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The Feedback Sports Gift Guide

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

It’s that time of year!! Everyone is busy playing reindeer games; slogging through the mud and snow, spraying each other with power-washers, picking grass out of chains, and the whirring of an Omnium Over-Drive fills the air like the Carol of the Bells, …wait. We got the holidays mixed up with the peak of Cyclocross season. Let’s try that again.  Ahem. THE HOLIDAYS are UPON US!!  And while our products have been listed in several amazing Holiday Bicycle Gift Guides*, we thought we’d put a little gift guide together of our own.  We asked several co-workers to share what their favorite Feedback Sports Product is and why.


The Feedback Sports Gift Guide

  1. Thomas McDaniel (Product Marketing Manager): “The Dual-Sided Pic. It’s one of those tools that forces you to look at your bike differently. When I put it in my hand I automatically want to slow down and pay close attention to how my bike is doing – in that way it’s one of the most important tools in my collection.” – This says a lot because Thomas’s “collection” is…robust.  
  2. Scott Knight (Western Sales Manager): “The Bottle Opener. Because it’s ridiculously over-built and awesome.”
  3. Jeff Nitta (Vice President): “The Velo Wall Post.  I like its simplicity for hanging bikes when prepping them for a ride.  I have one at the end of my garage so I can pump up the tires, lube the chain and check to make sure the bike is ready to go.  When I’m done with it I fold it up and it’s out of the way.”
  4. Sammy Rutherford (Eastern Sales Manager: “My Omnium Trainer!! Nothing keeps my legs in better cycling shape during the off-season.”
  5. Will Allen (Product Engineer): “My favorite FBS product is the one currently in development.  The products we currently have are all great, but what we’re working on for the future is even better.”  Wow. Well played, Will. 
  6. Mike Guinta (Product Engineer): “Eggnog.”  “Mike, we don’t make eggnog.”  “…Fine. Tools. I like the tools.”
  7. Lisa Hudson (Co-Owner/Accounting): “The Velo Hinge because it maximizes the storage space for my quiver of bikes!

And there you have it–straight from the folks at Feedback Sports.


We wish you a very merry Holiday Season.  We hope you enjoy the time with your family, friends annnnnnnnd, we also hope you get the chance to sneak out for a ride. It’s never too cold. Never.

*And finally, here’s that list of legitimate Gift Guides we mentioned earlier, plus a contest that would make someone’s holiday very Merry, indeed. 

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Race-Day Warm-up with Amanda Nauman

Though we all know that warm-legs are fast legs… it’s can be hard to know where to begin. You might wonder, “Should I use a bike trainer or rollers?” How hard should I go before a race?”, “For how long?”, “Should I do intervals?”, “Why is my skinsuit so tight?”, “Is my number pinned properly?”.  While we can’t really help you with the last two questions, we did find some experts to share what works for them in terms of the first four.

We asked our friends, David Sheek (Carmichael Training Systems Coach) and Amanda Nauman (known to friends and the cycling community as “Amanda Panda”) of Team SDG – Muscle Monster for some general preparation tips and a warm-up plan to help anyone maximize their race-day potential.

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~From Amanda and Dave~

Our friends at Feedback Sports have really stepped up the game with a solid range of traveling goodies that are also amazing products to have in any garage. Whether traveling to Europe or chasing events around the United States, Feedback has made it easier to be prepared at home and on the road. A few of our favorites are the Team Edition Tool Kit, Omnium Portable Trainer, and Sprint Work Stand which all fit into the bottom of our cases for travel.

Being Prepared: Pre-Event Warm-up

A pre-event warm-up is designed to increase muscle core temperature, start the body’s cooling processes, and activate energy systems. Here’s a step-by-step guide to activating your body for a great performance using the Feedback Sports Omnium Portable Trainer.

Warm-up

It’s pretty common for a warm-up routine to be 45-60 minutes. You need to spend some time at lactate threshold and throw in a few high-intensity efforts to activate the processes related to producing and processing lactate, but you want to do as little as possible to achieve those goals. A generic warm-up includes 15-25 minutes of spinning, 5-10 minutes at LT, and two 1-2 minute VO2 max efforts. Variations of that will typically get the job done. A long warm-up is likely to generate more heat so weather and other variables are taken into consideration.

The nature of your event also plays a role in your warm-up. If your event is going to start out relatively slow, like a road race, then you can minimize the warm-up activities. If the event is going to start hard, like a cyclocross race, then it’s important to activate your energy systems and lactate processing systems.

