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303Endurance Podcast

Aug 8, 2020

Today's feature interview is with Dave Hagen, an alum of Fort Lewis College ('04), has led the FLC Cycling Team as the Director since 2004. Prior to that, he was a professional on the Yeti mountain biking team from 1991-93.  The FLC Cycling program has become one of the top, if not the best, cycling programs in the nation. Since 1994, the program has recorded 23 National Championships and compete in the USA Cycling Varsity Division 1. The team competes in five disciplines throughout the course of the year: track, mountain biking, cyclocross, BMX and road.

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Interview with Dave Hagen:

Dave Hagen, the Director and Head Coach of the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. FLC Cycling has been a premier collegiate cycling program since 1994, and has won 22 FLC Cycling Team National Titles and 4 team omnium national championships. We are going to talk about David's athletic and coaching career, the world of collegiate cycling and path to pro, building and maintaining a strong cycling program, his coaching philosophy, the challenges and rewards of coaching the FLC team.  Let's get into the interview with Dave Hagen!

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Endurance News:

Triathlete Magazine Tri Bike Review

Ironman Announces Taupo as Host of 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Ironman today announced that Taupo, New Zealand will host the 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championships on Dec. 10-11, 2022. Taupo was slated to host the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Nov. 28-29, but that race was postponed and then canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While it was disappointing to have to cancel the 2020 edition of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship it’s great news for our athletes around the world, those in New Zealand, and the wider Taupo community, that we’ve been able to secure this magical location for a world championship event in 2022,” said Andrew Messick, President & CEO of the Ironman Group in a press release. “Taupo is an iconic Ironman destination and we look forward to having the best triathletes in the world head to New Zealand for what will be a week-long celebration of triathlon.”

The 2021 70.3 World Championships will take place on Sept. 17 and 18 in St. George, Utah. Ironman says that the previously announced 2022 finalist cities of Klagenfurt, Austria and Lahti, Finland will now carry forward to 2023 with an announcement of the selected destination to come.


Help Support Team USA Athletes via the Giving Games

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games has impacted many American triathletes and paratriathletes. USA Triathon has teamed up with several U.S. Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to launch the Giving Games, an effort to support and sustain U.S. sport organizations and their athletes on their journey to the postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralymic Games in 2021.

Between July 24th and August 9th (the original dates of the Tokyo 2020 Games), the USA Triathlon Foundation is conducting a direct fundraising campaign, asking for your support to fund our athletes and their mission to transform lives though sport by providing resources to swim, bike, and run for all.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced the elite domestic and International Triathlon Union (ITU) racing seasons to be put on pause, removing many U.S. triathletes’ sole source of income via prize money and sponsor incentives,” said David Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director. “The postponement of the Tokyo Games adds another year of costs for athletes including travel, coaching expenses, training facilities and equipment. USA Triathlon is proud to take part in Giving Games, providing a unique opportunity for Olympic and Paralympic fans across the country to give back to the athletes who will inspire them next year in Tokyo.”


What's New in the 303:

550 Mile Bikepacking on Colorado Trail–Go Sasha Underwood!

August 6th, Littleton: Sasha Underwood started her solo bike journey today and is planning to ride the Colorado Trail in ten days. That’s over 50 miles of single track, hike-a-bike, not easy riding every day. All of that while carrying everything she needs; clothes, food, tent, sleeping bag, tools, stove, hydration supplies, and a lot of mental toughness and grit! She did mail ahead some food to a couple of towns along the way but otherwise is self supported.

Sasha has been working for weeks to figure it out. She has a detailed guide book that shows all possible water sources, detailed terrain profiles and shows her how to get around several wilderness areas that don’t allow cyclist. That is why it’s 550 miles, one detour adds about 70 miles near Kenosha Pass and there are a few others.

Sasha has completed Ironman’s, guided visual impaired athletes and completed no shortage of amazing things. But the mental toughness required for this journey is unparalleled.


Chatfield 70.3 Athlete Guide

With all of my athlete's races being cancelled (the most recent being last week's IM Boulder 70.3), I decided to design our own makeup Boulder 70.3 (Highlands Ranch style).  I've called it CHATFIELD 70.3 and designed a course that is contained within Chatfield.

The Gravel Pond is 900 meters from one end to the other, and 1800 round trip.  1.2 miles is 1931, so 1800 is going to be pretty close. 

I rode from the Santa Fe side of Chatfield to Titan Rd - the new road that winds it's way though newly paved roundabouts.  It's 10 miles from one end to the other.   2.75 laps is 56 miles of smooth road and traffic with a max speed of 35 and no real intersection other than the roundabouts

The run course is inspired by the IRONMAN BOULDER RUN Flux Capacitor and Back to the Future and has 3 out and backs (or  fingers) from the Transition Area.  From T2 athletes head east on "the Queen K" of Chatfield (Chatfield State Park Rd} to the Model Air Field Rd at 3 miles and turnaround heading back toward the Transition Area.  That part of the course is black pavement, exposed and goes out to an airport.  On the second out/back, athletes will continue west and then north on the sidewalk path to the south edge of the Swim Beach Parking and turn around at 8.25 miles and return to the Aid Station at 10 miles.  On the final out/back athletes head out of the transition area south on the dirt road adjacent to the Gravel Pond on go to 11.5 miles and turnaround back to the Finish Line at 13.1 miles.. 


Video of the Week:

6% Faster In 6 Weeks | Ironman Triathlete Swim Analysis


Upcoming Interviews:

Dave Scott to join our list of Mt Rushmore of IRONMAN interviews.


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Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!