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Meet REEB Cycles Who Recently Announced 2020 Line

DIRT TRI 3 days 16 hours ago

Ya gotta love REEB Cycles. REEB (Beer spelled backwards) is a bike brand launched out of a beer company. The legend states, the founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, Dale Katechis, started REEB in 2011 after his mountain bike was stolen off the back of a car in Denver. Thus he decided it was time to build his own bike rather than buy another.

We dig what REEB is doing and wanted to share their latest devlopments with the announcement of their 2020 line.

If you want to know more about the creation of the brand The Pros Closet did an excellent video profile recently, check it out below:

2020 REEB Cycles Offering

REEB Cycles is stoked to announce the complete 2020 line-up of updated and new core bike models. Led by the totally re-designed and re-focused SQWEEB v3 full suspension 29er and the brand new Jeff Lenosky signature ReDikyelous hardtail the entire line is re-designed, tested and hand built in Lyons, CO.

The SQWEEB v3 is an Aluminum, 29″ wheel, suspension bike Barn Built in the USA. Utilizing a modular shock mount, the frame can be configured as 130mm travel or 150mm travel without changing rear end geometry. Truly tunable to handle long days in the saddle, exploring above tree line, sending it at the bike park, or racing against the clock. Its progressive geometry and playful feel has been developed over years to deliver the perfect mix of tunability, trustability and funability in everything from steep rocky terrain to smooth twisty singletrack, regardless of your ability.

Click HERE for Details of the 2020 SQWEEB v3

SQWEEB v3 in Long Travel Mode.

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Jeff Lenosky’s signature ReDikyelous hardtail is longer, slacker, lower and more maneuverable than any hardtail we’ve ever offered. Dreamt up from a storied career of technical singletrack, bike parks, jumps and urban shredding, Jeff designed his dream rig to be the ultimate, stranded on a deserted island, multi-tool 29er hardtail.

Click HERE for Details of Jeff Lenosky’s 2020 ReDikyelous Hardtail

Jeff Lenosky’s ReDikyelous Hardtail 29er.

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The Hooptie is our way of paying respect to the OG pioneers and their Klunker-style bikes that started it all. It’s what you want when you feel like a million bucks but only have twenty in your pocket, and it’s going toward a sixer of Dale’s Pale Ale and a couple Blue Dream pre-rolls. It’s a no frills, barn built 4130 Chromoly steel, 29” mountain bike designed with modern geometry to fit modern(ish) bike parts.  

Click HERE for Details of the Hooptie Klunker

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Spring days digging and riding the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch slopestyle-esque and flowing pumptracks inspired REEB’s 26″ Destroyer Dirt Jumper. The updated Destroyer’s short chainstays create the quick & flickable rear end while the DJ inspired tubeset is a mix of CroMoly and VariWall ThermlX tubing, which means it’s 100% American Made. New in 2020, the dropouts are laser cut locally while we keep the frame 100% Barn Built in Lyons, CO.

Click HERE for Details of the Destroyer DJ

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When we developed The Sam’s Pants, our dirt road rippin’, monster crossin’, adventure tourin’, backcountry bikepackin’, daily commutin’, all-rounder we did it with a mountain biker’s thirst for rough gravel roads and self propelled backcountry adventure. The 2020 edition adds multiple mounting points for extra water and gear, plus an updated 31.6mm seat tube to fit modern dropper seatposts.

Click HERE for Details of The Sam’s Pants

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XTERRA Trail Run World Champs Set For November 24

DIRT TRI 3 days 17 hours ago
The crown jewel of the worldwide XTERRA Trail Run Series is the half-marathon at majestic Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

via XTERRA-

The race, held annually since 2008, takes runners through some of the most diverse and scenic terrain on the planet, and is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. The trails at Kualoa are normally closed to the public, so race day provides a rare opportunity for runners to experience “Jurassic Valley” – a 4,000-acre private nature reserve, working cattle ranch, and film site for a bunch of blockbuster movies.

In the men’s elite race four-time and defending champion Joseph Gray from Colorado Springs is looking to become the first man to win five XTERRA Trail Run World Championships. He’s come out on top in 2012, and the last three years. The legendary Max King won four straight from 2008-2011.

Gray is coming in hot, fresh off a win at the World Mountain Running Championships on Saturday in Argentina. He’ll be up against last year’s third-place finisher Andy Wacker, a pair of speedy Brazilians – Douglas Da Silva and Joseilton Santos – who finished 5th and 7th last year, and 2015 XTERRA triathlon World Champion Mauricio Mendez from Mexico.

