Race Strategies and Tactics

Now that the winter is finally ending, it's time to start thinking about those podiums you'll be standing on! Hunter shares some race strategies and tactics to help you get there.

Running Off the Bike

As you prepare for the racing season, is your bike and run fitness firing on all cylinders? Coach Nick tells us how to optimize balance in training.

Making the Transition from Mono Athlete to Triathlete

Thinking about expanding your repertoire? Coach Karen Mackin explains two important aspects to consider when making the leap from single-sport to multi-sport.

Free Video: The Benefits of Training with Power

Why train with power? Is it really that important? Hunter answers these questions and many more in this free recorded webinar sponsored by PowerTap.

What is Training Stress Balance (TSB)?

The world of cycling has collected a long list of acronyms, and it's easy to get lost. Click to read Hunter's explanation of TSB.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Great Job, PCG Athletes!

Alan Figueroa - 3rd in Dominican Republic Road Race
Alan from the Dominican Republic finished 3rd in DR road race-He was stoked!
Peaks Coach: Paul Ozier


Lasse Olsen – All Time Personal Best 20 min
Lasse from Denmark just hit his all time personal best 20 min wattage.
Peaks Coach: Paul Ozier

Becky Smith - Parkway Classic 10 miler, 5min PR!
Becky raced the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 mile Road Race in Alexandria, VA.  Her long training runs have paid off on that day as she ran 5 minutes faster than her best time at the same race last year!  
Peaks Coach: Karen Mackin

David Yacobelli - 2nd Binghamton Circuit Race  Cat 3/4, 9th Cat 1/2/3
“I am feeling stronger in all ways. I need to work on the mental part a bit - realizing that I now have the strength to win and play a smart race” DY
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Mike Rickey- 8th Overall in the Tour of St. Louis
Day 1 of Race-finished 4th in a strong field sprint, 8th overall
Day 2 of Race-Stayed in the top 5 for the whole race, teammate crashed out so they gave me the leadout, finished 3rd!
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Chuck Crocco - 9th Long Beach Island TT Masters 45+
Finished strong dispite the torrential rains, cold and wind!
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Amanda Carey – 10th XCT at Sea Otter Pro/Elite women
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Colin Cares – 23rd XCT at Sea Otter Pro/Elite men
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Zipp Interviews Hunter Allen

ZippCast talks about the athletes you like, the bikes you want, the wheels you need.  This week’s interview is with Hunter Allen, the “godfather” of power.  Great interview that really gives a good introduction to power training.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Quarq Power Camp - Black Hills, SD

Durango Camp is sold out, next up is the amazing Quarq Power Camp, Black Hills SD!!!!

Come ride with Hunter Allen and Jim Meyer and our special guest BEN DAY from Kenda/5-hour Energy Pro Cycling presented by Geargrinder.  Ben recently won the San Dimas Stage Race in Southern California for the third year in-a-row and was VeloNews' 2010 US Domestic Stage Racer of the Year. Check out the details of the camp here




READ BEN'S WRITE UP OF LAST YEARS CAMP!!

Ben Day:


Spearfish, South Dakota has some incredible riding, beautiful mountains and rolling hills. I can’t imagine that people would find a lot of reason to visit this part of the world, so I consider myself privileged and enriched to have spent a few days in this little unknown mecca. Out on the road, Hunter had us all perform several field tests – 20 minute efforts, 5 minute efforts, big gear sprints, small gear sprints and race simulations using the Quarq PMs. This mix of Fly V riders aren’t exactly the team sprinters and we did our best trying to look like pro cyclists whilst flailing on the bike to outsprint each other, with some harsh sledging words and some obvious dirty tactics. We were integrated into this group of riders who all cycle for different reasons, but for all whom cycling is something of joy. Getting this perspective was something I certainly appreciated and many friendships were formed. After the training sessions we were treated to a tour of the Quarq factory headquarters where Jim Meyer is ready to take the world by storm. 

Even though I like training data and stuff, I think engineers do become a little strange and foreign at times and a few of the machines in there had me at a loss. But it is this brilliance that has enabled the birth of the Quarq Power Meter which all the camp participants used throughout the 4 days of the camp. The Quarq was great, working flawlessly on my machine and I am going to be using this power meter into the future now. It doesn't give up anything to it’s competition, except for the current requirement of needing to use a crank with a removable spider (eliminating Shimano and Campagnolo cranks) but thankfully there are some great cranks that can be used on any groupset that you use. The unit is lightweight, accurate, easy to use and service, half the price of other crank-based power meters and most importantly, the customer service is second to none with Mieke Meyer personally handling the phone lines. ☺ I also saw what I think may be the world’s biggest puppy, Newton, a Great Dane, who wanted to go head to head with Nate. It’s a little disconcerting when a dog can completely engulf your arm with his mouth in just a playful bite! 

Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group, gathered everyone together to give some lectures on how to interpret their training data that they had compiled. It’s amazing what direction you can gain with power meter figures and using TrainingPeaks software as your strengths and weaknesses are immediately highlighted. Hunter explained to us how they came up with the Training Stress Score, Intensity Factor and the Performance Management Chart, finally a way to quantify your form, which is an incredibly powerful tool. Whilst coaching is still an art form, this really brings the science into a lot more practical sense and the necessary training adaptations can then be planned for the athlete to improve. It is quite amazing what this little Quarq Power Meter can do for us.

The final official day of the camp was spent riding through the black hills with a final climb up to Mt Rushmore. I must say that it was one of the most beautiful rides that I had ever done in my life. 6 hours through undulating terrain with grassy green mountains, incredible rock formations (natural ones too this time!), wild buffalo herds, donkeys and a cool spiral descent that caught me a little bit by surprise. To all of my new friends from the camp: I hope that you guys continue to enjoy your riding, setting yourselves goals and achieving them and having the wind in your hair in the process.

Ben Day
www.ben-day.com
twitter: benday7

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hunter Allen's Race Report: First race in 8 years!

2011 Roanoke Twilight Criterium Roanoke, Virginia

Masters Race- very tactical. Pat Raines was strongest for sure. But I couldn't get him to work with me when we attacked on 5th lap, we could have easily ridden away from the field. Won first preme on 2nd lap easily. Lots of easy and then hard.. Was really an easy race, but no way I was going to drop Raines by myself. Missed opportunity to get the top two places when we were away.. Oh well.  With 1.5 laps  to go, I was 5th wheel, Jordan slid out in right hander and took out Steve Hetherington, Pat and then I came  to full stop in 53:14 at bottom of hill.  Chased last lap and half, but couldn't catch the first 7 dudes.  Dang it!  8th place

Cat 3 4  Race. Got the a great start and was 3rd wheel and then attacked on first lap and just went solo for like 15 laps..  Got two premes and race entry for the July 3-4th races in Roanoke!  Much easier and safer off the front! Finally Someone came up to me and he said, "love your book".  too funny! We worked for like 6 laps and then three guys came up and then they rang a bell for preme and one dude took off and I couldn't go  and another guy went with him and that was first and second. We then had 5 of us up there. Very hard to work on this course. I was pretty tired by that point and wasn't contributing to upping the pace, just rolling through.  Then got a gnarly diaphragm cramp-left side, so that hurt, but dealt. Sat on with 4 laps to go, but I was pretty gassed. On last lap, I moved to 4th in line and then just held to the line. Didn't have enough room to catch 5th place. 
Good race though and lots of fun, especially I was basically off the front the entire race. Not a bad comeback.   6th place

Really great to see so many old friends. Frank Haranzo, Ruth, Terry Ashby, Steve Hetherington, Wes Wilmer, James Schafer, Matt Butterman, Brian Marshall, Nick.  Bike racing hasn't changed in 20 years. Same  old stuff.  Great to have kids and Kate cheering for me as well. Great for the boys to see me race and do well also.  

Felt fine in the race. Super comfortable through turns and at speed. No worries. lacking the snap though. especially in the 3/4 race, but some of that was just fatigue from being off the front the entire race. Was great to be solo off the front for so many laps and look back and see the entire field single file and chasing and not gaining an inch.  Just like old times. 

PCG Athletes' Race Results!

Jeremiah Bishop 3rd and Sam Schultz 5th - 2011 Sea Otter Classic
Hunter's athlete, Jeremiah hung tough at Sea Otter and placed third, Sam Schultz, PCG coach Kristen Dieffenbach's athlete, finished at a strong 5th place.  

