Motorpacing in Boulder

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Looking to get faster on your bike? Many different things go into this solution. One of those ingredients is some intensity in your workouts. This can be accomplished many ways but one way is by motor pacing. Garret Getter started a new business of offering motor pacing as a service. We caught up with Garrett and asked him a few questions.

[303Cycling] Lets start off by telling our readers who Garrett Getter is?
[Garrett] Well, I'm a native of the greater Buffalo, NY area.  I lived in Buffalo for 25 years before moving out to Boulder to attend school at CU and ride my bike.  I've been living in boulder since August of 2009.  In 2007, I graduated from a small school in upstate NY with a dual degree in Finance and Economics.  I worked for just over 2 years in banking and corporate finance before I realized that sitting in an office crunching numbers all day and working until 9 at night just wasn't the life I was ready to live.  I've been riding/racing bikes since I was 13, after graduating from college I found myself getting more serious with training and eventually hired a coach and purchased a powermeter.  From there, and while sitting bored at work I found myself researching article's related to training with power/nutrition etc. During this time I became quite a fan of article's written by Allen Lim, Neal Henderson and Frank Overton.  I discovered that I was spending all of my time researching and learning everything I could to become a better cyclist.  It was about this time that I started to consider going back to school.  CU was my first choice because Neal Henderson and Allen Lim had done their graduate work and research in the Integrative Physiology department.  Plus, how could I not be tempted by the awesome cycling community Boulder and much of the front range has to offer.  I'm currently working towards a Bachelors degree in IPHY and hope to move on to grad. school at CU as well.  I work several jobs in town when I'm not motorpacing; currently I coach and man the desk at Boulder Indoor Cycling.  This was the second job I had when I moved out here, made friends with one of the owner's; Steven Herzfeld and the rest is history.  I'm also the lead coach for Boulder Junior Cycling's Devo mountain bike team.  The team consists of kids age's 10 and up that are interested in improving their skills on the bike and trying to race.  This is my second season as the lead coach and I couldn't be happier.  The group consists of some of the coolest/nicest kids in the area that absolutely rock on the bike.  It will be fun to see what kind of riders they are in just a few years.

[303Cycling] What services do you offer?
[Garrett] The only service I offer is motorpacing.  We motorpace riders of all ability and all disciplines.  I don't offer coaching plans and I don't coach anyone, the idea was that there aren't many coaches in this town that do offer motorpacing as a service to their athlete's.  There are several reasons; coaches don't have time, scooters are certainly not cheap, and the insurance's/liability can be a burden.  I have taken on all of that, I have a fairly flexible schedule, I hold a USA cycling coaching license and I have many hours of experience both pacing athlete's and being paced.  I am, in all way a 'third party' motorpacing company, I don't coach athlete's, I don't do VO2 max/lactate threshold testing, all I do is motorpace.  Coaches can rest assured that I'm only trying to help make their athlete's faster in a safe environment.

[303Cycling] Why motor pacing for training?
[Garrett] I consider Motorpacing a great alternative to a hard group ride (bus-stop/gateway) and/or a race in a more controlled and safe environment.  Motorpacing gives riders the chance to push a big gear while maintaing a high cadence.  In most cases, athlete's will see an avg. cadence over the course of an hour session to range between 100-120 rpm while pushing their 53-12.  Plus, the scooter offers riders a chance to simulate drafting off of other riders and practicing echeloning in variable wind conditions.  Motorpacing can be a really good option for hard sustained intervals.  The motor becomes similar to a carrot, it pushes athletes to stick on that wheel, digging deeper than they might if they were to get out and do these intervals on their own.  I also have a Garmin 500 on the scooter, which gives me the ability to monitor Heart rate and power #'s if the athlete has specific training zones they'd like to focus on throughout the session.

To get ahold of Garrett you can email him at garrettgetter AT gmail DOT com

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I think cars/bikes/scooters are all considered motor vehicles. Cyclists are supposed to follow the rules of the road. I would imagine scooters are considered motor vehicles and should follow the same rules of the road as cars and bicycles. Tailgating on I 25 or any other roadway is illegal and not prudent. When a cyclist rolls a stop sign or red light an officer might not ticket you, when a motorist drives over the speed limit, an officer might not ticket you, this doesn't mean it is not a violation of the rules of the road.

Reasonable and prudent

I bet that while it isn't reasonable and prudent to tailgate a random car, it shouldn't be hard at all to convince a judge that motorpacing behind an experienced driver on a moped, who knows you're there and who has worked out hand signals, on a lightly travelled country road is perfectly reasonable and prudent. This may not work for a cat 4 riding behind his buddy on a crotch rocket, but an 'elite' rider behind an experienced driver, no big deal.

Is it illegal?

I wonder if it is in Colorado. Bob's article was a general article but it might vary state by state. My scooter is licensed as a motorized bicycle being 49cc. I put a question on Brad Tucker's ColoBikeLaw Facebook page to see if he has any insight.

Personally I've been out and passed by the police and haven't gotten a second look. If anyone we get lot of thumbs up.