Fan Club (Cobble Goblins Edition): Lawson Craddock
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Fan Club (Cobble Goblins Edition): Lawson Craddock

"I can't wait to be a roofer at my dad's roofing company in Houston."

IEleven Questions with Lawson Craddock
Number 01SHOW QUESTION
What would mean more to you, a stage win in a grand tour, or a win in either Flèche Wallone or Liège–Bastogne–Liège?

 

I would say winning Liège–Bastogne–Liège. It’s a race that has so much history and is one of the hardest races in the world. To win there you truly have to be one of the strongest riders in the world.

 

Number 02SHOW QUESTION
When was the first time that you watched either Flèche Wallone or Liège–Bastogne–Liège on TV?

 

Looking back, the first time I remember watching LBL on TV was when Andy Schleck soloed 40 kms to the win back in 2009. I remember being blown away by how he just motored away from everyone to win in such dominating fashion.

 

Number 03SHOW QUESTION
Most memorable climb in Liège–Bastogne–Liège?

 

Without a doubt it’s La Redoute. I’ve ridden it a couple of times in the U23 race and it’s a brutal climb. The atmosphere is also absolutely incredible with so many fans out there cheering you on.

 

Number 04SHOW QUESTION
Is LBL so long that you sometimes ask, ‘Why didn’t they stop at Bastogne, and call it a day?’

 

That’s a great question. It seems kind of redundant that we ride our bikes from one city to another, and then turn around and head back. But that’s just cycling as a whole I guess! It definitely would make a lot more sense, but I guess that’s what makes the victory that much better.

 

Number 05SHOW QUESTION
Does it feel like Liège–Bastogne–Liège so long that you sometimes use the start of the race as preparation for the end of it?

 

Liège–Bastogne–Liège is so long that you could condense an entire season of football playing time into that one race.

 

Number 06SHOW QUESTION
Favorite and least favorite part of early-season races in Belgium?

 

I would say my favorite part of the early season races in Belgium are the post-race frites. Nothing helps the brain like classic Belgian Frites with Samurai Sauce. Least favorite is without a doubt the weather. But I guess that’s why Belgium has such good frites in the first place…

 

Number 07SHOW QUESTION
What is the most significant sticker shock you’ve had while planning a wedding?

 

For me it’s been the price of a wedding venue. It’s made me want to buy a piece of land in the middle of nowhere, put up a rusty shack, and start charging people an arm and a leg to start their life there.

 

Number 08SHOW QUESTION
Things you registered for in your wedding registry that you are most and least psyched about getting?

I really wanted to register for a sweet new sound system and TV, but I guess that’s not really how wedding registry works… but I did make sure to zap a couple of really expensive kitchen products.

 

Number 09SHOW QUESTION
You have no KOMs on Strava. Is this because you are not good at that type of thing, or because you realize that it’s silly, and you actively slow down when you pass Strava segments?

 

I’m not sure where you get your information, but last I counted I was up to 373 Strava KOMs. Not quite sure where that would put me, but I would rate myself between a Strava King and a Strava Legend.

 

Number 10SHOW QUESTION
Tony Gonzalez was a better defensive tight end than JJ Watt will ever be. Discuss.

 

Nothing to discuss

 

Number 11SHOW QUESTION
We know you like Nate Brown. Everyone does, he’s awesome. But have you ever made fun of him for his tattoo of a Kokopelli riding a bike?

 

I laugh every time I see that tattoo on him. I think it resembles perfectly. Just a laid back bro going through life on two wheels.

IIFun Facts with Lawson Craddock!
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  1. FAVORITE FOOD: Fajitas.
  2. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  3. FAVORITE BAND: Zac Brown Band.
  4. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: Madden.
  5. PRE-RACE SUPERSTITION: Dropping down to race weight on the toilet.
  6. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A roofer.
  7. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Online shopping.
  8. FAMILY: Two great parents, Tom & Ellen, a ginger brother, Parker, a soon-to-be-wife, Chelsie and one perfect dog, Lucy.
  9. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Coffee and chocolate.
  10. SIGN: Stop.
  11. PRIZED POSSESSION: Jura coffee machine.
  12. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: I can’t wait to be a roofer at my dad’s roofing company in Houston.
  13. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Teleportation.
  14. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Jennifer Aniston.
  15. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL: JJ Watt. Not Tony Gonzalez.
  16. BAD HABITS: Biting my nails.
  17. TICKLISH?: If you catch me at the right time.
  18. FAVORITE QUOTE: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”
  19. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Strawberry, pineapple, mango, yogurt, apple juice and chia seeds.
  20. WEIRDEST DREAM: I often dream about missing the start of a race. It’s brutal!
  21. HIDDEN TALENTS: I can wiggle my ears.
  22. FANMAIL ADDRESS: Twitter: @lawsoncraddock
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