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  • Pro's Vs. Industry Mo's

    I've had three major realizations over my very short time as a "bike racer".

    1. I'm not very motivated by "winning". I like to race for fun (this came as no surprise).
    2. There aren't enough women out there who race (for fun or otherwise).
    3. When I find such a women, I immediately try and befriend her simply because we have at least one thing in common: we get joy out of riding our bikes fast(ish) around others.

    You can imagine then, my insane, bike geekish, joy when I got to meet two of the finest female bike racers--Katie Compton and Georgia Gould.

    I met Katie at a cx clinic she put on in Boulder last summer. She heckled me for being in a "wussy gear" when I rode through the sand pit in front of her. She was right. I WAS in a wussy-gear. She also didn't mind when Amanda Cyr and I created an animated gif of her hitting the deck at last year's Boulder Cup and posted it to Twitter. It was then that I knew she was a great person, not just a fast racer.

    I had the pleasure of riding with Georgia (and a small band of happy kids) on North Table Mtn last Spring for a Colorado High School Mountain Biking League event. I knew she was amazing when she insisted on carrying a 9 year old's insanely heavy back-pack saying, "No really. I need to! I'm in training!" and then encouraged him all the way up to the top. Switch-back, by s-l-o-o-w switchback. She also heckled me from about 500 yards away through a walkie-talkie when I later got a flat. Yep. Keeper.

    Over the summer what began as harmless social media heckling, soon evolved to a silly competition. Katie Compton and a crew of pro-cyclists vs. myself and a crew of...non-pro's. We had a cookie bake-off, followed by a Dodgeball tournament. My face is still stinging from Cari Higgins' over-hand and my soul is still stinging from being defeated by Katie's GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES. Mary Topping documented the entire hilarious affair. If you want to read more, click here.

    No sooner than we were sweeping up cookie crumbs, I immediately challenged Katie to a re-match in the Fall. Fall Breads for the bake-off and then the rest was to be determined. A "Just Dance-off"? Perhaps a "Karaoke-off"? I needed to find a physical competition that Katie might not have as much experience with and where athletic talent wouldn't necessarily get you a win. Finally it came to me. I would have to pull out a mom-skill. Even more mom-ish than baking--getting your child to school.

    So I devised a Pro's vs. Industry Mo's (short for moms) competition. Four women: Katie Compton (Pro), Georgia Gould (Pro), Cheri Felix (Free-lance writer, CO High School MTB coach and new to cx) and myself. And everyone agreed to my plan. You guys. Did you read that? Stop for a second. Everyone. Agreed. The race will take place after the Men's Elite race at the Boulder Cup (around 5:30 pm) in the start/finish alley. Larry G will be announcing (of course).

      Here's how it's going down:
    • We'll line up with our cx bikes at the start line.
    • Katie and Georgia are not allowed to shift out of their small chain-rings.
    • At mid-point we have to dismount to where a partner* awaits with two items: a backpack and a bandaid. Partner also has one shoe untied.
    • We must open the backpack, take an item out, and place backpack properly on partner.
    • We must put the bandaid on our partner and kiss their ouchie.
    • We must tie the untied shoe.
    • We must mount up (grabbing the item we removed from the backpack) and cross the finish line with our respective Pro/Mo team-mate.

    *Partner can be a child, friend or spouse. Item in backpack will be something like a Trapper Keeper, a sack lunch or a musical instrument. The Bake-off will follow on the announcer's stage.

    You might be asking, "Wait. What does this have to do with Cyclocross?" It doesn't. Or my favorite response to my articles, "HOW is this NEWS?" It's not. It's simply four women having a good time together who like to ride their bikes.

    We all have our strengths. Georgia has a very intense race face and rides over...lots of stuff, all speedy-like and with ease. Katie runs up steps fast, rides through mud effortlessly and bakes gluten free. Cheri races short-track, has ridden a camel and she trains her kids in the art of whittling with knives. I often ride with children's backpacks in panniers, bleed really well and always save enough in the tank to sing to my competition during races.

    If you want to witness this battle of battles, The Pro's against the Mo's, we invite you. It should be a blast. But bring a Trapper Keeper just in case. You never know.

