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ORAMM with SLIP

So This is my first blog post of 2015! Caution...its kinda long..I'm outa practice!
I could list a number of reasons why I haven't, suffice it to say I've just been lazy! I have had a pretty good mountain biking season; I won the Super Sport category at the Charlotte Winter Short Track, managed a controversial 7th at the less than organized USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, and have had a couple podium finishes in the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series. Not long after MTB Marathon Nationals I decided to throw in for one of the more Epic endurance mountain bike races in the Southeast ORAMM. In its 16th year The Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell or better known as ORAMM has challenged Pro's, Elite, and everyday amateurs with one of the toughest one day challenges on a mountain bike. The event has been hosted by Blue Ridge Adventures who put on some great events and ORAMM doesn't disappoint. Here are the basic stats: 60 miles, 10500 ft of cumulative climbing. The race takes place the last weekend in July and the weather is generally hot. The Total Cyclist Mountain Bike Team was well represented. Mike Schafer, Jim Heckman, Andy Hilling and Myself where in the Masters 40+ Division. Mike Tam in the Open Division andKevin Brown in Single Speed Division. Kevin was taking on the Jerdon Mountain Challenge a shorter but still very difficult race put on by the same promoter the day before ORAMM. The Jerdon/ORAMM double is insane! Kevin had a great race at Jerdon taking the win in single speed. READ MORE

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ORAMM with SLIP

So This is my first blog post of 2015! Caution...its kinda long..I'm outa practice!
I could list a number of reasons why I haven't, suffice it to say I've just been lazy! I have had a pretty good mountain biking season; I won the Super Sport category at the Charlotte Winter Short Track, managed a controversial 7th at the less than organized USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships, and have had a couple podium finishes in the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series. Not long after MTB Marathon Nationals I decided to throw in for one of the more Epic endurance mountain bike races in the Southeast ORAMM. In its 16th year The Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell or better known as ORAMM has challenged Pro's, Elite, and everyday amateurs with one of the toughest one day challenges on a mountain bike. The event has been hosted by Blue Ridge Adventures who put on some great events and ORAMM doesn't disappoint. Here are the basic stats: 60 miles, 10500 ft of cumulative climbing. The race takes place the last weekend in July and the weather is generally hot. The Total Cyclist Mountain Bike Team was well represented. Mike Schafer, Jim Heckman, Andy Hilling and Myself where in the Masters 40+ Division. Mike Tam in the Open Division andKevin Brown in Single Speed Division. Kevin was taking on the Jerdon Mountain Challenge a shorter but still very difficult race put on by the same promoter the day before ORAMM. The Jerdon/ORAMM double is insane! Kevin had a great race at Jerdon taking the win in single speed. READ MORE

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Results for June

Not only has Summer brought the heat but so has our TotalCyclist athletes!



Blood Sweet and Gears

Janet Dukowski 3rd fastest woman
Anthony Rizzo 2nd fast man


NC/SC State Championships


Pro1/2

Tim McCollum 9th
Michael Gearrens 12th

Cat 3

Matt Spargo 4th

Men 19+

Michael Gearrens 1st

Men 35+

Stephen Guidry 8th
Gregory Thompson 14th
Stanley Dover 20th
Joe Hathcock 27th

Men 45+

Gordon Stiel 3rd
Matt Botting 5th
Kelly Holmes 36th
Lee Reavis 38th

Men 55+

Chris Steele 1st
David Moore 9th
Andrew Gamble 11th
Chris Dietrich 26th

Men 65+

Randall Maddox 1st

Women Pro1/2

Arden Stelly 1st
Samantha Bendt 4th

Women 35+

Arden Stelly 1st
Samantha Bendt 2nd

Air force Cycling Classic

Men 2/3

Tim McCollum 3rd

Tour De Kale

Tim McCollum 3rd
Anthony Rizzo 14th


IM Austria

Susan Airheart not only won her age group but qualified for Kona


Congrats to all of our athletes!

Are you a TotalCyclist athlete and have a result that you want mentioned? Running, swimming, cycling, climbing, motocross or all combined?

email info@totalcyclist.com with the subject results!

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Why Strength Training?

Mainly a cyclist, I have been told my time in the gym is "pointless", "waste of time", "use of muscles I don't need to go up a hill".....

Honestly, with most of those statements I agree. Lifting or time in the gym can be "pointless", "waste of time", "use of muscles I don't need to go up a hill" but only if you're doing it incorrectly. There are many muscles on the bike that we use that are not always built on the bike. For example our lower back and core. As cyclist we are seated an hunched over, so the strength of our lower back and core are a huge components to our cycling endeavors. Bike pain is the most common physical problem a cyclist will face.

Being new to cycling, I have only know one way to train...Ride, Rest, Strength training, Rest, Eat well, and did I mention rest?.....

I have been involved in a sport I should have never been able to do well at or compete at an elite level. I was 300+ lbs 3.5 years ago, now 204lbs and 12% body fat, I'd like to thank cycling for that but I would really like to thank the strength training which has shaped my body built lean muscle which has only sky rocketed my metabolism which has helped me burn fat in the long run. Not only has strength training leaned me out but my power has increased tremendously. I could barely do work outs in the Pain cave at 240W now I am completing work outs at 360W. I do strength work year round, obviously more in the winter but definitely maintain in Spring, Summer months (Race season).

TotalCyclist's very own Chad Andrews couldn't even kick his leg over a bike 9 weeks ago due to back injury. The last 6 weeks Chad has be working close with Ritter Performance, Chris Ritter, working on strength training. Also Chad has been working with physical therapist and TotalCyclist coach Christy Keely on different types of stretches that complement the strength training program. Recently Chad spent 5 days in the mountains with most rides gaining over 9,000 ft. total ascent. About a year ago at DivaCamp during one of the rides Chad injured his back on a climb. Chad came to a ultimatum which was surgery or strength building exercises to strength the muscles around the spin to slow push the dish back into its proper place. So Chad took the long route of recovery and stayed consistent working side by side with Chris and Christy. When Chad went out on his first ride in the mountains he was almost shocked with how fast he was riding and not only speed and power was gained from strength training but how he just wanted more climb. Something Chad use to struggle with now is coming to him with ease. Most of us go up a climb and are crushed, Chad felt crushed but only wanted to do it again and again. Chad thoughts on strength training are, " It's not that I never had the lungs to do some of these rides or efforts, I just never had the strength. Maybe if I was doing this before my injury I would've never had this injury."

TotalCyclist strength coach Chris Ritter of Ritter performance  thoughts on strength training are, "Swimming, Running, Cycling.....all those activities build your aerobic engine, where the gym will target the horse power of that engine. Strength training should be year round and consistent."

All members of TotalCyclist get a free assessment with Chris Ritter which is $100 value. See how strength training can benefit you today! For more information please email chris@rittersp.com or call Chris at 704.526.7620