5 Winter Training Tips for Bikers

The weather is changing and getting cooler and you may find you are jumping into your “shoulder season” habits. Your shoulders and neck are and getting stiffer and less supple as the days pass and the weather drops. Now that summer riding season is coming to an end , you may be training less or riding only on  a recreational level. Winter is the perfect time to work on your core, mobility, and overall suppleness. These 5 yoga for biking tricks will keep your body and mind primed and ready for your next season so you can come back refreshed and balanced for summer race season.

Using Yoga for Bikers to Help Ride in the Changing Season

Set an Intention

Decide what you want to focus on in your body and have an intention to reaching that goal. Is it body awareness or increased core strength to keep you on the trails? You can do this for every yoga session, weekly or monthly. Even if you aren’t training for anything yet – it’s good to have a goal in mind to get you into a routine. Just like any kind of training.

Practice Yoga Everyday

Do a little yoga everyday. Be it a sun salute at home, one of my yoga videos or a class near you, consistency is the key to creating change and more flexibility in your body. This 4 minute Video is a great intro to what postures to incorporate into your yoga routine.

Yoga for Biking

Balance

Incorporate standing on both feet – when you are standing at any point in the day. I know this sounds simple – however so many imbalances can come from simple actions we do ALL THE TIME.

Yoga for BikingTwist it Out

Twist when you wake up and twist when you go to bed. Great for you digestive system and back.

Yoga for BikingOpen Up

Open up your heart and chest everyday – if you ride, the space in between your shoulder blades tends to get adaptively lengthened, which leads to bad posture and knots in your shoulders. In this interim season, bring balance back into your posture with simple movement like interlacing your hands behind your back, rolling your shoulders, and coming into poses like cobra.

Post provided by Christina McGrath and Swell Fit Living. Christina hails from Breckenridge, Colorado and is best described as a yogi-athlete-wellness advocate with a healthy addiction to all things outdoors. You can check out more of Christina’s tips by visiting SwellFitLiving.com or by subscribing to the Warrior’s Cycling Newsletter.

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Thanksgiving on the Trail

Biking nutrition

The holidays are here! While pumpkin spice might get the most attention, plenty of flavors characterize this cozy season. Pecan, maple, cranberry and cinnamon are a few aromas appearing at almost every Thanksgiving table. While a roast turkey might not fit in your saddle bag, there no reason you can’t enjoy the holiday trimmings while on the trail. Here are some delicious trail snacks inspired by traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Pecan Pie: Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt Kind Bar

Maple Glazed Pecan Kind Bar

Salty and sweet, this savory snack is made with all natural ingredients. Almonds, peanuts and pecans make up this delicious bar which keeps you full for hours on the trail.

Hot Apple Cider: Scratch Labs Apple and Cinnamon Hot drink

Skratch Labs Hydration Mix

Warm up and stay hydrated with the Apple Cinnamon Hydration Mix from Scratch Labs. Even in the summer, Colorado mornings can be chilly, especially if you are biking above 7,000 feet. This mix will warm you up and hydrate you so you can pedal longer.

Cherry Almond Truffles: Kate’s Handel Bar

Kate's Real Food Bar

Dark chocolate and cherry give this bar a sweeter taste to balance out the savory almond flavor. This bar fits easily in your pocket or backpack and has plenty of carbs, protein and fiber to keep you full on those all day cross country rides.

Honey Roasted Almonds: Justin’s Maple Almond Butter

Justins Maple Almond Butter

Maple flavors give this nut butter a festive flavor. Squeeze onto a banana, spread on toast or eat by itself for a great snack after a long ride.

Chocolate Mousse: Honey Stinger Chocolate Waffle

Honey Stinger

 

Chocoholics rejoice. The honey stinger chocolate waffle can give you an extra boost of energy for those especially hard climbs. The small waffle packs big flavor without weighing you down, perfect for race day!

Pumpkin Pie: Upslope Brewing Pumpkin Ale

Upslope Pumpkin Ale

Celebrate a great ride with the pumpkin ale from Upslope brewing. Brewed in Boulder, Colorado, Upslope Pumpkin ale is delicious and refreshing after a day riding.

