I remember when I was a kid, going out on my bike and pretending to be a pro racer. I’d head out on my road bike and I’d be Greg LeMond racing Bernard Hinault up alpe d’huez. I’d be thinking through tactics in my head, “send my teammate to attack to soften him up then I attack to take the stage win!” Those were fun days full of boundless energy and I looked up to those guys and wanted to emulate their riding as much as possible. I see that in my son Kalden as well, he loves to pretend. We can’t even ride to
It’s been a fun week here in Tucson. The weather has been incredible with highs in the 60’s and sunny. Our days are filled with work, school and always fitting in a ice ride somewhere. Tucson reminds us a lot of our years living in Boulder, miles of quality roads right out the front door! Tucson is indeed a bike friendly community and I can see why riders come from all over the country and the world to train here in the winter. They literally roll out the green carpet for us! It’s been great moving from the camper into a condo for the holidays.
For Stage 2 Kalden and I drove up to Montrose. The goal of the morning was to do a short interview with Tejay Van Garderen. Tejay won the best young rider jersey in the Tour de France this year and he is picked as a favorite to win the USA Pro Challenge. His PR guy, Georges said we could have 10 minutes with him before the race. Kalden was excited because he was going to kick off the interview with two questions. We waited (with about 100 others) outside the BMC bus in the hot morning sun. Finally about 30 minutes before the race started
Although we don’t have the miles of paved roads that places like Boulder and Santa Rosa are known for we do have epic mountain passes here in Southwest Colorado. Stage 1 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge left from Durango and ended in Telluride. Before the race got near Telluride I was able to ride up Lizard Head Pass with a number of other cyclists. Riding with other cyclists (a rare encounter in these parts) and having all the team buses pass by as I headed up made for a great ride. Add the snow plows removing every spec of rock and debris and Bob
Alison Dunlap has one more accomplishment to add to her impressive resume. She is a new mom to five month old son Emmett. Alison raced at the Atlanta Olympics on the road back in 1996, and in 2000 on the mountain bike in Sydney. She continued to race until 2005. In 2009 she returned, racing in cyclo-cross for Luna until 2010. Last year she announced her pregnancy and racing retirement. I caught up with Alison to ask her about motherhood, being a working mom and pregnancy. What type of exercise did you do while pregnant? Did staying active help you with labor and recovery? I