Thursday, August 13, 2015

Women's Road Season Wrap-Up

It’s been a fantastic 2015 season for our EVOL Women’s Road team. We racked up podiums at every targeted race and had a blast racing Colorado’s finest women throughout the spring and summer.

Despite having fewer road racing opportunities this month, the EVOL women have been busy racing on the dirt to keep the 2015 season alive.

Beth spent the last few weeks ripping things up at the Colorado Short Track Series with podiums at each of her races.  

Margell took home the silver medal at the U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships in the cross-country women’s master race. Despite some close contact with this tree, she rallied to finish strong and rep the multifaceted EVOL women’s team.

Kate put her mentoring skills to work and volunteered with Little Bellas to teach skills to young girls at the Boulder Bike Park.

Christa and Kristen have been busy training (on the road and in the dirt) in preparation for the inaugural USA Pro Challenge Women's Edition. They’ll each be representing EVOL while racing with composite teams for the three day event.

As the season comes to a close, we’re sad to hang up the road bikes after so many great races. But cross is coming and the EVOL women will join forces with the EVOL men’s team to once again dominate the Colorado cross scene. Stay tuned as cross racing starts in just two weeks!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kristen Legan and Christa Ghent to race USA Pro Challenge

Congrats to team riders Kristen Legan and Christa Ghent for being included in the inaugural women’s USA Pro Challenge event this August.

Kristen will race on a composite women's team organized by the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project and Spark Women’s Racing, Ltd.

“I'm thrilled and honored to take part in the inaugural Women's USA Pro Challenge and represent my home state of Colorado at this fantastic event. It's exciting to bring together six Colorado cyclists from various local teams to race together as Colorado Women's Cycling Project p/b SPARK Women's Racing. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the supportive Colorado cycling community and our commitment to developing women's cycling at all levels,” said Kristen.

Christa will ride for the Amy D. Foundation team, which will be led by fellow Boulder resident Mara Abbott, who led the team to victory earlier this year at the Tour of the Gila. If you'd like to support the Amy D. team, check out their Rally Me page.

"I'm really honored to be racing with the Amy D. Foundation," said Christa. "This foundation has been able to do something really inspiring in memory of the loss of a good soul. It is going to be a tough race, but thanks to my Evol team members I've been preparing all year. I cannot wait to race on the big stage in front of my home state!"

The race will run August 21-23 and will include a stage 1 time trial in Breckenridge, a long road race from Loveland to Fort Collins, and concludes with a circuit race in Golden on Sunday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

C*R*U*S*H*ing it in Utah

After a flat and cracked rim ended Josh's first attempt at the Crusher in the Tushar race last July, he returned to Beaver, Utah with the simple goal of just finishing the 69-mile, 10k of climbing, mixed road and gravel race. Celebrating its fifth year, the race has gained serious recognition as a super-challenging test of a riders' fitness and skills, and leaves the choice of their weapon to all participants, allowing road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes on the course, each offering a certain advantage or disadvantage throughout the course as it traverses the Tushar Mountains and finishes at the Eagle Point Ski Resort just above 10,400 feet.

All smiles after a long, hard day.
The action heated up after 10 miles of false flat, and social grinding ended with the start of an hour-plus dirt climb. The field exploded quickly and Josh set a steady pace, just off the back of a leading group of 10 riders, including last year's runner-up Jamie Driscoll and professional WorldTour rider Danny Pate of Team Sky. After a short, high-alpine flat section and first feed zone, the course plummeted down five miles of loose, pea sized gravel road. Josh keep things fast and loose and used every inch of his Clement USH and MSO rubber to stay upright in the switchbacks. He was able to catch a few riders and pass two race favorites who had flatted, fellow Utahans Jonathan Page and Alex Grant, to create a solid chase group of six that worked together for the 10-mile loop. It was every man for himself once they hit the dirt again and started climbing the sage. At three hours in, Josh started to feel the burn a bit and had to dial the race pace back to something more sustainable, knowing that the Col d'Crush was up next: 2,300 feet of vert in five miles averaging eight percent with numerous surges to 20+ percent full of loose gravel. Fortunately a tailwind emerged, a solid line was burned in from racers coming down earlier in the day and a pop-up feed zone filled with Coke revitalized racers at the KOM summit.

But the pain didn't stop there, as Josh and the rest of the racers faced another 1,000 feet of climbing over 15 rolling miles of dirt all above 9,000 feet, with a final mile, 10-percent grade finish. Josh fought off cramps in both legs throughout the rest of the race and managed to fend off a rapidly closing Allen Krughoff to finish 16th on the day, and just under five hours. Driscoll once again was runner up, this time to another local Utah pro, Robbie Squire of the Hincapie Racing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

EVOL Women Getting Comfy on the Podium

EVOL Racing is back in action after a mid-season break in racing. Our women’s team continues their streak of podiums with Beth’s stellar second place GC at the Boulder Stage Race and Kate Powlison’s sprint for third at the Colorado State Crit Champs.

Boulder Stage Race

In its first year, the Boulder Stage Race drew a wide assortment of racers to test their legs with some of the most challenging racing of the year. Christa and Beth started off the stage race with solid results in the time trial from Lyons to Boulder. This set the duo up for an aggressive circuit race that included our team’s favorite dirt climb on Crane Hollow Drive. Unfortunately, Christa was caught up in a crash on the last lap that took her out of contention for the stage but Beth crossed the line in 3rd and took time out of the GC contenders in front of her. The final and most difficult stage was an uphill road race that saw 4,100 feet of elevation gain in just 21 miles. As EVOL’s designated team climber, Beth crushed up this massive climb, finishing the stage in 4th and again pushing her way up the GC standings. After three intense days of racing, Beth took home 2nd place for EVOL in the overall standings and Christa fought back from the time lost in the crash for 9th overall GC. Well done Christa and Beth!

Colorado State Crit Championships

EVOL Women’s Racing came to the Colorado State Crit Championships ready to do some damage with well-orchestrated team tactics. The course was flat, fast, and full of sweeping corners and perfect for Christa, EVOL’s team sprinter. Kate and Kristen worked to control the field throughout the race and brought back attacks and breakaways to ensure a field sprint. Unfortunately, Christa’s luck turned upside down and she flatted out of the race with just a few laps to go. Kate quickly jumped into action, knowing she was EVOL’s next hope for the sprint finish. After a fast final lap, Kate attacked early on the uphill finish and was just nabbed at the line by two of Colorado’s best sprinters. While disappointed that Christa didn’t get her chance at the line, Kate’s versatility and quick thinking kept EVOL on the podium and kept the moment rolling as we head into the final few races of the year!

Monday, June 1, 2015

The EVOL racing team dishes about their biking love affair on the Goodbelly blog

Kate, Christa, Melissa and Josh chimed in on the Goodbelly blog last week, offering up their perspectives on what got them into cycling. Check out the post here and learn more about what makes Goodbelly so special...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gotta get that gear!

To celebrate National Bike Month, we've teamed up with​ & Panache Cyclewear Co.​ to offer up a great deal. Purchase anything from the Panache online store and receive 10% off, with 1% of all sales going directly to People for Bikes. There's no better time to upgrade your closet with some style and our friends at Panache have dreamed up some of the sweetest designs. Toss your old shredded chamois for a good cause!

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