Community Events: 2012 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

So what do you get when you cross 10,000 riders from 40 states and 3 countries, over 26,000 sandwiches, and 204 miles of beautiful riding from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon? Well, if you are the Cascade Bicycle Club, you end up with the 33rd Annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Started as a time trial race between the Seattle and Portland City Halls, the Group Health STP has become one of the largest recreational rides in the country, completed by a amazing range of cyclists – from those who had never ridden more than 30 miles to those who wanted to set a new personal record. This year Performance Bicycle was proud to support all of the riders with mechanical support, from check-in at the University of Washington in Seattle, all the way to the finish line at Holladay Park in Portland.

At check-in you really get a sense of how big an event STP really is. The evening before the big ride, the queue of excited riders stretched across the Husky Stadium parking lot – there to check-in and drop off supplies for checkpoints along the route. The organized team with the Cascade Bicycle Club handled the good-natured crowd with aplomb, making sure that bikes, camping gear and supplies were packed away for the right destination the next day.

The STP ride is, at its heart, a group experience. Riders showed up in couples, groups and outright crowds – ready to test themselves and enjoy the ride. And not many folks were having more fun than the “Gypsy Wagon Race Team” seen above! This friendly band of Canadians make the trek down in their battered passenger van, and were quickly making friends in the parking lot – which had become an impromptu campsite for many riders and their support teams. Hanging out and meeting fellow cyclists is an important part of the STP experience.

The next morning, the STP ride kicked off  from the UW campus, with the first waves leaving at 5:30 AM, and our teams were already up  and on the way to various support stations along the route. With over 200 miles of roads to cover, it takes quite an operation to make sure that riders are safe and fueled up for the long ride. Performance Bicycle teams from our stores in Oregon and Washington state organized and staffed several pit stops along the route, but our main base of operations for the day was the halfway point in Centralia, Washington. 

With our workstands, water bottles, Clif Shot Energy Gel and repair supplies ready to go, our motivated Performance team was primed for action by 9:00 AM, when the very first riders rolled in under overcast skies. The first wave of riders were mostly made up of the one-day finishers – hardy cyclists who were on a mission to ride over 200 miles in one shot. Still in good spirits, these riders usually only stopped for a few moments to refuel, get minor repairs sorted out, and then hop right back on their bikes to continue their journey. But these early crowd heralded the start of a busy day for our team – once this tidal wave of cyclists started rolling in, our mechanics basically worked non-stop until 7:00 PM at night!

We saw bikes and bike riders of every shape and size, from young to old, from novice to expert. As the day wore on, the mix of riders changed over to the 2-day crowd – folks who were looking for a more leisurely weekend of riding with friends (as long as you consider back-to-back century rides leisurely, of course). Since we had 6 mechanics wrenching away, pumping up tires and fixing flats, we had plenty of time to chat with folks as they dropped by. It was awesome to hear that for many riders this was far and away the longest they had ever ridden their bikes – the level of support and camaraderie of the STP ride had inspired them to try something they had never thought they could do on a bike. Of course with that many riders out on the road, we had plenty to do. Our guys went through a countless amount of tubes and tires, trued many a wheel, field-repaired STI shifters and balky derailleurs – we did whatever we could to keep people on the road so that they could enjoy the rest of their ride. You can get a taste of what our day was like with this “Mechanic cam” action we shot with our trusty GoPro HD Hero cam:

As the morning changed to afternoon, riders kept rolling in to the halfway point at Centralia College. Just when you thought the ride was starting to slow down, another wave of happy but exhausted riders would come streaming by our tent. Apparently it’s hard to gauge 10,000 riders, because we kept thinking, “there can’t be any more coming” when another wave would roll in! But our dedicated Performance crew was always ready to help, even if they didn’t get a real break until we left at 7:00 PM. Since our team was made up of associates from many stores across the region, they saw many of their regular customers come rolling by. Plus we were excited to see how many riders were riding in Performance cycling gear and on Scattante, Fuji and GT bicycles that they purchased in one of our stores.

Eventually the seemingly endless crowds did start to wane, as the last of the 2-day riders made it to the halfway point. To make the most of their STP experience, most participants camp out with a few thousand of their newest friends at an array of campsites. As you can see above, the central quad of Centralia College became an impromptu tent city, full of tired cyclists resting up for their second century ride in as many days!

The final day of STP was the big finish to a weekend of cycling fun. The 2-day riders were up early once again to hit the road south to Portland on a typically damp Northwest day (although the sun did make an appearanc later). Once again riders pedaled through a century ride, finishing in a festival atmosphere in Holladay Park. Fans, friends and fellow cyclists lined the finishing roads like it was the end of a Tour de France stage, cheering on the riders as they rode in.

Soon the park was packed with cyclists, happy to be finished and ready to get cleaned up, but also soaking in the atmosphere and fellowship with thousands of other STP finishers and their supporters. You could tell that most people wanted to savor their moment of accomplishment, although maybe they were just too worn out to worry about getting changed out of their bike gear!

Everyone from our Performance Bicycle team had a blast supporting the riders at the 2012 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic - our long hours were more than paid back by the thanks we received from all of the folks we helped get back on the road to enjoy this great event. We can’t wait to come back next year with an even bigger and better presence – and maybe next year we’ll even have a few Performance riders out on the road to get the full STP experience. Head on over to the Performance Bike Facebook page to see the rest of our photos from this year’s STP, and we hope to see you on the road from Seattle to Portland in 2013!

Community Events: June Recap

As summer temps kicked in, June was a busy time at our over 100 stores all across the country. Our hard-working store teams were busy running clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides. Read on below for a sampling of the events our stores were involved with last month.

The first event that our stores participated in last month was the New Belgium Tour de Fat in Durham, NC. A fundraiser and general celebration of all things bike, beer and music-related, the Tour de Fat stop in Durham featured 750 cyclists in a morning parade, 2,050 total attendees and $16,000 raised for local non-profit bicycle advocacy groups. A team from our headquarters, including Chris, Gene and Matt, showed up early to fix flats and tune up rides before the bike parade.

