Alchemist Updates

25 11 2016

Been an long time, Alchemistas.  Hope everyone had a fantastic summer and fall and Thanksgiving.  As per my usual M.O., blog posts are written on night shifts, and this is no exception.  See below for all the updates and happenings in the world of Team Alchemist.

 

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Kathleen and Team on top of the Podium at Dawn til Dusk in AZ. Way to go, Kathleen!

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steve Tim and Steph G. and the fam went to Cambodia for an 8 week medical mission. They sent me this photo of one of the local bike rental shop signs. In Cambodia, every night is Ladies’ night.

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Steven P. showing off his fine figure after Rose accidentally ran his Alchemist Merino Jersey through the dryer. Sexy time!

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FLR on a snowy Chapman. Stuart all smiles as he leads the pack.

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Jenn D. completing the Minnie Mouse outfit with her nephews back in South Dakota. Nothing like pink compression socks to scare trick or treaters.

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Sun Young’s Bro, Willard, knocking out the last leg of a triathlon. Representing Alchemist in the Pacific NW. Looking sharp, Willard!

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Rob’s pop, Ron Sharp, showing Timmy Duggan some pointers on a Juniper Wealth Advisors sponsored Wednesday Morning Velo. One of the pointers was to keep your hands on your handlebars when descending.

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Here’s the Juniper Partners without Spandex. They clean up nice, eh?

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Mindy is riding across the country in an Alchemist-made jersey. We were the official jersey sponsor for this monumental effort. You can read about her adventure here: https://lowcarboncrossings.wordpress.com/

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Amy D. saves lives and trains falcons. All while sporting Alchemist gear. She is like the poster child for awesomeness.

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Shield 616 guys on their Epic ride in Alchemist kits. They ride in support of Officers in Active Shooter and Crowd Control situations. Very cool.

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Steven P. knocking out another top podium spot at the Ridgeline Rampage. Single speed machine!

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In fact, we had an Alchemist sweep of the podiums. From left to right: Ken topped out the Clydesdale Podium. Max took the under 19 boys title. Elliote took the under 19 girls title. Steven won single speed. Way to go, Team!

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Co-branded Flatwater tent. The badasses of Lincoln, Nebraska have been partners of Alchemist since the early days. We are proud to outfit this first-class group of riders.

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Nice turnouts for FLR this past summer and fall

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Great to have Pavlik and Beaudry on this one.  New FLR regulars, Jason and Mike F., have been great additions to the crew.

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Regulators, mount up.





How to Save a Life

26 06 2016

Once again a great year for the Stone Temple MTB Camp.  But this year was special in another very important way.  Amy D. saved a life.  Literally.

Amy was volunteering for a couple of days at the camp, and thank goodness she did.  As she was heading back to help with an injured rider, she came across one of the camper’s father, who was also volunteering.  He was having chest pain while riding and feeling very sick.  Amy stopped to check on him, and before long he became unconscious.  Amy is a nurse, and I’ve worked with her for years in the ER.  She checked for a pulse, and found none, so she started CPR while another volunteer called 911.  They continued CPR for 20 minutes before a helicopter finally arrived with a defibrillator.  After shocks and medications, they were miraculously able to get a pulse back.  A coronary stent and ICU stay later, and I’m happy to say that Amy’s patient is doing great.  He is back with his family and back to his previous self.  Considering he was dead for 20 minutes, I’d say that’s a pretty good outcome.  If not for Amy’s quick actions and good timing, the story would have been tragic.

Amy, you are a hero.  Thank you for all that you do.

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Stone Temple MTB Camp. Amy is sitting at the bottom right of the photo.  





Alchemist Team Updates

2 06 2016

Alchemistas, it’s been too long.  Night shift, while painful, has it’s benefits.  That being forced sleep-deprivation and occasional downtime, which leaves a few spare moments to update the blog.  Loads of updates below.  Cheggitout.

