Weekend Preview: Get Your Fix

Triathlon Events

Friday April 21st

 

2017 USAT High School Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


 

Saturday April 22nd

 

2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Team Colorado Weekly Ride

Tom Watson Park, Boulder


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Three Creeks Half Marathon

Cherry Creek State Park



Cycling Events

Saturday April 22nd

 

Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Clasica de Rio Grande

Johnstown


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Louisville Criterium

Louisville

 

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!


BRAC Women’s Mentoring Clinic

Louisville

 

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!


GiddyUP! Film Tour

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.


Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango

 

Tri Coach Tuesday: Ladies, 5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Mountain Bike

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

Weekend Preview: Get Ready to Swim

Triathlon Events

Friday April 14th

 

OWS Panel Discussion

Highlands Ranch

 

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



 

Cycling Events

Saturday April 15th

 

Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Clinic

Boulder

 

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.

 


East Side Epic

Leadville

 


Front Range Classic

Colorado Springs

 


Gravelanche Series Ride #2, The Golden Egg Ride

Boulder

 


Sunday April 16th

 

Front Range Classic

Colorado Springs

 

Cleveland Selected for 2018-19 USAT National Championships

From USA Triathlon

CLEVELAND SELECTED AS HOST CITY FOR 2018-19 USA TRIATHLON AGE GROUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2018 Age Group National Championships are set for Aug. 11-12.

CLEVELAND – USA Triathlon, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, today announced that Cleveland has been selected as the host city for the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. The 2018 event will take place from Aug. 11-12 at Edgewater Beach Park and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Cleveland.

As USA Triathlon’s largest annual event, the Age Group National Championships typically attract nearly 5,000 athletes and 10,000 spectators.

“USA Triathlon will be proud to bring our nation’s most dedicated triathletes to Cleveland, a city with a rich sporting history and countless attractions,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach. “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment of the city, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks, and we look forward to excellent championship events in 2018 and 2019.”

Colorado Mesa U adds Triathlon to Varsity Collegiate Sports

Colorado Mesa adds men’s and women’s triathlon to sports stable

From Grand Junction Sentinel

Yes, triathlon is a collegiate sport.

And yes, Colorado Mesa is getting in on the ground floor. The Mavericks will offer men’s and women’s triathlon next fall, the first college in Colorado to offer the emerging sport.

Triathlon will bring CMU’s number of varsity sports to 26.

Only 16 other schools across the nation offer the sport now, said Tom Spicer, CMU’s athletic director, and when 40 schools field teams, it can become an NCAA championship sport. USA Triathlon currently runs a collegiate championship.

The Mavericks hope to have 6-8 student-athletes per team next fall, and Geoff Hanson, CMU’s swim coach who will coach the triathletes, said he’s already had one senior swimmer talk to him about using his fifth year of eligibility to compete in triathlon.

“It’s more common than you think,” Hanson said of swimmers jumping into triathlon, as well as track athletes and cyclists crossing over. “It’s a way to keep swimming and a way to stay in shape, and adding other sports.

“There’s a big base of talent in the Front Range, Phoenix, a lot of youth triathlons. It’s a matter of getting the word out to some of these folks.”

Read the full article

Read the CMU story

Do you Strava? Join Team Colorado & win prizes!

Boulder, Colorado, USA – Mike Ricci & Jim Hallberg: D3 Multisport

Author: Bill Plock

Do you Strava? Yet another verb in our language morphing from a website (i.e. googling). Join the Team Colorado Strava group and you can be eligible to win prizes for completing the D3 Multisport segment within the Ironman Boulder bike route. The segment essentially starts at 63rd and Nelson Rd., heads West to highway 36, then North to St. Vrain and East to 65th and south back to Nelson Rd.

D3 and some of their partners including; Rudy Project, Infinit, Colorado Nutrition, Pro Bike Express, and Lock Laces will be giving away products to athletes who complete the D3 segment in the month of April. You need to join the Team Colorado Strava group to be eligible—and ride your bike between Arpil 7th and April 30th—that’s it! Click here to join

This isn’t about coveted KOM or QOM’s (king and queen of the mountain) but rather participating. Team Colorado is initiative started by Ironman Boulder to build a stronger community feel at their race in June. It’s morphing to be an inclusive group encouraging athletes to be more engaging and have fun training. All clubs, athletes, groups and individuals are welcome at events.

Most of the prizes will be given at the Team Colorado picnic scheduled for Sunday afternoon on April 30th at the Ironman office/warehouse in Louisville. There, food and beverages will be available along with some great advice from experts of D3 Multisport along with other fun events and a chance to see some of the behind the scene happenings on how a triathlon is put together. The Ironman warehouse in Boulder is the staging place for everything needed for all of their North American events. Families will be encourage to join the picnic!

Weekend Preview: Great Spring Weekend

Triathlon Events

Friday April 7th

 

2nd Annual Vixxen Racing Soiree and Silent Auction

Boulder

 

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!


 

The FAST Lab: Ladies Night Out

Centennial


Saturday April 8th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado Ride

Ft. Collins

 

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!

 



 

Cycling Events

Friday April 7th

 

BikeDenver Rockies Opening Day Event

Denver


Saturday April 8th

 

Boulder Roubaix

Boulder

 


Sunday April 9th

 

CU Discovery Criterium

Boulder

Preparing for the Dash N Dine 5k

By Cheri Felix

I’m in Utah somewhere in between nowhere and somewhere. I was sitting at the only coffee shop for miles (that resides in someone’s house) when a climber asked me “Are you a runner?” I paused and said “Yes.” For some reason I felt the need to add that I usually self identify as a mountain biker, but yes, I am a runner too. It was my Hokas that gave it away. That and probably the shorts and the socks. The whole combination. I share this tale as an example that we all feel a little out of place sometimes. We all feel like we don’t quite fit or belong or know what we are doing. So this week I will offer my very novice advice for preparing for the Dash & Dine 5k Run Series.

5k is the Euro way of saying 3.1 miles, and most of us can get through 3.1 miles. Even with some walking or slow swaying or crawling. One thing you should know is that (in my experience) running with a bunch of people makes it go faster. You will probably run faster in an organized run.

What should you do to prepare?

Well, if you’re like me, practice running for 3.1 without stopping or only stopping at mile intervals. If you’re new to running or out of shape like most normal human beings in March, walk at the 1/2 mile mark. For me, it means NOT stopping to take pictures I can post later on social media. Do not worry about timing yourself. Just run. ADVICE: The first mile kind of sucks for most of us. It’s like cleaning the kitchen or cleaning out your car or going through your kid’s room; it’s hard to start but after a bit, something clicks. I am not promising hearts, flowers and unicorns but it will get better.

You can also do the run/walk or walk/run thing. Lots of really smart people recommend that strategy as a training tool. Another of the my favorite strategies just in case you are busy working, taking care of the kids, keeping the boss happy, trying not to stress about if you have enough in savings or just have a busy life, is to just show up. Show up and run and watch the magic unfold. If you tried this strategy with the SAT’s, don’t worry. This will be better.

In the 5k, pace yourself.

On that first mile you may want to go out fast but resist that temptation. Make it your goal to make each mile a bit faster. Even if it’s by 5 seconds. If you go out too fast it’s akin to saying yes to a blind date you haven’t googled; you may get in over your head real fast. The last part (where you can smell the finish) is downhill. Running downhill is still running. Save some for that last part and try to surge a bit or just finish with (or without) dignity.

The Dash & Dine 5k Run Series is a training tool for the Bolder Boulder but it’s also an opportunity to push yourself in an inclusive setting. I will never be the fastest woman out there, but I will be out there. I can’t let fear of being last or in the middle hold me back. And neither should you. And remember, you are what you say you are. If you call yourself a runner, you’re a runner. No need to add words like “just” or “only”. Come out for the first Dash & Dine 5k Run Series on Tuesday, April 11. We’ll be having fun. One way or another.