If the Tour de Fat is coming by your town, definitely make plans to check it out. As you can see, there are plenty of fun distractions to keep you occupied, from costumed riders, to funny bikes, to live music and more. Plus a local Performance Bicycle team will be there to help you out at upcoming events in Chicago, IL, Boise ,ID, Fort Collins, CO, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Tempe, AZ, and Austin, TX. Drop by our tent to say hello!

Our Mountain View, CA store team showed up to support the riders at the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club Sequoia Century ride. Tommy Merriott and Lead Spin Doctor Chris Garcia helped riders with any mechanical problem that they might have had, from quick shifting issues to changing flat tires. They made lots of new friends with their quick repairs, and saw plenty of store regulars as well. The store team is definitely looking forward to supporting the event next year.

Our Chandler, AZ store was proud to host Rick Hermelin on his journey across the country on an Elliptigo, raising money for the Semper Fi Fund (which provides support for injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families). You can read more about Rick’s journey on his blog, but as you can see above he was busy not only riding, but giving interviews and talks about the reasons for his big trip.

Our Mayfield Heights, OH store was busy one weekend last month helping out with the 36th “Sunday in June” ride put on by the Cleveland Touring Club.  With 1200 riders in beautiful Ohio countryside, Joe Darwal and Brad Jones from our store team were busy providing basic mechanical support for the riders.

Local educator and cyclist, Jim Crismore, recounted his 2010 cycling tour of the Danube River at our Castleton, IN store. The 750 mile journey started at the humble beginnings of the river in Germany, through Austria, where the river pours into the Black Sea. Crismore featured a power-point presentation of photos of the adventure, complete with stories from the four week long trek. His compelling story held his audience captive during the presentation.

Team members from our Buford, GA store were up early to set up a tent at the Jackson Brevet event – a century ride that raised money to fight Aplastic Anemia, a very rare and very deadly bone marrow disease. Our tent was a popular spot as we handed out Clif Shot samples, water bottles, pens and stickers for the People for Bikes campaign and also got folks to sign the pledge to become part of this great initiative. Once the ride got rolling, our team offered adjustments to rider’s bikes and also ran 2 support vehicles which were stocked with Clif Shot samples and Cytomax in 5 gallon coolers to provide hydration to participants in need.

Three of our Michigan employees participated in the Michigan Tour de Cure ride – Kendal, store manager, and Josh, mechanic, from our Ann Arbor store teamed up with Matt, the Spin Doctor from our Novi store, to set up tents to offer water bottles, Clif Shot samples, and mechanical assistance to riders.  Over 1,000 riders participated in the event and our team worked on many bikes.  It was a fun day offering four different courses of varying lengths from 10 miles to 100 miles.

Rick and Kevin from our Cincinnati, OH store ran support at a Zoom Triathlon event that was race 1 of a 3 race series. Our team were able to help about a dozen riders with things from tire inflation to gear adjustments and even a derailleur hanger adjustment. There were quite a few people that stopped by to thank them for being there even though they did not need any help.

The race had 125 racers has a unique format because it is a Tri/Duathlon – the triathlon option was a 1000m swim, 18 mile bike, and 4 mile run while the duathlon option combined a 2 mile run, 18 mile bike ride & a 4 mile run to finish things off. We’re excited to support this new series, and can’t wait to see how it grows and attracts new participants.

Finally, our stores also hosted many guests at our regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics. Above you can see the crew at the Derailleur Madness Clinic in our Oceanside, CA store last month. All in all, another busy month for our store teams – remember to check your local store page to find out what’s going on at your local Performance Bicycle!

Community Events: May Recap

May is National Bike Month, and that definitely showed at our over 100 stores all across the country. Our amazing store teams were hard at work all month putting on clinics, supporting rides and generally helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides. So let’s get started with highlights from events our stores were involved with last month.

Our Santa Rosa, CA store was able to jump into two major events in one busy weekend. First off, we were able to kick off a great relationship with the Life Time Fitness Gran Fondo Series (look for more of these events across the nation coming soon). One of our aid stations had the good fortune to be placed in the tasting room parking lot of Chalk Hill Winery. Not a bad view for a rest stop, but while we gazed out on the vineyards, the riders were suffering up the first of the major climbs!

We kept the riders fueled up with GU Energy Gel and plenty of water for the ride, then packed up to head to the finish line party. Couldn’t help but notice a good number of pro teams out on the roads as we drove through the winding roads of Santa Rosa.

What were they doing there? Why, preparing for the Amgen Tour of California of course! The next day was the first stage and the place to be was downtown Santa Rosa.

We were lucky enough to be able to set up right in the Lifestyle Festival and it was crowded! Our booth was busy all day long, and excited cycling fans stopped by non-stop from when we set up in the morning until later that evening.

Why were the crowds so thick? Because we were giving away a Fuji Absolute 3.0 of course (surely it didn’t have anything to do with the ProTour race happening a few feet away). It was a great opportunity to get out of the shop and chat with people on the sunny streets of Santa Rosa.

Also, who could pass up the opportunity to see the crowd go nuts for hometown hero Levi Leipheimer! Levi was awarded a special jersey in honor of his achievements in cycling and his charitable efforts in his community – Levi’s GranFondo raised over $250,000 for charity last year!

2 members of our Newark, DE store were honored to participate in the Police Unity Tour Chapter 9 (PUT C9) ride last month. Becky and Todd Keyser served as bicycle mechanics for the ride, which was a fundraiser for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Becky and Todd were a jack-of-all-trades for the 85 Law Enforcement Officer riders that participated in the tour, making sure that the riders and their bikes were properly cared for on their journey from Valley Forge, PA to Washington, DC.

Our mechanics put in almost 40 hours over the 4 days, and kept all of the riders on the road. It was a privilege to support this ride, which helped bring public awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.

Moving on to Bike to Work Week, our Downtown Portland, OR store had a very successful Bike to Work Day breakfast/safety check station. Their tent was set up early with a work stand and tools, plus doughnuts, coffee, and cycling nutrition for the commuter crowd.  The doughnuts and coffee were a big hit, and our team installed brake pads, sold a lock, and performed adjustments on a number of bikes.

