Elite PAC Tour Day 12: Mena, Arkansas with Mick Walsh

Elite PAC Tour Day 12: Mena, Arkansas with Mick Walsh

Day 12 of Elite PAC Tour greeted riders with buckets of rain + occasional lighting and thunder. After Lon Haldeman delayed the start by 25 minutes as he worked out a course re-route, the cyclists rode through water that was sometimes bottom bracket high. That each rider rode every mile of the course is a testament to the determination of all participating!

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Going the Distance with Coach John Hughes: Featuring Elizabeth Wicks

Going the Distance with Coach John Hughes: Featuring Elizabeth Wicks

Multiple record holder Elizabeth Wicks is a long time client of cycling coach John Hughes. Wicks is, well, resembles fine wine as she continues to improve with age. For example, Elizabeth recently surpassed the 60+ age group record she set during last year's Calvin's Challenge. However, that record remains in the books as Wicks is now age 70!

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Adam Bickett Prepares for RAAM 2015: Dealing with Adversity

Adam Bickett Prepares for RAAM 2015: Dealing with Adversity

oming off a fantastic 2014 race season Adam Bickett has been meticulously preparing for the upcoming Race Across America (RAAM).  He's run into some tough times during his 500 mile training ride as well as the SoCal RAAM Challenge event.  Dealing with unexpected issues could be discouraging for some but Adam has chosen to view these as learning experiences.  He feels fortunate to discover both he and his crew have been able to deal with the problems and get him moving.  Adam definitely has the right frame of mind as RAAM approaches!

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Alexander 380 Gravel Race with Balvindar Singh

Alexander 380 Gravel Race with Balvindar Singh

Balvindar Singh does a great job of adapting his riding skills whatever terrain and climate he happens to live in. Singh was a strong endurance roadie when living in Solana Beach, CA. After moving to St. Paul, MN in pursuit of his MD/PhD degrees (yes...MD and PhD...) he turned to racing a fat bike and recently tackled the Alexander 380. He sat down with us to share his experiences racing the gravel (mixed with a lot of mud) roads of Minnesota and the surrounding states. (Photo Credit Todd Bauer TMB Images)

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The Alexander 380 with Sarah Cooper

The Alexander 380 with Sarah Cooper

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..

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Elite PAC Tour (Episode 7): Mick Walsh checks in from Soccoro, NM

Elite PAC Tour (Episode 7): Mick Walsh checks in from Soccoro, NM

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.

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Athlete Profile featuring Team Sky's Ian Boswell

Athlete Profile featuring Team Sky's Ian Boswell

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!

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Health & Nutrition with Colleen Lingley, RD

Health & Nutrition with Colleen Lingley, RD

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.

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Elite PAC Tour (Episode 5): Mick Walsh checks in from Winslow, AZ

Elite PAC Tour (Episode 5): Mick Walsh checks in from Winslow, AZ

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.

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Polly Dawkins - Davis Phinney Foundation Executive Director talks Ride the Rockies

Polly Dawkins - Davis Phinney Foundation Executive Director talks Ride the Rockies

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.

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Professional Endurance Mountain Bike Racer Sonya Looney

Professional Endurance Mountain Bike Racer Sonya Looney

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 - sonyalooneyfilm

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Elite PAC Tour (Episode 2) - Mick Walsh checks in from El Centro, CA

Elite PAC Tour (Episode 2) - Mick Walsh checks in from El Centro, CA

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! 

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Elite PAC Tour (Episode 1): The Ride Begins Tomorrow with Adam Morley

Elite PAC Tour (Episode 1): The Ride Begins Tomorrow with Adam Morley

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.

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