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Threshold Heart Rate: The heart rate corresponding to one's lactate threshold power.
We've spoken at length in the past about lactate threshold, the point at which blood lactate begins to accumulate above resting levels. As most know, with effective training you can increase your lactate threshold power. What many don't realize is that threshold heart rate can also change. Whether you're training with power or with heart rate, regular physiology testing is important to re-establish your training zones and  ensure you're riding at the proper intensities...TESTING INFO
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It's hard to believe that we are already into August. Here at OES we're already starting to talk about planning for 2013! Where does the time go?  But first we are looking to finish out 2012 strong. We hope that you are too.

~The OES Team 
Preparing for a Rainy Day
You've probably noticed a recurring theme lately while preparing for your late afternoon ride...Rain! To say the recent moisture is a welcome sight for our state after a dry and dusty summer is an understatement. But don't let it dampen your training as you put the final touches on your fitness for those end of summer goals. Here are some helpful hints for riding in the wet...READ FULL ARTICLE

Colorado's Three Foot Law
Colorado's Three Foot Law
Colorado State Patrol reminds Colorado drivers to be safe and give cyclists three feet when passing...WATCH HERE
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin's latest cycling specific offering, the Edge 800 helps you make the most of your ride with navigation and performance monitoring. Building upon the features of Garmin's wildly popular Edge 500 cycling computer, the Edge 800 goes a step further; providing a large color touchscreen that's easy to read and navigate, a built-in basemap for turn by turn directions and accurate, GPS-based tracking for metrics such as distance, speed and elevation. Add an ANT+ compatible heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor or power meter to further track your workout. You can also easily upload your workout to the computer so you, or your coach, can analyze your ride and help you get the most out of your training.

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Special Offer From GranFondo Vail
"Gran Fondo" meaning "Big Ride" in Italian, are long distance, mass-participation cycling events that thrive across Italy. The inaugural GranFondo Vail, on August 19th, is an authentic cycling experience you can't miss...MORE INFO HERE

GranFondo Vail has extended a special offer to friends of OES. Receive 50% OFF when you use coupon code OPTIMIZE5050 during registration...REGISTER HERE
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
August 20th-26th
Back for its second year, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is sure to draw huge crowds yet again. Find your spot on the road and watch the worlds top pros as they tackle some of the most scenic and challenging roads that Colorado has to offer...MORE INFO HERE 

Stage 1: Durango - Telluride
Stage 2: Montrose - Crested Butte
Stage 3: Gunnison - Aspen
Stage 4: Aspen - Beaver Creek
Stage 5: Breckenridge - Colorado Springs
Stage 6: Golden - Boulder
Stage 7: Denver
Flagstaff Mountain
Featured as the finish of Stage 6 of the US Pro Challenge, the climb up Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder is a challenge to pros and amateurs alike. While the 3mi climb to the turnoff for the amphitheater is challenging enough (gaining roughly 1100ft), experienced riders know that the real climbing is still to come. The last 1.5mi to the top, known by locals as "Super Flag", gains another 900+ft and averages over 10% with a maximum gradient of 12.8%.

Upcoming OES Coach-led Training Rides

-Aug 12th (Sun) OES Climbing Clinic
-Aug 18th (Sat) OES Junior Team Ride
-Aug 26th (Sun) OES Junior Team Ride
-Sept 9th (Sun) OES Junior Team Ride

Please see the OES RIDES CALENDAR for further ride details.
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"The great thing with cycling is that it's very accessible... all the real fans are out there."


-Bradley Wiggins, following his gold medal winning ride in the Men's Individual Time Trial at the 2012 London Olympics.