Why Should I Race in a Time Trial?

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“Why should I be part of a Time Trial Series?”

Being fairly new mountain biking myself, I asked this exact question to myself when I first heard about a previous Time Trial Series. In all honesty, I was quite embarrassed that I had to ask other riders exactly what a Time Trial was! The truth of the matter was that I had NO IDEA the fun or benefit of a Time Trial. As I started riding in my first TT series, I quickly realized several aspects of a Time Trial that aided someone in becoming a better rider.

IMG_0266One, in all reality, as you participate in an ongoing back-to-back series, you are racing more against yourself each week than other riders. As you become more familiar with the trail each week, you will see an improvement in your time over each race.

Two, since there is are staggered starts with each rider, you have a constant awareness that someone is in front of you and someone is behind you. The rider in front gives you a mental feel of chasing someone down and the rider in the rear keeps your legs churning as you feel someone breathing down your neck.

Three, there is almost a guarantee that you will see your time improve over these back-to-back series. This builds your confidence no matter how long it takes you to cross the finish line in week one.

So, if you are on the fence about whether to ride in your local Time Trial Race Series, step out and give it a crank!


Tombo Tours Tours and Transport

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A friend of mine, Rod Cartier, is founder of Tombo Tours, which offers a great service for the mountain biker looking to shorten their bucket list.  Rod is probably one of the nicest guys I have ever met and he loves to serve others through biking tours and field trips.  My local bike club, Cape Fear SORBA, has partnered with him on many trips and no one has ever finished a trip with negative feedback!

Here is a snippet from his site to give you a taste of his offering:

Over time we realized that the solution was a single, purpose-built vehicle, capable of carrying ten riders (5 couples), a crew of two (guide, cook, driver, mechanic), fourteen bikes (gotta have spares), and enough gear to be self-sufficient wherever we planned to ride. And so we set about to acquire and outfit a 12 passenger Mercedes Benz Sprinter and a 14 foot tandem trailer. The resulting vehicle has been flexible, comfortable and relatively economical. Riders enjoy camaraderie along the way with hot coffee in the morning, cold beer in the evenings and arrive relaxed and rested.

Tombo Tours has several bike trips planned that you might be interested in so I encourage you to visit his website and consider joining him in “Riding the carpe out of the diem” as Rod would put it!

Strava’s Heat Maps for Biking

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The latest rage with Strava is to study heat maps of cycling.  Although you can study your own personal heat map, here is one heat map resource that uses GPS and segment info from Strava to build a heatmap of the most popular cycling spots in an area.

Strava Heat Map

I want to thank my local mountain bike club, Cape Fear SORBA, for literally helping put mountain bike riding in Wilmington on the map!

Texas Mountain Bike Trails

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Boy, do I wish that I had had a quality website to view like Texas Mountain Bike Trails when I started mountain bike riding in 2009!  Texas Mountain Bike Trails founder, Shawn McAfee, provides a website that seems to be growing every day with fresh bike related content.  Although I have only been riding for 4 years, TMBT has something for the beginner rider, as well as, the veteran mountain biker.

I was so impressed with Shawn’s passion for serving the mountain bike community, I actually called him on the phone just to hear his heart and love for the biking community.  Much to my surprise, I learned that Shawn quit his day job a few months ago and launched his own company called Hub N’ Spoke Media.  Hub N’ Spoke Media manages client’s email marketing, social media marketing, website building, video promotion and much more.  In tandem, Shawn does all this while continuing to build up Texas Mountain Bike Trails.

Texas Mountain Bike Trails is a real gem in the sea of biking websites.  I highly encourage you to saving TMBT to your bookmarks, blogroll, and the like.

Oh yeah, Good luck Shawn with your new business venture!

Dirtball Pedal 2 The People Mountain Bike Race Series

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*Race results are being posted on the Racing the Woods site!

Dirtball announced their 3-MTB Race Series 2013 called Pedal 2 The People kicking off next Saturday, June 22nd at Harris Lake Park.  I had several friends win some of the big $10K cash payouts from last year’s series and everyone spoke highly of the series.

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The Beginning of CamelBak

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In Performance Bike‘s most recent newsletter, they referenced the beginnings of CamelBak.  I was intrigued, so I followed up and sure enough the beginnings of the hydration pack for CamelBak started with an IV bag and a 1980’s sock.

Bicycle enthusiast, Michael Eidson, is competing in the “Hotter’N Hell 100.” And that’s exactly what it is: a 100-mile road race in the grueling summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas. Water is vital to surviving the race, and there are few places to refill a water bottle. Eidson, an emergency medical technician by trade, decides to fill an IV bag with water and slip it into a white tube sock. Yes, a tube sock. Then he stuffs the contraption into the back of his bike jersey, throws the thin hose over his shoulder and clamps it with a clothespin.

Read here to learn more.