Hometown: Murrieta, CA
Favorite Race: Tour of the Gila
2013, UCI Tour of the Gila, 16th on stage 1 & 5 and 19th GC
2012, Cascade Cycling Classic, 18th, stage 5
2012, Green Mountain stage race, 12th GC
2014 Roster of Pro Athletes and Sponsors Taking Shape for 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (November 4, 2013) – All three top corporate partners have confirmed support in 2014 for one of the top professional cycling teams in the U.S., the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. Owned and managed by On The Rivet Management, the UCI Continental men’s team will continue with 5-hour ENERGY® as the title sponsor, and presenting sponsorship provided by KENDA Tires and Devinci Cycles.
With solid marketing partners in place for the 2014 racing season, On The Rivet Management has also announced a 10-man roster for the start of the 2014 season for its 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. Four riders return from a successful 2013 campaign, which saw the 5-hour ENERGY® Team finish third overall in the team classification on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC). The 5-hour ENERGY® team was the top Continental squad at two UCI-sanctioned stage races, Amgen Tour of California and Tour of Alberta. The team chalked up more than 30 podium finishes and awards this past season with races in three countries.
Also returning as Director Sportif is Frankie Andreu, involved for a fifth year on the management side of professional cycling. “I’m proud of the strong team we have put together for 2014. The individual strengths of each one of our riders will allow us to compete for stage wins as well as for the G.C. As a team I’m confident that they will work together well,” noted Andreu, who had a prominent 12-year career as a professional cyclist, including nine appearances in the Tour de France.
The most notable departure on the team is three-time NRC individual champion Francisco Mancebo. The 37-year-old pro cyclist has signed with Skydive Dubai, a new UCI Continental Europe team, based in United Arab Emirates and located closer to Mancebo’s family in Spain.
“To have an accomplished champion like Mancebo as the leader of our team for the past three years was very rewarding. We wish him the best with his new team in Europe,” said Jason Kriel, Managing Partner of On The Rivet Management. “We look forward to a continued focus on stage racing in 2014. After we kick off our campaign in Asia this month, we look forward to announcing our full race schedule and additional corporate partners in the coming weeks.”
The 2014 professional cycling season begins for the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team at the Tour of Taihu Lake (UCI 2.1), November 2-10. The Team will also race Tour of Nanjing (UCI 1.2) on November 12. Mancebo will be part of a six-rider 5-hour ENERGY® squad competing at these two UCI races, as he is under contract with the U.S.-based team through the end of the calendar year. The UCI points earned at both of these races will be part of 2014 calendar season totals for the team, and the individual points will transfer with Mancebo to his new team in January.
The Tour of Taihu Lake is now in its third year as a UCI stage race. The event is named for the second largest freshwater lake in China, which is located west of Shanghai. The Tour of Taihu Lake will cover more than 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) of racing in nine days. Organizers have invited 22 teams to compete for a $250,000 (U.S.) prize purse. The Tour of Nanjing is a new one-day race located in the capital of Jiangsu Province. The 180-kilometer (111.8-mile) event offers a $50,000 (U.S.) prize purse.
28-year-old Nate English (5Hr Energy p/b Kenda) is a five-year professional bicycle racer who has competed at the top level of domestic cycling. A former winner of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, English spoke with Cycling Illustrated about his relationship to the sport, his successes, and his future in cycling.
Cycling Illustrated: You have been in a lot of bike races. How do you ride with passion at the end of your career as you would at the beginning?
Nate English: I think it’s probably different for everyone. Some people, especially if they’re professionals, they’re trying to make a decent living, or have a “successful” career–something like that. For me, it’s been a matter of exploring how far I can go in the sport, or how good I can be. Each year I’ve become stronger and able to do things better. Tactically, I’m more well rounded and I know better how to be where I need to be. This year, for example, we were racing steadily and there was a three-and-a-half month stretch where I wasn’t at home. Tour of California was right in the middle of that. Doing Tour of the Gila, and then having a week off, and then doing California right in the middle of a long stretch of racing wasn’t ideal in terms of preparation. I felt that, under the circumstances, I did as well as I could and I wasn’t that far off of where I could have been if it had been ideal. It’s satisfying for me to pursue what I can do and what I can be as an athlete.
What will you remember about the 2013 season?
