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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 […]

 Group Riding (the good and bad of it)

Group Riding (the good and bad of it)

Ask most coaches and they will tell you that group riding has a place for training, but if you really want to improve you need to be specific to your own needs.  In the early 80’s we would meet at the bike shop every morning at 5:30.  The train of riders would leave on time […]

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link

The discussion of whether or not strength training should be applied to cyclists has been saturated with reasons why it doesn’t work for most cyclists. After all, they already have strong legs, and who needs the extra upper body weight when climbing a hill?   Many cyclists will try applying strength training for a certain time of the […]

Marko Baloh Launches Book Project

Marko Baloh Launches Book Project

Marko Baloh is an asthmatic, who in his childhood years would be voted the least likely to succeed in sports, but through his determination he has become one of the best ultra-cyclists in the World.  Some will say he is the best of also-runs, as he has never won solo Race Across America (RAAM) (yet). […]

Second Regional Ultra Series Announced - Texas Ultra Cup Challenge

Second Regional Ultra Series Announced – Texas Ultra Cup Challenge

While you are working on your 2012 goals, please include the newly formed 2012 Texas Ultra Cup Challenge. Why:  We have formed this race series in an attempt to make Ultra racing/riding more fun, more competitive, add another Award to your Trophy case, entice you to do more than one Ultra event a year, urge you […]

New Race Series Announced

New Race Series Announced

A new ultracycling race series that includes three popular long standing races has been announced for the 2012 racing season.  Race organizers of Calvin’s Challenge, The National 24-hour Challenge and The Ultra Midwest have joined forces to establish the Heartland Triple Crown.   The series, a first of its kind for the midwest, will offer racers […]

Yellow Labrador Scores a 508 First

Yellow Labrador Scores a 508 First

By Jim Verheul, It was sometime in May that Sara Kay Carrell asked me if I or anyone I knew on the left coast was up for crewing for her on the Furnace Creek 508.  I think it was via Twitter.  For those that don’t know about the 508 its a 509.5 mile supported ultra […]

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 […]

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Finding a way to cycle your season for ultra-racing is an essential part of your overall training program and will give you a way to perhaps look at your periodization plan with a clearer perspective.  A good way to start would be to choose one event that you would like to do your very best […]

Ultra Survivor - David Bradley

Ultra Survivor – David Bradley

When it comes to Ultra Racing, David Bradley has been there.  Furnace Creek, Sebring, Race Across Oregon, TX Time Trials.  He’s raced them all.  David is also highly recruited for the other side of the windshield.  For years David has crewed for racers all over the country including several RAAM crossings.  In his spare time […]

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