Alumni

Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team has more than 120 alumni.  Many are still competing in cycling, but most have gone on to be successful as business people, entrepreneurs, doctors, academics and coaches. No matter what they do today, they all still represent the philosophy of the team.  This is our legacy.   #HTFL

Lawson Craddock

Team Bike Exchange - Jayco

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Lawson was a member of the 2009-10 Hot Tubes teams. In 2010, Lawson was both the junior road national champion and the junior time trial champion. He joined the Education First team in 2016.

 

"I learned a lot while racing under Toby on the Hot Tubes Cycling Team both on and off the bike. Racing with guys like Nate Brown, Gavin Mannion, and Ian Boswell was an incredible experience. We had a ton of success that I think was due to the atmosphere we had outside of the sport. There was never a dull moment with Toby, and it really helped create an enjoyable environment. Those days are the times that I'll never forget!"

Matteo Jorgenson

Movistar Team

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Matteo raced for Hot Tubes in 2016 & 2017. 

 

"Looking back, Hot Tubes seems like a crazy experiment to me. Toby, year after year, brings together a group of individuals: some with huge talent, some with huge potential, and others with huge personality, and weld them into a group. Hundreds of hours are spent each year, from team camp to GMSR making the individuals into more than just a team, and further into something that resembles a family. This, to me, is what makes Hot Tubes special, and why it holds such a big place in my and all of the alumni’s hearts. Any team can enter riders into races wearing the same kit, but only Toby can help those riders build a group of friends they will have for a lifetime."

Magnus Sheffield

INEOS GRENIDIARES

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A former skier turned cyclist, Magnus Sheffield quickly demonstrated his talent for the sport, with a podium at the World Championships Junior Road Race in 2019, he will turn pro wit the Grenadiers in 2022.

Michael Hernandez

Best Buddies Racing

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Michael was on the Hot Tubes team from 2014 - 2015 and now rides with Best Buddies Racing.

 

"Being on Hot Tubes was more than just a team.  It gave me a family of more than just the guys I raced with.  You know when your in the elite and professional fields who the alumni are and they all look out for each other.  As far as the team goes it was my first time that I consistently got to learn how to race with a team in just about every scenario domestically and abroad.  The support that Toby has built in this program is unmatched at the junior level, not only financially but also mentally and emotionally. In a word it is a "family".

Danny Estevez

Best Buddies Racing

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Daniel Estevez is the owner of Families Together an Adult Day Health Center for disabled adults and seniors located in Leicester, MA.  Daniel was a professional cyclist and a member of Hot Tubes from 2003-2007. Following his first cycling career, he entered college and graduated from Clark University with a Business Management degree. While in college and after graduation he worked in the human services field, first as a Case Manager and Youth Mentor and later as a Service Coordinator for the Department of Children and Families services. Daniel re-started his cycling career in 2019 and won the 2021 Elite Road and Criterium National Championships.

Gage Hecht

Human Powered Health

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Gage was on the Hot Tubes team from 2015 -2016 and now rides with Human Powered Health.  In 2018 Gage won Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic.  Gage is a member of the US National Team and is current U23 National TT & Criterium Champion.

 

"There are many different ways a rider can spend his or her junior years and develop to have good results throughout his or her career. I know that Hot Tubes gave me a great opportunity to develop this piece of my life. Above that, they gave valuable life skills that I will be able use beyond my cycling career. The culture and leadership that the team created made me both a better rider and individual."

Curtis White

Best Buddies Racing

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Curtis was on the Hot Tubes teams  2011-13 and now rides with Best Buddies Racing Team and the Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com team.


"The lessons I learned from Toby and from the team weren't all about the bike. I did learn how to push myself, how to race, and how to be the best athlete I can be. But I also learned how to be open minded and communicate, humility, and to show graciousness and care towards everyone I meet. Even now, that I'm not on the team, I have strong bonds with my former teammates and still continue to learn from Toby. My years on the team were years I wouldn't trade for anything, there isn't a doubt in my mind that I wouldn't be where I am without Toby and without Hot Tubes."

