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Alison PowersNow 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), 2 National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she coaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike skills clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Learn more at alpcyclescoaching.com

7 Tips to Becoming a Better Climber

7 Tips to Becoming a Better Climber

by Alison Powers
April 22, 2019

Climbing. People think it's this magical thing that only lucky or skinny people can do. This is a misnomer. Anyone can climb. Anyone who likes to ride a bike, can ride up a hill. 

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What I didn't now then...we'll teach now - Criterium Clinic

What I didn't now then...we'll teach now - Criterium Clinic

by Alison Powers
April 19, 2019

"My first roadie race was in 2005 in New Hampshire. It was a Criterium, and other than watching the Tour de France on TV, I had never seen a road bike race. I knew nothing about racing a criterium and I made many mistakes that day. On April 27th, my fellow ALP Cycles Coaching coaches and I will be coaching a criterium clinic from Specialized Boulder. We are going to teach the things I didn't know 14 years ago in New Hampshire."

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4th Annual ALP tour of Colorado

4th Annual ALP tour of Colorado

by Alison Powers
April 02, 2019

We'd like to invite you to our 4th annual ALP tour of Colorado. A 3-day tour, in and out of Avon, through some of the biggest mountains and best scenery Colorado has to offer. July 28-30, 2019. Lodging starts on July 27th.

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Team Bonding, Exiting Your Comfort Zone, and Views, Views, Views

Team Bonding, Exiting Your Comfort Zone, and Views, Views, Views

by Alison Powers
April 02, 2019

"We Alp Cycles Women's Racing Team headed to Leadville, Colorado for #alpfatcamp - three days of fat biking, Nordic skiing, yoga, and team bonding. Some teammates were meeting for the first time, and others were completely new to fat biking and Nordic skiing. At 10,000ft with cold temps and new equipment, we were all in for a great adventure."

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Spring Training Camp

Spring Training Camp

by Alison Powers
April 01, 2019

For the past 3 years, ALP Cycles Racing has had Spring training camp in Grand Junction, Colorado. Each year, it has proven to be so much more than a training camp. This year, was no different with a daily exercise of flexibility.

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The Art of Being Prepared

The Art of Being Prepared

by Alison Powers
March 29, 2019

The art of being prepared comes down to one thing - no surprises on race day. 

Preparing for race day is more than training and recovery. Success on race day requires precise preparation. This means the things you can control should be dialed in, ready, and give you confidence to have the best performance possible. 

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Training to Train

Training to Train

by Alison Powers
March 29, 2019

Two weeks ago, while in Leadville for ALP Cycles Racing's Winter Training Camp, a few of the riders asked me if I had started to train yet, and if so, how it's going. A bit of history here: 3 months ago, I signed up for the 141 mile Steamboat Gravel race in August. My reply to the if I had started to train or not question was, "I'm more in the training to train phase. Meaning I have to get my body back to a place where it can handle a training load required." 

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ALP Cycles Racing - Cyclocross Team

ALP Cycles Racing - Cyclocross Team

by Alison Powers
July 13, 2018

We are excited to announce the addition of a Cyclocross Women's Race team to our ALP Cycles arsenal. ALP Cycles Racing is a women's race team based in Boulder, Colorado which augments individual professional coaching with race team techniques and camaraderie. By providing coached training rides and team races with team race strategy. ALP Cycles Racing hopes to change the way local race teams train and race. 

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What I Didn't Know Then...I'll Teach Now

What I Didn't Know Then...I'll Teach Now

by Alison Powers
March 23, 2018

My first roadie race was in 2005 in New Hampshire. It was a Criterium, and other than watching the Tour de France on TV, I had never seen a road bike race. I knew nothing about racing a criterium and I made many mistakes that day. Saturday, March 24th, my fellow ALP Cycles Coaching coaches and I will be coaching a criterium clinic in Boulder. We are going to teach the things I didn't know 13 years ago in New Hampshire.

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The Limiter

The Limiter

by Alison Powers
March 23, 2018

"I'm 100% sure I can't do this." I told the yoga instructor after she showed us the next pose we were supposed to get into and hold. With tight shoulders and a delicate elbow, I was sure that my body would not get into or like the pose. The nice instructor came over and, in less than a minute, I was in the pose doing something I was convinced my body couldn't do and it actually felt good.

