Peak Cycles Crushing Colorado Mountain Bike Races

June 27, 2013

These are beautiful days on our Colorado mountain bike trails.  What makes them even better?  Cool bikes, new bike parts, and team riders crushing it on the Front Rage trails and mountain bike races.   Check out some of team riders styling with our latest mtb parts.

Team Rider Josh Murdock on the podium after crushing it on his Specialized Stumpjumper.

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Team rider Sam Cory has been crushing it lately on his Specialized Demo 8!

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Team rider Taylor Schmidt at Apex Park in Golden, Colorado

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Team riders at the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series Ridgeline Rampage

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What’s next on tap for the Peak Cycles race team?  Lots! Visit us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop to find out or look for our bike parts.com team tent at upcoming races!

  • Winter Park Epic Singletrack Series
  • Keystone enduro
  • Rocky Mountain Endurance Series
  • Snake River Mountain Bike Race & Festival
  • Guanella Pass Hill Climb
  • Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB Race
  • Breckenridge 100
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4 Pre Season Game Changers for Your Best Season Ever

January 17, 2013

Faster! Better! Stronger!

Spring is just around the corner and athletes everywhere are starting to think about key races to do well at and secondary races to use for training and motivation. Lower priority races are commonly used earlier in the season, but these races can also be used throughout the year for training and more.   Which races are you considering for 2013? Some of our favorite Colorado races include:

All races provide experience, training benefits, and as a stage to assess your  form. So, targeting a handful of races throughout the year to use as a learning experience, in addition to training, is a good idea.  But to properly prepare for the cycling season, athletes need to roll out their pre season training plan to reach their full capacity. Do you want to get faster in 2013? Here’s how!

  1. Build Your Base – Base training is fundamental to any cyclist’s training plan. Base training improves cardiovascular systems and helps you become a more efficient rider.  When we say base miles, we’re talking steady mileage of low-intensity rides with low-heart-rate.  We’re also talking about having the right base clothing  to keep you out for longer rides in cooler temps.
  2. Build Your Core – Recent studies indicate that cycling mechanics are affected by core stability. Core exercises can be done at home on a yoga mat or at a gym.  Certain types of yoga offer good core training as well.  Regardless of where or how you do it, building core workouts into your pre season training will provide lasting benefits well into the season.
  3. Build Balance – A balanced pre season program should contain resistance training (core) as well as time for other cross training aerobic sports such as swimming or x-country skiing.  Along with it’s cardiovascular benefits, cross training helps maintain balance skills, muscle strength, hand to eye coordination, and improved range of motion.
  4. Build Your Bike – Last but not least, get your bike in order.  If you are thinking about purchasing a new bike, now is the time.  2013 models are rolling out for both road bikes and mountain bikes.  If a new bike isn’t in your future, figure out which bike components need replacing and get your order in before everybody else.

Pre season planning and training paves the way for a long, healthy, and enjoyable cycling season.


5 Training Tips to Get You Through the Holiday Season

December 6, 2012

Healthy Holidays! Holiday parties, shorter days, cooler temps, all temptations pulling us away from time on our bikes.  While this time of year poses unique challenges, there are ways to maintain fitness, reduce the holiday stress levels, and prepare for next year’s riding season.

  1. Eat Well: The holidays offer irresistible food temptations adding extra pounds to our waste lines and robbing us of precious energy.  Instead of reaching for the holiday goodies, opt to choose your bike nutrition when you need it most- on the bike.  Being mindful of your food choices can positively affect your energy levels and help maintain your ability to ride and perform better.
  2. Buddy Up: Shorter days creates less motivation and time to ride.  Combat the winter woes by asking a friend to join you for a trainer session. Committing to a time, place, and a friend creates structure and accountability.
  3. Get Visual: Trying something new like a training video or dvd can add a new dimension to your riding schedule keeping it fresh and inspiring you to get on the bike even during the hectic holidays.
  4. Shop Ride: Join us on Sunday mornings at Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado at 9:00 AM for our shop rides.  Nothing is more fun that joining a group of passionate cyclist out for a morning ride.
  5. Relax: If you just can’t find the time or motivation to ride during the holiday season, at least feed your velo passion with pictures of new road bikes , new mountain bikes, and cool bike parts.  It will feed your spirit and breathe life into next year’s bike season.

Maintaining a holiday fitness plan doesn’t have be hard.  Be flexible, mix it up, and enjoy!


How to Be At the Front of the Pack for Black Friday

November 15, 2012

US Pro Cycling Challenge Most cyclists, whether competitive or not, enjoy being at the front of the pack.  Sure, it’s safer, but it’s also cool to be in front.  As the Thanksgiving Holiday is right around the corner, now’s the time to position yourself to be at the front of the pack – shopping that is!

Leading out the shopping season is Black Friday.  Here’s your chance to cash in on bike components, apparel, bicycle parts including trainers and all sorts of bike goodies.  Why? Because there’s going to be a special website discount offered on Black Friday.  Head’s Up!  Look for the discount on the BikeParts.com  website on Friday, November 23, 2012.  A great chance to win big Friday through Sunday.

Sitting in the pack is Small Business Saturday.  This day, November 24th, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Be a good domestique and share the love.   Peak Cycles has been pulling at the front by supporting four cycling race teams and generously donating product and time to the local community of  Golden, CO and the Greater Denver Area.

Last but not least, we’ve got Cyber Monday.  Not quite off the back, but Monday, November 26, 2012, Bikeparts.com  may be your best option for cyber shopping.  In addition to the store front, the website offers over 45,000 bike parts and accessories. Bikeparts.com not only carries road bicycle parts and mountain bike parts, but also complete bikes, nutritional supplements and much more.

So whether you go for a solo attack or a team tactic towards your cycling holiday shopping, one thing is for certain: Bikeparts.com has you covered.


Mountain Bike Touring in Durango

June 18, 2008

With gas at $4, bicycle touring is a refreshing, cost-effective summer escape.

Hermosa tours is a Durango, Colorado based mountain bike touring company.

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Check out the Durango High-Country Singletrack (9000ft and above where it is 60-70F during the day)
• 5 riding days, 6 nights lodging
• High Country Singletrack in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, CO
• This tour is for high-intermediate to advanced riders with above average fitness and polished technical riding skills
• Base Camp: Cascade Village
• Cost: $1895

http://www.hermosatours.net


Durango Mountain Bike Trails Update

June 2, 2008

I made it up to what we call the “High Point” on the Colorado trail yesterday before running into 2+ feet of snow on north facing slopes. The ride: Co Trail to Dry Fork, then hang a right to head on up to Kennebec. It will be a few more weeks – maybe until after July 4, until things open up. Trails 2000 launched a new website with a great trail map and pictures of Durango rides. Check out the following link: http://www.trails2000.org/site/interactive_map.html