Kyle's Bikes Blog

  • Garmin Edge 820 Product Announcement

    Garmin Edge 820 and Garmin Edge Explore 820Garmin announced the new Edge 820 and Edge Explore 820 this week. Triathletes and anyone who refers to a bike ride as "training" should take a look at the Edge 820. The Edge Explore 820 lacks power meter support, structured workouts, and cycling analysis features, but is great for touring riders.

    We've been looking forward to an update to the Edge 800-series for some time and here it is. The Edge 820 has the soul of the 800-series (navigation in addition to training) in the size of the 500-series with some of the features that have been popping up in other Garmin products plus some brand new features. The Edge 820's little sibling, the Edge Explore 820, dials back the advanced training features, but still has ANT+ connectivity for heart rate, speed, and cadence sensors that you would not find in a typical navigation device.

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  • Race Across the West 2016: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper climbs on the way to Flagstaff in Race Across the West 2016Race Across the West
    928.4 miles
    Start: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    Oceanside, California to Durango, Colorado

    I’ve always said that I would have a hard time writing about a race that went well, and such has been the case for Race Across the West. 928 miles, from California to Colorado with over 50,000 feet of climbing. Yes, it went very well, and mostly according to plan. The race plan my coach put together had me arriving in Durango pretty close to Leah Goldstein’s record time from 2012 [2d 14h 3m]. Even with the extra 68 miles on this year’s course, we beat her record and his prediction, arriving in 2 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. The overall win was a bonus, and a tribute to my skilled crew.

    We had our share of trials. Three flat tires, and a loose headset resulting in a severe case of speed wobbles on a fast descent. A support vehicle that had to be towed out of the desert sand. Temps as high as 112, and lows in the 40s. Sandstorms, tough crosswinds, road construction, traffic, elk and wild horses on the road, hypothermia… and a rider determined to push the limits of sleep deprivation and exhaustion. We managed it all with good humor. I am so proud of my crew, and thrilled with what we accomplished.

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  • Top 10 Triathlon Travel Items

    Top 10 Triathlete Travel ItemsWhether you are traveling to a destination race or just a destination, check this list of our top 10 triathlon travel items.

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  • Sarah Cooper in Race Across the West

    Sara Cooper is racing in the Race Across the WestOn Tuesday, June 14, Sarah Cooper begins Race Across the West (RAW). This race from Oceanside, California to Durango, Colorado follows the first 928 miles of the RAAM route.

    UPDATE: Sarah Cooper has won Race Across the West, beating all the women and men! There are links to media coverage at the end of this article.

    Sarah has done multiple races around the 500-mile mark, and has always raced straight through without any rest breaks. (For perspective, those races take her around 30 hours.) There are no mandatory rest breaks in Race Across the West; however, taking rest breaks is necessary to complete this distance. It will be interesting to see when and for how long she takes them.

    The route takes racers through deserts, plains, and mountains. It climbs over the Sierra Mountains before crossing the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado are all part of the course.

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  • Find Relief from the Summer Sun

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    Find Relief from the Summer SunAs the days lengthen and the weather warms up, we have to do our workouts—including our long runs and bike rides—anyway. But if there is one thing we crave, it's relief from the summer sun.

    That's why we put our heads together and brainstormed all the tips and products we could think of that have made training in summer in Iowa easier for us. Here, we're sharing it with you.

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  • Will There Be a Fat Bike Triathlon?

    by Nathan Cline

    Will Jess do a fat bike triathlon?It seems that fat bike races are popping up all over in the last few years.  Heck, even USAC is jumping on the bandwagon with last year’s move to add a Fat Bike National Championships event. (Shout out to Amanda Miller—a native Iowan—who won last year!) As the race format dominos fall, I foresee fat biking continuing to become more and more popular. But will the sport adjust into existing race formats, like fat bike triathlon, or continue to forge its own path?

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