Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The coaches are working behind the scenes gearing up for another great season of racing in 2018.
The call for registration will be going out in the May / June time frame.
The season kickoff camp out in Teller county is on the calendar for August 3-5. Details can be found on Highlander Racing Team Snap.
If you are visiting this site and need more information please reach out to us.
Paul von Boeck
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Girls love dirt!! Join Highlander Racing for this 4 hour mountain bike skills clinic run by local celebrity Alison Dunlap. Alison is a mountain bike World Champion and 2-time Olympian and has taught skills clinics for 13 years. In this girls only clinic, Alison will teach the core concepts and fundamentals of riding a mountain bike:
- Basic bike set-up
- Core body positioning, balance, movement, and vision
- Effective braking
- Line selection
- Steep climbing
- Steep descending
- Front wheel lift: curbs and ledges
- Downhill ledges
Alison will also share stories of her years of racing, the Olympics, and her travels around the world. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with one of the best female cyclists in the world!
With over 30 years of racing and riding, Alison uses her unique personal teaching style combined with her passion and love of the sport to offer the girls the highest quality instruction in a safe, progressive, and non-threatening environment. Supporting Alison will be strong and talented women role models, all of whom teach mountain biking skills that empower girls to embrace a life of bike riding. A girls only clinic is a unique opportunity to learn in an environment that is free from the distraction and pressure that comes with riding with boys. The girls will leave the clinic with a new tool bag of techniques, skills, and confidence that will blossom not only on the bike but in everything they do.
Register using the secure form at the bottom of this page.
For adult riders, the Highlander Racing coaches have a fun trail ride planned to keep you occupied during the clinic.
For additional information contact Paul von Boeck
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
With the State Championships in a month we thought it would be a good time to explain how the riders get to the State Championships. In order for riders to qualify, riders must complete a minimum of three regular season races and for all classes (except varsity) be one of the top 70 points earners.
So with that out of the way, we move to the first Race of the Haymaker Classic in Eagle.
Sophomore Boys, Alex Wilson started the day 11th overall which put him in the 3rd row for the start. Thankfully with the 3rd row start Alex was able to out sprint a crash that occurred in the 5th row just after the start of the race. Alex has been working very hard in practice and it paid off as he was able to stay with the leaders through the first lap, finishing 11th and scoring 420 points, keeping Alex in 11th overall and helping him to stay within 50 points of 6th place in the overall standings. Alex has qualified for the state championships which will again be in Eagle October 25th.
Second race of the Day was the Freshman Boys. We have three Freshman boys racing; Ethan Cefus, Sam Enos and James York. Ethan started the day in 5th overall and with a 7th place finish at the Haymaker Classic Ethan stayed in 5th overall and qualified for the State Championships. Sam had a great first lap but struggled a little on his second lap and came in 34th Sunday but was able to move up to 27th in the overall season points standing and qualify for the State Championships. James continues to improve and finished in 50th position which moves him from 57th overall up to 48th overall and a spot for the state championships.
Just when the heat of the day began to get good and hot, the JV Boys took to the course, three laps on the very dusty track proved to make for an interesting race. Max Huddleston who started the day in 8th overall struggled with the heat and still recovering from his grueling road racing schedule finished the day in 21st. Still doing well enough to qualify for the State race. Baylor Brown was the next to cross the line in 38th position, his best finish of the year and moving from 44th in the overall standing to 41st overall and a ride in the State Championship race. Next across the finish line was Conor Adragna who had a good ride finishing in 47th for this race and moved to 45th overall from 54th. Austin Cockell finished the day in 76th position, Austin missed the Leadville race so with a good race in Nathrop has a good chance of qualifying for the State Championship race. Will Malfeld had a great first lap, but the heat and excessive dust took its toll on Will and he finished the day in 83rd which puts him in 67th overall, so with a strong race in Nathrop he will make the State Championships
The Girls race was the final race of the day and it was excessively hot and dusty but the Lady Highlanders continued to impress, for the JV Girls, Sarah Lease was again on the podium with a 3rd place finish at Eagle and she holds on to the 3rd place overall and only 9 points separates her from 2nd overall. Sarah is riding very well and she is always at the top of her group! She has turned out to be a very good leader and very positive role model, her enthusiasm for the sport is very exciting.
Sophomore Girls, Amanda Harman continues to improve her technical skills and her conditioning is improving every week. The Eagle course definitely tested Amanda’s Technical skills on the final descent to the finish line and she passed that test with flying colors to finish in 17th and score points!
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Brett Billing, Assistant Coach
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I've got a schedule conflict this week and need to reschedule Wednesday's practice.
New practice date/time:
Tuesday and Friday practices are unchanged
Tuesday 4:30-6:30 - Mt Herman trailhead in Monument - https://goo.gl/maps/giduh We'll be working on our cornering skills.
Most of you are getting back to school this week and will probably be kind of busy getting used to the routine again. That's your first priority, so make practice if you can.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The guideline is to eat a regular meal at least two hours before race time. This gives the body adequate time to digest the food. With our race schedule it can difficult to time this just right if you are traveling to the venue from home and have to be on the road by 6:30, so regardless of your race start time eat a good breakfast before you head out or in the car. This is the key meal on race day. When we wake up our energy stores are depleted and we need this meal to get the motor running. Try for a good mix of carbs and protein.
Based on your race time, bring something to eat at that two hour window. A sandwich and a piece of fruit works well for this meal. For me the longer the gap between breakfast and race time the bigger the snack. If I have an early afternoon race start I'm going to eat a full lunch.
Keep a water bottle handy and hydrate during this time as well.
15-20 minutes before the race you can top off the tank with a couple of hundred calories and a drink of water. A banana, energy gels or chews work well because they'll digest quickly.
Racers need to have some kind of fueling strategy and this may require some experimenting on your part. Decide ahead of time if you are going to drink from a water bottle or hydration pack and whether you want straight water or some kind of energy drink. Easily digestible calories are best during shorter duration cross country races like we are doing, for this reason I like gels, sport drinks or the energy chews. If you plan on taking on a bottle, gel or some other energy snack during the race we need to know ahead of time so someone will be in place in the feed zone to get this to you during the race. Getting a bottle and some energy food at the same time can be tricky. I either carry gels in my jersey pocket or tape them to my top tube or stem.
The length of your race and how your body responds to the effort of racing play in to this. If you are racing two laps (freshman/sophomore) an energy drink in your bottle should be plenty. If you drink straight water try a gel when you come through for your second lap. If you are racing three laps (JV and Ladies Varsity) definitely take on an energy gel between laps two and three.
The sports nutritionists say the body is primed to replenish calories in the first 45 minutes after hard exercise and that a mix of carbs and protein is best. Most of us don't do well stuffing our faces right after a race. My recommendation is give the body some time to recovery, sip some water to start rehydrating and then start snacking or have a meal. There are a lot products for post exercise recovery, but real food does the job just fine.
Don't Break This Rule
When it comes to race day nutrition the best advice you'll ever forget is "Don't try something on race day that you haven't tried in training" Substituting liver and onions for bacon and eggs at breakfast or trying a new flavor gel for the first time during a race - probably not a good idea.
No Caffeine at the venue
The league rules prohibits athletes from consuming caffeine at the race. This is tricky because a lot of energy foods have caffeine, taurine or other stimulants in their ingredients, so please double check this. They don't actually have anyone walking around checking out what athletes are eating, but please be mindful of what you are consuming.