eNRG Performance has a new location. Offering all the same coaching and training tools but in a new Littleton location.
If you live further north, don’t forget their South Boulder location in Flatirons Running.
eNRG Performance has a new location. Offering all the same coaching and training tools but in a new Littleton location.
If you live further north, don’t forget their South Boulder location in Flatirons Running.
Friday April 21st
Saturday April 22nd
Tom Watson Park, Boulder
Sunday April 23rd
Cherry Creek State Park
Saturday April 22nd
Sunday April 23rd
Kick off the spring season this April at one of the fastest races in Colorado. Louisville offers fast flowing corners, a power incline, and wide open roads to really put the hammer down! Come shake off the rust and open up the throttle at the Louisville Criterium!
We’ll have great prizes from our sponsors, plus a lively expo to keep spectators well fed, caffeinated, and entertained! Let’s kick off the 2017 Colorado Cycling Season in style!
In conjunction with the Louisville Criteium. This BRAC sponsored clinic is FREE to women of all ages and ability. Join us to kick off the 2017 racing season with a fun and informative clinic!
Mercury Cafe, Denver
This special performance will benefit the Front Rangers Cycling Club, a Metro Denver nonprofit that has been putting kids on bikes since 1993. The FRCC have 2 important programs for youth: an outreach program in collaboration with Denver Police Department that takes disadvantaged youth on a bicycle rides and outings once a month; and a junior cycling team that meets weekly providing an opportunity for youth train and race road, mountain bike and cyclocross.
by Elorie Slater, Co-Owner of Sports Garage
There are so many stories women are told, most notably the stories they tell themselves, along the path to becoming a self-identified female mountain biker. Often these stories are presented as well-intentioned advice.
This spring I needed a new bike – a position that should have inspired only excitement. I was born-again in mountain biking on my last bike (The Perfect Bike) and I love it still, despite the fact that during vigorous rides the thing now sounds like that street performer playing about 10 instruments simultaneously. Entering into the new bike selection process actually inspired mild PTSD. You see, before The Perfect Bike I suffered through a series of ill-fitting, twitchy, poorly set up, under or over-geared machines, each of which I acquired because I believed a story. Retracing this history has helped me identify five key questions that every rider, especially women, should be asking themselves when shopping for a new mountain bike.
Once upon a time…
Story #1: “ You’re not experienced enough for clipless pedals.”
I learned everything the hard way: started riding legit singletrack at 30 in daisy dukes, on a twenty-five dollar cult of poverty hardtail I picked up at a yard sale. Among the first crew I rode with was a guy who told me, “You’re not experienced enough for clipless pedals. It will be years before you’re ready for that”. So when I shopped for my first full suspension mountain bike – an aluminum Gary Fisher – I set it up with heavy steel Primo pedals. I rode the dog out of the Fisher. A year later I moved to Colorado and received the unexpected “gift” of a pair of SPD’s. I spent the next three months the victim of repeated SPD falls, picking gravel out of my knees, grafting skin to my elbows, and resisting the urge to kick my bike over every cliff. I should have come out of the gates with clipless pedals and learned the entire skillset from the get-go.
Story #2: “A light-weight bike with a smaller wheel is better for smaller riders.”
Not long after recovering from that bout of SPD-itis, I was bit by the carbon bug, perhaps an even more serious malady. I started shopping for a new bike again. At that time, 26” rigs still took up as much space in bike shops as 29-ers. I had traded my dukes in for a chamois and figured out hydration packs. At just under 5’5″, fully geared up and soaking wet, I weighed in at about 125. The staff at a trusted bike shop explained that light-weight, nimble 26” bikes suit smaller riders: strength to weigh ratio, turning radius, blah, blah, blah. So I got one. That bike was the lightest, steepest, twitchiest, race set-up on the trail. I was lightning fast…when I was upright. I scored insane endo style points that year. And then one day I rode a friend’s 29” bike. The longer wheelbase added confidence and stability to the equation, even in switchbacks. Descending, I felt like a tractor. Despite my size, I’m a big wheel girl. I should have done test rides on both wheel sizes before making my buying decision.
