Christopher Sproule

What Makes for a Good Marathon?

I’d say for a handcyclist there are a few components that make a marathon great:Location:  The key is to find a marathon that you are able to get to and preferably one that is scenic.  The Long Beach International Marathon is one of my favorites because it is relatively close to where I live and you get to race alongside the Pacific Ocean.Well Supported:  When a community turns out to support their marathon, it really makes a difference.  Having volunteers to...

Coronavirus: What Will the Racing Season Look Like?

With the growing concern over Coronavirus and recent decisions by professional sports leagues suspend play or disallow fans to attend games, I can’t help but wonder what the ramifications will be in cycling.  Typically, I spend a lot of the year traveling out of state to attend races, usually 5-10 events a year.  It’s taken me all over the country and I have met amazing people and visited places I never thought I’d have an opportunity to see.  How...

2020 Training

2020 is off to a great start! My training has been exceptional and I am looking forward to the Redlands Bicycle Classic on April 22-26, 2020. The combination of high intensity interval training, long low intensity endurance rides, and lots of time spent in the gym has me feeling fitter than ever. As the winter ends and things start to warm up, or in my case get downright hot in Las Vegas, I can’t wait to spend more time...

2020!

As 2020 begins, I can’t help but be excited for all of the opportunities and possibilities that await. My training plan is in place and I’m working with my coaches to execute our plan this year. I’m putting together my racing schedule and am excited about where I know I will be racing this year. It takes a month or two in the beginning of the year for some of the locations of nationals to be...

How Long Did it Take You?

When I first rode a handcycle, I swore to myself that you’d never see me in “Spandex”. You’ll never see me in a skintight cycling kit. The first event I ever did was in basketball shorts and a tank top. I wasn’t the Spandex type…just not me. About a year later, I got a cycling top. It was baggy and neon green…for safety purposes only. I’m not one of those cyclists! I’m...

2019 In Review

2019 was an exciting year for me as a competitive athlete. I had some good results and had some results that I wish could have been better. I know the saying is, “You can’t win them all”, but I sure wish I did. One of the biggest changes for 2019 was a change in the way I trained. It was a major change in a positive direction but it may have been a bit early...

All the PossAbilities

One of my favorite events of the year with PossAbilities is not a race at all. The Celebration Dinner, which occurs annually around Christmas, brings together families, friends, contributors, employees, and volunteers for a very special night. The first year I attended the Celebration Dinner as a PossAbilities athlete, I did not know what to expect. How big was it? What was the attire? What exactly was going to happen? When I rolled in,...

Being Grateful

As competitive athletes, as in life, we get caught up in our world of results. If I’m not first, I’m last. Second place is the first loser. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that…How many times I’ve said that to myself. How much pressure I’ve put on myself to not disappoint my sponsors…to not disappoint my team…to not disappoint my family…to not disappoint myself. While I excel under pressure, I have...

The Guy You Didn’t See Coming

The 2019 St. George Marathon started how most other St. George Marathons do…Pitch black, freezing, and windy. The excitement of the start with the music, athletes, lights, and helicopters circling above with the wind, freezing temperatures, and darkness create this weird but amazing dichotomy. I had made some calls a week before the race to the fast guys who usually race it and, to my surprise, they weren’t coming. Having won it the last 4 times,...

2019 Tour of America’s Dairyland

The Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) is the largest competitive road cycling series in the U.S. It hosts eleven straight days of racing throughout Southeast Wisconsin. The tour was started in 2009 and extends the legacy of multi-day bike racing that first started in Wisconsin in 1969. Handcyclists race four of the eleven days with the third day being the Criterium National Championship. This year, the racing was as competitive as ever. I was feeling good and...