Copper Crush Is Coming In Hot

The 1st Annual Copper Crush, July 30th

We are excited to bring this spectacular new venue to the RME Series. Copper Mountain Resort has rolled out the red carpet for us, bringing in live music, gourmet burgers, craft beers, family activities and of course an exciting racecourse that will delight sweet singletrack aficionados. Register to race & retreat here. 
Bring the family up for the weekend and get out of the city heat. The list of things to do here is endless, and it will take all of two days to sample them.  A ride on the American Eagle lift takes you to 11,375 feet for mountain exploration. Flip, spin, and fling yourself into the blue Copper Mountain sky on our quad power jump. Come and scale the largest outdoor climbing wall in Colorado. Take a few laps on our Go-Karts, ride your mountain bike downhill, get a hole in one on our mini or regular size golf course. The possibilities are endless.
If all you want to do is relax in an Adirondack chair and listen to performers in Burning Stones Plaza, this is the place to do that also. There is a racing distance for all ages and abilities, no license required. We even have a free Kidz race for the 9 and unders.
After the race, all competitors get to enjoy theColorado Burger Summit. Restaurants compete for the title of Colorado’s Best Burger and you get to be the judge! The winner receives the Golden Ticket that will send them to compete in the nationally televised World Food Championships for the World’s Best Burger. Come feast on burgers, grab a beer and get down to live music with the Margarita Bros.
Copper Mountain has extended some great discounted lodging specials for this race, see the lodging pageand take advantage of this unique opportunity to relax in this special corner of Summit County.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, July 29th

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm – Family Activities Location:  Center Village – purchase Day Passes $49 at Copper Sports
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Check-in and registration open in Center Village at Endo’s.
  • 7:00pm – Bikes, Brews, and Tunes. Roll into Burning Stones Plaza then grab a beer and a seat by the fireside. Build camaraderie as you join other biking enthusiasts listening to local musicians.

Saturday, July 30th

  • 6:00am – 8:00am – Check-in and registration open – Center Village
  • 9:00am – Endurance Race Start
    • Endurance Race – 40 miles (4 laps)
  • 12:30pm – XC Race Start
    • XC Race – 20 miles (2 laps)
    • 1:00pm – Appetizer and Juniors 17-18 Race Start
      • Appetizer Race – 10 miles (1 lap)
      • Juniors 15-18 Race – 10 miles (1 lap)
        • Juniors 10-14 Race – 6 miles (1/2 lap)
  • 10:00am – 7:00pm – Family Activities Location:  Center Village – purchase Day Passes $49 at Copper Sports
  • 10:00am – Nature Talk Location:  Center Village – at the base of the American Eagle Lift
  • 11:30am – Free Warriors Kids Race (9 and under)
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Colorado Burger Summit – Gourmet Burger sampling included with entry (Burning Stones Plaza)
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Live Music with Margarita Bros.
  • 4:45pm – Chef Winners of Burger Summit announced during band
  • 7:30pm – Copper Campfire and Live Music with Randel McKinnon – Center Village at the Fire Globe
  • 9:30pm – Fireworks over West Lake in Center Village

Sunday, July 31st

Come IN DROVES (seriously – bring everyone you know) to help rally this unique Camp Powder Gap premier event. Participants will be placed on one of two teams that will scour center village a Copper Mountain to find your opponents flags! Multiple flags will be used for each team, creating a greater challenge!  Prizes will be placed strategically across the venue including, but not limited to – cold, hard CASH – cha ching!
The Silent Auction will remain open to bidders from 8am until 3pm, and auction winners will be announced at 3 p.m. and must be present to win.  Live music at Burning Stones Plaza will begin at 9:30 am.  Eufórquestra will take the stage at 12pm, providing the sounds of modern funk and roots with vintage soul. Please come dressed for any and all weather. The event will take place come rain, sleet, snow or sunshine (trust us, it only adds to the fun)!
8:00am                             Capture the Flag Registration
8:00am – 3:00pm          Silent Auction benefitting Camp Powder Gap
9:30am                              Live Music TBD
10:00am – 3:00pm          Capture the Flag Game
10:30am –                          Pedals for Pints – Community Bike Ride – Center Village – Gravitee Sports
12:30pm –                          Mountain Pose Yoga on the Mountain at Solitude Station
12:00pm – 3:00pm           Live Music from Euforquestra
3:00pm                               Auction Winners Announced (must be present to win)

A Classic Breck 100

The Breck 100 is a long time staple of the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, and it is widely regarded as one of the hardest 100 mile bike races in North America.  With nearly 14,000 feet of high altitude climbing in Breckenridge, Colorado, it takes a special mountain bike racer to pull off a win here.  This year, Bryan Dillon of Topeak Ergon would clinch the victory for the pro men with a time of 8:29:14, and Sari Anderson would claim the pro women’s victory.

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Josh Tostado, “Mr. Breck 100” – 7-time winner completing his 11th race here, would hold off David Krimstock for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The highlight of the race this year was the gorgeous sunny weather with temps in the 70’s and a light breeze to keep racers cool.  Carter Park was the race headquarters where the cloverleaf loops circled back on themselves and the after-race party took place.  All competitors, support crews, spectators, families – literally everyone in the venue – were treated to a gourmet buffet dinner and craft beers from Upslope Brewery.  It was a good day to be in Carter Park!

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With 8 Aid Stations placed about every 10 miles, the racers were kept well fueled and hydrated for their respective “tests”.  There were three different disciplines, or distances, offered as is typical in RME Series racing, with this one being slightly longer than usual.

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Full results can be viewed here.

Race photos from Linda Guerrette Photography can be viewed here.