Brad Huff’s career on a bicycle began at Spokes BMX track in Springfield, Missouri. He was hooked for life after his first drop in at the track. High school track and field meets were humbling for Huff, so he picked-up a mountain bike and started commuting to class. His track times slowly improved, but his passion was on the bike. The 2017 season will be Huff’s 11th year as professional and he still boasts one of the fastest finishing kicks of anyone on the domestic circuit. Not a man of many words, we sat down with him to learn more about the 2016 National Criterium Champion.
Can you tell me a bit about your history with the bicycle, from a kid, to where you are now?
I've always been on a bike. I raced BMX as a 9, 10 and 11-year-old. I raced MTB's in high school along with football, basketball and track. Then got on to the road bike in 1998 and the rest is history. I plan to continue to be on a bike for years to come.
You've been racing your bike professionally for over a decade, how have you seen the sport change?
The level of the playing field has risen and the overall cleanness of the sport has increased. Which is why I feel that a rider like me is able to continue to be in the sport for such a long period of time. Although it is NOT getting easier, it's getting a lot faster.
What was your off-season training program like? Did you do anything differently or add any elements to your training plan this year?
I was able to spend my entire winter season in Tucson, AZ thanks to a mentorship opportunity with The Homestretch Foundation. It was such a rewarding experience to be able to be a big brother. Plus, I did my best to keep up with the powerhouse that is Lauren Hall. So I feel faster already.
You've ridden your bike in a lot of spectacular places, is there one memory, day in the saddle, that sticks out for one reason or another?
The Japan Cup in Utsunomiya Japan. It is just a beautiful circuit with fans covering the whole route. Japan is a marvelous and beautiful country with deeply rooted traditions and customs that are rare. I loved it; plus the food and people are amazing!
What is it that you enjoy most about racing your bicycle?
The freedom it provides me.
What's one thing most people don't know about you that you feel comfortable sharing with us?
I was a cheerleader my freshman year in college and I went to state judging dairy cattle as well.
How does your current training reflect your goals for the season?
It's all about survival. We have been doing survival training camps all year and I feel I am ready.
Do you have any tips for an athlete trying to be successful in road or criterium racing?
It's all one in the same, but you better ensure that you are damn good at racing a crit if you think you are going to have what it takes to position and perform in a road race. Don't expect to just be dropping fools left and right. Plan on suffering, even on the days you think you can win.
Can you tell me more about the National Criterium Championship you won last year?
It was a long time coming and I am honored to have one the Professional Criterium title for the second time so deep in to my career.
Have you incorporated Topical Edge into your training and what results have you noticed?
On every big training day, I never leave home with out it. I feel that it has enabled me to handle more workload with out as much residual fatigue or muscle soreness. I am able to suffer longer. What a joy.
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