Bike to Work Day at our Tukwila, WA store was done in conjunction with the Boeing Customer Service group. At the request of the Cascade Cycling Club, they set up directly on the Green River Bike Path entrance near the Boeing Customer Service Building parking lot. Our team provided mechanical support, water bottles and snacks starting at 6 AM, while Boeing ran some fun giveaways. It was a busy morning with lots of bar and seat adjustments, chain lubing, gear adjustments, tire pressure adjustments and flat repairs.

Our Redmond, WA store teamed up with the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association for Bike to Work Day. With their help we were able to set up a stop along the 520 bicycle trail – the GRTMA provided food and small giveaways, while our store supplied two mechanics. We did safety inspections, basic fixes, and spoke with many of the 700 riders that passed our station.

At our Kearney Mesa, CA store, we celebrated Bike to Work Day directly in front of the store. We provided nutrition, adjustments, inflation, water bottles, hydration, commuting tips, commuter maps and a friendly hello! We had 90 commuters stop by our pit stop, an all time high for this event. Bike to Work Day has grown each year that we have participated, thanks this year to store associates Jerrin Kelley and Mac McCarthy.

Our Seattle, WA store participated in Bike to Work Day at a popular bike route in the Seattle area (right in front of the KEXP radio station building). We provided basic adjustments to commuters and gave out nutrition samples and promotional items. Our store team consisted of our two Head Mechanics, David Hays and Paul Richards, our Store Manager, Mike Brady, and our District Manager, Brian Onutz.  Our team had great company at their rest stop, as they were joined by the Cascade Cycling Club, KEXP, and Jamba Juice.  Over 100 people come through our station, including the Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn.

Also from our Seattle store on Bike to Work Week, our team was set up for a morning on a major commuter route for Seattleites, the Burke Gillman trail. The weather was chilly but turnout was still surprisingly good – aided by the fact that our booth had support from a local bakery supplying coffee and cookies.

Sticking with our Seattle store, they also participated in the UW Bike Party, put on by the always active Cascade Cycling Club. We were there with several other organizations, from the Seattle Police Department to a DJ playing music. Our Store Manager, Mike Brady, and our Lead Mechanic, David Hayes, helped out with many brake and gear adjustments for the UW students and community members in attendance.

Staying in Washington state, our Tukwila, WA store helped out at the Earthworks Bike Tour, again organized by the Cascade Cycling Club. The ride was to celebrate the improvements to the Herbert Bayer Earthworks City Park, including short bike paths and city artwork installations. We performed mechanical support and discussed some component and bike fit solutions with several riders, to help them with their ride.

Our Woodland Hills, CA store showed up in support of the “Crusin the Conejo 2012” event, on a perfect Saturday – with a slight breeze and a cool tailwind for the riders. The event was a multi-tiered road ride from 12K- 100K that lasted the whole day – our team supported a rest stop on the last leg of the century ride, aided by some Boy Scouts. We assisted in gear and brake adjustments, flat repair, chain lubing and anything else to keep the riders on the road.

Our La Mesa and Kearney Mesa, CA stores helped out with an event organized by the San Diego Police Department. The exhibitors included law enforcement, fire departments, recreational groups, an anti-gang bicycle club, and other community resource groups. We were there with Rady Children’s Hospital’s child safety program. They were doing helmet giveaways and a bicycle obstacle course teaching traffic safety. Associates Tommy Iglesias and Jerrin Kelley demonstrated proper helmet fit, and performed safety inspections of bikes, free adjustments, and taught kids some basic bike maintenance. 

Our Greenwood, IN store partnered with JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Members of the local chapter meet up for local rides from our store, and last month we hosted them for a clinic on how to change a flat tire. We welcomed many new guests to our store, and taught folks some new skills.

Keeping with the clinic theme, our Greenwood, IN store teamed up with the Greenwood VFW Post and the Greenwood and White River Valley Fire Departments to help put on a safety clinic for kids. Associates Mary, Dan, and Jeff from our store met with the kids to fit them for a free helmet and have them run through a course that had been laid out to teach them riding safety and the rules of the road. The children had to stop for simulated train tracks, stop and look both ways at an intersection, and run through cones and a figure 8 as part of this learning experience. At the end they were also instructed on proper hand signals while on a bicycle, and treated to free food giveaways and a raffle.

Our Greensboro store was represented by Store Manager Jeff Morrison at the Skills Clinic and Night Ride at Lake Brandt Marina.  The event, hosted by the Greensboro Fat Tire Society in conjunction with the Greensboro Police Department, was attended by 10 riders at the twilight skills clinic and 13 riders at the night trail ride. Jeff offered maintenance on site and provided refreshments for the riders, and had three lights for riders to test during the trail ride.

Our Dayton, OH store provided road side SAG support for the Huffman Spring Classic for the 3rd year in a row. This great event had a turnout of more double last year. This year there was very little in the need of services, but our team still filled up tires, made some minor gear adjustments and checked air pressure before the riders left. As you can see above, there was a tasty meal at the end of this 100 mile ride.

And finally, here are a few shots from our monthly basic bike maintenance clinic. Here’s our San Antonio, TX store.

And here’s the crowd at our Plano, TX store. Remember to check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics and other events.

Community Events: April Recap

April was a busy time at our over 100 stores all across the country – our store teams were busy putting on clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

First up this month are some pictures from the Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol training held at our Novi, MI store.  Sales manager Joe Pepples of our Bloomfield Hills, MI store is a member of the bike patrol and coordinated this training session.

This Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol has a total of 18 trained patrollers across Michigan – the patrol is a volunteer organization that works to encourage safe and responsible riding.  Patrollers provide assistance to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, like at the Pontiac Lake Time Trial race where the patrol was out in full force providing level 1 first aid to injured riders. Of course after the training session at our store, the patrollers did what they love to do best – go for a mountain bike ride!

Michael Morross and Jessica Maier from our Chandler, AZ store manned a booth on a windy day at the Arizona Bike Festival. A celebration of all things cycling in the state, the festival was packed with rides, a swap meet, and entertainment.

Also part of the festival was the 2012 El Tour de Mesa - as an official sponsor of El Tour, Performance Bicycle was represented by a great group of team members from our three Phoenix, AZ area stores located in: Chandler, Peoria, and Scottsdale, AZ.

