During the Tour of Ireland road race this summer, the message of Shreveport cyclist Logan McLain was loud and clear. The 16-year-old was in the top five overall in the event featuring mostly 17- and 18-year-olds.
However, on the fifth day of the six-day event, a sudden move by a competitor during a climb caused him to crash.
“He took my front wheel out from under me,” said McLain, a rising junior at Shreveport’s C.E. Byrd High School. “I got up immediately, but everyone behind me started piling on my bike. That’s what caused the long delay. I had to get my bike out of a pile.
“It cost me the fifth overall and the best young rider’s jersey.”
Although his individual hopes were dashed, McLain turned his attention to his teammates on the final two rides—that’s something he believes he’s improved on greatly in the past year.
“Before, I was doing a lot of races by myself,” said McLain, who is part of Team Lux out of California. “I’m learning how to operate with a team. If I’m riding for a guy who won the time trial the day before, everything I do has to be methodical and thought out so I can help him in the overall, or vice versa. If I won the time trial, I have to save energy, and communicate with the teammates and tell them what I need.”
A finalist for the Ambassador Award at The 2018 Shreveport Times Sports Awards, McLain is doing his part to put Shreveport on the cycling map and collect the award in 2019.
In addition to his success in Ireland (seventh out of 120 riders in the individual time trial on Day 1), he scored a third at the Valley of the Sun, a second-place effort at the Tour of Southern Highlands and a victory at the Texas State Time Trial.
At the end of July, the Byrd Yellow Jacket’s talents were on display at the national championships in Hagerstown, Maryland. “I want to medal in time trial and the road race,” McLain told the Shreveport Times going into the race. He came through again, finishing third in the 20-kilometer individual time trial and third again in a 60-kilometer road race.
It may be a surprise to some, but one of McLain’s favorite spots he’s raced is Bentonville/Fayetteville, Arkansas. Although no matter where he puts his two wheels down, it’s a joy.
“I just love getting to experience new things and see new places, especially with my friends,” McLain said.
He doesn’t have a strict diet, but McLain prefers to “eat clean.”
However, he likes to embrace the local color during his trips abroad and in the states. “If I feel like eating a burger or a pizza I will,” he said.
Still addicted to that secret sauce from Raising Cane’s, he visited Louisiana’s chicken finger spot on his last day of school this year. Just in case.
—Reprinted with permission from the Shreveport Times