Panache Elite racer Sarah Cooper is having a phenomenal season recording victories at both the Sebring 24 and Heart of the South 500. Sarah recently completed The Alexander which is an epic 380 mile gravel race which begins and ends in Minnesota. The self supported racers are given only a cue sheet for guidance. On the eve of the 2015 event, racers went to bed as heavy rainfall was drenching the course..Read More
Elite PAC Tour riders crossed the Continental Divide and entered state #3, New Mexico, as they make their way across the country. Today featured a 155 mile stage from Springerville, AZ to Soccoro, NM. Panache Endurance racer Mick Walsh checks in from Soccoro hoping to get a good night's sleep in preparation for tomorrow's 170 mile ride to Roswell, NM.Read More
Ian Boswell (Team Sky) is now in his third year as a professional cyclist. His maturation from rookie to veteran has been inspiring to watch. Ian joins us to talk about life as a pro racer, his career goals, his great performance on the Mt Baldy stage at Tour of California and finally, being named to the "10 Most Eligible Bachelors/Bachelorettes in Cycling" list!Read More
Panache Elite Team's Mick Walsh checks in from Springerville, AZ following Elite PAC Tour stage 5. Following a difficult stage 4, the group was looking forward to an 'easy' day...didn't turn out that way!Read More
This show is an introduction of our health and nutrition expert Colleen Lingley, RD (pictured above at the Sedona Half Marathon). Colleen will be joining us for a twice monthly show focusing on the topics of...you guessed it...health and nutrition! We welcome your questions and suggestions for topics - please message them to the Over the Top Cycling Facebook page.Read More
Today's stage was 155 miles long with approximately 9,600 feet of climb including Mingus Mountain and Strawberry Grade. Temps have remained rider friendly with highs in the mid 80s. Mick Walsh thought of standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona but decided to get to his motel instead...where he checks in for a quick update with us.Read More
The mileage is creeping up as is the amount of climbing. Today the riders crested Yarnell Grade as well as The Spars on their way to the day's finish in Prescott, AZ. Temps remain favorable with highs reaching only the mid 80s.Read More
Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation Polly Dawkins joins us to discuss one of the Foundation's most popular fundraisers: Ride The Rockies. Every dollar the Foundation team raises will go to the charity.
From the Davis Phinney Foundation web site:
The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is unique in the Parkinson’s community. Our mission to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today makes us so.
We are committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease.
The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease.
The Davis Phinney Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to putting every dollar to work to fulfill our mission. We operate without an endowment and rely on direct support from individuals, foundations and corporations.Read More
Alex Telitsine and Mick Walsh check in following the 128 mile day 2 of Elite PAC Tour. Monster tailwinds and a relatively flat course made for a quick trip to Quartzite!Read More
Professional endurance mountain bike racer Sonya Looney joins us today to discuss her film that is currently in the works. Sonya pushes herself to the limit and once she accomplishes an event, she is on the lookout for a race that will expand her experiences yet again. For updates on the film and fundraiser please go to www.sonyalooneyfilm.com or check out her Twitter and Facebook accounts - sonyalooneyfilmRead More
We're following Panache Elite Team members Mick Walsh, Adam Morley and Alex Telitsine as they ride coast to coast with Elite PAC Tour. The daily mileage is starting out with relatively short distances - Day 1 to El Centro was 119 miles - which means saddle time will increase dramatically as they cross the country!Read More
Team Sky's Ian Boswell took a well earned 3rd place during today's Stage 7 of the Amgen Tour of California. Boswell has truly matured as a professional cyclist during this, his third year with Team Sky, season.Read More
United Health Care Cycling Team's Kiel Reijnen checks in following Stage 7 of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. The Mt Baldy finish caused a shake up with results and exhausted legs in the field!Read More
Panache Elite Team's Adam Morley Skypes in for a brief chat on the eve of PAC Tour's Elite Tour. 18 days to cross the country - coast to coast - by bicycle. Starting out averaging around 120 miles per day, the daily mileage increases to upwards of 190 per day. We'll be checking in nightly with Adam and/or one or two of the other participants.Read More
Before John Hughes became one of the most respected coaches in endurance bicycle racing he posted some excellent results as a racer. Hughes is a two time winner of the Furnace Creek 508 and held the Boston-Montreal-Boston 1200k brevet record. The RAAM finisher has also completed PBP and numerous other events. In this episode of Going the Distance, John is joined by PBP neophyte Terri Gooch who is looking for guidance in training and strategy.Read More
Two points of view from the 2015 Tour of the Unknown Coast (TUC) today as we are joined by TUC director Vic Armijo and TUC participant PJ Lingley. Perfect weather conditions, beautiful scenery and a challenging ride all made for a fantastic weekend!Read More
Optum Pro Cycling Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling Team's Brianna Walle joins us this evening as our featured Athlete Profile of the week. Encouraged to begin racing by co-workers who noticed how quickly Brianna commuted to her job, Walle became a fast rising star in the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) ranks. A mere 5 years after her first bicycle race Brianna is a full time professional cyclist who loves her job!Read More
In preparation for the "main event", Race Across America, www.raceacrossamerica.org on 20 June 2015 our team decided to ride the RAAM Challenge 400 as practice for the crew & 1st time that some of us had ridden together. I arrived in Oceanside on the Thursday before the race with my teammate Don Williams (we are on the Valley Spokesman Race Team), Lowell "SKip" Morgan, (my teammate from RAAM in 2006 and several Furnace Creek 508 races) and a new member to our team, Ray Porto who lives near me in Jackson Ca.
