Time Trial Speed Suit Design

Time Trial Speed Suit Design

When we put together the DL Racing team, I knew we had to make some high end race equipment to give our riders every advantage possible.  Early on,  I went over to HED to ask for some guidance as to what was important and what wasn't from an aero perspective.  Steve Hed was one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it came to aero design in cycling.  Steve was also one of the most generous and excitable guys I have had the pleasure of knowing.  HED was also in town, and less than a 15 minute drive from DLHQ 

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Recovering from injury and racing injured- North Star Grand Prix 2015

Recovering from injury and racing injured- North Star Grand Prix 2015

It’s pretty easy to find reasons not to do things. If you’ve ever trained for a bike race, century, time trial, triathlon, marathon, 5K, or any other event, you know how easy it is to fill your day with other important things and not have time to train for your event. Sometimes you can get by with experience or settle for less than your best, but even then it is easier to just skip it and think about a different goal.

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Cycling truly is a team sport - North Star Grand Prix 2015

Cycling truly is a team sport - North Star Grand Prix 2015

Those in the know understand cycling is a team sport but since it’s scored individually there exists reason for confusion. It is true that a one day race can sometimes be won by alone but to achieve any success in a 6 stage race, it takes a team. It’s also not just the riders, but our director, mechanic, feed zone support, massage therapist, chiropractor, sponsors, family and friends that ensure a successful race. For Donkey Label racing, we started out one rider down due to a crash and broken thumb just before the race. Normally starting with 5 instead of 6 would be no problem, however we soon found out defending the race lead would prove challenging with one less rider.

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Schedule and Sleep - North Star Grand Prix 2015

Schedule and Sleep - North Star Grand Prix 2015

It’s both great and extremely challenging to race at home. Sleeping in your own bed, having knowledge of the courses, familiar foods, family, and friends make it very fun. On the flip side, it is hard to escape the responsibilities of family and work when you are not out of town. With a one year old running around and being self-employed you can never fully get away, even for a pro stage race.

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Warm Up and Cool Downs

Warm Up and Cool Downs

Warm up and cool down are critical parts of any race day,  especially in stage races.  TT and Crit warm up: 15 - 20 minutes. Start in at the low end aerobic zone and work up to the high end in 2 minute increments. Pedal easy for 2-3 minutes and then do some 30 – 60 second accelerations (2 – 3 times with 1 – 2 minute rest).

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