So It Begins
16th Dec 2014 Posted in: Blog, Community, Events, Featured, Fun, Race Reports, Training Comments Off

For racers looking to peak mid-season, there’s no real need to be following a training plan in early December but for those looking to do well in early season races, now is the time to ramp up the miles. I’ve chosen Tour of the Battenkill as an “A” race so I will be hyper-focused on […]

28th Apr 2014 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

I’m a time trial addict. Why, you ask?  Why would I put myself through the intense physical pain I know I’m going to experience? I love time trials because they are all you. No drafting, no protection from the elements. It’s you against the wind, the heat, a ticking clock, your mind telling you “this […]

2nd Annual Lockhouse Weekend
18th Mar 2014 Posted in: Blog, Events, Training Comments Off

Our 2nd Annual Gripped Racing Lockhouse weekend helped us get through one of the snowiest winters in DC-land on record.It was the second week of March, and, with an ominous snowstorm forecast, only the hearty took the chance of being snowed in with the team in a small, old lockhouse. Luckily the storm held off, […]

Racing With Class
24th Jun 2013 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

I first met Ryan McKinney in 1998 when he was 18 years old and we shared a ride up to 24 Hours of Canaan in West Virginia. The biggest thing I noticed about Ryan was not his phenomenal strength-to-weight ratio but rather his contagious happiness. Throughout the weekend, I watched the rest of his 4-man […]

22nd May 2013 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

When I first starting cycling, I thought “this is great. This is my exercise and I don’t have to worry about doing anything else.” I had no idea that was further from the truth. After I developed some serious hip problems my physical therapist and I worked out a routine that has successfully helped to […]

Joe Dombrowski
3rd May 2013 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

Pro. The term gets bandied about quite a bit in amateur bike racing circles. Besides its literal definition describing the talented few who are paid to race their bicycles, it has interpretations as an adjective. Pieces of equipment could be described as pro—the latest cutting edge fat / skinny / dimpled / smooth aero wheel, […]

Vitamin G ... I've Made A Terrible Mistake
22nd Jan 2013 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

I made the very questionable decision to sign up for the 2013 Tour of the Battenkill, arguably one of the toughest one-day road races in the country, with no racing and very little riding experience. There’s folly in that decision, I admit. On the other hand, I’ve taken it really seriously, having gotten a training […]

8th Jan 2013 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

Mid January Training Tip – Written by JB from having been coached by the man, the myth – E TOUGH. Chris Eatough Six time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking World Champion Five time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking National Champion Lead role in the award winning documentary movie, “24 Solo” by Gripped Films Find more […]

12th Dec 2012 Posted in: Blog, Training Comments Off

Just over 3 years ago I was sitting with Eddy Merckx having an espresso at his house in Belgium. I asked which race he loved winning most, and he said Paris-Roubaix. He said, “To win a race like that you have to train through the worst of days. You have to embrace the cold and […]

Adieu Winter
29th Feb 2012 Posted in: Blog, Fun, Training Comments Off

At least a few times a year my family likes to escape DC and head out to Canaan Valley. The area is surrounded by a Wildlife Refuge, National Forest, Wilderness Areas, and Parks. Mixed in all that public land is great downhill and cross country skiing, not to mention miles and miles of sick singletrack. […]


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