Saturday, March 29, 2008


With voting now closed, we have just finished tallying the votes, verifying for unique and authentic voters, and have determined the top three web sites as voted upon by the public, as well as the subsequent individuals who will be receiving the follow-up interviews. With great appreciation for the efforts of all the candidates, it's our pleasure to give you your top three candidates for the Making the Team: 2008 contest:

1. - Shirley Pratt.

2. - Sara Ziemnik.

3. - Brian Brode.

We'll be conducting interviews soon, and will announce your next fully-sponsored member of Team Evotri on Wednesday, April 1, 2008.

Again, thank you to all who participated in the contest. We want to recognize the great efforts each and every candidate has made, as well as make it known that we're changing up the format for our third contest in a BIG way, so please check back!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Voting Ends Tonight!

Last chance to rally the troops for the second Making the Team: 2008 contest! Voting closes tonight at 11:59 PM PST.

Good luck everyone, we'll be posting the three websites who received the most votes tomorrow, so tune in!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Zippcast #45!

And it's that time again! Listen in as our very own Simply Stu talks to Michael Hall, Josh Poertner and Tim DeBoom about the Zipp Tangente tires, and discover why Zipp uses the wind tunnel to assist in their development.

Learn not only more about the subtle decisions that go into high quality race tire design, but more about the material selection and production process as well. Click below now for the pro-scoop on how the Tangente tires really feel on the road in a key race!

ZippCast #45 MP3

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Coach Dan has double reason to celebrate today! Here's to wishing him a great birthday, and a happy holiday to everyone celebrating Easter.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Voting Extended!

Here we are at what would be the end of the voting for the second Making the Team: 2008 contest, however, it's come to the team's attention that some of the contestants have run into a few technical issues with the voting link code.

For this reason, these individuals were granted permission to send out emails to their friends and family requesting that they vote instead of having to go through the provided, but defunct, link. As this was an option for those individuals, we want to make sure that the contest is fair for everyone by extending the voting period for another week in order to give everyone the opportunity to take advantage of sending out personal emails.

All current votes will still be counted, and votes will continue to be counted only once. We feel the extended week's voting should level the playing field, as well as give everyone the chance to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Voting will continue through March 28th, 11:59 PM PST. We will feature the top three sites here on, and announce the winner of the contest on Wednesday, April 1, 2008. Thanks to all for participating, and good luck!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Team Evotri Spring Training Video

Hit play and follow Team Evotri through their spring training kick off day at the Vision Quest headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Voting Begins!

With one new team member added and two more to go, Team Evotri is excited to kick off the voting for the second Making the Team: 2008 contest. It will open tomorrow, March 15th, and close at 11:59 PM PST on Friday, March 21.

If you haven't already done so, please send the URL of your blog or web site in the subject line of an email to After we receive your URL, we'll send you the code you'll need to add to your post in order to enable your readers to vote for your Making the Team: 2008 endeavor.

Click here for more details on what this post should include, as well as for the interview topic you should be ready to discuss if you're selected as one of the three finalists.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Katie Bolling and World Bicycle Relief

Check out the inspiring video from one of our Vision Quest coach elites:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Team Evotri Spring Training in Full Swing!

Before the sun came up on March 6th the team was up and moving, ready to kick off their season with baseline fitness assessments at the Vision Quest Coaching headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Some drove a few hours, some flew in the night before, but once inside those doors it was unquestionable that they were a team and that this was the beginning of one incredible a year.

The day began with a warm welcome from the Vision Quest staff, and immediately it was clear why this facility was one of the fastest growing skill shops around. From the state-of-the-art equipment to the vast experience and professionalism of the staff, there was simply no questions in the athletes' minds that that they were in the best hands possible for each of their unique endeavors this year.

Once initial greetings were exchanged among the crew, Rob and Dave of Vision Quest introduced the team to VQ affiliates from the Chicago Blue Dolphins. Swim professional John Fitzpatrick would be assessing the team's swim strokes in the double wide Endless Pool, which was outfitted with cutting edge underwater video recording equipment and a mounted flat screen TV. While the first group hit the bikes with VQ Founder, Robbie Ventura for blood lactate testing, the other half of the team executed their swim sessions and came out armed with new skills and new drills to maximize their efficiency and strength in the water. Their attitudes after the fact were unanimously confident. Look out Lake Michigan, Team Evotri is coming!

After the team's swimming and LT analysis, they hit the floor with Nancy, VQ affiliate and functional assessment extraordinaire. She put the crew through the wringer of grueling strength, flexibility, balance and movement tests, and encouraged them every step of the way. When all was said and done the team sat together and reflected on the simply unmatched, precision machine that was Vision Quest Coaching and their affiliates, and at how each member of the corresponding staff was the embodiment of such.

Thanks to the spot-on scheduling, the team moved through their morning evaluations and were then treated to a round table talk on Power with Robbie Ventura. The experience was intoxicating, and the athletes found themselves gripped by his vast knowledge and magnetic personality. Rachel, CycleOps super star, elite cyclist, and true friend of the team, was also on hand to lend her expertise and support. Between the two, the team felt bulletproof in the knowledge that they had a clear advantage in training and racing with Power.

A big thanks goes out to all the people from VQ, CycleOps, and the Chicago Blue Dolphins who made the team's spring training kick off a huge success! Thanks also to Lisa Parsiola and James Korn for their moral support, and to James as well for the awesome featured photos of the day.

(Click the Picasa logo to view the layout of photos in their entirety.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Chillin' Out at Frostbike, '08!

One great to look forward to when the cold weather comes is all the hot gear on display thanks to QBP's Frostbike show in Minnesota. The annual event took place a few weeks ago, and featured over 100 of the top tri-brands on the market including our very favorites, BMC, CycleOps, Zipp and SRAM.

