• What this Bike Racer has Learned After Five Weeks and No Riding

    Submitted by Bill Plock on October 8th, 2021

    I’m coming up on five weeks of no cycling or strength training. I thought this may help restore some energy by giving my body a break from stress. I thought it’d help slow me down. Maybe turn on my parasympathetic nervous system more and become more relaxed.

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    • Why You Might Love Zwifting Too

      Submitted by Bill Plock on November 2nd, 2020

      Winter’s coming.

      Which means it’s time to pull out the cold riding gear and put away summer gear. Or is it? Well, if you race on Zwift or ride indoors, you don’t have to switch out your riding clothes. And that’s one of the many reasons why I’m a proponent of Zwift. Read more

      • Zwift Racing, Jessica McWhirt Style, Be Ready to Hammer the Start

        Submitted by Bill Plock on May 11th, 2020

        I lined up with 17 other Cat B women from my room for the USAC Zwift Race on the 6 Train Reverse route. My giant blue box fan turned to level 2 as I continued to pedal while the clock counted down. Racers chatted about Cat A’s racing the B category. I saw my teammate was already in the pend when I arrived. She messaged me, “Looks like we’re the only ones from REVO racing today.”

        The first thing you should know about Zwift racing is that it’s not like racing in real life but also, it is. I learned the hard way in my first ever Zwift race that the starts are fast. Superfast. Like, double-your-FTP-out-of-the-pen fast. Then you have to hold those watts for a minute or two depending on the field. I assumed you rolled out like you normally did in real life races. Then I chased the main pack the rest of the race never catching on. Read more

        • CU Students Bring Innovative Bike Lights to Market

          Submitted by Bill Plock on August 13th, 2019

          Alex came up with the idea to invent ShineOn as he was biking down the Boulder bike path. Around 5 PM every day, Alex passed a cyclist with the “brightest bike light imaginable,” nearly blinding him. One day, Alex noticed someone else was blinded by these lights. Alex thought to himself, “There’s gotta be a better way to see and be visible without reducing other people’s ability to see and be visible Read more

          • Tips for Mountain Bike Racing

            Submitted by Bill Plock on August 5th, 2019

            Mountain bike racing for beginners is intimidating. I’ve only raced my mountain bike five times and any time I go to a new race, I’m constantly harassing my teammates for help and directions. Luckily, I have awesome teammates Read more

            • BRAC Women’s+ Criterium Clinic

              Submitted by Bill Plock on July 10th, 2019

              I admit I hadn’t raced crits until very recently and was scared to death of them, well you know what, they are are fun and with a little bit of practice and some tips like the ones you will learn in this clinic—give it a try, they will take good care of you!!  Read more

              • Winning Isn’t Everything…

                Submitted by Bill Plock on June 20th, 2019

                We train… for what? What are we trying to prove to ourselves? That we’re worth it? Will winning validate us as a person? Will it prove that all the training we’ve completed was worth it?  Read more