Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the bikes of Zack and Whitney Allison, the fastest couple on the road in Fort Collins. Both are professional road cyclists and are very active in the local scene.  Zack just joined with Team Clif Bar Cycling after several years with Elevate program and Whit will be racing with Team Colavita for her 5th season. First we're going to check out Whitney's 2016 Bianchi Aquila CV time trial bike.  We'll look at both their road bikes in the coming weeks. 

Make no mistake, the Aquila CV is a purpose built race bike.  MSRP on a similar build is $13,449.99.


Full Build Specs

Frame: Small, 2016, Bianchi Aquila CV
Front derailleur: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Rear derailleur: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Brake levers: Shimano Dura Ace
Brakes: Fouriers Propel Aero V-Brake
Shifters: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette gearing: 11-25
Cranks: Shimano Ultegra with Stages
Chainrings: 53x39
Power Meter: Stages
Pedals: Shimano 105
Chain: Shimano
Front Rim: Fulcrum Red Wind 80mm
Front Tire: Vittoria Diamante Pro
Rear Rim: Fulcrum Red Wind 80mm (We have Shimano Discs for racing)
Rear Tire: Vittoria Diamante Pro
Stem: (brand, length): Integrated
Bars: Vision, proprietary
Seatpost: Vision- proprietary
Computer: Garmin 510 (I’m old school!)
Computer mount: Barfly

CFD design and wind tunnel development. NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) aerodynamic profiles. Monocoque carbon frame. High-modulus carbon frame with innovative Countervail® carbon material to cancel vibrations. Full carbon fork. Dedicated geometry with 76.5° seat tube angle and 72° head tube angle. Adjustable rear dropouts minimize the distance between rear wheel and seat tube to reduce turbulence.. Dual cable routing for mechanical and electronic groupsets. Internal cable routing. Integrated aerodynamic bars and stem. Concealed front brake. Minimized rear brake set-up located at the bottom-bracket area. Weight: 1,30 Kg. Sizes: XS – S – M – L.

This week we take a look at Amanda Miller's 48 cm (XS) 2016 Focus Mares.  By the way the wind kept trying to blow it into Dixon Reservoir while I was shooting, I'd guess it comes in at the high 15 to low 16 pound range. Miller has 4 nearly identical cx bikes to race and train on, this one gets raced locally and in Europe. She's piloted the Mares to several impressive results thus far;  a 4th place at the Cross Vegas WC and 5th place at the Valkenburg World Cup, but she has bigger plans, according to the most recent Warren Cycling Podcast, she's racing for a podium at a World Cup, a podium at Nationals and a top ten at Worlds. Be sure to listen to the full interview embedded below, Amanda's career will be taking some interesting turns in 2017.

The rest of Millers season includes the final C1 weekend in the USA in Broken Arrow, OK this weekend, then back to Europe for the next 2 World Cups, then Nationals, then Worlds.

Miller's bikes are built with Zipp wheels, bar, stem and post, Clement tires and Sram components. She races professionally for the Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Cyclocross Team. See the full review below

Warren Cycling Podcast Episode 45

Nov 29, 2016
In Episode 45 Randy and Dean Warren interview Amanda Miller of Boulder Cyclo Sport. Miller is one of the top female cycle-cross racers and discusses her season. She also tells about her path to becoming a cyclist, and her time as a road racer. Amanda talks training, and the difficulty of the great distances to travel to races in the U.S. and overseas. She has some great goals for the rest of the season and will soon be racing World Cup races, then Nationals and Worlds. The Warren brothers continue the discussion on cycle-cross, then talk a little about what is happening in road cycling news. Dean and Randy talk a little training ride etiquette as well.



