Journal

Contender's Favorite Destressor Rides

Contender's Favorite Destressor Rides

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Uncertain times like these mean plenty of stress. One of the rougher parts of living in the time of COVID-19 is a disruption of routine. Fortunately, cycling is one of the best things we can do, both for our mental health and physical wellbeing. Our staff knows this as well...
Words With Friends: John Nelson

Words With Friends: John Nelson

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

John Nelson rolls with the punches. It is hard to find him without a smile on his face, even in the intensity of a Saturday morning rush in the bike shop. He has been in the Salt Lake City area his entire life, giving him a better pulse on what...
Words With Friends: Flo, the Manic Hispanic Mechanic of Contender

Words With Friends: Flo, the Manic Hispanic Mechanic of Contender

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Florencio Irizarry, or ‘Flo’ as most call him, is a continual breath of fresh air at Contender Bicycles. He offers a wealth of knowledge in mountain bike suspension work, as well as vintage bicycles and rarities alike. He is an asset to not just Contender as a top-notch bicycle mechanic...
The 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 4 in Review: Bringing People Together

The 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 4 in Review: Bringing People Together

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The most current iteration of the Tour of Utah began in 2000. Originally called the Thanksgiving Point Stage Race, it was a race initially open to all pro, semi-pro, and enthusiast road cyclists. Eventually, the race was was purchased by the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Years later the...
Words With Friends: Nate Brown Talks Tour of Utah and Youth Cycling

Words With Friends: Nate Brown Talks Tour of Utah and Youth Cycling

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Is Nate Brown an up-and-comer, or more of a veteran? He finds himself at a bit of a crossroads on his fifth year with EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale. While he’s just 26 years old, Brown has stayed with the team for the majority of his pro career. He’s appeared...
Words With Friends: Brent Bookwalter on Cyclists' Rights and the Tour of Utah

Words With Friends: Brent Bookwalter on Cyclists' Rights and the Tour of Utah

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Brent Bookwalter is best known as a stalwart athlete for the UCI WorldTour team BMC Racing, as he has stayed with BMC since his start in pro cycling in 2008. Few athletes have had the organizational continuity that Bookwalter has enjoyed during his pro career. However, that doesn’t mean that...
Words With Friends: Ashantai Yungai on Cycling with MS

Words With Friends: Ashantai Yungai on Cycling with MS

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Ashantai Yungai is a father, athlete, calligraphist, and sock hoarding phenom. He's also a close friend of the shop, and light in the life of many. Perhaps the most impressive part of Ashantai is his ability to do all of this while dealing wit multiple sclerosis. Below is an interview...