2014 TORTOUR Champion Severin Zotter’s – Race Report

by Severin Zotter, The 2014 Tortour was my third and last race this season, after an unfortunate DNF at the Race Around Slovenia (RAS) earlier this year, and my third place at the Race Across The Alps (RATA).  At the same time, this 1003 kilometer long race around Switzerland, including 14.500 meters of climbing, would […]

Minnesota RAAM Challenge Champion Robert Ferris

by Robert Ferris, Race date: July 26th 2014 For starters, I couldn’t have done this without my ROCKSTAR support crew.  Both family and friends came together to help me reach that finish line.  So, thank you to Jenny, Lindsey, Robo, Alex, Sarah, and Johnny.  Looking back, we all had a great time and made a […]

Taming the Crippler, Well….Sorta! 2014 Event Recap

Seventeen brave-hearted RMCCers “toed the line” for this year’s EPIC Cripple Creek Crippler.  The “Crippler” is a daunting double century: 208 miles and LOTS of climbing.  The exact amount of vertical gain is actually unknown, but the amount of climbing is estimated to be between 19,000 and 20,000 feet.  And many of the climbs are quite steep! […]

Wisconsin West to East Record – David Meridith

By David Meridith, I decided to try to break the Wisconsin West to East record when my wife and I moved to Wisconsin back in 2012.  I have at least a piece of a cross-state record in every state in which I have lived (except one) and, naturally, felt it was necessary to try Wisconsin.  […]

Dave Preston – Solo RAW Race Report

By Dave Preston,  I am now back home in Seattle and finally have decompressed enough to sit down and write a small race report on Race Across the West (RAW). First off, I had a stellar crew, loved every one of them, we truly became family by the end!  I had told them briefly at our […]

Amy Miller Wins 2014 N24HC and More – Race Report

By Amy Miller, What a great year for the N24HC! This was my 6th year participating in the National 24 Hour Challenge; and my third year riding with the team from Rock ‘N’ Road Cycle.  I was introduced to this event by my dad, Dave Geerlings.  He began riding it in 1984 and hasn’t missed […]

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  • Silver State 508 The Newest, Oldest RAAM Qualifier

    Silver State 508 The Newest, Oldest RAAM Qualifier

     The Silver State 508 is the newest RAAM Qualifier. Last year, the National Park Service decided to cancel all cycling events in Death Valley National Park, including the iconic Furnace Creek 508 – the second oldest endurance road race in America. Event operator AdventureCORPS, made the decision to hold a shortened version of the iconic […]

  • Morley Wins 2014 Cascade Ultra

    Morley Wins 2014 Cascade Ultra

      Solo racer Adam Morley was the first racer to return to the Luke McRedmund Landing in Redmund, WA thus capturing the win at the 2014 edition of the Cascade Ultra.   Morley completed the very challenging 452 mile Cascade Ultra race course which passes through the Cascade Range while traversing four mountain passes in a […]

  • Staley and Cuddihy Claim Solo Wins at The 308

    Staley and Cuddihy Claim Solo Wins at The 308

    Rich Staley of Reno, NV has won the 2014 edition of the Trona 308.  Staley covered the 308 miles and 20,000′ of climbing from Santa Clarita, CA to Trona, CA and back in 18hr 56min to claim the Men’s Solo Title.  Brandon Tinianov from Santa Clara, CA arrived at the finish in second position at 22hr […]

  • Vaune Davis Talks RAW on CBC Radio

    Vaune Davis Talks RAW on CBC Radio

    Canadian Vaune Davis will be competing in the 2014 Race Across the West (RAW) and took time out of her busy work and training schedule for a  Canadian Broadcast Corp. interview about ultra marathon cycling, aging endurance athletes, and the upcoming Race Across the West.    

  • Hopkinson Sets  New UK Records

    Hopkinson Sets New UK Records

    Congratulations to Chris “Hoppo” Hopkinson on setting two new Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA) records in the UK.  Chris established new marks for London (England) to Cardiff (Wales) and Cardiff to Edinburgh (Scotland).  Chris’s records have been officially certified by the UMCA and details of his rides are as follows: Chris Hopkinson, 47, Barton, United Kingdom Standard […]

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  •                                                             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

  • 2014 TORTOUR Champion Severin Zotter's - Race Report

    2014 TORTOUR Champion Severin Zotter’s – Race Report

    by Severin Zotter, The 2014 Tortour was my third and last race this season, after an unfortunate DNF at the Race Around Slovenia (RAS) earlier this year, and my third place at the Race Across The Alps (RATA).  At the same time, this 1003 kilometer long race around Switzerland, including 14.500 meters of climbing, would […]

  • Minnesota RAAM Challenge Champion Robert Ferris

    Minnesota RAAM Challenge Champion Robert Ferris

    by Robert Ferris, Race date: July 26th 2014 For starters, I couldn’t have done this without my ROCKSTAR support crew.  Both family and friends came together to help me reach that finish line.  So, thank you to Jenny, Lindsey, Robo, Alex, Sarah, and Johnny.  Looking back, we all had a great time and made a […]

  • Taming the Crippler, Well....Sorta!  2014 Event Recap

    Taming the Crippler, Well….Sorta! 2014 Event Recap

    Seventeen brave-hearted RMCCers “toed the line” for this year’s EPIC Cripple Creek Crippler.  The “Crippler” is a daunting double century: 208 miles and LOTS of climbing.  The exact amount of vertical gain is actually unknown, but the amount of climbing is estimated to be between 19,000 and 20,000 feet.  And many of the climbs are quite steep! […]

  • Wisconsin West to East Record - David Meridith

    Wisconsin West to East Record – David Meridith

    By David Meridith, I decided to try to break the Wisconsin West to East record when my wife and I moved to Wisconsin back in 2012.  I have at least a piece of a cross-state record in every state in which I have lived (except one) and, naturally, felt it was necessary to try Wisconsin.  […]

  • Dave Preston - Solo RAW Race Report

    Dave Preston – Solo RAW Race Report

    By Dave Preston,  I am now back home in Seattle and finally have decompressed enough to sit down and write a small race report on Race Across the West (RAW). First off, I had a stellar crew, loved every one of them, we truly became family by the end!  I had told them briefly at our […]

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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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