Monday, June 30, 2008

Big Evotri Weekends!

Rural-Girl making some men nervous as she races out of the water to T1 at the High Cliff Half Iron triathlon on June 22.

Well it's been a very busy last few weekends for Team Evotri, Rural-Girl dizzied many women in her age group, finishing the High Cliff Half-Ironman in 5:20 - besting her PR on the course by 20 minutes, and setting a new overall PR by three minutes. Way to show them how it's done, Michelle! Be sure to check out here race report and view the video and pictures on her web site.

Sweet had an on again off again adventure with the iconic Hy-Vee triathlon the same day, planning originally for it to be the announced duathlon he'd skip in preference of doing a Midwestern cycling race the weekend before. Now as fate would have it, Sweet did the cycling race only to find out Hy-Vee would in fact be a triathlon after all, at which time the real event became the tap dance he'd do for his wife to smooth over back to back big race weekends - not an easy task with a brand new baby in the house. Be sure to check out the epic report of the day on Chris' web site.

And just this past weekend the whole crew, along with around 70 of their old and new pals, flocked to Madison, Wisconsin for the annual WIBA - Wisconsin Brick Adventure. Tri-Cajun had his first dairy christening in the great state Friday night after registration, which the team is sure gave him his mad climbing and running skills out on the course in the days to follow. Florida will be no match for him in November, nor will the Madison course itself when Rural-Girl returns in September on a mission for her Kona ticket.

Many thanks to event sponsors BMC, CycleOps and Angie Sturtevant, who gave an in depth and very informative Power presentation, 2XU, SRAM, Zipp, Vision Quest Coaching, and Endurance House of Madison. For the weekend play by play from all perspectives, be sure to check in with each team member's web site.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wrenching with Sweet

By Chris Sweet

It's been more than 15 years since I first started racing triathlons. For those first races I borrowed my mom's steel Ross 10 speed (that's 10 gears total for you newbies!). The bike was too big for me and never intended for racing in the first place. During one of my first kids triathlons my chain fell off at least two times during a six mile ride. I think I managed to win the race, but the important lesson I learned was about bike maintenance. While I was fixing the chain and getting passed, I vowed to learn everything I could about how my bike worked. After that race I began taking bikes apart and putting them back together so that I knew how each piece worked. In the long run, this has saved me a lot of money, but more importantly I have a dialed in bike on race day as well as the knowledge to handle almost any mechanical problem that may occur.

When I found out that my new Evotri teammate, Charlie who lives in the boonies did not have a BMC dealer anywhere in the vicinity to assemble his new bike, I said no problem, I'll put it together. This video compresses Charlie's bike build from a couple hours down to a couple minutes. Hey, I'm good, but not that good!

Here's how the 2008 Evotri Team Bikes are spec'd:

BMC TT02 Frame
Easton EC 90 Aero Fork
Zipp 606 clincher wheelset with Wireless Powertap
Zipp Vuka aerobars
Zipp VumaQuad Crankset
Full SRAM Force groupset

If you want to improve your wrenching skills I recommend either of these books: The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair (5th edition) or Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance (2nd Edition). A few of the best websites are: Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Technical Info and The Bike Website.

Don't be afraid to try something yourself. Yeah, you'll probably screw something up along the way, but figuring out what you did wrong is one of the best ways to learn!

Friday, June 20, 2008

2008 Contest #3

Today is the day, if you haven't sent in your Inside Triathlon essay of 500 words or less explaining why you should be the next member of Team Evotri, please do so before 11:59 PM PST tonight. Essays will be reviewed until mid-July, at which time we may request a phone interview before making the final decision, along with the team sponsors. If you have submitted your essay already, please make sure that you have access to the email account from which you sent it in case we'd like to call you.

And if you haven't, what are you waiting for? Let us know you have what it takes to make the team!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Evotri Events Director Announced

As the 2008 tri season unfolds, we're seeing fantastic progress and even greater potential for the Team Evotri Mission, so much so that we're already looking into planning the 2009 season!

With so much unfolding and so many opportunities on the horizon, it's our pleasure to welcome a new Events Director to the team. Robby B., as many know him, will now be coordinating all Team Evotri events, including working to develop some very special projects for the Team Ambassadors in the near future.

Robby comes to us from Madison, Wisconsin, and if you've ever done the Ironman there, chances are he and his wife Kris have probably stripped for you... as in your wetsuit upon coming out of Lake Monona that is. In edition to being captain of the peeling team, Rob is an accomplished swimmer and triathlete, and by day works as a traffic engineer planning and organizing the greater Madison metropolitan area. We think he has what it takes to do the same for the handful of us. To learn more about the man behind the clipboard and calendar, check out his web site.

Welcome to the team, Robby B.!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sitting Down with Tri-Cajun

Team Evotri Southern gentleman Tri-Cajun recently talked with local media about his contest and team experience, as well as his passion for fitness and sport. Tune in now to learn more about the man who won the hearts of so many!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Evotri Youth Initiative Takes Off!

Having just recently joined the team, our newest teammate, TriSaraTops is proving her transition times are nothing flat. She already has a few summer races lined up for her youth triathlon initiative, as well as training plans in the works.

If you're in the area and would like to come out to support a bunch of great kids who have worked hard to finish their first ever triathlon, just follow the hoots and hollars of their mentor once you get to the gate of the Huntington Sprint Tri on July 20, and the Greater Cleavland Tri on August 10! Click here for more details on the training involved for Sara's inspiring plan.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

70.3, Southern Style!

Entries are going fast for the inaugural Ironman New Orleans 70.3 on April 5, 2009, which a good cut of the Evotri crew has already put on their calendars for the upcoming season. Come along as we make the commute to Cajun-country to soak up the culture, and most importantly, to race alongside 2008 Team edition Charlie Parsiola and his wonderful wife, Lisa. We're looking forward to meeting their entire family, as well all the awesome folks in Morgan City. And of course, to celebrating post race...Southern style!

Click here to join us!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Do You Have What it Takes?

The deadline is drawing near for all those who would like to become the newest member of Team Evotri, who has proudly partnered with Inside Triathlon Magazine in announcing their third and final contest for the 2008 tri season.

The print article with all the contest guidelines is on the stands now, and you can also check out the bonus online article here!

All entries are due June 20th; do you have what it takes to make the team?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Online Registration Closes for WIBA: 2008

Online Registration is now closed for the 2008 Wisconsin Brick Adventure in Madison, Wisconsin. All are welcome for the semi-supported workouts throughout the weekend; if, however, you would also like to participate in the free clinics and event meals, please email WIBAinfo at Gmail dot com to reserve one of the last few seats. Spots will be reserved on a first come first served basis. For more information, or to confirm your name is on the participant list, please visit

See you in Madison!