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



Chattanooga Speaks Presents Panel Discussion On Race, Community And Culture

Chattanooga Speaks, founded by Main Street Innovations, invites the public to join a free discussion panel to be held at The Camp House on Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. about race, culture and community. "Events across the nation, and our city, are causing communities to come together and be solution orientated in the areas of race and equality. Not all people are doing this in a ... (click for more)

Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2, July 21-27

Weekly Roadway Activity Report for TDOT Region 2 (Parts of East and Middle Tennessee) July 21 – July 27 Construction Projects Maintenance / Regionwide / On-Call / Multi-County Contracts Bledsoe County, SR-30 slide repair project near log mile 7.5:   Work on this project continues.  The contract includes excavating, stabilizing and rebuilding the road ... (click for more)

Man Who Spent Most Of His 20s Behind Bars Headed To Federal Prison For 58 Months At Age 30

A man who spent most of his 20s in Georgia state prison is headed to federal prison at age 30. Leighton L. Dunn on Friday was sentenced by Judge Travis McDonough to serve 58 months for being a felon in possession of a gun during a carjacking. Dunn told the judge, "I was released in March (2015) and was doing good, then I fell in that same rut. Before I knew it I was caught ... (click for more)

Man Arrested For Confronting Southside Grocery Employee With Gun

Brandon Jamal Appleberry, 27, was arrested on Monday after an altercation with an employee at Southside Grocery on West 38 th Street, officers said. Marty Witt, 44, told police that the suspect confronted him with a gun in his hand. Officers said security video from the store clearly showed Appleberry arguing with several people outside while holding a gun. The defendant ... (click for more)

Lock Her Up?

It's concerning that the Republican Party elite attending the recent convention would indict, convict and jail a political opponent, when the FBI found no criminal intent to compromise national security and no other law violations were found. This "lock her up" mob mentality is third world, over-the-edge behavior that has no place in a country based on the rule-of-law, where ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Double Travesties

Back when we were kids the old guys taught us how to throw a one-two punch. It’s pretty impressive if you do it right, which is to jab your left fist into the thug’s face and then, as though it was a symphony, complete the combination as you deliver a powerful right cross to the same nose. If the thug has a gun, it doesn’t work as well. But, boy, did our community ever get clobbered ... (click for more)