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—Vicki, Grand Rapids MI.—
The new Adventure racing Team that we are sponsoring, Team ROCGear-Injinji/SylvanSport is a huge step up from last year. We are excited to introduce you to the racers and hope you can check them out in an area near you... they are hard working individuals who find the time to bring balance to their lives, never turning their backs on what drives them; riding, running and racing.
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Tracy Broeckel, born and raised in Saskatchewan Canada is a personal fitness trainer in Atlanta, Ga. She started adventure racing in 2002, and since then, has competed in many different adventure races, ranging from 3hours to 30 hours, in 6 different states. She is also an avid runner and biker on both road and trail. Since beginning her race career in 2002 she has run both road and trail races, including duathlons, ½ marathons and full marathons. She has received medals in all racing venues most notably in her first and second duathlons, and in her first trail race. She started Team Sylvan Sport in 2009 with David White and Jeff Scott, the then joined Team Roc Gear, Injinjj/SylvanSport in 2011.
• Age: 33
• Years Racing: 15 (mountain biking & distance running)
• Years Adventure Racing: >1
• Cross-training: ultra-running, single speed mountain biking.
• Why AR: winning (or losing) as a team. Never knowing a course beforehand, and adapting to the race on-the-fly.
• Favorite race food: banana Moon Pies
• Favorite Race Quote: "The only race pace is a suicide pace... Today looks like a good day to die." - Steve Prefontaine
• Age: See above, up there with Charles in age
• Years AR racing: 5, met Ben through a mutual friend and start racing together. AR is a combination of sports I have participated in most of my life.
• Team functions: jack of all, master of none; at times can pull an extra load on the paddling section; navigator;
• Why AR: The sense of adventure you get removed from a fixed course and the team aspect. This is a very mental sport with a solid community feel - each race is an experience.
• Favorite race food: Ben or Tracy's gummi bears, rotisserie chicken, large sub sandwiches from super store deli section. Meredith has had a positive impact on my food choices recently so giving up on the sandwiches.
• Motto: Pain is temporary, pride is forever (unknown) A long AR race will bring swings in mental/physical states. There will be pain - the victory is in pushing through this and challenging what you believe are your limits. Pain and challenge typically make for the best stories anyway.
(Team Captain & RD)
• Age: 31
• Years racing: 5
• Team functions: bike workhorse, navigator, and motivator
• Why AR: the challenge of the unknown and variety, remote areas you get to see, Team work
• Favorite race food: gummi bears or similar
Values for Adventure Racing are:
1). Composure (keep cool)
2). Optimism (nothing is a problem)
3). Perseverance (never, ever give up. no matter how bleak the situation feels).
• Age 41, was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he began racing at an early age. Now residing in the Atlanta area, Charles has been a 5-time competitor in the Adventure Race National Championships, and was runner-up National Champion in 2005 with Team Flight. He has competed 4 times in the USA Cycling National Championships, and previously held Top 5 Mountain Bike State Championship rankings in 4 different states. While at the University of South Florida, Charles set 3 University Track & Field records and was a 7-time All-Conference Track & Field athlete in NCAA Division I. He is a Navigator and Workhorse on the Mountain Bike & Run… who always remains focused and motivational to the end. “Adventure Racing is more than just a physical challenge involving all my favorite hobbies and gear; it is also a mental challenge to navigate and make decisions that will ultimately determine the outcome of the race. The length of these events enables race directors to take participants to rarely seen wilderness areas… to experience beautiful vistas, historic sites, mountain tops and raging rivers. For me, Adventure Racing is not just about the race, it’s about the ‘Journey’!”
AR experience: 2 1/2 years racing everything from 6hrs to 30 hours in the rain
Born: California and grew up in Thailand and Washington State
Family: I am married and am MOM to two future Adventure Racers
Athletic background: swimming, running, triathlons, and learning to mountain bike
Training: I mix it up throughout the week with swimming, running, cycling and crossfit
Favorite Indulgence: CHOCOLATE
Gear: Packs Golite ,
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia
Reason for Racing: My brother gave me a 10 hour race at Blue Ridge as a birthday present. I came to the end of myself and pushed on. I love the challenge, the variation, and the team aspect of this sport. Thanks Ben.
Some of Jeff's accomplishments include NC State road race champion, NC State cyclcross champion (don't remember the years), Ironman finisher, Adventure races with a 2nd at SOAR (a 12 hr race) as a solo racer and 1st as a three man team and 3rd overall at OMAR (a 30 hr race). Some of the races he will be competing in: The NC State RR, French Broad cycling classic stage race, Assualt on Mt. Mitchell MTB, The Greenville Classic Criterium races, The Upstate AR in Oct. (30 hr. race).
Greg competes yearly in the Southeast Regional Championship Series mountain bike races and occasional road events like the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Greg rides with Team Myers Center out of Greenville, SC.