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CTS Athlete Results from 2013 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race

The 2013 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race was an extremely successful day for CTS Athletes! We had 63 athletes on the start line and 61 of them crossed the finish line, including Fred Schmid – the first 80-yr-old to ever finish the LT100! Overall that's a 97% Finishing Rate, which is a lot higher than…

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Weekend Reading: Results matter, and so does the journey

There are certain times of year when there’s a lot of work being done, but few results to seen. In the winter and the spring, athletes all over the country are working their tails off in interval workouts and long endurance sessions, frequently alone, with little to no recognition for their efforts. And there are…

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Weekend Reading: August Means It’s Time to Think Big

August is a bizarre time of year for a lot of athletes. A season’s worth of training has produced new heights of fitness of performance, but motivation to continue training – and even competing – begins to wane. Just as you have the power to do anything, you decide to do nothing. That’s just weird….

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Weekend Reading: Fuel Up for Big Adventures with Powerful Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry and Banana

Every event you do is an end unto itself and a prelude to your next adventure. Last week I was in France, riding several stages of the Tour de France route with a great group of cyclists. Next week I’m racing the Power of Four mountain bike race in Aspen, CO. The two are completely…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: Risk and Reward of Professional Cycling

As the Tour de France enters its final weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk and reward. Whenever you’re facing a dominating rider like Chris Froome, the storyline revolves around the risks competitors must take in an attempt to put him in difficulty. But even outside the race for the yellow jersey, risk-and-reward has…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: 3 Reasons a Crosswind can be a Game Changer

What a fascinating second week of racing at the 2013 Tour de France! After a hectic first week, this week featured a controversial knock-down in a sprint finish (an accident, in my view), the first long individual time trial (Holy Froome!), and an epic crosswind battle that exposed vulnerabilities in Chris Froome’s Sky team. One…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: The Time Cut, Then and Now

As I watched the Stage 4 team time trial unfold earlier this week, the story of Cannondale rider Ted King struck a chord with me. Riding injured and alone, the young American fought his way to the finish line, but arrived seven seconds too late. His finishing time was outside the official 25% time cut…

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Weekend Reading, Tour de France Edition: A Slightly Different Kind of Tour Preview

As the Centennial Tour de France gets underway this week, I’m happy to say that I’ll be contributing weekly articles to www.roadbikeaction.com. To give you a sense for what you can expect, I’m not going to be regurgitating news and stage results. There are plenty of places to get that. What’s more interesting to me…

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Weekend Reading: Build for Success with this Summer Endurance Block

This week I called a quick status meeting for upcoming events, and when it was through all I could think was, “Man, we’re about to have a ton of fun!” The camp season is in full swing in Colorado, and we just added a few new camps for Fall 2013 as well. For me, the…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Ways to Fire Up Your Mid-Season Training

For the second June in a row, the biggest news out of Colorado Springs is a major wildfire. Last June it was the Waldo Canyon Fire that blackened 18,000 acres, destroyed 346 homes, and killed two people. This week it’s been the Black Forest Fire, which as of Friday afternoon has burned 15,700 acres, destroyed…

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