See you soon!

[Editor’s notes: Stopping to take pictures for your social feed is a perfectly acceptable reason to stop, walk and take in the views during your run. There are special random awards planned for the real runners in the pack that may finish in say, in 45th place.]

The Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports : No More Grease Stains on My Carpet When I Change a Tire?

By Alison Freeman

You know when you’ve been struggling with something over and over and over again, and you get so used to clunky and difficult and annoying that you never pick your head up to think about alternative solutions? That pretty much describes me, in my basement, swapping out trainer tire for outdoor tire for trainer tire for outdoor tire, getting chain grease all over the carpet, and just assuming that this is how it’s done. And then I learned about the Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports.
TAAAHHH-DAAAHHH!!! Light bulb does not even begin to describe it.

WHAT IS IT?
The Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports  is a bike work and wash stand. Unlike the work stands that you often see at your local bike shop that use a seat post or top tube clamp to hold your bike, the Sprint Work Stand uses a fork mount to secure and stabilize your baby. I mean bike.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
For starters, I am now convinced that anyone who does any work on their own bike – tire changes included – should own a work stand. If my grease-on-the-carpet story didn’t resonate with you, how about the fact that my race wheels stayed on my bike for 8 weeks because there wasn’t a day warm enough to pop my bike on my car’s bike rack and swap out wheels. Does that sound familiar? Now just imagine changing wheels and mounting rear bottle cages, all in the comfort and warmth of your house – without getting grease everywhere. SOLD, right?

Glad that we’re on the same page. So, then, the reason that you want the Sprint Stand specifically is because, since it uses a fork mount, you don’t have to stress about the top tube shape of this bike and the seat post shape of that bike and is there any one stand that will work with all of my bikes? Yes! The Sprint Work Stand. DOUBLE SOLD!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Sprint Stand is a cinch to use. Even though I only glanced at the directions the first time I whipped it out to change my daughter’s tire, I had it set up in just a minute or two. The stand uses four clamps similar to the clamps on your bike’s seat post to manage the entire setup and breakdown process, which makes everything quick and easy.

You open one clamp to expand the tripod base, a few others to adjust the height of the stand, and then there’s a nifty clamp to lock the horizontal mounting bar in place. Just like that, the stand is set up. To mount your bike, you simply remove the front wheel and throw it on the fork mount using one of the three provided skewers and their accompanying spacers. The fork mount has a slide adjustment, so once your bike is mounted you can easily slip the fork mount forward or backward so that your bottom bracket rests on the rubber base.

Once you’ve got your bike mounted, you can rotate it 360 degrees to provide easy access to whichever part of your bike you’re working on. In just a few weeks, I’ve used it to change tires, swap out wheels, wash my bike and un-attach my rear bottle system. Previously I would’ve attempted this with my bike either on the car’s bike rack or leaning against the wall in my basement, neither of which provides the same access or stability as the Sprint Work Stand. My bike was super sturdy once cinched into the fork mount and, with the rotation and adjustable height, I could easily get to anything I wanted to work on. The only two drawbacks were that my hands still got greasy dealing with my chain (granted, that’s totally a user error thing) and that you can’t adjust the front brakes on the stand since the front wheel isn’t on your bike. It’s easy enough to adjust those brakes once you pop the wheel back on, though, so it’s really not a big deal.

Once you’re done working on your bike, the stand folds down more easily and quickly than it sets up, and collapses into a compact unit that you can easily tuck away in your garage or the corner of your pain cave. It’s only been a couple of weeks, I’ve already used it several times, and I really don’t know how or why I managed to go this long without scooping one up.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The Sprint Work Stand is available direct through Feedback Sports for $269.99 plus tax and shipping.