The Best Trainer Ever? Introducing the Wahoo Kickr – Kick Winter’s Butt! (VIDEO)

Too Cold Outside To Ride?

We almost agree. Although the right clothing makes a difference between freezing your tail or enjoying some time in the saddle during winter, sometimes it’s just too damn icy to suit up and head out.

That’s Where Trainers come In.

They’re a great way to maintain cycling fitness in the wintertime (the best way, of course, is signing up for our awesome Computrainer Camps)

And the best trainer we’ve seen (and carry) is Wahoo’s Kickr Power Trainer.

In fact, not since global warming have we found a better way to kick winter’s butt! The Award winning Wahoo Kickr will woo you with it’s instant, accurate power measurement and controlled resistance that’s managed via your iPhone, compatible Android devices, iPad, BTLE enabled Mac Book Pro or ANT+ enabled PC. The Kickr also supports open third-party software options, which means Kinomap, Virtual Training, and TrainerRoad all easily integrate Kickr data. And Wahoo says there’s more coming.

The Kickr's large flywheel and electromagnetic resistance is the key to it's realistic road feel

The Kickr’s large flywheel and electromagnetic resistance is the key to it’s realistic road feel.

Stop Driving Your Family/Neighbors/Dog Nuts.

And if you’re tired of (or you’re spouse is fed up with) blowing out eardrums when you’re spinning and watching a movie because the trainer’s loud and the movie needs to be louder, you’ll be happy to know that the Kickr is just as quiet as a fluid trainer – so no shouting over the Lord of the Rings trilogy at full blast is necessary (for proof, listen to Julian as he pedals in our video above). Plus, space-saving collapsible support arms keep it compact when you decide to head over to a friend’s house for a spin session. Like your friend with the really big TV and exotic stereo in the basement – and a wife who took the kids out for errands. Those collapsible arms come in handy when you finally decide to put it in storage too (synonymous with the term “March”).

The Kickr is simple to set up, just take your rear wheel off and attach your bike to the Kickr's cassette and skewer. All your data is transferred wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad or Android.

The Kickr is simple to set up, just take your rear wheel off and attach your bike to the Kickr’s cassette and skewer. All your data is transferred wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad or Android.

Compatible with all road and even mountain bike wheels anywhere from 24″ to 29ers, simply take the back wheel off your bike and connect it to the Kickr, download the Wahoo App or use your favorite third-party software and get riding! Choose from 10-speed or 11-speed models to fit your drivetrain. And if you ride glorious Campagnolo, Wahoo has an adapter that’ll get you on the Kickr as well.

As always, if you have any questions or want a demo of the Kickr in action, stop by the shop or give us a call.

Check Out The New Art Gracing Our Walls!

Our Latest Art Installment

We’re excited to show off some new art on our walls courtesy of Jake Hoj and his precise pen and ink work. A longtime Contender customer, Jake was kind enough to let us hang up some vintage Campy inspired pieces to spruce up our walls.

Some sweet vintage Campy bars courtesy of Jake Hoj

Some sweet vintage Campy bars courtesy of Jake Hoj.

If you’re a true Campagnolo fan, than it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jake chose the elegant lines and functional beauty of the Italian manufacturer’s components as his subject.

Although all of Jake’s pieces are pretty impressive, we’re partial to his “The Lung” piece, which organizes the choice vintage Campy pieces into an outline of a pair of lungs. It’s a great piece that expresses the indelible bond between man and machine that epitomizes cycling. Because, you know, lungs are important to us endurance folk.

hoj downtube

hoj seatpost

hoj derailleur

hoj crank

Want One For Yourself?

If you’d like to pick up one of Jake’s prints, we’ll have them available at the shop in a few weeks. the “Lung” print is going for $50 and the smaller prints are $30 individually, or $140 for the five piece set we’ve shown you here.

But you can also head over to his shop on Etsy, VeloVintage to see some more of his work (including some sweet VW’s and a Vespa) and order a print for yourself.

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us, Jake!

Come on down to the shop and check out his stuff.

We Have It: TIME’s Skylon (in ALL the pretty colors) & Izon Frames, Aktiv Forks Too!

