TriBike Transport named official bike transport for ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton

TriBike Transport (TBT) of Asheville, NC, and World Triathlon Series Edmonton, of Alberta, Canada, are pleased to announce TBT is the Official Bike Transport and Bike Rental Partner for the August 17-23, 2020 race.

TBT will be transporting bikes from all of North America, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. In addition to shipping bikes fully-assembled to Edmonton, TriBike Transport will have a fleet of premium rental bikes available for those who prefer to take ‘hassle-free’ one step further.

“TBT was launched with the goal of easing the challenges athletes face when traveling to triathlon events across North America and around the world.” said Marc Lauzon, founder and President of TBT. “We are very proud of the work we’ve done with USA Triathlon and other race series in North America since 2004, as well as ITU World Championship events in Europe and Australia since 2017. We are now pleased to offer our same renowned service to athletes traveling to the ITU World Grand Final Edmonton from the UK and Europe.”

“Providing a world-class athlete experience at the 2020 Grand Final is our number one priority,” commented Stephen Bourdeau, General Manager, World Triathlon Series Edmonton, “and so we are proud to partner with TriBike Transport to ensure our guests have an economical and hassle-free service to transport their bikes to Edmonton.

For more information about TBT’s services, and to book your bike transport, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com

About TriBike Transport

TriBike Transport has serviced over 130,000 satisfied athletes since our start in 2004. Our unique company was founded with one goal in mind: To help ease the logistical challenges and exorbitant costs of transporting bikes to and from events via airlines or ground freight. We provide HASSLE-FREE, ECONOMICAL, UNPARALLELED bike transport service to and from destination cycling events so all you have to do is worry about the finish line. For more information, visit www.TriBikeTransport.com.

About World Triathlon Series Edmonton

World Triathlon Series Edmonton has been hosting international events in Edmonton for over 20 years. This summer, August 17 – 23, Edmonton will host the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final – the pinnacle international triathlon competition, also known as the World Triathlon Championships.   For more information, please visit ww.edmonton.triathlon.org.

 

Contact

Angela Lauzon, VP Marketing , TriBike Transport

Email: angela@tribiketransport.com

 

Stephen Bourdeau, General Manager, World Triathlon Series Edmonton

Email: s.bourdeau@edmontontriathlon.org

There and Back Again – A TriBike Tale – Day Two…just kidding, still Day One Part 2

As mentioned in my last post, my first day in Asheville, NC, with TBT started with uncrating and sorting 534 bikes that were returning from the ITU Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the bikes uncrated and sorted, it was time to start loading the trucks.

TriBike Transport (TBT) uses a variety of vehicles to carry bikes. Which vehicle being used is largely determined by how many bikes are being transported to or from a particular region. The most common vehicles are 26-foot box trucks or pickup trucks with large trailers.

These trucks and trailers are generally outfitted with a shelf (built by us) splitting the upper and lower portions of the trailer into two bicycle sized portions. I have learned under extreme duress in the wee hours of one morning in 90+ degree Georgia heat, that one can fit up to 140 fully assembled triathlon bikes into a 26-foot box truck.

With 534 bikes to transport home, we had a large collection of these vehicles to load up that were destined for a vast array of bike shops all over the country.

Blue blankets as far as the eye can see.

While packing the trucks and trailers, we were reminded that most of the stops the drivers would be making would include not only dropping off the bikes returning from Switzerland but also picking up for the next round of races.

As we loaded, we had to re-blanket each bike, call out the name on the sticker to the boss man at the laptop checking them in, and pack them in tightly so they could make their way safely home.

We worked until close to 11:00 that night sweating, cursing, and getting covered in blanket dust. The chirping crickets provided the background music as we dodged swarms of bugs circling the work lights and loaded up all of the vehicles with the bikes. . It took a lot of work to get those bikes loaded up and ready to go home — a lot.

With the bikes packed and ready to go, it was time to grab some much-needed shuteye before getting behind the wheel. Day 2 would see me heading out on the roads of the Midwest with a plan of dropping off 65 bikes and picking up nearly 90 new ones.

There and Back Again – A TriBike Tale – Day One Part 1

First of all, I want it known I love your bike. Maybe not as much as you do, but statistically speaking, I’m a lot less likely to pee on it than you are (given basic triathlete behavior and the fact that it’s in the back of a truck).

The basic description of what I do is that I drive the truck, but to anyone that has ever relied on me for the success of their race, I do a lot more. I am a facilitator. I am an enabler. I am a caretaker. But, above all else, I am the guy you trust with your bike.

Now, I know you are asking yourself, “how does it all happen?”

From an outside perspective, it seems like a simple process.