Team Evotri was among the invited guests, and as you can see from the pictures below, they had an awesome time! Thanks to QBP for their hospitality, and to all the sponsors who took time to sit and talk with us and show us around. To see more photos and to learn more about Frostbike, please visit

TJ Tollakson and Becky Lavelle were among the crew at Frostbike who stopped for a chat with our own Simply Stu and Rural-Girl.

Dave Ripley - Product Manager for Zipp, and Rural-Girl present the latest and greatest in speed technology.

Simply Stu interviews the always charming Scott, brand manager for BMC.

A tricked out and fierce BMC TT02 - the official bike of top pro triathlete Tyler Stewart and Team Evotri.

BMC athlete and 3-time Xterra World Champion Melanie McQuaid chills out with Simply Stu at Frostbike, 2008.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Start Your Engines!

While everyone is fast at work building their sites and writing their posts for the second Making the Team: 2008 contest, the current members of Team Evotri are gearing up for their first meet-up of the season. The place: The Vision Quest Coaching headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

This Thursday, the team will be given the complete range of baseline assessments. They'll meet with their individual coaches as well as with Robbie Ventura to discuss their results, and to touch base on planning for the year ahead. The team is also excited that their newest member, Charlie Parsiola and his wife Lisa, will be able to join the crew for the event! Ace sponsors CycleOps will also be on hand to support them as they officially begin their season.

If you haven't already joined the team as an Evotri Ambassador, please do so now according to the instructions in the post below so that you may be part of the evolution right from the beginning. Photos and media from the trip to Chi-town will be coming soon, and remember, voting for the next fully sponsored team slot begins on March 15th!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 - Contest #2

Welcome to the second Making the Team: 2008 contest! For our number two slot, we’d like to take this opportunity to invite the entire endurance sport community to join the team. We’re not only looking for one sponsored athlete to help grow our sport and community, but for Evotri ambassadors from around the world as well. Please take a moment to review the opportunities for team involvement below:

If you have an interest in being part of the evolution of endurance sport, as well as in connecting all endurance athletes in ways that facilitate working together to give back to the community in various ways, we want YOU! If you're enthusiastic, generous, and interested in becoming a vehicle for growth in our sport, and most importantly, if you're passionate about the lifestyle we lead, please send your name, state of residence, and link to your blog or web site if applicable (we will send you official membership graphics for your site) to You will then be listed here on our team web site, as well as among the first included in all our future team projects, contests and opportunities. When composing your email, please write "Membership" in the subject line.

If you are interested in becoming the next Team Evotri sponsored athlete, please take the first step by starting a blog or web site if you don’t already have one. We firmly believe that even if you are not chosen for the one sponsored slot, you will still greatly benefit from being part of the community that has connected and enriched so many endurance sport athletes' lives, including our own. To get started, please visit one of the many free hosting sites available such as:,, or just to name a few. Next, write a post entitled "Making the Team: 2008". Please write 500 words or less that best illustrate your personality and commitment to the endurance sport community. You may include video clips, photos, audio files, and various graphics, but please do not worry about the design elements of the blog or web site, as we are primarily interested in your message.

Please finish your site and post by March 15, 2008 and send the URL of your blog or web site in the subject line of an email to After we receive your URL, we'll send you the code you'll need to add to your post in order to enable your readers to vote for your Making the Team: 2008 endeavor. Voting will begin on March 15th and close on March 21st at 11:59 PM PST.

The three people with the most votes received by March 21st will be featured on the Evotri web site, and will be contacted for an interview by the team. The purpose of this interview will be to discuss each of the three individual's vision for giving back to the endurance sport community. Regarding this vision, please have in mind an original project, gathering, or event, etc. that has yet to be launched, and that would bring the endurance community together either physically or virtually in the spirit of our sport. Current Team Evotri members host such events as the Simply Stu World Wide Triathlon, WIBA, and the brand new Run the World, for example. After taking each post and interview into consideration, the current team members and their sponsors will select one of these three finalists as the newest Team Evotri sponsored athlete on March 24, 2008.

We look forward to visiting your blogs and web sites, and to learning more about you. Good luck everyone!
*Winners of the team slots forfeit all awards should they be unable to continue as a team member for any reason for a period of two years.

*Winners of the team slots agree to maintain a personal web site or blog documenting their training and racing experience for as long as they are members of Team Evotri.

*Winners of the team slots agree to attend the WIBA training weekend in Madison, Wisconsin in June, 2008, and race Steelhead 70.3 in August, 2008.

Welcome to the Team!

Well folks the day has arrived. We had a fantastic turnout with our first contest, and would like to thank all the people who both participated and supported the candidates. Thanks to you, we have a brand new fully sponsored member of Team Evotri!

Please join us in welcoming Charlie Parsiola, and enjoy listening to his reaction upon hearing the news as much as we did by clicking here. Also be sure to read a special message from him below. We'll get his bio up on this site over the course of the next few days, but in the meantime, Charlie, welcome to the team! We’re looking forward to a long and exciting season with you and your family on board.

From left to right, Charlie, his daughters Catherine, Claire, Anne Lee, Signe, and his wife, Lisa.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen to join the Evotri team!! I'm also humbled to have been selected from a pool of such extraordinary, giving, deserving individuals.

I am so blessed to have the support of family, friends, the entire Morgan City community, and so many other individuals who voted. I hope I'm able to somehow give back to the endurance community as much as I have already received in this competition. I'm looking so forward to my journey with my fellow Evotri team members!!"
We'd also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all the entrants and invite all who submitted videos, as well as all of you, to be among the first to join our mission for the growth and evolution of the endurance sport community. We'll explain the details soon when we announce the second Making the Team: 2008 contest, so please stay tuned.