After driving into the hotel parking lot on Thur. night we the smell of gasoline was very strong. We looked all over but couldn't find any sign of fuel on the ground. Next morning upon inspection we saw a wet spot on the bottom of the fuel tank. I didn't feel as though we should go ahead and leave it that way so I drove around Oceanside until I found a shop that could take a look, a Midas Muffle shop. The inspection indicated that somehow the fuel pump and associated hose were leaking...not good, but the shop was able to find the parts and repair the leak. $670 later we were on the road and barely made it to the required vehicle & bike inspections for the race.
Unfortunately the team wasn't able to do much but rest & maybe watch a little TV. Most of the van preparation had been done beforehand so we passed the inspections easily that to our RAAM official friends.
I was up at 0230 on Sat. morning to get the van & myself ready. Having hit the bed @ 10 mad for a short night of sleep but I felt good. Don was up not long after me, then the rest. We loaded up the vans & headed to a Denny's close by for coffee, some ate breakfast but I stuck to my normal routine of Ensure. We arrived @ the start around 0430, in the dark & I park the follow vehicle in the line while Tim Skipper got ready to go. Our rider order was Tim, Don, Lowell then me. At 0500 we started and headed on what is mostly the RAAM route until we get to the base of Mt. Palomar. I've always ridden by it on RAAM so this was my and everyone's chance to do it. We had lots of company as there were quite a few local riders out there as well. We made it to the 1st time station in good time, a little over 5 hrs, which considering all the climbing wasn't to bad. As we had 2 "rookie" crew we were training them as well......getting lost a few times as the instruction sheets were not as good as those on RAAM. After Henshaw we were off to Borrego & down the glass elevator, always a thrilling ride & Tim had the honors although Lowell decided he was going as well @ the same time).....go figure!
Time station 2 was in Borrego Spring/Palm Canyon and we made it there quickly, just a few hours after riding through the Montezuma Valley towards Palm Canyon, 90.1 miles in. Did I say it was HOT....temps hovered near 100! After Borrego Spring we traveled along the Borrego Salton Seaway.....fancy name for a old, rough highway and arrived @ Time Statio 3, which was located at the Northern End of the lake. Traffic along California State Hiway 86 wasn't great but the shoulder was wide.
After some long "pulls" in the heat we arrived at Time Station 4, a mini-mart in Niland, a lonley looking small "town" near the bottom of the lake. 184.5 miles in, almost halfway. Refilled all the water jugs & crew grabbed some snacks. On the way to Time Station we wandered thru the desert area at the South end of the lake on State hiway 111 & 78, not much out there but it was cooling off a bit as it was about 4 PM when we rolled into or near the Glamis Beach Store (not by any beach that I could see). We were about 16 hours into the race and still feeling good. We had still be changing riders every 30 minutes but the heat was taking it's toll! Did I mentioned the San Storm? Before we reached the Beach Store we we stopped by local RAAM Officials & high winds from the side, very high winds. I had the honor of taking that section of the route on my Cervelo TT bike with it's deep dish Bontrager wheels......fun stuff. For some reason I was unable to find my clear glasses so I was struggling with sand in my eyes (ears, nose mouth....everywhere)! Once I unclipped a foot as I thought I was going to fall as I rode thru some deep sand. There was also a "snow" removal truck on the road (my side) trying to remove the sand, but I managed to miss it (I have a real "thing" about trucks as some of you may know!
It was dark now and we were approaching Time Station 6 @ mile 264.4 and Tim Skipper decided it was time to feed the riders & Crew real food so a bunch of pizzas were ordered from a local Dominoe's in Brawley. Tim rode ahead with his van and we in my van tried to find not only the time station but Dominoe's. Took a while and we messed up our mileage setup but did find the food. We later hooked up and spread the cheer....hot pizza. Beer would have been nice but not yet! After heading out o Brawley we passed a US Border Patrol check point but they just waved us through. Then it was time to head back to Lake Henshaw via Highway 78 which would take is to Time Station 7 and into more climbing ultimately reaching 4207 foot pass into Santa Ysabel. The climbs were tiring at this point! We arrived back at Lake Henshaw in the dark or was it early morning, I don't remember. We were 26 Hours & 351.2 miles in and time was getting short if we were to have an official finish. We still had a lot of climbing to do, short rollers mostly but steep so right before Cole Grade I decided we should shorten our "pulls" to 15 minutes. As we got closer I "volunteered Tim Skipper & Don Williams (the young guns on the team & riding bikes with good climbing gears)to ride very short "pulls"....1/2 mile to attack the climbs. I drove the van with the side door open and Tim Barrow would jump out and make the bike/rider changes. Tim & Don were awesome....I knew they were tired but they came through like "champs" and we were able to make it to the finish with 1 1/2 hr to spare.
Don't use the phrase 'well it's not rocket science ' around Nick Frey. Following his time as a professional cyclist, Frey actually WAS a rocket scientist! Nick brought his mechanical engineering skills with him to the bicycle company which he founded - Boo Bicycles. When not designing bikes, Frey keeps up a busy riding and racing schedule. Next on his list is the Dirty Kanza which takes place at the end of this month. He joins us to talk gravel riding, gravel racing and designing a bike to specifically take on the unique conditions gravel presents.Read More
Cycling coach John Hughes has guided me to multiple successful finishes in ultra cycling events. I'm happy to have him join us for our new endurance coaching program "Beyond the Century". In our first episode we focus on the importance of Periodized Training. Photo above is John celebrating his 65th birthday with a Moab mountain bike ride. Next week we'll discuss preparing for Paris Brest Paris.Read More