Ladies, it’s not just bad advice from others. Most of these are stories we also tell ourselves. If I had a nickel for every lady rider that came in SG and said “I’m pretty small so I need to demo a 27.5,” I would ride gold-plated wheels. And don’t get me wrong – I’m not telling women that they shouldn’t ride a smaller wheel or should replace her factory-installed dropper. I’m telling all mountain bike shoppers that discovering your own riding style and analyzing your own preferences is a valuable investment of time.
When shopping for a new bike, find all your opportunities to demo. And someone – whether yourself or an expert at a shop you trust – should ask the five following questions:
1. What’s your favorite part of riding?
2. Can you describe the trail that you feel most confident on or enjoy the most, and why?
3. Do you have a riding goal or dream destination that you are working towards?
4. Are you more nervous about climbing or descending?
5. Do you ever (truly in your heart of hearts) intend to take big hits?
Complete article at Sports Garage here
Friday April 14th
Join us at SwimLabs for our first Open Water Panel Discussion to kick off the 2017 open water swim season! Guests include Sarah Thomas, Sarah Sweeps, Karl Kingery and Joey Pedraza
Saturday April 15th
Everyone who wants to ride safer, more confidently and faster on a greater variety of terrain. We will focus on the most important safety/control skills and core skills will help you ride everywhere, whether you are cruising on local singletrack or ripping the ski resorts.
Gravelanche Series Ride #2, The Golden Egg Ride
Sunday April 16th
From Eric Kenney, EK Endurance Coaching
Eric is head coach at EK Endurance Coaching
Vixxen Racing Development Team Performance Director
BTC Elite Team Director
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal”
Friday April 7th
2nd Annual Vixxen Racing Soiree and Silent Auction
The Vixxen Racing Mission is to Inspire women and girls to accept no limits, conform to no standards, work hard, stay humble, and strive to be the best she can be! The Vixxen’s have started a movement for all women to find what their personal brand “winning” entails and relentlessly pursue it.
We want you to kick of the 2017 season with us for an evening of food, drink, and fun brought to you by Colorado Multi Sport, and all of the Vixxen Racing Team Sponsors. We will have all of our fun Vixxen Gear available for purchase as well as a silent auction with great gear from our partners and the Boulder Community!
Saturday April 8th
Join IM Boulder’s Tim Brosious and Team Colorado for a ride out of Ft. Collins. Ride will be about 56 miles with 3,500ft elevation gain!
Friday April 7th
Saturday April 8th
Sunday April 9th
By Jen Home, IPA Endurance
Last month, several IPA Endurance athletes traveled to Havana, Cuba, to compete in the 3rd Annual La Habana Triathlon. While the thrill of competition is present in every race locale they visit, the real story here isn’t in the PRs set (or lack thereof), the stomach bug that took down (but not out) a few, or the sunburn or misery that plagued the final laps on the Malecon; it is in the connection that was forged with fellow athletes, and the spirit of sport that runs through the blood of all people.
After a collection effort back home in Colorado, the group arrived fully stocked with generous donations of tri gear, with no idea how or to whom to gift the trove.
The opportunity easily presented itself when we spotted a delightful, yet sadly outfitted group of young male, mostly pre-teen, cyclists; they had spent the day as spectators. They were accompanied by a weathered but obviously dedicated man, for whom the young bunch clearly had enormous respect. We would learn his name was Jorge, he was their cycling profe, in his 70’s, and had been coaching young athletes for more than 50 years. He dedicated his life to sharing his love of the sport, but struggled endlessly to acquire the basics required for a decent bike ride. Instead, they wore oversized kits, used packing tape on the handlebars, and rode on torn saddles. After some shaky communications (thankfully, one of the IPA competitors saved the day with her Spanish-speaking proficiency), we arranged to meet the following morning to deliver the goods.
Not long after, we befriended a team of young triathletes, most of whom had competed that day. Having faith that we had enough goods to go around, we invited them, too, to our meeting spot the following morning, albeit at a later time.
