Summer is around the corner and we are ready. With events taking up the weekends between now and Christmas, there is something for everyone to participate in, no matter the category of bike you prefer. We’ve added more detail to the calendar, with some interesting events on the horizon. The ‘Tour de Donut’ in San Luis Obispo and the ‘Hunt of the North‘ in Escondido are both new to me, but quite the refreshing approach to recreation and adventure by bike. More info starting on page 16 for some of the best events celebrating and motivating the turning of pedals.
Richard Duquette introduces us to the individual behind the coaching organization Breakaway Training, Felipe Loureiro. Using talent from within the organization, Felipe has directed the Breakaway Training Endurance Team, a men’s triathlon team with top riders at all age brackets. They are an interesting example of teams finding alternative revenue streams to support active racer programming – and doing so successfully.
For the latest installment of ‘Ask the Coach‘, Rick Schulz looks into the benefits of bike weight, versus aerodynamic drag. So much time and money is spent on lighter bikes, or lighter components, while the negative effects of drag, the low-hanging fruit of speed improvements, seems rarely considered.
In our Asphalt, Please and In Search of Dirt columns, we adventure through some exciting portions of the western United States. First, John Woodson introduces us to the second year of the Gran Fondo New York’s Santa Fe edition. He had a chance to do a preview ride of the course before the official event on June 23rd and it is a doozy, mostly because the working elevation of the ride is in the 7,000′ range, topping out at more than 10,500′. Gasp much?
For ISOD, James Murren journals his cross country travels through the woods and trails in portions of Prescott, Arizona. James put his phone in his pocket and free-rode the plethora of trails available from his starting point. With one trail-head acting as a North Star, he found his way around miles of cross country riding with out ever taking out a map.
Bob Becker made the trek to the Sea Otter Classic this past April to check out the offerings on display and provide his insights. Bob has a laser eye that cuts through marketing fluff, able to distill the essence of a product showcase in a sentence. Get his list of takeaways in this issue’s installment of Gear Patrol.
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Safe travels. See you on the route. Peace,
– Chris Reynolds