November 30, 2010 on 6:45 pm | In Giving Back, Random Musings | No Comments
Last week marked the end of the triathlon and road cycling season for the majority of athletes in the northern hemisphere – we had well over 10,000 athletes here in Arizona for the El Tour de Tucson and Ironman Arizona. While these events mark the end of the season, they also mark the opening of the Winter Training Capital – here in Tucson, AZ. While most of the country is battening down the hatches for a nice cold winter, Tucson will have lows in the 40’s and highs in the 70’s. If you want to get a head start on your 2011 season then you might want to consider a trip to Tucson, visit your favorite triathlon store AND get some great OUTSIDE training in this winter.
Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Tucson and TriSports.com this winter:
- Thanks to some stimulus money we have over 200 miles of fresh asphalt on key bike routes in Tucson.
- See the newly expanded TriSports.com – if you haven’t been here in the last couple of years you will need to come check out some of our additions.
- Two M’s – Mexican Food and Mt. Lemmon – enough said there.
- You can come and check out our recently installed rainwater harvesting system – one of the largest privately owned commercial systems in the US.
- Your spouse/significant other has been asking for a vacation – what better way to accomplish this than awesome training for you and spa for them?
November 23, 2010 on 6:00 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing | 2 Comments
It was a tough day on the road for the TriSports/Eclipse cycling team at the 2010 El Tour de Tucson where riders battled 30 mph winds for the majority of the 109 mile bike ride. Team member Victor Riquelme reflects on his ride, battle with leg cramps, wind, and a little bit of barf…
November 20th was the El Tour de Tucson, a local fun ride/race held every November that always draws an eclectic crowd. Two unpaved, dry river crossings are distinguishing features of the course. The second crossing comes around half way through the race, and with a very narrow and sandy kilometer through the Sabino Creek is an extremely key point in the race. Because there is normally a peloton of 200+ riders going into the second crossing, anyone not entering the sand in the top 10 will often get caught behind countless piles of crashed riders. The course this year was 109 miles long, run counter clockwise around the city, with a strong 30mph south wind picking up through the day.
We brought a large team to the start, and formulated a plan to ride on the front for the entire first half of the race. Because of the incredible size of the El Tour peloton we needed to fight all day if we wanted to have any chance of contesting the finish. The P&S Specialized team from Hermosillo, Sonora has dominated the El Tour in recent years and have won the past 3 editions.
The race did not start off fast, and there were crashes in the first few miles including one on the very front which took out California fastman Rahsaan Bahati and 3 time Tour de France yellow jersey winner Greg Lemond. Both were able to rejoin the race. Myself and Brian Cornelius both fought to stay on the front early, and I got to approach the first wash in very good position. I sprinted into the river ahead of the main field, and was able to ride the entire dirt section at full speed. Once back on the road I was quickly joined by Chad Beyer (BMC Pro Cycling), but it was far too early in the race for a break to get away with any chance of winning the race. I was soon back in the main field, and an early break went up the road. The entire team rode to keep me near the front at all times, and a few of the guys also got up to help with the pacemaking.
In the final kilometers on Snyder Road approaching the second wash the speed increased dramatically, and the early breakaway had been whittled away by the very windy conditions to a lone rider, Jake Rubelt(RideClean). Entering the neighborhood Justin Orkney gave all that he had for the team, stringing the peloton into a single file line. I attacked 200 meters from the wash, and launched onto the narrow dirt road at full speed. I rode to the riverbed, dismounted, and sprinted on foot across the deep sand. I exited the wash alone and ahead of the main field. Jake Rubelt was still up the road, and was clinging to a 30 second lead. I was soon joined by a select group including notable riders – Jame Carney(RideClean), Eric Marcotte(Pista Palace) Chad Beyer(BMC Pro Cycling), Alex Howes(Felt/Holowesko Partners), Rahsaan Bahati(Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling), Nicholaus Schreiber(Landis/Trek), Thomas Jondall(Landis/Trek), and three P&S Specialized riders.
A very hilly and windy section of road after the second wash always finishes the peloton, and this year was no different. We caught Jake Rubelt(RideClean), the lone survivor from the early breakaway, on Sabino Canyon Road. 20 of us remained in the lead group, and we were told that behind us was nothing but small shattered remnants of the main field. After a volley of attacks climbing out of Sabino Canyon I found myself in a 3 man break containing Phoenix tough guy Eric Marcotte, but without P&S Specialized in our group we knew that the move would not stick and waited for the catch. Once we were re-absorbed P&S started hitting us very hard, with coordinated and repeated attacks on the climb up Oracle Road. Eventually Eric Marcotte(Pista Palace), Nicholaus Schreiber(Landis/Trek), and Hector Rangel(P&S Specialized) were allowed to go clear, and opened up a few minutes lead in the crosswinds in Oro Valley.