When we arrived the next morning, several minutes early with bags in tow, both groups were already waiting. It was a moment of realization: they were in such great need, and for a few minutes, it was unclear how to proceed in order to be fair and generous to both. We decided to split up, quickly dividing the strictly cycling gear from the obvious tri gear, and set to it.
The graciousness and goodwill that flowed during that next hour or so was an incredibly moving experience for the IPA Endurance athletes. Items that had been easily given up without second thought by Colorado athletes that had been blessed with good circumstances and plentiful opportunity in life, were embraced with such glee and gratefulness, it was hard to not get teary-eyed. “Cuba was an amazing experience,” said athlete Teri Ward. “I am always touched by the outreach of the IPA team led by the caring and generous coach Bill. It was an honor to participate with that group!”
A lifelong connection was forged during that brief exchange; already, work has begun on a new round of collections to help the young athletes get the clothing and gear they need to enjoy and excel in the sport. Talk of a return trip began before this trip had even ended. If you can, get La Habana Triathlon on your 2018 race calendar for an experience unlike any you have likely had. Triathlete Donna Shaw added, “If you are on the fence about this race, my advice is to go before it becomes too popular. Do the sprint, leave the tri gear at home – wetsuit, tri bike, HRM, etc. – and take the essentials: race nutrition, patience, a sense of humor, and open mind, and toilet paper. Yes, you read that correctly!”
by Will Murray for 303triathlon.com
March 31, 2017
Last week the Timex Multisport Team had its annual camp in Boulder. We caught up with team member and USA Triathlon Board Chair Barry Siff about the camp.
Q: You’ve been on the Timex Multisport Team for a long time. How did this annual camp rate for you?
Barry: The camp had a positive impact on me. I didn’t know where I was in terms of athleticism and my goals. I might have gone back to ultra-running or duathlon, but I got very motivated to get back into triathlon by being around all these terrific people.
At my age (60-64) my greatest opportunity to improve is in nutrition and strength and flexibility. I’m kicking my sugar habit—I have an excessive sugar habit. And I got enormously motivated by teammate Wendy Mader and tips she gave us on strength and conditioning. We had a class with Erin Carson at her awesome club RallySport and it blew my socks off.
Q: What is the purpose of the team?
Barry: To promote and support the Timex products and the products of the sponsoring partners. Trek, Shimano, Blue Seventy and Bolle. Castelli makes all of our clothing; it’s crazy good. Wiivv is a new partner that makes extremely sophisticated custom insoles for running shoes by taking a picture of your foot and computer driven manufacturing the insole. Simon Whitfield (Olympic gold medalist and investor in Wiivv) was at the camp, with Greg and Laura Bennett, also Olympians, who gave a great talk about achieving high performance.
Q: Where is Timex taking their products for multisport athletes?
Barry: The new $99 Timex Ironman GPS watch is aimed at the mid masses. It’s aimed at getting people into running and triathlon. It does have all that sophistication, but it has a simple appearance. The larger focus is getting people fit and moving. It does not have heart rate but easily and quickly gives you pace and distance, and it’s extremely light weight and good looking.
The new Timex IQ Plus is a good looking dress watch and an activity tracker that synchs to an app on your phone. It tracks your day as you walk and sleep. I walked over 2.5 miles on a rest day, just going about my day, and that was interesting to know that.
Q: Back to the team, what makes this such a special group?
Barry: I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s like going to summer camp when you are a kid, where everyone has a very common bond of athletic dedication. The Timex family put us together so well. These 45 athletes do so much more for the sport of triathlon. Sure there are several national and world champions, but they all do volunteer work and other things for the sport. They guide blind athletes, they help inspire young girls to pursue their dreams. Many coaches are in this group, just really good people who inspire other people. No nasty people in this group at all. We are all very active on social media. A constant connection, every day for most of us, keeping up and inspiring each other.
Q: That kind of camaraderie sounds really appealing. But, I’m not an uber triathlete or anybody special, so how do I find some kind of connection like you have in the Timex Multisport Team?
Barry: The Timex Multisport Team was getting more than 300 applications for five spots every year. So they started the Timex Factory Team to expand the availability of experience and about 350 athletes are on the Factory Team. They have similar benefits for partners on clothing and discounts. There is potential for some of those folks to get on to the Timex Multisport Team from the Factory Team. And for many Factory Team members, there is an opportunity to be associated with Timex and spread the word.
