Variations on a Theme: Threshold Work for Cyclocross

If you've been racing all summer, your power at threshold has declined as you focus on racing and recovering. Click through to read Coach Christian's suggestions to increase your FTP for the CX season.

Bills, Bacon, and Beer: Mastering the Extracurricular Skills of Cyclocross

Cyclocross racing is different. And we don't mean just the dismounts, carries, and bunny hopping.

Using a Power Meter in Cyclocross

Cyclocross has a unique set of demands, and it's almost impossible to hold a steady power during a race, but your power meter is still an invaluable asset this season.

Racing and Riding in the Rain

Rain changes things, but it doesn't have to keep you off your bike. Coach Marianne shares some tips for those rainy days.

Three Common Racing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

It's hard to win. And in all our efforts to win, we make mistakes. Read about three of the common errors made in racing, plus tips on how to avoid them.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peaks Coaches on the Podium! Scott Moninger still knows how to race!

CRITERIUM KICKS OFF RACE WEEKEND

SUPERIOR, COLORADO, May 28, 2011 - Solid teamwork and cunning strategy were the difference makers for the winners of the pro men's and pro women's Summit Criterium on day one of the two-day Superior Morgul Classic bike race on Saturday in Superior, Colorado.

The men's 75-minute affair was dominated by the Boulder-based Horizon Organic-Panache team, which slotted three riders in the decisive six-man breakaway, including eventual race winner Josh Yeaton.

The women's race was also a numbers game, with Primal-MapMyRide teammates Megan Hottman and Casey Clark accounting for two-thirds of the winning move, along with Catherine Johnson (Big Ring Cycles). Hottman broke away with five laps to go in the 50-minute race, taking the win. Clark was next across, with Johnson settling for the third step of the podium.

"Once the break formed we knew we were in a good position," said Hottman, 32, a lawyer who focuses on cycling-related litigation when she's not racing bikes. "We were getting splits and the gap went from 30 seconds ahead, to 30 seconds from lapping the field. That was all we needed to hear."

Indeed, once it became clear there was no threats coming from the bunch behind, Hottman and Clark started teeing off on Johnson, attacking and counter-attacking. Johnson fought back gamely, but the pressure was too much on the rolling Town of Superior circuit that included a punchy climb up through the start finish line.

Hottman took off with five to go and never looked back.

"We live in Golden and used to drive to Durango for the Iron Horse, but the travel was no fun," said Hottman, praising the second-year Superior Morgul Classic. "When this event popped up last year we were so excited because it's right up the road, and it's great for the local cycling community."

No doubt the Horizon Organic-Panache team concurred. The regional development team led by former Olympian Colby Pearce place five riders in the top 12 of a 54-rider field, led by Yeaton, a 21-year-old University of Colorado-Boulder undergrad originally from Anchorage, Alaska.

Yeaton and teammates Scott Moninger and Alex Welch stacked the decisive break that also included Keith Harper (Juwi Solar-First Solar), Garret Suydam (Big Ring U-25) and Russell Harding (Natural Grocers).

After working together through the mid-portions of the race to assure they wouldn't be brought back, the six escapees started the cat-and-mouse games. Harper was the most aggressive, taking off with Yeaton on his wheel early in the last lap. But Moninger bridged across, setting up an unbeatable 2-on-1 during the dash to the line.

"I got off the front with Harper, but I didn't work because I had teammates behind," explained Yeaton, who also rides for the CU cycling team which is coached by Pearce. "I waited, Scott bridged, and then he led me out. I took off at 200 meters and it worked out perfectly."

Harper, 42, a website designer, held on for second, with Moninger trailing home in third, his mind now focused on the event's bigger prizes, the Morgul Bismarck Road Race and the event's overall Omnium title. Overall the race offers a $25,000 prize purse distributed between pros and amateurs.

"Our team goal today was to score points toward the omnium," said Moninger, 44, a much-decorated high-level professional for two decades who has now transitioned into a mentor role with his new team. "The team is in a great position for the overall now and we have a lot of bodies. But going up the wall it's whatever you have in the tank."

Racing at the Superior Morgul Classic continues Sunday with the Morgul Bismarck Road Race. Amateurs and pros will take on the famed 13.5-mile loop with 750 feet of vertical gain per lap. Pro men will do 6 laps starting at 11:20 a.m. The top women will tackle the circuit 4 times starting at 12:36 p.m.

