This morning there was a press release that Cadel Evans is confirmed for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, slated for August 22-28.
By next week we should know if the entire Tour de France podium from 2011 will be in Colorado for the week-long race. The team rosters should be complete by August 4th. The rumor mills are hot and heavy that the Schleck brothers will be racing in Colorado as well – skipping the Vuelta a Espana.
Q. I noticed this morning that you have a roof-top bicycle rack on your Suburban that appears to be one added, not one that was on your car originally. We have had a Thule box for several years and have always used it on the Explorer, which came from the factory with a roof rack. I would like to use the Thule on my Highlander but it only has the side rails on the roof and not the cross bars, so we need to add those. Could you tell me what kind of rack you have and where you bought it? Being of similar statue, I have another question for you: how do you lift your bike onto the roof of your car? Thanks! Michele
A. Hey Michele - For the rack, the crossbars you see on my car are very old Yakima bars. The trays are Thule. The old Yakima trays wouldn't work with the new mountain bike forks, so we replaced the trays with Thule.
My height-impairment does make it tough to get a bike on the top of the Suburban, but I can do it. Most of the time I use a rack that’s in the rear of the Suburban made by a friend of mine, Ed Shaw (thanks Ed!). The design concept is similar to the one made by SlickFit behind this link.
Toyota might make their own interior rack, like the one made for Acura. I didn’t see one on quick check, but you might want to check with the dealer.
There are also rear-hitch racks that are easy to use if you want to keep the interior space and you don’t want to try to manage holding a bike above your head while balancing on the runners of your Highlander. I like the tray-type rack, rather than hanging the bike by the frame, like this one made by Thule.
There are a lot of options out there, I’ve only covered a few. Hope this helps ~
Last week I had the privilege of being one of the instructors at an ITU Level II Triathlon Course held in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The course was weighted heavily on student-based activities and a facilitative instruction technique by all instructors.
Additionally, the coursework was geared toward independent coaches and national federation coaches that work with Junior or Under 23 (U23) athletes in the Olympic pipeline.
I told coaches at the course that great athletes will not emerge without great coaches in today’s competitive environment. Talented coaches are absolutely essential to long-term athlete success. Part of becoming, and remaining, a top-level coach is continuous education.
The coaches that attended the course worked on multiple projects that included sport skills and drills; individual workout design concepts; weekly planning; and long-term strategies and planning for world-class success.
Some of the most valuable features of the course included the multiple problem solving sessions and round-table discussions held each day. Many coaches commented that it was an invaluable experience to be able to participate in a multi-national think-tank of coaching expertise.
Multiple coaches applauded ITU for acknowledging that strategic coach development is key to athlete development.
I couldn’t agree more.
Coaches working on classroom problem solving. Greg Mueller (USA), Larry McMahan (Canada), Ricardo Gonzales (Mexico), Sergio Borges (USA), Philip Gaskin (Barbados), Libby Burrell (ITU Sport Development Director), Gustavo Svane (Argentina), Kevin Clark (Canada), Loui Lopez (Puerto Rico), Luc Morin (ITU Sport Development facilitator), Susan Yackulic (Canada), Brett Petersen (USA)
Ricardo Gonzales, Susan Yackulic, Philip Gaskin, Greg Mueller, Angie Anderson
Where I live along Colorado’s northern Front Range, it is not uncommon to see highly talented athletes. In December of 2008, we had a special treat when my Sunday group ride went to Estes Park.
Estes is around a 32-mile climb from Loveland, Colorado. Sitting at the mouth of Rocky Mountain National Park, at about 7,500 feet, Estes can definitely be cold in the winter. Sometimes we get lucky and can cherry-pick a day to ride to Estes in any given month of the year. In fact some silly people make that an annual goal.
On one of the group rides, we happened to run into several of the pro riders doing a training ride. They rode to Estes from Boulder. I’m now hoping that simply standing next to Danielson and near van Garderen will make me faster. Perhaps it already has? Maybe there’s more to come?
It is fun to see these riders currently doing well in the Tour de France. Beyond the next two weeks and the Tour, I’m looking forward to seeing both TeJay, Tom and several of the top Tour de France teams at the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado in August.
Here’s hoping these guys can stay out of crashes and healthy ~
One of my buddies, Sledge Hanner (yes, he goes by that name – a pilot thing) is currently living in Kansas. He sent me a note that let me know Kansas has recently passed a couple of bills to help cyclists. The first is a 3-foot passing distance, similar to Colorado.
The second one I found more interesting and I haven’t seen it before – the “Dead Red” law. It helps both motorcycles and bicycles that aren’t heavy enough to trigger a stop light change. If the “cycles” stop and the light does not change (I’m not sure how long they’re supposed to wait) then they can proceed when it’s safe and no traffic is coming.
We are now nearing the end of the bike tour. After a rest day for most yesterday, it seems riders are eager to get pedaling again.
Day 6: Due to the bike path being washed out, we went by car to Dotsero. Those without personal sags along went via bus back to Gypsum. Everyone headed toward Vail, Vail Pass and then into Frisco. (80.3 miles, 4095 ft. of climbing)
Meeka and Del, the best sag team ever.
Vail Pass is a tough and rewarding climb. For whatever reason, I like it. I felt good climbing too. Finally.
Scott Ellis, Gale and Bruce Runnels - looking like it should be Rabbit Ears Pass - but no, it's Vail Pass.
I did think about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge riders that will be doing a time trial on part of Vail Pass in a few weeks. We plan to go up and watch some of the stages. Want to see Tour de France riders without traveling to France? Come to Colorado!
After the climb, there’s a descent into Copper Mountain and then Frisco. A few weeks ago, I noted that there was an avalanche covering the bike path between Copper Mountain and Frisco. The bike path was open when we went through, but…it seems there was some extra debris in the avalanche…
Ron Kennedy and Scott Ellis looking happy to be in the avalanche...
Walking the bike path in Frisco, near Dillon Reservoir, I caught a shot of some wild Iris (I think that’s what they are) with Grays and Torreys Peaks in the background. Summer in the mountains is fantastic.
Day 7: From Frisco we headed back toward Central City. (61.3 miles, 2633 ft of climbing) Because a running race was using the bike path between Loveland Basin (after the Loveland Pass climb) and Georgetown, tour organizers worked with Colorado Department of Transportation personnel to allow us to ride on Interstate 70 rather than bussing for about 13 miles. The State Patrol broke us into groups of about 50 riders and sent us on the highway in small groups. For the most part, this went well. There are always a few knuckleheads in every crowd.
Bicycle Tour of Colorado ended in Central City. A great way to spend a week. (383 miles, 17,834 feet of climbing)