On the long downhill that is Tangerine road I was hit with some very serious leg cramps that rendered me unable to pedal, and I was forced to watch (in agonizing pain), as the front of the race rode away from me. After a few minutes the spasms subsided slightly, and I was able to pedal again. I put my head down and caught back up to the 1st chase, which was now around 18 riders strong. Up the road were only 2 riders now, Marcotte and Rangel. We were entering the last 20 miles of the race, which had us riding directly into a very prominent 30mph headwind. Jame Carney(RideClean) had done nearly all of the work in the crosswinds through Oro Valley, and continued to work very hard as we rode south. The time gap to the break continued to shrink, and as we came down the Frontage Road were in plain sight just 1 minute up the road.
With less than 10 miles remaining in the race myself and Thomas Jondall(Landis/Trek) attacked, and attempted to bridge across to the leading break. We made up half the distance, bringing the gap down to just 30 seconds, and the chase appeared to let us go. With just 5 kilometers remaining a very fast P&S Specialized rider, Rafael Escarcega, rode by Thomas and I like we were standing still. We were immediately caught by the chase, and I hung on to the back until the left turn onto Congress where I promptly cramped, threw up all over myself, and finished last out of the chase. Eric Marcotte(Pista Palace) outsprinted his breakaway companion for the win, with Hector Rangel(P&S Specialized) and Rafael Escarcega(P&S Specialized) sealing the 2nd and 3rd steps on the podium.
November 22, 2010 on 4:52 pm | In Product Information, Tech Tips | No Comments
What a joy it is to shift gears on a modern high performance bicycle—just pop the lever and click, click the shift happens so fast, so light, you hardly miss a pedaling beat. The current generation of road bike shifters works so well and so reliably that you don’t even have to think about them, you just ride and shift, ride and shift, with a big smile on your face. This incredible performance can lull you into a false sense of security–because eventually, inevitably, that super quick and easy shift, the one you always made without even thinking about it, will suddenly become slow, noisy, and maybe even refuse to happen…What gives? Why did your reliable old friend suddenly desert you? The answer is that, like every other part on your bike, those shifters—whether Shimano STI, SRAM Double Tap, or Campy Ergo Power, require some TLC—in the form of regular service. But what do you do to keep your shifter working at the highest levels of efficiency and comfort? How do you show your shifters the love they really need?
The most important thing to remember about indexing or “clicking” shifting systems is that they flourish best when clean, lubed, and most of all, when friction within the system is kept to a minimum. This means keeping your derailleurs cleaned and lubed, of course. But the most important—and the most ignored—routine maintenance you can do for the shifting of your bike is to regularly install new, high quality shift wires and housings. Why? Because your shifters depend on smooth, clean, low friction wires running through clean, smooth, low friction housings if they are to work well. Your bike started out with those things, but over time the inner wires and outer housings get contaminated with dirt and grime, become worn and frayed, and the quality of your shifting slowly and surely gets worse and worse. How often should you replace your wires and housings? For most riders, it’s best to do this yearly. And, while you’re at it, consider upgrading your system with a set of top of the line shift cables, such as Shimano’s Dura Ace SIS-SP41 wires and housings ($41.95). These fabulous wires/housings will improve the shift of just about any system. Boasting super-smooth inner wires of stainless steel running through silicon pre-lubricated outer casings, a set of Dura Ace cables increase the precision and ease of nearly all shifting systems. So, do your trusty bicycle a big favor—don’t forget to show your shifters some love—and some new shift wires and housings!
– Joe Bianculli
Bicycle Service Supervisor
November 19, 2010 on 10:03 am | In Product Information | No Comments
After three years of research and development, the new Litespeed Archon C1R Road Frameset takes center stage as Litspeed’s flagship model for 2011. With its Stealth-fighter matte finish – this frameset is lighter, stiffer, and faster than previous generations.
Made with a Reactive Pressure Molded (RPM) carbon lay-up, and boasting Aerologic cross-sections and size variable tubing. Litespeed engineers have produced a race-ready aerodynamic workhorse that’s designed to perform right out of the box.
Incorporating Litespeed’s legendary ride-tuning techniques, a BB30 bottom bracket, aero shrouded water bottle mount, and integrated seat mast – the 2011 Litespeed Archon C1R Road Frameset is packed with features that will put a grin on any roadie’s face.
November 17, 2010 on 4:09 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
Garmin continues to innovate with their new Edge 800 Cycling Computer with touch screen technology. The Edge 800 utilizes the Edge 500 and Edge 705’s best attributes and adds a color 2.6″ touch screen display and mapping options.
The Edge 800 measures speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for review. In addition, the Edge 800 has the ability to add maps and helps you compare successive rides over the same route. Uses ANT+ wireless to communicate with power meters like the PowerTap Pro+ Power Meter. The Garmin Edge 800 is also available as a bundle that includes a heart rate monitor strap, 10spd cadence sensor, and the City Navigator North American on Micro SD card.
November 16, 2010 on 12:38 pm | In Sponsorship | 1 Comment
Another weekend and a few more podiums to add to the list of accomplishments of our 2010 Team TriSports! Last weekend team members Leanda Cave, Kara Middendorf, Karin Bivens, Amy Regan, and Christina Edwards made their way to Clearwater, Florida for the 2010 Ironman 70.3. World Championship.
Tucson’s favorite local pro Leanda Cave showed how tough she is by being named Vice 70.3. World Champion (second place) just 2 weeks after her win at Miami’s 70.3, and her 10th place finish in Kona. Leanda will be wrapping up her season this weekend up in Tempe at Ironman Arizona!
Super speedy and always adorable age-grouper Kara Middendorf came in third place for the 30-34 year old ladies. After the swim Kara had her work cut out for her and biked/ran her way from 45th place to 3rd, “The run was perfect…four good hills to break things up, and a lot of cow bell…what else do you need?! I felt strong the entire run, so I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Karin Bivens was 4th in the 65-59 female age group, Amy Regan was 7th for women 45-49, and Christina Edwards was 37th for women 30-34.
This weekend the TriSports crew is heading up to Ironman Arizona to cheer on our team from aid station #7 on the run course. Athletes racing this weekend include Leanda Cave, Torsten Able, Ali and Joel Rutledge, Craig Sheckler, Josh Winter, Chrissy Parks, Ian Mikelson, Jenifer Garner, and Matt Grabau!
GO TEAM TRISPORTS!
November 15, 2010 on 5:00 pm | In Giving Back, Sponsorship | No Comments
TriSports.com does not only support triathlon races, clubs, teams and athletes; we also see the importance in teaching our youth that making healthy choices now will result in a healthier lifestyle later. To this end, we often help out various youth and school programs that make an effort towards teaching kids these valuable lessons. Ruskin Elementary is one of these schools, and they exemplify the dedication that teachers and parents have towards helping their children learn about being healthy. When Ruskin was starting out with their goal of creating healthy children, we supported them in their Fitness Expo, and since then, their program has grown into a benchmark of what exercise and healthy eating can do for young children.
This year, they received their region’s award for the 2010 Governor’s Challenge for “outstanding efforts to promote fitness for students, parents and teachers.” More than 2400 schools competed for this honor, and only 11 regional winners were selected, so Ruskin is definitely doing something right!
November 12, 2010 on 10:48 am | In Product Information | No Comments
If you need it – bring it! And, now you can really “bring it” with the new TYR Elite Transition Bag. Pack all your mission-essential triathlon equipment and have it race-ready for that special event. This over-the-top triathlon bag has tons of places to stash your gear.
It’ll safely and neatly organizes your swim, run, and cycling equipment into specific compartments. Separating all your gear and gadgets insures it stays clean, dry, and ready to roll. Plus, there’s a special mesh compartment to store a road or aero helmet.
This “gear hauler” has an adjustable suspension system to size-fit all triathletes. The padded waist-strap carries the weight on your hips – not on your back. With plenty of straps, buckles, pockets and Velcro closures – the TYR Elite Transition Bag is the ultimate tri-bag!
November 12, 2010 on 8:46 am | In Product Information | No Comments
Lance Armstrong’s Honey Stinger is here at Trisports.com! Honey based energy food that is great tasting and provides you with the needed energy for your next training day or triathlon.
November 9, 2010 on 2:09 pm | In Announcements | No Comments
TriSports.com in conjunction with the Tucson Triathlon Club will be hosting Jessi Stensland professional triathlete, movement specialist, and creator of MovementU on November, 22 at 6:30 p.m at the TriSports.com retail store.
Join Jessi for the ultimate interactive educational experience about injury resistance, movement efficiency and power in endurance performance. Enhance your understanding of your body so you can eliminate chronic pain and injury, smile more and perform better in life and sport.
Jessi earned her BS in Exercise Science from George Washington University where she was an NCAA Division 1 collegiate swimmer. Since 2004 she has been trained in functional performance by the team at Athletes’ Performance where she gained her inspiration for MovementU.