The Superior Morgul Classic is a second-year event that brought cycling back to the famed Morgul Bismarck circuit, which featured prominently in the Coors Classic, and was the primary setting for the cult-classic Kevin Costner cycling movie, American Flyers.

Always a popular training route with Colorado's large cycling community, the Morgul Bismarck has been brought back into the racing fold. Overall the Superior Morgul Classic offers $25,000 in cash and prizes distributed between pros and amateurs. The event is further bolstered by a bounty of racer perks, including two free beers for everyone (of legal age) who races.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Asheville Custom Camp - Memorial Day Weekend 2011

By Tim Cusick


Hosting custom camps is so much fun!  We had a group of friends from Toronto come down and join us for a special weekend camp in Asheville, NC and it was a blast!  The key goal of camp was to complete an "Assault on Mt. Mitchell" from downtown Asheville.  This meant a course of over 80 miles (128k) with over 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) total climbing!  


The weather was perfect, the scenery amazing and the whole group made the summit!

Thanks for a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peaks Coaching Group Athletes at the top of the Podium

Amanda Carey  -1st place Syllamo Revenge 125k wos pro
Amanda rocked the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series: Syllamo's Revenge 125k despite 3 flats and some other mechanical issues, she took first with 15 min to spare.
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach


David Yacobelli - 3rd Place Bear Mountain NY Road Race Cat 3
David had a great race at Bear Mountain placing 3rd in the Cat 3 RR.  David explains his race to his coach, ”I am really noticing my stamina and sprinting getting stronger,  I can hang on when others are getting tired and am no longer the worst sprinter in the group.  Thanks for your help. Feels good to be on the podium!”
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin


Mike Rickey – 11th place O'Fallon Gold Cup Cat 3, 6th place masters 40+
Mike raced 2 races at the O'Fallon Gold Cup,cat 3 and masters 40+.  Here is his account of the cat 3 race: Cat 3 race. 45 minutes plus 5 laps. Rode hard and felt pretty good considering I just raced in a breakaway. Went after 2 premes and just missed them by inches. Got 2 teammates off into break. Finished 11th. At the  40+: Masters Race, attacked 6 minutes into the race. Had 3 guys bridge up worked for a while then I started to get gapped by a weaker rider. Fell off but stayed off the main peloton with one other guy. We closed the gap to the leaders from 1:10 to under 30 seconds. Finished 6th.
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Chuck Crocco - 15th Jersey Shore TT
Chuck had a great TT, 46:20 for 30 KM!
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

David Yacobelli - 1st The Tour of Syracuse Road Race Cat. 3  
David explains his race, “I had a great RR! got a gap early on the second lap. Was coming into the hilly part of the course and had a strong tailwind. Really put in 100% and created a large gap. Coming back on the loop was extremely windy. Stayed in the drops and focused on breathing and pedal stroke. Ended up winning with a huge gap. That gives me 33/25 points toward a Cat 2 upgrade. I am so psyched. All the work has paid off. Thanks for all of your guidance. It has made a major difference in my confidence and power output. Thanks again Bill.
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin



Jim Breen – 6th place at The Sunapee Road Race  Master’s 45+
Jim took 6th place at The Sunapee Road Race. Sunapee has a two lap course with some serious climbing. Jim toughed out the climbs and realized he was in the top 15. Working hard he moved up from wheel to wheel for his strong finish. Jim’s teammate took the victory so it was a great day for the team. Congrats Jim!
Peaks Coach: Bill Earthman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

PCG Athletes ROCK with great May race results!

Tony Abate - Sprint Victory Ft Ritchie Crit - Cat 3
Tony put a cap on his Cat 2 upgrade points by scoring a great sprint victory in the Cat 3 race at the Ft Ritchie Crit in Maryland. Tony worked hard to get into the winning front group and then narrowly avoided a crash in the final turn before opening his sprint for the line.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Diane Harris - 4th Ft Ritchie Crit - Cat 4
Diane scored another top 5 finish with a great 4th in the womens Cat 4 race at the Ft Ritchie Crit.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Paul Lengerman -  5th at Deep Blue TT
Paul had a rough lead into his start at the Deep Blue TT in Dover Deleware. Paul finished 5th in the Cat 1/2 group and was part of the winning pair in the two man TT.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Sunny Gill - 1st Jefferson Cup Road Race Cat 3 Mens
On Sunday, Sunny  scored a great WIN at the Jefferson Cup Road Race Cat 3 event. Sunny has been riding really consistently this year and is well on his way to getting his Cat 2 upgrade.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Jen Akeroyd – 1st at the Eugene Roubaix Race - Cat 1/2
Jen repeated her Win in the Women's Cat P1/2 event at the Eugene-Roubaix race in Eugene Oregon. This years race included all the usual fun with lots or gravel road including the finishing kilometers. Jen kept her options open and was ready to change her initial plan during the finishing sprint having to dig through some deep gravel as she changed lead out trains in the final meters of the race.
Peaks Coach: BJ Basham