Frank Brummer - Tour of Hermann
First racing of the season after early season struggles with a rough IT injury
Time Trial - Tour of Hermann 50+ category, 7th
Road Race - Tour of Hermann 50+ category, 6th
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Colin Cares - Cheyenne Mountain Pro Race
First race back after cracking a rib a few weeks ago -
Cheyenne Mountain State Cup Pro race - 14th
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Todd Baumeister- Olympic View Road Race
Todd scored a hard earned 7th place in the Olympic View Road Race in Washington State. The race started in cold temps and rain and had the added fun of a neutralized stop with just 3 miles to the finish. After standing on the side of the road with chattering teeth for 17 minutes the race was restarted and Todd gave it a go leading down the technical and wet descent finally finishing 7th in what was left for the pack sprint. 
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Jim Lewis - 2nd Place AG at the Groton Road Race, Groton, MA
After the 20th Annual Groton Road Race 10k, Jim said; “It was 70 degrees, and I was feeling tired from the week of testing. I thought this sucked, until I learned I came in 2nd in my age group!”  OK, well, sometimes we have A races and sometimes we just race for a great workout, or to see what we could do and this was one of those races.   Jim pulled though and gave it all he had and ended up in a great place AND improved his time over last year.  Way to go Jim!  Peaks Coach: Karen Mackin

Ross Elliot -  5th place AG for 1st time Ironman, Port Elizabeth South Africa
Ross Elliot had a great race on April 10th at Ironman South Africa.  In our post race chat he exclaimed " [ I ] have gone through the race in my mind and there isn't anything I would have done differently".   Although later in the conversation he asked..."I would like to get your post mortem on the training we have done to get an idea if you think there is 37 min we can take off the table".   It was then that I realized that this would probably NOT be his last Ironman.  He placed 5th in his age group with an excellent time of 10:37, 17s behind the Kona slot and 33min from 1st place - Pretty awesome for a 1st time Ironman! 
Peaks Coach: Karen Mackin

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Carbohydrates and Glycogen For The Endurance Athlete

Peaks Coaching Group Anne Guzman Nutrition


As endurance athletes it is imperative that we pay attention to our body’s nutritional needs.  One of the biggest mistakes we make is to undermine our training efforts by not fueling the body properly to get the gains from the hard work we do in training. Why spend so much time and effort working so diligently to hit all of your wattages and heart rates and then not show up on the line PROPERLY FUELED to allow your body to perform its best? Training AND Nutrition create the best performances when properly followed on a consistent basis.

Carbohydrates are an important fuel during exercise. Carbohydrate rich foods include, grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes and rice which are mostly starches and fiber and are often referred to as complex carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrates. Sugar is also a carbohydrate which is consumed too often in the Western world. Sugar is what is referred to as a simple carbohydrate. Complex and simple are referring to the number of monosaccharides in a carbohydrate. One monosaccharide is the basic unit of a carbohydrate. An example of this would be glucose, fructose and galactose. A Starch is a Polysaccharide which is 3 to 9 monosaccharides combined.

As athletes carbohydrates are our largest and most efficient source of fuel. Unfortunately for us, unlike fat, we have a limited storage capacity for carbohydrates.  The stored form of carbohydrates is called GLYCOGEN. Glycogen is the limiting fuel for exercise. It is needed to fuel muscles, supply glucose to the brain and burn fat.

Glycogen is most quickly depleted with higher intensity exercise such as VO2 intervals or long hard efforts. You can completely deplete your glycogen stores in a hard 90 minute effort.  Glycogen can fuel up to 2 hours of moderate to intense exercise. When it comes to this type of exercise the rule of thumb is “eat early and often.” Don’t wait until you start to feel depleted and tired to start fueling your body.

In order for endurance athletes to perform optimally, we need to be sure we have adequate stores of glycogen available for training and recovery from training sessions and races. Without proper amounts of carbohydrates in the diet we will face glycogen depletion. You may have encountered the symptoms of glycogen depletion during training which can include;
  • Heavy legs
  • Loss of focus
  • Normal training seems harder than usual
  • Dizziness, sluggishness
  • Overall fatigue
  • You just have to stop your session altogether because you just feel “empty”
  • Irritable, exhausted
  • Inability to be explosive as you seem to only have one pace left
Symptoms can come on over several days of consecutive training with inadequate nutrition, or can come on during one intense or long exercise session with inadequate nutrition. How can you stay on top of your carbohydrate needs to be sure you have adequate glycogen available for proper training day after day? Here are some things that may help you. If you train with a power meter you will know how many calories you burn in a training session. By applying the following information you will quickly be able to tell when you have depleted your glycogen stores.

Muscle glycogen in the body is approximately 350g or between 1,400-1,800 calories. Liver glycogen is approximately 80-100g, around 320-400 calories. Therefore the body can store up to approximately 2200 calories in glycogen and as low as 1700. Typically this will vary depending on your size.