Back in July…

We announced TIME’s latest flagship race frame, the Skylon and shed some light on the new frame’s features and technology. If you’ve forgotten why 2015’s ZXRS successor is so special, click on the link above to see our post, but here’s a little reminder:

  • Built from a single form, without butting, based on TIME’s RTM technique
  • New asymmetrical, monobloc chainstay is exceptionally stiff
  • Utilizes Vectran fiber throughout the frame to keep the ride comfortable
  • Mechanical and Electronic compatible in one frame – with internal routing for both
  • Lighter (945g), stiffer (+30%) and stronger (+45% bottom bracket rigidity) than the ZXRS

We Have Colors!

Originally we had a limited run of the Skylon as we waited for TIME to make more available. Well, we’re happy to announce that we now have the Skylon in all four color variations TIME produces, Plasma, Team, White and Red:

Clockwise From Top Left: Plasma, Red, White and Team color varaitons on the new TIME Skylon

Clockwise From Top Left: Plasma, Red, White and Team color varaitons on the new TIME Skylon

But Wait! There’s More… Introducing the Izon!

The TIME Izon combines race bred speed and agility with all-day comfort.

The TIME Izon combines race bred speed and agility with all-day comfort. Plus it comes in a disc compatible version!

Not only do we have the Skylon in your favorite color, we also are happy to announce the arrival of TIME’s latest carbon bundle of joy, the Izon!

The Evolution of TIME’s Evergreen NXS Geometry

Long known for it’s comfortable position between TIME’s all out, super aggressive race frames, and their more upright, comfortable gran fondo geometries, the NXS was the Porsche 911 of the TIME product line – the sports car you could live with everyday. In the NXS’ case, it was the road bike you could hammer up a canyon climb on Monday, race your local crit with on Tuesday and then roll out for that weekend’s metric century – all the while enjoying a bike that sucked up bumps like your cyclometer sucked up miles without leaving you permanently hunched over from too aggressive a position.

For 2015, TIME is introducing the Izon as a natural progression of NXS ideals. Labeled as their ‘Altitude’ collection, the Izon will keep a short head tube and compact geometry up front for a quick, responsive feel and combine that with the rear triangle pulled from TIME’s long-distance work horse, the Fluidity, to keep the Izon comfortable and compliant for all those miles measured in smiles.

One of the biggest difference between the old NXS and the new Izon is the capability of the Izon to accept traditional mechanical as well as electronic drivetrains without modifying the frame. Removable grommets for running Di2 or Campy EPS retain the frame’s clean look regardless of how you choose to switch gears, while internally routed brake cables keep the Izon’s lines even less obstructed.

Asymmetrical chainstays provide a no-watt-wasted response to frame flex on the drive side. TIME’s proprietary CMT (Carbon Matrix Technology) front dropouts and lightened rear dropouts keep every ounce possible off the bike without affecting TIME’s always robust build. An aero seatpost keeps the Izon as slippery on the flats as it is nimble in the hills.

The disc brake compatibility of frames NOT equipped with TIME’S new Aktiv Fork (keep reading below) is an exciting addition – reflecting an industry trend of embracing disc this side of the pavement and emphasizing TIME’s grasp of new technologies that positively enhance rider experience.

Tech That Improves The Ride: The Aktiv Fork

TIME's Aktiv fork: A mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper stabilize against harmonic vibrations

TIME’s Aktiv fork: A mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper stabilize against harmonic vibrations.

Speaking of adapting tech that truly improves rider experience, the Aktiv fork, designed and patented by TIME, is a revolution in minimizing detrimental road vibrations experienced during riding. TIME says road vibrations between 245Hz and 50Hz cause fatigue and micro-traumas to the joints, not just affecting ride comfort, but the riders ability to hold the road and control the bike, compromising safety and performance.

The Aktiv fork incorporates tuned mass dampers – a mass, a sandwich of two spring blades and a damper- that vibrate themselves to stabilize against harmonic vibrations and reduce their intensity.

This close-up of TIME's Aktiv fork shows a cut-away of the tuned mass damper.

This close-up of TIME’s Aktiv fork shows a cut-away of the tuned mass damper.

The Aktiv fork is an ingenious way to enjoy a smoother, softer ride and it’s available across the whole TIME 2015 bike line as well as the brand new Izon and Skylon frames.

Curious about the new frames and the Aktiv fork? Come in and see us! We’d love to answer your questions.