In the women’s race Dani Moreno will not be on the start line, however, two-time XTERRA Trail Run World Champion Polina Carlson will be, alongside Grayson Murphy, who like Gray, won the World Mountain Running Championships Saturday in Argentina. Other top returners include Taylor Ward, who placed third last year, and Sam Lewis, who was fifth.

The fastest runners on the 21K course will be competing for $10,000 in prize purse, which is distributed to the top seven overall men and women. Everyone who conquers the half-marathon championship course will earn a finisher’s medal, and the top three runners for every age group in the 21K, 10K and 5K will receive medals and other prizes.

Learn more and register at www.xterrakualoa.com.

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Attitude of gratitude: Ben Hoffman’s newfound mindset helps fuel a banner season.

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 days 14 hours ago

It’s been a banner year for Ben Hoffman, who bounced back from injury at the end of 2018 to enjoy an unforgettable year in all aspects of his life in 2019.

Ben Hoffman is all smiles as he finishes fourth at the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

After his runner-up finish at the Ironman World Championship in 2014, Hoffman confirmed his position as one of the sport’s premier long-distance racers. While he hasn’t finished that high on the podium since, he’s remained a consistent contender on the Big Island, finishing fourth twice and in the top-10 another two times.

Hoffman missed last year’s race in Kona, though, because of a stress fracture in his sacrum – the same injury that sidelined Jan Frodeno in 2018. Like so many great champions, Hoffman seemed to learn from the experience and enjoyed a phenomenal 2019 season, including a third win at the Ironman African Championship, a close fourth-place finish in Kona and then a runner-up finish at Ironman Florida that included a 2:36:09 marathon, one of the fastest full-distance runs ever recorded. (Only Matt Hanson’s 2:34:39 from Ironman Texas in 2018 is faster.)

Relaxed attitude

So how did Hoffman manage to not only bounce back so well in 2019, but also come back just three weeks after a huge day on the Big Island to become one of the fastest Americans ever over the full distance (his 7:48:29 in Florida) and run so fast?

Hoffman says one aspect is a new perspective that comes from being a father. He and wife Kelsey celebrated the arrival of baby Josephine just a month before the Ironman World Championship.

“I think that I’m generally just more relaxed and appreciative,” he said at the post-race press conference in Kona. “Instead of being stressed by the environment or seeing things as negatives, I’m seeing things more as positives and really just appreciating being here, because, for us, too, its also finite. I’m 36 years old and I know that, in some ways, I’m entering my prime, but also, the end, as well. You really want to make these count. It’s not just the race day, its also the experiences around the race day. I think having that baby girl at home just changes everything in terms of perspective.”

Ben and Kelsey Hoffman. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Of course, having a baby a month before the biggest race of the season isn’t the easiest way to prepare, but Hoffman was blessed with some outstanding support.

“I think there were some questions when we decided to have a child and it ended up being born a month before the race, whether or not we’d be able to manage things well, but its turned out really, really good,” he said. “I think I owe a lot to my family and to Kelsey’s family, and to Kelsey, of course, for stepping up and making it possible for me to toe the line without any excuses.”

Hoffman also attributes his more relaxed attitude to missing the race in Kona last year. Watching Patrick Lange and the rest of the athletes rip through the course in the perfect conditions “left a deeper hunger and fire in my belly,” he said. “It definitely influenced how I felt all week.”

Instead of being stressed out during race week, a time most athletes dread because of all the sponsor requirements and media responsibilities, Hoffman felt relaxed.

“It was different from year’s past,” he said. “I wasn’t in a rush to get to Saturday. I enjoyed all the interactions. I embraced an attitude of gratitude. That it was just special to be on the race course.”

Ben Hoffman on the bike at the Ironman World Championship. Pre-race preparation helps with quick recovery

Hoffman feels that his record-setting day in Florida came because he’d been so well prepared for the race in Kona. After taking just four days easy after the race in Hawaii, he returned home and started to do some easy workouts. By the weekend after the race he was able to do a four-hour bike ride and a 13-mile run. He managed a 30-hour training week after that as he geared up for the race in Florida.

“I was mostly surprised by the mental side,” he said. “I was hyped up to go out and do another marathon.”