Knowing this, you can look at your power meter and know that if you burn 2000 calories on a good weekend training ride, you have likely depleted your glycogen stores, IF you started with your body fully fueled from the previous day’s training. If you started with a half empty tank, you could be feeling the symptoms of glycogen depletion half way through your ride unless you started eating early and often. THIS IS WHAT WE CALL BONKING!!!!

This knowledge can serve you very well.  If you start to realize the caloric expenditure for training rides you can be sure to fuel while you are riding to stay on top of your daily caloric needs and glycogen needs. Remember, the longer you train the LESS TIME you have to eat your calories off the bike.  Playing catch up can get very difficult off the bike when you are riding for 3-4 hour rides and burning over 2000 calories. Start eating while you’re training to be sure to meet your caloric needs. Also this will stop you from arriving home so hungry after a ride that you end up over eating. Often when we allow ourselves to get this hungry we will eat anything that comes into eye sight!! Not an intelligent idea!

Research indicates that you can fill your glycogen stores back up with 24 hours of rest and proper nutrition. Ideally before an event you would give yourself 48hours of rest and proper nutrition and try to super compensate, possibly getting a few more hundred calories of glycogen storage.

So what can you do to keep the stores topped up?

For starters it is important that your daily caloric intake is made up of 60% carbohydrates, 15% -20% protein and 20-25% fats.  Build a nutrition plan based on this premises. Carbohydrates are the main fuel source for endurance athletes.  On top of this there are some basic principles you can follow leading up to a race or good training session.

For every hour that you allow for digestion pre event, consume just under ½ gram carbohydrates per pound or 1g/kg. 

Example: 4hrs before would be 2g carbohydrates per lb or 4g/kg
130lb (2g)=260g carbohydrates   
260g = 1 bagel with peanut butter, smoothie (2cups rice milk, 1 banana, 1/2cup dry oats, 1cup   orange juice, 1 cup frozen strawberries)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Triathletes...A Power Meter for the Pool?

“Like a Power Meter for the Pool?  Will new swim training devices have a similar impact on swim training as Power Meters did on Cycling?”
By Coach Karen Mackin

When I first found out about two new downloadable performance monitors by Finis (Swimsense) and Swimovate (Poolmate Pro), I immediately thought wow!  Finally, I can see swim workouts like cycling workouts, track peak swim paces, and monitor performance as easily as I do for cycling!  I started wondering if these devices would do for swimming, what Power meters did for cycling.  On the one hand, skeptics bring up the fact that pool swimming is so consistent (going back and forth over the same exact course, and with a big Pace Clock at one end of the pool, they ask, what more do you need?   Well, for those who are “lap counting challenged”, the distance display on the watch certainly helps.   However, I feel that the real power behind them is two fold 1) simply having a detailed record of your true pace, times, stroke counts, distances, for all of your workouts and 2) post workout analysis by yourself and/or your coach.

Unfortunately, software lags hardware in this case, and while the watches collect a ton of very valuable information, currently software is playing catch up.    Training Peaks is in the process of integrating this data into their web based software, but as of this writing I am still waiting.  So, most of the analysis potential has yet to be tapped.   Currently, both company’s offer some rudimentary charts and graphs.  However, the flexibility to create your own graphs and charts can only be done by exporting to CSV (which both have) and utilizing spreadsheet charts (or some clever programming of your own).

Even without the advanced software, the raw data that these watches provide can be very useful. Since most swimmers do not have their own personal swim coaches on deck recording times and stroke counts, the only way to get the kind of detailed information needed to help in the following areas would be to use one of these watches.

Pacing:
  • How well do you pace your intervals?  Do you start out really fast and slow down, or always build your intervals.   When does your pace begin to drop or speed up?   Is it right at the end or early on?  Do you start out too fast? 
    • Sometimes a peak at the pace clock in the middle of a long hard interval is difficult or impossible and often not easy to remember the details even if you could take a peak. Perceived exertion can be very deceiving with the answers to these questions, HR data won’t provide the answer, only detailed lap splits can answer this.  So, unless your coach is on deck for all your workouts taking splits, you won’t get this kind of detailed information without a watch that provides durations for every 25!    Nailing your pacing on longer intervals can go a long way to improving the effectiveness of your workout.
Efficiency:
  • Are you improving your efficiency (getting more distance per stroke) over time, from one workout to the next, from last month to this month?   How consistent is your stroke rate or distance per stroke?   Does it improve or decline by swimming faster?  Is it the same at the beginning of your workout as it is at the end? 
    • Sure, you can spend sections of your workout focusing on this and counting and timing, but what happens when you are not focusing on it?   And, are you going to remember all the counts and times from one workout to the next without the detailed downloaded data?

