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My legs are angry!

They are!

They are mad!

They  are furious.

And they need to talk.

They need to talk about all this stuff.

They need to talk to you

I mean, what is the deal?

An army of people out there thinking up ways

To torture my poor gentle, loving legs.

Spending their days constructing psycho training.

And nasty ideas to undermine my legs

Legs people!

All people and they're constantly trying to beat us.

Beat us, whip us, and make us go away.

Well, my legs are not going away

They are pissed off and they staying right here.

Is there anything your legs have ever been angry at?

Hmm.

Ever been angry at?

Yes, again it all has to do with the...

The losing aspect,

When they arer not ready.

When they havn't been, um...

When they havn't been warmed up? Let's just begin with intervals. What the hell is that?

A dry wad of sprinting up there.

Why can't they find a way to subtly lubricate sprinting?

As soon as my legs sees it, it they goes into shock!

They closes up.

They says, "forget it."

You have to work with the legs, introduce them to things

Prepare the way.

That's what spinning all about.

You've got to convince my legs, seduce my legs, engage my leg’s trust.

You can't do that! With intervals.

You probably don't remember, but they used to have, uh,

elastic belts with little hooks and they handed you a pad

That was like thick enough

For barbie to use as a raft, you know?

It was like gigantic.

I remember when I was,

After I’d started my sprinting,

Spending a summer trying to get fast

How to the pressure on.

And i remember sort of sprinting over a mirror,

For days and days and days trying to find the way .

Well, my legs they angry.

They need to talk.

What it takes to Conquer a 13,732 ft KOM

This season, members of the elite H24 Marc Pro Strava squad will share their highs, lows, victories and stories from the road as they set out in hot pursuit of podiums and adventure. Before the season proper even started, though, Marc Pro Strava rider Justin Rossi was already making big waves in Hawaii. Vacation can mean taking a break. If you have an especially supportive family and spouse, it can mean laying down some base miles, too. For Rossi, his offseason trip to Hawaii provided the launch pad for an adventure that required a shoe change and resulted in one of the most exotic, spectacular and challenging KOMs in the United States.

It was really hard to lift this thing over my head

It was really hard to lift this thing over my head

Summiting Mauna Kea, Justin Rossi’s story:

Usually once a year my wife Tasha and I plan a trip to Hawaii to escape the cold winter of Reno, NV. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the consistent 80 degree temps found on the islands, but it’s also an excuse to train on some of the most epic terrain you can find. We decided to try something different than Maui this year and booked a trip for Kona. Soon after, I started playing with the Strava Segment explore feature to find what the island would have to offer. I quickly realized there is an abundance of epic climbs, with the most jaw dropping being the ascent from Hilo, HI to the summit of Mauna Kea. I noticed that the leaderboard only had 17 finishers on it and soon realized this was no typical climb.

Starting at mile 34 and 9200’ there’s a 4.8-mile section of gravel that averages a 10% gradient. I didn’t want to go through the trouble of bringing my road bike and renting a mountain bike to attempt the climb, so I decided I would give it a go on my Giant TCR with my bomber Ritchey Zeta II’s with tubeless 28’s. Other than that, I installed an 11-32 cassette along with my Standard cranks for the extra help in the steep sections. I also needed a 4WD sag vehicle for water, food and clothing. Thankfully, I had a willing wife to drive it.

After arriving on the island, we soon got word that the road to Mauna Kea had been closed due to snow and ice on the summit. This was a major bummer, but I was confident that the road would clear before we left in eight days. For the next five days I was in a holding pattern. I would get up and call the ranger station to find out the road was still closed, but luckily the Island has the most amazing roads, and I filled each day with a new and challenging ride. On day six, after five days of intense training, I called and got word that the road was open and to proceed with caution as there were still many areas with ice and snow. Tasha and I took the two-hour drive to the beautiful town of Hilo, and I started my adventure. I triple checked the segment and the maps to make sure I was going the right way and set off on my quest.

