Thursday, October 23, 2014

Support Keeps Pouring in for the Cube

Scott Hurst just dropped off a dozen Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottles from the BYU-I Outdoor Resource Center. This is the Rolex of water bottles. Not everyone who does the Cube will get one of these, but twelve lucky people will. I am excited for the race and also for the raffle.
I just got a message from Tom Anderson. Preregistration numbers are running pretty hot.

Victor Spooky Cross!


Spooky Cross

Come out to the Victor Cross Coarse Thursday October 30th to test ride your Halloween Costume! Kids races and fun costume race at 6 pm. All categories race at 6:30 pm through the haunted course. 
Visit Athelete360 to preregister or register the day of. 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cube Preview

Tony, Chris, Stephanie, and I met with Tom Anderson today to finalize plans for the Cube. Tonight about nine of us went over to ride through the course a couple of times after the TNR. The level of interest in the Cube this year has been unprecedented and preregistration is well ahead of previous years. I am not promising a million people, but I think we are on track for a very good turnout. However, I know from working on the Cube in previous years that a local event lives or dies based on positive word of mouth so I am asking for your help to get the message out.
The Cube received a much needed infusion of cash from Dr.Jeff Hancock and his partners at Teton Cancer Institute.  Among other things we have used the money to upgrade the course marking with new step-in plastic poles and purchase some souvenir prices (engraved cowbells) for the top three male and female finishers in both the A race and the B race. In addition, we have received very generous support from Kelson, Sticks and Stones, Bill’s Bike Shop, Dave’s Bike Shop, Chris Huskinson’s Flying H Corporation, Taylor Chevrolet, Rexburg Massage Therapy, Great Harvest, Paul Mitchell, Hemming Village, and others. You can count on a great raffle which will include new crop potatoes.
The shirt is totally killer, indigo blue in color. We have a few left, but they are going fast. I have received quite a few inquiries about the kid’s race. We have asked Scott Adamson to take primary responsibility for the organization of the kids’ race. Depending on the number and ages of the kids who show up, we will probably separate them into about three groups with age appropriate courses. Kids’ registration is only $10.
The transition from the single track to the pavement was getting pretty eroded with lots of exposed roots.  Tom Anderson and the guys from the city brought in some dirt and the transition is now silky smooth. Our goal with the Cube is to put on an event with a decent level of competition but at the same time to provide something fun and memorable to participants of all abilities. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cube Preview Tomorrow Night

With the Cube only a few days away, tomorrow afternoon will be our final prerace meeting with the city officials. I will plan to send a short message out tomorrow night with some last minute information. Here is the plan for the Tuesday ride tomorrow:  If you are interested in taking a look at the Cube course, bring your cross bike.  Steve Wasden has agreed to be responsible for the route of tomorrow night’s road ride.  The cross guys will start with Steve’s group and split off early to preview the Cube when a good opportunity presents itself.

As you know if you have been keeping track, we only have two TNR’s remaining for 2014 due to the end of daylight savings time the first Sunday of November. In spite of cooler temperatures and dwindling daylight, support for the TNR has remained strong throughout the month of October.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Weston: Moose Cross Cat 4 + Bonus Video

Not sure if you know Chris Haskell or not, he lives is Boise and rides a CLX (CycleLogix) bike like I do for road. He is a professor at Boise State and knows Lana as well. He makes videos of all his races and just posted a video of the mens cat 4 race that everyone should check out.

Chris does a great job with his videos. He had a goPro mounted on his helmet, chest, handle bars, and seatpost.There is footage of Jeff's rebar encounter, and I think I saw you in there a couple times, Nate Starnes, and a few others. I recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel also. All his videos are fun to watch and it's nice to see commentary from a guy who's a weekend warrior like the rest of us. 
Here's another race of Chris's from 2013 featuring yours truly. This is the 'Biggest Show in Idaho' circuit race where I met Chris and we became friends.

From Kellen: How to Wear a Cycling Cap

Friday, October 17, 2014

Moose Cross - Don't Try this at Home

Dave B. was kind enough to send along a screen shot from video of the Moose Cross race. Kids, this is what happens when you catch your handlebar around a length of rebar at speed.  Lucky for me the rebar was capped, and my trusty Garmin HR monitor took the brunt of the fall.  Seeing it in replay make me count my blessings...

Red Bull Rampage 2014 Highlights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

VeloNews Reviews the Clement X'Plor USH

photo copyright Brad Kaminski/
This is the tire I have been using all summer on my cross bike for the Crusher, Rebecca's, and lots of mixed gravel-pavement riding. Like Spencer Powlison, the VN reviewer, I plan to use them for cross until it starts to get muddy. The 35 mm 120 tpi X'Plor is the best, most versatile gravel tire I have ever ridden.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What Tate Did Saturday

While the rest us were goofing off on the cross bikes, Tate had some real work to do. He narrowly missed the podium (5th place) in the men’s pro/1/2 field at the Mt. Charleston Hill Climb near Las Vegas. The numbers for this road race are truly staggering: 17.5 miles, 5045 feet of vertical gain, average gradient of 6-8%, Tate’s time 1:27

Rebecca Rusch New Book


The Art of the CycloCross Warm-Up

Cyclocross is a short high intensity endurance event that starts with an all out effort and includes explosive movements such as mounting the bike, jumping over barriers, and difficult run-ups. Throw in extreme weather and cold temperatures and it becomes imperative that athletes allow for enough time to warm-up and pay close attention to how they do it (Boynton, 2011)

After some digging I found some excellent articles that might be helpful as you develop your own cyclocross warm-up routine. Frank Overton of FasCat Coaching in Boulder CO suggests the model below (read the entire article here):
  1. Course Inspection: 10 – 30 minutes
  2. Stationary Trainer: 30 minutes with a Tempo effort, then a Sub-Threshold effort, then 2 x 30 secs ON HARD 1 minute OFF 
  3. End Warm-Up: 10 – 15 minutes prior to the start (Overton, 2010)
Image: Frank Overton -


Dynamic Stretching: Before heading off to the cyclocross course or upon arrival, consider doing some dynamic stretching (not to be confused with static stretching, which is best left to be done after your race), before starting your cardio warm-up. Dynamic stretching takes joints through the ranges of motion that will be experienced during the coming race and provides a great foundation for the muscle activation that occurs during cardio warm-ups, like the one mentioned above. 

Check out these great articles for more info:
Cyclocross Warm Up Protocol (

Racing Cyclocross in the Cold: The Warm-Up (

Boynton, J. (2011, December 28). Boynton Coaching. Retrieved October 15, 2014, 

Overton, Frank. (2010, September 20). Retrieved October 15, 2014, 

Great Pumpkin Cyclocross is Coming Up This Saturday

Update:  Kellen spoke to the organizers of the Great Pumpkin earlier today. Their event is cancelled. They are still planning to put on the Blue Goose.
You can follow the link below for more information about both of the Idaho Falls races, Great Pumpkin and Blue Goose. I will not be able to be there this weekend. I would be grateful if someone could take down a few posters to advertize the Cube. Please let me know if you can help out with this.

Monday, October 13, 2014