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A Day in the Life of a Team Manager: Breckenridge 2015 USA Pro-Challenge

By: Melany Arnot

Among other things, this year’s USA Pro Cycling (USAPC) Challenge in Breckenridge was special in hosting the first annual Women’s USAPC Challenge. I was able to spend some time with Lisa Hunt, manager of the Amy D. Foundation women’s cycling team. I went into my time with Lisa without expectations, as I had no clue what means to manage a team of six professional female cyclists from all over the country.

The Amy D. Foundation team was one of 12 female teams racing in the Women’s USAPC Challenge. It is also one of the few “composite teams,” meaning they pull members from far and wide to make their ideal Amy D powerhouse team. When I arrived at the house where Amy D. team members were staying in Breckenridge, the women had just flown into Colorado and met their teammates within the past 24 hours. There were three Colorado members on the team, including Mara Abbott, a Boulder, Colo., resident and one of the teams more well-known athletes. (Abbott ended up taking third place overall in the women’s inaugural event.)

So what does it take to hold a team of six world-class athletes together? Attention to detail — not only from a physical and mental standpoint, but housing, logistics, nutrition and a million other moving parts that all need to blend seamlessly.

Here’s are just some of the things a team manager must do before, during and after each race:
• Gather information for athletes to pre-ride the course for the time trail
• Scheduling massages for all six cyclist
• Work with the bike technician to make final adjustments before race day
• Ensuring proper nutrition of the Amy D athletes
• Attend a two-hour press conference with selected riders
• Attend registration with UCI (International Cycling Union) racing officials for athletes
• Attend the pre-race meeting to get final directions from the race director
• Arrive at team preparation area the morning of the race for warm up and gear check
• Communicate via radio contact with bike techs and support drivers while athletes are on course
• See each rider across start and finish line
• Aid in proper cool down and post-race nutrition
• Ensure proper care is taken with all race equipment
• Attend awards and all post-race media interactions
• Ensure proper rest for the next race stage

And that’s just the race-related stuff. Between housing, transportation to and from race events, and countless other details, it’s a wonder that team managers get any sleep!

I was also privileged to work alongside the Women’s USAPC Challenge race coordinator Laura Charameda, who gave me a “big picture” perspective of coordinating 12 teams at once. These two women (and many others) put their blood, sweat and tears into making the inaugural USAPC Challenge a success, and are committed to raising women’s cycling to the same level of prestige and awareness as men’s cycling.

You go girls!









Peak One Summit Hike and History — Frisco, Colorado

Written by: Melany Arnot

Peaks Trial

Trail Flowers

Peak One. The name alone elevates your imagination! Peak One of our stunning Tenmile Range is located right off Main Street in Frisco, Colorado. The 12,805 foot summit is accessible via a 6.9 mile out-and-back trail offering glimpses into the past. Remnants of old miner’s cabins and numerous old mines sprinkle the landscape. It becomes easy to think about the way life was more than a hundred years ago. These old cabins were filled with families all looking for one thing — gold. What was left of this town, Masontown, was wiped out by an avalanche in 1912 and demolished by another slide in 1926. One last destruction of the area occurred when a fire in 1968 left just the rubble we see today.

I made my way down Main Street Frisco heading toward I-70. The trailhead is located .4 miles off Highway 9. Turn left on 2nd Street and follow 2nd an additional .5 miles until you reach the trailhead parking area at the end of the road. I stopped along the way for a little pre-hike fuel at the Butterhorn Bakery where I devoured the lox and bagel plate. Fresh salmon, cream cheese, capers and red onion, all stacked to perfection on a homemade bagel. I knew this would be the ticket to prepare me for the 3,686 feet of elevation gain that was quickly approaching.

After taking a careful audit of my pack and ensuring everything on my gear list was inside, I began my approach. The trail is quiet and peaceful. I try to start my longer hikes early in the day; there are fewer people and I have a better chance of missing the afternoon monsoon rainstorm.

Along the way I encountered fox, chipmunk, a variety of birds, wildflowers and a few mushrooms native to the area. Once I reached the summit I snapped photos looking up the Tenmile Range toward Breckenridge, over to Copper Mountain, and Lake Dillon. The views are astonishing. There was a sense of solitude standing on this peak. I inhaled in the pure high country air to re-energize for the descent.

I took my time coming off the peak. I carefully placed each step, avoiding slipping in the loose rock and scree on my way. The descent took me a little longer than anticipated. I passed fellow hikers on the way; we exchanged friendly smiles. We were all in the same place, seeking the same thing: quality time in the great outdoors!

Arriving back at the trail, I removed my pack and traded hiking shoes for flip flops. I’d acquired a thirst that needed to be quenched. I head to the Moose Jaw Saloon on Main Street. This place is a little rough around the edges but the history and outdoor patio make it a cool summer stop. The building was originally Frisco’s first little school house and tends to be filled with chatty locals who are already a few beers deep. I enjoyed a cold local pint and then made my way further down Main Street for an Ahi Salad at The Boatyard. This spot also offers a large back patio, local beers and craft cocktails.

