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Inspire Orthodontics Partners with Tri Velo Series

Inspire Logo-FINAL-squarewaddressInspire Orthodontics has partnered with Tri Velo Series to support the TVS Scholarship Program.  It is very important to both Inspire Orthodontics and TVS that the cost of the camp program not be a deterrent to participating.   TVS provides full and partial scholarships to campers.  In addition, TVS partners with bike shops and other local nonprofits such as Trips for Kids Metro Denver/Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery and Project ReCycle to help ensure that the campers have a well maintained and appropriate bicycle for camp.

In addition to the generous support of the scholarship program, Inspire Orthodontics is offering a great promotion for all campers: schedule a screening with Inspire Orthodontics and Dr. Housewright will make pay $50 towards camp registration to any of the 2016 camps, plus make an additional donation to TVS!    A first visit with an orthodontist is important and allows you, as a potential patient, to become acquainted with the staff, the process and the best treatment plan.

To participate in this promotion, simply call Inspire Orthodontics (303-754-0040) , set up your appointment and tell them you heard about it from the Tri Velo Series Junior Camp Programs

Dr. Wade Housewright is dedicated to inspiring smiles that will last a lifetime through his work at Inspire Orthodontics and by helping youth get on the bike and riding!



Primal Wear Donates Youth Jerseys

In support of the Tri Velo Series Camp Program, Primal Wear is donating youth jerseys to the camp for parents/campers to purchase as well as donating clothes for the clothing exchange held at each camp.    This is only a few ways that Primal Wear supports the camps demonstrating their ongoing support to give back to the community and get everyone on bikes!

Order a youth jersey today!   They are being sold at the reasonable price of $30 and all the funds will help subsidize the room and board of the very qualified coaches that work at camp!

Click here to order one today!


Dinner with Emerson

Professional cyclist Emerson Oronte spent dinner with 4 local junior bike racers talking about becoming pro; training; diet; college; and having fun.   The enjoyable evening was a wonderful conversation over a great meal at The Good Son in Denver.  As parents dined in the restaurant Emerson and the junior cyclists were tucked away in a zebra decorated alcove.   Emerson, who now rides for the newly named Rally Cycling Team (formerly Optum Health) answered each and every question, but there was a consistent thread through his answers:   work hard, find a balance and have fun doing what you do.

Here are some of the questions and answers from the evening:

When you were an older teenager like us, what things did you do to become better?

Having good routines has probably been the most important thing to my cycling success. As a kid, and even today, my days followed very basic routines that revolved around simple repeatable habits. For example, winter’s in New England aren’t the best for riding so as a kid I would get home from school, eat the same meal, ride my stationary bike for 2hrs, stretch for 20min, eat the same post ride meal, shower, do my homework, eat dinner and go to bed. Literally, I did this everyday my junior and senior year! While today the routine has changed somewhat, I still make a point to do it day-in and day-out. It can get to be a bit mundane and boring, but when done well, it is very effective.

Did you eat differently and should we be eating different from how we are now?

As a junior and even to this day I don’t get super crazy about my diet. Mostly, I make a point to eat well (LOTS of fruits and vegetables), avoid processed or refined foods, and to be sure I’m eating enough. Yes, I still eat things like cookies and ice cream (because they are delicious) but I don’t go overboard with it. For you guys, I would give you the same advice my grandmother still gives me to this day, which is to have everything (from fruits, to vegetables, to meat, to cookies, etc.) in moderation and to eat a diverse and healthy diet.

How long did you ride for (in miles) when you rode?

That all depends on the time of year. In the winer I would do longer base miles to prep for the season (2-4hrs) but as the racing got closer I would switch to more race specific, shorter workouts (1-2hrs). It was only after I got a coach in college that I really learned how to train properly. Prior to that I just read a lot and tried to figure it out with the help of a few mentors. Mostly though, I just tried to have fun with it. If you aren’t having fun then there really isn’t a point…

What things did you do that made you notice an improvement in your cycling?

I’ll say it over and over again but simply doing the work day-in and day-out helped me achieve the most success in bike racing. Ever since I was a kid, I always had a bunch of really simple routines which I could repeat day after day (such as a stretching routine or a ride routine or a breakfast routine). Improvement is about consistency and I made a point to always be consistent with the work I did.

Can you talk about strategies for growing from an amateur to a professional and how strong professional riders are, so that I can set myself a numeric goal

Numbers don’t make a professional and in terms of a numerical “goal,” I can’t say there really is one. There are a thousand ways to win and lose a bike race. With power meters becoming more popular there is this mindset that simply putting out more watts will lead to improvement in races. That mindset is wrong. Instead, focus on being a well rounded bike rider and doing the work. Trust me, the results will come.

How hard is it go be on a college cycling team and do all of your course work and homework at the same time?

 Oh man…I could write a book on this. Long story short, it’s not easy…or at least it wasn’t for me…mostly though because I was too hard on myself. During college, my life was incredibly regimented with almost every hour of every day accounted for with something like training or class or studying. It was a pretty spartan existence. In hindsight, I really should have taken more time to have better balance in my life beyond school and cycling.

To answer your question though, it takes a fair amount of work to both compete at a high level and be successful at your studies BUT it can be done. My only piece of advice is to enjoy the process. Yea, it’s not always easy but that doesnt mean you can’t enjoy it. Do the work (and be sure to commit and doing it well) but also take some time for yourself. Success doesnt have to be a trade-off with having fun or having a life. You can do both.

In high school how often did you train and did you compete in just cycling or other sports as well?

During the fall I played soccer. It presented a nice distraction after a hectic summer of bike racing and gave me a chance to try something else. While I really wanted to try cyclocross, Im glad I participated in high school sports since it helped me to NOT burn out on bike racing. If I raced a bike year round as a kid I don’t think I would still be racing today.

Q&A with Pro Cyclist Emerson Oronte

Upcoming Q&A – March 4th
Tri Velo Series will host a Q & A Session & Dinner with professional cyclist Emerson Oronte .

Friday, March 4th

6pm – 8pm

2550 East Colfax Avenue, Denver 80206
(Across from East High School and connected to Tattered Cover Book Store – Colfax between Columbine & Emerson)

With the help of his dad and an old fixed up single speed from the town dump, Emerson found cycling at the age of nine and hasn’t looked back. Originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts, Emerson came to Boulder by way of CU Boulder where he studied business operations at the Leeds School of Business. During his time at CU Emerson began his pro career with Team Jelly Belly in 2011. Since then, he has gone on to race for several other pro and amateur teams including Team Smartstop in 2015 and now Rally Cycling.

Read more about Emerson Oronte:

This is a great opportunity for young cyclists that would like to go to the next level to find out the ins and outs and the good and bad about becoming a professional cyclist.

Parents can attend however we do want the conversation to be between the youth cyclist  and Emerson so please be aware of that!   Of course, you can also grab a booth and enjoy the restaurant or stop into the Tattered Book Store or Twist & Shout – right next door!

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