Jonathan Jacob

September 09, 2016

Racer Q&A: Catching up with Team Bissel ABG Giant

Q&A

Catching up with Team Bissell ABG Giant in our series of Q&As with racers hitting the streets of Doylestown this Sunday.


Brad Neagos
Twitter: @bdneags
4th USA Cycling Amateur Road Nationals Road Race
4th Northstar Grand Prix Best Amateur 
2nd Bannock Street Crit 
2014 USA Cycling Collegiate National Champion D2 Omnium

What was your first bike
Specialized Hotrock 

What inspired you to become a professional bike racer?
Watching the Tour de France as a child, and seeing Lance Armstrong winning 

Describe the best thing about being a professional cyclist?
Traveling the country and meeting the amazing people who host us. I love getting to know the hosts and bonding with them during our time together. It is very cool to think that I have created friends all across the country through bike racing. 

Describe the worst thing about being a professional cyclist?
The perception that every professional cyclist is doping. Our sport has been tainted, but the new generation of racers are doing it the right way, clean.

What do your friends and family think about your career as a pro cyclist?
My friends and family think it is pretty cool that I get to travel around and see the country via bike. My friends are envious that I am living my dream. 

What’s something most people don’t know about being a pro cyclist?
That a pro cyclist spends a large amount of time alone training. And sometimes the training is pretty intense and difficult. You have to train not matter what the weather is, so there are some days when it is really cold or rainy and you just have to tough it out. 

What’s the one race or ride that is on your bucket list?
The race that I most want to do is the Philly Cycling Classic. A bucket list ride, would be any ride in Girona Spain, with my Dad. 

Describe the funniest moment you’ve experienced in a race.
The funniest moment I have experienced in a race was funny for me but not for the person that it was happening to. I had finished stage 1 of the 2016 Tour of the Gila and I was riding down the Mogollon when I passed Zach Allison still riding up the climb to finish the stage on a flat pedaled cruiser bike. It was pretty hilarious to see him racing up the climb on that bike. 

What should spectators expect to see in the criterium?
Spectators should expect to see a high intensity fast paced race. Criteriums are extremely exciting, they are aggressive with lots of attacks and small breaks forming. The pace generally hangs around 30mph with lots of high speed corners and a large pack of riders. 

Shaved legs or winter coat?
Shaved legs! I've been shaving for 5 years now and I think hairy legs look funny!


Jonathan Jacob
Twitter/Instagram: @jinglehammer  @jonathan.s.jacob
Palmares of Note: 2011 Elite Amateur Time Trial Champion, 2016 Masters 35-39 RR Champion

What was your first bike?
My first decent bike was a Klein Quantum which was pretty sweet!

What inspired you to become a professional bike racer?
I am not professional and never have been but I like working towards goals that I have set for myself and the team. I really enjoy the process of training and movement towards  goals, short and long-term.

Describe the best thing about being a professional cyclist?
Getting to know my teammates and developing a culture on the team. We strive to give young riders the opportunity to progress and grow.

Describe the worst thing about being a professional cyclist?
It can become a grind especially when you are balancing it with work and everyday life. Balance is tough to maintain at times.

What do your friends and family think about your career as a pro cyclist?
My family and friends have always been supportive and interested. They find the sport curious and interesting as it is not conventional.

What’s something most people don’t know about being a pro cyclist?
You really need to start young to allow full opportunity for growth. The later you start, the harder it is to hit all the markers of development.

What’s the one race or ride that is on your bucket list?
Some of my friends do a yearly 200 mile ride that starts in Indianapolis and goes down into the Southern Indiana hills. I would like to attempt it but I don’t know that I am capable!

Describe the funniest moment you’ve experienced in a race.
When I first started racing, I did a stage race in the south that was on the NRC Calendar. One of the better pro’s was heavily marked by most in the field. He proceeded to tell everyone they were number 1. Ends up he is really nice guy!

What should spectators expect to see in the criterium?
It will be fast and exciting. The race will constantly be changing and evolving.

Shaved legs or winter coat?
Shaved legs all the time.




Aaron Beebe

What was your first bike?

Huffy BMX bike

What inspired you to become a professional bike racer?
I started riding around my hometown, saw road riders out and about and joined them on group rides. I've always loved the speed and freedom of the bike and love pushing myself in competition

Describe the best thing about being a professional cyclist?
Knowing you are working to be the very best at your sport

Describe the worst thing about being a professional cyclist?
Being the worst at many other things due to time constraints

What do your friends and family think about your career as a pro cyclist?
They think it's cool but a lot of times they worry about how fast we go.

What’s something most people don’t know about being a pro cyclist?
That not every pro cyclist will race the Tour De France

What’s the one race or ride that is on your bucket list?
Fantasy, Paris Roubaix. More realistically in the next few years, Philadelphia Cycling Classic. 

Describe the funniest moment you’ve experienced in a race.
Watching two riders on different teams who are good friends spray each other with water bottles, it was super hot out and the pace was controlled, it's funny to see people just having fun in the middle of "serious" competition.

What should spectators expect to see in the criterium?
Constant attacking from the front of the field, constant suffering from tired legs at the back

Shaved legs or winter coat?
Shaved in the summer, built in leg warmers in the winter.


Thomas Revard
Twitter/Instagram: @thomasrevard / @thomasrevard
Palmares of Note: Fort McClellan RR, 4th

What was your first bike?
Trek 1500 Road Bike

What inspired you to become a professional bike racer?
I am not a pro yet, but I aspire to be.

Describe the best thing about being a professional cyclist?
The best thing about cycling for me is the traveling and the freedom.

Describe the worst thing about being a professional cyclist?
The worst thing about cycling for me is the occasional crash/hospital visit.

What do your friends and family think about your career as a pro cyclist?
My family supports me every step of the way and wants me to be successful.

What’s something most people don’t know about being a pro cyclist?
It takes a lot of time and effort.  Miles and miles of training in all kinds of weather and traffic.

What’s the one race or ride that is on your bucket list?
I want to climb Alpe d' Huez one day.

Describe the funniest moment you’ve experienced in a race.
This year at the Northstar Grand Prix, Brad Huff  (US Pro Crit Champ) told me to eat more hamburgers.  I guess he thought I was on the skinny side.

What should spectators expect to see in the criterium?
Blazing fast speeds and lots of human suffering.

Shaved legs or winter coat?
Shaved legs because its more aero.

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