Pro tips to stay fit this winter

In Colorado, wintertime can mean 50 degrees and sunny one day and 20 degrees and a foot of snow the next. What’s a cyclist to do? We talked to two coaches who work with athletes from Tour de France riders to weekend warriors for their advice on how to stay fit and motivated through the winter. FasCat Coaching founder Frank Overton practices and preaches a mix of year-round riding, resistance training (weights) and yoga. Ride year-round with periodization “Don’t take too much time off otherwise you’ll get slow,” Frank said. “I buy good gear to ride in like base layers, …

Roll Massif reimagines cycling with eight Colorado sportives

New American Sportive series includes road, gravel and MTB Roll Massif is a new collection of eight road, gravel and mountain bike sportives across the state of Colorado. Roll Massif builds on the legacy of existing road cycling institutions like Copper Triangle, Elephant Rock and Tour of the Moon with brand new sportives like Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque and Crooked Gravel in Winter Park. All Roll Massif sportives center on an immersive community experience for riders in beautiful and diverse parts of Colorado, from fresh new pavement in Colorado National Monument to the rolling gravel of Castlewood Canyon State …

Staying Visible When Cycling Alongside Traffic

If you are a cyclist, you understand the importance of visibility. Most accidents occur because drivers say that they don’t see the cyclist. It does take a while for the eyes to relay the message to the brain, so you need to make sure you stand out, so they will do a double take and realize that someone is there. Maintaining your visibility is imperative to your safety as a cyclist. Here are some tips for staying visible when cycling alongside traffic. Dress To Stand Out Dressing to be noticed could be the main way to be noticed. Wear fluorescent ...

Everysight Raptor Review

Everysight Raptor review Live ride data in your line of vision Whether training or just riding for pleasure, cycling metrics abound these days. Time, heart rate, power, distance and speed are just a few data points riders look at during a ride. But is a computer on your handlebars the best place for all this data? Technology company Everysight would argue putting this data inside your sunglasses is a safer and more effective way to go. The Everysight Raptor packs a fair amount of technology into the heads up display (HUD) sunglasses themselves, measuring and projecting multiple fields of data ...

So You Signed Up for Your First Century Ride..

With Elephant Rock just around the corner, you’re probably feeling a lot of things right now: nervousness, excitement, anxiety, sore arse, and strong legs. You may have a ton of questions too: Where do I pick-up my registration packet? Where do I park? What should I bring with me? What happens if I get a flat or have a mechanical issue? Luckily, all this information is posted on Elephant Rock’s website. But what about the rest of the stuff that comes with riding your first century? Here are a few tips to keep you motivated, safe, and having fun: 1. …

Picking a Team or Club

‘Tis the season to find a team either for your first time or your 22nd. Applications are opening and recruiting is in full force. If this is your first time, it’s intimidating. There’s a ton of information, but no real concise way to use it practically. I remember when I decided to join a team, I didn’t know where to start. I went to Google, as most of us do when we don’t know where to start. Finding a team isn’t as simple as signing up and being on a team. There are a lot of aspects to consider: 1. …

Cross-Training or, When We Aren’t on Our Bikes

There are a lot of cross-something or others zipping around these days: cross, cx, CrossFit, cross-training, and plenty o’ others. So what is “cross-training” and why should you care? Cross-training is simply working out your body in the same manner as your main sport does, but without doing your main sport. The goal of cross-training is balancing out your muscles (and body) to improve your fitness in your main sport. It also helps to prevent repetitive use injury. Repetitive use injuries happen when we constantly do the same motion over and over again. Think “tennis elbow,” swinging a golf club, …

It’s Not the Size, It’s How He Uses It: A Bike Fit Journey

What do you get when an Italian and an Irish lass walk into a room? A bike fit. When asked, “What does a bike fit mean to you?” most people – like me – respond with, “To be able to pedal efficiently and powerfully without pain.” There I was, in this small room, with Pat, an Italian (“as it gets”), convincing myself that my answer was philosophically sound. That no one else could have come up with a response like that. Pat wasn’t impressed. “That’s good, but a bike fit is getting you balanced on the bike.” Was I not …

What A Women’s-Only Bike Ride Taught Me

Venus de Miles (the organized women’s bike ride through Longmont, Colorado) is named after the Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite de Milo. It’s a play on words. FACT: Venus (and Aphrodite) is the goddess of love and beauty. The sculpture was found on the island of Milos located in the Agean sea. She was found in a pile of rubble and word on the street is that they were never able to find the arms, leading researchers to believe that maybe she was never meant to have any. This idea of a war-torn statue shows us that you …

Feeling the Burn with P2P Training Race

I tried to ignore the burn running through my thighs as I pushed and pulled each pedal up a false flat during the women’s training race put on by Jon Heidemann at Peak to Peak. This was only a training race, but I could feel the competition like the lactic acid in my legs. Jon and a man I recognized from the Karen Hornbostel Time Trials Series stood in front of us briefing us of the race setup. We were to race eight (or was it nine) laps, with lap three and six as sprints. The man said he’ll ring …