A professional mountain bike racer will compete in a local event for the very first time on February 2. American Drew Edsall is listed for action in the eighth Annual River Raid Mountain Bike Race, organised by Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club.
Edsall began racing mountain bikes in 2005 in the sport division and quickly moved up to the expert class. In 2007, when he achieved top ranking as a semi-pro, he joined the professional ranks. Although he excels at endurance racing and stage racing, Edsall also competes in cross-country, cyclo-cross and Xterra events. Prior to being a mountain bike racer, Edsall was a decathlon champion in college and a footballer in high school.
Edsall is also a certified coach, and has been working with Trinidad and Tobago’s Peter Sellier for one and a half years, via the internet. Athlete and coach have never met, but training plans are tailored to Sellier and uploaded on a website. Sellier then uploads his workouts from his Garmin bicycle computer which shows a map of where he has been, and provides a continuous recording of data—speed, cadence and heart rate, as well as information on elevation gain and ambient temperature. Skype meetings every two weeks provide an opportunity to discuss training, nutrition and bike set-up.
Fourteen-year-old Sellier is ranked second in T&T, behind Jason Costelloe, 28.
In the absence of Costelloe, Sellier won last weekend’s “Chag Attack” mountain bike race, organised by Trailing Edge.
On February 1, at the Arboretum in Chaguaramas, Edsall will share some of his experience with local mountain bikers at a question and answer forum—”The Dirt with Drew Edsall”. Northern Rangers Mountain Bike Club will host the forum, which is being sponsored by Mike’s Bikes, Blue Waters, Gatorade and Kiss Healthy Balance. Registration is at Mike’s Bikes, and must be done in advance.