Staff Infection: Graham Greenlee, King of Tang (VIDEO)

Graham Greenlee is one of the fine mechanics here at Contender. If you’ve had your bike serviced with us, chances are you’ve seen his smiling mug wrenching and probably mixing up a fresh cup of Tang®. We thought we’d sit down and chat with Graham to gain a little insight into what makes the man such a phenom when it comes to keeping your bike in top shape.


Are you from Salt Lake?

Yep. Born and raised. I went to Highland High School and then I was at Westminster for a while.

How long have you worked at Contender?

I’ve been here since March of 2005. Which means it’s almost been ten years.

What did you go to Westminster for?

A bunch of classes. I had a hard time committing to the school part of school. I think at one point I was going for a B.S. – I also took three semesters of Japanese.

Why Japanese?

Just decided I should probably take some classes. Japanese seemed like the right way to go.

Got it. Are you married?

I am. My wife Dannie and I have a 17-week-old boy named Jack.

How’d you and Dannie meet?

We went to high school together. Then she moved to Hawaii and I didn’t see her for a while. One day, I was in the parking garage at Westminster. We hadn’t seen each other since our high school graduation four years earlier. She saw me and yelled a hello and we’ve been together ever since.

I hear Westminster parking garages are a hotbed for hookups like that.

No doubt.

Did you wrench before you started at Contender?

Nope. All my training has been on the job. I did work on the sales floor for a year. But then they decided to teach me how to be a mechanic. I liked that better.

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack_Graham

So what do you do when you’re not at the shop?

I play a lot of video games and watch a lot of movies.

What are some of your favorite movies?

Mostly anything. I like The Big Lebowski or the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. Definitely the original Star Wars more than the new ones.

Did you like any of the new ones?

Yeah. I liked the first one. You know, despite what everyone else says, I didn’t mind Jar Jar Binks.

That’s a dangerous admission, my friend. You sure that’s not off the record?

No. Leave it in. I’ll stand by that.

So how many bikes do you have?

Like, rideable ones? I’ve got four frames laying around and then four bikes that are built up that I ride.

My GT Grade that I use for cyclocross:

Graham cyclecrossin' it up with his signature wolf hat and his GT Grade.

Graham cyclecrossin’ it up with his signature wolf hat and his GT Grade.

…My Surly Moonlander snow bike, a SCOTT Ransom mountain bike and an old SCOTT CR1 that I’ve turned into a single speed.

…Plus I made a stool out of an old TIME RXR.

You’re crafty. I like it. What’s your favorite bike you have?

I love my snow bike, the Moonlander. It’s fun to ride. It’s slow and dumb.

What’s your favorite bike ride?

The Amasa Back trail in Moab is fun.

What’s your favorite part about it?

I don’t do a lot of introspection. I don’t question why I like It. I just know that I like it.

Like Jar-Jar?

Exactly like Jar-Jar

It’s probably best no one think too much about Jar-Jar. So what keeps you at Contender?

I have no other marketable skills. Actually I have an advanced EMT certificate. So if you ever need an I.V. started, I can help.

I’ll let you know. So your mom is known for her wicked delicious treats she brings into the shop for all the staff. How does she make such wicked delicious treats? And how are you not 300 pounds from growing up with all those wicked delicious eats around?

She cooks and bakes a lot. I guess practice makes perfect. I have really good genes I guess. Plus I have a rigorous exercise routine.

What’s your favorite treat?

Her chocolate cake she makes for birthdays is the best.

Speaking of exercise, do you race at all? 

I’ve done the cyclocross series for six years now. I’ve been in the C’s the whole time.

Apparently your rigorous exercise routine isn’t that rigorous.


So what’s your favorite thing we carry at the shop?

I like the TIME bikes. The blue ZXRS we just got in looks real good.

Graham's range of visible emotions is fairly limited. Thus the fact that he's smiling while holding this sweet TIME ZXRS frame proves just how much he likes it.

Graham’s range of visible emotions is fairly limited. Thus the fact that he’s smiling while holding this sweet TIME ZXRS frame proves just how much he likes it.

Any plans for the future we should know about? 

I plan on having ten kids and living on a farm. I’ll be completely off the grid except for a telemarketing business that I run out of my house. My children will do all the grunt work. I’ll have a little circle of mobile homes.

So it’ll be like a compound?

Yeah. Of mobile homes.

Anything you wished we carried?



Yeah. Tang. It’s good. I don’t know why – that whole introspection thing again. Water feels funny inside of me. It sits too heavy.

