Wednesday, November 26, 2014

From Today's NYT: Why Antioxidants Don’t Belong in Your Workout

I have never really been a vitamin consumer, but I did take vitamins C and E for a while in the early 2000's when every endurance athlete or endurance athlete wannbe was doing so. Then I kind of lost interest. Plus even then, some studies cast doubt on the practice. Newer studies suggest that consumption of these vitamins may actually cause a small decrease in training response to exercise.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GCN: How to Properly Use a Torque Wrench

There is plenty of good advice in this 5 minute video. You have probably noticed that the torque specification on most stem bolts is 5 nM, but most preset torque keys are 4 nM. In most cases, the torque specification imprinted on bicycle components is a maximum setting. According to GCN, it is generally advisable to start about 20% lower.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Highlights 2014 UCI Road World Championships

It is so great to start seeing more coverage of women's racing! These highlights from the 2014 UCI Road World Championships give equal coverage to both the men and women's races and provide an exciting recap for everyone.

The women's road race (starting at video marker 30:28), was particularly gritty with an unbelievable pile up crash at 30:56. Although the crash is a bit terrifying, the effort and athleticism of these women is quite inspirational. So, happy riding ladies!

Video Link

Thanksgiving Morning Road Ride

This semi-traditional ride can be difficult or impossible if the weather does not cooperate. Right now, the forecast for Thursday looks very favorable. Departure time will be 9 a.m. from Sticks and Stones. That gives everyone a couple of hours to ride and still be home in time to help out a little in the kitchen and carve the turkey.                                                

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ironman Fun in Arizona

This is a brief description of Tony Perkins, Kent (Hammy) Johnson, and Mike (Sharky) Whitesides’ epic adventure on November 16.

First and foremost I want to thank Dave Anderson and all of the TNR riders for contributing to our success in the 2014 Arizona Ironman. Without playful and competitive Tuesday Night Rides, our bike training would not have been as fun or effective.

For those of you who don’t know what an Ironman is, it is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run or sometimes called a 140.6 (2.4 + 112 + 26.2). The World Championships are held in Kona, Hawaii every October. Ironman Arizona is a qualifying event for Kona with 50 slots available. Hammy and I were 1st timers while Mike was competing in his 4th Ironman event. Mike was hoping to earn a slot to Kona.

The day started like any other long hard day of competition at 3:45 am. We woke up, quickly ate a small breakfast and departed for the race venue at about 4:30 am. Most of the 3000 racers had the same idea and we got stuck in gridlock traffic as we approached Tempe Town Beach where the whole event unfolded. We got close and Mike decided to drop the car in a questionable parking spot and we walked the rest of the way in. We arrived at about 5:45 am. We split up to do our final checks of our bikes and transition bags, last call bathroom breaks and then tried to relax for a few minutes before we squeezed in to our wetsuits. The gun sounded at 6:45 for the pro men and 6:50 for the pro women. The gun sounded shortly after 7:00 for the other 3000 competitors.

A mass start for the swim is exactly what it sounds like. 2.4 miles of roller derby action in the water. We all had similar experiences in the water with collisions and crowding. For me, it was a difficult swim, not because of the distance but because of the beatings.

Once out on the bike, Hammy and I consistently moved up through the other riders. There are rules that prohibit drafting or blocking so the entire effort is un-aided by other riders. Our average speed for the 112 mile course was about 20 mph. Mike flew through the course at 22 mph. High winds (not by Rexburg standards but by Arizona standards) took its toll on many riders and ultimately caused some to quit or suffer greatly on the run. It was like another TNR wind ride for Hammy and I. We were prepared for worse.

Neither Hammy nor I have ever run a marathon and this race was going to be our first. Fresh legs would have helped, but all things considered, we did fine. Both our times were well under five hours and our overall times in the Ironman were sub 12 hours. That is a top 20% finish among all other racers. Mike posted an impressive finish time of 9:45 and was 59th overall and 7th in his age group. Sadly he missed an invite to Kona since there were only 6 allocated slots. 

The entire race was amazing and still a bit unbelievable. Special thanks and highest praise to our family and friends who supported us at the race. Crazy long races like Lotoja, the Crusher, this Ironman and others prove that we can do more than seems possible with the proper training, support and attitude. Will we ever do another one? No word on that at this time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BengalCross Photo Album

Many thanks to Whitney Garrett for braving the cold and sharing these photos!

VeloNews Reviews the Light and Motion Urban 800

photo copyright Caley Fretz/
The purpose of this blog is not to sell you things. However, years ago, I would have welcomed an endorsement for the Light and Motion Urban series before wasting time and money on lesser lights. The Urban series features a range of lights from 350 to 800 lumens with pricing from about $70 to $180. As with most technology, performance has increased and prices have dropped substantially over time. When I bought my 350 lumen light a couple of years ago, it retailed for about $150. My experience with this light has been overwhelmingly positive. It is bright, dependable, and attaches easily and securely to any handlebar. It also came with a helmet mount which I have never used. If you are looking for a bicycle light, I would start here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

From Scott Hurst: 1st Annual Fat Bike Swap - Sat Nov 22nd - 9 am to 1 pm

Friends, Associates and Supporters of TMBT

REMINDER --- About the First Annual Fat Bike Swap - Sat Nov 22, 2014 hosted by Teton Mountain Bike Tours.

