Adam St. Germain is better known as ASG. The 32 year old rider works for an ad tech start up in the outdoor and cycling industry, organizes one of the most difficult gravel events in the country, races cyclocross and road events, competes in the Red Hook crit and occasionally frequents a BMX park and dabbles in cycling apparel testing, feedback and modeling for Velocio. He speaks to how he organizes a life around cycling.
How’d you get into cycling? I always liked riding my bike as a kid. We built ramps in the driveway and side streets (we lived a big steep hill) and I used to ride all over the different campgrounds we would go to in the summer. Fast forward to when I was 11 or 12, and my uncle read an article in Outside magazine about this new sport called Mountain Biking. He bought a fully rigid Diamondback, then upgraded to a full suspension ProFlex. My dad started riding with him. Then I started going on my super heavy 24″ Huffy with brakes that hardly worked. For my birthday I was given a Diamondback Outlook (thanks parents!) which we had a for a week, before we brought it back for the next model up the Sorrento.
How do you organize your life around it? In the mid 2000s I was lucky enough be given a spot on the Targettraining U25 development team, and one of the valuable lessons I took away from that is keeping all the spokes of the wheel in tension. Anyway, it’s about keeping everything in balance, giving equally to all things in your life. At least those that are important to you. And recognizing that those things may change. You need to give to your family, and to your employment, but you might also need to give some time to building a Trash Stash or hiking on the weekend. It’s important to me to enjoy many things in life, not just one thing.
Favorite place you’ve ridden? I feel like the expected answer is Kingdom Trails, or similar. But I think my favorite place, because of what it gave me and taught me is Lincoln Woods in Lincoln, RI. It’s a small state park with a spider webbed, chaotic trail network. Growing up it was 4 miles uphill to the entrance, and of course and awesome 4 miles downhill on the way home. The trails there have everything, and we used to say that if you could ride fast there, you could ride fast anywhere; technical rocky trails, steep trails, sandy trails, fast flowing trails, rock gardens, Lincoln Woods has it all.
Place you’d like to ride? Go anywhere. Ride Everything. I’ve had my eye on a really epic western mtb hut to hut ride between Durango and Moab.
Riding heroes? I got into cycling during the Lance
era error, and used to watch the Tour and the Giro on OLN which later became Versus. But I always rooted for someone else, like Beloki or Vinokourov. I wouldn’t use the label hero per se, but my all time favorite road racer is Pantani. I watched the races of 1998 play out in real time, without really knowing the gravitas of the accomplishments. As we all know, that era was as dirty and doped as they get, so there’s that. But I think the term hero or idol is a bit too weighty. I have the strongest admiration for the folks that push themselves beyond what they knew was possible, to find out what might be possible.
Goals for riding in the future? Finish the Irreverent Road Ride, maintain these UCI points (CX), ride from home in VT to RI, win the Green Mountain Stage Race crit, double peg on a real street handrail (BMX). But mostly, just have fun. Anywhere.
Favorite Velocio pieces? Being here in the northeast, versatility is very important to me. The MID jacket covers a nearly unbelievable temperature range, I find myself reaching for it 6 months of the year. Maybe more. Same goes with the Light Long Sleeve, paired with a lighter or heavier base layer and either the Wind Vest or RECON Vest and it has incredible range. I found that I got far more mileage out of the Overpant than I thought I would. I obviously thought I’d wear them to the start line of CX races and zip them off, but I was doing a ton of fall and early to mid winter rides in them. They really split the difference between leg warmers and full on Zero Tights.
Best riding story: I feel like every ride is the best riding story while you’re out there. When I was coming up through the racing categories, I had was part of a great local club, Z-Tek which later became AFD, and those guys taught be all the things you’re supposed to learn from a club; how to drink on the bike, how to eat/when to eat, how to train alone and with others, how to pace line. In the later winter/spring every riders had a bell on their handlebar so that if they were struggling at the back or getting dropped they dinged the bell so the team would adjust the pace.
Anyhow, in 2003 GMSR had a Cat 4/5 U32 category, and the AFD squad were nice enough to bring me along and look after me, their only junior. In those days it was points race, and the Prologue was a hillclimb up the Mad River side of App Gap. My results were fine for a first time stage racer, finishing 5th in the crit and 11th on GC. But I was hooked.
I returned in 2004, still a cat 4 ready to put my stamp on GMSR. Bill Yabrody, the defacto team leader and multi-time GMSR GC winner told me step by step what to do to win the prologue. I can still remember to this day the instructions. I swapped my wheels with a masters teammate for a lighter set, put on my 11×21 cassette (that’s not a typo) and won the prologue by 11s. My first ever win. My first yellow jersey. The weight of the yellow jersey propelled my to the front in the state 2 circuit race where I won the stage in a field sprint, with no teammates while wearing the yellow jersey. I also nabbed 8 points in the KOM, and held that jersey going into the queen stage. Unfortunately, I would finish 3 minutes back and lose yellow going into the crit, where I sprinted for GC points bonuses and finished 3rd in the crit and second on GC by only 20 points. I also kept the KOM jersey by just a single point and finished 3rd in the sprint competition. I felt like Eddie Merckx. To this day I have never won the GMSR Crit. 2003: 5th, 2004: 3rd, 2005: 7th, 2006: 63rd (first year P12), 2007: 65th, 2008: 69th, 2009: 15th, 2010: 2nd, 2011: stage 4 cancelled, 2012: only year I didn’t race GMSR, 2013: 6th, 2014: 5th, 2015: 6th
13 GMSRs. 11 crits. Top 7 7 times, but never a win.
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