February 26, 2010 on 9:48 am | In Announcements | No Comments
Phoenix, AZ, 2/24/2010 – The elite women’s field at the 2010 TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon is shaping up to be a virtual Who’s Who of women’s multi-sport. The 3.5 mile run, 21 mile bike, 2.7 mile run duathlon is in its 13th year and will take place on February 28th at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Phoenix, Arizona.
Scheduled to race in the women’s elite race this year are:
- Anne Curi Preisig: 2008 Elite National Duathlon Champion, 2nd at 2009 Powerman Alabama
- Renata Bucher: 2009 XTERRA European Champion and 1st place at 2009 XTERRA Germany
- Leanda Cave: 2009 Ironman 70.3 Florida Champion and 2 time Champion at Escape from Alcatraz
- Linsey Corbin: 15 top five IM 70.3 finishes and 2nd place at 2009 IM Arizona
- Samantha McGlone: Olympian, 70.3 World Champion, 2009 IM Arizona Champion, 2 time champions and women’s course record holder the TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon.
- Michellie Jones: 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1992 & 1993 ITU World Champion, 1998 & 2000 ITU World Cup Champion, 2006 Ironman World Champion
”This is very unique and stunning desert venue that combines smooth trail runs with a challenging road bike course through the majestic sonoran desert” said co-race director John Lierle. “The Trisports.com Desert Classic Duathlon is a favorite of professional triathletes who use the race as an early season test of their fitness” he said. “The race also draws a very strong field of top age-group athletes from across the U.S. looking for a warm weather destination where they can race and vacation.”
The TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon raises money for education programs in the Maricopa County Parks system and is produced by the Phoenix Triathlon Club, whose members serve as the volunteers who put on the race.
TriSports.com, the events title sponsor, is a Tucson, AZ based company known as the online and retail triathlon shop, created for triathletes, by triathletes. TriSports.com will be celebrating it’s 10th year in business this year on the tails of a 10,000 sqft retail/warehouse expansion project.
For additional information on the TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon, contact Race Director John Lierle at RaceDirector@DesertClassicDuathlon.com or visit the race web site at www.DesertClassicDuathlon.com
To register for the race visit: http://desertclassicduathlon.com/registration.html
February 25, 2010 on 11:23 am | In Product Information | No Comments
The Suunto t4c is a piece of training gear that will get used – but only if you want to maximize your training! New to the endurance world? Don’t know how to train? Don’t know how intense or how long your workout should be? Want to know how to train effectively? Don’t worry – the Suunto t4c coach is here. Utilizing the Suunto Coach feature, available only on the t4c model, the t4c can set up a personalized 5-day training plan that helps you maintain a balance between workouts and rest times. The t4c makes intelligent recommendations for the frequency, duration and intensity of your workouts and gives you accurate, personalized guidance by prescribing different training intensities on different days.
The t4c formulates their intelligent recommendations by utilizing an accurate measurement of how hard you have trained – or TE (Training Effect). The t4c calculates your personal Training Effect by monitoring your heart rate data from your personal fitness profile and combines it with an analysis of you physiological progress in real time. Your heart rate monitor then formulates your Training Effect, presented as a number on a scale from 1-5.
Using your Training Effect as a guide, Suunto Coach monitors and adapts your program automatically. It adjusts your schedule for the next five days to ensure you get the right amount of exercise in each phase of training.
If your activity level decreases, Suunto Coach monitors and adapts your program automatically. It adjusts your schedule for the next five dys to ensure you get the right amount of exercise in each phase of training.
Other key features of the Suunto t4c include real-time average heart rate, real-time calories burned, and speed and distance with the optional Suunto PODs. Additional functions include dual time, date, alarm and stop watch with split/lap.
Suunto t4c is gear that gets used!
February 25, 2010 on 10:31 am | In Announcements | No Comments
Tucson will be hosting Duathlon Nationals in 2011 and 2012. If any of you have not made the trip out to the desert southwest yet, this could be a great excuse. From the USAT press release yesterday:
TUCSON, AZ – USA Triathlon announced Wednesday that the scenic city of Tucson, Ariz., will host the National Duathlon Festival in 2011 and 2012.
Exact race dates have not been set, but organizers expect an April event for both years. Duathlon races consist of a run-bike-run format.
“USA Triathlon is thrilled to be bringing our National Duathlon Festival to Tucson in 2011 and 2012,” said USAT executive director Skip Gilbert. “Given the tremendous reception we received from Richmond, Va., for the past two years, we are confident that our nation’s 32nd-largest city and its active community will roll out the red carpet to help support and showcase our sport.”
“The selection of Tucson/Oro Valley to host the 2011 and 2012 USA Triathlon National Duathlon Festival provides the perfect opportunity to prove to world-class athletes and trainers how our community lives up to the title of ‘America’s Winter Training Capital,’” said Vince Trinidad, director of the Tucson Sports division for the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Additionally, the event will be an example of the seamless cooperation and collaboration between Tucson Sports, Oro Valley and Ventana Medical Systems, a private organization for which our destination is becoming well known.”
