Indoor TT Series 2013

Indoor TT Series press release, January 5, 2013

Our Sand Point training studio currently features 16 CompuTrainer units, and is host to 21 training sessions per week, counting our ICE program and sessions for sponsored teams and groups.  But as a premier Northwest training facility, we are always looking for MORE.  This is why we are happy to announce a 12-race indoor time trial series in partnership with the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Vancouver, BC.


Here’s the deal:  Cycle U will hold one indoor TT per week starting in mid-January, continuing for 12 weeks through the end of March.  The courses vary from week to week–flat, hilly, and everywhere in between.  What they share in common is that they take most riders between 35 and 45 minutes, depending on strength.  That means one killer threshold workout!  Why pay to ride indoors when you could just go and train on your own?  A few reasons.

First, indoor racing creates conditions that are tough to replicate until race season rolls around:  continuous effort uninterrupted by weather, stop signs, traffic, etc.  This type of effort is challenging when your legs are used to taking 10 seconds rest here and there during a steady tempo ride.  Prepare yourself for longer rides and races with longer efforts!

Second, the atmosphere in a training studio packed with other racers is motivating.  Riding rollers in your garage can sometimes be less than inspiring; racing alongside other riders will get the adrenaline going and help you push yourself.  Plus, your results are measured against the more than 200 racers at more than twenty training studios in Canada and the US who participate in the program, so racing is fulfilling your patriotic duty to represent your country.  USA #1!

Third, prizes.  Your $10 race fee will help Cycle U provide an uncommonly high prize purse for this type of event. Cash, Joule 2.0 Computers, coaching consultations, bike fits–these, and more, are all on the list, and up for grabs.

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Farestart riders feeling the pain! Photo credit Gabe Templeton

Interested? Full details, including dates, times, and a more detailed prize purse will be out within the week, and the first race will be held some time between January 9th and 15th.  If you want some input, then head over to our Facebook poll to help us decide which day/time to hold the races, then get ready to giv’er!

Happy Riding,

Colin Gibson


Reports from the front: Black Diamond Sprint Triathlon 2012

Cycle U Coach Colin Gibson, a category 1 road cyclist, did the Black Diamond sprint triathlon on a whim and won the whole race. (Full disclosure: he’s a former collegiate swimmer. But it still shouldn’t be that easy!)
I am a weak-upper-bodied cyclist, so I decided to try out the Black Diamond sprint race to see if my arms still worked after several years of using them only to spread Nutella on toast. When Cycle U employees Mary and Dameon caught wind of this, they started giving me all the essential triathlon tips and accoutrements. My game plan was simple: 1) get a wet suit and some KY jelly for speedy transitions, 2) intimidate other racers by peeing in the water before the race, and 3) don’t completely suck at running.

Race day, I met up with Mary and a couple other Cycle U racers, who were in the transition zone (TZ, as the pros call it) for the ceremonial sizing up of the competition. Mary provided me with several spray bottles of a substance to apply to various parts of my body/pieces of equipment to make them slippery. I also covered my bike with this substance because I read on slowtwitch it gives you +5w.

It was clear and cold for the start of the 800m, clockwise, diamond-shaped swim, and I lined up on the far left of the beach, which was like 20 yards closer to the first buoy than where everyone else was lined up. We started, and I kicked and clawed my way toward the front, following the leaders. My arms felt like the arms of an inflatable flailing-arm tube man. At one point, some milfoil touched my toe and I screamed. I wound up fourth out of the water, 20 seconds behind the leader, by which time my arms were dead to me. I must not have used enough lube on my wet suit because my transition lost me another 20 seconds to the leader. I took off on the bike wet and angry with the pace car in sight.

I figured that the bike is where I would make or break my race, so I set to put my head down and giv’er. I took over the lead at about mile 4. By the start of the run, I had about 2 minutes on 2nd and 3rd. At this point, I almost decided to skip the run and just observe the procession of Olympic-distance racers making incredible pratfalls on the topographically complex and water-saturated grass of the transition area. Remembering the undoubtedly huge cash purse available to me, I thought better of it and took off running for the first of two laps on the dirt trail around the lake.

The run was only 2.8 miles, but I had no time checks to my pursuers, so I was running like Jerry Seinfeld after he stole a loaf of bread . Still, after a mile, I heard the pitter-patter of steps behind me, and saw a runner approaching. Figuring my goose was cooked, I slowed up to let him catch me, only to realize that he was on a relay team! We worked together to set pace for the second lap, and then I attacked him with a few hundred yards to go to cross the line clear.
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For my efforts, and beneath a banner advertising a gluten-free nutrition product, I was given a loaf of wheat bread and a trophy.

Thanks to Mary and Dameon for the support and advice, and finishshots.com for the picture!