We had a great presence during the ride packet pick up with members from our ChandlerPeoria, and Scottsdale stores representing Performance. We handed out samples from some of our vendors along with information on our Team Performance and Extended Service Plan programs.

Folks from our Chandler and Scottsdale stores also set up a tent at the awards area, where we showed off some of our new Fuji road bikes and Devinci mountain bikes – like the Devinci Atlas RC 29er mountain bike below.

We were out on the course as well, providing mechanical support for the El Tour de Mesa riders. We had many riders who stopped by for air, tubes, and general questions. Blake, one of our Spin Doctors, and Eric, another member of our Chandler team, were there to support the riders with both technical knowledge and shouts of encouragement!

Michael, Sales Manager of the Chandler store and sales associate Bryan Harding did double duty by riding in the 70 mile ride and then helping out afterwards at our tent during the festival. Performance showed up with a great presence and it was nice to see our customers show up and thank us for our support.

Switching gears to the west coast, Performance Bicycle was the sole provider of race day support at the 4th annual San Diego Gran Fondo ride.  Nearly 1400 riders participated in the 60 or 108 mile ride, and members from all of our San Diego, CA area stores covered the entire 108 mile course with rolling mechanical support.

Our team included associates from the La Mesa, Kearney Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Bonita, and San Diego, CA stores. They had a great time out on the course, providing flat repairs, repairing bent derailleurs, fixing chains, and performing derailleur adjustments. It was great hearing all the compliments from the riders after we helped them get on their way.

Hearing comments like “ You guys at Performance Bike are Awesome. Thank you for the support.” and “ You guys are life savers and enabled me to finish the ride” kept our team energized to provide support all day long! This was the first year that we provided this level of support for the San Diego Gran Fondo, and we had a great time getting out in the community and look forward to working with them in the future.

Staying in the San Diego, CA area, our San Diego and Kearney Mesa stores provided mechanic support at multiple rest stops for the Tour de Cure San Diego ride, where they aided dozens of participants by fixing flat tires, rubbing brakes and the like.

One great story from this event was relayed by team member Fred Robinson, who helped with mechanical support at an aid station. A long-time Performance customer who was riding in the event stopped by to thank Fred for Performance’s active role in helping her change to a healthier lifestyle, starting with her first bike purchase. And now she has just completed her first half-century!

Sticking with our busy San Diego area stores, Jake Beller from our La Mesa store and Thomas Jones from our Kearney Mesa store participated in San Diego State University‘s “Green Fest” event.  Organized by the SDSU Cycling & Triathlon Club, the festival promoted the sport of cycling to students to encourage them to ride a bike to school instead of driving.  We were there with our Performance tent and a Fuji Absolute 3.0 commuting bike to show/explain to passing students what to look for in a good bike for commuting and to highlight the benefits of riding a bike over driving a car.

Scott and Len from our Pittsburgh, PA store recently attended a Tour De Cure Kick off Event with a group of about 50 cyclists. 6 guest Speakers discussed various aspects of the Tour de Cure and the sport of cycling. But the highlight of the evening was our “spin off fundraiser challenge”, where guests “challenged” others to a “spin off” on 2 stationary bikes for a total of 5 minutes. Whoever traveled the furthest won the challenge, and the “loser” donated $25 to the Tour de Cure. Challenges were scheduled in between each guest speaker, and our team kept everyone motivated and entertained the crowd during the 5 minute battles, all in the name of a good cause!

Another form of dedication was on display in our Sorrento Valley, CA, which played host to many participants in the Stage Coach 400. A completely self-supported event (meaning riders are required to carry overnight gear and other items to safely and successfully complete the route), racers in the Stage Coach 400 ride a 400 mile mostly doubletrack route highlighting Southern California’s geographic and cultural diversity and climb nearly 31,000 feet in about 5 days. Check out the setups on these bikes:  

In keeping with our race theme, staff from our Speedway Tucson and Broadway Tucson, AZ stores provided roadside tech support at the Tour De Tucson Mountain race on a warm April day. There were over 900 event participants this year, and they helped raise approximately $4,500 to benefit the University of Arizona Alumni Association, University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus Children’s Center Clinic, TMC Children’s Miracle Network, Pima Community College Foundation, Marana Community Food Bank and other Perimeter Bicycling charities.

In addition to supporting the Tour de Tucson, Lance Vett from our Chandler store, Rene Arriaga from our Broadway Tucson store and Leslie Dusz from our Speedway Tucson store also set up a booth at the Tucson Mountains Expo, where they showed off some of our bikes, handed out nutrition samples and talked bikes with Tucson-area cyclists.

Of course there were also our regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics at all of our stores, so here are a few pictures from a sampling of stores, starting with our Akron, OH store:

Plus our Charlottesville, VA store – who held their clinic outside:

And finally our Chandler, AZ store, which had a full-house for their clinic:

Community Events: March Recap

In this post we’re looking back at March in our over 100 stores all across the country, where our teams were busy putting on clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

First up is our Tucson Speedway, AZ store, who provided tech support for their local American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure ride last month.

Our team was excited to be out on the course on a crisp Arizona spring day, supporting the riders as they raised money for the fight against diabetes.

Here’s a shot of our Spin Doctor team ready for action underneath our tent – they stayed busy all day doing quick tune-ups, helping with flats and otherwise making sure any rider who came by was ready for their ride.

Our La Mesa, CA store was lucky enough to be involved with a different type of awareness ride last month, as well, when they helped out at the send-off celebration for Tom Skinner and his son Parry (plus Tom’s service dog, Scrubs). Tom and Parry are riding across America, California to Vermont, to raise awareness for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

You can read more about Tom and his journey to understand PTSD on his blog (and track his progress), but Tom’s plan is to make stops along the way of his 117 day journey to raise awareness of PTSD by sharing his presentation, “What Comes after Welcome Home” at colleges, universities, churches and veterans’ organizations. Sean, the manager of our La Mesa store, lead the effort to get Tom and Parry plenty of cycling clothing, gear and accessories for their big ride.

