For Connor Brown of Mobius BridgeLane, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is one huge opportunity. The 20 year old has lined up in Utah for the biggest race of his life among five of world cycling’s biggest World Tour outfits.
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Lining up in the prologue time trial of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was unlike anything that Connor Brown has experienced to date on the road. This is the first HC race of Brown’s young career and it’s safe to say that the experience – even though just 5.31km old – has been somewhat memorable already. “Yes this is the most prestigious road race I have done so far and a massive opportunity especially given I am one of the youngest riders in the race,” Connor told us.
“Lining up with the pros for the first time was stressful but we have a plan for the race so I tried to just enjoy the moment and appreciate the fact that as birthdays go I couldn’t have wished for a better day. It was also great to get heaps of texts from friends and family all around the world who were watching it live on TV, which is also a first for me.”
The season so far has been a strong one for Brown, leading to his selection for the Mobius BridgeLane squad at the Tour of Utah. He is part of a team that includes Angus Lyons, Russell Finsterwald, Conor Murtagh, Ben Carman, Jesse Coyle and Peter Livingstone. After racing in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, now Brown is prepared for a whole new challenge a whole new altitude levels.
“The few weeks leading up to the race I spent gaining European racing experience in Belgium but as you know this is a tough race competed at altitude so the team left Europe early to train and acclimatise in Park City which was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics,” Brown said.
“My personal expectations for this race are fairly realistic given it’s my first pro event and we have a very young team here, however I have a job to do within the race which is to support and protect our GC rider and that will be my sole focus. Hopefully our race goes according to plan and we can get our GC man up on the final podium.”