Variations on the Weather

There is a fine line between activating your body for a great performance and hurting your performance through overheating in your warm-up. After warming up some higher energy systems, your muscle temperature and core temperature are elevated and primed to race. In warmer temperatures it is recommended to cool down for about 10 minutes before going to the start line to avoid any chances of overheating. In cooler temperatures it is recommended to add clothing layers and maintain that elevated core temperature en route to the start line.

Go to the Start Line

If you’re going to be standing on the start line for a long time before you start, as is often the case with cyclocross races, you’re going to be standing still. In this scenario, try to go to the line wearing enough clothing or layers to stay warm. Plan to hand your clothing off to someone with a few minutes to the whistle.

The focus on staying warm during and after a riders’ warm-up routine pays off because you will be ready for action right from the start. Keeping your core temperature at an optimal level enables you to start faster, get to the front of the race, and stay there.

Taking the proper steps to activate all your energy systems through a proper warm-up, all starts with the right trainer routine. It’s difficult to find an event that allows for sufficient open road to correctly hit the warm-up zones that your preparation requires. Traveling with the Feedback Sports Omnium Over-Drive guarantees the freedom to create and execute a routine around an ideal warm-up that will set you up physically and mentally for success.

Time CTS Zone Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) 10-Point Scale
10 min Endurance Miles (EM) 4-5
2 min Tempo 6
2 min EM 4-5
2 min Tempo 6
2 min EM 4-5
2 min Steady State (SS) 7-8
2 min EM 4-5
2 min SS 7-8
2 min EM 4-5
1 min Climbing Repeat (CR) 8
2 min EM 4-5
30 sec Power Interval (PI) 9
2 min EM 4-5
30 sec PI 9
5-10min EM 4-5
Off Trainer – Head to Startline
10 min Active Cooling 2-4

*Amanda is currently rocking the cyclocross and gravel scene. She and David clearly know a thing or two about race-day preparation. Thanks for the tips, David and Amanda!  We’ll see you (and your Feedback Sports Race Day Essentials) at the Cyclocross Nationals in Kentucky! #pandapower

Without Limits Colorado Triathlon

Swim, Bike, Run and even Aquabike at this Year’s Edition of the Colorado Triathlon Presented by Without Limits Productions.

 The Colorado Triathlon is put on by Without Limits Productions which was founded in 2007 with a simple goal in mind: to produce the type of events that our Without Limits Crew desires for themselves. Affordability and a laid back atmosphere for beginners to elites is the core of each and every production.  When signing up for an event, Without Limits assures that every detail is taken care of. All you need to do is focus on getting to the finish line with a smile.

Some athletes are trying to reach their first finish line, some are trying a new sport out like XTERRA or cyclocross, and some are racing for the podium and new personal record, whichever category you fall into, we have a race to suit your needs.

Colorado Triathlon

Where Colorado comes to race on June 2nd, 2018! The Colorado Triathlon – sprint & olympic distances, (NEW Duathlon & Aquabike options). To make this the can’t miss event of the season, we’ll also have: amazing food provided by Noodles & Co., Ska Brewing Beer Garden, athlete full zip sweat shirts, and the best swag bag of the season.

Feedback Sports will be there showing off our great Race Day Essentials, so stop by our tent say hello!

For more great events from the Without Limits team, check out their website. Stay up to date with the latest from Without Limits by connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Big Ring Cycles Grand Re-Opening

Who

Since 1999 Big Ring Cycles has been one of Golden Colorado’s premier high end bike shops that caters to all cyclists. Whether you’re a hardcore roadie, commuter, or only let your tires touch dirt Big Ring has what you need. Their mission statement reads: “At Big Ring Cycles, we are passionate about one thing: the bicycle. We believe that the world would be a better, more cheerful place if more people rode bicycles more often. We’re about the wind in your face, and the sun on your back. We’re about tan lines, the kind that never disappear. We’re about long climbs, followed by fast descents. We’re about commuting, recreating, and of course, racing. We’re about tradition. We’re about passion. And we’re about community. We are Big Ring Cycles, and we’re here to change the world, one bike at a time.”

What

After purchasing the business in 2016, owner Seth Wolins decided it was time for some changes. Over the course of the winter they have been working to overhaul their space to make it bigger and better than ever in order to serve more customers more effectively. After months of hard work they are ready to share it with you! So come one. come all bicycle lovers to the Grand Re-Opening of Big Ring Cycles of Golden, Colorado.