The first two hours of the ride were great. I climbed out of the town of Hilo on a small road that wound through a lush scenery, and I quickly made it to saddle road. I focused on holding a particular wattage and held back knowing what I was in for near the top. The climb from Hilo to Mauna Kea Access road is roughly 28 miles with 6700’ of climbing. Other than a few narrow spots there is a huge shoulder to ride in and a great view of Mauna Kea to your right side, a constant reminder of how far you have to go. I made quick work of the first section and made the turn up Mauna Kea Access Road just past two hours. The road gives you a chance to enjoy the view towards Hilo, but within a few miles it really starts to kick up. There is a segment called “Pain” and “The Steepest Mile of Mauna Kea (13.2%)” that take you towards the ranger station at 9200’…both are misleading because the real Pain begins just after the ranger station.

I came into the ranger station feeling good and was making great time. I took a quick scone and nutrition break and headed for the gravel. I’m not going to go on and on about it, but it sucked. The gravel is extremely loose and choppy and when the grade kicks up to 15-20% there was no way to keep traction.

A flat section of gravel with Mauna Loa in the background

A flat section of gravel with Mauna Loa in the background

I switched to my tennis shoes at one point and hiked the sections that I couldn’t pedal.

Still able to get out of the saddle but wasn't moving too fast!!

Still able to get out of the saddle but wasn't moving too fast!!

After over an hour of struggling I made it to the final 3.8-mile paved section. This was the most difficult part of the entire ride when the climb melts down into one hot mess. Headwinds of over 40 mph, grades averaging over 12% for 2 miles, freezing temperatures, the accumulation of fatigue from the previous 12,000’ of climbing in your legs and worst of all, the thin air that comes with such great heights. I could barely keep the bike upright and my head was spinning. I suffered through that section and hit the final switchbacks to the Summit. I got to the summit, took a fast photo op and jumped in the car. The wind and the sub freezing temps at the top served as a final reminder of just what a challenging, remote spot I’d reached.

It's really steep up here

It's really steep up here

With all the warnings of how difficult the ride would be, I still underestimated it. Although I may not attempt Mauna Kea again, I really look forward to another trip to the big island and enjoying all the great roads it has to offer. Before I set out on this trip, I turned to Strava to help me find a new route and a new KOM to chase. I got everything I bargained for and then some on the ride to the top and an adventure that I will never forget.

Check out Justin’s activity and give him some much deserved Kudos:


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New Management, New Riders, and 2015 Elite Roster Finalized

For immediate release, January 1st, 2015.

Marc Pro - Strava Cycling Team ushers in many welcome changes for 2015. Herbalife24 has signed a three-year deal as the new title sponsor alongside its original cornerstone sponsors, Marc Pro and Strava. Phillip Mooney, a former professional rider and well-known Bay Area cycling personality, will assume leadership of the team’s new management structure. The 16-rider elite team will be registered as a USA Cycling Domestic Elite team in 2015 under the name Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Strava.

Herbalife is excited for the project that lies ahead. John Heiss, the Director of Sports and Fitness for Herbalife, underscored the company’s eagerness to partner with one of California’s strongest cycling presences, "I greatly enjoy working with elite athletes to help them get the full benefits of our products and succeed in competition. Additionally, the team is a perfect vehicle to help test and refine the Herbalife24 line of sports nutrition products we produce. As an avid cyclist and competitor myself, I’m looking forward to working with and being inspired by the Herbalife p/b MarcPro-Strava Cycling Team.”

2014 was a watershed year for the team’s racing, with a number of notable breakthroughs on the national scene, including the team’s first UCI race at The Tour of Gila which culminated with Max Jenkins’ 9th place overall.

Equally impressive were Justin Rossi’s narrow 2nd place in the National Time Trial Championships, Max Jenkins sterling 5th place ride through the mighty mountains of the Leadville 100, and the team’s solid racing at Cascade Cycling Classic in which a rider made the top 10 of every stage minus the criterium.

Locally, the squad was on the podium of every single NorCal classic road race, Justin Rossi won both the NCNCA Time Trial and Road Race Championships, and the team finished 2nd overall in the NCNCA premier series.

