Boulder Sunset Triathlon

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Join us at the Boulder Reservoir for the 11th annual Boulder Sunset Triathlon, the third race in our Boulder, Colorado triathlon series! This is where it all started for Your Cause Sports. This race has grown to be a local favorite due to its later start, and will sell out in early August at 1,200 athletes. For the 4th year in a row, the Boulder Sunset Olympic Distance will be a Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference race. The Duathlon will continue to be part of the USAT Duathlon Race Series. So come race in one of Colorado’s best triathlons and see for yourself why this is a must-do race in 2017! With a Sprint, Olympic, Duathlon and 5K & 10K run, we guarantee a fun day for the entire family.

 

Child care offered by PRKids

 

Event details and registration here

Report: Boulder’s Newton Running cofounder out, reorg underway

The Newton Running Store is shown here on Pearl Street in this file photo. ( Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer )

From the Times Call

Newton Running, which abruptly closed its flagship Pearl Street Mall store last month, has launched a major reorganization which includes the departure of its cofounder Danny Abshire, according to a report in Runner’s World.

The report was confirmed by company spokesman Michael Doyle.

Doyle said cofounder and investor Jerry Lee has returned to lead the venture as chairman of the board temporarily.

“We don’t know what the long-term plan is,” said Doyle, but he confirmed that the company’s primary financial backer, Fireman Capital Partners, is no longer involved and that company executives are in the process of forming a new investor group.

The Daily Camera reported the store closure March 31.

“the street retail scene proved a tough one to make profitable”

Read the full story

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

Boulder Coach Neal Henderson on Babbitville Radio

“Combination of the practical and scientific application in working with athletes to help them be better, be faster, be able to do what they do healthier and more sustainably.”

Coach Neal joined Bob Babbitt on Babbitville radio discussing topics such as Leomo, coaching methodology, the hour record, and much more!

Neal Henderson