Fan Club: Junior Development with Team Axeon
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Fan Club: Junior Development with Team Axeon

Throughout the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Manual for Speed will be following the Axeon Cycling junior development team because we think cycling development is critically important and woefully under appreciated, especially in the United States. In order to help you familiarize yourself with these young bucks, we spent some time with the guys before the race asking questions and taking photos in their finely appointed Steamboat Springs condos.

IDaniel "Swole" Eaton
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From Flagstaff, Swole lives in Mesa Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. In 1877 Mormon pioneers started a settlement where modern-day Mesa is now located. Lynn Toler, judge for the TV show Divorce Court is also from Mesa, AZ. Dan is learning to speak French.

  1. AGE: 22.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Dark Blue.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: The Arctic Monkeys. (Klaus: the Daily Star printed rumors about the band signing a record deal with EMI, prompting the band to call the newspaper the Daily Stir on their website.)
  5. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: Anchorman.
  6. PRE-RACE RITUALS/SUPERSTITIONS: A short prayer on the start line.
  7. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A college student or in the Navy flying F-14 Tomcats.
  8. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Netflix.
  9. FAMILY: Three amazing sisters (Sarah 24, Morgan 14, Lauren 11).
  10. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: A crotch rocket. Think Maverick racing the jet in Top Gun.
  11. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): NY-style cheesecake.
  12. SIGN: Cancer.
  13. PRIZED POSSESSION: N/A.
  14. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight.
  15. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Dianna Agron. (Klaus: On July 23, 2012, Dianna was demoted to a guest-star role, having previously a cast member, on Glee.)
  16. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S): N/A.
  17. WORST FEAR(S): Going a day without coffee. If a race goes long I need to take caffeinated gels. I’m a fiend.
  18. BAD HABITS: N/A.
  19. FAVORITE QUOTE: “Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”
  20. TICKLISH? Ribs.
  21. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Strawberry.
  22. WEIRDEST DREAM: N/A.
  23. HIDDEN TALENTS: Still hiding.
  24. THINGS YOU WANT TO ASK AXEL MERCKX ABOUT HIS DAD, BUT ARE TOO AFRAID TO ASK: N/A.
IIChris "Cujo" Putt
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Hailing from Breckenridge, CO, Chris now lives in Park City, Utah. He likes hiking and cooking, and he once got into an argument about whether or not you should put a pet parrot in your will. He is also the only one on the team who has seen an episode of the marvelous Eastbound and Down.

  1. AGE: 21.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: PIZZA!
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  4. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: It’s a Wonderful Life. (Klaus: One of the first movies that used foamite (fire-fighting chemical) to create the effect of snow. Previously, painted corn flakes had been used.)
  5. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A stay at home son.
  6. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Ponder the meaning of life and our place in the universe… but mostly just pace around and eat.
  7. FAMILY: Awesome parents and three brothers.
  8. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: A long trip to the beach.
  9. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Yes please!
  10. SIGN: No clue.
  11. PRIZED POSSESSION: A second-edition holographic Charizard Pokemon card. (Klaus: Approximate value of $200.)
  12. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? I’ve always wanted to have those elastic arms so I could finally reach the top shelf!
  13. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: I enjoy cooking.
  14. CELEBRITY CRUSH: The hot girl from the movie… you know who I’m talking about right?
  15. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S): Dan SWOLE.
  16. WORST FEAR(S): Dab SWOLE.
  17. BAD HABITS: I drink way too much coffee.
  18. Favorite Quote? “Impossible is nothing.”—Dan SWOLE
  19. WEIRDEST DREAM: Definitely not something you want printed on your website!
IIIJames Oram
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From Palmerston North, NZ. James now lives in Auckland, NZ. James has not updated his blog since March of 2014. When he’s back home in NZ, he keeps his mind fresh with “studies and odd jobs.”