  • Ride through Lyons for Serve Colorado Day

    This coming September 11th marks the start of the 1 year anniversary of the great Colorado floods which wrecked some of our local communities like Salina, Jamestown and Lyons. This September 13th is Serve Colorado which encourages all of use to take time to help those affect like the floods or anyone in need. One of the highlighted communities in need is Lyons Colorado and by participating in the Cyclists 4 Lyons ride YOU will be doing your part. So what are you waiting for? I'll be there!

    Boulder County has one of the highest concentrations of cyclists in the country. Following the floods last September, cyclists banded together to raise more than $150,000 in funds for Jamestown through various Cyclists 4 Jamestown events. These efforts have continued, and now are being extended into the larger community of Lyons, with even larger needs left unfulfilled.

    As cyclists, we all recognize how important the Lyons community is, as we all ride through Lyons on the way to several classic rides – Fruit Loops, Estes Park, the Peak-to-Peak and Hall Ranch. To show our appreciation, Cyclists 4 Community, a new non-profit organization, will hold an all-day event called Cyclists 4 Lyons, to be held at Lyons Bohn Park, with food, live music, beer, silent and live auction, pro cyclist appearances, and some great rides – all to benefit the Lyons Community Foundation, and its beneficiaries.

    The town of Lyons was ravaged by the floods of September 2013, and its citizens continue to be impacted by the aftermath, with many unmet needs. There are over 200 displaced residents and a considerable amount of damage to roads, bridges, parks, and other facilities. Cyclists 4 Lyons is raising funds to support Lyons community groups to help restore Lyons and displaced citizens. For more information about the Cyclists 4 Lyons and the Lyons Community Foundation, please visit http://c4lyons.org. Our goal is to raise at least $200,000.

  • SPARK Women's Racing is lighting it up.

    Released Aug. 25th, 2014

    SPARK Women's Racing is a new elite and professional women's cycling team based in Littleton, Colorado. We are proudly partnered with pedal of Littleton, and associated with pedal racing.

    Our mission is to assist in building a thriving women's cycling and racing community. SPARK emphasizes a passion for mentoring new female cyclists as well as providing development opportunities to women who have a desire to
    race their bikes and move into the professional ranks of the sport.

    SPARK Women's Racing is currently accepting applications for interested riders. [Editor's note: Ladies!!! This could be YOU!!!]

    Applications and more information can be found at Sparkwomenracing.com and on facebook.

  • Pro-Challenge Pizza Party with First Bank & 303.

    HEY, DENVER: Join @eFirstBank, Katie Macarelli from @303Cycling, and our dashing host, Jasen Thorpe for FREE PIZZA and watch the USA Pro Challenge as it makes its way from Gunnison, over and then back up Monarch Mountain for the finish. The race will be on the televisions at Anthony’s and across the street – on the side of the FirstBank Union Station branch – on a bank of nine 55” monitors. Race coverage goes live at 1:30 and concludes at 4:00pm.

    In case you missed that: FREE PIZZA (for roughly the first 50 attendees). USA Pro Challenge. HUGE TELEVISION SCREENS. Presented by FirstBank and 303Cycling at Anthony’s Pizza, Union Station. #FreeHappens. (Address here: http://www.anthonyspizzaandpasta.com/location/denver-lodo)

    *Also, don’t forget to follow @eFirstBank and @303Cycling for live USA Pro Challenge Coverage during the event, including a Hollywood Celebrity/Pro-Cyclist Doppelganger contest... (Let’s see Phil and Paul top that!)

  • Meet the Athletes: USA Pro Challenge Cyclists

    Join Carter Jones, Eric Young, Alex Howes and Kiel Reijnen at the Boulder REI for a Q & A panel discussion the evening of August 14th. These top athletes will share their insider tips on nutrition, gear and what it takes to compete at one of the largest cycling events in U.S history. Featuring free giveaways from REI and Velo, this event is sure to fill up fast. Tell your friends and reserve your spot today at Meet the Athletes, REI.

    • Date: 8/14/2014
    • Event Location: Boulder REI
    • Event Fee: Free
    • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM MDT
    • Presenter: USA Pro Challenge Cyclists

    More info. about the athletes:
    Carter Jones
    Eric Young
    Alex Howes
    Kiel Reijnen

    *The madness starts next week!! Make sure you are prepared.