Step 1.) You drop your bike off at your local bike shop

Step 2.) It is magically there at your race

Step 3.) You have the transcendental experience that is an Ironman, and you hand me back your baby

Step 4.) You go home, and a bit later you get an email that says your bike is back home as well.

Over the next few weeks, I will share a few blogs that blow away the smoke and mirrors and let you know everything that goes into transporting your bike.

Before I start, you need to know that I am an Ironman as well. I first got to know TriBike Transport (TBT) as a customer. Prior to stepping behind the curtain, I used TBT to ship my bike several times to Puerto Rico to compete in IRONMAN® 70.3® Puerto Rico.

When I first started, Taylor (TBT’s SVP), told me, the process is not as easy as it looks from the outside. I nodded in agreement thinking, “how hard could it be?”. I quickly found out just what goes into getting your bike from your local bike shop to your race and back again.

This is me, James Mango.

I launched my TBT career and began with some short routes and day-labor work before I got truly sucked into the machine. This past fall was a crazy time that ended up seeing me working a 21- day stretch away from home visiting cities all over the country. The overall plan for my trip was to return the ITU Grand Final bikes from Lausanne, Switzerland, collect the bikes for the next round of races, work one of those races, and then return the bikes from that weekend.

On September 18, 2019, I was flown to Asheville, NC, from my home in Cleveland, Ohio, to start the loop. The first task was to unpack, sort, and load the trucks from the ITU Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland. That would be Day One, and let me tell you, Day One would have been enough for most folks for a couple of weeks.

The day started at 6:30 am when I left the hotel to pick up a rental truck and headed to the warehouse for the first time. I got the truck to the warehouse early and got ready for a 17 hour day of unpacking, sorting, and loading bikes.

Coming back from Switzerland there were 534 bikes that needed to be uncrated and sorted based on their return destinations. Two areas inside the warehouse and four other areas outside were prepped with bike racks – exactly like you’d see in transition at a race. Each rack was labeled with a notecard for different shops, and each area was designated for specific regions of the country that would later be loaded into trucks heading to every corner of this great land.

One of the trailers with the crated bikes.

The most important thing to know about this work: It. Is. Hard. Stupidly hard. That day I heard the statement, “We work harder than the triathletes.” Now, I don’t know if this is universally the case, but I can certainly vouch for the fact that a 17-hour day of moving bikes ain’t no joke.

Lining up and sorting the bikes.

While the work is hard, the process is simple: Unpack the bikes which are strategically packed like a jigsaw puzzle into wooden crates, each wrapped in a blanket with its front wheel in between that bike and the next. It was like an impressive game of Tetris: alternating positions to fit the bikes so tightly together.

Triathlete Handy Tip: If you receive your bike back from TBT and discover brake rub, it’s probably a loose front wheel. Loosen your front wheel, adjust it, and retighten it.

We opened each palette and unloaded the bikes, accumulating huge piles of blue packing blankets. Each bike was carried to the appropriate shop location with wheels that are also labeled by shop. A couple of guys just work re-attaching wheels as other folks run bikes…. 4 semi-trailers worth of pallets, each semi having 4 or 5 pallets of bikes. It’s a really long process.

Side Note: TBT owns more blue packing blankets than you. In fact, TBT owns more blue packing blankets then anybody.  Don’t bet me on this.  You will lose.

Blue blankets as far as the eye can see.

To get through so many bikes, TBT brought in every employee to work. A true ‘all hands on deck’ workday. People cycled through depending on commitments or availability, but we usually had between 6 and 10 people working at all times.  And when I say everyone worked, I mean everyone.  Jason, the HR/accountant guy, Emily, the woman who keeps the office moving…. Everyone. Job titles or listed job duties didn’t matter one iota. Today, you were carrying bikes and piling blankets.

Un-crating 500+ bikes was Phase 1 of Day One, which got us to about 3 or 4 pm. I will save the rest of day one for my next post.

James

Guest Post – The 2019 Season By Julie Moss

The triathlon season is winding down and I’m taking inventory of my season so far.

The year started early, in February, in Sri Lanka for the Colombo 70.3. It was a wonderful adventure with my son, Mats Allen, and we were both fortunate enough to use that race to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. Of course, the bombing of Sri Lanka a few weeks later was devastating and our thoughts and love went out to the new friends who were suffering in such a terrible way. The spirit of Colombo is strong and I know they are well on their way to recovering.

Unfortunately, TBT did not service Sri Lanka, and it felt like the dark ages of tri-travel to have to haul my bike through the airport – especially with complicated overnight connections.

My next race was much closer to home at Oceanside 70.3. Once again Mats joined me and we enjoyed a nice weekend of racing with friends and sleeping in our own beds. It was nice to see our friends at TBT working hard all weekend and support them from afar but not require their services.

