Most likeable guy in triathlon? Longmont’s Tyler Butterfield talks with 303Radio about KONA

303Radio‘s Bill Plock interviewed Tyler Butterfield – one of the most likeable guys in pro triathlon. From his youth in Bermuda to his new hobby farm in Longmont, the guy is nothing but friendly from all angles. He has huge respect for his fellow competitors, is humble in his accomplishments, entirely devoted to his family, grateful to his parents and sponsors, and remembers every name his 6-year-old daughter gave to their herd of adorable pet goats (with a seemingly princess theme)… Headed to #Kona, he just might land on the podium again. We’ll be watching and cheering for sure.  (Photo by Bill Plock)


Longmont Business tells Ironman 70.3 Boulder to “Go To Hell” in very public manner

Raul Bustamante. co-owner of United Wood Products Inc. along the Diagonal Highway, hung this sign on his truck to protest the limited access to his business during the Ironman 70.3 race on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

From the Daily Camera

The co-owner of a Longmont wood processing yard told the Ironman 70.3 to go to hell this weekend — in big, red letters.

Raul Bustamante is the co-owner of United Wood Products Inc. along the Diagonal Highway between Airport Road and Niwot Road. Bustamante grew frustrated last year when use of the highway for the Ironman 70.3 half-triathlon made access to his business appear nearly impossible.

This year, Bustamante reached out to local law enforcement asking whether a sign could be put out letting passersby know local businesses along the road would still be open during the race. After chatting with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol, Bustamante felt reassured that this would be a simple fix.

But when he called to double check with Ironman race organizers that everything was set, his frustrations ballooned.

Read the full story

Silver Creek HS Raptor Run 5k



Be a part of this great inaugural event.

Come out and support one of Longmont’s great high school communities.  The Raptor Run is a fun, family friendly course in south Longmont.  The course runs on neighborhood streets never crossing a significant road!


All proceeds will fund the Raptor Athletic Booster Club (RABC) which provides additional funding for student athletic program needs, After Prom events, Homecoming as well as grants for student projects and other facility need.


Event details and registration here

Longmont Try-a-Tri

Are you new to the sport of Triathlon, recovering from injuries, just getting into shape, learning how to swim, bike, and run (all together or learning a new skill), and a full sprint distance triathlon would be a bit too much? Then, the Longmont Try-a-Tri (super-sprint triathlon distance) is the right Triathlon for you to take on!

The Longmont Try-a-Tri is not about what place you finish in, it is about having fun while finishing a TRIATHLON!


  • Swim – 200 yards
  • Bike – 4.5 miles – 3x around the bike course
  • Run – 2K (1.2 miles) – an out and back course on the side walk and bike path

13th Annual Longmont Kids Only Tri

Has your child expressed an interest in participating in a Triathlon? The Longmont Kids’ Only Triathlon is geared for all abilities of youth; from beginner, to recreational, to competitive.

Kids 6-10, Swim 100 yards, Bike 3 miles, Run 0.6 miles

Kids 11-12, Swim 200 yards, Bike 6 miles, Run 1.2 miles

Kids 13-17, Swim 400 yards, Bike 6 miles, Run 2.0 miles


Winter Sprinter Swim Meet

Sunday Feb. 12

Centennial Pool, Longmont


Join us for a morning of competition and camaraderie!  Swimming distances will range from 50 to 500 yards in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley. Create your own relays on the day of the event! You can swim up to 5 individual events and 2 relays.


Register EARLY!  Winter Sprinter is capped at 100 Swimmers!


Event details and registration here


REEB Cycles, The Bike Shop at CyclHops

by Bill Plock


What would you do if your bike was stolen and never to be found? Probably go get a new one right? Well not Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues (as in Dale’s Pale Ale) who decided to build himself a new one when his was stolen in 2011. Thus, the birth of REEB cycles with its character and edginess that mirrors the award winning brewer in Longmont.

This statement from their website tells it all; “REEB was founded in 2011 by some folks at Oskar Blues Brewery who eat, breathe, sweat, and bleed bikes. When the boss man’s old bike was stolen, the do-it-yourself mentality that pervades OB took over, and a bike company was born. We knew that we could make the bikes we dream about, and get people excited about them in the process.”


During a visit with Chris Sulfrain, fabREEBcator (I make da bikes), I learned about the care and precision they instill in each bike they make–by hand, in Longmont, Colorado. Their steel frames are made by True Temper in the United States–something they are insistent upon–using as many American made parts as possible. Each bike is then welded and made to order. It takes Chris about a week to make a bike depending upon how customized it is. A full service bike shop is located inside of CyclHops Bike CANtina in Longmont where you can check out the full line-up of REEB bikes. 

The line has grown over the years to include: Mountain, Fat, CX & Gravel, Road, Dirt Jump and Street. With catchy names like SixFidy, TyREEB, and Dirt Diggler it hard not to smile from the get go. A look at the detail and attention to these bikes tells you of the commitment to not only the high quality, but to designing frame geometry and component combinations tried and tested by the passionate riders employed by the company. Many of the bikes are available with titanium frames and many other options.

Their popular cyclocross bike, The Dirt Diggler is offered with two groups or as a single speed using Gate’s Carbon Drive. . In addition, it’s available in both steel and titanium and in six colors.  For a slight up charge you can pick your own color too!


But more than just great bikes, built to your specifications, REEB cycles is a culture and an extension of a lifestyle. No doubt beer and bikes go together like hot dogs and baseball. But at Oskar Blues, in addition to REEB, they have the REEB ranches, located in North Carolina and at the Oskar Blue Hops and Heifers Farm just outside of Longmont. Both locations are a testimony to quality food, beer, and a lifestyle that revolves around cycling, the outdoors and recreating. Both locations host musical events, private parties and invite nothing but good times—often on a bike or with a beer. 

In about three months, on February 12th, Oskar Blues will host the annual Old Man Winter Adventure Bike Rally and Run  where many REEB bikes will be found on potentially snowy trails outside of Lyons finishing with a “killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit and a massive raffle”.

This is a great place to feel the passion Oskar Blues has for the cycling lifestyle and try a new REEB bike you surely want for Christmas!

Old Man Winter Adventure Bike Rally and Run details here