  1. AGE: 22.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Banana pancakes at the moment.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: “Some Minds” by Flume.
  5. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Klaus: Kimberly “Sweet Brown” Wilkins, the woman featured in the “Ain’t nobody got time for that” viral video has a cameo role in the movie A Madea Christmas, in which she says her now-famous line.)
  6. PRE-RACE RITUALS/SUPERSTITIONS: None.
  7. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A poor uni student.
  8. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? The standard Insta, Twitter, or Facebook phone grab approach.
  9. FAMILY: Mum, Dad and an older brother.
  10. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: A nice holiday with the missus and something for the Fam.
  11. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Another coffee, please.
  12. SIGN: Gggggggemini. (Klaus: A Gemini’s lucky stones are topaz, emerald and agate.)
  13. PRIZED POSSESSION: Girlfriend.
  14. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight.
  15. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Dan SWOLE.
  16. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S): Dan SWOLE.
  17. WORST FEAR(S): Dan SWOLE.
  18. BAD HABITS: Using Kiwi slang around Americans. (Klaus: “bonk” (to have sex with), “brekkie” (breakfast), “chook” (chicken), “pong” (bad smell). Source: Kiwi Web.)
  19. FAVORITE QUOTE? “Get it in yaaaaaa!”
  20. TICKLISH? Hope not.
  21. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Berries. Many berries.
  22. WEIRDEST DREAM: Dan SWOLE.
  23. HIDDEN TALENTS: Cooking.
  24. THINGS YOU WANT TO ASK AXEL MERCKX ABOUT HIS DAD, BUT ARE TOO AFRAID TO ASK: Is your dad embarrassed you like “I’m so Fancy” by Iggy Azalea?
  25. FANMAIL ADDRESS: Dan SWOLE’s address.
IVKeegan Swirbul
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An accomplished cross-country skier from El Jebel, CO, Keegan has also been featured in multiple parkour videos. He beat Lance Armstrong at the 2012 Power of Four mountain bike race in Snowmass. His albino gecko, Geico, has been with him since second grade. Unfortunately, Keegan is still suffering repercussions of a recently sustained head injury and he will not be able to be race in this year’s USA Pro Challenge.

  1. AGE: 19.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Green.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: Netsky.
  5. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: American Pie Reunion.
  6. PRE-RACE RITUALS/SUPERSTITIONS: Making a wish at 11:11. (Klaus: Numerologists believe that events linked to the time 11:11 appear more often than can be explained by chance or coincidence.)
  7. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? Chilling in Boulder with the homies.
  8. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? I’m bored a lot. I’ll usually hit up TBS for some Seinfeld and King of Queens.
  9. FAMILY: Gecko, sister, mum, dad and a dog.
  10. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: I’d keep my spending pretty light. Perhaps a couple trips to Cici’s Pizza Buffet. Only 5.99 for all you can eat pizza and tons of sick desserts. It’s quality stuff, we’re not talking Little Caesar’s cardboard pizza. (Klaus: There are approximately 500 franchised and corporately owned Little Caesar’s in 35 states.)
  11. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Pizza and ice cream.
  12. SIGN: Uhhhhh no idea.
  13. PRIZED POSSESSION: My gecko, Geico. <3
  14. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight.
  15. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: I’m very quiet. I keep to myself most of the time.
  16. CELEBRITY CRUSH: The blonde girl (Vicky I believe) from American Pie.
  17. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S): Lance Armstrong.
  18. WORST FEAR(S): Crashing.
  19. BAD HABITS: Allowing myself to sit on the computer all day, doing nothing.
  20. FAVORITE QUOTE? “If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
  21. TICKLISH? Yes.
  22. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Berry Blast.
  23. WEIRDEST DREAM: Ha. Bad idea!
  24. HIDDEN TALENTS: Parkour and filmmaking.
  25. THINGS YOU WANT TO ASK AXEL MERCKX ABOUT HIS DAD, BUT ARE TOO AFRAID TO ASK: Nothing I’m too afraid to ask, but I’d certainly like to hear about any secret training/racing ideas he had back in his day that propelled him to being a god. Or if he was just a freak of nature?
  26. FANMAIL ADDRESS: moondropfilms@yahoo.com
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VTao Geoghegan Hart
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Tao is from London and currently lives in Girona. He keeps a blog full of heady and lyrical writing. Hey enjoys coffee, pizza, and his duvet.

  1. AGE: 20.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza & Sushi, but not together!
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: At the moment, “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso is in my head a lot. My mate was playing it over and over a few weeks back and it’s stuck up there it seems.
  5. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: The original Italian Job was a favorite for my brother and I growing up.
  6. PRE-RACE RITUALS/SUPERSTITIONS: Pins on my number that are always horizontal and facing the same direction. It isn’t superstition, it just looks better!
  7. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? At university getting into trouble with my best mate.
  8. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Catch up with family and friends. Write. Go for a wander around town. Have a coffee with friends. Scroll through the interweb.
  9. FAMILY: A brother and two sisters.
  10. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: An orange Vespa. (Klaus: Vespa paint color codes often have eight digits. The fifth digit indicates the color family. The number 5 indicates orange.)
  11. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Where to start? Copious amounts of pizza and coffee.
  12. SIGN: Aries.
  13. PRIZED POSSESSION: The duvet in my apartment would be up there. Cost me and arm and a leg.
  14. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Time travel.
  15. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: People often seem surprised a somewhat-professional bike rider could come from Central London.
  16. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Maybe Mila Kunis? (Klaus: Kunis appeared in the 2000 Aerosmith video for the song “Jaded”.)
  17. CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S):Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, British sporting heroes.
  18. WORST FEAR(S): Not living life to its full potential.
  19. BAD HABITS: Swearing.
  20. FAVORITE QUOTE? Eddy Merckx on what drove him: “Dreaming. It was stronger than me. I was a slave to it. There was no reasoning involved.”
  21. TICKLISH? Of course.
  22. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Vanilla protein powder, banana, yoghurt, ice, cinnamon, almonds.
  23. WEIRDEST DREAM: Many, many strange dreams. Especially when I’m at races with Danny SWOLE Eaton and Cujo Putt. Or is that just reality? It all gets mixed together.
  24. HIDDEN TALENTS: Is anything hidden in this day and age?
  25. FANMAIL ADDRESS: Nick Shuley’s house.
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VIGreg Daniel
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Greg was born in Sylva, NC, a town of 2,500. The town was named after a Danish handyman. The movie, The Fugitive, and parts of Deliverance were filmed there. Before he focused strictly on road racing he divided his time between cycling, running, and swimming–he was once a triathlete.