 

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Ryan K. went down to the Growler this past weekend and went Chernobyl. Conditions were ideal (as opposed to last year’s mechanical-sh*tshow mudfest), and Ryan took off an hour from his time last year, finishing in the top 15 in the category in a packed field. Here he is leading a pack of wheel suckers.

 

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The Growler is known for being one of the toughest races in the business. Ryan makes it look easy.

 

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Punchy climbs, technical (sometimes scary) descents, and beautiful views.

 

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Ryan descending one of the sketchy rock formations in style. Droppers are for sissies!

 

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Easy like a Sunday morning. Way to represent, Ryan!

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Heath B. rocking the Team kit in Moab. Sexy time!

 

Brett T., you need a selfie stick, sir. Brett is a world-class X-terra athlete and mtb'er. Look out for him at X-terra Worlds and Leadville. He is a contender.

Brett T., you need a selfie stick, sir.
Brett is a world-class X-terra athlete and mtb’er. Look out for him at X-terra Worlds and Leadville. He is a top contender, especially at Worlds, where he is looking for a shot at the Title.  Go get em, Brett!

 

Lindsey went into beast mode at the

Lindsey was in beast mode at the Santa Fe Century last weekend.  Podium shot with the other fast ladies on the Gran Fondo.  Big ups, Lindsey!

 

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Sporting her freshly minted Wasatch Touring Enduro Jersey. Alchemist hexacool blend and 3/4 sleeves. Wesley has World Champion pedigree (she is Drew’s daughter), and she is blowing up the Enduro scene.

 

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Josh W. testing out the new Team outwear at Buff Creek. The Ether Lite jacket is windproof and water-resistant. Extra rear coverage and sleeve length for 2016 to accommodate you knuckle-draggers out there.

 

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Tara L. killin’ it at Battle the Bear.

 

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This was her first mountain bike race, and she blazed through the fast course like a seasoned racer. Great job out there Tara!

 

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FLR. Flatulence-Loving Rebels? Friday Lunch Ride! Ken, Todd, Herb, and I rolling up the Boulder Creek path to Betasso/Benjamin.

 

 

 

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There’s a new Sheriff in Town. Beckett patrolling the mean streets of Crested Butte.

 

 

 

 

 





2016 Team Kit

1 03 2016

Wow.  It’s been a long time since the last update.  Many things to tell.  But, I’ll have to get to all that later.  2016 Team Kits will be here in a couple of weeks.  If you want in, and you haven’t already emailed me, we’ll have extras on hand.  So just shoot me an email.  jeff@teamalchemist.com. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up on all the great things that have been going on soon.

Without further blabbing, here is the 2016 Alchemist Team Kit:

2016 Pro Crema Jersey. Circle Dry main body. Wings mesh contored side panels. Powerband arm cuffs, powerband rear gripper.

2016 Pro Crema Jersey. Circle Dry main body. Wings mesh contored side panels. Powerband arm cuffs, powerband rear gripper.  Yes, those are pink accents.  Rick and Hunter, maybe I’ll do a special version for you two with more manly colors.

New, anatomic panels. Swiss Eschler Cold Black inners. Italian MITI sublimated panels, Italian EIT Carbon Performance Chamois, POwerband leg grippers

New, anatomic panels. Swiss Eschler Cold Black inners. Italian MITI sublimated panels, Italian EIT Carbon Performance Chamois, Powerband leg grippers

 

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Fluoco Midweight Thermal Fleece. Also available in white.

 

Race Fit.  It fits like a race jersey.   Extra arm length.  Fluoco Thermal Fleece.  3 rear zip pockets.

Race Fit. It fits like a race jersey. Extra arm length. Fluoco Thermal Fleece. 3 rear zip pockets.

 

Fluoco Tech Hoodie.  Full Zip.  Casual fit.  I suggest ordering a size down if you like it more fitted.  I wear a large kit, but medium hoodie.

Fluoco Tech Hoodie. Full Zip. Casual fit. I suggest ordering a size down if you like it more fitted. I wear a large kit, but prefer medium hoodie.

