Weekend Preview: It’s Still Summer in Fruita

Triathlon Events

Friday September 8th

 

Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Fruita


Saturday September 9th

 

XTERRA Fruita

Fruita


IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Women’s Race

Chattanooga, TN


Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Fruita

 


Sunday September 10th

 

Horsetooth Open Water Swim

Ft. Collins


IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships: Men’s Race

Chattanooga, TN


Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Fruita



Cycling Events

Thursday Septembr 7th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Ladies Only: Intro to CX Info Night

Golden


Saturday September 9th

 

Golden GiddyUp

Golden


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #3

Steamboat Springs


Nederland X

Nederland


Cougar Slayer

Nederland


13th Annual Vapor Trail 125

Salida


First Aide for Mountain Bikers

Golden


SMC Fall Classic

Summit County


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 2 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Sunday September 10th

 

Buffalo Bicycle Classic

Boulder


Shimano Series CX: Harlow Platts

Boulder


Colorado League Race #2: South Conference

Leadville


Colorado League Race #2: North Conference

Steamboat Springs


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #3

Steamboat Springs


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


13th Annual Vapor Trail 125

Salida


Golden GiddyUp

Golden

Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Your Next Triathlon Road Trip – The Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

There is a great triathlon opportunity still on the horizon, not on the front-range, but instead in Grand Junction. Itching to try some roads and trails. Maybe a little road trip?

Gather up your family or a group of friends and head west for the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival located at Highline State Park near Fruita, CO on September 8-10, 2017.

This unique festival offers XTERRA, Sprint and Olympic options for your choosing plus lakeside camping for the whole gang. Once you’ve raced, let the adventure continue with world-class mountain biking, road riding, hiking, climbing, SUP, rafting or wine tasting.

Just feel like relaxing after your race? Take a drive over the Colorado National Monument with the family then grab pizza at the infamous Hot Tomato or hit downtown Grand Junction for brews and other great dining options. You’ll even have the chance to get the last of the mouth-watering Palisade peaches, a refreshing reward for all that activity.

For a complete guide on all the activities available in the Grand Valley, visit http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/.

Triathletes may choose between an XTERRA Tri on Saturday or your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road tri’s on Sunday. Camping is available on-site at Highline State Park for $30 per night. Sites are just 100 yards from the transition and the start/finish areas. If camping isn’t your thing, there are a number of hotels in the Fruita area, just a 15 minute drive from the race site.

About the Races

The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim, a 50 meter run on the beach and another 600 meter swim in the waters of Highline Lake. Then you’re off on a 13 mile ride on a course that mixes single and double track. And finally, you’ll finish off with a scenic and interesting 4.5 mile run. The XTERRA Sprint is also available, offering a 600m swim, 7.5 mile ride and 2.8 mile run.

This is the 6th year for the Sprint & Olympic triathlons, taking place on Sunday. Both races feature some of the best road courses you will find in Colorado.
For course maps, race schedules and registration info, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8482

Weekend Preview: Let’s Have Some Fun!

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

TEAM EVENTS:
1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers

 

NEW THIS YEAR! PRIZE MONEY
August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only

 

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!


XTERRA Aspen Valley

Aspen


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100

Leadville


Sunday August 20th

 

Evergreen Kids Triathlon 

Evergreen



Cycling Events

Thursday August 17th

 

REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie

 

BVV Welcomes their newest sponsor, Wheels Manufacturing.

There will be prizes for cyclists from University Bikes, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Oskar Blues, their own Wheels Mfg site and more. This is a fun venue to spectate, bring a picnic dinner and socialize!  Free entry for spectators.

DUST2: Shaeffer’s Track

Pagosa Springs


Saturday August 19th

 

Wacky Bike Ride

Larkspur

 

The Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cycling event to encourage fitness and fun. With five rides to choose from and money from each registration benefiting Project ReCycle, the Wacky Bike Ride is a no-brainer way to spend a Sunday in Colorado.

ALL NEW COURSE surrounded by tall pine trees and beautiful views of Pikes peak. This is not the same old Wacky with the 33, 62, and 100 mile courses taking part in the KOM/QOM Strava challenge as riders climb up Tomah as they are cheered on by the crowd. Although it is called the “Wacky”, it is not for the faint of heart with elevation gains of 2,100 on the 33 mile course, 4,225 on the 62 mile and 6,263 on the 100 mile courses.


I Was Never Afraid: Book Signing by Scott Sweeney

Barnes & Noble, Glendale 10am – noon

Thorncreek Barnes & Noble, Thornton, 2-4pm

 

I am very excited to announce the release of my next novel I WAS NEVER AFRAID. . This suspense/thriller has a bit of a twist. A mysterious character in the fiction portion of the book is revealed in a post book biography. ~ I was inspired to create this character from an amazing person that resided in Denver CO.  Becky Wilson’s heroic feet back in 1967 propelled her into the record books, brought her tickertape parades and newspaper articles across the country.  Sadly over time her accomplishment seemed to have faded and been forgotten.   I hope this book will change that!


