Introducing RAAM Team PHenomenal Hope

PITTSBURGH – The adventure started with a gentle nudge at a cycling camp in Tucson, Ariz., in 2010.  The physician was surrounded for one week by cyclists from across the country, a few of whom competed in ultra races.  The idea appealed to the pedaling pulmonologist. Then came a healthy push that summer at the […]

2014 Joshua Tree Double Century

by Steve Meichtry, My 120th Triple Crown Double Century was quite a challenge. My second double of the year would again be the great Mountain High Cycling event which goes around Joshua Tree National Park. Last years event was quite the challenge with unusually hot winds being the main course for the day which made […]

Hopkinson’s 2014 Sebring 24 Win

The 15th and 16th of February 2014 was the start of my season, the Sebring, Florida 24hr race after a winter’s training on the Computrainer, was I ready?  YES! We flew out on the 13th February so that this year we could be ready with more than 1hour sleep before the race.  The weather was […]

Flying With The Butterflies to Four Indoor Records

“In this fantastic night That everything seems possible While climbing in the sky A desire invincible That leaves a trail” …  Jovannotti by Anna Mei, It was a special moment in my life, a time in which I would endeavor to attempt a record in which no one in the world had ever tried.  Similarly, […]

Bike Sebring 12/24 Survival Guide

                by Larry Graham, Background Numbers are what we can relate to, so here are mine.  My total mileage for my 3 Sebring races is 1,257.71 miles.  I averaged 419.24 miles per race for an overall 17.47 mph avg.  During those three races, I learned quite a bit […]

Dex Tooke’s Texas N – S Record Ride

by Dex Tooke, I owe this record to Kalleen Whitford, Leah Folsom, Kevin Jones, Daniel Sanchez, Douglas Hoffman and Joni Tooke. Some people may find it hard to believe that the Texas Cross State distance is longer than RAW ( 857 miles).  Believe me.  I have done both and Texas is longer. At 5:00 am […]

  • Training & Coaching

  •                                                             Crewing

    Crewing

    The ultra world seems to be growing in ways of races and racers.  With that comes the need for good crew members.  Having a good crew can make a huge difference in someone’s race.  Having a crew that melts down or blows up in the middle of the race can be disastrous.  Whether you’re looking […]

  • What it takes to be a great endurance athlete

    What it takes to be a great endurance athlete

    A passion for performance and a love of the sport are two of the most basic requirements for any endurance athlete looking to be successful.  Training is not easy, so there must be some type of spark that gets you moving each day toward your goals.  But it takes much more than just passion and […]

  • Strava – Good or Bad for cycling?

    Strava – Good or Bad for cycling?

    Oh my.  Where do I begin?  This is a post that’s been a long time coming.  I have so many things to say I actually don’t know where to begin. In the last two days I have seen two examples that have motivated me to finally write a blog post about Strava.  The first thing […]

  • Things to achieve and learn from B & C priority races

    Things to achieve and learn from B & C priority races

    Race season is upon us and athletes everywhere are starting to think about key races to do well at and secondary races to use for training and motivation. Lower priority, B and C races, are commonly used earlier in the season, but these races can also be used throughout the year for training and more. […]

  • Race day Mindset

    Race day Mindset

    Race days are filled with many emotions, from the nervous energy at the start line to the emotions experienced while racing.  So being mentally prepared to handle these emotions is as important as it is to prepare physically.  Becoming overwhelmed mentally can easily lead to distraction and a loss in speed.  The Elite and seasoned […]

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  • Race Stories

  • Salsa Cycles Racing The Sun

    Salsa Cycles Racing The Sun A short film from Salsa Cycles, Racing The Sun shares the story of Tim Ek’s 2013 Dirty Kanza 200 race, while relating it to his career helping troubled youth.

  • 2014 Heart of the South 500, 200, Director's Report

    2014 Heart of the South 500, 200, Director’s Report

    by Tom Robertshaw, The 2104 edition of these races were held successfully, but under a cloud about the future.  The RAAM decision to de-certify the 500 mile race as a qualifier (along with others like this) certainly affected the attendance.  In addition my search for an interested party to take the race over in 2015 […]

  • Visions – Adam Bickett’s SoCal RAAM Challenge Record

    A look into Adam Bickett’s recent record setting ride at the Southern California RAAM Cyling Challenge.  Adam set the mark for this 400 mile distance with more than 20,000 ft of climbing at 23 hours, 19 minutes and 30 seconds (17.22mph average).  He was using the toughest of the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series events as a […]

  • “The Un-Expected Win” - Bessie Creek 24hr RAAM Qualifier

    “The Un-Expected Win” – Bessie Creek 24hr RAAM Qualifier

    by Jay Kilby, Background: I started cycling in the beginning of 2005 just to lose weight.  Never imagined that I would end up where I am today, 85 lbs lighter and feeling like I am 18 again. In 2009, I got hooked on ultra cycling when I participated on a four person team at the […]

