Be like Gord
Former Canadian road champion Gord Fraser has racked up countless sprint victories over his career. Now, as he approaches the final chapters of his racing days, he is beginning to look ahead to what is beyond the elbows and head-butts of the field sprints in North America.
This November, Fraser is launching his road racing camp at near his winter home in Tucson, Arizona. With the help of team-mate Scott Moninger and trainer Alan Lim, he hopes that this venture will be part of his future. Cyclingnews' Mark Zalewski sat down with the Health Net-Maxxis captain in between autograph sessions at Interbike to talk about his new venture and other current topics of cycling.
Most professional cyclists in North America that make it to a level where they can actually carve out a living still realize that one day the legs just are not going to turn as fast as they once did and that racing for a salary is no longer feasible. Some racers walk away completely from the sport, but many find their way into another area - often in industry, coaching or management.
The smarter racer knows to begin this process before actually retiring from active racing. For Gord Fraser, those plans are well underway right now with his new racing camp scheduled next month. "I'm undertaking a new project - kind of foreshadowing a new future career plan," said Fraser. "I'm excited to do a training camp in Tucson - it's a great atmosphere. A lot of people when they first come to Tucson it's an environment that is completely foreign to them. There are some amazing rides. So we'll be showing people a new place, bringing in Alan Lim from PowerTap to teach people how to use watts and decipher data. The location is a great place to come and ride in November."
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