In this issue...
  • Griffen Demo Days
  • Athletes Like You: Meet Albert

  • Triple Sports Griffen Demo Days!

    4032 N. Miller Road
    (Next to Coffee Bean)

    This Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Stop in to see what Griffen bikes are all about. This is your opportunity to ride a great bike, meet the bike company owner, and have some fun!

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    25th Annual Foothills 10K, 5K

    6245 E. Cave Creek Rd
    Frontier Town
    Cave Creek

    Sat., Feb. 18
    8:30 a.m.
    Don't miss this gorgeous race full of rolling hills and desert beauty. No wonder it's 25 years and going strong!

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    Arrowhead Country Club Tri/Du

    19888 N. 73rd Ave

    Sunday, Feb. 19
    7:30 a.m.
    An early season pool race - what better way to wipe off those winter cobwebs!

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    Desert Classic Duathlon

    McDowell Mountain Park
    Fountain Hills

    Sunday, Feb. 26
    8 a.m.
    This is a beautiful race with a great reputation. Lots of fun and lots of great prizes!

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    Valley of the Sun Marathon 2006

    Usery Mountain Park

    Sunday, March 12
    6:15 a.m.
    Enjoy some gorgeous desert views at this half marathon and fun run. Call Sue Berliner at (480) 657-5373 for more information.

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    Triple Sports NA Group Ride

    4032 N. Miller Road
    (Next to the Coffee Bean)

    7:30 a.m.
    Join us for a challenging but fun ride through Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Rides will be 20-30 miles, with options for those of you wanting to go shorter or longer. Two groups will average around 16-20 miles per hour.

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    Triple Sports
    Gear + Apparel for the Everyday Athlete
    February 2006

    RNR Greetings!

    Join us this weekend for Triple Sports? Griffen Demo Days! This is your opportunity to ride one of the fastest bikes at Kona!

    Tony Free, maker of Griffen?s ultra-light, ultra- responsive boron carbide mmc frames (read more below), will be at Triple Sports this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to give you ? our loyal customers ? an opportunity to experience the smooth handling and speed of Griffen.

    And ? this Saturday only ? you can stock up on winter gear at 25% to 40% off! Sale items include winter run and cycling apparel and accessories from Sugoi, Zoot, Pearl Izumi and Hind.

    Kara + Brian Anderson (with Kara's mom [left] and aunt pictured above at the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon!)

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    Ride the best!

    For car fanatics, having Enzo Ferrari, Ferrucio Lamborghini or even Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz explain the vision behind or construction of the world?s finest autos would be a dream come true.

    The finite-nature of life, unfortunately, makes that impossible.

    But for bike aficionados looking for the perfect ride and a chance to chat with the guy who created it, dreams can come true. ?I?ll have a whole trailer full of bikes for people to ride,? said Tony Free, owner of Griffen USA. ?We?ll have a great time.?

    Free will be at Triple Sports this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Feb. 3, 4 & 5) to showcase his impressive line of triathlon and road bikes. Riders can take advantage of his overwhelming knowledge of bicycle craftsmanship and try out ? free of charge ? various Griffen styles.

    Griffen offers one of the smoothest rides around with the added benefit of never fatiguing. To the bicycle rider, an indefatigueable metal matrix composite translates to a feel that is the same whether it is the first or the 500th trip out the door, Free said.

    Mac Cummins of Mesa, a triathlete training for Ironman Arizona in April, said his Dave Scott signature bike offers performance that he has rarely experienced.

    ?I'm not sure where to start about my Griffen. It's easily the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden,? Cummins said. ?I feel really fresh off the bike and onto the run, which is really my main interest.?

    As president of Wisconsin?s Fox Cities Triathlon Club, Alan Cherkasky has had an opportunity to ride many bikes. But it was his love of the Griffen ride, he said, that has kept the company at the forefront of club activities.

    ?They are just the most unbelievable bikes in the world,? Cherkasky said. ?They ride beautifully. I believe in the product, I believe in the company, and I believe in Tony.?

    As the only Griffen dealer in Arizona, Triple Sports is able to take advantage of special pricing considerations. Brian Anderson, who owns and operates the downtown Scottsdale-based store with his wife, Kara, said buyers can grow their purchasing power with discounts and product allowances.

    ?We really try to work with people to help connect them with a customizable bike that doesn?t break the bank,? Brian said. ?Riders will be happy with Griffen, but we also want them to be happy with Triple Sports.?

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    An ultra-runner to the core

    Albert Shank?s idea of a perfect Saturday doesn?t include a leisurely morning reading the newspaper over coffee and scones. Shank, a 37-year-old husband, father and ultra-runner from Phoenix, would much prefer waking up early and hitting the trails for a quick, four-hour jaunt through the desert.

    Shank began running consistently about a decade ago. He got into ultra-running, he said, because shorter races didn?t push him hard enough.

    ?That, and a friend and colleague of mine tricked me into doing a 50K in March of 2000,? Shank says. ?Actually, it didn?t quite happen that way. He told me it would be fun, and that I would have no problem finishing because I was hiking so much at the time.?

    Albert entered his first 50K with very little run training behind him.

    ?I finished, and it was the most excruciating, wonderful experience I ever had,? he says. ?I was hooked, and have since done 11 more ultras and several marathons, among other shorter distances.?

    Today, Shank is a passionate ultra-runner. The only bad training days, he says, are the days he can?t run because of sickness or other obligations.

    ?I do almost all of my training by myself on trails,? Shank says. ?I like the solitude and peace of running out in nature. I like ultra-marathons because I enjoy the extreme physical challenge it gives.?

    Shank?s next adventure? He?s doing the Pemberton 50K trail run in February and the Zane Grey 50 mile endurance run in April.

    ?I'm going for a PR (at Zane Grey),? Shank says. ?That race has chewed me up and spit me out two out of three times. I want revenge!!!?

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