Interview with Cole House (CashCall Mortgage Cycling)
By: Brandon Hale
Cycling Illustrated: You started racing BMX when you were about 10. I also know Māris Štrombergs races BMX. You both ride KHS bikes. Could you beat him in a sprint?
Cole House: After a couple hours of riding, I think so. Those BMX guys are quick, but I’m sure they tire easily.
CI: What does the typical training day for Cole House look like? Take me through your day from start to finish.
CH: Training days vary just as they would for everybody else. But, I normally like to be out riding before 10AM, otherwise I lose motivation. Normally, there’s at least one stop for coffee. I don’t like to take days completely off the bike.
CI: What are you goals for this season? In the long term?
CH: The big goal for this season is to show myself in the big races: Redlands, Gila, Philly, and elite nationals, which is in my home state of Wisconsin. Our team is a growing team. They had some success last season on the national level and I hope there’s a lot more national-level success for us this season. I’m happy to be a part of the team and I want to help it reach the next level. I don’t see myself as a criterium rider and I don’t really want to be a crit rider. I’ve raced the U23 classics and had good results, now I’d love to work my way up to big classics.
CI: Do you mind answering questions about your Director Paul Abrahams? What is his greatest strength as a leader?
CH: Having Paul as a director is a lot different than most of the directors I’ve worked with. He’s a bit more involved with his riders on and off the bike. It’s good. He’s a great leader for the team. He brings everything together nicely.
CI: What can we expect from you individually and from your team at the 2013 Redlands Bicycle Classic?
CH: I’m very excited for Redlands. I’ve done it once. I had both personal and team success while I was riding with Realcyclist.com. This year, I hope to bring that experience to our team. We have guys capable of winning any of the stages. We just have to race smart and take advantage of any opportunity we can get. The biggest goal for the team would be to win a stage.
CI: What is the most important thing a cyclist should know?
CH: How to suffer! Bike racing is hard. No matter how good you are, you’re always going to suffer, no matter what
CI: You are an American Indian. Could you elaborate on that for everyone?
CH: I’m part of the ONEIDA tribe. We’re originally from New York, but we have three separate reservations in New York; Ontario, Canada; and Wisconsin. I grew up on the reservation in Wisconsin. My parents raised my sisters and I with our Native American culture and learning our native language. My family still resides on the reservation.
CI: You won the Wisconsin Road Race in 2005 (at 17), 2006, and 2007. Then, in 2009, you were the first American to win the U23 GP Waregem in Belgium. You have been a part of Real Cyclist, BMC, and now you’re with CashCall Mortgage. Are you satisfied with your career in the United States or are you looking to go back to Europe?
CH: I’m happy with where I am in my career for now. I’ve spent four years with the U23 national team, two years with BMC, as well as two years with Realcyclist/Competitive Cyclist. I’ve won some big races, so I know I have what it takes. I just need the right people around to help guide me. My biggest goal is to get back to Europe. Maybe two years ago I wasn’t ready. But I’m 25 now, so it’s about time to try and make the jump back. I’d love to be racing in the classics.
CI: Here are your highlights. I apologize if I have missed any. What do you think you will add to this list?
Redlands Bicycle Classic -1st Sunset Road Race
Merco Cycling Classic stage 1, 4th
Valley of the Sun Criterium, 1st
International Cycling Classic (Superweek), stage 11, 1st
GP Waregem, Under 23 (BEL), 1st
Giro della Montagna, Gateway Cup (USA), 2nd
Tour de Namur, Vezin-Andenne, stage 1 (BEL), 3rd
Lafayette Park, Gateway Cup (USA), 4th
Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux (BEL), stage 2b, 7th
Tour of Belize, stage 3 (BIZ), 1st
Tour of Flanders U23 (BEL), 7th
CH: Well, first off, it would be cool to just change the year on the sunset loop road race! Then add a few new NRC wins to the list. Ultimately, it would be cool to win a national title in my home state. I’m really excited for this season. We are a couple weeks in already and it’s flying by. We’ll be a team to watch.
CI: Who is your all-time favorite roommate on the road and why?
CH: My all-time favorite would have to be Alexander Kristoff when I was riding for BMC. He’s now with Katusha. Funny guy, always had some kind of entertainment.