It’s been fun to do some races that I haven’t done before. It was cool to get my first NRC win at Joe Martin. That’s definitely notable. I think the most fun and satisfaction I had was doing the Tour of California, and doing relatively well there. I was fourteenth, so there’s guys that did better than me, but I glanced at past races and I don’t think there are many other Continental pros that have done that well without going on to the ProTour the next year.
Let’s talk about the TOC, and that stage into Palm Springs when it was 110 degrees and you guys were climbing. What was that like?
It was hard, but it’s one of those things where racing is always hard. If it had been 60 degrees, we still would have been going as hard as we could. Obviously, some people were more affected by the heat than others. I’m a bigger guy and I sometimes have more of a challenge coping with the heat, especially since I live in the Bay Area, so I don’t get to train in the heat like that. Coming into Palm Springs, it was obvious that it was hot. The air temperature was at least 110, and the heat radiating off the pavement made it feel like 120. A few minutes into the climb, everyone exploded and went at his own pace except for those few up at the front. I was trying not to cramp, so I was in the saddle more than I would have been, but I was pleased. I want to say that I got thirteenth or fourteenth on that stage.
Have you had any major setbacks in your career? Car accidents, broken bones, etc?
I haven’t had anything like that. Some guys lose a season because they get hurt somehow. I think the biggest thing for me–maybe not a setback–is that I started racing when I was pretty old. I was like 23 going on 24, and that doesn’t help if you want to race professionally. People want to hire guys that are 21 and show more promise for long-term development. Also, the funding in just isn’t there for continental pro teams. People who know me personally know that, when I’m not racing, I’m working full-time at a bike shop. I work at Mike’s Bikes here in the Bay Area, and I’ve been coaching other cyclists for the past couple of years in addition to that. It’s a full-time job on the bike and off the bike.
You guys definitely aren’t paid what you’re worth out there, and there’s always a battle to find funding. You have to make a choice to be a pro bike rider as long as you can and then focus on your career. How does that play out for you?
That’s the choice that most people make. At the Continental level, we’re not making a living, or at least not a very good one. I think that a lot of those guys hope that they’ll have a good season and move up to a Pro Continental or ProTour team. Phil Gaimon was my teammate a while ago, but now he’s moving to the ProTour [with Garmin-Sharp]. That’s the carrot for a lot of guys. If they have a good season, hopefully they’ll be able to go to bigger races and make a decent living. For a lot of guys, this is just their passion and it’s what they want to do. That’s been the case for me so far–trying to explore how good of an athlete I can be.
You race with Francisco Mancebo. What kind of leader is he? What’s it like racing with a guy like that? What do you learn from him?
Paco’s definitely a very experienced rider. He has a good sense of how to race tactically and he has a good sense of how to conserve so he can go hard when it matters. Nothing earth-shattering, it’s just what good bike racers know how to do.
What are your goals for next year?
Ironically, since I’ve just been explaining that my biggest drive is to push myself as an athlete, I’m considering calling it and moving on with my career since I’m not being offered very much money to keep racing next year. If I’m still working full time, there’s only so much that I can invest in training. I know that I would be better, but I don’t know if I would be that much better so that it’s worth sustaining all of the stress and the increased risk. Two months ago, I literally broke my neck. Fortunately, it was superficial, but if things had gone differently I might not be able to ride at all!
How did you do that?
In the Tour of Utah, I got pushed off the road during a crash and barely avoided going down myself. I was chasing back through the caravan when somebody crashed at the back of the field. I don’t remember, but the car in front of me swerved and braked, apparently, and I collided with the car. I landed headfirst on the side of the road. I got knocked out and airlifted to Salt Lake City with two fractured vertebrae and a fractured shoulder. I was off the bike for a while, but I was super lucky because I’m OK now.
Good to know. So, what does the future hold for Nate English?
Like I said, it will be hard to justify racing professionally when I can’t make more money at it and I have pushed myself almost as far as I think I can go. I enjoy coaching, and I would like to dedicate more of my time to that. I also might retire into triathlon, where I could still compete, but only 3 or 4 times a year for one day at a time instead of 12 times a year for weeks on end! I think I could be pretty good at that, since it appeals to my sense of going out there and going hard for a really long time.
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (October 9, 2013) – The 2014 professional cycling season will begin early for the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. In November, the 5-hour ENERGY Team will travel to China and compete in two UCI Asia Tour road races. The Tour of Taihu Lake (UCI 2.1) will be November 2-10, followed by Tour of Nanjing (UCI 1.2) on November 12.
“5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team is honored to accept an invitation to the Tour of Taihu Lake and the Tour of Nanjing. This is our first UCI Asia Tour race and we look forward to expanding our international schedule for the Team,” said Jason Kriel, managing partner of On The Rivet Management, which owns and operates the 5-hour ENERGY Team.
The 5-hour ENERGY Team competed in six UCI stage races in 2013, three in the United States, two in Canada and one in Spain. At the Tour of Alberta, in September, and the Amgen Tour of California, in May, the 5-hour ENERGY Team was the top Continental squad in a UCI-sanctioned stage race. A Top 10 position was secured in all six stage races by the team captain Francisco “Paco” Mancebo. His best finish was second overall at both the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (Spain) in April and the Tour of the Gila Powered by SRAM (New Mexico, U.S.) in May.
The Tour of Taihu Lake is now in its third year as a UCI stage race. The event is named for the second largest freshwater lake in China, which is located west of Shanghai. The Tour of Taihu Lake will cover more than 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) of racing in nine days. Organizers have invited 22 teams to compete for a $250,000 (U.S.) prize purse. The Tour of Nanjing is a new one-day race located in the capital of Jiangsu Province. The 180-kilometer (111.8-mile) event offers a $50,000 (U.S.) prize purse. UCI points earned at both of these races will be part of 2014 calendar season totals.
The Tour of Taihu Lake roster:
· Nathan English (Berkeley, Calif.)
· Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain)
· Christian Parrett (Macon, Ga.)
· Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
· Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
· David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Tour of Alberta Completes 2013 Season for 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (August 29, 2013) – The inaugural Tour of Alberta, a UCI 2.1-rated stage race, will be the season finale event for the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. The team has had a successful 2013 campaign, having been in either the No. 1 or No. 2 position all year in the National Racing Calendar team standings, and featuring team captain Francisco “Paco” Mancebo of Spain as the individual men’s NRC champion for a third consecutive year.
The Tour of Alberta will be a six-stage race, starting in Edmonton on Tuesday, September 3 and ending in Calgary on Sunday, September 8. The race will cover close to 530 miles (850 kilometers). 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team is one of seven Continental squads in the 15-team event.
“5-hour Energy presented by Kenda has worked very hard to secure an invitation to the Tour of Alberta stage race. We are proud to represent our Canadian sponsor DeVinci at the race and look forward to competing against the world’s best cyclists,” said Frankie Andreu, director sportif of the 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team. “We have some very good opportunities for stage wins next week with Shawn Milne, Bobby Sweeting, and our captain, Francesco Mancebo. This will be the final race of 2013 for the team and we are determined to finish with a victory just as we started the season with a victory.”
The Tour of Alberta roster:
Andrés Miguel Díaz Corrales (Cartago, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia)
Max Jenkins (Citrus Heights, Calif.)
Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain)
Shawn Milne (Beverly, Mass.)
Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
Jim Stemper (Jackson, Wyo./Wauwatosa, Wisc.)
Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (July 24, 2013) – Preparing for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team announced its roster for the August 6-11, 2013 UCI stage race. The squad in Utah will include 2009 Tour of Utah Champion Francisco “Paco” Mancebo of Spain, as well as newly-signed Colombian climber Andrés Miguel Díaz Corrales.
On the Rivet Management has signed Andrés Diaz to the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. Diaz is originally from Cartago, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia, and currently resides in Ventura, Calif. The 29 year old entered his first competition in Colombia at age 11 and has been racing in the U.S. for the past five years. Diaz has competed in the Tour of Utah twice before, including last year as a part of Team Exergy.
“Diaz is a proven climber and well-suited to team for the Tour of Utah and the Tour of Alberta,” said On the Rivet Management partner Jason Kriel. “We are very pleased to have him support Paco with the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team for our stage races in August and September.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah roster:
“The Tour of Utah has proven it’s a perfect race for the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team to start the second half of the cycling season,” said Directeur Sportif Frankie Andreu. “The race continues to draw the world’s best cyclists and we look forward to racing on some of the most beautiful roads in the U.S. We will focus on stage wins and hopefully that will lead toward fighting it out for the overall victory.”
