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Tips for Weathering the Wet and Windy Pacific Northwest Winters

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Never trust someplace green. The lush, green, beauty we cherish is a sure sign of the rain to come. The Pacific Northwest boasts forests and foliage that are a marvel to ride through in the summer. While the three months of summer are near perfect for cycling, the other nine months can present a challenge to the novice cyclist. Cycling is a challenging sport in the best of conditions, let alone a cold, wet, day. Set yourself up for success by being prepared for the conditions with the proper gear. Continue reading »

Cyclocross Race Day Preparation and Warm-Up

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Cyclocross starts are essential for a successful race. Unique to this discipline, the hardest sprint comes at the beginning of the race unlike a road race or criterium where the sprint is at the finish. If you hope to contend in a cyclocross race you should be near the front during the first lap. You don’t need to be in the lead, but you need to be free of the mid-pack congestion. With the lead in sight, you can pace yourself. Hopefully saving enough for the final one to two laps of the race when you will need to turn up the intensity to battle for the win. The pre-race preparation for cyclocross and warm-up is crucial. Arrive early and be prepared to give yourself the best chances. Here are a few tips to help: