January 12, 2018
by Alison Powers ALP Cycles Coaching
Other than taking over the world, our goal, here at ALP Cycles, is to build community. Through our coaches, our athletes, and our race team, we have a group of cyclists who enjoy learning, trying new things, being challenged, and most of all, enjoy riding and spending time with each other; Community.
Over the past two weekends, we hosted 2 Mock CX races to prepare our ALP riders for CX Nationals in Reno that are happening this week. The CX season, here in Colorado, ended early December so our riders needed that race atmosphere and effort in their legs and mind to be 100% prepared to have a great race in Reno.
Having a practice race with 5-6 people is one thing. Having a practice race with 12-15 racers is completely different and more race specific, so we opened the Mock Race invitation to anyone who wanted to come; CX racer, rider wanting a good workout, heckler, etc.
What we got was more than 25 eager riders. From Jr. racers to 60+ racers on mountain bikes, happy to "race", have fun, and dial in their race skills despite the chilly 14 degree temps.
Originally, we had planned to do one Mock race, but the turn out for the first one was so good, that we decided to do a second race the following weekend.
More than 35 riders came for race weekend #2. It was amazing. The camaraderie, the good vibes, and the enjoyment of racing bikes with a group of like minded people was amazing. We had spectators, teammates cheering, hecklers, and family members supporting. This is bike racing in Colorado. Everyone was there to have a good time, get a great training day in, and be with people who wanted to do the same thing.
Community. As I type this racers in Reno are waking up on race day and getting ready to kick Reno and all other states butt. Good luck! You are ready and you are prepared.
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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, Shawn Heidgen, 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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