In racing action before Utah, Mancebo captured two podium spots and fifth overall in the General Classification (G.C.) at the 34th Annual Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Classic in Bend, Oregon. He was second on Stage One, the McKenzie Pass Road Race and third on Stage Five, the Awbrey Butte Circuit Race. Bobby Sweeting (USA) earned the leader’s yellow jersey on the first day of racing by winning the Tetherow Prologue. The 5-hour ENERGY® squad placed fourth in the G.C. at the six-day Oregon event.
Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six-day professional stage race starting in southern Utah on Tuesday, August 6, and concluding on Sunday, August 11 in Park City. The Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, professional cycling events in North America this year. The event will include five teams which competed in the Tour de France.
Stage 5 – Awbry Butte Circuit Race.
Stage 4, Bend Downtown Twilight Criterium took place Saturday July 20th. The men and women were able to enjoy a late start time to give their legs some needed recovery from the tough 4 days of racing they’ve experienced so far. The rectangular course is a straight forward design. The only real ‘obstacle’ being turns 3 and 4 where the road narrows making positioning onto the long final straight important. Essentially this translates into an extremely fast course. The long finishing straight to the line puts an emphasis on teamwork and a solid lead out. Added to this was a headwind meaning that the winner would have to time their sprint perfectly.
Stage 3 2013 Cascade Cycling Classic, Lakes Road Race.
by: Frankie Andreu
Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic, Lakes Road Race started at the Beautiful MT Bachelor Ski Resort West Village, 35 minutes from the center of Bend.
Our plan was to get either David, Taylor, Stemper or Sweeting in the break and save Nate, Max and Paco for the final climb. After about 25 miles an initial break established with over 20 rides including 5-hour ENERGY’s Jim Stemper. Quickly growing to and then hovering at 1 minute, due to the danger men on GC of Carter Jones and Tom Zirbel who were less than 40 seconds back on GC contention. Once Nate English came back to the car for bottles and information the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda racing team took this information and went to the front to close down this dangerous break. We brought it back quickly and then the peloton kept attacking each other until 25 miles to go. Finally a smaller break of 8 with 5-hour ENERGY’s Stemper went up the road to over a minute. After the last sprint zone this break blew up to over 2:40. Vennel was highest on GC at 39 seconds. It was a tough call to bring Stemper back to the peloton to shut down this move before the climb but we believe it was worth it in the end. The 5-hour ENERGY® P/B Kenda Team plus the Hincapie Development Team worked together to bring it back before the climb. Max and Nate then got caught behind a crash at the start of the climb that separated them from Paco’s group. He was now alone with no one to help him work on the climb. This would be the winning group of the day, Paco taking 5th place and now 25 seconds down on GC. This all and all was a good result on a chaotic stage.
Also Bobby had a little incident today on the road getting forced into some trees but we are happy to say he is fine and got back on the road and will be racing tomorrow.
Stage 3 of the Cascade Cycling Classic was run on the Cascade Lakes course. This is a long standing course for this event. The course doesn’t have the amount of climbing that Stage 1 but many in the field feel that this is the toughest stage. The course is unrelenting, constantly up and down and then finishes on the 5 km climb of Sparks Lake. This climb isn’t particularly steep but considering its placement on this stage, it certainly makes the legs and lungs hurt.
The men were to ride 90 miles. The BMC Development team had the responsibility of defending the yellow jersey for Novak and with this stacked pro field they definitely had their work cut out for them today. The race began with a 3 mile neutral and as soon as the flag dropped the attacks began. Groups of 10-20 riders would escape only to be brought back and then another group would break … BMC were placing men in each group but it was becoming clear that yellow jersey wearer Novak was not having a good day and many times BMC would call back their riders to help pace the yellow back and bring the group together. The other teams had no mercy and kept firing away at BMC until mile 61 when a nine man group was able to break clear. As the final climb began, the escapees were swept up and 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda got to the front and set a hard pace in hope of launching Mancebo but the rest of the field was strong enough to resist the pace. Seghei Tvetcov of Jelly Belly p/b Kenda took the stage. This was his second stage win in as many days. Travis McCabe of Elbowz Racing p/b Boneshaker took second followed by Chad Haga of Team Optom p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. Mancebo of 5 Hour Energy finished 5th with the same time as Tvetcov. Former yellow jersey Phillip Gaimon of Bissell Pro Cycling was 8th 2 seconds down. Novak finished 23rd for the day 17 seconds down followed by his teammate, Eisenthart.