The 2011 and 2012 USAT National Duathlon Festival will consist of three duathlons in the Oro Valley – the Age Group National Championship, a sprint-distance Citizen’s Race and the Off-Road Championship. The 2010 event is slated for April 24-25 in Richmond, Va.
Tucson boasts an average of 350 days of sunshine annually, and event participants can expect average highs of 82 degrees and average lows of 50 degrees in April.
Set in the Sonoran Desert valley and surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson was ranked as the world’s No. 1 location for triathlon training by Triathlete magazine in 2009. The area is known as a hub for outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, rock climbing, golf and horseback riding. Tucson also boasts outstanding dining, museums and galleries.
The second-largest city in Arizona, Tucson has a metro population of more than one million. It is the home of the University of Arizona and ranks as one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in North America.
The area is serviced by the Tucson International Airport.
Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, an AAA Four Diamond property, will serve as the host hotel for the event. Packet pick up will take place at the resort, as will the event’s vendor expo.
2011-12 USAT National Duathlon Festival Race Distances (run, bike, run)*
Age Group National Championship – 5k, 40k, 5k
Citizen’s Race (sprint distance) – 2.5k, 20k, 2.5k
Off-Road Championship – 3k, 15k, 3k
*All distances are subject to change.
February 24, 2010 on 12:00 pm | In Giving Back | No Comments
Scoring free stuff may, in fact, be the most popular of the four topics mentioned in this blog title, at least at the moment it all goes down. I can assure you, however, that although it is a nice benefit of the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival, each of the future topics have a much greater global impact. Make sure you tune in next week (and the next!) to learn how. In the meantime, read on to see why I have included this topic…
SCORE FREE STUFF – With TriSports.com as the title sponsor, you can be assured that there will be some fantastic raffle prizes to give away. So fantastic, in fact, that it takes 2 hours to get through all of the goodies, and people spend wads of money on extra raffle tickets (everyone gets one with their race entry, and you can score an extra one if you opt out of receiving a t-shirt) in an attempt to take home those Zipp wheels, or the multitude of run shoes, or a piece of the $2500 worth of Profile Design gear, or any number of other prizes. We gave away over $32,000 worth of gear last year and are hoping to up that for 2010, so make sure you have plenty of cash on hand…you don’t want to miss out on your chance to take home something for almost nothing!
This year you may even have a chance to thank the manufacturers, suppliers and/or distributors yourselves with the addition of the Industry Cup Charity Challenge to our lineup! Year after year I beg product from all of them to help us entice you all to spend more money on raffle tickets and, in turn, raise more money for charity. More on that to come!
February 23, 2010 on 11:32 am | In Employee Adventures, Giving Back, Life at TriSports.com | No Comments
TriSports.com has adopted a highway! This is a service in the Tucson area where a group of volunteers gather together and pick up trash on the side of a portion of road. Several employees gathered together on Saturday, February 20th to clean the two mile stretch of Catalina Highway between Houghton and Snyder.
The effort turned out to be a great success! We filled up a total of four trash bags, which is an amazing feat. At first glance, it seemed as though there wouldn’t be much to pick up, but when we got out there and started walking, it was amazing how much garbage there was.
Everyone who came out had a good time. It’s amazing how much fun you can have picking up other people’s litter. We think we may have enough parts to build a car.
The City of Tucson will shortly be putting up a sign to make our adoption official and we will be planning more clean-ups in the future.
Kim, Sylvia, Sarah P, Erik, Bobby, Eddie, Lauren and Mike
February 22, 2010 on 3:14 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments
Twelve months ago TriSports.com did not have a cycling club or team. Fast forward a year and we have now, with the help of many people, built up the most dominant cycling club and team in Arizona, if not the entire southwest. The club is well over 120 members and we have both a men’s and women’s Cat 1/2 team (riding on Scott, SRAM Force, Zipp equiped bikes). Look out for more inforation on the club and team in the months to come.
February 22, 2010 on 2:44 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments
Have you ever thought about your race schedule and chosen races specifically to support your local athletic community? Have you wondered what would happen if your favorite race just up and went away? As race sponsors have backed off over the past few years due to financial strain, and as municipalities continuously raise fees for race permits and traffic control, it is a wonder that our beloved, local, home-grown races still exist. The reason they do is because of the athletes who enter them (you) and the companies who have made a dedication to supporting them (us). I propose we make a promise to eachother to continue showing our support for the small-guy races. They may not offer you the big-time competition or pro fields that make you feel special when racing, but they also probably don’t have bike courses that are overcrowded, registration lines that take over a half hour and exorbitant fees. Of course there is a time and place for the fun mega-races, but do yourself and your community a favor and sign up for a local run, ride or triathlon today!
Here are a few of the upcoming local races that TriSports.com is supporting in Arizona. Join us!