Ben king

Human Powered Health

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Ben was a member of Hot Tubes in 2006-07 winning both the 2007 road and time trial national championships. He currently races for Human Powered Health.  Ben is a 2 time Pro Tour Stage winner in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana.

“Hot Tubes not only laid the foundation of racing, training, and teamwork that supported me through the ranks and into the world tour, but it also gave me the opportunity to see the world, experience different cultures, and build strong relationships as a high schooler. When I raced onto the Champs-Elysees on the 21st stage of the Tour de France, I had a vivid flash back from 2007 when Song drove us around the Arc de Triomphe and Toby had us imagine how that street would look during the Tour. I was seventeen then, and we’d seen Paris and Mont St Michel on the road trip between races. The education, memories, and friendships from my years on Hot Tubes shaped my career.”

Nate Brown

Human Powered Health

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Nate was a member of the 2008-09 Hot Tubes teams. He currently races for Human Powered Health. Nate along with his brother cyclist Jonny Brown have created the Brown Brothers foundation which puts on an annual ride to support youth cycling.

"I have built a friendship with the guys I raced with on Hot Tubes that will last a lifetime. Those two years racing under Toby taught me so much. I'm where I am today because of him and everyone who made it possible. He taught me there is way more to cycling then just racing a bike. Thank you Toby!

gavin mannion

Human Powered Health

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Gavin was on the Hot Tubes team in 2008-09 and joined Human Powered Health in 2017.  

 

"The 2 years I spent on Hot Tubes were some of the best and most important of my life.  The life lessons, skills, friendships, and of course bike racing knowledge gained under Toby's leadership will remain with me the rest of my life.  Some of my closet friends came from Hot Tubes, even 10 years after graduating from the team. I have Toby, Song and Hot Tubes to thank for the person I am today and where I am in my cycling career."

colin joyce

Human Powered Health

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Colin was a member of the 2012-13 Hot Tubes Team.  He raced with Axeon for several years and joined Human Powered Health in 2017.  In 2018, Colin won Stage 2 of the Arctic Race of Norway.

 

"My time at Hot Tubes really helped form a foundation of who I am today.  The team really emphasized having fun and taking that to all aspects of life.  They really helped us to grow into good people, not just good bike racers. Toby does an amazing job of finding a good group of egoless kids and providing a platform for them to develop and move on to the next step/higher level.  Some of my fondest memories are of times I had with the team and fooling around with teammates all over the world. It helped provide me with the means of turning my passion of cycling into something I continue to do today at a higher level.  It was so amazing, the level of support we got from the team. I absolutely loved my time at Hot Tubes, and it is good to reflect on all of the lessons of leadership, friendship, team work, and family bonding learned throughout my time there. Such an amazing group."

ian Boswell

Wahoo

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Ian was on the 2009 Hot Tubes team and was with Team Sky and  Katusha Alpecin.  Ian works with Wahoo now and is on the Hot Tubes Board of Directors.

"The riders I rode with in 2009 are still some of my best friends today. I also learned that hard work can get you to where you want to go, but you must remember to have fun and enjoy the journey on the way" 

 

"I remember playing a game of whiffleball at the Tour of the Red River Gorge. At the time it was the only UCI junior race in the US, and a qualifying race for the Worlds. Everyone knew Hot Tubes was the team to beat (we did go 1st-3rd). While all the other riders were inside recovering and over thinking it, Toby had our whole team out playing whiffleball between stages. This is Toby's most valuable trait, to make sure we always are having fun. Gabriella said at the end of the 2009 season, "all your winning this year is a by-product of the fun and friendship you created." I think that is very true. We had so much fun that winning was easy."

Emma White

Olympian

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Elite Women's National Team Member, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2020 World Champion.