3rd Annual Food Rescue Ride

Aurora


BVV Track TT Colorado State Championships

Erie


Modern Market Criterium and Intergalactic Single Speed Championships

Aurora


WP Epic Singletrack: King of the Rockies

Winter Park


DUST2: Sewell’s Pursuit

Pagosa Springs


 

Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Sunday August 20th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


USAFA Road Race

Colorado Springs



 

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

TEAM EVENTS:
1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers

 

NEW THIS YEAR! PRIZE MONEY
August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only

 

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!


XTERRA Aspen Valley

Aspen


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100

Leadville


Sunday August 20th

 

Evergreen Kids Triathlon 

Evergreen

Becky Piper – Paralyzed on right side, completes Ironman 70.3 Boulder

“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid to not try.”
That’s Becky Piper‘s motto.

Yesterday, Becky was able to check another monstrous goal off her list – the Boulder Ironman 70.3.

A tremendous achievement for any able-bodied soul, Becky had to work harder than most, both physically and mentally, because she is paralyzed on her right side.
Just four years ago she was an accomplished runner and XTERRA athlete, living in Guam with her husband Sam, stationed in the military there. During a home invasion, she was beaten, and according to doctors, was with an hour of dying. But she didn’t die. She survived, and learned to talk and eat and walk again.
She GOT BACK UP.
In June, 303 reported on Becky’s “comeback” off-road triathlon at XTERRA Lory:
Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

We followed her closely yesterday as she tackled the next goal on her list, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder.
303’s Para-Tri ambassador Sasha Underwood is a close friend of Becky’s, and frequent training partner and guide. She was at every turn of Saturday’s race, and was overwhelmed with pride and emotion as Becky hit each milestone.

Becky is everything I strive to be; sheer grit, tenacious, positive, gracious, kind, courageous, strong, an amazing sense of humor, and she’ll probably kill me for saying this but she is inspiring – but not because she has a disability .. it’s because she finds a way to do anything and everything whether it’s racing, or becoming a USAT coach, she doesn’t accept “no” or “can’t” and nothing can stop her.

Sasha captured these pivotal moments of Becky being carried out of the water by her husband, and the crowning moment of crossing the finish line, just behind the similarly-inspiring story of Team Agar.
Swim exit video:

Finish video

Read today’s Times-Call article for more on Becky Piper, including the special Allard Brace she uses, her husband’s tough love, and this observation:


Becky Piper said she hopes news of her first Ironman 70.3 reaches someone who is living with a mobility issue.

“I just want to get the word out that if you have foot drop, then your life and your quality of life isn’t over,” she said. “There’s tools out there and there is technology out there to improve your quality of life. And not to give up. Don’t give up.”

 

 

Weekend Preview: Cooler Weather, Fun Stuff

Triathlon Events

Thursday August 3rd

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder


Saturday August 5th

 

XTERRA Indian Peaks

Eldora


IRONMAN Boulder 70.3

Boulder


10th Annual Bec Tri

Avon


14th Annual Durango Parks & Rec Triathlon

Durango


USAT Youth & Junior National Championships

West Chester, Ohio


Sunday August 6th

 

Tri for the Cure

Cherry Creek State Park


USAT Youth & Junior National Championships

West Chester, Ohio

 

Mark Your Calendars:

Monday August 7th

Premiere of the film Le Ride, Century Theater, Denver

Phil Keoghan host of 17 time Emmy awarding winning show Amazing Race on CBS and his friend Ben decided to honor the first ever English speaking team in the Tour de France – A New Zealand rider and 3 Australian riders who raced the brutal 1928 edition. They use the same style bikes and much of the same equipment and cover over 3300 miles stage by stage.

 



Cycling Events

Thursday August 3rd

 

REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Friday August 4th

 

USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Saturday August 5th

 

VIDA MTB Clinic

Snowmass


Stonewall Century Ride

Le Veta, Co


Copper Triangle

Copper Mtn


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #2

Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co


WP Epic Singletrack – Point to Point

Winter Park


The Mountains Revenge

Montezuma


Colorado Park 2 Park Challenge

Denver


Littleton Twilight Criterium

Littleton


Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills Clinic: Level 1

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills Clinic: Level 2

Boulder


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Sunday August 6th

 

Ride Like a Girl

Golden

 

Ride Like a Girl: 1st Annual Colorado Women’s Ride Day

Celebrating women cyclists with women-led road & mountain bike rides for all abilities

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, a roadie or mountain biker, join us for one of four fun women-led rides. Return from the ride to a fabulous brunch featuring sweet and savory crepes.