As opposed to TANG?!

I can’t explain it. Plus they sell Tang in bulk at Costco.

Has Jack had Tang yet?

Nope. He tried an Otter-Pop once. He wasn’t sure about it. Plus Tang’s not for home. Tang’s for work.

Did you know that in 2013 Buzz Aldren stated that ” Tang sucks.”


He had it in the 60’s. They’ve improved it since then.

Have you ever tried Sunny Delight?

I would call Sunny Delight poor man’s Tang except I don’t know if it’s actually cheaper.





Candy at Contender for Halloween? What Else Could You Need?

What’s cooler than shopping Contender, your favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop?

The answer is shopping Contender, your favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop, all dressed up for Halloween and with Hall-ow-treats in hand! (obviously)

That’s right! We’ll be passing out treats to trick-or-treaters this Friday, Halloween night from 4pm to 7pm – so stop by and say BOO!

Come on down to the shop for some Trick-or-treat goodies and stay to check out the other festivities happening in the 9th & 9th hood. There will be a Halloween photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and all kinds of treats for the kids.

We’d love to see everyone stop by dressed in their Halloween best!

And remember: All cycling and no treats makes Ernie a grumpy dude…

Here's ERNIE! The dude needs treats in the biggest way.

Wendy? DARLING? Light of my life…This little dude needs treats in a big way. He’s a huge Kubrick fan btw.

Your Favorite Weapon In The Cold War: The Scott Big Ed

PC: 2014 Maxi Dickerhoff

First off, we hope everyone is taking advantage of the unbelievable weather we’re having (disregard the 20min of snow we had mid-morning today). Hopefully we can squeeze a few more weeks out of the sun before it disappears into next March. Sooner or later, however, we’ll have to face facts: snow’s going to be covering the ground and we’ll have to dig in for winter with shovels, ice scrapers, and fond memories of this past season’s rides.

But I think you’ll be happy to hear that the Captains of Cycling here at Contender HQ have found a super soldier to keep all you commandos stoked when you’re down in those trenches of winter, battling the cold.

He goes by the name Big Ed.

No, we’re not talking about this:

There's a reason it's been around since '68. But it's definitely not the Big Ed we're talking about. Not bad for a post-ride recovery meal though.

There’s a reason it’s been around Salt Lake since ’68. That reason: hungover students. Still, not bad for a post-ride recovery meal.

…Or even these:

Have you had these?! Crazy good. But seriously probably the fastest way to a massive coronary. Again, solid post-ride fuel.

Have you had these?! Crazy good. But seriously probably the fastest way to a massive coronary. So, again, solid post-ride fuel choice.

Although both of the above Big Ed’s have their own virtues (and damned if we’re going to come between you and your eats), if you’re actually looking to cure the snow covered single track blues with something that’s ton’s of fun to ride and not a hamburger, Look no further than SCOTT’s Big Ed:

SCOTT Bikes' Big Ed. Pretty sure THIS Ed will save you from winter gloom WITHOUT prodigious weight gains and an influx of  moo moos introduced to your wardrobe -ain't NOBODY wanna see that.

SCOTT Bikes’ Big Ed. Pretty sure THIS Ed will save you from winter gloom WITHOUT prodigious weight gains and an influx of moo moos introduced to your wardrobe -ain’t NOBODY wanna see that.

Weighing in at 33.7 pounds (15.3kg) and officially launching Scott into the fat bike arms race, the Big Ed is one hell of a way to swagger up to your seat at the war room table. Cold War references (nearly) aside, the Big Ed is definitely ready to take on any of the other manufacturers with it’s sturdy, 6061 Alloy frame. Scott has outfitted the Big Ed with RockShox’s new Bluto RL fork, SRAM X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain, Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes and Syncros single-wall aluminum rims – with Kenda’s lightest fat bike tires, the Juggernauts, to make sure this bike is ready to storm your favorite snow packed trail or invade any beach or dune you can get to. As we looked over the geometry of the new bike, we decided the Big Ed owes a lot to Scott’s latest line of top-shelf alloy hardtails. Featuring the same tapered front end style and super strong hydroformed tubing, the Big Ed adds forged quick-release rear dropouts and a forward chainstay stub to allow more clearance for chainrings and the rear tires. The wide shell for the bottom bracket also helps with fat bike rear tire clearance.

