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With just a handful of days until the 2016 Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival kicks off, I find myself with a few minutes of quiet in my head and my breaths are deep and calm.  (And if you know me, even just a little, you know those moments are scarce.  But even bumblebees need to be still every now and then.)  It’s in these rare, peaceful moments that I’m not thinking about nutrition, or training, or equipment, or Garmin, or even my bicycle.  I’m thinking about what a great day it will be to:  Simply. Ride. Bikes. I invite you:  …

A Seasoned Subaru Elephant Rock Cyclist Shares Experience

Our 2016 Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival Ambassador Jimmy Clere is preparing for his FIFTH ERock ride!  In this post, he shares his experience from the past several years for riders new to the event this year. In 2011, the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival was the first bike ride event that I paid for. The 27-mile route was my hardest ride ever at the time but after completing the ride, I was hooked. This year will be my 5th ride at Elephant Rock and, in fact, the new Century route has become my favorite ride. From the start line …

Taking Century Ride Nutrition Seriously

There isn’t any “one” specific formula for nutrition on the bike.  Jared Picune, one of our 2016 Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival Ambassadors, shares a very unique approach to cycling nutrition and how it’s worked for him. I will start off this post with a warning:  My nutritional approach differs greatly from the norm. You might be very surprised with what I suggest, and even more surprised how well it actually works. I don’t suggest anyone try a new approach without testing well before the day of the event, but I do encourage everyone to consider my approach. Completing the Elephant …

Preparing for Ride Day: Cycling Apparel and Equipment Considerations

A seasoned cyclist, our 2016 Elephant Rock Ambassador Tami McVay shares her approach to cycling gear for this ride and every ride. As I prepare for the 2016 Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, I am considering which gear I’ll use for the ride.  When it comes to purchasing sports equipment and clothing, I always take my wise friend’s words to heart:  ”You may regret the decision if you take the cheap way out, but you’ll never regret great gear.” We all have a budget to live by and may not be able to afford the highest end equipment, but you …

Ambassadorship: What It Means To Me

Julie Fisher will be participating in the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival for the first time in 2016.  She shares a unique perspective about the ride as she prepares for the century route this year.  Julie writes: 2016 is my first year to ride in the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival and it is also a privilege to be an Ambassador for the event.  My first thoughts were, “What does an Ambassador do?”, “What time commitment must I make beyond my training?”, “Do I have to be the best rider?” As it turns out, I don’t have to be the …

Training and nutrition advice for Subaru Elephant Rock Century Cyclists

Our Elephant Rock Ambassador Kim Gallman has been training for the 2016 Subaru Elephant Rock Century Ride.  In her blog post, she discusses her training plan and also her nutrition challenges. I’m signed up for the Subraru Elephant Rock Century ride, which requires a lot of training.  As you work your way up in mileage, the time commitment gets bigger and bigger.  Outdoor training in Colorado can be a bit of a challenge in the spring time.  We have temperature swings of 40 -60 degrees in a 24-hour period.  Spring is also when we get most of our precipitation. I …

Riding to find the Elephant…

Patrick Flowers is a Subaru Elephant Rock Ambassador Alumnus, and a candid one, at that!  We hope you’ll enjoy reading his blog post about preparing for the 2016 Elephant Rock Century ride as much as we did!  He writes: If you know anything about me, it’s probably one of three things: 1.)  I have an awesome wife and really cool Corgi. 2.)  I’m a nerd, geek, and somehow still have #1. 3.)  I like to bike. This year I’m preparing to ride in my 3rd Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock, CO. It is the largest event I …

Tom Danielson’s Weekly Tip: Planning

Hey everyone and welcome to my weekly cycling-tip column!  My goal is to help you all get ready for the Elephant Rock Ride that looms on the horizon.  We are now about 1 month out from the big event and I want to help you guys to feel prepared both mentally and physically the morning of June 5th.  As we count down each week, I will be bringing you a tip created from my experience preparing for big races such as the Tour de France.  I hope you enjoy! This weeks tip is planning. It sounds simple, and it is!  …

Excited for Warm Summer Days!

From: Ambassador Kim Gallman So I’m here writing about training as it’s snowing, the fireplace is on, and the coffee will be in hand shortly. What wacked weather we have here in Colorado, at this rate I’m thinking Elephant Rock should be a dogsled race. This year I’m planning on riding the “metric-century”, which is approximately 62 miles. I chose that distance because I knew that with what I have going on personally and Colorado’s weather I wouldn’t have the time/ability to train for the 100 mile “century” ride. Having realistic goals is very important because if you’re not able …

Motivation and Challenges of the Subaru Elephant Rock Century Ride

Our Ambassador Jessica McWhirt completed the Subaru Elephant Rock Century course in 2015.  In her blog post, she shares her motivation to continually grow as a person and as a woman cyclist.   I am constantly finding new ways to challenge myself and grow as a person. The best way to get me to do something is tell me I can’t do it. Even better, to tell me I can’t do something because I’m a woman. Then I’ll prove you wrong. As a child, I pushed traditional gender roles and boundaries through my clothing (baggy shirts and shorts), my hair (bowl …