Taking it to 11 with Christian Meier
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(11 hard hitting questions with Christian Meier, former world tour pro, owner of The Service Course, Espresso Mafia, and La Fabrica. Speedvagen owner who purchased his Custom SV Road as a retirement gift to himself form the pro peloton )

 
 

1. Where are you right now?

Sitting in The Service Course in Girona.


2. Can you give us what a Race day looks like for you today. How is it different from when you were a pro? What's your routine from waking up to racing? 

Race days for me now tend to be riding full gas all day, especially at gravel events! Pro life was a bit more complex because I was working for a team and tactics were decided with the intention of winning, now my intentions are just to arrive to the finish line Fucked! My routine these days is wake up, drink coffee, scramble, drink more coffee, make it to the line just in time before the gun goes off!


3. State of the racing - whats working? whats not? what do you want to see more of?

Gravel is working, its fun, engaging for all levels, open to everyone and not elitist. Professional road racing is the least professional of all the sports out there, no solid rider´s union and the races seem to rule the sport more than our own organising body. I want to see people having more fun!

4. What Races/Rides will you be attending this season?

Hoping to get to Land Run 100, Nova Eroica,  Dirty Kanzaa, Torino-Nice Rally and some multi day mixed terrain adventures in the mountains!


5. You've been on your Custom Road Bike for around 3 years now. What are your thoughts, anything unexpected? 


Its been three years of owning my SV but also trying many other bikes from steel to carbon and while there are some excellent builders for my personal tastes no bike has the balance of comfort, fit and raciness of my SV, love it every time I swing a leg over It´s a bloody Swiss army knife of bikes, ridden it on Strada Biance, with packs on multi day trips up to smashing Strava KOMs. 

6. Give us a cycling "Pro Tip" that has made an impact on you?

Everything is about balance, live, ride, eat and love. As a pro I was a valuable to the team because I was always in good shape and that came from not doing crazy things that may get me super fit for a short period but a sustainable routine that allowed me to be fresh and ready always. This is not a fad diet. 


7. Tater tots or Fries?

As long as there’s Ketchup. 


8. Who made the best cup of coffee you have ever had? 


The cups that changed my life was Stumptown circa 2006 ish in Portland when I was there for the Mt Hood Classic, ruined coffee for me forever and sent me down the rabbit hole to opening my own shop and roasting.


9. Go to after race treat? 

Haribo Star Mix or after a hot one a crisp beer. 


10. Favorite race you have ever done?

The Tour was a pretty special race.

11. Whats next for The Service Course?

Next up is a new location in Florence, Italy, the food is so good we had to open a shop there!

 
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Speedvagen By The Numbers:
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By the numbers 

Jan 24. 2019

Commuters: 

4 bike (16 miles combined) 

5 car

Lunch Rider

Dean and Woody - 24 total miles.

Weather

cloudy

Dogs in Attendance

1: Stella

Coffee:

Pots Made: 1

(Stumptown fortitude)

Pour Overs Made: 3

Music:

Spotify - Shins - Radio

Mood


Questions? Comments? High Fives? Send them to info@speedvagen.com 

 

The day in 4 photos.

 
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Speedvagen By The Numbers:
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By the numbers 

Jan 23. 2019

Commuters: 

4 bike (16 miles combined) 

5 car

Lunch Rider

Dean and Woody - 24 total miles.

Weather

cloudy>sprinkles>sun

Dogs in Attendance

2: Anna, Stella

Coffee:

(Stumptown Hairbender)

Pots Made: 1

Pour Overs Made: 3

Music:

Spotify - 60s - Radio

Mood

Grumpy

Tidbit

We sold out of painted knives in 3 hours again, and will do another run next week.

Fun Fact

The domain name weeniewatchers.com is available for purchase. Thanks for what you bring to the table Jenn Levo.


Questions? Comments? High Fives? Send them to info@speedvagen.com 

 

The day in 4 photos.