When and Where

Big Ring has huge weekend planned, jam packed with events, sales, group rides and more.

Re-Opening weekend starts Thursday Night, May 17th, with the Kick off Ride which is part of their weekly shop rides including the added benefit of a post ride beer celebration to really start the weekend right. Riders are invited to have a beer or 2 next door at Barrels and Bottles post ride. First round is on us (Big Ring)!

If group rides aren’t your thing swing by Friday night, May 18th, for the BIG PARTY! It is time to unwind, celebrate making it through a few crazy months and thank the Big Ring Family for the support! Smokey J’s BBQ will be on hand serving up delicious food and drinks will be provided. There will be a blind taste testing of the Big Ring Cocktail finalists and the winner will be announced that night!

Moving into Saturday, May 19th, vendors will be on site to answer your questions demonstrate products and keep the good vibes going. So swing by our tent and check out our repair stands, trainers, tools, or any of our race day essentials. Hours are 9am-6pm and the grill will be going from 12 noon to 2pm.

The big weekend caps off Sunday morning with group mountain bike AND road rides leaving from the shop at 8am followed by coffee and breakfast to prepare for the final day of great deals. Hours are 10am-4pm featuring a Trek E-Bike Demo from 10am-2pm.

If you love Colorado cycling, you don’t want to miss this, so come on out and support your local bike shop and enjoy some great events. For updates check out Big Ring Cycles website, as well as connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hope to see you out there!

Happy Trails from Feedback Sports

2017 Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships

Attention 2017 Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championship riders:

Feedback Sports will provide a warm-up tent at Masters CX Worlds. Omnium portable trainers will be available to use before your race. Feedback Sports staff will be at the event racing AND available to assist at the tent. For more information, contact [email protected]

Year 2, here we come!!

Explanation of the Masters Cyclocross: 

Masters (MM: Men Masters)   This category shall comprise riders of 30 years and above who elect this status. The choice of masters status shall not be open to a rider belonging to a team registered with the UCI.

Masters (WM: Women Masters)   This category shall comprise riders of 30 years and above who elect this status. The choice of the masters status shall not be open to a rider belonging to a team registered with the UCI.

Cross Vegas

Will you be at Cross Vegas? We will!  We’ll be racing the Wheeler’s and Dealers races as well as providing a warm-up tent full of Omnium portable trainers–open and free to the public.

Competitors in CrossVegas’s UCI, USAC, Wheelers and Dealers categories, and a new E-Bike fun race, will have their last chance to experience the lush grass and challenging course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 20, 2017.

 Click here for the schedule.

 

 

Tour de France Breakfast w/Feedback Sports

Join us for a live viewing of Stage 18: the final battle between the climbers at the heart of one of the most spectacular locales of the Tour. The last ten km before the summit of the Izoard are at an average gradient of 9%.

We’ll be cheering on our favorite World Tour Teams while enjoying somewhat stereo-typical French breakfasty items such as French Croissants, Crullers and Mimosa’s (mmm…champagne for breakfast).

Pop in when you can, stay for 5 minutes or 50. We’ll be watching, cheering AND waiting for the official Feedback Sports commercial courtesy of NBC Sports. #DougHudsonSighting

*THE FIRST 50 guests to arrive will receive a free set of Feedback Sports steel core tire levers. “Allez, allez, ALLEZ!”

Click here to RSVP (because no one wants to run out of croissants).

Red Hook Crit – Brooklyn No.10

The Red Hook Crit is a track bike criterium held on a short technical circuit at night in front of thousands of spectators. Athletes from around the world compete in the four-city series to claim the coveted championship title. This year they will celebrate 10 years in Brooklyn on April 29th.

So in other words: it’s going to be big. If you know about it, you know about it. If not, read this and this.

And please tag us in any pics you get of our products in use by the Specialized/Rocket Espresso Team.  Because though we aren’t able to make it, these guys are going to be flying on the course after they dial their bikes with our work-stands and warm-up on our Omniums.

#flying #SpecializedRocketEspresso #Omnium #raceready #feedbacksports

 

USA Cycling Collegiate and Para-cycling Road Nationals

We’re pleased to be supporting several teams at this year’s 2017 USAC Collegiate and Para-Cycling Road Nationals in Grand Junction, CO.  Watch and cheer for the Colorado School of Mines Cycling Team and Team Adaptive Adventures!

