At 12 years old and weighing 98 pounds, Tullahoma’s very own Levi Dykes brought home some big results for Balls Out Bicycle Racing and Highland Rim Bicycle Club at the Three River Rumble
Omnium in Rockwood, TN during the July 21-22 weekend. Most importantly, Levi won the 13-14 Tennessee State Championship Road Race on Sunday July 22nd!
On Saturday, July 21st, Levi won 1st place in the 13-14 Individual Time Trial (ITT) and 1st place overall 9-18 ITT with a 27-second lead over second place. The ITT was unusually short at only 1.35 miles in length with a half-mile climb to the finish. The start was an un-ramped standing start with no hold-assist. Levi arrived to the starting line with a heart rate of 145 beats per minute after a 8-mile warm-up. When the race official dropped his hand, Levi flawlessly clipped into his pedals and leapt from the line with a 600 watt sprint for the first ten seconds. As he transitioned into his Merckx aero position, he settled into a 250 watt output Continue reading →
The combo of heat and humidity here in middle TN can make summer cycling a bit challenging. We generally log most of our miles in the summer and with all this riding, we need to be sure to protect ourselves from the nasty things the heat brings on…dehydration, leg cramps, sunburn, saddle sores…to name a few.
Most of the nuisances of heat are preventable with a bit of preparation. For instance, ride early in the day or later in the day to avoid the hottest temperatures, hydrate before, during and after a ride, protect your skin with sunscreen and protective clothing, acclimate to the heat gradually, use chamois cream and wash your shorts right after you ride, replace electrolytes… Continue reading →
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.
To celebrate in Tullahoma, HRBike will host the Ride of Silence once again. (2017 ride pictured above) The ride happens world-wide on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 pm. HRBike Vice-Pres. Hunter Norris is coordinating the event in Tullahoma. Please make plans to attend and invite those you know who ride a bike. This is a great opportunity to promote cycling, to honor those hurt or killed while cycling, and to teach about sharing the road. Continue reading →