6061 Alloy frame is lightweight and sturdy

6061 Alloy frame is lightweight and sturdy

Although fat bike purists may argue that the need for suspension with such huge tires may be overkill, there’s no denying that the Bluto fork provides a level of control and precision riding that’s been missing from fat bikes. The Bluto sports 100mm of travel as well as a super strong 15mm axle and remote or crown adjustable dampening. From the crown to the dropouts, the Bluto has been overbuilt to keep you covered during all your fat bike shenanigans.

RockShox’s Bluto RL fork is good for 100mm of travel and a super smooth ride - which is almost as good as a giant ice cream sandwich

RockShox’s Bluto RL fork is good for 100mm of travel and a super smooth ride – which is almost as good as a giant ice cream sandwich.

The externally routed cables keep it easy to work on while Shimano’s hydraulics support a 180mm rotor up front and a chainstay mounted rear caliper featuring a 160mm rotor. The E-thirteen TRS aluminum crankset feeds the 2×10 SRAM drivetrain (with 22/36T chainrings up front and an 11-36T cassette in the rear) that features a solid mix of X7 and X9 components.The front derailleur is clamp style with a high direct mount adapter while a Syncros 35mm bar and stem deck out the cockpit.

SRAM X9 drivetrain provides seamless shifts. The 2x10 gearing offers plenty of range.

SRAM X7/X9 drivetrain provides seamless shifts. The 2×10 gearing offers plenty of range.

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive build for a bike that will keep you mobile and riding throughout the winter. As fat bike fans for several years now, we’re definitely excited to see SCOTT get into the game – especially when their bike is so well built and looks this good.

So head on into your favorite friendly neighborhood shop and check out the Big Ed. We’re always happy when people stop by to check out the new bikes, we’re happier when they bring ice cream sandwiches;)

Photo Contest: Your Favorite Ride in Utah This Year – Every Entry Gets A T-Shirt!

Well folks, “the other fall we name the fall”* is here and another cycling season is drawing to a close. Even you cyclocrossers have to admit your riding days are numbered. We’re sure you’ve racked up some phenomenal memories from plenty of miles spent on the trails, gravel and black top with your usual rogue’s gallery of friends, foes and large-calved freaks – and we want to see it!

We’re having a contest that provides a sweet Contender T-shirt in exchange from some great pics of all you two-wheeled faithful out there doing your thing and showing off your favorite Utah rides from 2014. Send us a shot from this past season of you on your bike riding your favorite route in Utah and we’ll give you one of these:

"Excuse me, are you a Contender Bicycles employee?" "No, but I do wear their sweet tees."

No! Not a Peter, Omar or Joel……we’re talking about their sweet shirts!

Every entry receives a Contender Bicycles tee! However only one photo receives the grand prize of a $50 Contender Bicycles Gift Card! So send your pics ASAP! You can email them to or simply submit a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #ContenderRides.

We can’t wait to see all your pictures! Contest ends October 31st. We’ll announce the winner on Instagram and Facebook on Nov 1. Stay tuned!

*”The Oven Bird” by Robert Frost
**After submitting your photo, please swing by the shop to pick up your t-shirt. Limited to one t-shirt per person while supplies last.

The Contender Camp – Season Six

The Contender Camp

It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling, daylight is dwindling, jackets are resurfacing and the threat of El Nino looms! …What we’re trying to say is that Contender Camp just around the corner! We are doing online registration again this year. If any participants are interested in paying for all three blocks in advance, we’d like to extend them a special offer by including a follow-up lactate test free of charge. Once you have registered online, your spot is reserved.

To sign up for Block I & your initial lactate test, please click HERE.

To take advantage of the camp special (3 blocks & 2 lactate tests), please click HERE.

Here is the information for this year’s camp. Already in our sixth season, we’re taking the classes to the next level! Plus we have some exciting changes that are going to make this year’s Camp the best yet. The Contender Camp has been known to…

  • turn you into lean, mean, pedaling machines just in time for spring riding
  • create a new and improved passion for cycling
  • forge friendships that last lifetimes (or until the next group-ride-grudge-match up Emigration)

It’s a little thing we like to call The Contender Consortium. The brain trust of Ryan and Alison’s boundless cycling and training, Dr. Eric Taylor and Blake’s knowledge and impressive backgrounds in sports physiology as well as this year’s addition of pro-cyclist Jeff Louder’s input and invaluable experience will be coming together to make sure this year’s classes are the best yet.

