We're nabbing this special edition of Ec Coffee Bar's famous Coffee Talk series to highlight 2015 Iceman Cometh winner and all-around #RAD dude, Troy Wells. He's back for another year with Team CLIF Bar Mountain Bike and Cyclocross Team, where he'll be joined this season by former US Champ, brother (and Iceman winner) Todd. Troy talks Niner Bikes, snacks, and delves into his greatest fear in this extended coffee talk...that's right, we stretched him more than the traditional ten questions! Marcel Proust would be proud.
1. Okay, all the locals want to know. Where did you make your move at Iceman this past fall?
I made my move around 30k from the finish. It wasn't really a planned move. I felt like a lot of different guys kept on attacking to more or less keep the pace high. When I first rolled off the front I wasn't all in. I kept a solid tempo but definitely saved a lot expecting to be brought back to the group. After the feed zone at around 18k from the finish, I thought my gap might hold so I put my head down and gave it all I had. Jeremiah Bishop (JB) came across to me with about 6k to go. I focused on recovery and knew I had to lead into the barricades which is about 800 meters before the finish. Up the finial climb I wanted to come around JB but the crowd was so deep I couldn't make my move until the top. Once I got around I knew I was in a good position as long as I could protect my position to the line. It worked!
2. You've ridden bikes all over the world. If you could recommend just one place for a mountain biker to go ride, where would you point them?
I really love the San Juan mountains outside of Durango. There's nothing like doing a big day on single track above tree line. The views are amazing and it's awesome to descend a couple 1000 feet at the end of your ride.
3. What is your greatest joy?
I really enjoy going to the beach for vacation in small Mexican towns. It's an easy flight from Colorado, I love the food, walks on the beach and sunsets. (Seriously really I do).
4. A few of us have tried it. Would you consider racing Iceman on your 'cross bike, just for funsies?
It's funny... I'm on my cross bike all fall. I've run super narrow tires before at Iceman. The main issue would be flatting in the single track. Normally you are always in a group and can't really see what's coming up. The MTB is much more forgiving when you hit a root or rock the wrong way. Also if it's dry, all the sand would be much more difficult on the CX bike. It would be fun to do once, but I would probably end up riding a flat to the finish.
5. When did you know you could be a professional cyclist?
When I won the Cyclo-Cross U-23 National title in Providence.
6. You have a reputation as a prodigious eater. What's your go-to post-race smorgasbord?
I always have Clif Recovery chocolate mix with either water or milk. Then it turns into whatever I can get my hands on. Normally for dinner I'll either have Mexican
food or pizza. Sometimes I go a little cray with the pizza or tortilla chips.
7. How's brother Todd going? Is he good?
Living the dream right now in Tucson. Just training all day chasing Cooper (his son) around all night. I'm sure he will be flying this year with the added motivation of a new team.
8. What mountain bike are you riding this year?
The Niner RKT 9 RDO equipped with RockShox RS1, Sram XX1 groupo, Kappius wheels, Maxxis tires, Crankbrothers candy 11 pedals and K-Edge mount.
9. What's the one tip you wish every cyclist would know, live by, and thank you for?
I have two I hope that's okay. Might not make it to ELEVEN.
-Don't fight rest blocks, embrace them.
-You never realize how important core is until you have all sorts of issues. Do core!! Repeat!! Do more!!
10. How many cookies do you eat a week, roughly?
It depends how many are in front of me and my self control. I'm addicted to Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips. I normally put them in a little cup because if I eat out of bag sometimes I'll eat half the bag without realizing it. My girlfriend Kricket keeps me in check normally.
11. Did you know you're the first person to get ELEVEN questions?
12. And now twelve...What do you like about Northern Michigan?
The first 2 days before the Iceman were just perfect. I remember it being mid 60's, sunshine, some great colors in the woods - it was awesome! With the lake as the backdrop to Traverse City, there were great sunsets. I can't say enough of how cool it is that the entire town gets behind the Iceman event. Also, I had a great meal at the Thai food place and was a regular at the Brew coffee shop.
13. What quality do you admire most in a friend?
14. What is your motto?
Gotta get out there!!
15. What is your biggest fear?
Getting door'd - I'm always looking inside parked cars when riding.