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For the third year in a row, Carolina Triathlon cordially invites you to ride on Jan 1, 2007.  Here’s the 411:

When: Monday 1/1/07.  Rollout will be at 10:00am sharp.

Where: 633 S. Main Street, Downtown Greenville.  (Our downtown store.)

How far: +- 65 miles.

What else: We will have a chili cookout and BEER.  So far, our fridge looks like it’s stocked with: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sam Adams Lager, Sam Adams Light, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Oktoberfest Spaten, Stella Artois, Budweiser Select, Newcastle Brown Ale, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Spaten Premium.  We’ll also have coffee drinks, smoothies, and soft drinks if beer isn’t your bag.

How much: Bring $5 to cover the food and drinks.  (Hey, throwing awesome bike ride bashes isn’t cheap.)

We hope to see you there.  (All the cool kids will be here Monday.)  Even if you don’t feel like riding, come by the shop and grab yourself some chow and maybe a brew or two.

Note:  Must be 21 or older (with photo ID) to enjoy our brews.  Eh.



Hi everyone!

We just wanted to give you a heads-up about the list of links we are adding to Carolina Triathlon’s website:

1. When you access the home page now, you will find two blocks at the top of the page. One is a link to group runs and the other is a link to group rides. Click he one you want (based on… what type of group workout you are interested in), and you will be redirected to a page with allof the relevant information, schedules and links.

2. The left-hand margin now has a series of links that will direct you to a number of resources, from local cycling and triathlon coaches, to athletes’ personal websites, etc. We will start adding links to local races, massage therapists and other cool resources in the coming weeks.

3. Our main page now also features two graphics displaying current weather conditions. The graphics are hyperlinked to and, so you can a detailed day-by-day or hour-by-hour analysis of upcoming weather. (Great if you’re wondering what to wear on your next outdoor workout.)

The idea is to give you guys immediate access to information you will be able to put to good use, without making you jump through hoops. Our goal is to make the Carolina Triathlon your online and offline hub for local racing, taining and other swimming, cycling, running and triathlon-related thingamajigs.

Check it all out here.

Fact #1: Saturday mornings are great.

Fact #2: It’s 2006. You can either tape or Tivo Saturday morning cartoons now, so getting a ride in is easy, and guilt-free.

Fact #3: The Winter Bike League rides started last Saturday. The schedule for December includes two more rides (Dec. 9 and Dec. 16). The skinny on these rides:

  • Distance: +- 65 miles of rolling terrain.
  • Avg. Pace: 18mph.
  • Participation: +- 100 riders.
  • Start time: 10:10am
  • Start Location: Carolina Triathlon, 633 S. Main Street (Downtown Greenville)
  • End location: Same as start.
  • Support: Sag van provided.

Carolina Triathlon opens at 10:00 am, so you’ll have a few minutes to buy energy gels and bars, gloves, arm warmers, vests, skullcaps, and whatever else you might have left at home or not bought yet.

When you get back from your ride, the Bistro at Carolina Triathlon can hook you up with a recovery drink, Endurox smoothie, specialty coffee drink, etc. The smoothies are pretty incredible (especially the PB&J and the Skull Crusher) so give them a try.

If you need to ride longer than 65 miles, come warm up with us at 8:00am. We ride from the store to Paris Mountain, do a little up-and-over, and ride back for an even 20-22 miles. The 8:00am ride can serve either as a warm-up or as a shorter ride if you aren’t up for 65 miles of riding this time of year.

For more information on these and other group rides, click here.

So, someone told me yesterday that the average Thanksgiving meal intake is around 3,000 calories. Let’s see… turkey-lurkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, broc-au-gratin, salad, cheese, wine, pecan pie, etc.

So… Yeah, 3,000 calories. Ahem. Wow. You’d need to walk about 45 miles to burn all of that off. (That’s a lot of walking back and from to and from your mailbox… or the water cooler.)

Good thing some of us went out for a little 50-mile ride in the morning then. (Mea-culpa: I had to cut mine short because I had to be at my in-laws by a certain time, so I only rode 43 miles… but still. “Burn it before you can eat it” is always a good plan.)

Incidentally, if you start a ride at 8:30am on a sunny and relatively windless day and the temperatures are around 38 degrees F, DO NOT wear a winter jacket. An underlayer, jersey and vest are enough. You might feel a little cool at the start of your ride, but as soon as you get warmed up (about 10-15 minutes) you’ll be glad you didn’t overdress.

So, to recap:

Bike start conditions – 38 Degrees F & Sunny with no significant wind @ 8:30am

Top: underlayer (or light summer jersey) + long-sleeve jersey OR short sleeve jersey with arm warmers + Medium-weight cycling vest.

Bottom: Tights + oversocks or medium-weight booties.

Other: Medium-weight long fingered gloves + ear warmers or skullcap.

The advantage of the layers is that you can take items off as needed. If the weather never warms up (say, the weather report was wrong and clouds start rolling in,) you’ll be fine with what you started the ride in. If the weather warms up, you can take off the vest, arm warmers, and maybe even one of your jerseys. The tights, booties and gloves can also fit in a pocket or two.

Some shopping ideas for the perfect 30-40 Degree ride start:

  1. Defeet underlayer tank ($34)
  2. Castelli cycling jersey – long or short sleeve ($75-$109)
  3. Hincapie cycling Sto-away Wintex vest ($89-$119) – see below
  4. Hincapie tights or bib tights ($109-$149) – see below
  5. Defeet oversocks ($19)
  6. Pearl Izumi gloves ($25) – see below
  7. Pearl Izumi ear warmers or skullcap ($15-$20) – see below
  8. Hincapie arm warmers ($35) – see below

Here is what some of that stuff looks like:


If you haven’t had a chance to burn off those Turkey-calories yet, join us tonight @ 6:15 at the Downtown store for our weekly beer run (the free beer is optional), and/or for our weekly Saturday morning ride tomorrow. (Rollout is at 8:00am, and we should be done by 9:45am.)

Happy Super-sales Friday, everyone. 😉

Hi everyone.  We’re getting ready for our little thanksgiving break on Thursday.  Our stores will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but we will be open again Friday and Saturday.  (Come take advantage of the sales tax holiday!)

Speaking of savings, you’ll be able to save 3 ways Friday and Saturday:

 5% off everything (no sales tax)

10% off all 2007 bikes in stock.

20% off everything else in the store.  (So with no sales tax, you’re looking at possible 25% combined savings on hundreds of items.)

A few more things:

1. Come by the store to pick up race applications.  There are tons of 5K -20K races coming up, and after this year’s thanksgiving meal, you know you’re going to need to burn off some calories!

2. Our sorta-kinda house band Robocop Smoothie is playing this Friday at Connolly’s Irish Pub (downtown) @ 10pm.  Come join us there.

3. If you’re looking to burn it off before you can eat it, we are launching a Turkey Day ride tomorrow (thanksgiving day) from our Woodruff rd. store @ 8:30am.  The ride should be about 50 miles (+-3 hours) along hilly, rolling terrain.    We’ll also give you some info on a Caesar’s Head ride this Saturday afternoon if you happen to miss our usual Saturdaymorning ride.

4. Run with us from the Main Street (downtown) store @ 6:15pm this and every Friday.  We usually go 4-5 miles (about 40 minutes) and enjoy a free drink afterwards. (Yes, we have beer.)

Okay, that’s it for now, but we’ll be back Friday with more fun content.

Have a great Turkey Day!

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