The Build

Frame: 2016 Focus Mares

Fork: VIP FCBFF-11-L

Front derailleur: N/A

Rear derailleur: SRAM Force 1

Brake levers: SRAM Force HRD

Brakes: SRAM Force HRD (hydraulic) 140 rotors

Shifters: SRAM Force 1

Cassette: SRAM

Cassette gearing: 11-32 11-speed

Bottom Bracket: SRAM

Cranks: SRAM Force 170mm

Chainrings: SRAM Force 1 X-Sync. Single front chainring (normally a 38t, but sometimes a 40t)

Power Meter: Quarq

Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 7

Chain: SRAM PC-1170

Front Hub: Zipp 77D (training)

Front Rim: Zipp 30 Course Disc Clincher (training); Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular (racing)

Front Tire: My training bike is set-up with Clement MXP Tubeless, but I race on tubulars and the model of Clement tires depends on the course.

Rear Hub: Zipp 77D

Rear Rim: Zipp 30 Course Disc Clincher (training); Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular (racing)

Rear Tire: My training bike is set-up with Clement MXP Tubeless, but I race on tubulars and the model of Clement tires depends on the course.

Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo Pas

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 90mm

Bars: Zipp Service Course 40cm

Seatpost: Zipp SL

Computer: Garmin Edge 510

Computer mount: Garmin



      Today we're looking at Matt Skrdla's brand spankin' new Giant Trinity Advanced Pro time trial bike.  ProVelo, Matt's shop of choice, just picked up Giant Bicycles and Matt was first in line to order the Trinity. His first time trial bike arrived just in time for the Steamboat Primer Time Trial which he handily won after only 3 rides on his new rig.   Matt has done well in road and crit stages in stage races but has struggled in the GC without a dedicated time trial bike.  I think we're going to see a dramatic improvement in overall stage race results now.  There's also talk of taking a crack at TT Nats next year. 


      The Build: 

      Frame: 2016 Giant Trinity Advanced Pro (Small)

      Fork: AeroDrive TT Advanced-grade composite fork with alloy/composite hybrid steerer

      Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap Electric

      Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap Electric

      Brake levers: Giant Trinity

      Brakes: Giant SpeedControl SL

      Shifters: SRAM Red eTap Electric Aero Kit

      Cassette: Dura Ace 11x25

      Bottom Bracket: Sram BB86

      Cranks: Quarq Elsa RS

      Chainrings: DA (54/46)

      Power Meter: Quarq Elsa RS

      Pedals: Dura Ace

      Chain: DA

      Front Hub: Zipp

      Front Rim: Zipp 404 clincher

      Front Tire: Continental Grand Prix 4000s (23mm)

      Rear Hub: Zipp

      Rear Rim: Zipp Super 9 Disc clincher

      Rear Tire: Continental Grand Prix 4000s (23)

      Saddle: Undecided

      Stem: AeroDrive TT stem

      Bars: Trinity TT composite handlebar with composite extensions

      Seatpost: Giant Trinity Composite

      Computer: Garmin 500

      Computer mount: Sram

      Extras:AeroVault downtube water bottle


          Today we're looking at Taylor Warren's 2016 Cannondale CAAD12, yeah, it's aluminum! Gasp! This frame comes in at a mere 1,098g and an Ultegra build will cost about $2200.00. A similarly built Supersix (carbon) will cost you $2500.00.  Taylor's bike has tubeless wheels, upgraded, powermeter crank, saddle bars and stem. Nothing super fancy but it seems to work pretty well for him.  You can tell from the photos that Taylor believes his bike is a tool, not a jewel and rides it hard.  It's covered in scratches, scuffs and dents. 

          Photos by Dean Warren.

          The build:

