Renaissance Sport Club Bike Religion Ride

Yesterday I did a mellow ride which I may attend more often and use it in my training program as a recovery ride.  As part of our efforts in developing new riders, Bike Religion sponsors a ride at the Renaissance Sport Club in Aliso Viejo.  Our interests are providing a safe, non-competitive environment to help spin class attendees transition safely into becoming road cyclists. Some of the obstacles that prevent spin class goers from getting on the road are:

1. What routes are safe to ride 
2. The potential hazards such as road debris

3. The fear of co-existing with SUV’s
4. Finding people to ride with that have common training goals
5. Finding people to ride with that have similar ability levels

We hope to provide a solution to some if not all of these obstacles and help cyclists of all ability levels enjoy the sport we at Bike Religion are so passionate about.

I am providing a couple of links and to Garmin downloads so that riders interested in the ride can get a lay of the land.  And just for kicks I am including my power chart.  I worked hard on a couple of rollers so that one of the ride attendees, Trey, would have someone to work with. You will notice around mile 17 there appears to be 3 hills that are almost exactly the same.  That’s because they are lol! I completed the hill and went back for a straggler.  Mile 17ish would be a right turn off of Pacific Coast Hwy onto Crown Valley Parkway.

Here is the player from a Garmin GPS download.  (you will notice a small box with four arrows next to the turtle/rabbit slider– click for full screen mode)

Below is an interactive map of the Renaissance Sport Club Saturday ride. (you may click on “View Path in Full” for full screen)

Here is the link to Ride with GPS

Download off my Power Tap onto Training Peaks WKO 3.0

Yellow is power
Red is Heart Rate
Blue is Altitude Profile

Triathlon Packages now at Bike Religion

As many of you know I worked at Nytro Multisports in Encnitas for over five years.  I specialized in Triathlon Bike Fitting (F.I.S.T Certified) on the sales floor and worked the mail order phone sales department providing dream bikes for customers all over the world.  I thoroughly enjoyed the people I worked with/for and the customers and friends I made over the years. 
In November 2009,  I had the opportunity to become the store manager of Bike Religion in Newport Beach.  I jumped at the chance to be closer to home. I am now only 5.5 miles from home instead of 69 miles.  You can see my commuting exploits under the commuting and On My Commute labels.  Once again I’m surrounded by great people. And I’m slowly getting acquainted with the loyal (read regular) customers. 
One of my first goals as the store manager of Bike Religion in Newport Beach is to develop the triathlon market for Bike Religion.  I ask customers daily what products they would like to see in the store, who they ride with, and what clubs they belong to.  I also ask customers what is lacking in the “tri-shops” they’ve been doing business with in the past.  I have made many friends over the years in the triathlon community.  It’s funny how when I think back to how our relationship started it’s often been from them buying a bike from me.  So now years hence, these friends are outside/inside sales reps, national sales reps, VP of sales and marketing and business owners of key triathlon accessories, clothing and bike distributors.
Based on this grassroots marketing and surveying it occurred to me I would take all my years of Triathlon bike fitting, all my contacts,  the generous financial support of the amenable owners of Bike Religion and offer a triathlon package.   But instead of one Triathlon Package, as many stores have done in the past, we are offering two.
The centerpiece of the packages is the Felt TT/Tri bike which features a 76-78 degree seat-tube angle and aerodynamic tube shapes.  In a different post I will discuss the benefits of using tri-specific geometry instead of a road bike with aerobars. 
The B16 Triathlon Package
2010 2XU T:O Wetsuit
Shimano R540 SPD Pedals & Cleats
Shimano TR-31 Shoes
Uvex Xenova Helmet
Bike Religion Water Bottle & Cage
ONLY $1999.99
reg. $2530
The B14 Triathlon Package

2010 2XU T:O Wetsuit
Shimano R540 SPD Pedals & Cleats
Shimano TR-31 Shoes
Uvex Xenova Helmet
Bike Religion Water Bottle & Cage

ONLY $2499.99

reg. $3030.99

You can find out more information about these packages here or call me at 949-287-7299.