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Frank Overton - owner of Boulder's FasCat Coaching joins us this evening to discuss the 7/27 Rapha Gentleman's Race in Boulder CO. What is a Gentleman's Race? From Wikipedia:
A Gentlemen's Race is a type of unsanctioned, unmarshalled road ride established in the Pacific Northwest, USA in 2008. Inspired by the sort of riding of the Rapha Continental project, with a notion of classic bicycle races, a penchant for gravel and an appreciation of the small communities, people and places in outlying areas, the Gentlemen's Race was meant to push the boundaries typical of bicycle racing.
Taking cues from the famous running relay race Hood-to-Coast, where teams of 12 runners work together to race 187-miles from Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean, the Gentlemen's Race was first run around the northern base of Mt. Hood back to Portland with two checkpoints along the way to ensure fair play and safety.
Using a proprietary ranking and handicap system, teams of six riders depart with those estimated to be slowest first and the fastest departing last. Part team time triall, part Alleycat Races, part Cannonball Run, the teams must work and stay together the entire race. That factor above anything else is a great leveler for the race.
FasCat Coaching is a cycling coaching company helping cyclists improve their performance. Founded in 2002 by Frank Overton, FasCat is based on ten successful years of racing and training, sport science and frequent communication between the coach and the athlete. FasCat has a new Performance Cycling Center located in North Boulder at 4550 North Broadway Street.
Tonight we're joined by 2014 Race Across Oregon (RAO) 200 winners Adam Kennedy and Brian Martin. The Race Across Oregon 200 features some 17,000 feet of climbing throughout its 195 miles. Martin - a physician from British Columbia - is a multi time Race Across Oregon and Hoodoo 500 finisher. Kennedy comes from a pure bike racing background competing year round in Oregon Bicycle Racing Association events. This was Adam's first 200 miler. It will be interesting to hear the approaches taken by racers with such different competitive backgrounds.
The RAO 200 begins with the 500 mile division but finishes at Time Station four Heppner.
Director of the Women's Cycling Association Robin Farina calls in with an exciting announcement regarding Women's Racing in 2015. She's calling from the unveiling party so catch the news here first!
In the long term, The Women's Cycling Association's aim is to work with supporters of women’s cycling to make the following advances for the sport:
Increase the number of professional races that include a women’s field.
Increase the breadth and depth of media coverage of pro women’s cycling.
Improve earnings for women’s fields, both through the establishment of a salary and through gender-equal prize purses.
Improve the return-on-investment for supporters of women’s cycling.
Support the development of amateur women by partnering with grassroots programs and facilitating mentorship for junior and developing riders.
Provide a unified voice for women’s cycling to communicate with the media and governing bodies.
Collaborate with governing bodies of the sport to work towards equality in cycling.
Riders from around the country join us this evening to discuss the finer points of bicycle etiquette. Some of our topics include: What do you do when an unknown rider hops on your wheel and sits on for miles? What do you do when you come across road construction? Do you ride with headphones? How do you address someone riding aero bars in your group ride? How do you deal with rude drivers? What do you do when someone on your group ride gets a mechanical? Pedestrian in the bike lane? And I'm sure more will pop up as we delve into these questions.
Nate Wilson has an interesting story about his road to becoming a cycling coach and I don't want to give it away in the synopsis. Nate is the first in our series of 'Meet the FasCat Coaches' where we'll introduce you - you guessed it - the coaches at FasCat Coaching! In the future we'll discuss training tips and be available to answer your training questions. FasCat's slogan is "A Coach for all Cyclists".
All the Coaches at FasCat have been hand selected by Frank Overton and are part of a collaborative coaching environment at the FasCat Performance Center. In other words, we work as a team & draw on each other's experience. Additionally, FasCat Coaches stand apart from the rest based on four criteria:
1. Level 2 USA Cycling Certified Coaches or higher
2. Category 2/Semi-Pro Racer or higher
3. Professional career coaches where coaching is our # 1 focus.
4. Extensive experience training & racing and coaching athletes with powermeters
Gavin Mannion - the newest member of Team Garmin Sharp - joins us this evening for a look at Stage 2 of the US Pro Cycling Challenge. Alex Howes of Garmin Sharp took possession of the Leader's Jersey today racing through some truly awful weather conditions. Stage 2 opened fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brings the race to Gunnison County road 12, which is a 20-mile rollercoaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. A technical descent into Crested Butte brings the race back to familiar terrain. As in 2011 and 2012, the race will finish up with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish climb up to Mt. Crested Butte.
Nick Frey, owner of Boo Bicycles, joins us this morning for a discussion about the upcoming Leadville 100 mountain bike race. One hundred miles across the high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies, this event was created for only the most determined athletes. Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breath — while the views try to take it away.
Boo Bicycles builds racing level bamboo-carbon bike frames by hand. Every frame is custom made to order and all types of bikes are created, from road to ‘cross to mountain to touring to townie. And everything in-between. The goal of Boo Bicycles has been to create high performance bicycles that are also supple, smooth, and comfortable. These traits had previously been mutually exclusive: you could not have your cake and eat it, too. However, Boo has successfully married two composite materials, one natural, one synthetic, to create the optimum blend of performance and comfort
United Health Care Cycling Team's Ben Day checks in with a report from the US Pro Cycling Challenge's Queen Stage. Stage 3 started in Gunnison and headed east for 35 miles before tackling the 11,300 ft. monster that is Monarch Pass. The riders will then descend the eastern slope of the pass and do two 9-mile loops through Salida and the surrounding countryside. Then it’s game time as they tackle nearly 20 miles of climbing to a finish at 10,800 ft.-Monarch Mountain Ski Area.
Robin Farina checks in from her car folllowing the Women's Tour of Utah. She checks in from her car as she's on the way to the airport to catch a flight to France and Trois Etapes Tour! Look forward to hearing Robin's take on the racing in Utah. The Tour of Utah is proud to announce the addition of a women’s circuit race to Stage 3 presented by the Utah Sports Commission. For the first time in its 10-year history, the Tour of Utah will feature professional and elite women’s teams competing on the men’s Stage 3 finishing circuit—a 15-lap race on Miller Motorsports Park’s 2.2-mile course.
Benjamin Day of the United Health Care Cycling Team joins us for an insider view of US Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2. United Health Care is having a great race with Kiel Riejnen now wearing the Sprint Jersey. Stage 2 opens fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brings the race to Gunnison County road 12, which is a 20-mile rollercoaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. A technical descent into Crested Butte brings the race back to familiar terrain. As in 2011 and 2012, the race will finish up with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish climb up to Mt. Crested Butte.
Benjamin Day of the United Health Care Cycling team joins us to discuss Stage 4 of the US Pro Cycling Challenge held today in Colorado Springs. After a ceremonial start at the world famous Broadmoor, the race will head into town and join up with a 16-mile circuit that will be raced four times. With climbs through Garden of the Gods, Mesa Rd. and the infamous Ridge Rd., which hits grades of nearly 17 percent, the route will present some challenges for the riders. If a sprinter hangs on to win, they will have earned it the hard way.
Join us for a discussion with new team Garmin/Sharp member Gavin Manion. Will be interesting to hear about his recent crash at the Tour of Utah - the video of which went viral. We'll also talk about the upcoming US Pro Challenge and Gavin's roll on his new team. Mannion raced for Bontrager as a U23, was then picked up by Kenda/5 Hour Energy and, just prior to the Tour of Utah he signed with Garmin/Sharp.
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