On March 17th, at approximately 5:15am, Evan Stade took 1st overall and 1st Men’s Freewheel in the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race.
Evan describes himself as, “Just an average Joe with a day job and an indifference to suffering. A no-talent hack propelled by wiles, willpower and a steady intake of chicken burritos.”
The first Group ride Evan ever attended was Root Run, one of the many fast rides in Los Angeles birthed from Wolfpack Hustle, where he spent many months suffering to keep up. In 2009, he started riding with Wolfpack Hustle, surviving his first ride “by the skin of my teeth.” The second time he was dropped within two blocks of the start. “Those beat downs weren’t fun, but I always came back for more. Eventually, I was the one handing out the punishment.” In 2010, a group of friends “cajoled” him into participating in SOCAL sanctioned races. “The first race was such an adrenaline rush, I was hooked.”
Professionally, Evan says he’s a software engineer at Google and cycling is just a hobby. He’s closing in on his Cat 1 upgrade (In sanctioned races, Cat 1 is considered “the best of the best”) as he races most weekends, currently holding 8th on the P12 SOCAL Cup Points Series.
Evan is one of the few racers who have participated in the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race all four years. The first two years, he flatted out early, “Very frustrating.” And with the chaos of last year’s false start, he only managed 2nd place. “Second and first don’t sound very different, but it turns out, they’re worlds apart.”
One on one with Evan Stade:
When did you start riding a bike?
What do you think about when you train for races?
How lucky I am to be young, healthy, free and living in LA.
What interests do you have outside of cycling?
I’ve made my diet a lot healthier over the last year so I spend a lot of time focusing on finding new and delicious foods that were previously off my radar. Think Brussels sprouts, oatmeal, homemade salads, fish, nuts, dried fruit. I bought a house about a year and a half ago and spend a good deal of free time on home improvement tasks.
What is your all-time favorite racing moment to this day?
That’s hard to pin down. I will say that the Belgian Waffle Ride which I did last Sunday was the most PRO experience I’ve ever been a part of. From the race caravan to the Coca-Cola hand ups to the constantly shuffling lead group, the brutal distance and never-ending climbing, the rabid tifosi, everything about it made me feel like I was on TV. The first time I lapped the field in a p12 crit was a pretty good one too. It made me think, “Hey! Maybe I don’t suck at this so badly after all…”
What are you looking forward to this year whether in “sanctioned” races or “unsanctioned”?
Well my goals for the season will be a top 5 in the SoCal cup points series (that’s just a combination of all the sanctioned road races) and winning the Wolfpack series as well. I’m also targeting the state championship TT in May — a win will be hard but a podium might be possible. And of course the number one goal is to complete my cat 1 upgrade.