Firecracker 50, Winter Park Rendezvous, and Max at Short Track

31 07 2015

Firecracker 50 has the best start to a race of all time.  If you haven’t done it, or seen it, the race starts on Main Street in Breckenridge, and leads the 4th of July parade through down before heading up Boreas Pass.  As a middle of the pack rider, it is my one chance to feel like a rock star.  Kids line up along the street and high-five you as you speed by.  A little sketchy, yes.  But super fun.  Tyler rode men’s duo in the race.  We had some other duo’s including the Pulleys and Disco and Dice.  Tyler’s race report for the Firecracker and Winter Rendezvous below.

 

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Tyler’s Race report for Firecracker 50: As I am sure you are very aware, Firecracker 50 was last weekend. A friend wanted to race duo male with me which was a great intro to a race I have never done! He started and it was cool to see the race roll out on main street in Breck. My parents and I enjoyed the parade for a little bit before we went over to the finish to watch my team mate come in and so that I could take off. We waited for quite a while and were starting to get a bit worried until we finally saw him coming down the last section above the finish. When he came in he was missing our number plate. He had had a crash right after the start and the number plate had come off in the fall. We got that sorted out so that I could go and I took off shortly thereafter. The course was amazing! I heard rumors about the little frenchy climb and it lived up to its reputation. I almost cleaned except for a couple dabs. Damn! But I had a great time and the fact that they finished us on the jump trail was awesome. At the end of the day, we finished in 9th… Not to bad for a crash and a total newb

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Today was the Winterpark Renezvous race. What an awesome course! I talked to several other guys and everyone said how much fun they had and how great the course was! The pro field was really big today with around 20 guys starting! The start was crazy because there was only a short double track before the single-track started. I would say that it was important to get a good position but Im not as fast as some of those other guys so I just took my time and got to the trail mid pack. The field started super fast and there was lots of place shuffling. I lost a few spots on the climb and had to wait a while to make them up on the descents. I battled really hard with two other guys. I spent most of the race between them. Trying to catch one and keep one behind. Unfortunately right near the end of the race, I took a wrong turn and the marshall didnt say anything. So I probably lost around 1min and four or five places… I was pretty upset to say the least but the course and racing made up for it!

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Boulder Triathlon and Winter Park Super Loop

18 07 2015

Lindsey and Emily all smiles with their hard earned hardware.

Lindsey and Emily all smiles with their hard earned hardware at recent Boulder Triathlon

Emily strutting away with her first place Aquabike (swim,bike) medal.   Big ups, Emily!

Emily strutting away with her first place Aquabike (swim,bike) medal. Big ups, Emily!

Winner, winner, pork ribs dinner.  Lindsey took first in her division and 4th overall.  Drop-kicking most of the pro field.

Winner, winner, pork rib dinner. Lindsey took first in her division and 4th overall. Drop-kicking most of the pro field.  Baam!

Tyler sporting the new school Alchemist kit with his old school Walt Works Steel ride.  His race report: " I did just get back from WinterPark today after racing the super loop!  It was a blast!  The Pro Mens field was about 15 or so deep and after a ridiculously fast start we all settled in.  I was in a group of about 5 with 5 or so ahead of us.  It was cool to work with the guys in my little pack.  On the road sections we each took turns pulling and really battled it out on the climbs.  Right before the top of the race course, I lost contact with my group and had to descend the rest of the race alone.  It was awesome out there today!  The weather was amazing, the course was really hard, fast, and technical and in the end I pulled out a 9th place.    Still feeling super humbled to wear the Alchemist kit and get plenty of compliments on it!  Thanks again for the support!".  No Tyler, we are humbled, sir.

Tyler sporting the new school Alchemist kit with his old school Walt Works Steel ride. His race report: ” I just got back from WinterPark today after racing the super loop! It was a blast! The Pro Mens field was about 15 or so deep and after a ridiculously fast start we all settled in. I was in a group of about 5 with 5 or so ahead of us. It was cool to work with the guys in my little pack. On the road sections we each took turns pulling and really battled it out on the climbs. Right before the top of the race course, I lost contact with my group and had to descend the rest of the race alone. It was awesome out there today! The weather was amazing, the course was really hard, fast, and technical and in the end I pulled out a 9th place.  Still feeling super humbled to wear the Alchemist kit and get plenty of compliments on it! Thanks again for the support!”.   No Tyler, we are humbled, sir.  Way to hang with the Pros out there.

When Tyler isn't throwing down with the Pro field, he's helping out damsels in distress on the trail.  He happen to come across an Alchemist Women's ride just as they needed some technical assistance.

When Tyler isn’t throwing down with the Pro field, he’s helping out damsels in distress on the trail. He happen to come across an Alchemist Women’s ride just as they needed some technical assistance.

 





Bailey Hundo and Ride the Rockies

28 06 2015

Bailey Hundo/dito and Ride the Rockies last week. Alchemist riders representin’! Some great finishes and photos below.

Great showing for the Team at the Hundo.  We were 4th in the Team fundraising campaign and fielded 12 riders for the Hundo/Hundito.

Jim L. sporting his Bailey Hundito Trophy.  This was Jim's first race ever.  I remember the day when he could barely pedal across the Pearl Street mall without sucking wind.  He put in loads of miles and training this past year to crush the Hundo course. Congrats, Jimmy!

