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October 19th, 2011

Millcreek Bicycles Welcomes Specialized

Millcreek Bicycles is moving into the new year with some exciting news.

2012 will mark our 17th year serving the Salt Lake City cycling community and our dedication has never been stronger. Since the beginning, we have grown to accommodate the advancing needs of our customers and embraced industry changes as they have come along. From the glory days of rigid forks and down-tube shifters, to the modern era of carbon frames and 11-speeds, Millcreek Bicycles has helped customers make the transition to new technologies and delivered quality customer service the entire time. While our shop has undergone many changes, none will be bigger than what we have in store for the future. Beginning in January, our floor space will expand to nearly double the square footage and our selection of brands will undergo several changes. It has always been our goal to provide customers with the best products available and that is why we have decided to add Specialized to our line up. Our partnership with Specialized will enable us to offer our clientele a wider array of cycling options and propel us into a new realm. While the addition of Specialized is sure to attract some new faces, we will still maintain our excellent relationships with bicycle manufacturers like Rocky Mountain, Seven, Parlee, Ritte, Waterford and Gunnar. We look forward to the upcoming season and your support means the world to us. Stay tuned over the winter to get updates on the progress of our renovations and join in on the conversation to help us become the best shop that we can be.

 

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon,

 

The team at Millcreek Bicycles.

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October 14th, 2011

2012 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Line-up

The most exciting time of the year has arrived! 2012 year model bikes are starting to trickle in and we are anxiously anticipating the new styles and designs. For 2012, Rocky Mountain Bicycles is making a few changes to some of its classics and producing other exciting options across their line.

2012 element 970

In the mountain realm, Rocky has added a 29″ option to the Element line.  The Element 970,950, and 930 will incorporate all the same technologies of the original Element, but will offer the smooth riding and handling characteristics of a 29er.  The stiff alloy frame is very responsive and riders will delight in the efficient peddling of this machine.  The new paint scheme of the  Element 70 Carbon is also very attractive, clean and simple.

The same predictable performance of the Altitude will keep loyal riders coming back for more.  The only modification to this line is that the Altitude 29er will now be know as the 970, and will be available in one trim level (XT/FOX).  The freeride crowd will be happy to see that not much has changed on the 2012 Slayer.  Main differences come in the replacement of the Fox 36 Talus with the Fox 36 Float, and the addition of the Rockshox Reverb pneumatic seatpost in the Slayer 70.  Otherwise, the platform stays the same.

rocky mountain vertex 990Also for 2012, the launch of the Vertex 990, a 29er Carbon Hardtail.  Fitting the niche for an ultra light hardtail 29, the Vertex 990 RSL will surely be seen on Cross-country race podiums around the world.

For road cyclists, Rocky has made minimal design or build changes to their great line of roadies.  The Prestige,  Solo, and Oxygen models will still thrill the avid riders and deliver reliable performance across multiple disciplines.  We can custom fit any of these great bikes to your specifics and guarantee a more comfortable ride than you’ve ever experienced.  Come on in and check out the new line ups and talk to us about your goals for next season.

 

 

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October 7th, 2011

Weekend Cycling Events: 24Hours of Moab/ City Creek Bike Sprint

Despite the questionable forecast for this weekend, there are still two excellent rides taking place.  The 24 Hours of Moab is steeped in mountain biking tradition and brings together an interesting crowd.  The race is entering its 16th season and is using an area locally know as “Behind-the-Rocks” as the venue.  This scenic course offers challenging climbs and thrilling descents.  With some unsettled weather descending on the region, it looks to be an exciting race.  Teams and individual riders will be competing in this year’s race and the winners are decided by who completes the most laps.  There are a variety of categories to keep things entertaining and the spectators are as fun to watch as the competitors.

The City Creek Bike Sprint is a fun race that brings out a multitude of rider types and age groups.  The goal is simple, get to the top of City Creek as quickly as possible.  Or, just mosey on up and enjoy the ride amongst the colorful fall foliage.  The current course records are 22.59.91 for women and 20.40.48 for men.  Grab your rig and meet us at the base of the canyon for an exciting ride in one of the Wasatch’s prettiest canyons.

Be sure to stop by Millcreek Bicycles for your last minute nutritional items, extra clothing, or additional parts.  We will be open until 7pm tonight and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow.

Good luck to all of this year’s competitors.

