Chris Johnson interviews Fort Collins' own Peter Discoe of Swobo and Logan VonBokel of VeloNews at 2014 Interbike.
Here's what they had to say. Stay tuned for more interviews by CJ as he cruises the grounds.
Peter Discoe of Swobo
Logan VonBokel of VeloNews. Logan finished 4th in the Wheelers & Dealers 'Media' race at CrossVegas.
Alright moms and dads, here are 15 signs that it's probably ok for you to start racing with the Masters. Stop denying it and embrace it.
1) You raced with burp-up on your jersey or baselayer.
2) You plan your race schedule around the U5 soccer schedule.
3) You've completed a training ride with a kid trailer attached to your race bike.
4) You've made a family vacation out of a travel race weekend.
5) Your kid has had one of your energy bars for breakfast.
6) You've picked a race solely on how well the kids will be entertained at the venue.
7) You've used your kid's bottle scrubber for your bottle.
8) You've ground your pre-race coffee beans in the laundry room as to not wake the baby.
9) You've used diaper cream as chamois cream.
10) You've hired a babysitter so you could go for a training ride.
11) You've told your riding buddies that you needed to go potty.
12) You've considered organizing group rides for cyclists with trailers.
13) You give your wife a high five as you tag in for parental duty and she tags out for her workout.
14) You've cleaned up after a race with baby wipes.
15) When looking at results, you primarily compare yourself to other racers with kids.
Via the Overland Mountain Bike Club
Got Kids? Ready for some late summer fun? It's Take a Kid Mountain Biking day at Lory State Park! Come join the fun as we travel the trails with our young bikers. They'll learn mountain biking skills and trail etiquette, get a little swag, and tuck away some great memories. Parents are welcome to ride with the kids or cheer them on from the sidelines. No kids? Volunteer to help out! We need ride leaders, photographers, folks to check in kids, set up and clean up, and aid station help.
The event is Saturday, September 13th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Meet at the Soldier Canyon and be ready to ride! Look here for information and registration.
Or, volunteer here! It's pretty short notice so don't wait... let us know today that you'll be there!
firstname.lastname@example.orgThis is an opinion piece by Reno Toffoli. Reno's opinions don't necessary represent the opinions of Your Group Ride or its advertisers but I always enjoy his rants. If you'd like to write an article for YGR, please email me at
For whatever reason, I waited 20 years into my adult cycling career before I entered my first race. The biggest reason for this was that my memories of racing BMX bikes as a kid weren’t the fondest ones. As a 13 year old, I would get overwhelmed by nerves and adrenaline for the brief 2 minute duration of a race where one tiny mistake (yours or someone else’s) could take you out of the running
and get you a nice bit of road rash to boot. As a young teen with a brain made of scrambled eggs, I didn’t really understand what I was doing; I’d get overly competitive, and then beat myself up endlessly when I didn’t get a good result. Because of all this, I decided that I had much more fun just poking around on the trails, building jumps, learning tricks and all the other stuff that went with being part of the BMX culture in the 1980s.
By the time I started mountain biking, racing was the furthest thing from my mind. The memories of racing taking the fun out of everything had put me firmly into an anti-racing mindset. Besides, I wouldn’t have known how to find or enter a race even if I wanted to as things like the internet and YGR were many, many years away.
I’m not really sure what got me to enter my first race. I think some of it was just the thought of trying something new and I also wanted something that would motivate me to ride and give me a goal to look forward to. Another part of it was the fact that the internet and things like YGR now existed and local races were easy to find. I’m also pretty sure I saw videos of a couple local races and said to myself, ‘Hell, I can do that!
My first race was actually a time trial. In fact, it was a Taft Hill time trial just over 5 years ago. My goal was a realistic one; not to come in last. The result? I didn’t come in last, but I was damn close. The race was hard, and painful, and I wondered why the hell I was going flat out with my heart rate pegged at the limit because I never rode like this normally. I don’t know whether I would say that it was ‘fun’, but it was interesting and I learned a lot in that first race. One of the things I learned was that I wasn’t a time trialist. I questioned what I was doing and didn’t know whether I would continue doing it but there was something about it that kind of pulled me in and kept me coming back. The nice thing about using the time trial as a first race was that it was essentially me against the clock and I didn’t have to worry about dealing with other riders, or tactics, or anything like that so I guess it served its purpose.