In 2015, Team HMPS hopes to build on their stunning 2014 by focusing on elite cycling events in Northern California and across the U.S., particularly the Elite National Championships in Tahoe, CA. The preliminary schedule has the team racing across 10 states and 3 countries.

HMPS riders will be racing aboard Giant Propel bikes with a SRAM groupset, Ritchey Logic cockpit, and rolling on Ritchey wheels. They will be wearing Jakroo custom cycling apparel, with helmets from Kali Protectives, shoes from Mavic, and sunglasses from Spy Optic. Custom BarFly mounts will hold Garmins that will link to Strava. AthletiCamps is the official performance partner of the team, and Marc Pro will continue its singular focus on maximizing the team’s post-exercise recovery.

Elite team roster

  • Justin Rossi
  • Chris Harland-Dunaway
  • Ariel Herman
  • Jon Teeter
  • Jared Kessler
  • Sam Cerruti
  • Willie Meyers
  • Matt Chataloang
  • Josh Carling
  • Chuck Hutcheson
  • Philip Mooney
  • Nick Schaffner
  • Art Rand
  • Nate Freed
  • Keith Hillier
  • Matt McKinzie

Adventure/dirt team roster

  • Conrad Snover
  • Jamie McJunkin
  • Jesse Smith
  • Matt Chappell
  • Paul McKenzie
  • Kevin Susco
  • Glenn Rawlinsin
  • Andy Scott

About Our Title Sponsors

Herbalife24 is a comprehensive performance nutrition line empowering athletes 24-hours a day. They have surpassed industry standards of pre-, during- and post-workout nutrition to help you train, recover and perform like never before with all the nutritional support you need as an athlete. This seven-product line is customizable so you can determine your day-to-day needs based on activity levels and training demands.

The Marc Pro device and the Marc Pro Plus will be provided for muscle conditioning by stimulating muscle in order to improve or facilitate muscle performance. The device’s benefits include faster recovery, fuller recovery, maximized training results, injury prevention, and improved conditioning and performance.

Strava is a community of athletes from all over the world linked together by the Internet. Strava enables athletes to connect and compete with each other via mobile and online apps, no matter the weather, day after day. Strava lets you track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device and helps you analyze and quantify your performance. Strava provides motivation and camaraderie, and helps us prove that we’re out there doing what we love to do. athletes all over the world to stay motivated throughout your training and racing. Plan your route, grab a device, and get out there.

THE RIDING IS OUT THERE, ON A FAT BIKE

When the snow is firm at the ski resorts and waiting in lift lines unavoidable, check out a fat bike from Cyclepaths Bike Shop in Truckee, CA and head out for a free ride adventure on the Emigrant Trail. You're warm nordic ski or running apparel will suit you well. Just aim to keep your fingertips and toes warm with thick wool socks and ski gloves and you will be stoked. It's the same stoke you know from mountain biking but on snow, out in nature and under the blue Sierra sky blanket. If you're looking for a bike to rent call (530) 582-1890. The conditions are ideal right now, consider adding this to your to do list right away and share the stoke with your compadres.

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Forrest Huisman and Greg Forsythe drop-in on the Emigrant Trail.

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Business as usual, one up - one down.

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Greg riding his 23 lb all carbon Forsyth Customs "Big Boned" fat bike model.

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HELP MAKE TRAILS AND BIKEWAYS HAPPEN IN TRUCKEE, CA DONATE TO WWW.TRUCKEETRAILS.ORG/DONATE

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If you donated to trails last year -  thank you. Your support helped create a groundswell for trails and bikeways within the town of Truckee over the last year. As you know, bicycles, trails, and open-space advocacy have been a top priority for this race team since the beginning.

2014 was a big success for our advocacy efforts within the town of Truckee. Several new paved bike ways and dirt trails were completed and a town-wide sales tax for trails and bikeways was passed securing much needed funding for the next ten years. If you're curious to know more regarding 2014 progress, visit truckeetrails.org, or consider making a donation to truckeetrails.org/donate. Every penny donated creates a thousand smiles :)