Alchemist looking gooood in Leadville Promo Video

6 09 2012

Alchemist Team rider, Jon, sent this to me today.  I didn’t know it existed, but it’s pretty rad.  Jon’s Boss, Deb, and Jenn and Doug also star in the video.  Jon is wearing the Alchemist logo recycled T.  50% recycled poly.  3 plastic bottles in every shirt.  Jenn and Doug are both sporting Alchemist custom jerseys from the HOMEGROWN line.  88% recycled poly, made in the USA, and top-shelf performance. But enough self-promo, click on the video to check these guys out!

HOMEGROWN Review on Velonews

25 08 2012

I know I need to catch up on Team Alchemist updates.  Loads of great race results from Team riders.  Those will be coming.   In the meantime, here is a review on the Alchemist HOMEGROWN BLACKBOXX Kit in  We were front page for a couple days.  Can’t believe we got pushed out by less compelling articles about the USA Pro Challenge and Lance giving up the fight.  BTW, that jersey was designed for Team IMBA riders at the Firecracker and Leadville 100.  We will be producing a limited run of them for retail purchase next month.

Alchemist HOMEGROWN BLACKBOXX review in Velonews

Alchemist HOMEGROWN BLACKBOXX review in Velonews

Anemone Hill mountain biking? Not so much.

28 10 2011

Macon Cowles

Speaks his mind

Recent voting by Boulder council members to disallow mountain biking on the proposed Anemone Hill Loop and the subsequent email from Councilman, Macon Cowles, has some people outraged.  You can find the Daily Camera article here.  The first paragraph sums it up:

“Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles touched off a firestorm among the local mountain biking community today after sending a group of cyclists an e-mail in which he dismissed as “a bunch of s-t” their complaints over a recent vote to bar riders’ access to a new trail.”

I’m not opposed to potty speak.  Having thrown my fair share of F-bombs and the like, I’m not in a position to cast stones.  Having said that, I’m surprised that Councilman Macon was willing to put it in writing for all to see.  The urge to document in a similar fashion has occasionally nearly crept into my dictations, but I’ve been fortunate enough to subdue those ill-advised comments from the dictaphone.  But the man speaks his mind.  You gotta give him that.

Edit: Just realized that Cowles voted FOR allowing bikes on trails.  His remarks, as I think I understand it, are directed toward the hotheads who misrepresent the vast majority of us who ride trails.

Shamefully, I didn’t know who our mayor was, nor did I know anything about her until yesterday.  But the first thing I’ve ever read about her is this excerpt from the article:

“Mayor Susan Osborne, who voted “no” on mountain bike access to an Anemone Hill loop, wrote an e-mail to Stokes earlier this week saying, “I am really done with the whiney and spoiled and, frankly, erroneous fiction you guys tell yourselves. You do not help your cause.”‘

She forgot stinky and poopy-headed.  On many levels, this is a ridiculous statement.  But I hate to say that in some ways, she is right.  Our most memorable and visible representation on the trails are the A-holes who blow by old ladies and kids on the trail, and have no clue that it’s not only the rule that we should slow down and yield, but it’s just the polite thing to do anyway.   These folks deserve scorn from hikers and bikers alike.  There’s only one rule to be on Team Alchemist.  Ride nice.  That includes saying hello, smiling, slowing down, making room, leaving no trace.  You might be able to ride Mach 4 on a bike, but if you aren’t a nice person, I don’t care.  I’d rather you not ride in our kit.

Cyclists have great advocacy and vocal representation in the political forum (see post on Jenn Dice), but the few militant voices are often the ones heard or quoted.  Y’all, this isn’t apartheid or fascism.  It’s mountain biking.  For a superb example of how to advocate for mountain biking, visit IMBA.  They are non-confrontational and socially and environmentally responsible.  The focus is on education and building relationships, rather than making enemies and carrying a big stick.

Team Alchemist News

25 10 2011

Some long overdue Team Alchemist News.

Paul Hooge wins Pikes Peak marathon

Paul Hooge wins Pikes Peak marathon 45-50.

Alchemist’s Paul Hooge won the Pikes Peak marathon for men’s 45-49.   4:56 1st place age group  45-49. He also broke the record for running from Boulder to Long’s Peak and back.  Yeah, you heard that correctly.  Downtown Boulder, to the top of Long’s Peak, back to downtown Boulder.  I just threw up a little in my mouth thinking about how hard that is.  Stats on that run in a future post.

Kees on his Fatback

Kees on his Fatback bike. Racing in the Netherlands.

Here’s Kees tearing up the Team Cross Triathlon in the Netherlands.   He is riding a Fatback bike made in Alaska.  The big tired bike kept him on top of the sand (originally built for snow), and he just shredded the competition.  Looks fun too.  Rear hub spacing is 170mm and front is 135mm. BB shell is 100mm.  Isn’t is great that the bike was painted to compliment his Team kit?

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Big thanks to Ryn and Ken for organizing another Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, sponsored by Alchemist and IMBA.  They went to Marshall Mesa and Dowdy Draw.  Alchemist stickers and a good time were had by all.  Check out Ryn in her old school Spare Tire Cycling french fry jersey!

#22 on Outside Mag’s Power List . . . JENN DICE

9 10 2011

Jenn Dice in Outside Magazine

Jenn "Ba Da Boom" Dice

Despite never having actually subscribed to the publication, Outside Magazine keeps coming in the mail.  Normally top-shelf potty fodder, the November `11 issue is a keeper.  Featured on page 58 is the “Power List”.  Listed at #22 is our very own, Jenn Dice.

“If you ride your bike pretty much anywhere but on the road, you owe Jenn Dice a beer” –Outside Magazine

Read the feature here.

Jenn, Alchemist salutes you, and we owe you a beer (or maybe a case)

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