Nutrition partner

While Hoffman is dependent on all the family support that helped him to such great results in his daughter’s first two-months, his sponsors are also a critical part of his success. Earlier this week we spoke with Hoffman during a media tour he was doing in New York City with long-time sponsor Clif Bar. He enjoys working with the company – as he nears the end of his career, he feels its important to “align with people who have the same value set.”

“Clif Bar is more than just a nutrition company,” he said. “The things that they do go beyond just fueling me in my training. They are doing things to make the planet a better place.”

Doing the right thing is important to Hoffman, but he can’t afford to work with a nutrition company just because he’s a fan or they pay him money. His career is dependant on the products he uses helping him achieve his goals. Over the years he’s found the optimal race-day nutrition program that includes a mix of Clif products. While he enjoys the various bars for training and recovery, on race day he has a very specific nutrition plan.

“Everybody’s a bit different when it comes to racing,” he said. “For me, that entails a fully liquid diet in racing. Digesting solid foods on race day doesn’t work for me.”

Hoffman mixes his own bottles and flasks for race day, combining Clif gels and the Clif Hydration Electrolyte Drink Mix that he sips through the entire race. He chases that with water and, when needed, uses a salt supplement, too.

Even during that 2:36 marathon Hoffman was carrying a couple of flasks with his special mix.

“It’s the only way to carry the calories you need out on the course,” he said.

2020 planning

It has been quite a fall for Hoffman. The new dad nailed a top finish in Kona and followed that up with one of the best races of his career. He’s got his spot for the next year’s Ironman World Championship already, which allows him a number of options for his 2020 race season. He might return to South Africa to go after a fourth title, but is a bit wary of the long trip with an eight-month-old baby. Since he doesn’t have to race another Ironman, Challenge Roth is a viable option.

For now, though, Hoffman plans on spending some down time with Kelsey and Josephine. After a tough 2018, 2019 has been a banner year in so many ways. Based on his recent results and positive mindset, it’s hard not to think that things will only get better in 2020.

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CrossTRI Legend Conrad Stoltz Launches South African CrossTri Challenge

DIRT TRI 4 days 15 hours ago

The Caveman, Conrad Stoltz it stepping into the void left by the exit of XTERRA South Africa, announced last month. Stoltz a four time XTERRA World Champion, three time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, two time Olympian, and South African Triathlon legend announced the event on his social media saying:

Super excited to announce @crosstrichallenge 2020 in Grabouw!
The courses will be designed and built by myself, something I have dreamed about for years.
Apart from the full flavour, full distance off road triathlon, there will be a lite event for newbies. We are especially passionate about kids and having a good family vibe, so we will put a strong focus on hosting quality kids events and entertainment.

Follow @crosstrichallenge & visit the website for more details

Conrad Stoltz via Facebook and Instagram

While Stolz’ event is not a direct response to XTERRA cutting ties with 16 year event organizer, Stillwater Sports, the new Cross Tri Challenge does fill the void left by the demise of XTERRA South Africa.

The event takes place February 22, 2020 in the pristine waters of the Eikenhof Dam and world renown trails of Grabouw Country Club.

The race features a full, sprint, junior, and kids options with the hope of creating a good family vibe with a strong focus on hosting quality kids events and entertainment.

Find more information on the Cross Tri Challenge and registration on the website HERE.
And follow the event on Facebook and Intagram.

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Stacked field lines up for Ironman Cozumel

Triathlon Magazine Canada 4 days 18 hours ago

The 2019 racing season is winding down, but there are still a few notable races remaining on the schedule – one of them being Ironman Cozumel, which will host the Ironman Latin American Pro Championship. As has been the norm in recent years, the race in Cozumel features a stacked field. Many athletes look to the race as a chance to nail an early qualifying spot for the 2020 Ironman World Championship. Others are drawn to the $US100,000 prize purse and additional Kona qualifying slots.

Svenja Thoes competes at the 2019 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Last year Canada’s Angela Naeth finished second in Cozumel, but after a long season that included a broken wrist that required two surgeries and a win at Ironman Chattanooga, Naeth has decided to call it a season. Naeth was run down in Cozumel by Germany’s Svenja Thoes, who took the win by just 45 seconds.

Thoes will also be back competing this year, having recently placed second at 70.3 Cozumel in September and 20th at the Ironman World Championship in October.