 

 





WORLD F*CKING CHAMPION!!!!!

8 10 2015

Folks, Drew went and did the unimaginable.  Solo 24 Hour Worlds was last weekend in Weaverville, CA.  Drew went up against the best in the world in a knock-down, drag-out, knobby-tired brawl.  When the final piledriver was thrown down from the top turnbuckle, and the dust finally settled, one man stood alone–victorious.  In the words of MacLeod of the clan MacLeod, “There can be only one.”  Drew, you are a sexy beast.

His account below:

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Start of Solo 24 Hour Worlds.  Drew amongst the leaders

24 Hour Solo World Championships
a true test of a superior chamois (editor’s note: Drew’s words, not mine)
I just returned from the 24 Hour Solo World Championships in northern California where I won the masters (55+) world title – riding 24:17, 208 miles and over 24,000 feet of climbing. 
Designing chamois is hard. By chamois I am referring to the whole package of cycling bibs and the “chamois” padding. The pads of course have not been made of chamois for years but the name sticks. If the short is baggy is chafes. Too tight & it cuts your thighs. The pad can’t be too big or too small or it will rub. Riding a 24 hours rough technical mountain bike race is a true test of what works. Jeff’s Alchemist 2015 chamois is a champ! Not a rub, chafe, numb spot after 24 hours solid riding over 200 miles.
The Weaverville course is not exactly my kind of course, a thought echoed by pretty much every rider I talked to. To race 24 hours on a mountain bike it is most fun (& less painful) to have short repeated climbs & fast twisty sections. This course embarked on a 5km slog up a 9%-19% grade. That is not an un-doable climb, once or twice but for 16, 18 , 20 laps it was going to be rough.  After this “interesting” climb was a piece of showcase trail worthy of racing. There was a 10 mile descent on single track mining flumes. It was fast, smooth & fun. The grade was gradual & required pedaling, not a piece to be coasted. This section is on par with Monarch Crest or Wasatch Crest. Anyway – the course is what the organizer picks & we were all on the same trail.
Dr. Pepper should pay us for this adworthy shot

Dr. Pepper should pay us for this adworthy shot

When a race is titled the World Championships you expect to get good riders. I figured no one would fly over here from Europe or Australia unless they thought they could win. The field was  not huge but  everyone could ride. Most 24 races also have relay teams combined with solo riders. This race was solo only. That is a nice feature because riding solo in your 18th hour and getting passed over and over again by riders heading out on their 2nd lap is discouraging. 
I like to start a race fast & then dial is back a bit and have trained accordingly. As expected everyone was pretty sure they should  get up the climb first. The steep 15% + pitches were tough and the key was to not stress the quads early on those.  I slotted in between the 2 ladies leader on the descent & got pulled along a bit faster than planned – not wanting to hinder the 2nd rider nor pull over.  I felt great after lap one – almost done; only 23  hours to go. I was in the lead in my category. 
Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
The support crew in 24 hour racing is critical. I had Toni as my sole crew and she knows exactly what to do. She had detailed splits of how my competition was doing. She also had an added advantage with great cell coverage – the Alchemist crew in Boulder was texting coaching tips & encouragement all night long.  
Jeff Wu’s plan:  “build up a lead & take a nap” 
Paul Hooge & Jon Pulley immediately responded “NO – keep moving”
Every lap I would pick up a bottle or two & a bit of food. I  Toni would do a quick wipe of the bike, re-lube & I was out of there in 1 – 2 minutes. I have never raced a 24 hour race without breaking a bike. After lap 3 my fork control broke. I grabbed my spare bike for the next lap & Toni quick got it fixed & ready to switch back for the next lap. My main bike held up the rest of the race.  Many of the riders swap between two bikes every lap so their mechanic can tune & lube the bike for the next lap.  My gearing on my spare bike was not great for this course so I stayed on my primary bike all but a single lap. 
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Naps are for sissies

Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
Even though we are racing the other riders are really nice. Everyone here is a fantastic rider. Jason English, who won the elite race & has won the last 4 years would chat a bit & encourage  me every time he lapped me – & that was a few times. The elite pros here are outrageously fit. Sonya Looney, friend of Alchemist ended up winning the Elite women with a stellar effort. 
The first night lap is always fun. Descending fast though the trees with complete darkness & just your helmet & frame light is a kick. It was very spread out by now & I saw very few riders on the downhill. After a few night laps the novelty wears off & it gets tedious. I always have a big lull at2 AM. You are very tired, it is dark, lonely & cold. I have decided, at 2 AM, on every 24 hour race & have ever done to never do another. I always seem to forget.
My taint may feel fine, but every other part of me feels like pure Sh*t. And yet I keep going . . .

My taint may feel fine, but every other part of me feels like pure Sh*t. And yet I keep going . . .

3AM: “WTF is with this climb. I am never doing another 24 hour race.”
One of the Aussies passes me on the steepest grade. He is walking faster than I ride. “Hey mate – rest your legs”
Sunrise – light off and it warms up. It should be a fun lap but the climb has eaten up my legs. Lights off & just 5 more hours. I remain in the lead by just under an hour. 
Toni:  “You are not eating enough”
Time for some tactics. I really don’t want to do any more laps than I have to. 24 hour racing has some quirky rules that can decide the race at the end. You can start a lap anytime up to 24 hours and finish in more than 24. I was a lap up on 2nd place with 2 hours to go. The question: Can he ride one lap & start a 2nd in 2 hours? If so I have to go out on one more. If not I can stop now.  Toni checks in for advise:
Jeff – “That’s enough. You got it”
Jon Pulley – “NO – you have to go out again”
Who you going to trust – a math teacher or an ER doc?  (editor’s note: For what it’s worth, Drew would have still won on time even without lap 16 in the books.  Having said that, I would also trust the math teacher)  This is the worlds. Out for my final, 16th lap. 208 miles, 24,000 feet of climbing. Masters 24 hour solo world champion. 
The elite pro men put in 20 laps for 260 miles. Sonya Looney won the elite women with 18 laps. 
Thanks to everyone for all the support. I really pushed me to stay on the bike & keep moving.
I’m not doing another 24 hour race. 
Property of World Champions only.

Property of World Champions only.





Doing more Epic Sh*t

3 10 2015

About the enter the Pain Cave.

About the enter the Pain Cave.

Following up on his Everesting Flagstaff adventure, Drew is in Weaverville, CA for the 24 Hour Solo World Championships.  Tonight Toni and I are hanging out in a motel in Weaverville California. Tomorrow is the 24 Hour Solo World Championships. Everyone – elite pro and age group all racing together.  I have the privilege of racing other old guys instead of open. Course is wicked hard. 3 mile climb, 9-19% grade, than a fantastic enduro type DH for 10 miles. 1700 feet climbing per lap and it will take 15 laps plus to win my age – 20 for the elites. Almost another Everest adventure.  Toni is my pro support crew, wisely electing not to partake in such nonsense herself.”  Global endurance badass and Friend of Alchemist, Sonya Looney, is also toeing the line.  Multi-National Champ and Friend of Alchemist, Josh Tostado, out there looking for a World title.  Follow their World dominating progress here.

In the Multisport world, Emily has been slaying all comers.  Here she is after her recent aquabike win.

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Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Category winner. 2nd overall. Beat all the men.

Category winner. 2nd overall. Beating all the men.

Winner gets a bowl of ramen. And bragging rights. And a spot on the Alchemist blog.

Winner gets a bowl of ramen. And bragging rights. And a spot on the Alchemist blog. Big Ups Emily!







Everesting Flagstaff (Do Epic Sh*t). Revised images.

7 09 2015

There was a problem with the images the first time.  This is a repost of the blog with revised images. Thanks for reading!