February 28th: TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon
March 7th: Tour de Cure
March 13th – 14th: Tucson Bicycle Classic
March 21st: Tucson Triathlon
April 20th: Tri for the Cure Arizona
February 17, 2010 on 12:01 pm | In Giving Back | No Comments
Where can you do all 4 of these things at once? At the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival, of course! We started TriSports Racing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, specifically to produce this triathlon extravaganza and donate money to charity. With that said, let me illustrate the 4 topics of the title over a 4-part series for your reading pleasure.
RACE – The weekend lineup of events at the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival is impressive! There is truly something for the whole family, for the beginner and advanced triathlete alike, and even for those who might not like to run. Saturday, June 5th, we have the DeuceMan Triathlon, a half-iron distance event that combines the beauty of the White Mountains with the challenge of a race at elevation. In fact, it may even be the highest elevation long course event in the country (not making that claim because I haven’t done the research, but it’s pretty likely)! Starting with the DeuceMan is the Deuces Wild Aquabike. Hate running, but love the rest? This is for you! While all those folks from the DeuceMan are getting off their bikes and preparing to run a half-marathon, you get to stroll across the finish line. Pretty sweet! For the athlete who likes to sleep in, give our Deuces Wild Olympic Distance Triathlon a try. An 8am start gives you more time to sleep, prep, or just hang out with your pals and laugh at the suckers doing the long course event. You won’t be laughing for long, though…your bike course intersects with theirs and you all get to do the last set of rollers heading back into Show Low. The final event on Saturday is the most inspiring – the Youth Deuceathlon! Watch the future of our sport get out there and race portions of the same course you did earlier in the day, only much cuter. This event is limited to 50, so if your tyke wants to take part, make sure you register soon! The weekend wraps up with XTERRA Deuces Wild, an off-road challenge that will have you smiling even as you inwardly curse the creators of the course. Expect surprises if you race this one…Seton always likes to throw something special in there!
Now I can’t finish talking about the race without mentioning our newest addition for this year - the Industry Cup Charity Challenge. This “event” is a combination of the DeuceMan, the Olympic and the XTERRA and has been created specifically for members of the bike, run, swim, triathlon, endurance, etc industry! They are always in the background, working the expos and supplying all of us with awesome equipment so that we can race, but what about them? The challenge will pit these companies against each other in an effort to raise even more money for charity – all proceeds from this challenge will go to the charity selected by the winning team. The winner will also get to take home a custom-made traveling trophy consisting of parts of products from each company participating in the event.
I think you can agree that there’s something for everyone at the Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival, so what are you waiting for? Register today and come see the excitement first-hand! Stay tuned for Part 2 – Score Free Stuff!
February 17, 2010 on 12:00 pm | In UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments
Tucson, AZ – Riders and staff from the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis joined Mayor Bob Walkup Monday night in a ceremony proclaiming Tucson the “Winter Training Capital.” The proclamation ceremony was held in conjunction with the “Evening With the Pros” reception hosted by team sponsor TriSports.com. More than 75 people attended the exclusive event at the retail store of TriSports.com, which is in its second year sponsoring the team. Another 40 guests of TriSports.com joined the team for a two-plus hour training ride through the Saguaro National Monument Tuesday morning.
“Both events were really well attended and professionally done,” said new UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis directeur sportif Gord Fraser. “It was a shot in the arm for the team to see that we already have some good fans out there.”
TriSports.com and the Tucson Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered to celebrate and reward the City of Tucson and local athletic community in its efforts to accommodate and encourage winter seasonal training, by proclaiming Tucson the “Winter Training Capital.” The designation will be used by local event promoters, athletic coaches and other tourism-based businesses to increase awareness and interest in selecting Tucson as a destination venue for winter training.
Fraser, who started training in the Tucson area in 1991 and has called Tucson home for over 12 years, knows full well how good the winter training is there.
“Tucson is one of the best cycling destinations, not just in winter, but all year round,” he said. “But certainly in the winter it’s hard to beat for weather. It’s usually pretty sunny. This has been the wettest it’s been in years here and we’ve only had one day of rain so far during camp. We may have another, but it’s perfect for what we need right now. Guys are getting what they need for training. Camp’s going really well.”
February 16, 2010 on 10:02 am | In Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings, UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments
This past weekend, a small crew of TriSports.com staff and TriSports Cycling club members joined our fellow sponsors of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team p/b Maxxis in Fountain Hills, AZ for a little bit of business and a lot of fun. The purpose of the weekend was for the sponsors to get to hang out with the team and introduce themselves to the riders and one another. We were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather for the morning group rides out to Saguaro Lake – a real treat for those who flew in from colder areas of the country. Saturday the attending sponsors were able to officially address the team to provide knowledge about their products. Since we do not providing a specific product, we thought it would be a good idea to let the team (and now the world) know exactly why a triathlon retailer has chosen (for the 2nd year in a row) to sponsor a pro cycling team. The reason is pretty simple: we all love to ride our bikes! We decided to get this point across, we’d make a little video…
Special thanks to Zachary, our Media Artist, for making the message come alive in a funny, light-hearted way!