The La Mesa kickoff itself was a fun event, as the mayor of La Mesa, along with the help of many other community members, helped send Tom and Parry off in style. We helped out by giving free safety inspections for folks who showed up to ride thanks to James, the manager of our Kearney Mesa store. Please join us in wishing Tom, Parry and Scrubs the best of luck on their journey, and their mission to raise awareness of PTSD.

The team from our Columbia, MD store got some TV time with a reporter from WBAL-TV and Jillian Beam from Team Challenge, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program. Performance Bicycle is an official sponsor of Team Challenge in the Mid-Atlantic region, so they dropped by our store to tape a segment for WBAL-TV’s morning program – the reporter got in the spirit by wearing one of our Ultra jerseys for the broadcast!

Our Boise, ID store hosted a local club called Community Bicycle Rides for a “season kick-off” at our store. Over 100 cyclists dropped by to reconnect after the winter and get ready for the 2012 ride season.

 The purpose of this club is to help those who are getting into the sport of cycling – as club members grow in their skills, they start more rigorous training for various charity cycling events. The club started in 2005 with a handful of members and has grown to over 400 strong! Most of the riders are at the enthusiast level and love to get together to share time on the road and in the foothills.

Tod, our Operations Manager, Matt Causey, our Sales Manager, and Matt Renspurger, our Store Manager, enjoyed chatting with their guests about the services we provide in our shop and about cycling in general. But the highlight of the evening was the refreshment area for our guests to try some of the nutrition products - Honey Stinger Waffles were a particular favorite. There was even a raffle for 2 new Ultra Jerseys to finish off the evening’s fun!

Greg, Javier and Roger from our Bonita, CA store participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new section of the Bayshore Bikeway in Bonita. About 150 fellow cyclists showed up for the ceremony, and our team set up a tent and handed out trail maps and flyers for our Grow up with Performance growth guarantee.

Our guys had fun welcoming folks and making new friends, and even put a few bikes in the repair stands to make some quick adjustments before riders hit the new bike path.

Our Roswell, GA team recently helped out with one of the starting points for the Georgia Rides to the Capitol event, a cycling advocacy event that demonstrated the widespread support in Georgia for better bicycling conditions and opportunities. Our team helped out with free adjustments for riders before the start of the main ride, and then accompanied the pack towards the capitol.

About 300 people started from where we were set up, but by the time they reached downtown Atlanta there were well over 1,000 participants, including cyclists from all over the Metro Atlanta area and even as far away as Athens and Augusta. Our guys were proud to be involved with such a meaningful ride.

Speaking of checking over bikes before their ride, here’s a pic of Joe from our San Antonio, TX store making some last minute adjustments to a bike before the LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride in San Antonio. A team from our store helped support this ride through the Texas Hill Country, that starts and ends on the famous LBJ ranch.

Staying in Texas, our North Austin, TX store provided tech support for the Spokes ‘n Spurs ride, a Hill Country bike ride benefiting Spirit Reins, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children with the help of horses.

Above are 2 members of the team from our Redmond, WA at a fitness fair put on by Universal Avionics. Our guys were a big hit, since many of their employees commute to work daily, made easier by a room with multiple bike racks dedicated to holding employees bikes while at work!  We were surprised to learn Universal Avionic employees made up for 33% of the Tour de Redmond bicycle commute challenge participants last year.

Mark and Will from our Berkeley, CA store recently helped out with a local Bike-a-Thon event sponsored by a school in Berkeley.  Mark lead a safety clinic for the kids and their parents and also coordinated a ride around the neighborhood.

Will checked over and made adjustments to many bikes, both for the kids and their parents. Everyone had a great time and our team looks forward to seeing these families out on the road or in our shop.

Our Orland Park, IL store hosted a safety and basic bike skills clinic for a local Cub Scout pack.  As you can see, Spin Doctor candidate Nico did a great job teaching the  primarily first and second graders (6-8 years old)  basic bike safety, rules of the road, how to air up tires and adjust seat height, and how to clean and lube their chains – it’s always fun when you have motivated students!

Sam from our San Antonio, TX store also had a great time teaching a Cub Scout pack last month. Working with younger riders was a new experience for Sam, so he had to tweak his normal safety instructions to connect well for the 8-10 year old riders. They talked about bicycle safety and basic bicycle maneuvering, and even rode through an impromptu bicycle obstacle course.

Now let’s move on to clinics – this picture shows a special Garmin demo clinic at our Charlotte, NC store. Our local Garmin rep dropped by the store to show our guests just a few of the special features built into those handy Garmin bike GPS units.

Speaking of clinics, here’s a slideshow from our latest Spin Doctor Trailside/Roadside Maintenance Clinic, featuring our Chandler, AZ, La Mesa, CALaguna Hills, CASan Mateo, CANewark, DERoswell, GAPaoli, PAPittsburgh, PASouthlake, TX stores.

Community Events: February Recap

Who says February is a slow time for cycling? Our shops were hard at work running clinics, supporting rides and otherwise getting more people excited about cycling in their communities. We’ve got over 100 stores all across the country, so let’s take a moment to find out what a few of them were up to last month. Remember, you can always check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

We thought that a good way to start this recap was with this shot of the Spin Doctor mechanics from our Colorado stores at SRAM Technical University in Colorado Springs. You can read more about their training in a previous blog post - but our guys were able to get some advanced hands-on training on SRAM suspension and component technology, and they’re excited to apply their advanced skills back in their home stores.

These next photos chronicle a special project in our Santa Rosa, CA store. The owner brought in this classic 1986 steel Fuji and wanted it rebuilt for the modern era.

As you can see, our team brought this vintage ride back to life with brand new Forte components, and we think that the combo looks awfully good!

Now this quarter-century old ride is ready to turn some heads at the next group ride or local crit!

Speaking of racing, our Woodland Hills, CA store volunteered to run some neutral support at the “Carson Crit” in Ontario, CA.

Our guys helped out the local racers, and also got a front row seat for a day of racing action.

This next event is slightly more laid back than the Carson Crit, but how could you not love a ride called the Tour De Cookie, in Tucson, AZ! The managers from our Speedway Tucson and Broadway Tucson stores led the charge in helping out with this great event (come on, bikes plus cookies is two of our favorite things).