The rain clouds began to build and the temperature was dropping. I headed home feeling thankful for my time spent playing outside in the Colorado sun. Ready to relax for the remainder of my day, I pulled out the trail maps to plan my next adventure. Stay tuned!









Breckenridge welcomes USA Pro-cycling Challenge

By: Melany Arnot

Breckenridge welcomes the Men’s and Women’s USA pro-cycling challenge! The racers will be arriving in Breckenridge tomorrow afternoon. At approximately 3:45 p.m. the Men’s Stage Four cyclists will be crossing the finish line. The race finish is just over 24 hours away but our little mountain town is already bustling with excitement. We are witnessing the transformation from high country oasis to cycling sanctuary. The VIP tent is under construction, the grandstands on Main Street are erect and cycling related artwork is popping up all over town.

Breckenridge Pro-Cycle  Summit Mountain Rentals

Breckenridge Pro-Cycle
Summit Mountain Rentals

Now that the stage is set for the big event, where do you head to spectate? The Stage Four finish in Breckenridge will happen on Main Street in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Main Street will be busting at the seams with fans who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the peloton. For folks who want the local viewing spot and don’t mind missing the photo finish, take a short walk from Main Street up Wellington, or continue up to Moonstone (the final climb of Stage Four). Get there early as folks tend to make the finish an all-day event. From firsthand experience I can inform you there will not be a dull moment. From live DJ’s, lawn games, chalk art, water fights and risqué costumes, boredom is not in cards.

Be sure to have your parking and viewing location in mind well in advance. Road and parking lot closures will make inadequate planning a deal breaker.

Remember: proper prior planning prevents poor performance!

Be safe and enjoy race day. Good luck cyclists.

See links below for Stage Four race map and road closure information:

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/uploads/images/2015-maps/uspcc-2015-stage4-map-final-v2.pdf









Breckenridge has developed an outlet for your creative energy!

Written by: Melany ArnotBreck Create photo

Breckenridge is full of adventure, creativity and passion. The Colorado high country and majestic Rocky Mountains have long fueled artists’ inspiration, from painters such as Bierstadt and Remington to renowned photographers Jackson and Fielder. The sights, sounds and smells trigger your imagination and allow your thoughts to wander.

Now, The Town of Breckenridge has developed an outlet for your creative energy! Breck Create, located on Ridge Street in downtown Breckenridge, is the perfect place to share your artistic talents as well as learn new skills and techniques. The space is a series of small historic buildings all geared toward different mediums. From a hot shop metals workshop, a ceramics studio, printmaking, textiles and painting, there is truly something for everyone.

The space also offers an opportunity for resident artist to share their knowledge. Artist from all of the world arrive in Breckenridge to share their art and offer workshops open to the community. Much of the art and music offerings are made possible by volunteers. The next large event and volunteer opportunity is the inaugural Breckenridge International Festival of Art which will run August 14–23, 2015. If you are in the Summit County area and would like to spend some time getting an insider’s look into the art community, please reach out to Breck Create at 970/453/3187 for additional details.

Also, take a look at Breck Create’s weekly events calendar. There’s always something new and exciting going on, so check in often!

http://www.breckcreate.org/calendar/action~posterboard/cat_ids~5/









Breckenridge has developed an outlet for your creative energy!

Written by: Melany ArnotBreck Create photo

Breckenridge is full of adventure, creativity and passion. The Colorado high country and majestic Rocky Mountains have long fueled artists’ inspiration, from painters such as Bierstadt and Remington to renowned photographers Jackson and Fielder. The sights, sounds and smells trigger your imagination and allow your thoughts to wander.

Now, The Town of Breckenridge has developed an outlet for your creative energy! Breck Create, located on Ridge Street in downtown Breckenridge, is the perfect place to share your artistic talents as well as learn new skills and techniques. The space is a series of small historic buildings all geared toward different mediums. From a hot shop metals workshop, a ceramics studio, printmaking, textiles and painting, there is truly something for everyone.

The space also offers an opportunity for resident artist to share their knowledge. Artist from all of the world arrive in Breckenridge to share their art and offer workshops open to the community. Much of the art and music offerings are made possible by volunteers. The next large event and volunteer opportunity is the inaugural Breckenridge International Festival of Art which will run August 14–23, 2015. If you are in the Summit County area and would like to spend some time getting an insider’s look into the art community, please reach out to Breck Create at 970/453/3187 for additional details.

Also, take a look at Breck Create’s weekly events calendar. There’s always something new and exciting going on, so check in often!

http://www.breckcreate.org/calendar/action~posterboard/cat_ids~5/









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