Doug Connelly

 

I made a shift from rowing to cycling four years ago when I moved to Jackson Hole.  For six years I coached a university rowing program in New Hampshire and competed whenever possible.  Then, an opportunity came to move to Wyoming and begin work in the mountains, so I left coaching, sold my boat,and bought a road bike.  

I love riding the long stretches of open road here in Wyoming.  Living a bit north of Jackson, most of my riding is alone, so I get the biggest thrill from going aero on my tri-bike and going as fast as I possibly can.  The backdrop of the Tetons, the network of amazing trails, and the thriving culture of group rides and racing in the valley make this an incredible place to ride a bike . . . powder skis and an indoor trainer help.  

Hometown: Kelly, WY

Occupation: NOLS Program Supervisor and Instructor

Bikes:

2010 Cervelo P3

2008 Scott Road Bike

1958 Firestone Warrior

Years biking: 4

What was your best day on a bike?  

I needed to get from Jackson to Lander for a NOLS course last summer.  At 160 miles, the drive would take three hours but I was feeling adventurous.  I decided on a lightweight overnight ride, so I shipped my hiking boots and headlamp to Lander.  I slipped flip-flops, shorts, and a windshell into a mini-pack and rode 80 miles over Togwotee Pass to Dubois. In Dubois, I ate rhubarb pie and slept, leaving the next morning with fresh legs and 80 miles ahead.  It felt great to ride with a goal and destination, rather than a race and finish line.  I felt like I was covering miles and seeing the landscape.  The next day, my boots showed up and I went hiking for a month.

What was your worst day on a bike?

Two years ago, during the September Moose-Wilson Roubaix, I had a bit of a crash where the M-W Road descends a hill, takes a sharp turn, then switches back to dirt.  I slammed to the ground, got rather bloody, and my bike struck the buck-n-rail fence.  At least nothing was broken.

What do you do when not biking?  

ski and climb.  I read a lot, like to write, and shoot photos.

2012 Race Schedule

Run and Ride for the Cure

Dead Dog Cycle Race

Tour of Bozeman

Triathlon at Rigby Lake

Ironman 70.3 Boise

Bear Lake Brawl

2011 Racing HIghlights

Pole Pedal Paddle – Men’s Team Racing Event – 1st Place     (Bike leg – 49:09)

Ironman 70.3 Boise – 5:23:00

Bear Lake Brawl – 3rd Place, Age Group     (Overall 14th of 194)

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