          Frame: 56, 2016, Cannodale CAAD12, 1098g

          Fork: Cannondale Ultra carbon 

          Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 2x

          Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra

          Brake levers: Shimano Ultegra

          Brakes: Shimano Ultegra

          Shifters: Shimano Ultegra

          Cassette: Shimano

          Cassette gearing: 11x28

          Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra Pressfit BB30a 

          Cranks: SRAM Quarq Cin

          Chainrings: FSA Pro 53x39

          Power Meter: Quarq Elsa R

          Pedals: Shimano Ultegra

          Chain: Shimano Ultegra

          Front Hub: American Classic

          Front Rim: American Classic

          Front Tire: IRC RBC Road Tubeless 25mm

          Rear Hub: American Classic

          Rear Rim: American Classic

          Rear Tire: IRC RBC Road Tubeless 25mm

          Saddle: Specialized Romin 143mm

          Stem: Zipp, 120mm

          Bars: Easton, 40cm

          Seatpost: Cannondale Ultra Carbon

          Computer: Garmin 510



              salsa300jpgOn Sunday, Ben Miller will start the 550 mile Colorado Trail Race, leaving Denver and arriving in Durango nearly a week later. Ben will be riding 19 hrs a day, sleeping on the trail and refueling at restaurants and gas stations along the way. He's been working since November to compile lightweight equipment, custom bags and a bike designed for adventure racing. He's been logging 8hr rides, and even put his vegetarianism on hold so he can consume the necessary amount of calories while out on the trail. Everything pictured in the following essay was selected after extensive research.

              Not only does Ben have to focus on his race but he's conducting, in his words, "a case study on what the energetic and physical demands of a multi-day event at high altitude does to muscle and muscle mitochondria structure and function. Blood and muscle biopsies will be taken before and after the event as well as during a period of “normal” training at a later date for comparison". Did I mention that Ben is a Director of the Translational Research on Aging and Chronic Disease Laboratory at CSU?


              More information on the CTR, who from NoCo is racing and how to follow them can be found here:

              Without further ado, I give you Ben's 2015 Salsa Spearfish, size large in Tequila Lime and all his gear. 

              The Build: 

              Frame: 2015 Salsa Spearfish
              Fork: RockShox SID 100mm
              Rear shock: RockShox Monarch RT3
              Front derailleur: Sram X7
              Rear derailleur: Sram X9
              Brake levers: Sram Guide R
              Brakes: Sram Guide R 160mm rotors
              Shifters: Sram X7 10 speed
              Cassette: Sram 1050
              Cassette gearing: 11/36
              Bottom Bracket: Sram
              Cranks: Sram S1000
              Chainrings: 22/34
              Power Meter: NA
              Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy
              Chain: KMC X10
              Front Hub: Sram Roam 30
              Front Rim: Sram Roam 30
              Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent
              Rear Hub: Sram Roam 30
              Rear Rim: Sram Roam 30
              Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent
              Saddle: WTB Silverado Comp
              Stem: Salsa Guide
              Bars: Salsa Salt Flat 2
              Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T20
              Computer: Garmin eTrex Touch 25
              Pump: Cannondale with electrical tape and gorilla tape wrapped


              Inside the Bags

              Joe Tonsager of J.Paks custom produced each of the 5 bags that Ben will use during the race. He has a bolt on frame pack, a seat pack, a top tube bag and a two part handlebar role. Joe traced Ben's 2015 Salsa Spearfish frame to ensure the frame bag fit perfectly. 


              Depending on your screen size captioning space under the photos is limited so here is the full breakdown of what Ben will be taking.


              Top Tube Bag: Topeak ratchet tool, CO2 cartridge (x2), CO2 holder, chapstick, Leatherman Style multi tool, spare bolts (cleat, chainring, misc), charger (holds 2 phone charges).

              Frame Bag: 2 L bladder with extension and magnet, electrolytes, spare tube (road to save space and weight), Donkey Label chamois cream, Rock and Roll chain lube, $200 cash, trail map.

              Seatbag: Montbell lightweight down jacket, long underwear and top (Craft), lightweight fleece (Melanzana), spare shoe bag for extra food, inflatable pillow, shock pump, legwarmers, Sealskinz waterproof gloves, Donkey Label long sleeve merino wool jersey, Donkey Label wool socks, buff, Donkey Label bib shorts, spare tube (road), spare parts (shifter cable, derailleur hanger, zip ties, chain breaker, chain quick links (x2), upholstery needle, floss, patch kit, tire boot), first aid kit..

              Handlebar Bag: Showers pass pants and jacket, REI minimalist bivvy, thermarest neo-air xlight pad, Enlightened Equipment 40 deg sleeping bag and hood.