But the Tour De Cookie is more than just a fun ride for people to eat cookies and ride bikes. This fourth annual event is also a fundraiser for Wheelchair Athletes and supports the kids try-athalon. Our Broadway Tucson store was one of the ten stops on the Tour. Our Performance team was there to support the riders, and Matt, one of our sales associates, brought along his entire family to help out.

Matt brought along reinforcements, since his family is involved with the Girl Scouts. Thanks to them, our store stop was well-stocked with Girl Scout cookies ready to give away to the riders! The riders each had a sheet attached to them and at each stop they got the spot number marked out and were allowed to take as many cookies as they wished.

At the end of the event the person that stopped at every stop with the shortest time won. But just to keep things fun, there was also an award for the last person, first female and best cookie stand.

Our store was the farthest away from the start/finish line, but they still had a huge amount of people stop by (having Girl Scout cookies on hand didn’t hurt)! So a special shout-out to Matt and his family for making our store’s stop such a success!

Our Peoria, AZ store was active last month in support of the 207 Miles Between Poverty and Hope Ride, a non-profit fundraiser dedicated to raising money for housing for those in need. Our store team was busy right up to the start of the 2 day event, and probably worked on about half of the bikes from the 32 riders!

The route of the ride stretched from Peoria all the way across the border into Mexico, and the riders raised over $31,000 with the efforts – great job guys!

Of course our stores also support many regular group rides right from their doors – like this picture from the first group road ride of the year at our Bonita, CA store. Check with your local store to find out more about local group rides.

Our store teams were also busy supporting indoor events last month, like our Columbus, OH store, who participated in the Endurance Sports Expo at the Athletic Club of Columbus. It was a great turnout, and over 400 people come through our booth to talk bikes – all under the elegant lighting of some fancy chandeliers.

Of course it didn’t hurt that our friends from Diamondback donated a bike for a giveaway! We had a ton of entries for the giveaway which generated a lot of excitement at the expo, as the winner would be riding the bike home that day!

Here’s the moment when our winner was announced and came bounding out of the crowd – needless to say, he was excited. Our team met a lot of new people, and even recruited many new faces to attend their in-store clinic the following weekend.

Speaking of clinics, last month’s Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic was a busy one across all of our stores.  Attendees got a quick lesson on the basics for keeping their bikes in prime condition, plus were treated to a special discount on our Spin Doctor tools just for attending. The shot above is from the clinic in our San Antonio, TX store.

Here’s the crowd in our Oceanside, CA store.

Attentive clinic-goers in our Chandler, AZ store.

There was a big crowd for the clinic in our Long Beach, CA store.

And here in our Oxnard, CA store.

Our Columbus, OH store was standing room only during their clinic.

While our Boise, ID store had more of a comfortably seated crowd.

Of course our stores also put on more specialized clinics for smaller groups, such as this bike maintenance clinic for a local Cub Scout group at our Oceanside, CA store.

Or this interesting Safe and Confident Urban Commuting Clinic in our Seattle, WA store – moderated by local cycling advocate David Smith of BicycleDriver.com.

Indoor cycling classes are also going strong in many of our stores, including this group in our Novi, MI store. In front on the right is sales manager Roger, leading the class.

Our  Speedway Tucson, AZ store has also got a strong group going with their indoor cycling class, lead by Brandon from our store team. Two of the three participants in this class were new to road biking, but Brandon pushed their limits. They had a great workout and are looking forward to more cyclists joining the sessions in the coming weeks.

Finally, we thought we’d share some pictures from a trail-building event that took place near our home office here in North Carolina.

Cisco and Jaime from our Raleigh, NC store pitched in to help build a new trail at the popular Lake Crabtree trail network.

Spin Doctor Mechanic Profile: SRAM Technical University

All of our Spin Doctor mechanics keep up-to-date with the latest in bicycle repair and maintenance – earlier this month, a group of Spin Doctor mechanics from our Colorado stores attended an excellent refresher class at SRAM Technical University (STU) in Colorado Springs. At STU, our Spin Doctors received in-depth hands-on training from SRAM instructors on the latest SRAM products and maintenance techniques.

Here’s a group shot of our graduating team of Spin Doctors – we don’t want to brag, but their instructors did mention several times that it was the best bunch of students they’d had in a long time!

As you can see, STU looks like a science classroom, and the training was just as rigorous. It was a great experience for all of our Spin Doctors, as they learned to overhaul and maintain 3 suspension forks, one rear shock and Avid XX disc brakes.

Here’s Mark, a Spin Doctor in our Greenwood Village store, learning the finer points of Avid XX brake maintenance. Having your disc brakes properly set up is key to performance and feel out on the trail – disc brakes nowadays are quite robust, but a little maintenance and fine-tuning can make a big difference.

Above, Tim, a Spin Doctor in our Colorado Springs store, fine-tunes his brake-bleeding skill. In addition to disc brakes, our team also got the chance to tear down and re-build both front and rear shocks. The engineering that goes into modern shocks is impressive, but this is an area for maintenance that most folks neglect until it’s too late! Like other moving parts on your bike, suspension systems should be overhauled on a recurring basis, to replace worn parts before they become an issue out on the trail.

The trip to STU was a fantastic experience for our Colorado Spin Doctor team, and they can’t wait to apply their fine-tuned skills in their home stores – although, as you can see below, they will miss the stunning view of Pikes Peak out the door of STU!

 If you need some work done on your disc brakes or suspension (if you can’t think of the last time, then you probably do), or need anything else on your bike checked out, drop by your local Performance Bicycle store and let one of our Spin Doctors diagnose the problem. Our Spin Doctor mechanics are all highly trained and experienced, and ready to work on any make or model bike – from an entry-level road bike to your brand new full-suspension 29er.

Community Events: January Recap

It’s a new year and our stores have already been busy in their local communities – riding, racing and volunteering. With over 100 stores all across the country, we’ve got quite a few events and people to highlight from January, so read on below to see a sample of what they were up to last month. Remember to check out our local store pages for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

Katrina crossing the finish line in first place ©Steve Anderson

To start this month’s recap, we thought we’d start by highlighting the new World Champion at our Newark, DE store! Katrina Dowidchuk, one of our store associates, won the Womens 40-44 division race at the Masters Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, KY. We recently caught up with Katrina to hear more about the race, her training, and her advice for those thinking about racing cross. To read more, click here!

