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Meet the Team: Liz Nettles

Liz Nettles on the podium

It’s “Meet the Team” time again! This time we’re introducing Liz Nettles, a Cat 2 road racer who loves to compete. Liz has just been with us for a year, but she also raced for Recycled Cycles Racing 9 years ago as a Cat 4.  We’re excited to hear she’ll be participating in the BikeMS ride this fall, since Recycled Cycles will be providing mechanical support! Don’t forget to check out the Recycled Cycles Racing blog and Facebook page for all the team’s latest news.

Name: Liz Nettles

Age: my daughter is 2:)

Day job: Real Estate Agent

Bikes: Raleigh Militis (road race bike); Cannondale (rain bike); Teimeyer (pink track bike!); Blue (Time Trial bike)

Years racing: on and off 9 years

Years racing w/RCR: 1

Type of racing: Road (Cat. 2) and some track & cross (hopefully)

Favorite race: oddly not one comes to mind…anything epic with major hills and suffering (seriously)

Favorite local ride: Snohomish with the RCR girls- we always have a great time…even in the cold & rain. We stop at the Snohomish Bakery for the best cookies ever made.

Pre-race/ride fuel: Steel cut oatmeal with bananas or blueberries

Post-race/ride indulgence: Smoothie and cookie(S)

Why you started racing: I love to compete

Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? Yes, sometimes, but I like a little nerves before a race.

How many hours do you log each week? 7 on a good week

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you?

I would love to ride North toward Bellingham and Chuckanut Road. I look forward to doing the MS ride this September which uses those roads.

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Meet the Team: Steven Kusy

This week’s Recycled Cycles Racing star is Steven Kusy, who I’m told is “an absolute beast on the bike.” Steven is relatively new to the team but has been busy making his mark, so keep an eye out for him at road races. In the meantime, check out the Recycled Cycles Racing blog and Facebook page for all the team’s latest news.
Name: Steven Kusy
Age: 25
Day job: Nuclear Engineer
Bikes: 3 – 2012 RALEIGH MILITIS 3, 1999 Cannondale R800, Kuota K-Factor TT bike
Years racing: 3
Years racing w/RCR: 2
Type of racing: Road
Favorite race: The harder the better. I like stage races.
Favorite local ride: Out to Snoqualmie Falls
Pre-race/ride fuel: Vegetarian diet fuels me just fine.
Post-race/ride indulgence: Post Ride = PBJ    Post Race = Push-pop?
Why you started racing: 3 knee surgeries. I’ve torn my ACL, MCL, and Medial Meniscus in both knees.
Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? No. It’s bike racing.
How many hours do you log each week? 7-9 hours/week
Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? Doesn’t Europe have good routes?

Meet the Team: Josh Simpson

It’s time to introduce another of the fine folks from Recycled Cycles Racing. If you have a chance, check out their blog and Facebook page to keep up with the action. This week the spotlight is on Josh Simpson, a track, cross and road racer who also happens to be the Recycled Cycles Racing team president.

Name: Josh Simpson

Age: 37

Day job: Service Line Manager, Akamai Technologies

Bikes: 7 bikes: 2 cross, 2 road, 2 mountain, 1 TT. First bike was a BMX bike, many many years ago.

Years racing: 6

Years racing w/RCR: 6

Type of racing: Road, CX, Track

Favorite race: Madison’s, super fun, fast and hard!

Pre-race/ride fuel: PBJ’s

Post-race/ride indulgence: DQ Blizzard!

Why you started racing: Wife!

Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? Yes, many trips to the mens room.

Hours in the saddle each week: On average, 9 hours per week.

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? West Maui Loop.

Meet the Team: Mike Brown

We thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the folks from Recycled Cycles Racing. They’ve got their own blog and Facebook page to keep up with the action in-season, but this will be more of an inside look at the racers you see wearing the RCR kit.

It seemed only natural to start with Mike Brown, who has been racing for Recycled Cycles for about as long as there’s been a team – 12 years. Also known as Brownie, Mike’s day job is with the City of Redmond Parks Department but he still manages to log 10-16 hours on his bike each week.

Name: Mike Brown

Nickname: Brownie

Age: 45

About the Bikes: I own 5 bikes – A nice Raleigh race bike, a Look rain bike, my first race bike (Match), a ti Yeti hardtail mt. bike, and a dust gathering track bike

Type of racing: Road and Mountain

Favorite race: tough call , I would have to say the High Cascades 100 Mt.bike race or any of the road spring classics (my favorite time to race on the road)

Favorite local ride: Snoqualmie Valley (Snohomish, Monroe, Carnation)

Pre-race/ride fuel: Oatmeal

Post-race/ride indulgence: Rold Gold pretzels

Why you started racing: It satisfies my craving for competition. I enjoy the day to day, year to year challenge and discipline that it takes to compete in this sport

Dealing with nerves: I Always have nerves before a race. How do I deal? – Porta pottie.

Weekly hours in the saddle? 10 – 16 hrs. per week

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? Road riding around the Lake Chelan area on a hot summer day, or Mt. biking in Bend,OR

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