Charles Rossignol, Litespeed-BMW Cycling Team
For thirty years we, at Litespeed, are fortunate to meet all types of cyclists and hear many thrilling stories. Part of our thirty year celebration includes celebrating those people and sharing their stories with you.
Meet Charles Rossignol
Charles on his 1996 Ultimate in the finals of the Keirin competition, May 2015
My name is Charles Rossignol from Atlanta, GA. I’ve been part of the Litespeed-BMW team since 2006! I’m proud to be with a team of fast racers and great people. We have been a launching point for several pros and at least one World Tour racer. Plus, we host two great races every year in the East Atlanta Twilight Criterium and Grant Park Cyclocross Race. We also support Camp Twin Lakes, a fantastic organization that provids life-changing camp experiences to thousands of Georgia's children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.
What Litespeed model(s) and year(s) do you ride?
We have been issued many different Litespeeds since 2006, but I currently race the 2016 L1R. It has the same classic Litespeed geometry that I have always preferred, but is lighter and stiffer than ever. It has modern construction with huge BB shell and BB386EVO, but traditional seat post and head tube configurations which make maintenance and travel easier, as well as maximize flexibility in setup. For me, it’s the perfect race bike.
For the velodrome, I still have my 1996 Ultimate, custom made for track. It’s everything I could ask for in a track frame, and being titanium I will probably race it until I hang up my cleats.
What is your favorite race or ride of the year?
My favorite ride is the Camp Twin Lakes Spin for Kids fundraiser. Look it up and join us!
My favorite race is the annual Keirin competition at Dick Lane Velodrome. The Keirin is basically a track sprint set up to start at 30mph and usually finishes at 40. It’s a crowd favorite at the track.
How do you stay ready?
My days of serious training and racing are over. I just go ride!
What’s next on your list?
Next up for me is cyclocross this Fall. I am relatively new to that discipline, but I love the laid-back atmosphere. No matter where you are in a cross race, the course will always provide a challenge.
Charles on his 2013 CX at the 2014 CACX season finale