June 29, 2017
by David Newcomer / Customer Service Manager
There are so many beautiful things about the community of cyclists we support at Pactimo. We are lucky to have so many customers that share a passion and enthusiasm for cycling, a breadth of experience and accomplishment, and a personal tangible, often-times measurable commitment to riding bikes.
July brings many of us together for the Tour. Chatter at the water station at work turns to today's stage, yesterday's crash, or an upcoming climb that Bob in Accounting tackled last year on vacation. We find a renewed focus on the competitive aspects of our sport, despite the seemingly ever-present controversies, challenges of quality coverage and long hours. I still find myself keyed up for every stage and I know I'm not alone.
And while it's well into the season for local races, there's still time to toe the line. Or maybe you're considering cyclocross for the fall. I've been thrilled to see numbers rebound recently here and particularly happy to see the number of youth out on course lately!
If you've never raced and are considering it - or maybe it's been a while since you've mixed it up on the road - here are a few tips to consider for your preparation.
Every once and a while you're bound to make a mistake and forget something. One of my favorite early memories of racing, though, is the result of oversight on my part. It was a race on the eastern plains of Colorado - windy, rainy, dirty and cold. A road race set up as an out and back on straight farm roads with little to offer in terms of visual interest or terrain, but with a well-deserved reputation for variability and unpredictable conditions.
I didn't do great, but held in there for a respectable finish. What I'd neglected, though, was a change of clothes and food afterword. Teeth chattering as I tried to squeeze a final, stiff-with-cold, gel into my mouth, I heard a tapping on my window. I rolled down the window and my new teammate, Josh, was outside my car.
"Hey, Bro. Want a sandwich?"
It may have been the best turkey and avocado I've ever had.
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About the Author
A lifelong commuter and amateur racer in road, CX and MTB, David Newcomer has experience with just about every aspect of our sport. A former race director of the Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb, and Executive Director of one of the largest cycling clubs in Colorado, he brings a wide range of experience to share with others. David is the Customer Service Manager at Pactimo and host of our podcast "On the Road with Pactimo." You can reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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