Congratulations to Alfredo Rodriguez finishing 2nd in Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.

James Piccoli won the Fan’s Favorite Jersey Wednesday after his attack on stage 2 with 1k to go and finished 3rd that day!

Mountain Bike Season Update #8 | Winter Park w/ Rebecca Gross

I’m not a huge fan of weekend mountain travel.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the mountains but sitting for hours on a Friday evening of stop and go traffic while driving a loaded vehicle up a 15% grade in 90+ degree weather with 5k of your angriest friends who have the exact same idea only to repeat the feat 48 hours later pointing east is in high competition with the thought “is it worth it?”
After an entire season of Friday afternoon Denver mass exodus to high ground avoidance, I packed up the van and headed up the mountains to our community junior mountain bike camp.  There’s nothing like a big smack in the face from cool temperatures and gorgeous mountain views to remind you that it should be your mission to spend as much time as humanly possible making the most of such worldly wonders.

So after camp I returned the next weekend to race, and then again the following weekend after that.  With my fat tire campaign winding down to just a re-attack of the six-day life changing Breck Epic in August, I rekindled my love for travel in a few short drives up the mountains.   The Winter Park series covers the summer snow free calendar months but I typically end up racing the one weekend that correlates with the Colorado Freeride Festival.  I enjoy the bustle of the added racers and the opportunities of getting a glimpse into the world of big travel and bigger air.  While this year the cross-country racing fell on the weekend preceding and then again after the festival, I was hardly a chore to convince me to come up and shred some singletrack awesomeness

This race begins with a thirty minute climb and then proceeds through a constantly changing, attention consuming assortment of double and singletrack. While I figured my fitness would be a limiting factor affecting my impact on this race I found myself feeling comfortable and making progress to move forward through the competition as the race progressed.  Rather than dwell on fatigue, the seemingly never-ending duration of the course, or the racers chasing me, I focused instead on how enjoyable it was to be in the woods with my bike carving out the turns and flowing with the terrain.  I used the presence of the other riders to keep my motivation for churning out watts high and held on for a podium despite a level or surprise at my capacity to do so.

The weekend concluded with a trip up Rollins pass to fulfill my bucket list item of scoring saddle time over the scenic trestles, and a pavement ride through the phenomena that is Rocky Mountain National Park.  I must confess though that all of this amazing terrain is much more scenic when you aren’t draped over your handlebars desperately trying to extract oxygen from the high-altitude air but alas, it is way more fulfilling to see it this way.

I returned yet again the following weekend to attend the Colorado Freeride Festival as they added a short track component to the usual line up of gravity races.  Perhaps a bit unorganized, it was entertaining to have half the line toed up with freeride bikes and girls who didn’t normally flaunt their spandex.   It dumped rain the whole night and continued to pepper us sporadically as we warmed up which coupled with morning mountain temps in the fifties made for a very cyclocross like (or go back to bed) feel.  The cross-country riders certainly prevailed through this one much to the chagrin of the trash talking big travel bikes on the start line.  I scored another podium this round and set out on a mud splattered exploration of endless dirt roads that traverse the area.  I wasn’t disappointed as the temps rose a bit and the sun poked out to highlight the beautiful surroundings full of every color of wildflower, distant peaks with snow covered cols, wildlife in abundance, and not many other people.  It was definitely worth the drive.

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Tour of Utah Preview

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited to race the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah! Racing begins Monday July 31st and will cover 7 stages across the vast state of Utah! There will be over 21 hours of televised race coverage as well as an ongoing Tour Tracker so that you can watch the action unfold live. Preliminary Press Release with teams in attendance and riders to watch can be found HERE.

TV & Tour Tracker Information 

From the Tour of Utah: “Live, daily HD coverage presented by the Utah Sports Commission

Broadcast partner FOX Sports Network (FSN) will provide a total of 21 hours of national programming this year for the Tour of Utah, including 10 hours of live coverage. The Tour Tracker® app for web and mobile devices will provide start-to-finish live video, commentary, and tracking. Read more

Utah Training Camp

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is enjoying a great training camp in Park City, UT. After spending two weeks in the mountain town of Truckee, CA it was time to move the team 1,000ft higher to Utah where they could have the opportunity to preview the upcoming Tour of Utah routes.

Today the the riders tackled Stage 1  which begins in Logan, UT and climbs up over Bear Montain. On race day the course will cover 132 miles and over 6K ft of climbing. Once over Bear Mountain, they descended into Idaho and rode around Bear Lake before beginning the climb back up to Logan. The temperatures were high and the wind was stiff, which made it a great day for testing the body in race-day elements.

They will have 2 more focused route recon rides in the upcoming days as their final prep will lead them into the beginning of the event on July 31st.

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Canadian Climber James Piccoli Has Arrived

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited to announce the addition of James Piccoli to the roster for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. James is a native of Montreal, Canada and will be bringing an impressive depth of climbing to the team for the upcoming Tour of Utah and Colorado Classic.

“We are super excited to welcome James Piccoli to the Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team,” Director Heath Blackgrove explains. “He has taken a big step up in the last year and has really impressed us. He is consistently at the front end of every hard race and I am positive that with the help and support of our team, he will continue to progress. He is a great addition to our team and we are all excited to work with him.”

James has joined several of his new teammates in the mountain town of Truckee, CA for an altitude training camp.  This has doubled as a great way to jump straight into the team environment. With 6 teammates to tackle long rides with, the benefit will be undeniable come race time.

“The training in Truckee is awesome! I am having so much fun exploring new roads and the scenery here is incredible. The transition to the new team has been super easy because of how great the staff and riders have been and how welcoming they are, ” James recounted as we discussed his new setting. “We have already had some good rides, good dinners and good laughs so I can’t ask for much more. I’m really looking forward to The Tour of Utah and hoping to be a bit of a surprise there! I have never raced this event before, but I believe the team will come away with some pretty good results.”

James recently raced for the Canadian National Team at the Grand Prix Cycliste Saguenay after his solid early season successes which included a 5th place finish on the Redlands Bicycle Classic Oak Glen stage. Being fluent in French, Italian and English will add another layer of culture to our already diverse squad. We are excited to have James aboard and we are looking forward to many great race days ahead.

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