              Smaller Handlebar Bag: Squeeze water filter, wet ones, meds, sunscreen/toothbrush/saddle care, toilet paper, Black Diamond Spot 200 lumen headlamp, Fenix Flashlight with mount.

              Wearing: First City Cycling Team team issue baggies, Mavic arm warmers, FCCT cap, Donkey label merino wool jersey/bibs/socks/undershirt/lightweight vest, Mavic shoes, Rudy Project Helmet.


              The following companies assisted Ben in various ways as he selected his gear; JPak bags (, Donkey Label (, ProVelo bikes (, and all the FCCT team sponsors.


                  Jim Dickerson's 2105 Boardman Air TTE is a combination of state of the art technology and tried and true tt equipment. Time saving features where it counts, dollar saving features where it doesn't. The aero frame with integrated cockpit, seat post, brakes, fork and hidden cables save seconds yet the the Ultegra cranks and Dura Ace 10 speed shifters and derailleurs save hundreds of dollars yet realistically dont affect performance. 

                  Interestingly, at 5'10" Dickerson rides a small Boardman, "The Boardman has 51 cm top with  a tallish headtube and steeper seat tube… So I have seat all the way back adding to top tube length and I didn’t want the front end up another 2 cm by going with a medium… In the end I am a MUCH better fit on the small that I would have been on a medium."

                  Have a look at his full build below.  He'll be racing States in August and is taking a crack at the 40k record in Moriarty NM New Mexico in Sept. 


                      Frame: 2015 Boardman Air TTE, small
                      Fork: Boardman
                      Front derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd
                      Rear derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd w/Hawk Racing pulley wheels
                      Brake levers: 3T
                      Brakes: TRP
                      Shifters: Dura-Ace non-indexed
                      Cassette: Dura-Ace 10spd
                      Cassette gearing: 10spd 11-23
                      Bottom Bracket: Hawk Racing
                      Cranks: Ultegra 175
                      Chainrings: FSA aero 54-42
                      Pedals: Speedplay X-1
                      Chain: Dura-Ace w/speed wax treatment
                      Front Hub: HED w/View Speed aero skewer
                      Front Rim: HED TriSpoke
                      Front Tire: Veloflex Record tubular
                      Rear Hub: ZIPP w/View Speed aero skewer
                      Rear Rim: ZIPP 950 disk
                      Rear Tire: Vittoria Record Chrono
                      Saddle: Fizik chrono (old style)
                      Stem: Boardman integrated
                      Bars: Boardman
                      Seatpost: Boardmam
                      Computer: Garmin 500 with computer mount aided by Ace Hardware

                      Today we're going to take a spin on my 52cm Veloforma Team CCX. 

                      This is a fantastic bike but the coolest thing about Veloforma is that it is now based here in Fort Collins. Mark Duff moved the company here from Portland a few years ago. Don't be fooled by his somewhat dated website, Veloformas are state of the art. Mark has been so busy getting the brand up and running in Fort Collins and adding custom carbon to his lineup that he hasn't had much time to fiddle with the internet.  Veloforma isn't just another company importing frames from China.  His designs and molds have been used by dozens of major manufacturers and one grand tour racer even rode a blacked out Veloforma TT rig to a Tour de France podium.  


                          Frame: 52cm Veloforma Team CCX setup Single Speed
                          Fork: Veloforma Team CCX
                          Bars: 42cm 3T Ergonova
                          Stem: 110mm 3T ARX II Team
                          Saddle: Ergon SRX3 Pro-medium
                          Seat post: 3T Ionic-carbon
                          Rims:Carbon Cycles 25mm width and 40mm depth
                          Hubs: Novatec
                          Tires:Clement PDX 33mm
                          Brake Levers: Sram Rival
                          Brakes: SRam Rival hydraulic. 160mm rotors
                          Front Derailleur: NA
                          Rear Derailleur: NA
                          Cassette: Rennen 17 tooth cog
                          Cranks: Sram Force 172.5
                          Chainring: Sram CX1 Narrow wide 42 tooth
                          Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3s
                          Computer: Garmin Edge 510

                          This week we checkout Suzie Livingston's 2015 Specialized Crux.  Suzie is a consistent top ten finisher in the Senior Women's Open category racing for the Fort Follies.   She had an especially impressive 3rd place result at Cross of the North #3. She's also been known to mix it up with the guys in the Single Speed races. When Suzie isn't riding, she's convincing others that they should be as the manager at Lee's North. 


