The GoPro Games “Ultimate Mountain Challenge” is something I look forward to every year. The competition combines four endurance events including the kayak down-river sprint, a cross-country mountain bike race, a 10k trail run, and the Vail Pass road bike time trial. This combination of events suits the mountain endurance athlete and serves as a great test of ability in the four disciplines.
Here are my tips for a great performance at the Ultimate Mountain Challenge:
The Down-River Sprint
For me, the kayaking leg is all about damage control. I can’t speak to the expert kayaker, but beginners listen up. Rent a sit-on-top kayak, stay in the fast water and out of the bushes, and paddle hard. Remember, the river does most of the work! The maximum boat length is 12 feet so remember a longer boat is a faster boat.
The X-country Mountain Bike
The mountain bike course is all about elevation gain - you will either be going up or down. Prepare for the long sustained climbs with...Read More
The 2014 Dogma Tucson camp is in the books and it was a great success. Tucson tends to be our most casual camp of the year, making for fun days and relaxing afternoons.
You are always treated like a Pro in Tucson. Wake up, have a great cup of coffee or cappuccino along with a healthy breakfast made by Chef Drew. Then do some core exercises and yoga to prime the body for a good ride. Head out on a fully supported ride of around 60-80 miles. Make it back to the house for an awesome recovery lunch then relax in the afternoons. There is plenty of time for reading, a massage, some computer work or even a re-energizing nap! There is more healthy, delicious food at dinner. And wine! The communal table makes for stimulating conversation and lots of laughs.
Our crew this year was a combination of Vail locals and Live It Cycling clients from Columbus, OH. The Columbus guys really get after it on the bike, especially the Colulmbus captain, Todd “The Raging Bull” Delay. He claimed the title...Read More