The biggest opportunity for most athletes is to get involved with a local club. In the US there are 1000 USA Triathlon-sanctioned clubs. In the 303 area code, the Rocky Mountain Triathlon Club, Castle Creek Triathlon Club and Boulder Triathlon Club all provide training opportunities as well as social activities—good times, good friends. They emphasize welcoming and helping people into the sport. We at USA Triathlon are growing the sport and we need to welcome athletes and provide that social connection. Even those athletes who are doing most of their training alone can enjoy the social opportunities.
Q: How was it for you to be back in Boulder for a few days since your move to Tucson?
Barry: The camp was very busy and I didn’t get around as much as I’d like, but with the Without Limits 5430 Sports triathlon series here in Boulder, I’ll be back a lot this summer and looking forward to spending time here and seeing lots of folks.
Information about Timex Multisport Team and Timex Factory Team here
FLYING WITH BIKES
In this first column of the pragmatic triathlete, I’m going to address something that a surprising number of people will be doing this year, including me, flying with bikes.
Travelling with bikes has changed a huge amount since I took my first overseas trip with a bike back in 1999. Back in those days there were few discount airlines, the Transport Safety Administration (TSA) didn’t exist, and honestly, there were not so many people travelling with bikes. With some careful planning, arrival early for check-in and knowing the rules, you could often check your bike for free. Now days, no such luck.
My first exposure to people flying with bikes was a short trip from London to Montpellier in the south of France. While waiting for my suitcase to appear on the belt, and the baggage handlers bought out a couple of touring bikes, literally just wrapped in clear plastic. They’d removed the pedals and taped them to the top-tube; and turned the handlebars sideways and that’s it. Lots of people taking short trips still say this is a safe way to travel since the baggage handlers know they are dealing with a bike and take appropriate care. I’ve never tried it.
Over the years since then I’ve taken more than 40-trips with a bike, including a round the world race trip that culminated in the 2001 ITU World Championships in Edmonton Canada, but started in London, went via Germany, China, Australia and that didn’t go well for my bike. It was left standing on the tarmac at LAX Airport. I had to fly from there to Banff, and Banff to Edmonton. By the time we got confirmation the bike was on its last leg to Edmonton, 2-days later, transition had already closed at the race.
Add to that, standing watching my bike box get pushed out of the front luggage hold on an American Airlines flight in Chicago, when there was no conveyor belt, and it dropped some 40+ feet to the floor; standing waiting for more than an hour for a TSA inspection on an international connecting flight in Miami, and over the years seen and experienced it all.
We really have choices these days, but for some trips you will have only the carrier you are travelling with. I’m going to give you some tips for stress free travel, but first a look at some of the options. For a good description of the options, see bikepacker.com.
Custom Shipping: Defined as the Do-it-yourself method. You pack your bike into a box, go via a freight shipping company like FedEx or UPS, or go with a specialty freight forwarding company.
Specialty Shipping: ship your already packed bike with Bike Flights, Ship My Bike or similar.
Bike courier services: Pick up or drop-off your bike, plus optional gear bag and they’ll deliver it usually right to a race or event. Afterwards they’ll return it the same way. Pro Bike Express, Tri Bike Transport, Race Day Transport etc.
Travel with your bike: You book tickets, usually flights, and check your bike as baggage.
For the remainder of this column I’m going to assume that you are travelling either with a standard road bike, or triathlon bike. There are some fascinating alternatives like fitting a S&S Couplers to your frame so it breaks down into a much smaller space; Bike Friday folding bikes, and special problem of travelling with tandem bikes. Also, I’m not going to cover travelling via train. Frankly I find the options, rules and availability of Amtrak travel with bikes so confusing, I’ve been exhausted trying to work out if it is practical.