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October 3rd, 2011

The Doper Next Door: Book Signing Nov. 4th

Andrew Tilin book

We’ve all heard about the controversies surrounding the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport.  In fact, in the case of Major League Baseball, the United States Congress saw it worthy of full investigations that required full funding from American tax payers.  Why should we pay for this kind of investigation? One man, Andrew Tilin, took the research into his own hands regarding the use of steroids in bicycle racing.  Tilin, an avid amateur competitor, spent one full year taking a variety of performance enhancing drugs to try and give him an edge.  After his self-induced research, Tilin realized just how dramatically these kinds of drugs affected his body, mind, and spirit.  It also took a heavy toll on his family life and interpersonal relationships.  The entire experience was quite interesting and Tilin decided to write a book about his trials and revelations.  In The Doper Next DoorMy Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance Enhancing Drugs, he portrays how his life changed and intimately describes the costs of  using these drugs.  Andrew Tilin will be coming through Salt Lake City this November and will be stopping in at MillCreek Bicycles for a book reading and signing.  There is no charge for admission and we encourage you to come and share in his experience.  The event will take place on FRIDAY November 4th at 6pm.  Stay tuned for more info and we look forward to seeing you then.

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September 28th, 2011

Cyclocross Season Starts This Saturday

cyclocross racing

Off the bike and up the hill

As we begin a new month, we also begin a new bicycle racing season.  Saturday October 1st marks the start of the Utah Cyclocross season.  The first race will be held at the Utah State Fairpark and features a fast riding course with relatively little elevation change.  The season runs from early October and culminates with the State Championships in early December.  As the season gains momentum, riders will be looking to hone their skills and adapt their race strategy to become more competitive. The true excitement of CX racing lies in the ever changing course conditions as the weather changes.  It is not uncommon for riders to be mucking through mud or slipping through snow.  It adds a dynamic element to the events and separates the field from the good and the lucky.  Check out any one of the races this year as a spectator and cheer on your favorite riders.  Or, if you looking to try your hand at the sport,  UTCX also offers classes for beginners.  Millcreek Bicycles team rider and long time bike commuter, Lou Melini, is looking forward to the season and will be striving for the podium in the Masters 55+ category.  Good luck to Lou and all the other racers in this season’s events.

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September 26th, 2011

Draper VeloDrome

draper velo park

As many of you avid riders may have heard, there is currently a project in the works for a VeloDrome, and corresponding velo-park, to be built in Draper, Utah.  The proposed facilities are slated to be built across from Corner Canyon near the east bench of the Wasatch Mountains.  City planners are currently developing the park to include an outdoor velodrome, mountain bike skills and pump tracks, cyclocross course, criterium course, roller derby track, and climbing wall.  The construction cost are estimated to be around $3.35 Million and a Non-Profit  called  Salt Lake VeloDrome Association is helping to raise awareness and funding for the project.

utah velodrome

Original Velodrome

Historically, Utah has been a leader in sports park development.  Dating back to the early 1900s,  a velodrome built near the SaltAir Venue along the shores of the Great Salt Lake served a a premiere bicycle training ground in the western United States. There was also an outdoor velodrome built near the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.  After a fire that destroyed the venue, Utah has been without a velodrome.  They have, however, invested millions in building Olympic caliber ice-skating ovals and winter sports parks.  Hoping to return to the glory days, Draper City is garnering support for this next level sports facility.

Additional info can be found at Drapercyclepark. Get involved online and sign the Petition for the new park!  Community support is of utmost importance for this project.

 

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September 22nd, 2011

Fall and Winter Clothing: Stay Comfortable In Every Condition

As the summer fades and the days grow shorter, cyclists throughout the Wasatch begin their transition towards the end of the season.  However, that doesn’t mean that they have to stop riding all together.  Millcreek Bicycles carries a wide selection of clothing that is designed to keep you comfortable, even when the conditions are not.  In fact, the fall can be a beautiful time to ride as the Aspen and Scrub Oak turn their many shades of red, yellow, and orange.  Traversing through the mountains can be extremely relaxing as the mid-day temperatures become more mild.  Once the leaves start to fall and the season shifts to winter, riders can relax knowing there are many options to keep them warm on those bitter cold days. Whether on the road or on the trail, we will take care of all your clothing needs.

Gore Bike Wear:

For over 20 years, Gore has been designing high-tech clothing for outdoor enthusiasts.  Their great bicycle clothing is no exception.  When the weather starts to deteriorate on a long ride, you will be glad you have some Gore Bike Wear to keep you dry and comfortable.  Their entire line-up of men’s and women’s clothing carries their commitment to making riding more enjoyable, and through technical fabrics like Gore-tex and Windstopper, you won’t have to worry when the conditions suddenly change.  Specifically designed for a cyclist’s changing movements, all clothing offers superior range of motion and optimal functionality.   Check in with our shop for any questions on our selection, and be sure to check out Gore’s website for additional information on their advanced products.

