Sunday, March 3, 2013

Joe Dombrowski: Cycling's road forward

Northern Virginia's Joe Dombrowski, pro cyclist with Team Sky, is featured on the front page of today's Washington Post. The long article, Cycling's Road Forward: Can Joe Dombrowski Ride out of Lance Armstrong's Shadow?, describes Joe's ascent in the world of cycling. This year he will be riding with the world's number one team, Team Sky, that includes Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggens and runner up Chris Froome.

One of Joe's major events in 2011 was his epic ride with Wolfie's Bike Train during Vienna bike/walk challenge week. FABB member Jeff Anderson recruited Joe to ride with the kids. Joe set a furious pace during that ride but ended up finishing in the pack.

Joe is from Marshall, Virginia and he attended George Mason University. Skyline Drive was one of his training routes. His biggest win to date is the 2012 Girobio, the mini Giro d'Italia. Joe seems destined for a great pro cycling career and we expect the Joe Dombrowski wikipedia page to grow over time. From the Post article:
With dark-framed glasses and unassuming presence, Dombrowski looks more like a computer analyst than a world-class athlete. It wasn’t long ago that he was simply riding his bike on weekends along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. As he kept getting faster, opportunities opened up, prompting him to leave his home near Warrenton, abandon his studies at George Mason University and uproot his life.

“It’s definitely unique when someone like that comes along because it doesn’t happen very often,” said George Hincapie, a veteran cyclist who has ridden the Tour de France 17 times.

Not long before he moved to France, Dombrowski sat in the living room of his parents’ home and explained his meteoric rise. A friend at Fauquier High School raced mountain bikes, and a teenage Dombrowski would ride trails with him for fun on weekends. When he finally entered a race, though, he was hooked. Suddenly, Dombrowski found himself on the bike every day.

“It was a dream to make it a career, but only in the sense like, you might play high school football and you’d like to play in the NFL,” he said. “You have to be realistic about it.”

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