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 FixFort 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

                              Mike Williams rode his 2010 Specialized Shiv to a 5th place in the Masters 50-54 National championships last month with a blistering pace of 45:25.  His time was good enough for 11th place out of all categories.  Not only is Mike one of the fastest Masters time trialists, he's one of the fastest in the state at any age.  His 2015 State Championship ride would have put him in 4th place in the pros. If you've ever been in a break with him, you know he produces and enormous amount of power and provides very little draft. His time trial position is remarkable. He looks like a rocket going down the road.

                              Here's a look at his modified 2010 Specialized Shiv. You'll notice his aero bar extensioins are very custom.  Here's what he had to say about them "I have had three sets of custom bars.  First I melted off the un-adjustable stock extensions and modified some carbon HED Lazy-S extensions to get a fit that was somewhat like my old one on my Transition.  That was a ton of work and didn’t work very well.  Next I had James Frames in Boulder weld me up different set of extensions that worked well, but were not very clean.  Then I had Brian Rodriguez ( who worked at the North Peloton location) weld up some bars I bent and cut in my garage. They worked well until one cracked.   Now I am building the 4-6th iterations in my garage.  They will be an aluminum bar wrapped in carbon fiber.  I will make one set of bars to replace what I have.  I also want to experiment with using a 1X11 gearing next year, so I will make a set that make my hand position narrower.  The third set will be a little higher and longer, just to see if that works better (cause they dropped all the positioning rules for Masters last year)."  


                                  The Build: 

                                  Frame: Small 2010 Specialized Shiv
                                  Fork: S Works

                                  Weight: 19.25lbs

                                  Front derailleur: Campy Chorus 10 sp
                                  Rear derailleur: Campy Chorus 10 sp with a RalTech aero cage, 15 tooth jockey wheels, ceramic bearings
                                  Brake levers: Sram
                                  Brakes: Specialized (actually made by Tektro) Swiss Stop yellow pads)
                                  Shifters: Campy alloy 11 sp
                                  Aero extensions: Aluminum tubing I bent with a vice in my garage.
                                  Cassette gearing: BBB cassette with 11-23
                                  Bottom Bracket: Specialized BB30
                                  Cranks: Vision aero
                                  Chainrings: Rotor Q-ring 54 / Vision round 39
                                  Power Meter: PowerTap
                                  Pedals: Speedplay X  Series
                                  Chain: YNB with a Molten Speed Wax
                                  Wheels: Specialized Tri-spoke (early 1990’s vintage), HED Jet disc
                                  Front Hub: Specialized with ceramic bearings
                                  Front Rim: Specialized
                                  Front Tire: Continental Super Sonic 20mm with latex tubes
                                  Rear Hub: PowerTap
                                  Rear Rim: HED
                                  Rear Tire: Specialized cotton open tubular 24 mm
                                  Saddle: Bontrager
                                  Stem: Specialized
                                  Bars: Specialized modified by removing the upturned ends and re-wrapping with carbon fiber
                                  Seatpost: Specialized
                                  Computer: Garmin 500
                                  Computer mount: electrical tape


                                  Here we have Brett Rindt's BMC Crossmachine, one of the more unique cross rigs in town.  There's probably not that many of these in the state actually.  Brett is a one of the stronger roadies in town but I guarantee that once he get's the whole cornering thing figured out, he'll be a force to reckon with in 'cross too. 


                                      The Build:

                                      Frame: BMC Crossmachine-size 57
                                      Fork: same
                                      Grupo: Sram Force CX1
                                      Cassette gearing: 1 (40T) x 11-32
                                      Bottom Bracket: BMC integrated
                                      Cranks: Force 172.5
                                      Power Meter: N/A
                                      Pedals: Shimano XT
                                      Chain: Sram
                                      WHEELS: Chinese- Carbon Cycles  
                                      Front Hub: Novatec
                                      Front Rim: Chinese carbon fiber. 27mm width and 38mm depth
                                      Front Tire: Clement PDX Tubular Cyclocross Tire, 700x33mm
                                      Rear Hub: Novatec
                                      Rear Rim: Chinese carbon fiber. 27mm width and 38mm depth
                                      Rear Tire: Clement MXP Tubular Cyclocross Tire, 700x33mm
                                      Saddle: Bontrager Montrose Pro Carbon
                                      Stem: BMC RST 3
                                      Bars: BMC RDB 3
                                      Seatpost: Compliance post, carbon, TCC, 3mm offset
                                      Seatpost clamp: BMC

                                      Spare wheels: DT Swiss R23 Spline DB with Continental Cyclo X King, 700 x 35C tires


                                      Photos by Brett Rindt


                                      BeFunkyPhotoThe 36th annual Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon started Thursday for the amateur field. Butler Cycling Team p/b Climate Master, based in Fort Collins, took a three man squad to compete in the Category 2 race. The squad’s General Classification hopeful is Nate Taggatz while Nate Prewitt and Grant VanHoose (Grant the Intern- GTI) will look to make some noise in the climb heavy road and circuit races.


