Heather Jackson and Chris Leiferman Take on Star Studded Cycling Field at Old Man Winter Rally, Feb 9th

BOULDER, CO. (February 4th, 2020) – Boulder County got almost a foot of snow on Monday and Tuesday, but that will not stop a record numbers of winter adventurers from taking on the challenge of the Old Man Winter Rally. The world’s best gravel bike racers will face off in Lyons, Colorado this Sunday, February 9th to see who can conquer the winter elements and elite competition at the 2020 Sufferfest Beer Co. Old Man Winter Rally. The 6th annual bike and running event will be a celebration of snow, mud, sweat, and adventure, including a 50km and 100km bike course along with a 10 km run course.  

Attracting athletes from 25 states, the 100K bike course will be a who’s who of top cyclists and triathletes:

  • Colin Strickland – Male winner of the Dirty Kanza 200
  • Amity Rockwell – Female winner of the Dirty Kanza 200A
  • lex Howes – Male US National Road Race Champion and Pro Tour RiderRuth Winder – 2020 Tour Down Under Champ, Female US National Road Race Champion
  • Pete Stetina -Male winner of the Belgian Waffle Ride
  • Sarah Sturm – Female winner of Belgian Waffle Ride, Cyclocross Single Speed National ChampIan Boswell – Pro Tour racer
  • Heather Jackson – Ironman World Champion top 10 finisher
  • Chris Leiferman – Ironman World Champion top 10 finisher
  • Erin Huck – US National Mountain Bike Team, 2020 Olympic contender
  • Yannick Eckmann – Defending Champion

Old Man Winter Rally The elite competition and inclimate weather will make for a unique Colorado race day experience. The increased cash prize purse of $4300, equally split between male and female winners also has helped draw top athletes. However, the Old Man Winter Rally’s reputation as a challenging, fun, and well-supported event is what brings back participants each year.  “Old Man Winter is all about gearing up for winter adventure, having fun with your buddies, and enjoying a great party at the finish line” says, Josh Kravetz, the event’s founder and President of Adventure Fit, a Boulder-based Active Entertainment event company. Registration is still open for the event.

For those not competing, the top of the Rowena trail (off CO Rd 83) and Old Stage will be great spectating locations – showing off the variety of terrain the riders will challenge. Early February in Colorado can bring spring conditions, or mid winter snow. This year, racers will likely face winter’s more inclement weather with temps in the 30’s and plenty of snow on the roads and trails. All athletes will be supported with well-stocked aid stations with CLIF products, Nuun hydration, Justin’s nut butters, and more. The after party in Lyons is open to all, with bonfires, s’mores, cold Sufferfest beer, and Cyclhops warm food for sale. Join in on the winter adventure! Registration and additional event information is online at: www.OldManWinterRally.com

Old Man Winter Rally

Colorado’s favorite Epic Winter Adventure for runners and riders. Old Man
Winter Rally offers two bike course options: the 50km route tours some of
the scenic, rolling terrain that has made Boulder County, CO one of the
country¹s most popular gravel riding destinations. The 100km ride starts
with the same country riding as the 50km course before sending cyclists
on a roller coaster route of climbs and descents through the snow-filled
canyons west of Boulder. The event also offers a 10km running race and a
Run/Bike combo that is popular for multi-sport athletes. All participants
are supported with well-stocked aid stations and a huge after party with
plenty of hot food, fire pits, and cold beer.

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons

 

Bundle up and get ready to RUN and/or RIDE Colorado’s best mixed terrain. Riders – choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County. Runners can crush the 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates singletrack trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit, and a massive raffle.

 

Event details and registration here

Weekend Preview: Some fun events for a snowy weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb. 10th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado Training Event

Louisville

 

Join 303Triathlon and IM Boulder staff for a great indoor ride and a run.  IPA Endurance coaches will talk about goal setting and time management.


SwimLabs & CYCLEBAR – Ripples to Waves Fundraiser Event

Lone Tree


Catch Me If You Can Run

Ft Collins


Sunday Feb. 11th

 

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons


Monday Feb 12th

 

Intro to Foundation Training for Endurance Athletes

Boulder

 



Cycling Events

Friday Feb. 9th

 

Winter Bike to Work Day

Statewide


Saturday Feb. 10th

 

Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race

Frisco


E-Bike Demo and Open House

Broomfield


Light Up the Night

Boulder


USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships

Grand Rapids, Mi


Sunday Feb. 11th

 

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons

Weekend Preview: Big Saturday

Triathlon Events

Thursday December 7th

 

Old Man Winter Kick Off Party

Boulder


Saturday December 9th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado

Louisville

 

Join us at the IRONMAN HQ in Louisville for a run and then stay to watch the NBC broadcast 2017 IRONMAN World Championship race in Kona.  Colorado to Kona athlete Tom Bogan will be on site to chat about his amazing opportunity to race in Kona and his passion for the sport.  We will be making a donation to IM HQ neighbors and wonderful community members, Community Food Share, so please bring canned food items to donate.


Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series Race #1

Denver


Longmont Lights Holiday Parade

Longmont


Sweaty Sweater Run

Ft. Collins



Cycling Events

Thursday December 7th

 

Draft: Colorado Holiday Meetup

Boulder


Old Man Winter Kick Off Party

Boulder


Saturday December 9th

 

Colorado State CX Championships

Westminster


Longmont Lights Holiday Parade

Longmont


Sunday December 10th

 

Colorado State CX Championships

Westminster

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons

 

Bundle up and get ready to RUN and/or RIDE Colorado’s best mixed terrain. Riders – choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County. Runners can crush the 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates singletrack trails, red rock canyon, and gravel paths. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit, and a massive raffle.

1st Bolder Boulder Qualifier of 2018

 

Our event benefits Can’d Aid and funds will go towards rebuilding your favorite flood-damaged hiking and biking trails.

 

Event details and registration here

Weekend Preview: It’s a New Year

Triathlon Events

Sunday Jan 8th

 

Life Time Indoor Triathlon

Centennial, Colorado Springs, Parker, Westminster

 

Kick of the new year with the fastest hour of your life!



 

Cycling Events

Friday Jan 6th

 

CX National Championships

Hartford, Ct


 

Saturday Jan 7th

CX National Championships

Hartford, Ct

 

Old Man Winter Gravel Grinder Clinic

Boulder Cycle Sport, Boulder


 

Sunday Jan. 8th

 

CX National Championships

Hartford, Ct

 

DUST2 Fat Bike Race

Pagosa Springs

 

Big Ring Fat Bike Race Series

Evergreen

REEB Cycles, The Bike Shop at CyclHops

by Bill Plock

reeb_3

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.”

reeb_2

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!

reeb_1

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