by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching
Our 4-day Climbing Challenge has come to an end. The Challenge was just that – it was challenging and hard. The 4 days of climbing over and over again, on top of our Saturday ALP Ride got people out of their comfort zones. It forced them to do things on their bikes that they would not normally do. It forced mental toughness by pushing through the fatigue, fear, and discomfort.
We had 15 people step up to the challenge. The winner, ALP Athlete Terry Petersen, was motivated and up for the challenge. She changed her daily routine in order to ride in the mornings to take advantage of the daylight. Two days in a row, she did 6 repeats of NCAR (a 1.5 mile climb that averages a 6% in Boulder, Colorado). She participated in our ALP ride on Saturday and followed the rules of the challenge to a ‘T’. She was creative with her routes, her time allotment (11hrs), and finished with 16,673 ft in 10 hours and 20 min. Congratulations Terry! For your efforts, you receive your choice of – A free month of coaching with ALP Cycles Coaching ($225 value), A one hour skills/clinic with your ALP coach of choice ($85 value), ALP Schwag (hats, T-shirt, Pactimo Jersey), or Osmo products.
We now present to you, the Top 5 finishers in our Climbing Challenge.
Great job to everyone who participated and pushed themselves outside their own comfort zones! You are now a better bike rider because of it.
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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
ABOUT ALISON POWERS
Now retired from racing, Alison Powers is the only person, in history, to win all three road discipline National Championships in one year (Road, Criterium and Time Trial - 2014). These go along with two previous national championships (Time Trial 2008, Team Pursuit 2008), two National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she is the owner of ALP Cycles Coaching where she teaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Alison is also team director for ALP Cycles Racing, a professional women's road and cyclocross team based in Boulder, Colorado.
ALP Cycles Coaching
Colorado-based ALP Cycles Coaching has over 25 years of professional sports experience. Each coach brings specific strengths and personal experiences to coaching sessions while collaborating to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Learn more at alpcyclescoaching.com
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