by Robb Hampton, Features Editor
(photo credit: Amy Jones)For many riders, finding the balance within oneself is a journey that is often never found. Kelly Benefits Elite Team Rider, Evan Fader, claims that balance has been found..and he has the results to prove it. 2010 marks Fader's first year with Kelly Benefits and so far, it's been a season worth noting. Evan has stood on the top spot of the podium at Vint Hill Criterium, Walkersville Road Race, and Chantilly Criterium. He also has his name next to other top finishings to mark the young season.
Evan has a rich history of elite level racing among MABRA's finest. Evan came to the scene racing for Capitol Hill Bikes/Route 1 Velo as a Cat 3 in 2006. After receiving his upgrade, Evan signed up to the Rockville Battley Harley Davidson powerhouse and enjoyed great success between during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, most notably stepping on the podium at Iron Hill Twilight in Pennsylvania. He had a brief stint at Richmond Pro Cycling last year before heading over to Kelly Benefits for 2010.
We had a brief sit down with Evan over lunch in mid April. Evan is quiet yet he is direct and to the point. Perhaps this is a reflection of his racing style and how he trains. We find out a bit more about the mysterious inner workings of the one they call "Darth Fader," his new team, and a few fond memories of a training camp from years' past.
Like many amateurs, you now have a day job. This is different than previous seasons where you were focused mainly on bike racing, hunting NRC points, and dreaming of being a domestic pro. You are having the best season yet. What up wit dat?
I found an inner peace with myself. Life is more balanced these days. I found my wife, got a job I like. Life is good. My fiancé is coaching me too, which has been awesome. Aside from knowing her stuff she has been super motivating. She makes sure that I stay on track.
Did you fall in love with your coach or decide to get coached by your fiancé?