Castelli

Steeped in European tradtion, Castelli has been on the forefront of product innovation for over a century.  Their jerseys and cycling wear have dominated in the most demanding races throughout the world, and their passion for excellence transcends their entire line of clothing.  This fall and winter, riders can expect to see a variety of new options that will enable them to preform as if they were wearing nothing at all.  Made from super-light, yet resilient and warm fabrics, Castelli continues to uphold their brand heritage.  Lightweight jackets and tights keep riders happy as they battle the elements.  If you compete in cool temperatures and ever changing conditions, its hard to beat Castelli.  Check out Castelli’s website for more info.

At Millcreek Bicycles, we want to help all our friends in the cycling community choose the right gear.  From proper layering techniques to preparing yourself for the coming seasons, our expertise will help you find what you are looking for.  Stay tuned to our blog for updates on rides and products throughout the next month.

Cheers!

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September 12th, 2011

LOTOJA Results

A strong head-wind greeted LOTOJA riders as they came into Jackson on Saturday.  After just over nine hours of ride time, Curtis Doman of Team Revolution/Cafe Rio, placed first in the Cat 1 division.  For the majority of the day the weather was quite delightful.  A much milder starting temperature compared to last year’s near freezing conditions made for high spirits and warm muscles.  Clinton Mortley and Justin Wilson rounded out the top three.  Check out the full RESULTS for the rest of the riders.  A great showing by all participants kept the LOTOJA tradition alive and well.  Remember, its almost winter, so come by MillCreek Bicycles to check out our great selection of trainers to get ready for next season.  Its never too early to get prepared for next year’s race and we will be happy to get you on the right track.

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September 6th, 2011

LOTOJA- The Tradition Continues

lotoja logo

This Saturday, September 10th, marks the 29th year of the LOTOJA Classic.  This 206-mile, euro-style, grin(d)-fest begins in Logan, Utah and pushes all the way through to Jackson, Wyoming.  For nearly three decades, riders from all across the country have come to test their might against grueling hill climbs, blistering descents, and mind-altering fatigue.  Within the first 110 miles, racers are treated to three mountain passes that offer a taste of what LOTOJA is all about.  Over the entirety of the course, racers will climb over 9,700 feet and descend over 7,900 feet.  During last year’s race, Ski Utah Team Rider and Millcreek Bicycles Elite Team Athlete, Garrett Burbidge, pulled out a victory in 9:06:13.  Burbidge will return this year to defend his title.

Acting as support in years past, it is quite the spectacle to see the Peloton churring up the final mountain pass before cresting the range and heading into Jackson.  The LOTOJA Classic is sanctioned by the United States Cycling Federation (USCF) and acts as a fitting end to racing in the Rockies.  Our love and energy goes out to all of this year’s competitors and we look forward to hearing some great tales of battle.

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August 13th, 2011

Weekend Bicycle Events

 

 

 

A busy weekend awaits the cycling citizens of Salt Lake City.  The Snowbird Hill Climb is already underway and the punishment is in full swing.  Riders will start in Sandy and grind their way up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Entry 2 at the Bird.  For those daring (or crazy) enough, once reaching the road finish riders can switch bicycle in Gad Valley and head up to Hidden Peak @ 11,000 feet.  It promises to be an exciting finish.

After the morning’s events, spectators can grab their second dose of cycling action and head towards the capital for Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah. This grueling circuit race will traverse City Creek Canyon Road, roll across the upper Avenues, blaze down Virginia Street towards South Temple, and then lap back to the Capital for the next go around.  This race comprises 11 laps of 7.4 miles for a grand total of 81.4 miles.  Spectators will be able watch the race from a variety of locations along the route.

Sunday:

The final day of the Tour of Utah, aka the Queen Stage, will begin in Park City at 11am.  Racers will then being the 100 mile torture fest through the mountains and canyons and finish at Snowbird.  The Little Cottonwood Canyon road will be closed for this portion of the race, so spectators are encouraged to arrive early and claim their spots.  After yesterday’s TT, Levi Leipheimer snatched the leader’s jersey and will be defending his title as the Tour comes to a close.  Good luck to all the racers who participated in this year’s event.

 

 

 

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