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!
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.
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?
COLLEGIATE CLUB AND HIGH SCHOOL TRIATHLETES TO RACE FOR NATIONAL TITLES IN TUSCALOOSA NEXT WEEK
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The nation’s top collegiate club and high school triathletes will compete for national titles starting next Friday at the 2017 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, from April 21-22.
More than 1,300 collegiate athletes from 120 clubs and more than 130 high school triathletes are set to race.
The action begins Friday at 8:15 a.m. with the fifth-annual Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships, where athletes will compete over a 750-meter swim, five-lap, 20.2-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course. The collegiate men will race first, followed by the collegiate women at 10 a.m.
Also on the docket for Friday is the second annual High School National Championships. Athletes will compete in sprint-distance event featuring a 750m swim, three-lap, non-drafting 20.25k bike and 5k run course. The boys’ high school race will begin at 12 p.m., and the girls’ race will follow at 1 p.m. The High School Nationals race was contested for the first time last year in Clemson, South Carolina.
Racing continues on Saturday with the marquee Collegiate Club National Championships Olympic-distance race, which has long been a staple of the Collegiate Club Nationals program. Athletes will cover a 1,500m swim, non-drafting 40k bike, 10k run course, with the men starting at 7:30 a.m. and women starting at 10:20 a.m.
The weekend concludes with the Collegiate Mixed Team Relay on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Teams are comprised of four athletes (two men and two women), with each athlete covering a 300m swim, 5.9k bike, 1.6k run course. The Mixed Team Relay event will also feature up to 10 alumni teams.
For all races, athletes will swim in Black Warrior River, bike and run on Jack Warner Parkway, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk and surrounding roads, and finish at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
Qualified athletes may compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the overall team scores. Winners of individual races, as well as all team standings, will be announced at the award ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m. on April 22 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The Awards Ceremony will also recognize the fastest swim, bike and run splits from the Olympic-distance collegiate race.
The 2017 Collegiate Club & High School National Championships will be the first event to utilize USA Triathlon’s new National Events App. The app, which features athlete tracking, event schedules, selfie filters and more, is available now for free download on iPhone and Android devices. For more information, visit usatriathlon.org/eventsapp.
Multisport fans can also follow the action on USA Triathlon’s live blog at usatriathlon.org/usatcn17coverage. Event coverage will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the draft-legal sprint, high school and Olympic-distance events.
The University of Colorado has earned the Collegiate Club Nationals title for the past seven years and returns as the defending champion of the overall team title. Colorado also earned the men’s team title in 2016, while UCLA picked up the women’s team title for the third straight year.
Colorado’s Brittany Warly (women’s) and Penn State’s Mike Meehan (men’s) picked up individual wins last year in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. Erica Clevenger of the University of Arizona earned the women’s Olympic-distance collegiate title, while Meehan took his second national title in as many days in the Olympic-distance event. Led by 2015 Collegiate Nationals champion Kelly Kosmo, UCLA earned the Mixed-Team Relay title.
Taylor Knibb (girls’) and Jake Baugher (boys’) were the inaugural high school national champions in 2016, while Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club earned the high school club title.
A list of all collegiate club and high school competitors is available at usatriathlon.org.
Tuscaloosa is a familiar city for USA Triathlon, as it previously hosted both Collegiate Nationals in 2011 and 2012, and Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010.
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.
CLEVELAND SELECTED AS HOST CITY FOR 2018-19 USA TRIATHLON AGE GROUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.”
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.”
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!