                                      Stage 1 Recap Via the Butler Cycling Facebook page: Nate Taggatz is leading the team, taking 14th in the time trial with Nate Prewitt in 39th and Grant VanHoose in 57th. The guys are excited for tomorrow's 97 mile road race finishing up to Mt. Bachelor where the final climb is sure to see a shake up in the general classification.


                                      GTI took some time out to bring you all a quick look at the equipment that he and Taggatz will be rolling on through out stages 2, 3 and 4 in the road race, criterium and circuit race.


                                      Stage Breakdown:

                                      Stage 1- 16 mile out and back time trial, mostly flat with a couple rollers

                                      Stage 2- 97 mile road race around the Cascade Lakes, finishing on a 10 mile climb up to Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

                                      Stage 3- Flat, 4 corner downtown criterium. Tight first corner where it’s common to utilize the sidewalk.

                                      Stage 4- 18 mile circuit, 2’s will race 4 laps. Brutal finishing climb after the finish line changed last year.


                                      Grant 2015 Cannondale Evo, Sram Red


                                      Frame: SuperSix Evo, Ballistec Carbon

                                      Fork: SuperSix Evo

                                      Grupo: Sram Red 22

                                      Cassette Gearing: 11-28, 11 speed

                                      Headset: SuperSix Evo

                                      Bottom Bracket: PressFit BB30

                                      Cranks: Hollowgram SI

                                      Power Meter: Currently without one, garmin cadence sensor for the time being

                                      Pedals: Speedplay

                                      Chain: Sram PC-1170

                                      Front Hub: Standard Boyd

                                      Front Rim: 30 mm Boyd carbon clincher

                                      Front Tire: Continental GP4000 S II

                                      Rear Hub: Standard Boyd

                                      Rear Rim: 30 mm Boyd carbon clincher

                                      Rear Tire: Continental GP4000 S II

                                      Saddle: Bontrager Affinity RL

                                      Stem: Cannondale C2, alloy

                                      Bars: Cannondale C2, alloy compact

                                      Seatpost: Cannondale C1 Ultralight alloy

                                      Computer: Garmin Edge 510


                                      During the 4 corner, flat crit GTI will likely run a 11-25 cassette on an Easton EA90 SLX wheel in the rear.


                                      Nate Taggatz 2014 Cannondale Evo, Sram Red


                                      Matt Skrdla, a team sponsor and rider, lent his new Zipp 202 carbon wheels to Taggatz to help him have every advantage in his GC pursuit.


                                      Frame: SuperSix Evo, Ballistec Carbon

                                      Fork: SuperSix Evo

                                      Grupo: Sram Red 22

                                      Cassette Gearing: 11-28, 11 speed

                                      Headset: SuperSix Evo

                                      Bottom Bracket: BB30

                                      Cranks: Quarq Sram Red, 172.5

                                      Power Meter: Quarq

                                      Pedals: Look Carbon

                                      Chain: Sram PC-1170

                                      Front Hub: Zipp 88

                                      Front Rim: Zipp 202

                                      Front Tire: Contintental GP 4000S, 25 mm

                                      Rear Hub: 188/V9

                                      Rear Rim:Zipp 202

                                      Rear Tire: Continental GP 4000S, 25 mm

                                      Saddle: Selle Italia SL3

                                      Seatpost: FSA K-Force SB32

                                      Stem: Easton EA90

                                      Bars: Cannondale C2 compact alloy

                                      Computer: Garmin Edge 500




                                          There are very few other people in Fort Collins are as passionate about cyclocross as First City Cycling's Jay Zorn.  He comes from the old school East Coast style of 'cross and brings as much of that style as will be accepted as the Course and Partnerships Director of Cross of the North.   Here's his 17.1 pound 2010 54cm Ridley X-Fire.


                                              Frame: 2010 54cm Ridley X-Fire
                                              Fork: Ridley X-Fire
                                              Grupo: Sram Force shifters & rear derailleur; Rival front derailleur
                                              Cassette gearing: Sram PG-1070 12-26
                                              Headset: 1⅛” FSA Orbit CE
                                              Bottom Bracket: Sram Rival
                                              Cranks: Sram Rival 172.5mm
                                              Power Meter: N/A
                                              Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11
                                              Chain: Sram PC 1070
                                              Front Hub: Reynolds
                                              Front Rim: Reynolds DV46 UL tubular
                                              Front Tire: Challenge Fango 33 w/ Continental REVO sealant
                                              Rear Hub: Reynolds
                                              Rear Rim: Reynolds DV46 UL tubular
                                              Rear Tire: Challenge Fango 33 w/ Continental REVO sealant
                                              Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
                                              Stem: Syntace F99 105mm
                                              Bars: Deda Elementi 215 42cm
                                              Seatpost: KCNC Ti ProLite
                                              Seatpost clamp: 4ZA
                                              Brakes: TRP EuroX cantilever w/ Swissstop pads
                                              Skewers: KCNC Ti
                                              Cables: Alligator iLink compressionless
                                              Computer: Garmin 500
                                              Weight: 17.1 lbs (7.74kg)