Jim L. sporting his Bailey Hundito Trophy. This was Jim’s first race ever. I remember the days when he could barely pedal across the Pearl Street mall without sucking wind. He put in loads of miles and training this past year to crush the Hundo course. Congrats, Jimmy!

Rob taking home the gold inMens' 30-40, and 4th overall at the bailey Hundito.

Rob S. taking home the gold in Mens’ 30-40, and 4th overall (crushing Pros) at the Bailey Hundito.  According to Rob before the race, “Racing is stupid. You never win.”  Rob, you should have that engraved on your 1st place trophy.

Steven P. knocking out a 2nd in the fat bike cat and top 10 overall at the bailey Hundito.

Steven P. knocking out a 2nd in the Fat bike cat and top 10 overall at the Bailey Hundito.  Did I mention he did that on a Fat bike?  

Surprising 3rd for mec in single speed at the Hundito

3rd for me in singlespeed at the Hundito.  Awww, who needs an ACL?  Carlos V., with Gates Carbon Drive and friend of Alchemist, destroyed the course, winning the cat and taking 2nd overall.  Griffin (in white), took second. He and his dad are responsible for building the trails in and around Buff Creek.  Big thanks to the Turnipseeds!

Alchemist Boys on top of the World.  Ride the Rockies 2015

Alchemist Boys on top of the World. Sean B., Brian H., Ben K., Looking and riding like sex machines at Ride the Rockies 2015.

Ben getting a ticket for speeding.  One of the hazards for wearing an Alchemist Team Kit.  5.0's often mistake you for a hot Ferrari.

Ben getting a ticket for speeding. One of the hazards for wearing an Alchemist Team Kit, 5.0’s often mistake you for a hot Ferrari.

Another hazard of wearing the Kit.  Naked women just seem to want to hang out with you.  Sean B. with his perennial Stud ride with lovely ladies of Naked Juice.

Another hazard of wearing the Kit. Naked Women just seem to want to hang out with you. Sean and Ben with the lovely ladies of Naked Juice.  Every year, Sean rides with Naked Women at RTR (aka Stud Ride)

RTR Paceline

RTR Paceline.  Make sure that kid does his share of pulls!

Sean in another Naked Women Sandwich.  The Naked Women jokes never get old.

Sean looking dapper in a Naked Women Sandwich.

Alchemist Road block. Looking good fellas!

Ben and Brian rode this stage side saddle.

Scouting out ideas for the 2016 Team kit.

Scouting out ideas for the 2016 Team kit.

Next Post: Look out for pics and updates from the Boulder Triathlon, Winter Park Super Loop, and more!





Cayuga Trail 50

19 06 2015

Pics from Cayuga Trails 50.   Paul took 3rd in the US Track & Field 50 Mile trail Championships.  Kick-ass, Paul!

Going fast

Going fast

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Climbing

Climbing

Beer in hand on the winner's stand

Beer in hand on the winner’s stand





Short Track Soundtrack and WP Hill Climb.

15 06 2015

OHHHHHHHHYEAAAAAAAHHHH!  Ryan K. bustin a move at Short Track.  Making the kit look oh so nice.

Ryan at Short Track Turning Heads — OHHHHHHHHH YEAAAAAAHHHH!!! from jeff wu on Vimeo.

Michele cruising to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y at Short track.   Big ups, Bliss!

Michele B. taking home the gold at short track. Way to go, Bliss! from jeff wu on Vimeo.

Christian took 2nd in the Big boy class at the Winter Park Hill Climb.  On a single speed.  That's a lot of beef to haul up the mountain!

Christian “That Guy” D. took 2nd in the Big boy class at the Winter Park Hill Climb. On a single speed. That’s a lot of beef!  Way to crush it, “That Guy”!

 





Tainted Butter Murdered Out

12 06 2015

Tainted Butter in their Custom Murdered Out Kits.  The bibs are pre-dyed black, and we applied black glossy transfers post production.  Gangsta!

Toronto-based, Friends of Alchemist, Tainted Butter, in their Custom Murdered Out Kits. The bibs are pre-dyed black, and we applied black glossy transfers post production. Gangsta!

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90% black sublimated on 100% black.  Stealthy.

90% black sublimated on 100% black. Stealthy.

Glossy transfers applied in house post-sewing.

Glossy transfers applied in house post-sewing.

The Pride is Back. Yes, it is.

The Pride is Back. Yes, it is.





There are Mountains in Virginia, Gunnison Growler

29 05 2015

 

 

Matt B riding in the Blue Ridges.  Getting some East Coast climbing in prep for Leadville.

Matt B riding in the Blue Ridges. Getting some East Coast climbing in prep for Leadville.

Mud was the theme at the 2015 Growler.  Survival was the name of the game. Disco and Mike celebrating not dying.

Mud was the theme at the 2015 Growler. Survival was the name of the game. Disco and Mike celebrating not dying.

Not everything came out on the other side.  A casualty of the mud and muck.  Mike's cracked frame.

Not everything came out on the other side. A casualty of the mud and muck. Mike’s cracked frame.

Mike grunting it out and looks dazzling in his fancy threads.

Mike grunting it out and looking dazzling in his fancy threads.  Photo from Dave Kozlowski. 

http://www.davekozlowski.com/Cycling/Original-Growler-2015

Disco flying the Alchemist colors on the podium.  Way to go Stuart!

Disco flying the Alchemist colors on the podium. Way to go Stuart!

 








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