With the exception of “Bike courier services”, all the other methods of travelling with bikes almost certainly require a bike box of some sort. Most bike shop will give you a used cardboard box for free or at a nominal fee. FedEx sell a specialty cardboard bike box for $24.99. I currently own 3-types of bike boxes, a SciCon hard-shell box, a SciCon Aero Comfort bag, and a Thule Roundtrip Pro XT soft shell case.
I used a cardboard box for my first trip, but cardboard boxes are really not very strong and often won’t survive a return trip. However, don’t overlook cardboard boxes. I was a sponsor of professional triathlete Jocelyn Wong. Jocelyn not only created her own boxes, but was also creative enough to get them shipped with her for free.
The Scicon hard-shell came with me around the world twice, and without a doubt was the most rugged. I finally stopped using it when American Airlines dropped it 40ft+ and the front of the box ended up with a hole big enough to get your helmet through. My bike though arrived undamaged for my race.
The Scicon Aero Comfort bag was easy to pack, and easy to transport, but I cannot recommend the Mark II bag as it came with cheap wheels that have been easily broken on every trip I’ve taken. SciCon just announced the Mark III and tell me they’ve replaced the wheels with a different design, but that’s not much comfort when you spend $599 on a bike bag.
Deciding to custom ship your bike will depend on a couple of key things. First is your bike going domestic only? Second, are you comfortable doing the bike packing yourself? If the answer to both of these is yes, then this is much more practical now than it used to be.
When shipping this way, the cost will be largely dependent on two factors, size and weight. While it’s tempting to drop everything into the box, don’t. It will cost you a lot more. The biggest challenge you have with custom shipping is where to ship the bike to. Your choices will range from a friend, or bike shop, to a hotel. The one I’ve used when shipping with FedEx, is to ship it to a FedEx location and have it held there until you collect it. There will be no additional charge for this, as long as you collect it within 7-days. Hotels are a good option if you are staying there either before or during the race.
Bike shops are the easiest option. You can pay a bike shop to pack and ship your bike. Colorado Multisport charges $100 to disassemble your bike and pack it into a box, shipping fees vary depending on where you are shipping to.
Custom shipping can be difficult and confusing if you are travelling overseas to a ride, race or training camp. You have to be clear on custom shipping forms that the bike is your “working” or “professional” equipment and will not remain in the country, otherwise it’s likely you’ll also have to pay import duty.
Prices are between $150-$300 depending on the size and weight of the box, and take from 3-10 days. Prices don’t include bike box, or packing fees which will be extra. If you are shipping to a bike shop or hotel they’ll likely also charge additional fees.
This is pretty much the same as custom shipping, except you can use a company that has all the logistics experience and uses their service to negotiate discounts with the major shipping companies. It’s worth checking with your bike shop if you are using their services to pack the bike, if they have discounts with the likes of FedEx and UPS. As with custom shipping, the challenge you have is to find somewhere to ship your bike to. If you are lucky enough to get a homestay for a race or ride, that is an ideal place to ship your bike to. Otherwise, it’s a hotel or bike shop.
Prices vary between $140-$280 for domestic events. Prices don’t include bike box, or packing fees which will be extra. If you are shipping to a bike shop or hotel they’ll likely also charge additional fees.
BIKE COURIER SERVICE
By far the easiest way to travel with a bike, is not to travel with it at all. For both the 2015, 2016 ITU Championship races in Chicago, I elected to go this way. I dropped my bike off with a partner bike shop, they took care of removing the pedals, and I picked it up at the race, raced and dropped it back with the courier service post-race. This seemed expensive at first, and only serves a limited number of races, but is by far the best option.
Compared to airline fees, bike packing and boxing fees, it often works out cheaper in total. PRO BIKE EXPRESS is a local partner and bike courier service for many Colorado stores and athletes. You really have to do very little, beyond delivering your bike to a partner bike shop. The only real downside of this option is the time you have to be without your bike. It’s likely to be gone for 3-weeks or more. Prices are in the range of $260-$350 depending on the service used and the race.
TRAVEL WITH YOUR BIKE
Often, taking your bike with you seems like the easiest option, sometimes it’s the only option. My experience though is it’s the most stressful, and even more so if you are taking a connecting flight. When it comes to what you pay, it’s much simpler than you’d think. BIKES NEVER FLY FOR FREE.
