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Mechanic's Corner: Questions and Answers with David Gagnon's Specialized / Feedback Sports Cyclocross Team

Mechanic's Corner: Questions and Answers with David Gagnon's Specialized / Feedback Sports Cyclocross Team

In Mechanic's Corner collection, we now have shone a spotlight on these behind the scenes who make racing and driving events for us mechanics. Earlier this week, we introduced that we’re a co-sponsor of Maghalie Rochette and the CX Fever group. So let's get to know his mechanics, coach, companion and skilled baker, David Gagnon.

When did you start working as a wheel mechanic and how do you get there?

I competed in triathlon once I was youthful and shortly realized that getting the fitting bike was necessary. I favored working with my palms, so I began doing small things once I was actually young. While learning at university, we started a small bike store where the three of us actually needed to do every process from bike constructing to ordering and bookkeeping, so I shortly discovered the fitting basics. That deal didn't final lengthy. It was numerous work and we obtained to closing in 3 years. From there I labored on my personal bikes, however I never labored in a shop.

How did you modify as a racing mechanic? How long have you been working as a race mechanic at this level?

It really turned more of a necessity than a change. When Maghalie started competing in cyclocross 7 years ago, there had to be someone alongside her, so I found myself engaged on her bikes and helping her more and more until it turned clear that she was actually good at this and needed full-time help.

What are a few of the largest challenges you face as a racing mechanic? What’s the most hectic part earlier than, during or after a contest?

Truthfully, it's an excellent job. You should be extremely adaptable and flexible in working circumstances. You don't all the time have the right mild, the right surroundings, and / or the right circumstances for making wheels, however in case you are a bit artistic and have the best tools, it is going to be fun. I see these totally different working circumstances as more opportunities to be artistic and to seek out solutions greater than challenges. The most important challenge for me is all about driving. Whereas in Canada, we frequently drive to the USA a number of weeks at a time and change from one race to a different. Typically it means tons of driving. Driving for 40-60 hours every week can typically put a heavy strain in your body and mind.

Probably the most hectic half for me is the primary 30-60 seconds of the competitors. There’s numerous visitors and if the accident actually confuses the competition, it is almost definitely to happen inside the first few turns. Once they go once the wells, I'm pretty stress-free. Since most of the time it's nearly Maghaliae and I racing, getting ready the bikes, building the racing gear and packing every little thing just isn’t really traumatic. It's really enjoyable 🙂

What are a few of the most difficult last-minute or flight fixes you've needed to do?

Truthfully, there's nothing very thrilling about it. We come to competitions the place all gear is 100% practical and spare elements the whole lot. Maghalie drives 3 or 4 bikes at the weekend, so if for some cause one bike is just not good, we will often do without it and I can make things better after the stress free race.

I solely keep in mind as soon as being concerned. At the Supercross Cup in New York a couple of years ago, it was very windy and one of the Maghalie bikes fell to the bottom actually arduous 15 minutes before departure – the hull was damaged. It made me just a little confused, but we ended up utilizing our pal's bike, which was the most effective we might in 15 minutes for Maghalie. That pal was over 6 ft tall and had a 58cm bike, wider beams, longer cranks, and a unique firm shift / brake system. For sure, Maghalie was quite a change when she had to come to the pit. It was very muddy, so he needed to come every spherical. We made it work and Maghalie nonetheless gained and swept her first UCI competition this weekend!

Do you’ve any pre-race rituals? What are they?

No, no rituals. Apart from bicycle cleansing, examine the right bolts and tire pressures.

How do you stability being a coach and a mechanic?

It's a very massive purpose that I can see contained in the race and modify the coaching. numerous gadget testing and such. I solely work as a mechanic for Maghalie and a number of close associates who typically need assistance at house or in competitions, so my job is usually coaching. Working as a mechanic typically feels extra like a interest and a pleasant change. 🙂

You work solely with Maghalie throughout the season, what unique challenges do you encounter throughout the season and how do you progress previous them?

Working solely with Maghalie is great, it provides us a whole lot of respiration room and a sensible quantity of work and logistics that leaves us with enough time to not really feel drained. In any case, we spend a ton of time driving, coaching, touring, consuming, and so forth., and that may be a problem for many people, but we do quite nicely and are really lucky to be able to do both of us love dwelling collectively. There isn’t any one else on the earth to do this.