Event: 1st Annual Fat Bike Swap

Date: Sat Nov 22, 2015 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: TMBT Shop - 545 North Cache Street Jackson, Wyoming next to Creekside Market and just south of DQ

Questions or More Inform: David Hunger @ 307-690-0712

Details for Fat Bike Sellers : Drop Off - Fri Nov 21, 2014 - 3:00 to 7:00 pm @ TMBT Shop and Pick Up - Sat Nov 22 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Price: $25.00/Bike.  TMBT will donate the Swap Proceeds to Local Non-Profits to help promote Fat Biking in Jackson Hole Area.

Incentive to Attend: Great Drawings for Fat Bike Products from 45 Nrth, Vee Tires and Polarbottles! 

Please spread the word about this event and help promote Fat Biking in Jackson Hole - Thanks Much ! Please let me know if you have any additional questions on this event.

David Hunger
Teton Mountain Bike Tours or
800-733-0788 or 307-733-0712


Whitney's Bengal Cross Photos


You can see more of Whitney's cross photos on her Facebook page

Sunday, November 16, 2014

XC Ski Kickoff with the 'Burg Nordic Club

Over at our sister site we've begun posting in anticipation of the upcoming XC ski season.  Many have expressed interest in finding an alternative venue to keep up their fitness in the off-season, and we're happy to offer the newly minted 'Burg Nordic Club as a vehicle.

For more information follow this link, but as a brief overview we'll be starting the season off with a little get-together:

Cross-Country Kick-off

Bring your own equipment, or feel free to drop in at the ORC for rental fittings on your own, (the high school group will meet there on Saturday, December 6, 10AM).

We'll be on snow at the Teton Lakes Golf Course on Saturday, December 6th, starting at 11AM (conditions permitting).  We'll hang around for a few hours, depending on how things go.
Anyone with any level of experience will be welcome.  Those who know a little bit more can help those who know at little bit less.

We look forward to a great off-season on the snow together!

Bengal Cross, So Fun, So Cold

Yesterday’s Bengal Cross was not the snowiest cross race I have been to, but with the wind chill, it was likely the coldest. Peter Joyce and the guys from the ISU Outdoor Recreation Department built a fun and challenging course at Bartz Field on the ISU campus. The hilly area around the playing fields includes several levels of fairly large landscaping terraces as well as some smaller terraces which provide steep climbs/run-ups and some abrupt drops.
I don’t think there is any question that mild temperatures like last weekend would have drawn more participants, but sometimes it is the extremes that make an event memorable. This was the inaugural year for Bengal Cross and its organizers, and like the other Southeast Idaho cross races, it has substantial potential for growth. I look forward to riding Bengal Cross years from now and reminiscing about the kind of miserable year that started it all.
Six cyclists from the Upper Valley braved the conditions at Bengal Cross: Dan, Shea, Jordan, Kellen, Jeff, and me. Dan and Shea opted for the B race and won the men’s and women’s divisions respectively. They were each rewarded with a large handsome ceramic cup custom-designed for the event. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Roller Video Review: Slaying the Badger

It looks like the outdoor cycling season has swiftly come to a close.  Although I hold out some hope that we can keep up our tradition of a ride on Thanksgiving morning, I'm guessing most of us will be spending the majority of our time in the saddle either parked in a trainer or on the rollers.

Today I'd like to begin a new feature on the blog: the Roller Video Review

If you come across a TV show, documentary, movie or YouTube video that holds your attention for at least 30 minutes while cycling indoors, please let us know so we can link it and share.

I can think of no better way to start it off than by sharing an excellent documentary by the folks over at ESPN's series 30 for 30.

It's called "Slaying the Badger" and documents Greg LeMond's relationship with his teammate Bernard Hinault.

From the tagline:  American Greg Lemond helped teammate Bernard Hinault, The Badger, win the Tour de France as teammates. In 1986, it was supposed to be LeMond's turn, but would it be? It was a turning point in cycling.

You can watch the whole thing on Netflix, ESPN or YouTube here:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bengal Cross, Ironman Arizona

Best of luck to Tony, KJ, and Mike at Ironman Arizona on Sunday. Meanwhile, here in Southeastern Idaho, there is only one piece of unfinished cycling business; Bengal Cross in Pocatello on Saturday.  It will be cold and conditions will be tough, but I am confident it will be a great event. I could not be happier with the local cross season thus far with the three race Victor series featuring Moose Cross as its showcase event, the Cube, Blue Goose, and now Bengal Cross. I am fighting a cold this week, but unless it gets substantially worse I will plan to be there on Saturday. If anyone is interested in consolidating transportation, please contact Kellen or me. You will probably want to ride with Kellen since he is not sick.                         

From Kellen: TDF Route to be Riden on Raleigh Chopper

For American audiences, this bike is essentially the UK version of a Schwinn Sting Ray.  A link to the story follows the video.