Owen Gue is the owner/operator of the Cycling House. When he's not guiding bicycle adventures Owen lives in Missoula and enjoys ripping trail, volleyball, Coldsmoke, and backcountry expeditions. I asked him a few questions after his recent win at Montana Series #1 - Homestake Pass.
First off, congrats on your race Saturday. Spectators were reporting that you were taking those downhills to the limit. Is there truth to this rumor :)?
(laugh) There might be a little truth to me pushing the limits a little bit on those downhill sections with Red Danger. I haven't done a cross race for a couple years and I forgot how much fun they were and that course was a blast! I knew that if I was going to have any chance of getting a result I had to go hard on the descents to keep the guys that can actually pedal their bikes fast like Toby, Brendan, Curry and Frank off my back.
Where do the cross handles come from?
Not really sure where my cross handling skills came from. I kinda blacked out during the whole race and when I came-to I was crossing the finish line and it was over:) I use to ride road bikes a little bit so I feel pretty comfortable on two wheeled bicycles.
It's great to see you out on the Montana cx scene. What's your schedule? Peaking for Rolling Thunder? Wednesday nights?
Well right now I'm trying to decide whether I retire and finish with a record of winning 100% of my cx races for 2009. I think that would be pretty cool but there are some races I would love to do so I'm probably not done with racing cx quite yet. I Haven't really looked at the MT CX schedule but I definitely want to do a few of the Wednesday night races in Missoula and with my training it looks like I'll peak for Rolling Thunder. I've had Rolling Thunder on my mind since the last time I did that race in 2006. I honestly think it's the best bike race in North America...and South America.
Will you be racing the red danger all season long?
How could I not race RED DANGER all season. It's the ultimate CX bike and I couldn't image taking a huge step backwards and riding something that was equipped with 8, 9 or 10 speed and/or an actual CX bike. Hands down the best bike I've ever owned... and it knows how to win races.
Who's your favorite cross racer?
That's a tough question. I'm a fan of so many cross racers right now. I love when Sam Schultz tears it up on his mountain bike. Phil Grove is amazing at cross and will have a great season. I also love Toby because he's so strong and fundamentally sound. But if I have to name just one, my favorite cross racer would have to be Bryce Daviess. He just broke his leg two days ago but he's definitely my favorite.
What's your favorite beer?
My favorite beer is Cold Smoke. I live about 2 blocks away from the Kettle House's new location but I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more... for that beer.
Any big news for the Cycling House this coming season?
It's going to be a great season at The Cycling House. We are launching our new website on October 5th which I'm really stoked about. We're putting together a cycling camp on Maui, HI with Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Vande Velde from the Garmin Slipstream team for December and then I'll open up the Tucson location at the beginning of January. Sam and Andy Schultz are putting together some amazing menus and Brendan Halpin is going to be the TCH full-time triathlon and cycling coach. I'm happy.