Some of the other professional women expected to contend for the win include Australian Carrie Lester, who won Ironman Mont-Tremblant, 70.3 Gulf Coast, and placed eighth in Kona, and Denmark’s Michelle Vesterby, who won this event back in 2016. Vesterby became a mom last May and finished an impressive fifth just three months later at Ironman Copenhagen.

For the men, American Tim O’Donnell comes in as the race favourite after his second-place finish at Ironman Hawaii last month. As a Kona podium finisher, all he needs to do is finish the race to validate his starting spot next year. Others with eyes on the win include Austrian Michael Weiss, a three-time winner in Cozumel, including last year, and Americans Matt Russell and Chris Lieferman, who, along with Sweden’s Patrik Nilsson, have Ironman wins under their belt this year as well.

Rounding out the competitive field are notable names Frederik Van Lierde and Andreas Raelert. Belgium’s Van Lierde was the 2013 Ironman world champion and won this race in 2016, while Raelert is best known for having five podium finishes in Kona.

Canadians entered in the race include Moncton, N.B.’s Cedric Boily, along with Ottawa’s Robyn Hardage and Heather Low.

The race is on Nov.24 and will have 40 age group slots available for the 2020 Ironman World Championship.

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MOTUS Off Road Launches NEW Race Series

DIRT TRI 4 days 18 hours ago

-courtesy of MOTUS Off Road

Motus Off Road is in full send mode! The green wave is sweeping the nation. Here is what you need to know to catch it.

Motus Off Road officially rolled out from the shadows earlier this morning when a coalition of race directors and athletes from the Southeast United States formally launched a new off road racing series. With three types of races being offered next season, one can expect open water swimming, mountain biking, and trail running to become a mainstay in outdoor recreation. Motus Off Road brings decades of event production experience together to form a new movement. Going forward, the primary focus of the group is the progression of off road racing. The Motus team is committed to growing off road endurance sports in an effort to create more accessibility for participants of all ability levels looking for adventure.

The 2020 schedule will see some familiar races with Knoxville, Fort Yargo, Tsali, Myrtle Beach, Panther Creek, Nat Greene’s Revenge, and Jacksonville all continuing to produce high caliber, destination events. Kentucky will see the addition of two races, Capitol View and Green River Lake, while some beloved classics like Lock 4 are being resurrected. Before it left the circuit, Lock 4 was the longest running off road triathlon on the mainland. 

For more information about Motus Off Road, the official 2020 race calendar, or to get involved, visit www.motusoffroad.com or contact motusoffroad@gmail.com. Reach out and become part of a community in the business of having fun. 

Motus Off Road: We are the movement.  

About Motus Off Road

Concentrated in the Southeast United States, Motus Off Road is an alliance of race management organizations dedicated to growing off road triathlons, trails races, and duathlons

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How to take part in your first triathlon all your questions answered

220 triathlon 4 days 22 hours ago
Are you a trinewbie and worrying about your first sprintdistance race Nick Beer explains all you need to know

30 In 30: London man to complete one sprint triathlon per day for a month

Triathlon Magazine Canada 5 days 20 min ago

Abe Oudshoorn is taking on a unique challenge in early 2020.

Photo: Abe Oudshoorn

Oudshoorn, a native of London, Ont., will complete the equivalent of 30 sprint triathlons in 30 days in an effort to raise money for the Atlohsa Family Healing Service in their work to end Indigenous homelessness in London.

Oudshoorn will cover the sprint-distance – a 750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run – indoors to combat the Canadian winter, using a pool, trainer and treadmill at his local YMCA. The month-long initiative will run from Feb.3 to Mar.3.

The Atlohsa Healing Service is a local Indigenous non-profit organization that offers healing, education and housing to the community, along with emergency shelter, transitional housing, and resting spaces for those going through homelessness.

To donate to Oudshoorn and support the Atlohsa Healing Service, click here.

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Lifetime Creates Bentonville Gravel Race

DIRT TRI 5 days 14 hours ago
Life Time Continues Gravel Race Expansion as Cyclists Increasingly Turn  from Pavement to Dirt

via Lifetime-

On the heels of its inaugural year of ownership of the internationally renowned Garmin Dirty Kanza, Life Time is quickly solidifying itself as a lead player in gravel events with the launch of the Big Sugar—NWA Gravel. The all-new, ground-up gravel event is set to take place in Bentonville, Ark., on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Coinciding with Outerbike Bentonville, the Big Sugar was conceptualized and developed by the Life Time Events team, including the original Dirty Kanza team. Destined to be yet another iconic gravel event, the Big Sugar weekend will host two signature distances: the marquee Big Sugar, a 107-mile course of challenging roads through the Ozarks with approximately 9,000 feet of elevation gain; and the Little Sugar, which complements the larger distance with a 49.3 mile course serving up a similarly challenging, but shorter distance.