While we’re talking racing, we want to congratulate Jon Chambers, a bike builder (on the left above) from our Allentown, PA store.  In the picture above, he’s holding trophies for the winning the PA Track BAR (or “Best all around”) stagiaire category and PA Track BAR Masters title. Jon also received 2 Silvers and a Bronze at Track Nationals this year, and won the 30-34 age group all around (you can tell he’s fast by the blurry photo – he can’t even hold still long enough for a camera!)

Sticking with our racing theme, a few of the associates from our Chandler, AZ store headed out to Fontana to race the Winter Series Downhill and Super D events.  Here’s a shot of one of our tents set up as base camp at the race – Dennis from the Chandler store took 2nd in his Super D class (with a crash) and 27th in pro Downhill!

Performance Bicycle made the news in Texas, as Jeff, from our North Austin, TX store, and Shelly, from our South Austin store, were on the local Austin Live morning show talking trainers and indoor training.  What do you think – Jeff’s got a future in TV if he ever gives up his bike gig!

Our Castleton, IN store was involved in a community event in Indianapolis, where they helped Brooksource with a team-building event where their employees built bikes for kids impacted by incarceration, in partnership with the U.S. Dream Academy. Our store manager, Tom, plus Jimmy and Brian, from our store team, helped supervise the build process and also donated a helmet for each of the kids who received bikes.

The Brooksource bike builders all had a great time and, considering the teams building each bike numbered about 6, they were surprisingly efficient at building! Our team completed the final bike safety checks just as the last helmet was being fitted.

Our guys helped build 13 bikes on site, had two pre-built, and got each kid fitted with their new helmets. The kids from the US Dream Academy were all surprised with their new bikes, and the build teams were just as thrilled to be able to present each kid with their new bike and helmet!

Associates from our Philadelphia, PA store participated in their local MLK Day of Service at Neighborhood Bike Works, a neighborhood bike co-op. Along with other volunteers, our 3 person team worked on projects to  renovate and organize the space.  They had a blast working with each other outside of their usual work environment, all while helping out a deserving non-profit.

Dennis and Adrian from our Chandler, AZ store, along with Adam from our Scottsdale store, broke out their work gloves last month to help Park Rangers with some trail-building on the South Mountain National Trail near Phoenix.

It always feels good to help out on trails that you love to ride, plus they got to work on a sweet rock garden (we’re a sucker for rock gardens).

Here’s a picture from our Pittsburgh, PA store last month as they hosted their local Major Taylor Club (Major Taylor was one of the first American cycling champions, on the track and in 6 day races). All members of the club needed to get certified on road safety as part of a national program, so we turned our virtual training area into a powerpoint display to help them out.

Our Akron, OH store played host to a younger crowd last month, as they hosted a local Cub Scout pack for a  clinic on basic bike knowledge taught by our Eagle Scout sales associate, Don. He taught them how to put the correct amount of air in the tires, how to clean a chain, and how to make sure that their brakes were working properly. Each scout left with a water bottle after answering a bike maintenance question!

Our Columbus, OH store held their own Cub Scout clinic in January as well, as a group of local scouts came by the shop. Our lead Spin Doctor, Mike, went over proper hand signals, tube/tire changes and basic maintenance to keep a bike in great shape. The scouts loved it and couldn’t wait for their chance to be tested about basic mechanical problems.

Of course we also held clinics for the big kids out there, like this Basic Maintenance Clinic in our Oceanside, CA store. Remember you can always check on our site to see when the next free bike clinic is scheduled in your local Performance Bicycle Store.

Our Cincinnati, OH store helped out with a fundraiser put on by a local elementary PTO.  The carnival raised money for science and music programs at the school – our team at the event talked about bike safety and helmets while handing out water bottles to the hundreds of kids!

While the energy-filled youngsters spun their legs out on our kids bike display, we talked to parents about our Grow Up kids bike program. We had the opportunity to fit the kids on bikes, and we even got to give away 2 bikes to lucky raffle winners!

Finally, our stores have been holding indoor training classes, including our Novi, MI store. Above is a shot from their latest class – that’s the daughter of one of our regular customers leading the pack! Below is a picture of the training group at our Tucson Speedway, AZ store.

Looking Ahead to 2012

The title of this post may be looking ahead to 2012, but it seems like we should start by looking back at 2011. It was a busy year around the world of cycling, and the same was true for us here at Performance Bicycle. We opened 11 new stores across the country, from Michigan to Texas to California to Illinois to Indiana to Georgia to Idaho, bringing our grand total of stores to over 100!

Spinning the prize wheel at a Grand Opening celebration!

We’ve been busy here on the Blog as well, bringing you our always different Wordless Wednesday posts, our informative Spin Doctor Tech Tips, plus our coverage of interesting events like Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondo, racing with our coworkers at the Burn 24 Hour Challenge mountain bike race, and getting  to see a small race in France that you might have heard of (we’ll give you a hint, it involved some pretty cool scenery).

Getting up close and personal on the Galibier.

We’ve also had a great time giving away some great prizes, through our website and over on our Facebook page, including some lucky Ride Like a Pro SRAM winners, and of course our Scattante Americano Giveaway over the Fourth of July.

Our head copywriter Chas played Uncle Sam.

We always enjoy watching the professionals do their thing every year,  and 2011 didn’t disappoint in that regard. The folks over at Bicycling magazine put together a great slideshow of pro cycling highlights from 2011, from the season-long dominance of Phillipe Gilbert, to Alberto Contador’s win in the Giro d’Italia, to the drama of Cadel Evans’ first Tour de France win, to Juan Jose Cobo’s Vuelta a Espana triumph (aboard a Fuji Altamira):

JuanJo Cobo winning the Vuelta on a Fuji Altamira.

We also loved finding and sharing all manner of cycling videos, from ones that inspired:

To ones that involved crazy German mountain bikers:

To ones about the incomparable Chris Akrigg:

Or the equally awesome Danny Macaskill:

To a postman living his dream of riding with the Pros:

To a mountain biker losing a battle with a hartebeest:

Ouch!

