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New kid on the bike: Anderson-Moxley makes winning introduction to Big Island cycling

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New child on the bike: Anderson-Moxley makes successful introduction to Huge Island biking

After successful two consecutive particular person biking time trials organized by the Hawaii Biking Membership, it’s time to get to know slightly extra in regards to the new child on the block in Huge Island biking.

Meet Sam Anderson-Moxley, a 25-year-old Waikoloa resident who moved to the Huge Island together with his spouse in January and teaches an eighth-grade science class on-line. His ardour is biking — which is abundantly evident within the quite a few native KOM’s (King of the Mountain) Strava segments he’s racked up underneath the net Strava alias of “Han Solo.”

He received July’s Hilo Climbing 12-mile Time Trial by a whopping six minutes over his subsequent competitor whereas carrying a protecting facial masks. Then he did it once more, however this time on the Kua Bay Time Trial, a 12.2-mile highway race held nearly from Sept. 9-15.

Anderson-Moxley topped the sector with a stellar time of 27 minutes, 40 seconds for a median pace of 26.4 miles per hour. On each events, he used a highway bike moderately than a extra aerodynamic time trial bike, and mentioned competing in a digital occasion on his personal required some technique.

“It was slightly difficult,” Anderson-Moxley mentioned. “It was good on the final time trial (in July) as a result of I began behind everyone, so it was good to have individuals to chase for motivation. However this time being a digital occasion, I needed to method the race otherwise mentally. Fortunately, now with all these little devices like Strava, you may have a dwell section going and have a digital individual that you’re attempting to catch.

“I feel the most important technique with this one was determining the wind as a result of there may be all the time fairly a headwind when you find yourself heading South towards Kona. There are additionally some fairly steep climbs in there, too. So it was simply attempting to determine tips on how to tempo myself the place I wouldn’t lose an excessive amount of time on the wind as a result of I are usually slightly higher going uphill than on flats. It was about determining my pacing with the wind and grade.”

HCC race director Bo Florendo had initially deliberate to carry an in-person time trial Sept. 12, however determined to alter the format to a digital occasion attributable to Hawaii County’s social distancing necessities. The brand new format allowed opponents six days to finish the occasion and file their very own occasions, ranging from Waikoloa Drive and ending on the entrance of Kua Bay.. There was a complete of 47 finishers.

“My general impression is definitely fairly favorable,” Florendo mentioned of the digital format. “In fact, the expertise couldn’t duplicate the camaraderie and adrenaline that’s generated throughout an in-person occasion. However given the circumstances, HCC offered a chance for cyclists to compete, examine their efficiency with different athletes over the identical course and have fun their accomplishment. Happily, Mom Nature was sort through the interval of competitors, and, although some could disagree, the climate circumstances didn’t dramatically fluctuate from everyday.”

Anderson-Moxley mentioned he determined to finish his digital time trial at 8 a.m. on Sept. 12, the precise time and date of the unique in-person occasion, however the winds weren’t in his favor.

“I feel if I had been to do it once more, I might exit earlier when there may be much less wind,” he laughed. “But it surely was so enjoyable to have an occasion like this the place you may nonetheless have slightly little bit of competitors however you don’t essentially must be with individuals there on the identical time. I believed it was a sensible transfer by the organizers to do this.

“General, I wasn’t as happy with my time. So I’m hoping ultimately perhaps on a tailwind day I’ll exit once more to see if I can do higher.”

After all of the ending occasions had been compiled and inputted into Webscorer, Waikoloa’s Daniel Hill had the second quickest time in 28:33, adopted by Kailua-Kona’s David Wild in 29:08.

On the ladies’s aspect, Kailua-Kona’s Laura Yamasaki took prime honors together with her speedy time of 33:39. Second and third place went to Laupahoehoe’s Melissa Schad (35:40) and Kailua-Kona’s Janet Higa-Miller (36:38), respectively.

Shifting to Kona

Initially from California, Anderson-Moxley and his spouse moved to Waikoloa in January to work at Waikoloa Elementary Faculty. He began out the yr as an academic assistant with anticipation of turning into an elementary college instructor till colleges closed mid-March attributable to COVID.

“I knew there was a instructor scarcity right here and I needed to be a science or math instructor,” he mentioned. “I began the method, however then COVID occurred and I used to be advised that they weren’t doing any hiring as Hawaii had a hiring freeze for brand spanking new academics. So, I needed to settle for a job again in California (as an eighth grade center college science instructor), however fortunately, every little thing is totally on-line so we’re going to be staying right here so long as we are able to.”

Biking background

Anderson-Moxley mentioned his introduction to sports activities started in his early years by way of mountain unicycling, an journey sport that consists of traversing tough terrain whereas pedaling on only one wheel.

“After I was a child, I might trip a motorcycle with one wheel round mountain bike trails,” he mentioned. “Then in highschool my buddy mentioned there’s a mountain bike staff and requested if I needed to present it a strive. I acquired to race slightly bit in highschool with the NICA (Nationwide Interscholastic Biking Affiliation) league which have change into actually in style in different states. I don’t assume there’s something like that right here in Hawaii but. But it surely’s mainly a option to get excessive schoolers and center schoolers out driving their bikes and mountain biking.

“Then I went to UC Santa Cruz in California. One of many explanation why I selected to go to high school there was as a result of the mountain biking was so spectacular. That’s the place I actually fell in love with racing and competitors. We additionally had a highway racing staff in school so at that time I used to be a professional at mountain biking and really new to highway racing. I ended having far more success at highway racing because the format {of professional} mountain bike races weren’t actually my favourite — tremendous brief occasions.”

Up till final yr, he rode for a staff referred to as Mike’s Bikes and felt fortunate to have some superb sponsors and a few nice gear. Anderson-Moxley described himself extra as a “semi-professional highway racer as a result of it by no means actually paid the payments. My true day job is as a faculty instructor.”

Biking strengths

“I feel my power are the races which can be actually lengthy,” he mentioned. “There’s this one occasion referred to as the Belgium Waffle Journey in San Diego. It’s 135 miles of driving with 12,000 ft of climbing with a lot of it on grime. I’ve completed fairly nicely in that occasion over the previous couple of years however I’ve had actually unhealthy luck with flat tires and mechanicals. I’ve completed it twice and I actually like that race as a result of it’s such a brutal day for everybody.

“With that occasion, I feel that’s the place highway biking goes nowadays. It looks like there are plenty of neighborhood occasions which can be actually struggling as there usually are not lots of people focused on going to the native occasions, however they’re actually focused on doing these sorts of loopy, Gran Fondo kind of occasions the place everyone begins on the identical time with hundreds of individuals, the place it’s a race within the entrance however a celebration within the again.”

When requested what he thinks of biking right here compared to California, Anderson-Moxley mentioned, “I feel the driving right here is among the greatest on the planet, it’s actually superb!”

“It’s very completely different from wherever I lived earlier than, in California and Colorado, but it surely’s simply so good,” he mentioned. “It’s the local weather and the mountains. I don’t assume there may be wherever else the place you may climb 14,000 ft from the ocean or that quantity at any time which makes it particular. I trip rather a lot round right here in Waikoloa however my favourite climb is up Kaloko Drive — it’s so arduous but it surely’s positive nice for coaching.”

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