This post was going to be about Leadville and the Breck Epic, but that will have to wait.  Drew just pulled off a far more nauseatingly epic feat.  His story below:

“Everesting Flagstaff”

There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.”
Richard Nelson “ The Island Within” 1991
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Toni met Drew at the Flag summit for dinner. Still looking fresh!

“Everesting” on a bike is not actually climbing Mt. Everest – that would actually be hard. It is an arbitrary and perversely attractive event dreamed up by a group in Australia to climb 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), the height of Mt Everest. The rules say you have to ride the same single climb over & over with no loops (oh and no walking allowed).

First of all, I am not a climber. I am more of a Rouleur – an all rounder. I can climb well enough to get up hills but would have to give up beer & loose 10 pounds to climb any better. That is not going to happen. Climbing 30,000 feet in a single ride is a big epic adventure for me. A pure climber could make short work of this adventure.

Dan Busse, a fellow Alchemista, actually started all this nonsense for me by suggesting the “Flagstaff 100”. His plan was 100 miles of climbing up Flagstaff. Flagstaff is almost exactly 5 miles from Chataqua to the Super-Flagstaff summit. That would take 20 laps & 40,000 feet of elevation gain to complete. That adventure is still completely open for any takers. I ran across the Everesting concept (http://www.everesting.cc) and decided to pare back my attempt to a mere 29,029 feet of climbing. After some night shift brainstorming with the Hooge-master we decided on the classic Flagstaff summit route. I go uphill the best at a moderate grade – 6% to 9%. The Super Flagstaff route kicks up to 16% and I felt I could not maintain that for the required 15 laps.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney, you complete me.

Sonya Looney design socks – “Do Epic Shit”

Flagstaff is the route ridden as the finish climb of the 2012 Colorado Pro Challenge. The leaderboard for times up this route are full of current & former pro tour riders – Joe Dombrowski, Peter Stetina, Taylor Phinney, Kiel Reijan … The KOM is held by Levi Leipheimer (perhaps a bit enhanced) @ 13:15 from Gregory Canyon to the top of Summit road.

I initially underestimated how difficult this would be. Three weeks ago I made an attempt on this course thinking I would knock it of in 12-14 hours. After 9 hours I was only half way & was 100% cooked. I stopped after 100 miles planning on re-tooling for a more reasonable attempt.

I started this ride at 4pm Friday afternoon and rode very easy or the first few laps. I had parked my car at the top & was easily able to refuel every couple laps. Lights on @ 7:30 for my favorite riding. Night riding on Flagstaff is fun. There are very few cars & there is always a great view of the Boulder lights below. My main worry is critters – primarily deer jumping out but bears & lions do hang out there and the bears would like to break into my car for bit of my food. However, I did not get to see any bear or lions and the deer behaved themselves. I hit my usual 3 AM lull with very heavy legs & really slow laps times. I took a brief break & picked up the pace after the rest. At sunrise the usualSaturday Flagstaff riding crowd showed up. I was getting trounced by hundreds of riders, grand-moms on townie bikes, dads towing Burlies … My goal was a finish – not speed & I rode really, really slow – over & over.

27 laps up & down Flagstaff should get me over 29,029 feet of climbing. I decided to add a safety lap in case there were any errors in my calculations. I did not want to start over again. After 28 laps I had easily reached 30,000 feet of climbing but found myself at 196 miles. I certainly did not want to go all the way back down again so I rode 3 laps on the summit road to pick up 4 miles & complete a double century as well as meet the Busse criteria for the “Flagstaff 100”.

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1k extra. Just cus.

Epically tired now. That was the hardest ride I have every done. Everesting is out there for everyone. You can pick any climb & launch your own project. I’m happy to discuss logistic & will join you for a lap or two but not the whole thing again. A “dirty Everest” would up the adventure level. Maybe Chapman on a mountain bike. Start planning.

Drew Geer

Check out the suffer score!

Check out the suffer score!

footnote: Drew suggested I do this ride on a singlespeed, since it has never been done.   Um.  No.







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