Basically, we just loved all things cycling!

So what are we looking forward to in 2012? More and better things, of course! We’ve got new store openings planned, a fantastic lineup of new gear and new bikes (seriously, there are some awesome bikes we can’t wait to show you), more cycling events to cover, and fun giveaways and prizes to share. Plus it’s our 30th Anniversary, so that’s a pretty big deal (and it should be easy to find “pearl” cycling gifts)! Performance Bicycle was started in Garry Snook’s basement here in Chapel Hill, NC in 1982!

We promise to share everything with you here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and we hope to see you out on the road (or trail) in 2012!

Community Events: December Recap

This month we thought we’d get a jump start on the new year by looking back at some of the local community activities that our retail associates supported or hosted in December. With over 100 stores all across the country, we’ve got many events to highlight (in addition to their regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides), so let’s get started!

First up is our Chapel Hill, NC store, which helped out the local East Chapel Hill Rotary Club bike build this month.  Earlier this month, John Bigelow, Store Manager of our Chapel Hill store, along with Gene Carleton and Bo Peele from our Corporate Headquarters, assisted Rotary Club members with building and conducting final checks of 50 brand new kids bikes. The bikes were donated to the Chapel Hill Christmas House, organized by the Chapel Hill Service League, and donated to local families in need to make their Christmas a little brighter.

Our Roswell, GA store was also involved with a Christmas bike build this month, participating in a North Fulton Community Charities organized event.  The NFCC collected over 500 used bikes, along with an assortment of scooters and tricycles, to give away this year, in addition to about 300 new bikes donated by various individuals and companies.

After some organization and triage, the bikes needed to be washed, repaired and polished up for NFCC’s Santa Shop (held later in the month). Over 100 people showed up to help out with the bike build, including three other local bike shops, in addition to Performance Bicycle, which had donated goods or mechanic help to the event.

A few of the volunteers looked like they must have run a shop in their garage with the huge toolboxes they brought with them (many with Spin Doctor work stands and tools)! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed giving back to the community – although the most fun was test-riding the completed bikes on the impromptu test track set up inside!

Staying with our Roswell, GA store, they were busy a few days later helping a local Cub Scout den to work through some of the requirements for their Ride Right certification. In their session our store team covered cycling laws in Georgia, identified the parts of a bicycle and taught the Scouts how to patch a flat tire. Here’s a picture with the Den leader and about half of the kids that were present.

Our Boulder, CO store (the very first Performance Bicycle store) was busy this month helping out the annual Share-A-Gift bike giveaway. Steve LeGoff, Ben Potman and James Terry from the Boulder store volunteered to repair kids bikes for this annual event.

 Steve has been volunteering with this event for the past 17 years – this year they helped repair over 115 bikes! The event was a huge success once again, with lots of good cheer all around. Many kids got a great Christmas thanks to the hard work of our team and all of the other volunteers! Congrats guys!

Our San Diego, CA store got in the holiday spirit by participating in San Diego’s Christmas Tree Tabernacle. Here you can see our team of Store Manager Jason Eddy (and his daughter Leila), Spin Doctor Josh Job & Sales Manager Chris Murphy, ready to show off their decorating skills.

Chris, Josh and Jason headed over to Liberty Station to decorate their tree, as part of the event to benefit the less fortunate during the holiday season.

As you can see, they put a cycling twist on their choice of ornaments and decorations. Once the day of the event was over the christmas trees were donated to a lucky local family.

Our stores often host local clubs in for special “Club Nights”, and our Bonita, CA store hosted a special event with their neighbors from the “Donny’s Café” riding club earlier this month. Club leaders Donny and his brothers Tim and John picked up food and supplies, and our team helped set up a wonderful spread for about 50 guests and club members, which spilled over to the cafe next door.

There was even a full Taco stand with a gas stove to cook the meat and heat up tortillas, including all the fixings! Not to mention the pounds of fresh brownies and fudge and peanut brittle for dessert, with Donny brewing fresh coffee. It was a perfect crossover between two of our three favorite pastimes, eating and shopping, only beat out by cycling!  Here’s Store Manager Greg Heath modeling the Donny’s Cafe team jersey:

It was also Club Night in Arizona earlier this month, as our Peoria, Scottsdale and Chandler, AZ stores teamed up to welcome members of the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club to our Chandler store. The PMBC showed up 71 members strong for this evening event, and our team got to meet and mingle with club members and their leaders in a fun and casual environment. There were even folks form the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists in attendance, an important bike advocacy group in the state.

The club members and our team had a great time talking bikes and enjoying our complimentary refreshments.  There was even some shopping going on, as PMBC members got a special discount during the evening.

In our Novi, MI store, a Team in Training group came by this month for their first spin/run workout from our store. There were 18 spinners and 2 coaches, including one inspiring woman who is training for triathlons in order to lose weight, and she’s already lost almost 100 lbs! Our team said that it was great to be able to help her out with questions that she felt too intimidated to ask in other stores, and she even planned to try out our store’s indoor cycling class later in the month.Our Speedway Tucson, AZ store also held their first spinning class this month.  Here’s a picture of James Gurr, one of our store associates and a certified instructor, leading the class. The store manager of our Broadway Tucson store, Margarita Selden, decided to swing by and give the class a try, and Speedway Tucson store manager Wes Coons said everyone enjoyed the class and had fun.

Finally, we wanted to share an interesting story about elite marathon runner Susan Loken and our Chandler, AZ store. As you can read on her blog, Susan is training for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, but an injury hampered her ability to train. Looking for low-impact alternatives that would keep her fitness levels up, Susan heard about the ElliptiGO elliptical bike and decided to give it a try at our store. After some instruction and fitting by our team, Susan was off and rolling in no time!

As you can see below, Susan quickly picked up on the basics of riding the ElliptiGO, and has now incorporated it into her training regime. As Susan said on her blog, “This bike will keep my cardiovascular system strong along with building core and leg strength. It will also keep me exercising outside!” It sounds like nothing is going to stop her from finishing the Olympic Trials, and our team was happy to be a small part of her efforts. We wish Susan the best of luck at the Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston!

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