Matte Lieto

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Cyclist currently recovering from Triathlon. Coach/Athlete/Commentator/Tomfoolerer

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My legs are barely starting to come around again, but am already thinking about getting back to some great riding and fun times with great folks at @rebeccarusch #rebeccasprivateidaho again next year. Can not wait. 💪🏼📸from @lindaguerrettephotography #groady #pnwbabes #groadslikethese #lifepoints #guforit #theeastonadvantage
Still trying to wipe this shit eating grin off my face after an amazing 4 days riding bikes in Ketchum at Rebecca’s Private Idaho Queens Stage Race. In the past all I measured my racing by was time, placing, and hopefully, a pay check earned at days end. For me gravel racing is 100% about fun and experiencing great places with cool people. In this manner (and every other) RPI did not disappoint. Led by the always inspiring @rebeccarusch , the quality of folks involved with and challenged by this event was stellar. After 4 days of bike riding, and evening shenanigans post, I can honestly say I’ve made some great new pals, and am looking forward to more adventures with them soon. 
The race went pretty alright too…I ended up finishing the stage race 2nd place behind local legend @joshuaraspberry after 3 hard stages and 4th place for me in each individual stage. The last day was the “main event” and allowed fresh athletes that hadn’t raced the stage race to compete for the win. That creates a pretty fun dynamic where there is a “race within a race” as the fatigued stage racers watch some moves develop and flick the elbow for the fresh riders to chase moves down. For me, it was also the only day that really suited my strengths with sustained climbs and tough conditions over a long day in the saddle. At the end of the day I am proud to say I pushed the main selection at the end, but as always had a lackluster sprint and was throttled by Josh and @paysonmcelveen for the podium on the day. Luckily, my next race @grinduro finishes with a single track time trial, so I’ll have plenty of time to practice before it’s needed next. Big thanks goes to @joel_brazil & fam & friends for welcoming me into their home and making me feel like part of the crew. Amaze 📸 by the ultra talented @cottonsox_photo #guforit #lifepoints #theeastonadvantage #groady
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#gravel #ridegravel #unlearnpavement #cyclinglife #gravelbike #gravelcyclist #cyclingshots #wherethepavementends #instabike #offroadcycling #cyclocross #cyclingcoach #cyclingpics #bikes #cyclingphotos #roadcycling #cyclist #cyclinglife #fromwhereiride #roadslikethese #aero #aeroiseverything #groadslikethese
I hear it’s #nationaldogday, so what the hell... Here she is, the beautifullest, scrappiestest, posingest, little best buddy ever, #milidog. Couldn’t ask for a better excuse to be covered in hair, always. #dogsofinstagram #pnwbabes
When 80 miles comes down to a tire’s width amongst friends... You know you’re pals when your both laughing at a sprint finish after 4 hours of racing. Such a fun day racing at the @ochocogravelroubaix with the local crew. Turns out pigs can fly, if only after a superior sprinter (understatement) thinks the line is about 600 meters closer than it really was.  Carl wrote a “report” in the way only he can, and I certainly can’t, so here ya go... .
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“@deckerator"—-He's just a triathlete, don't worry about him." It's a refrain I've used a few times when my buddy @mattlieto attacks the group early in a gravel race. And it always seems to work--nobody ever chases.
Today at #OchocoRoubaix it worked again, allowing Matt to ride his own race off the front for all of the major climbs. 
Once I shook the rest of the field it was my hope to bridge across and work together with Matt on the flat and windy approach to the finish of this 80 mile event. 
But try as I might, Matt's one minute gap was not shrinking, despite technical terrain that should have all but closed it for me. 
Until 30 miles to go, that is, when The Triathlete failed to notice a left turn into the final gravel descent. 
After his 90 second detour, the chased (unbeknownst to me) became the chaser. And soon after, we were again together for the final 20 miles. We'd trade pulls and eventually wait together at stop lights in the high desert town of Prineville in the final mile of the race. 
In the final corner, I'd jump Matt and make a dash for the line. But the line was more distant than either of us imagined. And Matt's feeble response to my sprint turned into a brilliant pacing strategy as he dieseled back into my draft and even with me at the line. 
After 80 miles, I was beaten in a bike throw by a tire's width--by a triathlete. 
I helped him load the spoils of his win--his body weight in @deschutesbeer--into his car. Knowing fully well that his gluten intolerance would mean I'd keep as much of his beer as I liked. 
#winwin
#guforit #lifepoints #theeastonadvantage
Being off the bike for a month was tough, but not for the “performance” reasons some might expect. Riding really is about the places it takes us, the people we ride with, and the feel of the road (or trail) moving beneath you. That is what I missed, and am so stoked to be out there once again. Oh, and sing a longs. I love me some solo (one) earphone sing a long rides. I miiiiiiiiight have brought out the air 🎺today. #cantstopwontstop #cycling #fromwhereiride #guforit #lifepoints #eastonadvantage
Been making that lemonade (left handed of course) since surgery and I must say, it tastes pretty sweet. Who knew you could sail, fish, and pose with #milidog all with one useable arm! Been finding the good in the down time as much as I can, and must say, this little pal has been stuck to me like glue while I’ve been recovering. They really do know when things aren’t going smooth. Also, ISN’T SHE THE CUTEST!?!? #mansbestfriend #milidog #collaredshirt #pnwbabes #printsonprints #ruffwear #inbend #nobutreallymydogiscuterthanyours #lifepoints #sailing #injurybeard
Last years @blitzbikesbeer was an absolute highlight and big goal for me to stretch my ability and comfort zone a bit on the mtb. For me it was a great success (and yes at one point both wheels were off the ground) and I really did become a better rider because of the prep and the race. Turns out returning this year post @dirtykanza loose and ready to have fun and maybe actually race, might have had me too relaxed. After dropping off my bike on the shuttle I jogged to my car to grab a helmet when I tripped on an extra stylish @vans slip ons (new meaning for me now, no blame to the vans corporation, all blame to my coordination), with a couple try and save it skips and a huge whiff to flat pavement and... maybe my biggest injury ever. Funny, how random life can be. How many times have I near missed on the bike in the trees or on the road to ask “how in the hell did I not just die”, to get taken down by a clumsy fall. Welp, surgery for me on Friday, and a whole lot of fun summer stuff put on hold till next year. But don’t you worry, I’ve got a bitchin’ lemonade recipe I’ll be tapping into soon enough. #lemons #lemonade #-lifepoints #fml #coordinationstation #kookslams #jerryoftheday #karmaisabitch
Wow, what a day. Turns out 12 hours of bike racing on gravel is pretty hard after all. Throw in the heat, hills, rough ass roads and the horrendous winds of Kansas and it’ll have you murmuring to yourself over and over “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” as you fade in and out of coherence. Glad I did @dirtykanza? Yes. Will I do it again? Check in with me after my underbits have regained consciousness. Super fun racing with the lead group of class riders for the first 100 miles till I had to succumb to a mechanical that was rearing its head from mile 60. No excuses, this IS part of the racing here, you HAVE to have your shit tight and be ready to adapt and work your way through any and all adversities as they WILL come your way. I’m proud how I kept it together to finish 17th in a star studded field with an age group 2nd 😜 (benefit to being old as dirt). The last 50 miles was an all solo mission fighting my inner demons and self doubt and of course the all headwind finish into Emporia (there was one .2 mile section of tailwind, which was nice). Thanks so much to the @dirtykanza crew for the amazing event and hospitality and a HUGE thanks to @guenergylabs for letting me represent them at what has been a bucket list race for me for a while now. I will say, when the going got tough I just kept dropping those gels and chews in my gullet and the watts came out the other end. Special thanks to @_dark_mark and @mitchbrekke for being the best crew a guy could ask for. Sweet pics by @mykehphoto #guforit #saltysquad #groad #groady #groadslikethese #dk200 #pnwbabes #theeastonadvantage #lifepoints
Welp, the hay is in the barn (not that one, another one) and ready to go all in here at @dirtykanza . It’s going to be my longest day exercising ever tomorrow, and here’s to hoping that means lots of new friends and stories to tell at day’s end. And don’t let the title #dk200 fool you, it’s 207 miles. WHEN WERE YOU GONNA TELL ME ABOUT THE EXTRA 7 MILES!?!? Wish me luck, and thanks to all the folks that made this crazy day possible. #guforit #saltysquad #groadies #groadslikethese #theeastonadvantage #konabikes #lifepoints #icefrictionchains #shimanogravel #castelli
Had a swell time at the @guenergylabs shake out ride this am with all the fun folks!!! More fun group pedaling tomorrow. Who’s the goon in the aero position IN the group!?!?
Threatening skies but welcoming #groads while out with the champ @jessemthomas today. Getting in the last few rides in some prime conditions before the pain next week at @dirtykanza. The anxiety over the unknown is starting to creep in, but that’s the fun of a new adventure, right? Going outside our comfort zone and into the unknown... #groadies #groadslikethese #lifepoints #guforit #theeastonadvantage #pnwbabes #dk200
Podiums are for pals, and awkwardness, and yeah more awkwardness. What am I supposed to do with my hands? Had a blast racing with buds, and making new ones out at @breakawaypromo High Desert Gravel Grinder. A hard day out there but hopefully another worthwhile deposit for @dirtykanza in just a months time. Double gulp. #podiumgirls #awkwardfamilyphotos #cycling #groad #imtired #guforit #lifepoints #theeastonadvantage