First 75 registered receive a “Ride Like a Girl” glass! Prizes, give-aways, swag and more for all attendees!

Portion of proceeds benefit Dirt Divas, a great resource for women’s riding clinics and much more!


Mike Nields Memorial Bannock St. Criterium

Denver


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #2

Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co


VIDA MTB Clinic

Snowmass


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca

Weekend Preview: It’s an OWS Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 27th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 29th

 

Rueter-Hess OWS

Parker


Carter Lake Crossing

Loveland


BAM Swim

Boulder


Reverse Indoor Tryathlon #3

Lone Tree


Sunday July 30th

 

Outdoor Diva Sprint Tri

Longmont


Legend Rocky Mountain Tri – CANCELLED


Mark Your Calendar

Saturday August 5th

XTERRA Indian Peaks returns to Eldora.  After a 3 year detour over the Continental Divide to Snow Mountain Ranch the very popular XTERRA Indian Peak off road triathlon is returning to the Eldora Mountain Resort on August 5th.

The adventure begins with a chilly 1000m swim in Peterson Lake and after a 600 uphill run to the transition area competitors will head off on a 2 loop 23km bike on the trails of the Eldora Nordic Center.  This bike course offers a bit of everything, dirt road, double track, tight descents, muddy climbs, singletrack and a bit of no track.  After dismounting the bike the athletes will embark on what many call the best XTERRA run course out there.  This 4 mile run is a true trail challenge with steep climbs, singletrack and primitive trails that will put the hurt on even the most seasoned pro.



Cycling Events

Thursday July 27th

 

BVSC Bike Ed Program

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie


REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Friday July 28th

 

Pastries on the Path

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Saturday July 29th

 

Denver to Aspen Classic

Denver


14th Annual Grin & Barrett Charity Ride

Montrose


Breck 100

Breckenridge


Laramie Enduro

Laramie, Wy


DUST2: Bush’s Pump Track

Pagosa Springs


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 Mtb Skills Clinic

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Sunday July 30th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs

Weekend Preview: Here’s the Latest

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 13th

 

Stroke and Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 15th

 

Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

Offering 1,2 and 3 mile swims.  Individual and team events, wetsuit and non wetsuit options.  The Bare Bones OWS is a great way to get in a longer swim on a supported course.

Register now, there is NO RACE DAY registration.


Frisco Triathlon

Frisco


XTERRA Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek



Cycling Events

Thursday July 13th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday July 14th

 

TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Saturday July 15th

 

Tour of Colorado – Lead-Breck Gran Fondo


Bob Cook Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb

Idaho Springs


Durango Dirty Century

Durango


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Sunday July 16th

 

Boulder Orthopedics Criterium

Golden


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM

 

 

Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

By Sasha Underwood

Several years ago Becky Piper was attacked while living in Guam by would be armed robbers, severely beaten with a gun and left to die. Local naval doctors immediately evacuated her to San Diego for treatment. She is now partially paralyzed. Yesterday she completed Xterra Lory. What happened in between is remarkable and brought tears to my eyes watching her finish knowing all that she went through to even compete.  You can read about her account HERE.

Prior to the attack, Becky was an ultra-marathon runner. A friend of hers had mentioned the Xterra in Guam and essentially challenged her by saying because he was a guy he would be faster than her and would beat her time – which ignited a small fire in her. She trained and completed the 2013 Xterra Guam, finishing 2nd in her age group and qualified for the Xterra National Championships.  Oh, and her friend, did not even start because he didn’t train.

Shortly after that she was attacked.  When she finally emerged from her coma weeks later and barely started talking, she asked the doctors if she could resume racing. They explained that her paralysis may be permanent – to which she replied, “Ok, well that’s why there’s a Para Athlete division!” After spending some time with her I can only imagine her saying that in a matter-of-fact, upbeat, genuine way with that huge Becky smile of hers!

She is now paralyzed on her right side and uses a brace to walk. Within the past three years, she has become a USAT Coach with Team MPI, and she completed two sprint triathlons last year. Check out her accomplishments on her Facebook page!

When we met last year, I asked if she would be doing Xterra’s again. She explained that she would like to but wasn’t sure of which one would be suitable for her. I immediately thought of Xterra Lory – it’s such a great course for beginners and experts alike. A flowy bike course with a great climb of a run.

She signed up for Xterra Lory at the beginning of this year. I mentioned how I love that race but I can’t run anymore since my hip surgery in November, to which she replied, “then walk! I’m doing it!” Of course I signed up after that. Originally I was going to race the swim and bike portion and have my mom do the run.

