With the exciting growth of the Utah High School Cycling Association, led by director (and Dave’s wife) Lori Harward, we have been more involved with youth cycling in recent months and are now coaching some young and extremely promising riders. At the other end of the spectrum, riders in their late forties and fifties – and beyond – come to us from a variety of backgrounds. Some raced earlier in life and want to get back into it, some are new to the sport, and still others want to take their fitness to the next level, whether to prepare for challenging rides or targeted events.
Some days living in warm and dry temps, where you can count on feeling thirst and sweating sunscreen, can feel so refreshing when an ‘April Shower’ blows wet+cold. Our body and mind adapt to our environment though, so this shock to the system can truly shift our energy and therefore performance as endurance athletes- whether the triathlete facing ‘cold shock’ from open water or the cyclist caught in a chilling downpour
The 2012 Exergy Twilight Criterium was held this past Saturday night, and despite the wet weather, Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare) took his second win at the Boise event, while Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12) secured a surprise victory in the women’s race.
As for the racing itself, I have been lucky enough to sample all kinds of mountain bike events over the past few months: from the big spring endurance races like the Whisky 50 and Gunnison Growler to the highest level of cross country at the Mont Sainte-Anne and Windham World Cups.
The I-Street Jumps is a user built unofficial bike terrain park in the upper Avenues of Salt Lake City adjacent to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The jumps have been constructed over approximately the last 17 years on the outskirts of Morris Meadows on land owned by the Salt Lake City Watershed District.
Racing for a national championship is typically the stuff you only dream about. Racing for a national championship in your back yard, though, is almost too much to pass up. And for Cortlan Brown, a student at Salt Lake Community College, it was an opportunity he simply had to take advantage of – capturing the USA Cycling Collegiate Division II Championship on May 7.
In its last year as a full distance Ironman event, the race considered the most difficult in North America showed every intention of going out with its reputation intact.