 
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Speedvagen By The Numbers:
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By the numbers 

Jan 22. 2019

Commuters: 

3 bike (12 miles combined) 

5 car

Weather

Lots of rain

Dogs in Attendance

2: Anna, Stella

Coffee:

(Stumptown Hairbender)

Pots Made: 1

Pour Overs Made: 3

Music:

Spotify - Middle Kids - Radio

Interesting conversation of the day.

Do you remember Formula 1 BMX?

What Did Woody Wrap in Build?

Speedvagen Surprise Me Road


Questions? Comments? High Fives? Send them to info@speedvagen.com 

 

The day in 4 photos.

 
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Taking it to 11 with Ashton Lambie
Photo by:  Elliot Layda

Photo by: Elliot Layda

 

(11 hard hitting questions with 4k individual pursuit world record holder and SV Rider Ashton Lambie)

 
 

1. Where are you right now?

Hobbiton! But seriously, New Zealand with Team USA for the World Cup. We’ve been here just long enough for me to get super sunburned, but I’m having a great time! 


2. Can you give us what a Race day looks like for you. What's your routine from waking up to racing? 

Wake up. Coffee. Eat. Go to the track. Warm up. Play phone games (alto’s adventure or Minecraft) and listen to Iris Temple to get in the zone. Race. Cool down. Repeat as needed.

3. Long ride or gravel race nutrition, what do you eat and drink?

For long rides, I usually want more than just liquid nutrition. Before a gravel race, I usually have some egg and rice mess. On the ride, I'll have gels and  Margaret's cookies. At the checkpoints, I like to have some savory options like wraps. I get bored with all the sweet stuff. A coke is great after a long hot ride!

4. What Gravel races will you be attending this season?

I'm for sure going to Landrun 100 and the Epic. The rest, I'll fit in as it works out.

5. You've been on your Custom Rugged Road for almost 4 months now. What are your thoughts, anything unexpected? 

It's way faster than I thought it would be, and it's crazy how well it fits! I've had bike fits before, but the custom fit is incredible. Even after test-riding one of Sacha's bikes for the fit, this one is so much better. It's amazing to have a bike fit this well and also do everything I could possibly want. I can keep up on road rides, throw on aero bars, or go for a leisurely gravel ride all on the same bike! I can't emphasis enough how great it is!

6. Give us a cycling "Pro Tip" that has made an impact on you. 

"There's no such thing as over-training, just under- recovery."--Chris Dellasega, my strength coach.

7. Tater tots or Fries?

Home fries with mayo and mustard 

8. What do you put on a bagel? 

You can't go wrong with cream cheese, lox, and onion. Not capers, though. Those are a garbage vegetable.

9. Is the hour record on your radar? 

Definitely. It's crazy, and I love crazy.

10. Last book you read?

Growing Great Garlic. It looks great so far!

11. Go to after race treat? 
Reece's and scotch.

 
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Photo by: @kbschlee

Photo by: @kbschlee

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Speedvagen By The Numbers:
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By the numbers 

Jan 21. 2019

Commuters: 

4 bike (22 miles combined) 

5 car

Weather

Sun?

Dogs in Attendance

1: Anna

Coffee:

(Stumptown Hairbender)

Pots Made: 3

Pour Overs Made: 3

Music:

Spotify - Indie - Radio

What’s fab Doing? 

Welding

Lunch Riders

Jenn and Dean total miles - 30 miles

What Did Woody Wrap in Build?

Speedvagen Ready Made Urban Racer


Questions? Comments? High Fives? Send them to info@speedvagen.com 

 

The day in 4 photos.

 
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Speedvagen By The Numbers:
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By the numbers 

Jan 18. 2019

Commuters: 

2 bike (8 miles combined) 

6 car

Weather

sprinkles and rain!

Dogs in Attendance

2: Stella & Anna

Coffee:

(Stumptown Hairbender)

Pots Made: 4

Pour Overs Made: 0

Music:

Spotify - Indie - Radio

What’s fab Doing? 

Welding

Lunch Riders

Jenn and Dean total miles - 30 miles


Questions? Comments? High Fives? Send them to info@speedvagen.com 

 
 

The day in 4 photos.

 
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