Sure, there are lots of references and claims on the Internet that say people have not been charged to travel with bikes, but the key thing to remember is that is discretionary. Yes, I’ve checked my bike for free more times than I’ve paid for it, and yes, as per Jocelyn Wongs blog posts, there are things you can do to help with this, but for the most part expect to pay $75 with discount airlines (Southwest, Frontier etc.), and $150 with the major airlines (American, United etc.) to check your bike.
The reason the major airlines charge double is that it is more likely you’ll be travelling international, or using connecting flights. Their charges are per trip, not per flight. When I flew from Sydney Australia to Edmonton Canada, it was actually 3-flights, and three airlines and would have been $150.
This brings up another interesting point, the 1929 Montreal Convention. Seriously, it’s a major treaty that unified many of the rules of today’s airline travel. It’s no accident that ALL airlines base their checked baggage fees on two things, weight, 50lbs and under; and size, 62-linear inches and under.
If you can, check your bike under 50lbs and in a box. Length, width, and height added together must be less than 62-inches. If you can, then it can be a standard checked bag. However, for the most part you won’t be able to do this. Even the frame alone for anything more than a very small bike will require a box bigger than this. This is where the S&S Couplers come in as you can break the bike down to fit into standard size luggage.
With all that said, here are my 20-Top Tips for flying with your bike:
Mark Cathcart took up triathlon in the late 90’s to get fit for adventure racing, which to this day he has never done, and has since taken part in 170+ events. His pragmatic approach to training, racing, and life have led him from Chairman of one of the bigger UK Triathlon clubs 15-years ago, to British Triathlon volunteer of the year, to a sometime race organizer, to the organizer and ride leader for Austin, Texas award-winning Jack and Adams triathlon shop, to doing sometime Sports Management for development and professional triathletes, to attending all the Triathlon Business International and Triathlon America conferences (where he usually asks the questions others won’t), to Colorado in 2016. Mark is also a co-owner of Boulder Bodyworker.
University of Colorado student and member of the CU Triathlon team, Phoebe Iguchi was hit by a green pick-up truck on Saturday during a training ride on Monarch road near Tom Watson park northeast of Boulder. The motorist fled the scene and has not been found. Fortunately it appears she will make a full recovery and luckily Matt Miller was right behind her and first on the scene.
Matt Miller, owner of BASE Performance a popular nutrition and supplement brand based in Boulder commented, “Phoebe was face down and crying, devastated as to what was occurring. Her bike was in pieces. One of her cycling shoes was literally 10-15 feet up the road. The impact had knocked the shoe right off of her foot. And yet this guy in the truck fled the scene. It was deplorable. We stayed with Phoebe until the police and ambulance arrived. At that point there was not much else we could do as it was under control.”
Realizing she was going to be ok, Matt said, “Without insurance, thanks to the driver fleeing the scene, and with the triathlon season around the corner, I wanted to help her get back as fast as possible. I quickly got on the phone with companies I work with and they didn’t hesitate to help. Our community is so helpful and fabulous, that’s what I love most about the triathlon community, the people.”
Matt’s efforts resulted in several companies in the triathlon industry helping her replace her bike and helmet. QUINTANA ROO, COBB SADDLES and Denver’s RUDY PROJECT have all committed to getting her back on the road as quickly as she can. CEO of Rudy Project North America, Paul Craig said, “All of us at Rudy Project send our best wishes and prayers to Phoebe for her speedy recovery. To help Phoebe get back on her bike and gear up for the road ahead we will donate 20% off all sales on E-Rudy.com in the month of April using the code PHOEBE at checkout and get a 30% discount.
Phoebe knows it could’ve been a lot worse and said to 303Triathlon, “I just want to thank the triathlon community for all the support they have shown. I also want to take this opportunity to say that I was doing all the right things as a cyclist, yet it doesn’t guarantee safety. Take precautions and invest in a good helmet, mine probably saved my life. As for vehicles, they need to take equal responsibility when sharing the road.”
Longmont Times Call article commenting on IBM security footage of the accident held by Colorado State Patrol here