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Tour of Colorado - Big Mountain Passes

Tour of Colorado - Big Mountain Passes

by Alison Powers
February 12, 2018

"We'd like to invite you to our 3rd annual ALP Cycles Tour of Colorado Big Mountain Passes. A 3 - day tour, in and out of Nederland, through some of the biggest mountains and passes Colorado has to offer."

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Criterium 101: Presented by ALP Cycles Racing

Criterium 101: Presented by ALP Cycles Racing

by Alison Powers
January 31, 2018

"Want to try criterium bike racing but don't know where to start? Already racing but want to learn how to be more efficient and faster? Want to hang out with some really cool women and have fun on bikes? Then this clinic is for you!"

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Community

Community

by Alison Powers
January 12, 2018

"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."

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Head Space

Head Space

by Alison Powers
December 28, 2017

"In order to reach peak performance during competition, our bodies and minds need to be prepared and ready. What goes on between our ears leading up to the competition and during competition can make or break the result."

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Coaches Education

Coaches Education

by Alison Powers
December 01, 2017

"Finding a cycling coach is pretty easy. If you Google ‘Cycling Coaches’ many options come up. Here is the Denver/Boulder area, there are at least 40 coaches you can choose from. However, finding 1 – a good coach and 2 – a coach who you like, trust, and can openly talk to, is a lot tougher."

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To Run or Not to Run

To Run or Not to Run

by Alison Powers
October 28, 2017

Come Cyclocross season, or during the lead up and build to CX season, we are often asked about running. Should our athletes run in preparation for CX? The short answer is - yes. But, it's not that cut and dry. 

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Final Results ALP Climbing Challenge 2017

Final Results ALP Climbing Challenge 2017

by Alison Powers
October 27, 2017

The 4 day ALP climbing challenge is doen and we did the math! The final standings are posted below (this includes the additional ft from any social media posts that were tagged with #alpclimbingchallenge).

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Lead Up To Worlds

Lead Up To Worlds

by Alison Powers
September 22, 2017

"Preparing for the World Championships feels like preparing for any other race. Only this time I traveled to Europe about 4 weeks before and raced 2 stage races equaling in 10 race days over 11 days total. After that block was finished it was about some recovery and then back to work continuing to build over the remaining two weeks."

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2 Weeks to Go #alpclimbingchallenge

2 Weeks to Go #alpclimbingchallenge

by Alison Powers
September 18, 2017

"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."

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What Does Team Mean?

What Does Team Mean?

by Alison Powers
September 18, 2017

"Riders who, in my mind, were on better teams, who had better equipment and who being provided better opportunities, were beating me. After years of pushing back weakness, I had no idea I was the one holding myself back. Relying on myself was causing me to not grow as an athlete or teammate- and thus as a person."

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ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge 2017

ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge 2017

by Alison Powers
August 18, 2017

"Fall is around the corner and that means one thing: the Climbing Challenge is coming. As the race season winds down, many of us are stuck looking for something to do. We have great fitness and no event to use it in. Not anymore. September 28th - October 1st will be year 3 of ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge."

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The Colorado Classic - ALP Cycles Racing Race Recap

The Colorado Classic - ALP Cycles Racing Race Recap

by Alison Powers
August 16, 2017

"Our new race team, ALP Cycles Racing, was lucky enough to race in the Colorado Classic - a 2 day event that raced through the Garden of the Gods of Colorado Springs on Thursday and up Moonstone Climb, a 1km climb that has sections of 15% grade, on Friday in Breckenridge."

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Mountain Bike Capital USA

Mountain Bike Capital USA

by Alison Powers
July 14, 2017

"The dream scenario. A chance to ride mountain bikes and learn from a World Champion, multiple Olympians, several National Champions, and highly skilled coaches in a place renowned for it's miles of great single track, and amazing views."

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What is the Ideal Cadence?

What is the Ideal Cadence?

by Alison Powers
June 21, 2017

Riding a bike is different from other endurance sports. When we ride a bike, we have the ability to change gears and to choose a cadence to pedal with. However, one of the most confusing aspects of cycling is to understand what the ideal cadence is.

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