Coach/Athlete communication:
  • Does your coach know exactly what you did in your swim workout?  
    • Sharing the details from your download with your coach is probably one of the best ways to enable your coach to stay on top of your swim times and paces, allowing him/her to better fine tune your swim training.

And when the software develops more fully, this list of benefits will grow as well.   I can see the day when I track peak swim interval times on a handy quick view chart and have accurate swim TSS scores to allow me to use the performance manager for season planning and monitoring.   

Friday, April 15, 2011

LeMond Fitness and Peaks Coaching Group Power Up!

Bedford, Va, USA – April 8th, 2011 – LeMond Fitness is on board as a 2011 sponsor of Peaks Coaching Group.  Both companies are leaders in performance cycling, LeMond Fitness with indoor and group cycling products, bicycle trainers and data capture devices and Peaks Coaching Group with coaching and training services. Peaks Coaching Group is the leader in power-based coaching and training services and software.

Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group and co-author of “Training and Racing with a Power Meter” commented, “LeMond Fitness is at the forefront of the fitness industry in capturing accurate power and related data from its exercise bikes and indoor trainers.  We are delighted that we have been able to strengthen our relationship with them at an exciting time of growth and innovation in their company. The LeMond Revolution and their recently released Power Pilot data capture device will provide their customers and ours a meaningful opportunity to step up to the Peaks Coaching Group training plans and increase their athletic performance. 

Hunter continued, “Peaks Coaching Group is the leader in power based training, our coaches have been training, racing, and coaching with power for over 10 years and fully understand how to maximize their athlete’s results through the use of power training. With the introduction of the Power Pilot, athletes and coaches can integrate indoor training data capture and custom Peaks Coaching Group training plans to upload different types of workouts directly to the Power pilot. This ability, together with the real road feel of the Revolution, will increase the efficiency and enjoyment of an athlete’s winter training and performance and complete the cycle of training prescription and post training analysis”.

LeMond Fitness Senior Vice President, Bernie Boglioli said, “Hunter has been using our Revolution Trainer and testing the Power Pilot and it’s great to hear a coach of his talent and experience compliment the Revolution’s real road feel and the Power Pilot’s accurate data capture.  We are proud to be included as a sponsor of his programs.  Hunter and his team have done a fabulous job of helping athletes and other achieve their peak performance.

The LeMond Fitness Revolution trainer was reviewed by Mr. Allen in his February newsletter. In it Hunter says, “It feels so much like you are riding outdoors”  ….none of that, why is this workout so hard indoors feeling.”  Hunter’s review continues…I was putting out the same watts on the revolution that I would normally put out on the road bike and that is always encouraging! The wattage numbers on the Power Pilot are as accurate as I have ever seen and this is an excellent way to measure power.”

The LeMond Fitness Revolution trainer and Power Pilot together form the most advanced indoor cycling trainer available, giving the athlete the ability to download and upload wattage, cadence, heart rate, calories, speed and distance and combine to provide unsurpassed real road feel, resulting in a more efficient and enjoyable training session.

LeMond Fitness and Peaks Coaching Group on the cutting edge of training with power!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bettering the Odds

By Scott Moninger

It’s the first or second race of the season and you want some advice that will really make a difference!   Well, before the race, get out and scout the course….look for difficult spots, long flat sections that have treacherous cross winds, or long 1 ½ k climbs, sections that put fear in men’s hearts…know where they are and be ready for them.  Force the selection in these difficult spots…make the break early, go to the front and a select few will follow (most won’t want to break in a cross wind or at the bottom of a long climb).  Work with this select group up the hill or through the cross winds and before you know it you will have a gap that the main peloton will have trouble catching. 