Chuck Crocco - 9th Place at  Somerset Circuit Time Trial  
Chuck ran a tough 45+ category with a PR for the course these are his words: “Perfect Conditions. Finished 9th in the 45+. Good ride.PR on course by 15 seconds and upped wattage and speed from last year.”
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Roberta Beckers - 1st Red Bug Hill TT - 45+
Roberta has been working hard all year, never missing a workout, she jumped into the Spina Bifida fundraiser ride, hung tough with the men early, then another group of riders, and to her surprise ended up winning the hill climb sprint at the end!! Way to go Roberta!!
Peaks Coach: Kathy Watts

Greg Campi - NYC GranFondo 9th in age category
“Great day with NYC GranFondo. 100 miles w/ four timed climbs. 100 out of 2500 riders and 9th/181 in my age group Qualified for the 2011 UCI Amateur World Championship in Belgium. After the 4-timed climbs had 30 miles to go and worked hard to the finish and felt good for all of the ride.”
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

David Yacobelli - 6th at Bristol Mountain Road Race Cat 3
His words: “Today went well. Felt strong for the entire day. Rained and hailed on us in the last hour. Was cold. Overall had a good race and played it as good as I could. 
Peaks Coach: Bill McLaughlin

Monday, May 16, 2011

Durango Power Camp 2011

By Tim Cusick

Wow, what a camp!  As a professional coach I can tell you working camps is tough work.  You are usually the first one up in the morning and the last one to bed, you are constantly planning and adjusting, you ride a lot and rarely have time for recovery and you tend to get little sleep.....

That being said, I wouldn't change it for the world!!!  I love getting to ride with different folks all over the world.  There is something about mixing it up with a group of new riders that have all come to spend time learning how to ride and train better.  I love getting to know everyone as bikers and friends, love to grind out the miles and go through unique challenges with each rider!

If you have never attended a cycling camp you need to give it a try!

Here are some pictures from last week!

Team climb out of the Animas Valley, heading to 11,000ft + on top of Molass


Lead group starting to get away


Hello Robert!


Wow, we are going up THERE???


Gene & Mitch above the snow line!


Leroy Climbing to Coal Bank


Robert and David heading home


Scott Moninger & Tim Cusick teaching sprint form


Scott & Jamie Lee sprinting it out


Peaks Brazil Coach: Cris Solak


Jamie Lee Form


Peaches at the line!


Michael and Tim working sprint form

Thanks everyone for a great camp!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Great Week for Peaks Athletes!!!

Robert Donovan-1st Place Cat 4 Criterium Roswell GA
Robert attended our Spring Camp in Virginia, honed his racing skills and promptly put them to good use in his first race win of the season! Way to go Robert!!
Peaks Coach: Hunter Allen

Daniel Moore - Australia - His best race ever!

After 10 weeks off for a knee injury, Daniel came back strong with one of his best races ever! A personal best in the swim leg and superior pacing on the bike.  Way to come back strong!Peaks Coach: Hunter Allen

Amanda Carey - 1st Cohutta 100 Elite pro womens
Amanda crushed this weekend winning by 30 minutes! Awesome…
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Colin Cares - 2nd place at Whiskey 50 proof Men’s Elite

Colin came in 2nd just 4 minutes behind off first place- riding strong
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Wendy Skean - 7th Place Whiskey 50 proof Wos 45+

Wendy rocked this weekend with an awesome time of 6:28.  Way to go Wendy!
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Sam Schultz - 3rd place at Mellow Johnny’s Pro XCT4 Elite

Sam finished 3rd in his best finish so far this year!
Peaks Coach: Kristen Dieffenbach

Eduardo Lass - Won overall and junior of Brazil Sprint Triathlon Cup
18 year old Eduardo won the first event not only in the juniors but in the overall event and qualified for the Junior Pan American Championship!!!
Peaks Coach: Cris Solak