• Ride N’ Tie, A New Kind of Team Race from Suffer Better At Staunton State Park

    Submitted by Bill Plock on April 26th, 2021

    When the first ride and tie was organized, back in 1971, to promote Levi Strauss of all things, it involved two trail runners and a horse, with the team members alternating running and riding over the lengthy mountain course. Runner and rider made the decision when to switch on their own, depending upon the terrain and the strengths of each participant. While ride and ties, two runners and a horse, are still offered, the two runners and a mountain bike option is now also becoming more popular.

    Our Suffer Better Ride ‘n Tie is of the Run & Mountain Bike variety; we just don’t know that many horses. And rather than have the team determine when and where the transitions take place, we will have designated transition spots, where the runner switches to the bike and the rider becomes the runner. Each segment will be approximately 5 miles, the total course measuring 20 miles, with 3 distinct transition points. The team will start together and finish only when both the runner and rider cross the final finish line. The Race is May 15th. Read more

    • Megan Hottman: Prescott, AZ Racing and Forest Bathing

      Submitted by Bill Plock on April 19th, 2021

      By Megan Hottman

      This van trip kicks off with a lovely dose of #americana – some ball sports, some lively hockey, some bike racing, kids running around, the requisite amount of dirt and dust, loads of campers and RVs, ample flag flying and one helleva sunset . I took the @canonusa out to capture all the feels

      Life these days offers glimpses of normalcy and it feels really *really* good.

      Ok so where are we? We’re in a large sports complex park in Prescott, AZ. Here for a mountain bike race, I’m experiencing for the first time this parking lot-event style camping vibe.
      This wouldn’t be my top vanlife venue choice on a regular basis …but for this event and experience it’s totally fine. This location boasts temps a full 20-25 degrees than in Phoenix so we’re enjoying the nice cool evening temps and the escape from the big-city-heat. Read more

      • A Giant Slice of Humble Pie, What Megan Hottman Learned

        Submitted by Bill Plock on March 22nd, 2021

        If you said 4️⃣above, you’d be right.
        Even though I’m not new to bike racing I committed several cardinal sins today and acted like a total newbie: I didn’t eat three hours before my race. I didn’t cool down last night. I didn’t warm up this morning.
        When the race started and my group took off uphill towards the single track I popped. Immediately. Legs imploded. 💥 My race was over a few minutes into the thing. I watched my entire AG ride away from me and I never saw them again.

        As easy as it was for me to spend the next four hours reading myself the riot act, I didn’t. Read more

        • Lottery for Leadville 100 MTB Now Open until Feb 15th

          Submitted by Bill Plock on February 1st, 2021

          You may register for the LT100 MTB lottery as an individual or a group. A maximum of four family members, friends or teammates can click the group registration option. Group members will register individually, but be sure to use the exact same group name to signify being part of a group. This will mean that either your entire group will be successful in the lottery, or not, assuring that no one will be left out! Please note that if a member of your group has completed the LT100 MTB under the designated sub-12 hour cut-off time eight or more times, they will be forfeiting their preference in the lottery. Read more

          • Fun Mountain Bike Racing This Coming Weekend in Castle Rock

            Submitted by Bill Plock on September 10th, 2020

            Racing is only 3 days away. We will be marking course on Saturday afternoon so come on out and join us. Once again, the venue will be similar to last time and is a very friendly, safe and spaced out venue. The start area will be plenty large and allows for proper staging separation. Once again, due to popular demand (not), the finish line will be at the top of the steep dirt road and you can roll into a big grassy meadow at the completion of the race. Registration is at the “Mill House” and will be setup with one-way foot traffic to get your number plate and other product from our friends at Hammer Nutrition. The venue is perfect for all of us to spread out.  Read more

            • Letter From Colorado High School Cycling League on Upcoming Season–Season of Solidarity

              Submitted by Bill Plock on July 16th, 2020

              The Colorado League Board of Directors and staff have met regularly to evaluate the COVID-19 trends across the country and region and the impacts on the format of the 2020 Fall Season. The health and safety of our riders, families, staff, volunteers, partners, and host communities is our number one priority. With this unwavering focus, it is clear that a viable race season is not possible or responsible. A 12-week program of “Singletrack Solidarity” challenges and contests including several traditional acknowledgments is planned. These will reinforce our mission of empowering youth to foster healthy habits, maintain positive social connections, build community, and instill championship characteristics on and off the bike. See below for more information on the program. Read more