September 18, 2017
by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching
Our annual Climbing Challenge is 2 weeks away. September 28th-October 1st will be year 3 of the ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge. You will have 4 days and 9-11hrs max (depending on age) to climb as much as possible (the contest will be keeping track on Strava). We will have prizes and fun activities to do and to participate in.
To up the anti, we have added more prizes and competitions for the 2017 edition. In addition to the top 3 receiving: A free month of coaching ($225 value), a one hour skills/clinic with your ALP coach of choice ($85 value) and ALP Shwag (hats, NBS Drink mix, T-shirt, Pactimo Jersey), we will have a best photo contest, and most inspiring competition.
Best Photo: use the hashtag #alpclimbingchallenge on either Instagram or Facebook and at the end of the 4 days, the 4 ALP Coaches will pick their favorite 2 photos. Prizes are ALP Schwag (hats, NBS Drink mix, T-shirt, Pactimo Jersey).
Most Inspiring: While our Climbing Competition will only have 1 winner, many riders will be able to inspire. Inspire themselves, inspire others, and live to tell a great story about it (57 hill repeats on an overpass is one example). Prizes are ALP Schwag (hats, NBS Drink mix, T-shirt, Pactimo Jersey).
We have also upped the anti on the rules for the Climbing Challenge.
The Details :
- If you are under the age of 30, you have 10 hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can. If you are 31-49, you have 10.5 hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can. If you are 50+, you have 11hrs in 4 days to climb as much as you can.
- You must have a Garmin or an on-bike computer that has GPS and can be uploaded to Strava. You must create a basic Strava account (it's free).
- All rides must start and end in the same place - with the exception of the Arkansas Mountain ALP ride (September 30th, 9am at the Boulder Justice Center).
- Ride time starts when you get on your bike and stops when you get off your bike. (i.e. no warming up/cooling down without your computer on and ride time started). All climbing must be done on a bicycle and no motors or bikes are allowed.
- You do not have to live in Colorado. That's the cool thing, no matter where you live, you can participate (as long as there is something you can climb on your bike).
- You do not have to do the challenge in order to come on the Saturday ALP ride. This challenge and the ALP ride are open to everyone. So invite your friends, family, teammates, etc. The more the merrier! This is our way of motivating people to train for a fun/hard event and giving non-ALP athletes a chance to ride with us and see how cool our little ALP community is.
We'll be posting updates on the Challenge on our blog and on our Facebook event page.
Wondering how much vertical it will take to be competitive? Check out last year's results and event recap.
Good luck and see you in two weeks!
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ABOUT ALISON POWERS
Alison Powers only recently retired from cycling, finishing her final season on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. Her career has spanned a wide array of wins, including the 2013 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship where she won in memorable fashion by soloing after an early breakaway that obliterated the pro women’s peloton. Other standout results during the 33-year-old’s 2013 season include the win at Redlands Bicycle Classic, second at the Tour of Elk Grove, third at the US National Road Championship and the US National Time Trial Championship, and stage wins at Cascade Classic, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hailing from Fraser, Colorado, Powers has been racing bikes professionally for eight years and is a true athlete with her career beginning as a teenager in mountain bike racing. In her mid 20s, she added in alpine ski racing before switching over to the road. In addition to being the current Criterium National Champion, Powers has two other national championships (Time Trial, Team Pursuit) and 2 NRC titles (2009, 2013).
About ALP Cycles Coaching
ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoaching.com
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