Gear Review: Effetto Mariposa

The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench lets me breath easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces

The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench helps me breathe easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces

Small details matter in mountain bike racing. Racers spend countless hours training their bodies, tweaking their bikes, scrutinizing the course, line selection, tire selection, tire pressure, race strategy, nutrition, on and on.

Small details can make all the difference between a perfectly functional bike and a race ending mechanical. With this in mind, I was thrilled to join Effetto Mariposa’s athlete team in 2014. Continue reading

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Rotor QX1 review

My Rotor QX1 rings work flawlessly throughout a tough season of racing. I opted for the 34T ring for most races and the 32T ring for very steep big mountain races. Not a single dropped chain all year!

My Rotor QX1 rings worked flawlessly throughout a tough season of racing. I opted for the 34T ring for most races and the 32T ring for very steep big mountain races. Not a single dropped chain all year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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XTERRA USA Champs

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Top of the stunning Ogden, UT bike course. The playground and proving grounds fortunate locals, ENVE composites bike wizards, and Xterra athletes

The 2014 Xterra off-road triathlon US national championship marked both the end of my season and the beginning of my journey as a professional off-road triathlete. The stunning Ogden, UT area is a worthy venue for the annual event drawing a world-class professional field as well as the best amateur racers from across the country. Continue reading

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Rocky Knob Bike Park

Rocky Knob might be the most progressive bike park in NC. There is something to challenge and delight everyone.

Rocky Knob might be the most progressive bike park in NC. There is something to challenge and thrill riders of all skill levels.

For any mountain biker in or passing through the Boone, NC area,  Rocky Knob Bike Park is a can’t miss experience. Continue reading

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Biking in Boone

Pictures and words can't encapsulate the majesty and grandeur of Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains

Pictures and words can’t encapsulate the majesty and grandeur of Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains

They say you don’t count the days in the mountains, but I’m clinging on to them for dear life. Some very generous family members are letting me stay in their cabin near Boone, NC for a few weeks. I’m dividing my days between education consulting work with an unbeatable view, and lung searing training leading up the XTERRA USA National Championship. Continue reading

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ENVE MTB Wheel Review

After extensive training and racing on the their 29er all-mountain rims, it's clear that ENVE stands well above the competition

After training and racing this season on their 29er all-mountain rims, it’s clear that ENVE stands well above the competition

ENVE composites makes some of the most sought after carbon road and mountain bike wheels and components in the bike industry. Unlike their competitors, who predominantly outsource manufacturing to China, all ENVE carbon rims are made in the USA at their headquarters in Ogden, UT. Renowned for quality, dependability and innovation, their products help triathletes and cyclists of all persuasions continually push performance boundaries. Knowing all this, I was floored when I won the  2013 XTERRA ENVE Performer of the Year award. Continue reading

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Rex Wellness Sprint Triathlon

Banner of race bib numbers from dozens of athletes lining the wall at the Rex Wellness gym

Clearly, the Rex Wellness Center in Wakefield is no stranger to endurance athletes

After spinning like crazy in my 34T single chainring mountain bike and getting smoked by a few fast dudes with TT machines at the UNC Wellness Center Sprint last week, I decided to dust off my road triathlon bike for the Rex Wellness Center Sprint Tri in Raleigh, NC. The event is produced by FS Series, a company that offers a fresh alternative to SetUp Events for NC Piedmont multisport athletes. Continue reading

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UNC Super Sprint Triathlon

First road tri in ages! Shared a bit of the off-road experience with fellow racers.

First road tri in ages! Shared a bit of the off-road experience with fellow racers.

Eager to reacquaint myself with the triathlon community as I settle back into North Carolina living, I signed up for a couple of short local races. No pressure, just a fun opportunity to get to know some other locals in the sport. First up was the SetUpEvents UNC Wellness Super Sprint on Sunday, August 10 at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont in Chapel Hill. Continue reading

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Race Day Nutrition

Pancakes, cornbread, and bananas are my go to fuel sources for long bike races. OSMO keep me hydrated.

Pancakes, cornbread, and bananas are my go to fuel sources for long bike races. OSMO keep me hydrated.

Note: This post is cross-posted on the Sport Tracks blog at sporttracks.mobi.

In the middle of spring semester of my sophomore year of college, I signed up for a nearby half-iron distance triathlon held the weekend after final exams.  I managed to squeeze in a good bit of training between coursework and paid work, and felt prepared for a good performance going into race weekend. Having never raced anything longer than an olympic distance triathlon or read anything about fueling for endurance competition, I was ignorant to the paramount importance of a solid race day nutrition plan for optimum performance.

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NC Piedmont Climbing: Pilot Mountain

A stunning landmark and the crown jewel of the Saratown Mountains, Pilot Mountain is the road bike climbing destination in North Carolina's Piedmont region

A stunning landmark and the crown jewel of the Saratown Mountains, Pilot Mountain is the road bike climbing destination in North Carolina’s Piedmont region

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