Natalie Santelli Posts

Frostbite Time Trial


The Frostbite Time Trial always commences the road cycling race season, and usually, your toes do feel a bit anesthetized by the windy and short 11.6 mile out and back finale.  This year, however, a glimpse of spring graced the riders and many threw their leg warmers and winter gloves to the wind!  Unlike any other bike race, the time trial event is a completely individual event against you, your legs, your lungs, the pavement, and the environmental elements.  It is the only bike race where you will also see tandem racers, and if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!  In a game of cat and mouse, racers are released from a dead stop at 30 second intervals in a stream of steady maximum power outputs.  A time trial event is one of the most “safe” racing environments because you and only you are the pack, there is no drafting and no team tactics.  The only decent strategy is to go as hard as you can on the way out and then harder on the way in.  This year there was a mild SW crosswind at the 9:25am Cat 5 women’s start, which made for a slight cross-tailwind on the way back to the “barn.”  Throughout the day, the winds picked up, which gave riders more of a challenge on the way out (south) and in return, they received a big push on the way back (north).  The Fort Follies Cycling Team sported their new spotted kits with the new sponsors on them!  Cheers and gears to the 2015 racing season, we hope it’s a good one!

Colorado & Wyoming Mountain Bike Race List 2015

Colorado Race/Ride Calendar: You In?

030Pretty thorough bike race/ride and cycling events calendar.

Road March and April: 

March 7, 2015 – Frostbite Time Trial
March 8, 2015 – University of Denver Criterium
March 14, 2015 – Oredigger Classic – Lookout Mountain ITT/Hillclimb
March 15, 2015 – Oredigger Classic – Criterium
March 21, 2015 – CSU Rams Circuit Race
March 22, 2015 – Colorado State University Oval Criterium
March 28, 2015 – Fort Lewis College Squawker Classic Criterium
March 29, 2015 – Fort Lewis College Squawker Classic Road Race
April 1, 2015 – Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #1
April 4, 2015 – Louisville Criterium 2015 Website
April 4, 2015 – USAFA Criterium
April 5, 2015 – USAFA Road Race
April 8, 2015 – Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #2
April 11, 2015 – Boulder Roubaix Road Race
April 12, 2015 – CU Stazio Crit
April 15, 2015 – Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #3
April 17-19, 2015- Rumble at 18 Road, Cross Country, Enduro MTN
April 18, 2015 – Clasica de Rio Grande
April 19, 2015 – Colorado Bike Law Denver Federal Center Classic Website
April 22, 2015 – Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #4
April 24-26, 2015 – Maverick Classic – Colorado Mesa University
April 29, 2015 – Karen Hornbostel Mem’l TT #5

MTN April and May:

April 25, 2015 – Ridgeline Rampage, Castle Rock, 5/10/20/30/50mi (MTB)
May 1-2, 2015 – 18 Hours of Fruita, Fruita (MTB)
May __, 2015 – Firebird 40 (MTB)
May 9, 2015 – Battle The Bear, Lakewood, 10/20/30/50mi (MTB)
May 9, 2015 – Dessert Rats Mtn Bike Classic, Kokopelli Trail CO to UT,  50K (MTB)
May 16, 2015 – Gunny Enduro, Gunnison (Enduro)
May 16-17, 2015 – Eagle Outside Festival & Expo, Eagle, 40K (MTB)
May 22-25, 2015 – Durango-Silverton Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango (MTB)
May 23-24, 2015 – The Original Growler, Gunnison, 32/64mi (MTB)
May 29-31, 2015 – Grand Junction Off Road Endurance (MTB)
May 30, 2015 – PV Cycle Derby, Elbert, 10/22/66mi (MTB)

How to Train for the Laramie Enduro

Looks like the Fort Follies are going to REPRESENT at the Laramie Enduro Mountain Race, Saturday, August 1st!  Check the links below for some great posts and race reports!


Colorado Cycling Race Licensure

Usacycling-logoGet geared up for the 2015 cycling season and purchase your USAC license ($70) along with your BRAC (Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado) $25 membership! Licenses are good from January 1st until December 31st.