How Does Our Class Work?

We take the latest science-based training principles, combine them with our lactate testing and state-of-the-art CompuTrainer facility for catered training parameters and accurate measurements of your cadence and power output. This is essential to get maximum results from your training time in class. This scientific approach creates the ideal formula necessary to make the greatest improvements in our fitness. Our goal is to make sure you’re not just simply fit and ready for spring riding but to make sure that the fitness, knowledge and skills you’ve gained forge a more confident and better performing rider. Split into three 6-week training ‘blocks’ or phases, each block uses specific training principles which will challenge Camp participants and help us see improvements along the way ultimately motivating us to become a better cyclist. Plus our expert staff and their legendary choice of playlist keeps you motivated and (possibly) fist pumping for the entire 90 minute workout.

And What About These New Features?

  • FLAT SCREEN FANTASTIC – We’re adding some flat screens to our training center for an easier way to keep track of the progression of the workout. Plus a little extra motivation is added while you pedal with some choice race clips curated by our staff
  • TRAINING CENTER – We’ve put together a small training center focused on fundamental exercises and recovery modalities designed to strengthen and speed recovery of functional muscles that cyclist tend to overlook. More details to come soon!
  • EXPANDED SATURDAY OPTIONS – We are a bike shop for the people. And what did the people ask? They asked for more weekend options for a Saturday “bonus” class. If you miss one of your workouts during the week or want to squeeze in one more ride, we’ll offer more chances on Saturday. As always the trainer room is open during the shop’s business hours for use by all Camp participants.

But let’s not forget one of the best reasons to sign up for the class – the chance to meet cyclists who are motivated to stay fit, to work hard and to have fun during those chilly winter months.

M/W Morning: 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
M/W Evening: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
T/TH Early Morning: 5:15 AM – 6:45 AM (SOLD OUT)
T/TH Late Morning: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
T/TH Late Afternoon: 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
T/TH Evening: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (SOLD OUT)


FOLLOW-UP LACTATE TESTS (if desired to reestablish training zones): $100.00
CAMP SPECIAL: $940 (all three blocks and two lactate tests included)

Blake Vatne will again be doing all of the lactate testing at Contender Bicycles. For your initial testing, please feel free to set up a time with him during the month of October before classes begin. Please note that although retesting lactate levels at some point halfway through the camp is optional, we recommend reestablishing your training values in order to maximize your gains and foster continual growth throughout the classes as you get stronger and stronger on the bike! For additional information, please feel free to contact our shop (801.364.0344) or email Blake at If you are interested in a class that is full, please email Blake so he can put you on a cancellation list.

First, you are using your own bike on a Computrainer allows you to train indoors in the same position you use out on the open road. So for each ride you don’t have to adapt to going back and forth between a stationary bike and your personal bike. Second, using a Computrainer allows you to ride at precise intensities prescribed in accordance with the values specific to your ability. Once you set a specific workload or wattage, the Computrainer instantly adjusts to keep your workload steady regardless of your cadence. In addition, there is only a little flywheel to help “carry you through” the effort. In other words, there is no coasting on a Computrainer. It all adds up to making the most of your training time and turns every RPM into an investment in your fitness!


For half a century, lactic acid has been considered the cause of muscle fatigue and burning sensation during high intensity exercise. In the body, lactic acid is present in very small amounts even in resting condition. Most of it is dissociated as lactate. The most recent theory on lactate metabolism and exercise is that lactate is a great way for the body to “move” energy between cells. We also know that lactate doesn’t cause fatigue but correlates to it. Lactate can also be used as an energy source. Studies show that without lactate recycling we would need to carry a 150 lb backpack of ATP to complete a marathon. The rate of production and reutilization of lactate stays equal up to the individual reaching their lactate threshold. Lactate threshold is the point where the rate of production exceeds the rate of reutilization of lactate. After this point, excessive lactate begins to build lowering blood pH and resulting in muscular fatigue.

Lactate testing allows you to see exactly how the body is responding to the muscular stress you apply. Using a hand held blood lactate analyzer along with power output data from the Computrainer, your training zones can be established to maximize the effectiveness of the training. In other words, your lactate values and your power levels help map the zones that will stimulate the greatest fitness gains.