                              The Build

                              Frame: 52cm, 2015, Specialized Crux Alloy Disc

                              Fork: Specialized FACT carbon

                              Front derailleur: (brand, number of rings) N/A, single

                              Rear derailleur: SRAM XO

                              Brake levers: SRAM Force

                              Brakes: TRP HY/RDs, cable actuated hydro

                              Shifters: SRAM Force

                              Cassette: (brand) SRAM

                              Cassette gearing: 10 speed, 11-32

                              Bottom Bracket: Enduro bearings, BB30

                              Cranks: SRAM Force 170mm

                              Chainrings: Race Face narrow wide 38

                              Power Meter: nope

                              Pedals: Shimano XT

                              Chain: KMC

                              Front Hub: Stan’s 3.30

                              Front Rim: Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross team

                              Front Tire: Clement MXP 33mm

                              Rear Hub: Stan’s 3.30

                              Rear Rim: Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross team

                              Rear Tire: Clement MXP 33mm

                              Saddle: Bontrager Ajna Elite

                              Stem: Specialized 90mm

                              Bars: FSA 440mm

                              Seatpost: FSA SL-K zero offset

                              Computer: Garmin 510

                              Computer mount: the dinky one that comes with a Garmin


                              This week on Ride Review we check out Meredith Miller's 2015 Focus Mares 0.0. Meredith and teammate Allen Krughoff have been racing the Focus Mares since the duo launched Noosa Pro CX at the beginning of last season.  


                                  The build

                                  Frame: 54cm, 16.5lbs, 2015, Focus Mares 0.0
                                  Fork: Focus
                                  Front derailleur: N/A
                                  Rear derailleur: Force CX1
                                  Brake levers: Force CX1
                                  Brakes: Force CX1
                                  Shifters: Force CX1
                                  Cassette: pg 1170
                                  Cassette gearing: 11-32
                                  Bottom Bracket: CeramicSpeed
                                  Cranks: Force 172.5
                                  Chainrings: 40t (or 38t)
                                  Power Meter: Stages
                                  Pedals: Shimano XTR
                                  Chain: red22
                                  Front Hub: DT Swiss 240S
                                  Front Rim: ENVE XC
                                  Front Tire: Clement PDX
                                  Rear Hub: DT Swiss 240S
                                  Rear Rim: ENVE XC
                                  Rear Tire: Clement PDX
                                  Saddle: Fizik Kurve
                                  Stem: ENVE
                                  Bars: ENVE compact 42mm
                                  Seatpost: ENVE
                                  Computer: Garmin 510
                                  Computer mount: ENVE

                                  photos by Logan VonBokel

                                  Fix racing the US Open of CX at Valmont BIke Park in Boulder.  Photo by Matt FixFix racing the US Open of CX at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. Photo by Matt FixArticle updated 01/04/2017

                                  Brannan Fix riding for Colorado Mesa University just rode his Moots PSYCHLO X RSL to a Colligate Division 2 National Championship in Hartford Connecticut. While YGR reviewed his Moots last season, it remained mostly unchanged for the 2016/2017 season.  Updates include, Wickwerks 40t chainring, 12mm TRP fork, and the TRP HYRD cable actuated hydraulic brakes. For the Wednesday morning muddy race, Brannan road Clement PDX inflated to 21 PSI. Brannan will be going for the U23 title on Sunday. 