  • Introducing RAAM Team PHenomenal Hope

    Introducing RAAM Team PHenomenal Hope

    PITTSBURGH – The adventure started with a gentle nudge at a cycling camp in Tucson, Ariz., in 2010.  The physician was surrounded for one week by cyclists from across the country, a few of whom competed in ultra races.  The idea appealed to the pedaling pulmonologist. Then came a healthy push that summer at the […]

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  • Nutrition & Fueling

  • Whey protein – The way to stronger immunity

    Whey protein – The way to stronger immunity

    By: Steve Born  The article “Recovery – A crucial component for success” from Hammer Nutrition’s knowledge resource, The Endurance Athlete’s GUIDE to SUCCESS (http://www.hammernutrition.com/downloads/fuelinghandbook.pdf), discusses the three primary aspects of how to recover properly between workouts, allowing you to get the most out of the time, money, and energy spent in training: Reparation of lean […]

  • Fueling For Ultra Cycling Events

    Fueling For Ultra Cycling Events

    Proper fueling during a long-duration event/race (200 miles to 500+ miles) is something that can’t be taken lightly… the quality of the fuel you put in your body—as well as the quantity of that fuel—needs to be seriously considered if you hope to enjoy a successful event.  Hopefully, you’ve been testing your fueling plan for […]

  • Cramping - What a pain!

    Cramping – What a pain!

    Science has provided a number of theories as to why muscle cramps occur; however, no definitive answer has been given. That’s a real drag because, of the potential performance-inhibiting issues involved in endurance sports, arguably nothing can stop you in your tracks quicker than a full-fledged muscle cramp. Potential Causes Dr. Bill Misner writes: “The […]

  • Carbo Loading? Now? You Betcha!

    Carbo Loading? Now? You Betcha!

    The calendar still reads 2011 as I write this, and with many of your ultra distance rides/races not occurring until the early-to-middle part of spring 2012 (or later), you might be thinking, “Carbo loading? Now?  Are you crazy?”   Hear me out, though.  I have no doubt that my rationale is sound and that, if […]

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  • Gear & Equipment

  • Wide Range Road Drivetrains: Worth the Weight?

    Wide Range Road Drivetrains: Worth the Weight?

    Wide Range. 11-28.  Compact. 130 BCD.  No doubt you’ve heard these terms thrown about at the bike shop and seen them on online forums, but how do they affect your ride?  Simply put, all these terms relate to how hard you have to pedal, and when.  Different sized chain rings and cassettes can help you climb, shave seconds off […]

  • Aussie Company Kickstarts HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo

    Aussie Company Kickstarts HD Camera & Tail-Light Combo

    World’s first cycling camera & tail-light accessory to record what happens behind.   For more information  and to reserve your unit by pledging AU$119 plus $15 for shipping outside Australia, visit the Fly6 Kickstarter Page.  

  • How to rejuventate your waterproof cycling gear

    How to rejuventate your waterproof cycling gear

    Waterproof cycling clothing is often a big investment for most riders, and looking after it properly is essential to keep with working at its best. Over-washing waterproof gear can reduce its performance, so how do you look after it without losing its waterproofing ability? Here’s How…..

  • Superlight Fenders For Race Bikes

    Superlight Fenders For Race Bikes

    The CRUD ‘Roadracer’ concept turns orthodox mudguard design on its head. We reasoned that if you could float the mudguard off the rim then you could do away with a lot of the traditional fixings. The ultralight Roadracer mudguard (under 200 grams the pair) just hovers in place, so there is nothing to rattle or […]

  • Power Meters - The Time May Be Now

    Power Meters – The Time May Be Now

    For those of us who have yet to adopt the valuable method of power output measurement particularly due to the high financial entry point, things are beginning to look up. The popularity of the devices has brought a number of new manufacturers with different technology options, and most exciting, a wider variety of price points. […]

  • Serfas Thunderbolt (UTL-6) Taillight Review

    Serfas Thunderbolt (UTL-6) Taillight Review

    *Serfas Thunderbolt (UTL-6) Taillight gives you style and safety in one high-powered and affordable package. Being seen on your bike at night never looked so good with Serfas’ Thunderbolt (UTL-6) Taillight. This USB rechargeable gem comes with 35 lumens of firepower while giving riders’ several different rear facing mounting options. The 30 micro-LED strip will […]

  • Speedgoat Bicycles Reviews Shimano Ultegra Di2

    Speedgoat Bicycles Reviews Shimano Ultegra Di2

                 

  • Speedgoat Bicycle Reviews the 2012 SRAM Red Group

    Speedgoat Bicycle Reviews the 2012 SRAM Red Group

           

  • Be Seen With Traffic Master Jersey

    Be Seen With Traffic Master Jersey

    Sometimes we find ourselves on the road during those times when daylight is failing. At times like these we grudgingly agree with those “experts” who say that being seen while riding is “important.” This is why we created theTraffic Master jersey. Ourgoal was to make the brightest cycling jersey that we could conceive of, a retina-searing, listerine-for-the-eyes kind […]

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