A lactate test is performed using a hand held lactate analyzer, heart rate monitor, and a Computrainer displaying power output. When a test is performed there is a standard warm up of 10-15 minutes. This warm up increases your muscles temperature allowing the reactions for energy production to be faster and more efficient. After starting the test at a predetermined workload, intensity is increased every three minutes until you go just beyond OBLA (on set of blood lactate utilization). During each phase of the test, heart rate, perceived exertion and blood lactate level are taken along with current power output. Normally this takes around 15 -20 minutes.

Using a hand held analyzer, blood lactate levels are determined using a pen-point sized blood sample on a disposable chip. The small drop of blood is taken from the earlobe using a sterile, disposable lance. Once testing is complete, the lactate analyzer readings and power output levels are imported into a graph. This graph helps to understand how you body responds to different levels of work and aids in determining your “intensity zones”. These zones are much more effective to use over heart rate zones based on formulas related to age or maximum heart rates.

1. Heart rate changes dramatically with temperature.
2. Heart rate is affected by diet and hydration levels.
3. Heart rate lags increases or decreases in the actual workload.
4. Heart rate does not accurately allow you to see when you are riding in an anaerobic state. In short, the combination of power and heart rate provide a clearer picture of how your body responds to your effort.

Our cycling camp staff brings a unique approach to indoor cycling training. With Ryan and Dr. Eric Taylor having worked closely together to develop our program, our staff shares the same theories and practical approach to training. We believe in using a science-based approach to make you a better athlete.

Eric has extensive experience as a physiologist, coach, and athlete. Eric has a PhD in physiology, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in muscle metabolism and exercise physiology at Harvard Medical School, and is a currently a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. His research on mitochondrial metabolism was recently published in the prestigious journal Science. Eric has broad coaching experience with all levels of runners and cyclists. Eric competed as a track athlete for Brigham Young University, running the 800 and 1500 meters. He currently competes as a Category 3 road cyclist and also races cyclocross. Although Eric now calls Iowa home, expect to see him from time to time out on the Utah roads.

Ryan brings to the camp over twenty years of experience in the bicycle industry. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Ryan started bike racing and working in the industry at the age of sixteen. As a cyclist, he competed as a top regional rider with success on a national level both as a rider and a manager. Ryan helped develop and manage the most successful team to have ever come out of Utah. What started as a team of up-and-coming local riders turned into a launching pad for several of today’s top American professionals including Dave Zabriskie. With an honors business marketing degree from the University of Utah and over twenty years of bicycle industry experience, Ryan has built Contender Bicycles into what it is today.

Jeff’s decision to retire from professional cycling at the end of the 2014 season is a loss to his team, UnitedHealthcare, but we couldn’t be happier because it means that he has time start working with us! Originally from Salt Lake City, Louder was the 2008 winner of the Tour of Utah. He’s raced for over 15 years as a pro and has taken part in the 2010 Giro d’Italia, and has won stages at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (2010), The Tour of Qinghai Lake (2004), Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of Connecticut (2004), and has taken third place in US Nationals. Louder has also been a podium finisher at several international stage races, including the Tour de Beauce where he finished third in 2005 and the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China where he finished third in 2004.

Drawn away from his native Minnesota by Utah’s big mountains and deep winter powder, Blake chose the University of Utah to earn a BS in Exercise Physiology. Blake has worked at Contender Bicycles throughout college. Since graduating in the spring 2010, Blake has taken on an integral role in organizing and managing the Contender Camp throughout the fall, winter and early spring months. Besides being a great skier, Blake is an equally enthusiastic cyclist who enjoys riding on both the road and mountain bike. Blake is also very interested and knowledgeable about nutrition, so we at the shop often seek out Blake’s advice when choosing nutritional products.

Alison gradually fell into her role at Contender Bicycles. Shortly after starting to race on the road, she met Ryan on the way out to the local criterium series. After they married, Alison continued to race bicycles and establish her career as an engineer. Experiencing some success racing, Alison decided to put her career on hold and race bicycles full-time. However, a severe spinal injury resulted in multiple surgeries which derailed her plans in cycling. In between surgeries and during recovery, Alison started to work at the shop. Over the years, her role has steadily grown to where she is now an integral part of Contender Bicycles. With her recovery behind her, she still loves to ride and feels lucky to still be on the bike.