Becky was nervous about the bike portion. She pre-rode the course a couple times and a few days before the race I asked her if she would feel more confident if I rode behind her on the bike course. She loved that idea so I planned to stay with her the entire race.

The Swim:

We put on our wetsuits to go do a quick practice swim. It was the first open water swim of the year for both of us – nothing like waiting until race day! Anna, Becky’s transition handler, and Sam, Becky’s husband, helped Becky into her wetsuit. The best part was watching them lift Becky up by either side and try to shake her into her wetsuit! I REALLY wish I had taken a picture of that!

The entrance to the lake was slick and muddy and several athletes slipped while entering. It was a good time to discuss a strategy for Anna to help Becky out of the water when she finished. The water was chilly and both Becky and I had a little cold water shock panic when we put our face in the water.  We were in wave seven so we had plenty of time to practice. By the second wave we were comfortable and I tried to stay slightly to her right and in front of her so she could follow me.

We finished faster than her projected time in under 30minutes!

The Bike:

Sam modified Becky’s bike so all of the shifters and brakes are on the left side. In addition, her bike is a full suspension, more of a down-hill, slack geometry and has a 27.5 wheel on the front with a 26 wheel on the back. Becky can’t stand up to get over obstacles or downhill sections so the wheels and geometry of the bike help put her in a better position to ride that type of terrain.

I had so much fun riding with her! Becky had named many sections of the bike course from pre-riding it. The first section she named ‘Bridges Galore’ (but later renamed it to ‘Why Will Becky’s Foot Not Stay On the Pedal’). Next came ‘Where Becky Endo’d’. Then ‘Holy Crap! Look At All the Uphill!’ And last but not least, ‘The Part I Only Saw Once Because the Other Time I got a Flat Tire.’

This girl would fall over, get back up, and do it again. Over, and over, and over again. I was so impressed with her tenacity and perseverance – all the while with a ginormous smile on her face. At one point she fell over, threw her arm up and with a grin from ear to ear said, “ta-dah!” I’m so glad I was there to help out when I could and put her foot back into her unruly pedal. By the end of the bike we pretty much had that down to a science.

Her family and friends were waiting for her at the bike finish cheering with excitement. Anna and Sam helped her transition, changing her biking brace to her running brace made with carbon fiber which is more comfortable and allows better mobility for hiking.

The Run:

I originally was going to do the run with Becky but I forgot my running shoes. Fortunately my mom, who was already planning to run, ran with her instead.  Becky described her run as an attempt to get over rocks. She fell a few times, ended up with a mysterious scrape down her entire length of her arm, and has a bruised and skinned knee… but she did it. She explained that my mom gasped the first time she fell but by the 5th time she was unphased. That’s just what happens. You fall, and then you just get back up.

Becky’s friends and family ran with her through the last 200 yards leading up to the finisher’s chute. I personally could not hold back the tears of joy, knowing what I know about Becky, knowing how meaningful it is to train and overcome obstacles and push through no matter the odds or what life throws at you… knowing what it feels like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, 10k, Marathon and Ironman… the feeling is the same and I couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Looking around there was not a dry eye among us.

Becky is incredibly motivating, inspiring and her up-beat, nothing-can-get-me-down attitude is infectious. I am honored to have raced with her and call her my friend. I look forward to watching her race the Boulder Half Ironman in August!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Preview: IRONMAN Boulder Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 8th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Meet Kyle & Brent Pease and Get Inspired

Golden


Storytime with Mike Riley

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

IM Boulder Opening Ceremonies

City Park Bandshell, Boulder


Saturday June 10th

 

United Health Care IRONKIDS Fun Run

Boulder High School, Boulder


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Sunday June 11th

 

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder


IRONMAN Boulder Watch Party

Boulder Reservoir


XTERRA Lory Pre-ride

Lory St. Park, Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Athena & Clydesdale National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Cycling Events

Thursday June 8th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Haute Route Recon

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

MTN Enduro

Vail


Saturday June 10th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

 

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

 

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Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


WP Epic Single Track Granby Ranch XC

Winter Park


Salida Big Friggin’ Loop

Salida


Best on Hess

Castle Pines


Take a Kid MTN Biking Day

Boulder


Sunday June 11th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

Face book page here


Death Ride Challenge

Durango


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


Ridge on 38 Criterium and Beerfest

Wheat Ridge


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


BRAC Level 2 Junior Camp

Golden


Art by Bike Tour of Loveland

Loveland


Ibis Demo at Full Cycle

Boulder

XTERRA Beaver Creek & XTERRA Sprint

Avon

 

The race will serve as a qualifier for the 2017 XTERRA World Championship, a gold level XTERRA Pan American Tour stop and a 100-point level XTERRA America Tour championship race.

The event will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes. For amateurs, there will be 51 spots into the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 29 in Maui up-for-grabs.

 

Event details and registration here