Hello everyone and welcome to the seventh Boure newsletter. Spring has come and gone, and summer has arrived with a vengeance. Durango went through its small overabundance of water and will be heading for a shortage if the summer monsoon season doesn't start quickly. Cycling in and around Durango is as strong as we have ever seen it on the local roads. From the orders we have received this spring, it appears that cycling is healthy around the country. The Spring Classics have finished along with the Giro and many new and old competitors are making themselves known this year in Europe. How about David Rebellin winning three big races in-a-row! And at 32-1/2 they thought he was all washed up! A big huzzah to those of us over 30! To the younger riders who have won the Giro and many big races or daily contests in the Tour, we welcome you and hope you will help vitalize the sport we love.
As usual, things here at Boure are moving and changing. We have all been very busy this Spring and are working to train a new seamstress by the name of Jacque who joined us around 3 months ago. Please join us in welcoming Jacque to the Boure family.
Drew has designed a very nice cycling cap that matches our Boure Team jersey color scheme for 2004, please take a look at it on the web site here: Boure TEAM cycling cap.
A small reminder, if you have special timing needs when you place an order, make sure we know what they are and we will do our best to meet them or will communicate with you if there is any issue that arises. For the record and for those of you who have wondered why we seem to switch between UPS or US Postal from time to time on free shipping, the secret is the weight of the package. If your order is less than a pound we will ship Postal and if it exceeds one pound, we use UPS (unless you specify postal due to a PO Box). We would use the Postal service even more, but the 9/11 incident changed Postal requirements and we can't drive to the Post Office every time a package is over a pound, after all UPS will come here and pick up. As always we encourage one and all to write with suggestions or comments regarding this newsletter.
1. We look forward to the 2004 Boure Bike week and hope you will come,
2. Our good friend Fred Matheny has some words of wisdom for your fitness,
3. What are these crazy soaps I get in my Boure packages?,
4. Boure Team jerseys (2003) and Elite Shorts on sale,
5. Changes to the Boure Custom-Fit service.
1. After the success of last years week of Boure sponsored rides in September, we have decided to do it again. We checked Ned's schedule and he has given us the week of September 12th to 18th. We will plan several road rides, Ned will join us a few times and we will definitely have a get together or two. Drew and Wade learned a valuable lesson from Ned last year: Don't ride so hard every day! So with rest and diversity in mind we will try to put together at least one epic mountain bike ride and will add a few shorter loops to the mix. While we can't verify Tom Danielson, Frank Mapel or Todd Wells will be here, you never know which of Ned's playmates might show up. We are giving everyone plenty of notice so feel free to call us up for hotel and motel numbers or to discuss expected weather and ride potentials. Wade has already lost 10 pounds so he hopes that Hal won't have to push him up the bigger hills. Drew has begun practicing early so that he doesn't have to call it training but just "riding for fun" and he promises to "work over" our good friend Kevin if he dares to brings his California contingent. Come on you Californians, we double dog dare ya! Speaking of that, we saw some of you Serotta discussion groupies talkin' about this ride week last year, let's see some of those beautiful bikes out here en masse! Truly, all are welcome for a fun week of riding in and around Durango.
2. Ned is busy hiring new riders for Specialized so he asked for time off from our busy publishing schedule (yes, that was a joke!! we can laugh at ourselves too...) To provide insight from a more respected member of the cycling community than Drew or Wade, long-time Montrose, CO resident, cycling journalist and racer Fred Matheny has given us some pearls of wisdom on building speed onto your endurance training. Check out his Complete Book of Road Bike Training available on RoadBikeRider.com.
"You have built up to 75-mile rides and think you have plenty of endurance. But when you try to ride 75 miles slightly faster, you fade before the end. Why?
Endurance is relative. How long you can ride is relatively unimportant. Anyone can ride a very long distance if they go slowly enough and take enough breaks. But most cyclists want to ride long at a specific pace. There's a big difference between 100 miles in 8 hours and covering the same distance in 5 hours. And the difference becomes even more pronounced if you want to break 4 hours.
So endurance isn't about how long you can ride but rather about how fast you can ride a given distance. How many cyclists have you heard bemoan their "slow" century time and chalk it up to poor endurance when they were actually upset about their speed for that distance.
Here are some training tips to boost your cruising speed in early season training:
--Vary your training speed. The primary training mistake most riders make is riding at the same effort level nearly all the time. They lock into a pace that's neither too hard nor too easy. As a result, they never go fast enough to promote improvement or slowly enough to allow recovery from the harder efforts.
