Welcome to the second Boure newsletter. Within this newsletter we have information on the following topics:
1. Information on and Ned's Tips for a successful Iron Horse Classic ride
2. Come ride with Ned, Drew and Wade during the colorful Colorado fall on a fully supported premium tour
3. Information on layering your clothes, be prepared for what nature can throw at you
1. The annual Iron horse Classic is coming up on May 24-27, 2003. Full information and registration is available on their web site: http://www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com/ The unsubstantiated rumor is that "the record will be broken" and Tom Danielson will do it. Hard to say, since he pulled out of the Peace Race with a stomach virus. Ned will be there looking for his 5th overall victory (4th as a Professional). In all Ned has finished in the top three 10 times and has finished second an incredible 5 times! Ned's tip for new or repeat riders, "don't ride the flat sections alone (the valley and the section from Needles to the base of Coal Bank Pass), catch a wheel and conserve your legs for the climbing". Also, "use a higher cadence to save your legs as you approach Coal Bank and start the climb". This will pay off as you reach the upper half of Coal Bank Pass and then face the Molas Pass climb. If you can't be here, keep good thoughts in your head as Ned goes for the win at 2 hours and Wade tries to break 3-1/2 hours. (hey don't laugh, he outweighs Ned by 40 pounds and they ride the same size bike!)
2. We are putting together a fully supported road Bicycle Tour in Southwestern Colorado during the fourth week of September, http://www.boure.com/biketour.html The final cost is still "to be determined" as we are negotiating exactly which fine Bed and Breakfasts we will occupy and what meals we will provide (steak or lobster or shrimp or, or??). The expected cost is around $2,000 and is fully inclusive (three meals, snacks, lodging). The price does not include your travel to and from Durango but, we are negotiating reduced prices before and after the tour if you wish to extend your trip. The intent is to ride many of the famous road rides in this beautiful part of the country. We will definitely include the famous three-pass ride to Ouray from Durango and a section along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Under consideration are; Wolf Creek Pass, Telluride, the Dallas Divide, Slumgullion Pass, Lake City, Crested Butte, Cottonwood Pass, Pagosa Springs and other well known sections and towns. This should be the height of the color season as the aspen trees turn golden yellow and oaks turn a deep red. The group will be small (limited to 12-15 riders) and fully supported. You can ride as much or little as you wish as we will be happy to help as little or as much as you like. Riders of all abilities are welcome, this will not be a race. Ned will be joining us for several days (hey, he has to ride in the world Championships!) Dave Hagen, well known tour operator will be helping us support the riders each day. Dave is well known to us and offers tours on and off road through his company, Durango Mountain Bike Camp and Tours. We should have the details worked out over the next month or so and will need to get commitments to lock up the lodging by mid summer. We hope you will join us for this special opportunity to ride with Ned and Drew.
3. Recently, we received the following inquiry about staying warm and preparing for a tour.
"I am looking for a waterproof and breathable rain jacket to take on an extended trip to Ireland. Can you recommend a jacket that will keep me comfortable? I tend to be warm and find most rain jackets to be very wet on the inside."
This question and our subsequent answer made us consider and put in writing advice on layering for changing conditions (non-winter). Following are generalized excerpts from that e-mail:
Your question doesn't have a single nor simple answer. Every person has a different tolerance for temperature variance and "breath-ability". If a material is waterproof it is also windproof which closes off your thermal layer(s) underneath and increases the underlying layers' thermal capability. Breath-ability is something that fabric companies are spending millions on and many people find them all inadequate.
Assuming you have read the article or are somewhat familiar with this subject, you understand that there are tradeoffs when it comes to breathable and waterproof. The third related variable, warmth, is an additional concern to plan for or around. Think of how "warm" a simple cotton sports shirt becomes with a "windbreaker" over the top (assuming moisture is not an issue).
Here at Boure, we believe in layering. Each person can control each layer to accomplish the various compromises needed for their personal requirements. I will talk mostly about your torso but, the same things go, to a lesser extent on your legs, feet, head and hands with some exceptions. We don't recommend that you wear anything under your shorts or tights that will separate you from your smooth chamois insert, which is designed to be worn against your skin and protect your crotch from seams while it reduces hot spots and other discomfort through design and padding. Your torso tends to be more temperature sensitive than your legs, which stay warm by putting out most of the work (heat) while riding.
We recommend that you start with a "next-to-skin" layer (baselayer) that will make you feel dry even if you are, in fact, wet (from perspiration or external moisture doesn't really matter if you "feel" dry and comfortable). We feel that the best next to skin layer is a fine merino wool. This fabric unlike, a polypropylene or Capilene or other artificial fabric seems to have a natural ability to get rid of body odor instead of gathering it into the fabric.
Next will come your "thermal" layer, or layers. In the summer, this might be a simple short sleeve jersey, since that is all the "thermal" protection you might need for the majority of your ride. In the winter, this might be a thick thermal jersey. This thermal layer should be chosen for the "majority part of the day" you plan to ride in. This is what you will dress down to after the day warms up or add onto if it starts to get windy (colder) or wet. In the winter, you would not expect to take off your thermal knickers or tights. In most summer "day" rides, these two layers may be all you need to take, although in touring, you must be "ready for anything", and we almost always take an "emergency weather layer".
Next will be the layer(s) you plan to shed (this might be a combination of arm/leg or knee warmers, summer weight tights and/or a vest/wind breaker or even long finger gloves). These items can easily be shed and stored when it warms up without having to find a "changing room".
Next will be your "emergency weather" layer, typically, a rain jacket. For most rides we recommend a lightweight single layer "compromise" fabric, which combines elements of waterproof and breathable. The reason we recommend this type jacket instead of a full waterproof rain-suit is that it can be stored in a jersey pocket and then you will have it when you need it. We own multi-layer, Gore-tex rain-suits and the combination of pants and jacket will not fit in any two pockets, on any normal jersey. As a result, it gets left at home and awaiting a journey to the next winter "Fourteener" climb.
If you have a "feel dry" layer against your skin and if it rains, you will likely get wet either from the rain (if you opted for more breath-ability) or from your perspiration (if you opted for more waterproof). The key is to feel comfortable while wet and to dry out quickly when the rain stops (don't wear cotton unless you like to feel wet and cold). We find that the leg warmers or tights keep your legs warm even when wet with the warmth produced while riding and typical lack of sensitivity in this area.
We carry wool baselayers ($45 short sleeve/$60 long sleeve) and make an excellent rain jacket ($90) that is a small enough to fit in a jersey pocket and has a good breath-ability and water-proof compromise. Our arm, leg and knee warmers can be found together with information on the baselayers and jackets at http://www.boure.com If you have questions or comments on this information, please feel free to write us at mailto:email@example.com, we are always interested in your feedback and willing to pass it on to other members of the Boure family.
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