Making The First Stoller bike!
The days of plugging in your Garmin after every ride in order to get your files onto mystoller.com or Training Peaks is over. As long as you have a newer Generation Garmin, you are in luck! You can now automatically have your rides push to your Stoller account with one simple step (three steps if you do not have a Garmin Connect account). Here is what you will need to do:
Step # 1: Download the Garmin Connect App onto your smart phone
Step# 2: Connecting your Garmin to your Phone.This step has two mini steps rolled into one
a. Turn on Bluetooth connection on both your Garmin and on your phone. Once this is done you will have a direct link from your Garmin to your smart phone.
b. Connect your Garmin Connect App to your Garmin Connect account
Step #3: Follow this link to connect your Stoller/TP account with your Garmin Connect account:
You will now have a seamless uploading process and a very happy coach! If everything is running correctly, your Garmin will send your training information to your phone, your phone to your Garmin Connect account and your Garmin Connect account to your Stoller account. Wow, that is a lot of pushing info around that you will no longer have to worry about!
It should come as no surprise that we are a bit romantic when it comes to cycling equipment, after all we have based the company around a fictional cycling legend from the 70's! As technology continues to push its perfectly manacured face into the cycling scene, we have been spread in the most epic of Jean Claude Van Damme style splits. While one foot is planted soundly on the romantic side-the steel tubes, visceral gear shifts, race worn Brooks saddle side- the other foot is planted on the explorer side- the one that wants to see what is new, likes the thought of a bike well under the UCI weight limit and has an unhealthy addiction to fiber. What if there was a way to merge both of these sides into one? Would it be possible to have the best of both worlds wrapped into one bike, a meticulously crafted, hand-made, modern marvel worthy of the hardest races?! We think the answer is yes and we know just the company to make it.
Enter English Cycles, the company of engineer, builder and racer Rob English. Rob has been turning heads in the cycling scene recently with his purposefully built bikes ranging from Sunday cruisers to full-on, "no way I am staying under zone 4 on this", race bikes. We have been lucky enough to form a relationship between English Cycles and Stoller and the first creation of the relationship is taking shape as speak. The goal of the first bike is to see what is possible, not in terms of an all out race bike, but in terms of a comfortable yet responsive lightweight bike that merges the lines between romance and technology.
Oh, did I mention we are talking about a primarily steel bike here?! This is going to be interesting and we want you along for the ride so stay posted.
Photo of Paddy H. at the Zabala Vineyard in Monterey, CA. This was the 2nd rest stop.
We had a great experience at the Sea Otter Classic this year! Arriving Friday afternoon, the 11th, in Monterey, the Stoller team met up for an excellent dinner at 1833 in downtown Monterey that evening. If you have not been to this restaurant, you should try it. The food, ambiance and service was excellent.
Saturday was the big day for the Stoller team, the day of the gran fondo. The 92 mile gran fondo was over tough terrain with 5500 ft of climbing. We had some great successes with our team members this weekend! Jennifer H. was named Queen of the Mountains for her excellent climbing during the gran fondo. Yay Jennifer! Recently, in March, she also placed 5th in the races at Castaic Lake. Now that’s the way to keep it up!
Saturday was also an exciting day for Stoller support because we had a mechanical issue during the first 20 miles of the 92 mile gran fondo. Having a mechanical during an event is always exciting because the goal is to get everyone back on the road as quickly and as safely as possible. The support group resolved the issue quickly and the team was off without skipping a beat. As you can see below, we all worked together to get back on the road as fast as possible.
On Sunday, mountain bike races were held at the Sea Otter Classic and our team member Bill T. placed 9th in the Cat 2 MTB Cross Country race for his age group! Congrats Bill, good job! An avid mountain biker, Bill is a strong athlete and has many years of experience mountain biking, but coming in top ten was an awesome experience for him. Last week, on the 5th, Bill achieved another success with his 2nd place finish for his age group at Vision Quest in Orange County, CA. Vision Quest is an extremely technical mountain bike race course and it has an elevation gain of over 11,000 ft! Great work, Bill.
Yup, we’re really happy with the results from the Sea Otter Classic. Looking forward to doing it again next year.
Photo by Michael Jay
So, what is the Sea Otter Classic? It just so happens to be one of the best cycling events in the U.S.! Not only has it been happening since 1991(and it sure doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon), its only been getting better and better each year. If you love your road bike and if you love your mountain bike, bring it up to Monterey, CA, for an awesome 4 day event filled with all sorts of activities to do and all things cycling to see and do; this event is great for the whole family. The main events are races and rides for road and mountain bikes. Everyone comes out to this event every year, from beginners to pros, and it’s an awesome weekend in a beautiful location.
This year, the Stoller club will be heading up to Sea Otter to do the Gran Fondo. What’s a Gran Fondo, you ask? Well first, some history on the subject. Grand Fondos started in Italy and were group rides honoring cycling heavy hitters, such as Mario Pantani and Eddy Merckx. Riders would ride long, scenic routes, over famous roads and tough terrain. Entire towns would shut down for the celebration, spectators would be on the sides of the road cheering the riders on and the wine would just flow and flow. You’ve got to give it to the Italians, they do know how to have a good time! Here in the U.S., Gran Fondos are gaining a lot of popularity, with attendance numbers increasing every year. They follow the same prinipals as the Italian rides; you ride long, scenic routes, over tough terrain and ride at a good clip. Most Gran Fondos are at least 100 miles long, but shorter routes are available too. This year, there are two Gran Fondos at Sea Otter, one is 92 miles and the other is 45 miles. They both are scenic routes, but the 92 mile ride is over tougher terrain. Gran Fondos are great rides for beginning riders to advanced ones and you can’t beat riding along the beautiful Monterey coast.
Do you want to ride a Gran Fondo? Do you want to be fit and ready to ride up to 100 miles? Then, you’ve come to the right place! Stoller will definitely get you ready for that event that you’ve been clamoring to do and you’ll be glad you signed up with us! Click here to sign up for more info on our training. By the way, if you're interested in going, you can still register for this event. Click here to register.
When approaching a century ride, or any long ride for that matter, it is very important to pay close attention to your on-bike nutrition. It is all too easy to fall into the bad habit of not eating much while you are riding a century and this almost always leads to a very rough last few hours. The secret is to train yourself for on the bike nutrition, this will allow you to become comfortable with eating on the bike and more aware of what foods work for you.
As the 2014 season approaches this is a great time to sit down and think about some basic but all too common training mistakes. Here are my top 8 mistakes to avoid in 2014.
8. Skipping your post workout meal:
All too often, athletes forgo the post workout or race meal. This is a big mistake and one that usually leads to very slow recovery phases. Do yourself a favor, find a recovery drink that works well for you and drink it within the crucial 30 minutes after your workout. This will get you on the fast track to a full recovery and since it is a drink, you will be able to enjoy your recover meal no matter where you are.
Everybody loves a good combo; from America’s favorite, “The Happy Meal”, to those great electronic combos that come with a free top-end laser disk player from the early 90’s.…awesome! Sadly, training combos don’t come with free laser disk players, what they do come with is a level of fitness that can make 2014 your best season ever! Warning, as shown in the documentary “Super Size Me”, although pleasing, combos can have downsides if used too often, enjoy with care!
Photo by http://launch.it/launch/new-combos