Life With Ferris: The Supermen Bikers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - by Ferris Robinson
Justin Mace, Andrew Brock and Brad Cobb. They are members of the Motor Mile Racing team and cleaned up in the Snake Creek Gap time trial series (34 miles) mountain bike race. Andrew placed first in his age division and 3rd overall. Brad placed first in his division and first overall. Justin placed 2nd in his division and 2nd overall. The race was in Dalton, GA and the final race was March 1.
Justin Mace, Andrew Brock and Brad Cobb. They are members of the Motor Mile Racing team and cleaned up in the Snake Creek Gap time trial series (34 miles) mountain bike race. Andrew placed first in his age division and 3rd overall. Brad placed first in his division and first overall. Justin placed 2nd in his division and 2nd overall. The race was in Dalton, GA and the final race was March 1.

Andrew Brock, Justin Mace and Brad Cobb all have serious day jobs the same way Clark Kent worked the 9 to 5. But after work, they change into brightly colored spandex, and although they don’t don a cape as a rule, they are indeed supermen. 

All part of the Motor Mile Racing team, these guys bike. That is not to say they toodle around town, coasting down hills and stopping for ice cream. They are on a mission to win races, and not just any races. They compete in ultra-distance and cross country mountain bike races and cyclocross, a combination of road and mountain biking over grass, mud, pavement and obstacles that at times forced riders to use their feet to carry their bike during the race. No toodling with this bunch. 

Brad Cobb founded the club after he became addicted to biking after a knee injury. There are several sponsors, including: Pointe General, Henderson Hutcherson and McCullough, UBS Financial Services, Smart Wool, Chattem and Rock Creek. 

They compete all over the country, if not all over the world. The NUE series (National Ultra Endurance), 13 races all over the country, certainly elevates the sport of ultra-endurance mountain biking to the national stage. Bikers, from pro to amateur, finish four of the sanctioned races to achieve a national ranking. The Leadville Trail, known as the race of all races, is 100 miles across the extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies in a high-altitude. The SERC (Southeastern Regional Championship) series is in Georgia and the El Reto de Los Volcanes is in Costa Rica. As hinted by the name, this race traverses several protected forest areas, and races up and over five different volcanoes.  

Volcanoes! Try that, Clark Kent.

All of the members don’t do all the races, but most of this hard core group has a bucket list of dream races. These races have names like WinterBlast, Race Across the Sky, 12 Hours of Santos, White Lightening and Dirt, Sweat and Gears, which all hint at the difficulty involved. And members of the Motor Mile Racing team are on a mission to conquer the challenges each race presents. To do so, they train. And train. They train in the cold. In the rain. In the heat. And if forced, they train on the exercise bike in front of the TV. They race with sprains, with aches and with bloody noses. These guys are animals, and give Super Man a run for his money. 

It’s highly doubtful they would consider stopping for ice cream.  

ferris@waldenloghomes.com



Lunch Conversations With The Commissioner Returns June 1

Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield invites you to join him for lunch, as the busy summer season approaches.  Commissioner Whitfield will hold his second Lunch Conversation with the Commissioner on June 1 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Susan's Diner, 3551 Chattanooga Valley Road in Flintstone. The public is encouraged to drop by, purchase a meal and enjoy some friendly ... (click for more)

Special Event Street Closures

Here are the special event street closures for May 26-29 in Chattanooga:  Friday, May 26 Nightfall Concert Series: Closures include Market from 10th to 8th, MLK Boulevard from Broad Street to Georgia Avenue from 5:30-11:59 p.m. The Nightfall Concert Series is free to the public and held each Friday till Aug. 25 (except for June 9 and 16) outdoors in Miller Plaza. This ... (click for more)

Erlanger Expects $5 Million Profit Despite "Very Challenging" Budget

Erlanger Health System officials said they expect a $5 million profit for the upcoming fiscal year despite a "very challenging" budget. Britt Tabor, chief financial officer, said there will be continued top line growth, which has brought a 51 percent rise in patient revenue over the past five years. "This is organic growth. It's not from mergers or acquisitions," Mr. Tabor ... (click for more)

Public Defender Says Another Entity Needs To Continue Funding For New Mental Health Court

Public Defender Steve Smith said another entity needs to take over funding the new Mental Health Court. He said Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has agreed to oversee the court and will make a budget presentation to the County Commission on May 31. Mr. Smith told members of the Pachyderm Club on Monday that he has been funding the program through the services of Anna Protano ... (click for more)

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. To a great extent, Bradley and Polk Counties have benefited from that investment.   From February 2015 to February 2016, Cleveland/Bradley County led the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Public Defender And The Mental Health Court

I am holding in my hand a list of the names of 50 very real people who cost the taxpayers of Hamilton County a combined $3,037.090 in incarceration charges before July 2015. These people live in our county and I dare say it is not completely their fault that they were put in the county jail. Each has a professionally-diagnosed mental illness and today, most regretfully, the County ... (click for more)