Rolling Thunder Cyclocross Race November 3rd

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Do you have Versus

Next week is the reason I got the big cable package.

In Missoula you can only get Versus with the big Dish Network plan. Two years ago I panicked in late June and bought the package. I couldn't go a month without having the tour constantly streaming at my house.

Since then Lance Armstrong has made a comeback and the Versus coverage has improved. Starting with the Tour Down Under this week, then into Paris Nice, all the Spring Classics, the Tour of Cali, the Dauphine, and then the Tour de France. For all you Montana Racers there is a real reason to watch this year. TJ Van Garderen has announced his tentative schedule with Columbia - HTC:

"Van Garderen hopes the opportunities will present themselves at the Tour of California and Dauphiné Libéré, both of which are featured on an impressive early-season programme. He will begin at Challenge Majorca on February 7, with the Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta a Catalunya, Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège to follow, prior to a start in Nevada City." - TJ on

If cable isn't your thing scope out these options:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Good News from Andrew - Read Below

Race Across The Sky is Coming to Missoula

Last year a documentary was made about the Leadville 100 race, and the resulting beatdown that Lance Armstrong threw down on the field. Back in October, the movie was released in a bunch of cities, but Missoula wasn't on the list (I bitched about this on a previous post). Turns out that Rebecca Rusch (above in the process of winning this years 24 Hours of Moab) also felt that there were a few spots in the Mountain West that needed to show the film. This spring with the help of her sponsors, she is taking the movie to the masses. Save the date March 11, and I guess that the venue will be the Wilma, and plan to watch a sweet film. Big thanks to Rebecca and her sponsors for making this happen. - Andrew Genco, Single Speed MT

Monday, January 11, 2010

Grand Targhee Randonee Race Photos

What to do in the winter?

I spectated my first Randonee Race this weekend.

As I was watching the race I noticed a trend. The best Montana bikers embrace the Montana winter.

Brandon French, Ben Parsons, Clint Muhlfeld, Alex Lussier, Mike Bestwick, Toby Meirerbachtol, and Doug Dale were all competing. French was 2nd, Parsons was 4th (got dq'ed, I explain tomorrow), Muhly won the heavy metal division, Lussier was right behind Muhly, Bestwick was 3rd, and Toby + Dale were both mid-pack.

I first thought about this when I was talking to John Curry about his off-season activities. He said that every Tuesday night him and some buddies do a crazy adventure (non-cycling related). Sometimes it was just post-holing up a mountain. The Flathead Crew runs up Big Mountain multiple times a week.

Parsons, Lussier, and The Lung are some of the best cyclists we have in Montana. They all have dedicated winter sports. Parsons is about to make the US Randonee Team. Lussier is one of the nastiest ice climbers in the region.

The best female mountain biker I know happens to also be the best nordic skier I know??

The point is this. If you want to be a better cyclist and you live in Montana. Don't curl up against the trainer in the winter. Hit the mountains. There are some great competitive outlets here in MT. A full nordic race schedule, regional randonee races, ice climbing, and plenty of mountains waiting to be post holed upon. I hit the trainer hard one year. I got a lot faster, but I didn't get stronger or tougher.....
See you at the OSCR...