and in 2011 decided to field his own team of amateur bike racers. Known for his aggressive “elbows out” style when racing motorcycles, Ben dubbed his bicycle team “Elbowz Racing cycling.” The new squad had a very succesful racing season in 2011 and appears poised to repeat their strong performance in 2012.
The ten-person Elite team consists of:
Eric D. Marcotte, D.C.
These skilled racers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they are all dedicated to making Elbowz Racing a name to be feared in competitive bicycle riding. The entire group is committed to being one of the best teams in the United States and trains exhaustively to maintain their top-flight racing form.
Although most of the Elite Team members hail from the United States, several of them come from other countries. Heath Blackgrove, for example, joined Elbowz Racing after achieving success in his home country of New Zealand and spending 4 years competing in Europe. Christian Helmig, Luxembourg native, moved to the U.S in 2006 and has found road racing success with the Elbowz Elite Team. Sean Sullivan, another foreign-born squad member, grew up in Tasmania, an island off mainland Australia, and learn how to race bicycles from his cyclist father. He moved to the U.S. in 2005 and, after racing in a wide range of road races all over the country, joined the Elbowz team for the 2012 season.
Another compelling story belongs to squad member Eric D. Marcotte, who is a licensed chiropractor. In addition to racing and training, Eric must also perform his medical duties and run his own chiropractic clinic. Although the demands of performing both his professional responsibilities and racing bikes at an elite level involves making sacrifices, Eric finds racing incredibly rewarding.
Elbowz Racing has made great strides in a short period off time under founder Ben Spies and manager Nick Kiernan. The team expects even greater success in the future due to the dedication and hard work of both team members and the support staff.