You and Maghalie, what can be the personal program most contemplate, what are the most important challenges you face as a mechanic / sole employee? What are the benefits?

You realize, it seems like outdoors, but the Maghalie household helps us rather a lot. Maghalie's mom and dad go to plenty of competitions and they are all the time completely happy to assist, whether or not in the wells or in travel logistics. Magh's father is an enormous biking fan and for him the properly operating and being around makes him actually completely happy and excited.

In North America, cyclocross is a really tight woven world, and when competitions require a bit of more labor, we are all the time very fortunate to be able to make buddies in competitions to help us. I'm additionally good buddies with a variety of mechanic North American groups / riders, so we assist each other wells. I'll hold on to them when their rider arrives, and they'll do the same for me when Maghalie is available in. The North American CX is a small world and all are very helpful. I might go on for days discussing the state of affairs the place Cannondale Cyclocrossworld was carrying Magh's bikes from one race to a different or once we have been driving mechanics at one other airport or utilizing their bike wash areas, and so forth. It's an enormous household.

benefits that we are solely two of us, properly, there are various. Reservation just one room. We travel in the identical automotive. It's very straightforward for us to make or change plans because we don't have to fit in with other individuals's schedules.

Having skilled many various nations and met lots of other mechanics, what are the variations you see in North American mechanics approaching restore and how are European mechanics doing? Are there differences of their relationship to their riders in comparison with North American teams?

The first thing that involves mind is the alternative of elements for the trade of goods. It appears to me that Euro Mechanics spends loads of time making an attempt to make things better and do it very creatively by making customized instruments for custom elements that they customise like where we in all probability just put the brand new gear instead of the wheel. I feel it also displays the overall way of life and decisions in Europe and North America.

When it comes to the mechanics-riders relationship in Europe, many riders have a father, brother, husband, regulation father, and so on. to be their mechanic. It's not unusual to see the same thing right here in North America, however when it comes to group structure, American teams are possible to offer a mechanic for riders, where in Europe the rider must have their own mechanic, the staff almost certainly won’t perform one.

What is an important thing for residence technicians to maintain their bikes in fine condition?

Clean it. Lubricate it & Shield it typically with some sprucing / sprucing. And take note of the bike whenever you do. This manner, you’ll be very cautious concerning the bicycle and its elements each time you wash / lubricate / shield it. Shortly see what to fix, change, and so on. There’s.

One factor I tell individuals is to be sure that the cleansing settings are simply accessible. Depart the strain washer plugged in or maintain the hose and work separate. This manner, it takes much less time, and you don’t like the fact that it’s a must to set up before cleansing. You possibly can simply come again from the trip, throw a bicycle on a rack, start up a hose or excessive strain washer, clean, shield your oil and hold monitor of things that need replacing, fastening, and so forth. [19659002] Instagram is filled with phenomenal meals pictures, particularly bread and pizza. Might you give us one easy recipe for bread or pizza?

Hahaha. I really like baking. Pizza and bread are in all probability my favorite meals. Pizza is a quite simple recipe you can also make with a BBQ or at house oven when you’ve got a baking stone. It's scrumptious and might be healthy when you put great things in it. We’ve a bitter flower tradition that we use at house, so we now have to do something with it daily or throw in a bit bit, so we try to bake it at the least every other day.

Quick Pizza, could possibly be made with a pickle. too, if in case you have a newbie


1 anytime before 2pm, sprinkle some yeast (like a teaspoon or so) on 400G + room temperature water.
2 – Add 500G pizza. four (00 sort) when you have little or no flour in the water, a pinch of salt and knead for + -5 minutes
three – Let it rise for 30-60 minutes, go back and knead once more for a number of rounds.
four – Let it sit for some time till it is + twice its measurement.
5- Take it out of the bowl, fold the ball last to the counter, line the bowl with olive oil, throw the dough ball into that bowl lined with olive oil. Refrigerate for an hour for dinner.
6- Take it out, give the dough as many pizzas as you want. let it rest on the counter + -30 minutes earlier than stretching it on pizza! Drain the juice from the can.
2 – Put the tomatoes in a bowl, crush them with your palms, add slightly salt and basil to style and there is a sauce. that you’ve a nice pizza. I really just like the basic Margherita with recent mozzarella on prime of the sauce. By no means expire and allow you to decide the quality of the dough and sauce 🙂

Bon appétit.

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