Remarking on the events, Kimo Seymour, president of Life Time Events and Media, says, “Our team including myself, is passionate about cycling and these gritty, on-dirt races that allow riders to participate in an event that is bigger than themselves—that enriches their lives as well as the communities they take place in. As we see more riders move from pavement to dirt, we are honored to be at the forefront of this change and be in a position to create truly unforgettable experiences that help grow and impact the cycling community in a positive way.”

Commenting on the host site, Seymour elaborates, “Bentonville has become a hub for cycling, but it doesn’t yet have an iconic gravel race. We’re really excited to bring the same Leadville and Dirty Kanza feel here to Bentonville and produce a life-enriching event that welcomes every rider, from beginner to experienced. We have a team that has a genuine passion for cycling — particularly on dirt and gravel — and, through Life Time, the resources to make it happen.”

In concepting and bringing the new event to life, Life Time’s Dirty Kanza and Leadville Race Series teams are working alongside Bentonville’s Nat Ross and Gabbi Adams – both of whom live and breathe cycling and know how to deliver a truly iconic event that will stand the test of time.

With its portfolio of premier athletic events featuring marathons and half-marathons, triathlons and mountain bike and gravel cycle races, Life Time provides its members and athletes from around the world the best event experiences available anywhere. The Company is committed to honoring and reflecting the soul of the communities which host its events as well as making a positive economic impact in those communities. In 2019, Dirty Kanza had a $5.5 Million economic impact on Emporia, Kan., equivalent to 101 full time jobs, and the Leadville Race Series contributed $18 Million to the Leadville, Colo. economy, equivalent to 320 full time jobs, according to studies conducted by Dr. Shawn M. Rohlin, Department of Economics, Kent State University.

Registration for The Big Sugar will open on Nov. 15, 2019 at www.BigSugarGravel.com. We will allow entry to the first 800 participants who register. Follow us on social media at @bigsugargravel and use hashtags #RideBigSugar #RideLittleSugar #GravelSweetTooth.

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NormaTec’s revamped recovery boots – massage therapy on the go

Triathlon Magazine Canada 5 days 15 hours ago

The NormaTec recovery system has become commonplace in the world of professional sports. Athletes and organizations in a wide range of sports are endorsing the product, including world champion triathletes Patrick Lange and Mirinda Carfrae.

Photo: NormaTec What is the NormaTec recovery system?

The NormaTec boots are a dynamic compression device designed for recovery on the go. The system uses compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid and speed up recovery. Their patented massage pattern mimics the natural muscle pump of the arms and legs, mobilizing fluid in and out of the limbs, rather than static compression (squeezing), which only transports the fluid out.

The system has three separate attachments for the legs, hips, or arms. The legs are the most popular amongst runners and triathletes.

A session will start with the pre-inflate cycle, where the attachments will be moulded around your exact body shape. It will then begin compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you’re using) in a pulsing manner before releasing, slowly working its way up the limb.

PULSE 2.0 upgrades

Since our last story on NormaTec, the company has introduced the new PULSE 2.0 series with several upgrades from the original.

The 2.0 system is 27 per cent smaller, and can now be operated by Bluetooth through your smartphone with a downloadable app. It now works through segments, rather than all in one motion, allowing the massage to be more thorough and more closely mimic one from a practitioner. There’s also a lot more choice for the user with 10 different pressure options, meaning it can be used as a warm-up tool as well.

Photo: NormaTec Why NormaTec could push you to the next level

Quite simply, if you’re willing to make the investment, NormaTec has the potential to have a profound effect on your training and ultimately your performance in races.

The quality of your next workout depends on how well you’ve recovered from the last one. After a tough session, putting the boots on for 30 minutes to an hour will reduce soreness and remove the metabolic waste from your limbs, leaving you ready to go the next day. Upping both the frequency and quality of your training will be the determining factor in setting that new personal best, qualifying for that race, or simply getting fitter while staying injury-free.

Photo: NormaTec

You can now get NormaTec’s recovery system US$100 off with their 2019 holiday sale. For more information click here.

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