Alumni

Read up about WFU Cycling's Alumni!




Stephanie Lareau
 
What year did you graduate?

2009 - School of Medicine

Most memorable collegiate race?

USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals 2008 - It was at Lees McCrae in October with calf deep mud and rain despite temperatures in the low 30s!

What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?
I miss the more laid back racing atmosphere (and having time to ride!)

What are you doing now?

Emergency Medicine Resident, riding for fun and stress relief.

Any tips for new riders?
Ride not only to get stronger but also to enjoy to it. Don't ride so much that you don't look forward to time on the bike. Make sure it remains fun. Don't lose the reason you started riding.












Eric Haakonssen (10) escaping during the 2010 ACCC Crit Finals.





Trey (John) Wofford

What year did you graduate?
I graduated in 2011 from WF School of Medicine
.

Most memorable collegiate race?
I had many memorable races throughout my four years at Wake.  Here are some of the highlights for me:

 -The Conference Champs hosted by Wake my first and second years.  We held the crit in downtown Winston-Salem, which was awesome.  And I won the crit racing as a B my first year.  And the fact that I got shalacked racing the same course as an A the next year doesn't detract from the experience!

-The 2011 Conference Championship RR at VA Tech.  I've never raced in such horrible conditions.  We started in the pouring rain, which quickly turned to hail.  The roads were washed out, sheets of water were coming down the hills as we were trying to climb them, mud was everywhere, I couldn't see with my glasses on or with them off, and my brakes were operating on about 10% power.  Needless to say the race was cancelled after 1 lap.

-2010 Cyclocross Nationals.  A group of four of us (James, Chris, Austin, and myself) traveled to Bend, OR.  Hands down the most fun race weekend I've ever been on.

-However, the most memorable race for me had to be 2011 Road Nationals.  I had tried to get there for 4 years, and when I finally did, it was awesome.  One of the hardest road races I've ever done.  And the crit was flat and fast and fun.


What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?

I think I will definitely miss the camaraderie of collegiate cycling.  Not only do you have a solid team to travel with and pass the time with, but you race against the same guys all season long.  And everyone is out there doing it for the love of it, not for money or fame.

What are you doing now?
Right now, I'm about to start an Emergency Medicine Residency at Wake Forest.  I hope to still be able to find time to go ride with the team some!

Any tips for new riders?
For the new racers - all you need to do is ride your bike and have fun!  You can worry about interval training and training hours later.  Your skills and fitness will progress more quickly and easily now than they ever will again, and all you have to do is have fun riding.
















Chris Lowe (11) on his out-of-the-blue trip to Europe.



















John Shilt

What year did you graduate? 
2007

Most memorable collegiate race?
Navy Criterium 2006 – broke of the front of the race with ½ lap to go through some technical downhill, however got “pipped” at the line for 2nd.
 
 
What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?
The team aspect and camaraderie that you get traveling with you teammates.

What are you doing now?
 Physician Assistant in Orthopaedics.

Any tips for new riders?
Train consistently and most importantly enjoy this part of your life.







 

 


Zane Schweer (07) and his custom-painted Jack Kane Tri-Bike.
Stephanie Lareau (09) crossing the line at 2008 USAC MTB Nationals.













Eric Haakonssen

What year did you graduate?
2010 - College of Arts & Science

Most memorable collegiate race?
2009 WFU Crit (ACCCCrit Champs) bridging across to the break, working with Patrick M, lapping the field 200m from the line and running 2nd in the gallop.

What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?
Racing a lot and working with new cyclists.

What are you doing now?
I'm doing a Sports Based PhD and Coaching Scholarship with the Women's Road Cycling Program at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Any tips for new riders?
There is more glory in having a real dig, getting caught and shot out the back of a bunch and finishing 76th than toodling along in the bunch for a couple of hours, waiting for the bunch kick and running 12th...unless of course you can win the damn thing! In short, be a bike racer not a bike rider. Don't afraid of getting dropped.









Trey wofford (11) racing in one of his first cyclocross races.


Chris Lowe (11)  and Trey Wofford (11) hanging out at 2010 Cyclocross Nationals.

Trey Wofford (11) winning the B Men's Crit at the 2009 ACCC Championships.








 
 
 
 
 
 

Chris Lowe

What year did you graduate? 
2011 - School of Medicine

Most memorable collegiate race?
Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, OR. We did not do so hot in the race itself, but the trip was awesome. Just seeing some of the shenanigans of a huge cyclocross  race in Bend was unforgettable.

What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?
I really miss my cycling buddies the most. I also miss access. I just got to a new city and everyone at the shop is like "what? No, that will cost seventyeleventy dollars and no you can't come to our race/ride this weekend because you aren't cool enough. I never heard of any Wake Forest and I didn't even know colleges had cycling teams." 

What are you doing now?
Starting a family medicine residency in Ft. Lewis, WA. Trying to ride my bike some.

Any tips for new riders?
Enjoy it. Go to as many races as you can - you can study at a bike race. Stick with the training programs. Don't drink too much. Make fun of James as much as you can - there aren't that many people that are so easy to make fun of.











John Shilt (07) rolling down the TT start ramp. 










Zane Schweer

What year did you graduate? 
2007- Calloway Schools of Business

Most memorable collegiate race?
Wake Forest Omnium 2007 Criterium #1. It was my first win ever and just happened to be the course I spent the entire year fighting to have on campus. We paid to have one of the evil speed bumps removed on campus just for the race. We then had to pay to put back a couple weeks later. The ACCC Said it was one the best criterium courses in years. The culmination of the season was winning the Men's B Division II Conference title.  

What do you miss the most about collegiate cycling?
The people, the racing, the sketchy traveling, the cycling "fraternity," and helping riders get excited about bicycles. 

What are you doing now?
 After working for a Fortune 3 company, I decided to pursue my passion for marketing and cycling. I am extremely fortunate to be the Brand Marketing Manager for Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles, www.kanebikes.com,  here in  North Carolina. 

Any tips for new riders?
If you're just starting out, don't get caught up in all the fancy toys and advanced training techniques,  just ride your bike, have fun, and make some friends. Don't be afraid to ask questions, spandex can be cool in college, and realize you get out of this experience what you put in. Once you ahve some miles under your legs, the "training" and bike "toy" obessions can commence and proceed to make you broke and lack a social life...