Stephen Ettinger and Howard Grotts

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July 3, 2013


Drew talks with two young and up-and-coming racers, Stephen Ettinger and Howard Grotts. They discuss a wide range of topics including racing at the recent Missoula Pro XCT and other racing this year. Drew also gets them to spill a little on their training and post workout nutrition (or lack thereof).


Listen in to find out what they were thinking during the Missoula race and find out which one of the two downs cookies and milk after rides.


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About Howard from the Specialized website:


"I was born and raised in Durango, Colorado where I did my first mountain bike racing in the local Four Corner’s Cup series. As a freshman in High School, I joined the Durango DEVO mountain bike program established by Chad Cheeney and Sarah Tescher. With the fun atmosphere and an abundance of awesome trails in Durango, I quickly grew to love mountain biking. I spent my first year of college at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, but ended up transferring to Fort Lewis College the following year to participate in their powerhouse cycling program (and study Mathematics). In 2011 I was a member of the brand new DEVO Sweet Elite U-25 program.



2012 was my first year on Specialized and I was amazed by the support and passion of everyone involved. As a first year U-23, I was happy to podium at Nationals and several Pro XCTs as well as being top U-23 American at the World Championships in Austria. I look forward to even more progress and fun on the bike in 2013!"



About Stephen from the BMC website:


"Stephen Ettinger is the vivid example of BMC's grass roots sponsoring program. Having raced for BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA last year, he has made the step into the pro ranks with BMC for 2012.


2011 was a break-through year for the American. He won his first national champion jersey (U23 cross-country) and he placed 8th in the overal UCI world cup ranking having shown consistent top performances throughout the world cup season. Misfortune prevented him from living up to his potential at the World Championship in Champéry with a broken wrist that he took away from a crash with a spectator at the world championship team relay event a few days prior to his U23 race. Stephen has been recently named to the U.S. Olympic Long List, making it a top goal for Stephen to qualify for his first Olympic Games in London 2012.


Stephen is a rider with many talents and interests. The fromer nordic skier has recently completed his bachelor's degree in exercise science at the University of Montana. The Washington-native is planning to your to medical school after completion of his athletic career."




Related Show Links:

Missoula ProXCT

The "A Line" at Missoula

Specialized Riders

BMC Riders

Cycling News Missoula ProXCT Pictures

Durango Devo Development Team

Drew's previous episode with Sepp Kuss and Payson McElveen



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