 

 

 

 

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The Omnium at the Spring Classics

Feedback Sports is thrilled to be supporting several Pro World Tour Road teams for 2017; Lotto Soudal and Trek-Segafredo.  Picture bike geeks like us, at the Spring Classics, watching the mechanics prep the racers with our products.  It’s quite a nerdy sight to behold.  Right this minute, in fact, Feedback Sports is excitedly shadowing Team Lotto Soudal at the 52nd edition of Tirreno-Adriatico.  This is the first season that the Omnium portable trainers are officially in use with our Pro World Tour Road teams. It’s as if our child graduated as valedictorian and is off to the Ivy Leagues (only with bikes…or holding up bikes and racers and…you get the picture).

Below is the press release from our friends at Lotto Soudal showcasing the race along with some pictures from day one.  Enjoy!

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The 52nd edition of Tirreno-Adriatico takes place from 8 March 2017 till 14 March 2017. In seven stages, the riders will cruise through the Italian landscape. This year, the punchers and the climbers will get a few opportunities to win a stage, but also the time trialists are getting a chance of a stage win.

Just like last year, the Tirreno starts with a team time trial of 23 kilometres in Lido di Camaiore. The second stage is the longest of this edition with 228 kilometres. The largest part is flat but there is a steep climb at the end. Day three is an opportunity for the sprinters. Because of the slight uphill road it’s not guaranteed there’s going to be a bunch sprint, a puncher can win too.

The fourth stage will be very important for the GC. There’s a monstrous climb at the end of the stage on an altitude of 1.675 metres. The fifth stage seems ideal for the punchers but you can’t write the climbers off for the win. The sprinters will get their chance the day after. This Italian race ends with an individual time trial of ten kilometres on a flat course.

Lotto Soudal will participate with Tim Wellens, Maxime Monfort and Tiesj Benoot among others. The competition for the overall victory will come from riders such as Michal Kwiatkowski, Nairo Quintana, Tejay van Garderen, Thibaut Pinot and Bauke Mollema. The atypical winner of last year, Greg Van Avermaet also participates.

Bart Leysen, sports director Lotto Soudal: “We have a team to ride a great Tirreno-Adriatico. We got for example Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens who are in great shape. There are some possibilities to achieve a nice result. We have two opportunities with Tiesj and Tim and two  with Jens Debusschere and Jürgen Roelandts. The big goal of this Tirreno is to conquer a stage win. We are going into the Tirreno to give everything we’ve got. We are not going to hide somewhere in the peloton. The Lotto Soudal team cannot do that every stage but we are picking up where we left off in the Strade Bianche.”

“The stages are similar to previous editions, so we know as a team what to expect. Just like last year we start with a team time trial. I belief we have a team to aim for the top five, that would be amazing. Day two is a course where Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot can exploit their abilities. There are hills and climbs on the route and the finish is uphill. It’s not very steep so we can definitely battle for the victory this day.”

“Day three is a sprint stage so we are going to take our chances with Jens and Jürgen. Day four is the toughest stage with a long steep climb. There is no plan yet for this stage. We are going to wait and see how, for example Tim Wellens, stands in the GC to defend his chances. During the fifth stage there is another chance for Tim and Tiesj. There is another steep uphill climb at the finish where they can exploit their abilities. Day six is also a sprint stage, thus a chance for Jens and Jürgen. We end the Tirreno-Adriatico with an individual time trial on a flat course.”

“Except for the big mountain stage we have more than enough chances to go for a stage win. The team is so strong that we can divide the pressure without one person getting all the pressure on his shoulders. That puts the riders at ease.”

Line-up Lotto Soudal: Tiesj Benoot, Bart De Clercq, Jens Debusschere, Nikolas Maes, Tomasz Marczynski, Maxime Monfort, Jürgen Roelandts and Tim Wellens.

Sports directors: Mario Aerts and Bart Leysen.

Stages

Stage 1 Wednesday 8 March : Lido Di Camaiore – Lido Di Camaiore (TTT) (22.7 km)
Stage 2 Thursday 9 March: Camaiore – Pomarance (228 km)
Stage 3 Friday 10 March: Monterotondo Marittimo – Montalto Di Castro (204 km)
Stage 4 Saturday 11 March: Montalto Di Castro – Terminillo (187 km)
Stage 5 Sunday 12 March: Rieti – Fermo (209 km)
Stage 6 Monday 13 March: Ascoli Piceno – Civitanova Marche (168 km)
Stage 7 Tuesday 14 March San Benedetto Del Trono (ITT) (10.5 km)