My most recent race was the Boulder 70.3. This year I was able to spend almost three weeks in Colorado visiting with my good friend and former pro, Wendy “Wingnut” Ingraham. Not only did she put me to work at Skyview Farms, her equestrian center in Castle Pines, but she gave me a chance to acclimate to the extreme heat and altitude in her comfy home nestled in the trees. The community lap pool was only minutes away and was always empty, which provided a great training opportunity.

Racing the Boulder 70.3 was an epic full-circle moment for me, bringing together my past and present. Racing in full view of the majestic Flatirons, I was able to think back to my training days in Boulder with so many Ironman legends. From the very beginning, Boulder was well known to elite runners and cyclists for the miles of mountain trails, open roads, and rare air. So, naturally, it didn’t take long before the endurance newbies of triathlon came a calling. If San Diego is the birthplace of triathlon then Boulder is the most prestigious training ground for Ironman Champions, past and present. Boulder has proven to be every bit the sacred Ironman real estate that is Kona. Here is a list of my fellow Ironman Hall of Fame alumni who were Boulder regulars during my tenure, in order of their induction:

  • Dave Scott
  • Scott Tinley
  • Paula Newby-Fraser
  • Mark Allen
  • Greg Welch
  • Jim MacLaren
  • Graham Fraser
  • Heather Fuhr
  • Peter Reid
  • Chrissie Wellington
  • Erin Baker
  • Scott Molina

For every triathlete racing in Boulder is a unique opportunity to race on the hallowed ground that shaped the best triathletes on the planet. Whether celebrating the pioneering groundbreakers or supporting the current trailblazers, Boulder should be a bucket list race akin to Kona in its depth of history. At this year’s event, the TBT crew was hard at work in some very hot conditions with additional afternoon thunderstorms just to keep them on their toes!

My next adventure is heading to the south of France, to Nice, for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, again with Mats. Mom races on Saturday, Sept 7, and Mats on Sunday, Sept 8. It will be my first time racing with the women’s field on one day and the men’s on the next. I love that ‘ladies first’ still applies.

I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Nice many times in the early ’80s-’90s. At that time, it was a 3/4 Ironman distance that was one of the biggest paydays in the early days of our sport. The race in Nice was one of the firsts to step up and offer big prize money, which was a huge boost to our professional careers. When I travel to Nice to race this year there will be one big difference – I will be traveling without my bike!

Using TBT for my first international world championship is another memorable first. I’m thrilled to not have to worry about packing the bike, dealing with the crowded airport scene, navigating trains, lugging it up the stairs, and especially not having to reassemble it. Of all my years going to Nice, the hassle of the bike is something I’m thrilled to leave in the past. This year using TBT will allow me to have peace of mind by eliminating the worry of my bike, allowing me to get prepared for the biggest race of the season.

For 2019, I’ve focused solely on the 70.3 distance this season. It’s been one of the most memorable years I’ve ever spent racing triathlon from my time with my son to the friends I’ve made along the way. I often tell people it’s the moment in a race when you choose to dig down and go way outside of your comfort zone that makes you a better person, and it’s the collective energy of all athletes coming together that makes our sport so incredible.

When I got on the plan for Nice, I had packed light – carry on only, thanks to TBT. The only extra baggage I’ll be carrying is the emotional baggage that comes from a full heart and the desire to race like a champion. Can’t wait to reunite again with my incredible triathlon family.

Guest Post – 4 Tips for Racing & Training in Cooler Weather

4 Training & Racing Tips For Cooler Fall Weather

As temps start to cool and you’re about to finish out the race season with a final event or two, these are a few good reminders for race day.

Hydration is still a thing!

While your body temp will likely be lower than in the hot summer months, you still need to hydrate! Stick to your race day game plan even if you don’t feel thirsty and the temps aren’t blazing. When you lose water and salt they need to be replaced, it’s that simple.

Sun’s not out? Still, use sunscreen.

Again, the temps are lower, but that sun is still out even on the cloudiest overcast days. Avoid a dreaded sunburn and apply sunscreen just as you would on a summer race day. Make sure you use sunscreen that allows your skin to breathe and sweat. Sweating is essential for allowing your body to self-regulate and avoid overheating. Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45 sunscreen won’t clog your pores allowing your skin to breathe and freely sweat to regulate your body temperature.

Layer up!

Be prepared for all kinds of fall weather with a light shell, base layer, and gloves. Yeah, at times these seem like overkill, but in the most dire times, they’re the difference between racing comfortably and miserably. Beat mother nature at her own game!

Weather prep.

Take the time to train in the elements you’ll likely be racing in. When you’re headed to a destination race this can be well worth the effort and cost to arrive a few days early. The fall season can bring unexpected weather and you want to make sure you’re comfortable and prepped with all the necessary gear on race day.

Good luck out there!

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