|Avout Racing is off to a solid start in 2014 and we want to spread the word! This newsletter has updates on our rides and wins, community involvement, social media activity, and a tip from one of our sponsors. Read on, and if you have any requests for future newsletters, please let us know.
What’s that in the middle? That’s right, an Avout Racing jersey, worn by Molly Throdahl, who took first place in the Baily Hundo ultra mountain bike race. How’d she do it? “I had to replay my strategy for long distance in my head, ‘do not go out too hard, do not go out too hard’.” Looks like Molly’s mantra worked! Check out the article in Cycling News >>
Congratulations also go out to Todd Kercher, who earned a second place finish this past Sunday in the USA Cup National / Colorado State Championships in Colorado Springs.
After four out of five races, Avout Racing is only five points behind the first place position in the RME team series points competition. The finale is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th in Breckenridge, and we’re set to top the podium!
Avout Racing is fielding two teams for the Winter Park team series, and we crushed it in the first two Epic Singletrack races, putting us in first AND second places!
Our road racing season started in April with the Cherry Creek Time Trials. In May we raced the prestigious Koppenberg and Morgul Bismark. And on Father’s Day, we were part of the 432 cyclists who climbed 3,200 feet over 11 miles, ending above treeline with spectacular views of Mt. Evans and Bierstadt in the Guanella Pass Hill Climb, sponsored by Avout Corporation and supported by Avout Racing volunteers. What do all these races have in common? Avout Racing took home hardware!
Paying it Forward
Avout Racing is helping Bicycles for Humanity change lives, two wheels at a time. Camryn Kercher, Avout Racing’s youngest rider, generated 70 bikes from a neighborhood bike drive, and many more Avout Racing team members helped load up bikes for the most recent B4H shipment to Mfangano Island in Kenya, a rural community of 16,000 which is only accessible by boat. Donations from our sponsor, Avout Corporation, will fund three shipments of 400 bikes each to African communities this year. Read the press release >>
Sure, we like promoting our wins, but we also like promoting our sponsors. Since November, we have gained 32 followers on Twitter, 40 on Instagram, and 188 likes on Facebook. 14,500 different people have viewed our web page, we’ve sent out 258 tweets, and made 29 posts to Instagram. And when you view our awesome Buffalo Creek mountain biking video, you’ll be visiting our brand new YouTube channel.
We talk about our sponsors every chance we get, for example, when Lars Lofgren snagged a podium at the Deer Trail Road Race he posted: “I would like to thank @adrenalincycles for fixing my bike so quickly after my Tuesday crash. Also thanks go to @gomacro for the nutrition during this race! #avout #gomacro #adrenalincycles #pureform #maxxis #primalwear #skratchlabs #smithoptics
Plus, everybody in back of us sees our sponsors’ names on our jerseys. And there are a lot of people in back of us!
Just For Fun
Watch Us Hit the Trails!
Sure, we bike. And sometimes swim and run too! Erica Shifflet placed 19th overall in the Kansas Ironman 70.3, decked out in Avout Racing attire.
Athletic injury prevention depends on many factors, one of them being what we eat. The basic approach to optimal sports nutrition is to provide a wide array of nutrient-dense whole foods to support musculoskeletal health, with an emphasis on the following:
- Adequate protein intake for muscle maintenance growth, and repair; good immune function; and hormone production
- High-quality fats for energy and reduction of inflammation
- Good quality starchy carbohydrates for immediate energy, stable blood sugar, and insulin levels, and to aid with the protein synthesis recovery process (Virgin, 2006)
- High levels of antioxidant nutrients to help prevent lipid peroxidation and muscular damage from free-radical activity generated by exercise
- Adequate hydration with pure filtered water, mineral broths, herbal teas, and diluted fresh juices
- A whole foods powder such as RAW PROTEIN in smoothies as a meal or snack, or combined with honey, and adaptogenic herbs as a calorie and energy booster when on the go
- A greens powder blend at the very least to boost phytonutrients and alkalinizing properties, such as Spirulina
All the micronutrients are essential to maintaining a healthy active body, but chief among them are:
- B complex, including biotin
- Folate and B12 for hemoglobin synthesis and tissue repair and maintenance
- Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K
- Calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc, as well as ample trace minerals
- Phytonutrients (carotenoids and flavonoids)