  1. AGE: 20.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: Keys N Krates.
  5. PRE-RACE RITUALS/SUPERSTITIONS: I read a chapter of the bible before every race.
  6. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? I’d go into mechanical engineering.
  7. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Photography, hiking, playing with my dogs.
  8. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: I’d buy a house. And fill it with food.
  9. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Dark Chocolate.
  10. PRIZED POSSESSION: My cross necklace.
  11. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight.
  12. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: I am almost blind in my right eye.
  13. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Megan Fox.(Klaus: Megan Fox has clubbed thumbs.)
  14. WORST FEAR(S): Failure.
  15. BAD HABITS: Forgetting to pump up my tires before a ride.
  16. FAVORITE QUOTE? Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  17. TICKLISH? Very.
  18. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Peanut butter and chocolate.
  19. WEIRDEST DREAM: Being chased by a giant lobster on the beach.
  20. HIDDEN TALENTS: I can juggle.
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VIILogan Owen
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Logan grew up in and currently resides in Bremerton, WA. He grew up racing BMX, and then moved on to cyclocross. His Twitter profile says he has, “an awesome girlfriend”. She races bikes as well. He was 8th at the Espoirs Paris-Roubaix and he loves fish tacos from Anthony’s in Seattle.

  1. AGE: 20.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Red.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: “I Like Tuh Remix” by Carnage feat. Lil’ Wayne and G-Eazy.
  5. FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME: FIFA 2015.
  6. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? Pharmacist. (Klaus: The average American pharmacist earns $116,500 per year.)
  7. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? Look up new music and mixtapes.
  8. FAMILY? An eighteen year old brother.
  9. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: I’d buy a sick Audi. (Klaus: The four rings used by Audi as its emblem came about when four previously independent companies came together: Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer.)
  10. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): Oreos dipped in milk.
  11. SIGN: Aries.
  12. PRIZED POSSESSION: My espresso machine.
  13. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight.
  14. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Chloé Dygert.
  15. WORST FEAR(S): Spiders and snakes.
  16. BAD HABITS: I forget to do the dishes sometimes.
  17. FAVORITE QUOTE: “Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”
  18. TICKLISH? Yes.
  19. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!??? Peanut butter and banana with chocolate milk.
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VIIIChad Young
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The USA Pro Challenge will be Chad’s first race with the team as a stagiaire. He loves chicken pho, has a penchant for sultry singers, and thinks that the BMW 2002 is the most classic working man’s race car. He’s from Newmarket, NH.

  1. AGE: 20.
  2. FAVORITE FOOD: Pho.
  3. FAVORITE COLOR: Blue.
  4. FAVORITE BAND/SONG: Lana Del Rey. I’m shameless.
  5. IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? I would definitely be a runner. Way less time consumption but just as painful.
  6. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED? If I’m not riding my bike I might be on Reddit or just surfing the web.
  7. FAMILY? One older brother Evan and two awesome parents, Lois and Kevin.
  8. LET’S SAY YOU SIGN A PRO-TOUR CONTRACT. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL SPLURGE?: I’d buy an early ’70s BMW 2002. That car is classy.
  9. GUILTY PLEASURE(S): South Park.
  10. PRIZED POSSESSION: I love my bike. That thing is honestly my pride and joy.
  11. IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE? Flight. That would be super cool.
  12. WHAT’S MOST SURPRISING ABOUT YOU?: I hate just about all fruit. Vegetables are pretty cool though.
  13. CELEBRITY CRUSH: Emma Watson.(Klaus: Watson’s estimated net worth is $60 million.)
  14. WORST FEAR(S): Spiders, especially when they are running around my apartment.
  15. BAD HABITS: Cyclocross.
  16. TICKLISH? Yes, but don’t try anything.
  17. HIDDEN TALENTS: I came to cycling from competitive jump roping. I went to jump rope nationals and did pretty well, mostly because the male 11-15 age division was pretty small. At one point I could jump over 800 times in three minutes!
  18. FANMAIL ADDRESS: chadw.young01@gmail.com
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IXTeam Axeon on SWOLE

Greg Daniel

Tao Geoghegan Hart

James Oram

Chris Putt

Chad Young

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