The 2013 road racing season is well under way and Cycle U/Apex has been moving guys up through the categories with more advancements to come. So far the rider upgrades include: Stephen Gavette, cat 5 to cat 3 (and already close to enough points to upgrade to cat 2) Jason Spears, upgraded to cat 3 [...]
Our second annual team climbing clinic went really well today. This was our first major team ride as team Cycle U/Apex in the new year. We had over 25 guys all ready to roll at 9:00am from logboom in brand new kits. We took some laps on Norway and Hollywood hills and regrouped to go [...]
Head on over to the team page for a list of our new and improved 2013 road team. We’ve got a good new mix of new racers and experienced hands! We are also proud to announce our partnership with Cycle University of Seattle. 2013 is going to be a good season for Apex.
9/16/12 – Apex meet the team ride! Come out and see what Apex is all about. apexracing.org/news/2012-apex… — Apex Racing (@ApexRacingSEA) September 6, 2012 Apex welcomes new teammates once a year and this time it’s happening on September 16th, 2012! Details, location, and what to expect: The ride leaves Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood from Pert’s Deli [...]
Every year in August, team tradition dictates this ridiculous ride around the Mt. Rainier National Park. This year, we had 17 guys in the group. There were three subgroups: those who cut out the final climb, those who did all the climbs once (the epic ride), and three of us who did an extra lap [...]
This weekend’s Mutual of Enumclaw stage race was one for the Apex history books. Across all categories, Apex left a sizable dent in the results. We also had the opportunity to work with an awesome race organizer and volunteer for this event. The weekend started out with three wins in the time trials. Rob Demick [...]
In a showing of complete determination bordering on insanity, Jason Cemanski clawed his way back to win a time bonus in the Mutual of Enumclaw cat3 criterium this last weekend. I figured this picture summed it up pretty well. Bleeding from three places, yet still able to crack a smile.
[pictures] First of all, I’d like to thank the team for your full support this weekend. Every one of you (including a spouse!) helped me toward hitting my goal of winning this stage race. All it took from there was me getting my act together and drilling it when it mattered. In my mind, all [...]
Today showed that we could chip away and eventually have someone in a break that sticks. It was a fun little experiment. Cat3 has been tough this season. Travis, Chad, Connell, and I drove over to Sequim last night to stay in the hotel for a whopping $20 each. The downside? Spooning with a hairy [...]
The cat3 sequim race went pear-shaped quite early on. I won’t divulge our planned tactics for this race, but I will tell you that staying Friday night in Sequim was a BONUS well worth it. We got up at 7, ate a bit, and were at the start line in 10 minutes. It was way [...]
We had a squad of about 7 today at mason lake, which allowed us a ton of flexibility in our planning. Our main plan was to begin to position up front going into the last lap and throw down out front, leadout style. We wanted to reserve energy for a pack finish, which we thought [...]
Back on 12/30/11, I got my first metabolic test. This involved putting me on a bike, then pedaling at a steady cadence as they ratchet up the wattage. They do this until I cross my anaerobic threshold. The measurements are taken via heart rate monitor and a facemask that measures inhaled/exhaled oxygen and CO2. By [...]
I’m pretty sure the last time Apex went over 100 miles in a team-style ride, it was this last Summer during the annual epic ride. Today’s ride was indeed approaching epic proportions, not because of the distance, but the wicked climbing and wide-open road. Travis and Banko didn’t have fenders, so for everyone behind them [...]
Apex nailed down 5 of the top 10 spots in this Sunday’s Andy Salmon Kermesse! Race reports forthcoming.. RESULTS are posted on USA Cycling.
Cemanski, Alving, and myself drove around taking pics of the team while they suffered. It was a long, hilly ride on a really, really nice day! Here’s the set on flickr.
Yeah. This weekend turned out to be pretty crazy for Apex. It’s so crazy, heck, I think I’ll write a bit about it. The last week was sunny and in the 40′s here in Seattle. Everyone was romping around on their bikes getting in serious mileage. Meanwhile, I was missing work, sitting at home with [...]
Apex is hard at work in garages, rainy steets, and tae-bo studios around Seattle while we get ready for the 2012 race season. As we all know, hours on the trainer aren’t really fun, but you can do a lot to help that. Just throw on a chick flick, get some crappy boxed red wine, [...]
Lots of people are reluctant to claw their way up hills during rides and races. With a little preparation, hills can be reduced from an energy-sapping limiting factor to a short and calculated interval, well within your limits. Your goal should be to crest each hill with enough energy to jump back in a brisk [...]
What a day! The weather was gorgeous for spectating and racing. It wasn’t the muddy racing we’ve all come to love though. The grass was mostly dry, short, and smooth. There wasn’t a damn bit of elevation gain on the whole course and most of the flat sections were straight and wide open. So they [...]
Ridiculous! That’s what this one was like for me. Completely over the top, eye-opening, ass-kicking, grueling, humiliating, and enraging. This season’s been a good one for me. My first race was cat 4 and I’ve somehow ended up in the primetime race. The best part about it – I’ll be right here for a long, long time [...]
We have a Jason situation, folks. They’re multiplying. One of them was found partying today and the other was found sprinting. Kurt drove down today, along with Cemanski and myself. We show up and Connell walks up with a bag full of jello shots, consisting of some soco and redbull. Nice, I think I’ll have [...]
Travis showed Barry and I a really cool 3-mile hill circuit in Shoreline. It’s around the community college, winding through some residential streets. The whole thing is on 1-year old pavement so it is smooooooooth! There’s a nice hill to keep things honest too. We start at the corner of Greenwood and Innis Arden going [...]
Tonight’s commute home had a little added flavor! Char agreed to meet up at the Factoria Sbux for a little evening hill climbing. Char is new to the team so he was wearing his old teams kit, I think this was primary contributor to his cramping. After Montreux Char had to call it a night, [...]