Their training palette is a monotone gray rather than red-hot bursts of effort followed by cool green recovery rides.
So on long rides, don't lock into a steady, "just-a-little-bit-hard" pace. One good way to spark up your long rides is to do a few sprints every hour. You don't need to sprint all-out. Simply get out of the saddle and sprint until you have spun out the gear then sit down and spin up to about 10 rpm faster. Hold this speed for another couple of seconds and spin down gradually. Repeat 3 or 4 times per hour separated by 5-10 minutes of riding at your normal long distance pace.
A good time to do these sprints is up short hills or on the flats at the bottom of descents where your speed is already high. Jump in a big gear to keep your descending momentum going for 10-15 seconds.
--Ride fast when you're tired. Suppose you've ridden 100 miles in 5 hours, 20 minutes and your goal is to break 5 hours. You probably find it relatively easy to maintain the required 20 mph average during the first 2 hours of a 100-miler. The third hour it's tougher, the 4th hour you're suffering and the 5th hour-well, you can see clearly that you aren't going to pass the century mark at your goal pace.
So riding fast when you're fresh isn't the problem, rather it's the ability to ride fast when you're fried that's the stumbling block to your goal. The solution is simply to train to improve at your "sticking point."
Do a long ride (3-5 hours) at a steady and moderate pace. Then, in the last hour of the ride, include 2 repeats of 20 minutes each. Ride at an intensity of about 85 % of max heart rate. The effort should feel "very hard" on a scale of perceived exertion. Spin easily for 5-10 minutes between each hard effort.
Be sure you're well hydrated and have been consuming enough calories earlier in the ride to have fuel in your tank when you start these intervals. They'll train your body to go hard when it's tired, helping you over the "last hour" fatigue that always derailed your quest for a personal record.
--Train for long-ride speed on short rides. Yes, you've got that right-you can build your speed for centuries by riding intervals on your shorter training days. A healthy dose of speed work accustoms your body to going faster for short distances but it also has the salutary side effect of raising your cruising speed at any distance. So if you can currently average 16 mph for a 3-hour ride, an 8-week training block of twice-weekly intervals (for instance, 5 x 3 minutes at an intensity of about 90 percent of max heart rate) can raise your long-ride cruising speed 1-2 miles per hour."
3. Over the last year, Drew, Wade, Ned and other local riders (thanks Judy!) have tried laundry detergents from Planet Inc. in Canada and Atsko in South Carolina. Each of these products is bio-degradable and residue free. We have found both of these company's products to work well with most of our product line (we recommend different wool cleaning products on the web site). We requested samples to include with our orders for you to try. The planet samples are rather large bottles so we are limited into which packages we can insert them so you'll likely only get a sample if your package requires a box. The Planet literature is included for your convenience in locating a retailer. Atsko has given us convenient pillow packs to include with most orders. We have no arrangements for payment from either company nor do we sell any of these products. We simply found them to do a better than average job on our cycle clothing and wanted to pass our good fortune on to our customers.
4. For the remaining part of July and all of August we are putting a few items on sale. All remaining 2003 Boure Team jerseys (Orange with Black Stripe) are on sale, these are limited in quantity and sizes so first come-first served. Both the short sleeve and the long sleeved jerseys are marked down $10.00 per jersey. In addition, we are putting the Elite shorts on sale from now till August 30, 2004 each version will be $10.00 off the regular price, standard or bib top. See them at Web Specials.
5. While Boure has grown we have reached certain benchmarks that require us to tweak our product lines and service. A little over a year ago, our tweak was to bring Wade in, to help out Drew with customer interaction and freed Drew up to concentrate on design, production of the clothes, the web site and his cycling form. Most recently we brought Jacque in to take off some of Laverne's pressure. As most of you know, we are a small shop with a big reputation. Our excellent products and timely service often make people think that we have teams of elves cranking out overnight orders and custom cut patterns 24 hours per day. While we strive to give excellent, timely service at all times, sometimes we feel what we do makes our small group miss out on some of our bigger long term goals. We have reached another bench mark now and need to tweak our services to refocus energy on continued development of products and production. Until further notice we have decided not to take on new Custom-Fit clients. We will continue to take care of our current Custom-Fit clients. Those of you we have on file don't need to worry and you can continue to order as you have in the past. We apologize in advance to anyone who is inconvenienced by this and hope to one day take on new clients again.
As always, if you have special timing needs, let us know and we will do our best to make sure you and your loved ones are taken care of.
Again, we wish you all the very best, and please let us know how we can help make your cycling more fun,
Ned, Drew, Wade, Laverne and Jacque