                                  Fort Collins U23 racer, Brannan Fix is having an impressive start the 2015/2016 cyclocross season. His consistent top ten results are a sign that the hard to come-by win is on the horizon. He had this to say when asked about his season thus far  "Very happy with the start of the season, my new team Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru is full of great people that take racing very seriously but we still have a great time doing it." "I'm content with what I've achieved so far but I still have a long way to go to achieve my goal for the season which is making the World Champs team in Zolder next January"  I tried to get him to tell me how it felt to be beating riders like Steve Stefko and Gage Hecht, two riders that have historically always been slightly faster than him, but he wouldn't bite. "I'm just enjoying being a part of the races now as opposed to chasing people all race, it's cool to have such fast peers this year, it's really helped me reach a higher level".  Brannan's next travel block will send him to Cincinnati for Pan-American Champs, and Louisville. After that it's CXLA and possibly Jingle Cross.  If all goes well, its off to Europe for Euro Cross Camp during Christmas. 

                                  After racing Boo's for several years, Brannan will be on the Moots Psychlo-X RSL this season. He has two identical race bikes and a training bike. Have a look at his A bike below. 









                                      Frame: 2015 Moots Psychlo-X RSL 56cm 
                                      Fork: TRP Carbon CX Fork
                                      Front derailleur: N/A
                                      Rear derailleur: SRAM Rival long-cage clutch
                                      Brake levers: SRAM Red 22
                                      Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC
                                      Brake Rotors: TRP-25 Centerlock 2-Piece Rotor
                                      Shifters: SRAM Red 22
                                      Cassette: SRAM
                                      Cassette gearing: 11-32
                                      Bottom Bracket: Green Chris King Press Fit 30
                                      Cranks: Rotor 3D+
                                      Chainrings: Rotor QX1
                                      Chainring # of teeth: 40
                                      Chain Catcher: N/A
                                      Pedals: TIME Atac 6
                                      Chain: SRAM PG-Red 22
                                      Front Wheel: DT Swiss RC 38 Spline Tubular db
                                      Front Tire: Clement PDX Tubular
                                      Rear Wheel: DT Swiss RC 38 Spline Tubular db
                                      Rear Tire: Clement PDX Tubular
                                      Saddle: Fizik Antares
                                      Stem: Moots TI Stem
                                      Bars: PRO Vibe 7s
                                      Seatpost: Moots Cinch TI
                                      Headset: Green Chris King NoThreadset
                                      Cables: Gold Jagwire Road Elite Link Shift


                                      C Bike Model: 2015 Moots Psychlo-X
                                      Power Meter: Rotor Power on C-bike
                                      Training wheels: DT Swiss R 23 Spline db

                                      Loveland powerhouse, Walter Durrer, rode his 17.4lb 2012 Specialized S-Works Shiv to second place finishes in both the US and Swiss Masters National Time Trial Championships.  Dual citizenship allowed Walter race the 45-49 US race in Ogden and the 35-50 Swiss race in Chalet à Gobet, just down the road from UCI HQ. 1st place in the Swiss TT won Masters Worlds with the fastest time of the day later in the season. 




                                          The Build

                                          Frame: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT 2012 17.4 pounds Complete
                                          Fork: S-Works
                                          Front derailleur: Sram Red Yaw
                                          Rear derailleur: Sram Red
                                          Brake levers: Sram Red
                                          Brakes: Specialized, Sram Carbon pads
                                          Shifters: Sram R2C
                                          Aero extensions: Specialized S-bend
                                          Cassette gearing: 11-23
                                          Bottom Bracket: BB30
                                          Cranks: S-works
                                          Chainrings: KCNC 58/44 130mm
                                          Power Meter: Quarq
                                          Pedals: Speedplay Stainless steel
                                          Chain: KMC X10SL
                                          Wheels: Zipp Super9 tubular/Zipp 808 Firecrest tubualr
                                          Front Hub: Zipp 188
                                          Front Rim: 82mm 808 Zipp
                                          Front Tire: Zipp Tangente SLSpeed tubular
                                          Rear Hub: Zipp 188 Disc Hub
                                          Rear Rim: Disc
                                          Rear Tire: Zipp Tangente SLSpeed tubular
                                          Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo TTR Nack
                                          Stem: S-works
                                          Bars: S-works
                                          Seatpost: S-works
                                          Computer: Garmin Edge 510
                                          Computer mount: Barfly
                                          Anything else? Various swiss decals for added awesomeness