This strategy has worked ….in fact just going back a few years… I remember doing the first road stage of the tour of Gila which finishes with a very difficult 4-5 mile climb. The route getting to the base of this climb is littered with lots of flats and crosswinds so it’s really all about conserving your efforts for the last 20-25 minutes.   Having done this stage a number of times,  my teammates and I knew that 90% of the time there’s a pretty severe cross wind just as you make the 90 degree right turn, then over the cattle guards, to begin the lower slopes of the climb.  This section is really more of a big ring, false-flat type of climb before the final 2.5 to 3 miles of steep, small ring climbing begins.   This particular year a small break was getting reeled in just as we made the right hard turn. Our plan was to basically do a “team leadout” into the climb by echeloning 4-5  teammates in front of me and pinching everyone into the gutter (or in this case, weeds and brush) so that I was completely sheltered from the wind and so that any other GC contenders/climbers would be forced to burn serious energy riding in the wind or form their own echelon behind us.  One by one my teammates was taking these insane hard/fast pulls and completely blowing themselves and the field into pieces.  Long story short, when my last teammate finished his effort, I looked back and could not see another rider....And I was just then at the base of the 2.5-3 mile steep finishing climb, when the moto ref told me that I had 45 seconds on the next rider/group.   I rode alone to the top to win the stage and moved securely into the overall lead.   I have no idea how I would have climbed head to head against the best climbers of that year’s race other than by using the crosswinds, course knowledge, and my teammates. Because of these factors I was able to better my odds so that the actual final climb was merely a solo formality with a nice head start.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Peaks Athlete Accomplishments

Jen Akeroyd - 4th at Kings Valley Road Race, Oregon
Jen bounced back from rough weekend last week to score another top 5 finish by taking 4th in the Kings Valley Road Race which is part of the Oregon Cup series in which Jen in the defending champ from last year.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Rob Sheffield – 4th place overall Cat 2 at Tour of Battenkill
Rob Sheffield rode an aggressive and smart race in the Cat 2 field at the Tour of the Battenkill RR. Rob was on the attack in the final 6k working with another rider until being overhauled in the final 200meter. But the race is not over until you cross the line. Rob jumped right back in to the dash for the line finishing 3rd in the field sprint and taking a great 4th place overall.  Battenkill was Rob's main goal for the first part of this season after winning the Cat 3 race in 2009. Great ride.  
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Tom Soladay- Primes in the Pro 1/2 Race at Sunny King Criterium
Tom was active late in the Sunny King Criterium snatching some late race primes with some time off the front in the close kilometers of the Pro 1/2 race in Anniston Alabama.  Tom is on his way to France next weekend for the UCI 2.1 Tro Bro Leon race so this weekends late race power shows that his fitness is on the build after a slow start to the season.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

David Guttenplan – Top 20 at Sunny King Criterium – 7th at Foothills RR
David Guttenplan scored a great top 20 at the Sunny King Criterium which came down to a pack sprint in the end. Dave finished 13th.  Dave followed that up with a great 7th at the Foothills Road Race.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Isaac Howe – Top 20 at Sunny King Criterium and Foothills RR
Isaac Howe had a bit of a rough ride in the finish of the Sunny King Criterium losing more than a handfull of places after being forced in the curb in the final lap and having to reaccelerate after the rest of the sprinters had already began to wind up their finishing kick, eventually finishing 20th.  Isaac moved up a spot to 19th in Sundays Foothills RR after another rocky bunch sprintPeaks Coach: BJ Basham

Tiffany Pezzulo – 2nd Place at the Valley of the Pro 1/2 Sun Criterium- 4th at San Dimas RR
Tiffany Pezzulo has really stepped it up this season, starting with a second place at the Valley of the Sun Criterium in February in the Pro1-2 women.  She rides for the Pro women's team Primal/Mapmyride pb BH bikes.  Her team dominated the Tour de Sol stage race in St George, Utah in mid-March, sweeping the podium in all 3 events and the overall.  Then, it was on to the big leagues.    At San Dimas, Tiff finished 4th in the road race (after making it over all the climbs!--she has been working hard on climbing and her watts/kilo ratio), and then got 3rd in the criterium.  PODIUM!  Then, on to the PRO women Redlands Stage Race, where again, she made it over all the climbs and finished 7th in the road race and then a solid 9th in the crit. 
Peaks Coach: Kris Walker

Thursday, April 7, 2011

PGC Athlete Shantelle Pierce off to a good start!

Shantelle Pierce – 3rd Place in 1-2 Pro Women's at Adoptive Exchange 
Road Race, Albuquerque, NM
Despite coming off a training week, seriously hampered by a nagging head/chestcold,  Shantelle opened her road season with a fine 3rd place finish in the 1-2 pro Woman’s field of the 67mi.  Adoptive Exchange Road race in the Sedillio Hills near Albuquerque, NM.    As her numbers continue to rise, Shantelle is on target to meet and exceed her season long goals! 
Peaks Coach: Scott Moninger


Alan Figueroa - 3rd Dominican Republic Road Race
Alan Figueroa finished 3rd in a sprint finish in the Dominican Republic Road Race. He is pretty excited about his podium finish. 
Peaks Coach: Paul Ozier