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Many of you responded to our survey last month.  Thank you to those who took the time to give us feedback and help us make this Series the best it can be. Tell us what you want.  This Series is for you and you can help shape it.

 

With that being said, we have responded to your suggestion and have created a Pro/Open category so the fastest riders of any age can compete head to head.  We will also score that category separately from the age groups. 

 

So, here's the process:  If you compete in the Open category in Castle Rock, or inform us you want to be in the Open category; we will transfer your age group points that you have accumulated before Ridgeline race into the new Open category where you'll be ranked for the Series.  If you choose to race age group in the future, your points for that race would go toward the age group category and your previous Open points remain in that category.

 

The races in Castle Rock at Ridgeline Open Space park will be a blast.  They have created a rippin' course for us to launch this inaugural race - it is now open for pre-riding and the course map is on race page.  We will provide full Pit Zone/Aid Station support like you had at Bear Creek, and continue the popular Kids Zone Activities, so bring the family out to Bison Park on June 12th and we'll bring the watermelon.  Wahoo's Fish Tacos and Oskar Blues Brewery will be providing refreshments.

 

See you at the start~

 

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RME #2 Front Range 60 and Battle the Bear participants shot off the start line on May 7th at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood. It was a great day in the sun for racers and expo participants. Those in attendance were treated to exciting racing, delicious fish tacos from Wahoo's and refreshing ales from Oskar Blues Brewery.

 

While top racers Brady Kappius (Clif Bar), Kalan Beisel (Pro Cycling/SRAM), Zack Vestal (VeloNews), Mark Legg-Compton (KFC Racing), Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon), Lisa Hudson (Feedback Sports) and Kelly Boniface (Moots Cycles) duked it out on the singletrack, future mountain bike racers enjoyed our newly expanded Warriors Kids Zone; complete with face painting, bounce house, carnival games and free kids' races.

 

Next up is the inaugural Ridgeline Rampage and the third stop of the RME Series. Be the first ones to race on this challenging new circuit built by the Town and lots of passionate trail builders.  We will descend upon the Ridgeline Open Space at Bison Park on June 12th. Riders will be treated with 95% rolling singletrack, punchy climbs, and swooping descents, all the while rewarded with views of the Front Range and Pike's Peak. 

 

The Kids Zone that was such a hit at Bear Creek will again be featured at Ridgeline with free kids activities and racing throughout the day.

 

For the beginner and shorter distance racers, there will be the Wrangle the Ridge races in the afternoon.  This is a great opportunity to come out and watch elite racers compete in the morning and then race on the same course in your own shorter race in the afternoon.

 

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We are always looking for passionate individuals who want to give back to the sport and volunteer their time to help on race crew.  It is also a good way to discount your entry fee if you are a racer on a tight budget.  Please contact us racecrew@warriorscycling if you're interested. 

 

A big shout out to all those volunteers who have helped make our events such a success. Thank you!

 

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Special thanks to Jeff and Claire with Alchemist Threadworks based in Boulder for their generous donations of sustainable cycling apparel. Be sure to stick around after the races and look for their organic cotton t-shirts, bamboo socks and sweet cycling jerseys at our post-race raffle.  

  

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RME Series Schedule

 

    

   1.      Voodoo Fire                     April 23            Pueblo, CO  

   2.      Front Range 60                May 7              Lakewood, CO 

   3.      Ridgeline Rampage          June 12            Castle Rock, CO 

   4.      Breckenridge 32/68/100   July 16             Breckenridge, CO

   5.      PV Cycle Derby              September 4     Elbert, CO

 

 

For more details, visit our website WarriorsCycling.com.

 

   

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Cycling is unique.  No other sport lets you go like that - where there's only the bike left to hold you up.  If you ran as hard, you'd fall over.  Your legs wouldn't support you.  ~Steve Johnson



 
 
Trials of the Front Range 60
By Ezekiel Hersh

This early season has been a strange one in Colorado, especially up here in the high country
where I'm writing now; watching it snow again.

 

As I prepared for the Front Range 60 Marathon, I imagined racing with temperatures in the 80's was going to be a treat. It would be great to ride without arm warmers, knee warmers or a jacket. I also knew that a highlander like me would have to deal with "hot" temperatures - yes 80's is hot for us mountain folk!

 

The racecourse consisted of super fast single track with short grunty climbs, power sections and fast descents - a great early season training ground. 

 

From the gun the pace was fast and I found myself a little off the back. I had managed to stay in the top 20 and as I settled in, I tried to pick off a few more riders or grab a wheel.  On the approach of the Mount Carbon climb I was caught and passed by a friend Tony who was climbing great and looked comfortable.  I tried to grab his wheel but my legs and mind didn't want anything to do with that. Climbing has been a little hard to come by up here in the mountains. I guess I have something work on!

 

For much of the race I tried to keep my friend in sight; he would pull away on the climbs and descents, and then I would make up some time on the flats and power sections.  Today the descents seemed a little alien; I was consistently checking my speed, sliding around corners and losing time. Nothing like a little race pace to expose some rust; better get out and ride some more dirt!

 

Even though the form and skills seemed a little off, I was happy with my lap times and my pace, which kept me pushing as hard as I could. I was consistently in the 38-minute range and my goal of a sub four-hour race was still attainable. 

 

As the laps wore on, the temperature began to rise. I stopped for some endurolytes before going out on lap five. It was hot and cramps are always on the mind this late in a race. Endurance events of this length are when your training counts; the heart and legs are pushing as hard as they can and it takes a little extra concentration to keep your mind focused on the race at hand and the intensity of race pace.

 

As I rolled through the start finish area to go out on lap 6, I grabbed a water bottle and hoped it would be enough.  I definitely wasn't feeling my best but I figured I might catch a few people who were feeling worse. I had been told once that "no matter how bad you feel, everyone else is feeling just as bad or worse". That thought kept me pushing as hard as I could and hoping for a catch or two. As I made my way through the course, that advice came true. I was happy to get back a spot or two before I rolled to the finish.

 

Hitting the finish line always feels good, with the sense of accomplishment and reward of reaching your goals. This race had drained me quite a bit more than Voodoo Fire. Maybe it was the heat or lack of early season form; but once again, I had a blast suffering through the ups and downs of a mountain bike race!

 

Ezekiel Hersh, Rider and Racer