Emma was on the Hot Tubes teams from 2014-2015 and now rides with the Rally UHC Cycling Team. She was the Junior Time Trial National Champion in 2014 and Junior Criterium National Champion in 2015.  Emma received Silver medals at the World Championships in Richmond for both the Individual Time Trial and Road Race. Emma is a member of the US National Team and is aiming for the 2020 Olympics for Team Pursuit in Track and the Road Race.  Emma is also a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York.

 

"Hot Tubes not only gave me invaluable experience on the bike, but it gave me the character I have, and life long friends.  The team is a family, and I'm so proud to say I spent my junior days in blue!"

Liam Holowesko

Axeon - Hagens Berman 

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Two-time USA Junior National Time Trial Champion and three-time Bahamas Pro National Champion (twice in the TT and once on Road in 2018).
There are countless stories that I can recall, and many invaluable lessons that I have learned that make up the six years that I spent on Hot Tubes. It was a tremendous privilege to have been on the team for that long and to every single one of my teammates, Sarah and Kimmy, Toby and Song, I will cherish the moments we spent together and cannot thank everyone enough. If asked to define what Hot Tubes means to me and how the team has impacted my life, I always think back to those days of Toby driving me to go visit Dr. Thomas Gill in order to try and fix my injured knee. Toby was the one who found me the doctor, and who picked me up from school to drive me early in the morning to visit that doctor, and he took me to get MRI’s, and took me to post surgery checkups, and also took me to physical therapy. Toby saved my cycling career. But even more importantly, in those difficult times of injury Toby enabled me to continue believing in myself no matter what happened and ultimately to never give up. May that attitude and resilience he instilled in me continue to guide me in all facets of life.

Simon jones

Axeon - Hagens Berman 

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In my mind the best way to summarize my time at Hot Tubes is like this:

 

Its been almost 3 years since I last put on the multi blue checkers of the Hot Tubes kit. I’ve worn 3 other team’s jerseys and raced more than one hundred bike race since then. And yet, to this day the majority of my favorite memories and “growing moments” occurred during my time racing for Hot Tubes. I cried, laughed and grew as not only a bike racer but as a human being. I learned what it meant to be a teammate, a mentor, and a friend. I realize now that Hot Tubes was more than just a team, it was a family. Toby, & Song helped raised me and forever changed the person I would become. 

 

I thank Toby so much for the changes he was able to make in my life and I respect him even more for doing the same thing for so many other young men. Hot Tubes has become something much bigger than I think Toby ever expected. It supersedes the riders, the victories, the losses, the friendships made, and even Toby himself. I am so grateful to have been apart of just one small part of an incredible story. 

 

My final race: Green Mountain Stage Race 2017, was the most emotional week of my cycling career. I didn't want it to end. The team had been such a huge part of my life and it took until that final week to realize it. I know that all the other guys felt the same way too, and that's the most powerful part of the whole thing. We never wanted it to end and what I didn't know is that it wasn’t going to. 

 

Despite no longer wearing the multi blue checkers, I still am apart of the Hot Tubes family. I have kept in close touch with almost all of my teammates from my years, many of whom are some of my closest friends. I speak regularly with Toby, he never stopped caring about me, and still, call me out when needed. I never stopped caring about how the team does in races, I check their results often and want nothing but the best for them. The two years I spent as a part of the team are a very small part of the amazing legacy of hot tubes. It’s amazing how much 2 years of pedaling hard with guys your age whilst a bald guy yells at you can change.   #HTFL

jonny brown

Miami Blazers

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Jonny was a member of the Hot Tubes from 2010-2015 and was two time junior US Road Race champion.  He is the youngest US Professional Road Race Champion.   


"My time on Hot Tubes to this day are still some of the best years of my life.  I think back on those years all the time, and really miss them. Toby has a gift for selecting riders to become part of the Hot Tubes family.  Each year the team members become a tight knit group and will do anything for one another. That's what I admire most about HT. You can ask any alumni and they will tell you some of their closest friends to date are from their time together on Hot Tubes.  I can not thank Toby and Song enough for all of their support over the years."

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