Introducing the 2009 Power to the People Team
CycleOps Power is following six dedicated riders throughout the country in order to see if a PowerTap and training with power can help them achieve their win.
In this blog, they will journal their experience every step of the way. So follow along to enjoy their stories.
Hover over the riders' photos to learn more about them. Click on their photo to go to their blog.
Justin: Cyclist trying to regain a healthy weight through his enjoyment of cycling.
Goals: Lose 50 pounds, finish top 10 in a cyclocross race.
I’m fat. As you can see by my photo, I know my way around a buffet. The problem, besides the very scary health problems associated with weighing 270 pounds (and my obvious love of the comma), is that I love to ride my bike...read more.
Matthew: After serving his country in Iraq, he is ready for a new challenge - an ironman triathlon.
Goal: Finish Ironman Tempe in under 11 hours.
I returned to Tennessee after my second tour in Iraq with the US Army in June of 2008. I jumped back on my bike the next day. In October, I won my age group at the Atomic Man Half-Ironman outside Knoxville, TN. That was how it was supposed to go, anyway...read more.
Pat: Endurance athlete trying to balance training with a family, a mortgage, and a dog.
Goals: Utah State TT Champ, Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race.
...life changes. Now I'm married to a wonderful, and also bike-crazy woman, we have twin 18 month old girls, one very happy yellow lab, and a great house complete with a mortgage. The amount of "free" time I have to train is now somewhat limited. But, the desire/need to train and compete is still burning strong...read more.
Jeff: Discovered cycling 1 year ago and wants to continue to improve his racing.
Goals: Upgrade from Cat 4 to Cat 3 on the road. Improve endurance. Win 2 more races.
I am typing this at 5:30 am as I let my oatmeal and toast digest before I get on the trainer for 150 minutes of zone 2-3 riding. I learned quickly that the early morning, prior to the kids waking up is the best to ride. As everyone knows it is working that balance between family, work, and riding that takes some flexibility, sacrifices, and creativity...read more.
Jason: Duathlete and time trialist trying to improve his cycling.
Goal: Keep up with my girlfriend.
It's tough to be a guy whose girlfriend can kick your ass on a bike. Not for my girlfriend. For her it's sweet. Not for my son. For him, it's hilarious. But for me? For me, it's tough...See, my girlfriend is a world class amateur triathlete, and I'm distinctly...not...read more.
Nancy: Discovered racing in her 60's and continues to race and train for national caliber events.
Goals: Top 5 finisher in Senior Olympics, Top 5 in TT at National Masters. 1st Place National Cycloross age 65-69.
When I asked my family for a bicycle for my 65th birthday in January 2007, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be training to race and win...By April of that year, the basket came off my Surly Cross-Check, and a couple of weeks later the fenders. Clip on shoes followed and after landing on my back 6 or 7 times at the stop, I conquered the technique of getting loose from my bike. A gold medal was mine at Cyclocross Nationals in 2007...read more.