All-Olympian roster for 2013's Trek Factory Racing
(Waterloo, WI) - Trek Bicycle today announced the formation of Trek Factory Racing, an elite cross-country mountain bike racing squad which has set its sights squarely on lighting up the 2013 UCI Cross Country World Cup. Representing four countries across three continents, Trek Factory Racing’s global roster is a who’s who of the new generation of XC heavy-hitters, who in spite of their youth have put the world on notice with strong results at the top level of the sport.
Made up entirely of Olympians, the Trek Factory Racing roster is short on age and long on race results. After a USA-best result in London, reigning US National Champion Sam Schultz will make the jump to focusing on the World Cup next season joined by Emily Batty of Canada, whose steady rise to the top of the sport makes her a constant podium threat. Great Britain’s 23-year-old standout XC star Annie Last will look to build on her 7th place overall from the 2012 World Cup. Rounding out the team are Australia’s top male and female riders as well as current National Champions: two-time Olympian Dan McConnell, and 22-year old Rebecca Henderson, who earned multiple podiums in the 2012 U23 World Cup on her way to the London Olympics.
"Come on! Let's go! Push harder! Rio's coming fast! Let's do this! Come on, Rachael! Focus! Let's go! PUSH! Come on!"
"COMING!" she responded only after 15 minutes of my nonstop banter.
On task - a seven mile hill climb with an average gradient of 5%. On a tandem. Our combined weigh of girls and bike topped 320 pounds. Linked by a timing chain, powering this beast uphill is a combined effort.
BOULDER —January 16, 2013 — Bicycling isn’t just a way to get from one place to another; it’s an avenue to a better life. And when businesses get on board, great things happen. That’s why Community Cycles has launched PedalSmart, a program for local companies to inspire their employees to bike to work.
A key element of the program is to educate people on how to become better bike commuters. To accomplish this, PedalSmart Bike Ambassadors will travel to participating companies’ offices and provide onsite workshops on everything there is to know about bike commuting including gear, bike maintenance, bike skills and more.
PedalSmart also offers an online Trip Tracker where employees will create personal profiles and be able to monitor their trips by bike. Each month, top commuters will be awarded prizes, which will be announced in a monthly newsletter.
Slowtwitch.com recently ran an interesting story on local cyclist (but former and returning triathlete, Flora Duffy). Some will remember this young blond racing with the CU Cycling team after failure at the Bejing Olympics. What was this tri star doing riding with the cycling team? Flora now explains her battle with body image, anorexic and the impact it has on a young successful athlete along with her return to the triathlete world.
This interview was done with her coach, Neal Henderson of the Boulder Sports Center. Flora is from Bermuda but lives in Boulder