Monday, April 7, 2014

Get to Know Astellas Cycling Team... Chris Uberti

New for 2014, we are proud to sponsor Astellas Cycling in the team's first year as domestic professionals. Get to know the team: 

Age: 26

Hometown: Northville, MI

When did you start cycling?

I started riding Mountain Bikes with my Dad in Middle School. I wore baggy pants and was into free-riding, and also thought that all the roadies with their shaved legs and tights were lame.

What do you like about cycling?

I love how it can be whatever you want it to be. For myself cycling has been a job, a form of transportation, a community, and a vehicle for exploration.

What do you not like?

The off season.

What do you do outside of cycling? Jobs, hobbies, family? 

Before I turned pro I was an Aerospace Engineer designing turbine components for aircraft engines and other turbomachinery. Currently I mostly ride bikes and brew my own beer.

When did you start riding with Astellas?

2014 Is my first year with the team.

How do you feel about becoming a Professional domestic team this year? 

I turned Pro last year with Smart Stop. I felt like I learned a lot last year and am ready to apply my new skills to the 2014 season.

What type of racing is your “specialty?” 

Lumpy road races, or Hilly Crits. I love tough races….except for ones that require you to have a body fat % below 10...I love pop-tarts too much for anything like that.

What races are you excited for this year? 

The US National Championship is a very cool race to be a part of. Also the Winston-Salem UCI race. By far the hardest road course I did last year, I got 2nd with my teammate winning the race. It’ll be incredibly tough with a better field in 2014.

What bike will you be riding this year? 

Anything else? Tips, tricks, advice? 

Ride slow. There’s too much stuff to enjoy in the world. If you’re plugged into music, have your head down, and crushing some interval, you’re going to miss out on some of the best aspects of riding.

Be sure to check out Chris Uberti's blog Rockets to Sprockets and follow him on Twitter @cuberti. And don't forget to check out the new Astellas Cycling website

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