Late afternoon on September 10th Cat 4 hurricane Irma made landfall in Naples about 20 miles south of my home.
It was surreal to watch our friends Laurie and Joe Rose's Facebook live feed as it battered South Naples. At the same time I was keeping an eye on a radar app and the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore commentating from just a few miles north of us at the Germain Arena which was being used as a shelter.
The eye of the hurricane went directly over Trek's Naples Store and then proceeded over our house and Trek's Estero store. We were very lucky but many weren't.
The next day many people didn't have power or water, and gas was scarce, but I rode my bike to our Naples store to check it out. The store had lost power and a big sign. Trees were down everywhere.
When I rode home through Bonita Springs the water was so deep on Imperial Road it was up to the middle of my bottom bracket! The hurricane had caused the Imperial River to flood. I was shocked to see a neighborhood where the water was up 4-5 feet high. Families were standing on the side of the main road huddled together.
Seeing the devastation and the displaced families that needed help touched me deeply.
As soon as I got home I called our owner Joe DuBois and explained how bad it was in Bonita Springs. I shared a vision of bringing the cycling community together with a charity ride to help those in need. He said "do it!"
Next I called Brian Hahn who owns Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs. Brian is a super sponsor of our tri team and is connected with the town. We brainstormed about an event. He said why not hold it at Riverside Park right in downtown Bonita Springs. I loved the idea as the park has a great bandshell and is only a few miles from the flooded communities. I envisioned a big ride passing by the neighborhoods that needed help and coming back to enjoy live music at the bandshell, great Momentum beer and food. A cycling festival to support our neighbors in need!
This was the genesis of the Irma Relief Ride.
I reached out to Peter Simmons the mayor of Bonita Springs. Peter loved the idea and said "with all the bad that has happened, it would be great for an event like this to come and help our town".
Of course putting together an event like this quickly is not easy and we needed help and resources! I mapped out a plan for the event, and brought it to the Naples Velo board of directors who quickly got behind it and became the promoter and main sponsor.
Big thanks to graphic artist and cyclist, Kurt Larson who volunteered his time to design our logo and banners. And to Tony Renda of Renda Broadcasting who connected us with a fantastic band, the Ben Allen Band.
In a show of solidarity Naples Cyclery, the Bike Route and Trek all are supporting the event. They have donated $1350 worth of gift cards which will be used for the winners of three Strava Segments along the 50 mile route. The bike shops are also collecting donation bikes for us to give to kids and families in need.
Online registration is now open. And 100% of your entry fee will be donated to support two great local charities, The Bonita Assistance Office, and the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee.
Thanks for your support and I hope to see you at the ride! Let's show the strength of our great sport!
Trek is a proud sponsor of local clubs, teams, events and races. But more than that we encourage all of our stores to host local rides and to actively participate in the cycling community.
The Trek Taco Tuesday Ride is a great example of a collaboration between our Ft. Myers store and the Ft. Myers based Caloosa Riders. Every Tuesday night at 7 PM cyclists meet at the Trek Store for a fun two hour ride. They split into a faster and slower group, with the faster group doing a few more miles. Everyone ends at Tijuana Flats around 9 PM to share tacos and perhaps a cold cerveza. If you are new are win the Airport Sprint you even get to ring the "Taco Bell"!
Come on out and join us!
Sue Fleming, our Naples store Manager, and myself were recently in the French Alps running a cycling camp where we were acutely reminded how different summer in the Alps can be than summer in Florida.
The weather changed dramatically from temps close to 100F to a cold rain with temps in the 40's. It even snowed on the Col de L'Iseran the day after we climbed it!
This was my eighth trip to the Alps, and I've had my share of harsh New England weather, so my travel bag was full of cooler weather cycling gear. Sue and I made this little video before climbing the highest mountain pass in Europe.
It shows some of the key clothing and gear you should take when going on a cycling trip or vacation where there is the potential for rain and cool temperatures.
Visit any of our stores and our knowledgeable sales staff would be happy to help you get these items.
Enjoy the ride!
Trek's new Emonda SLR had it's debut performance at the Tour de France. It was the perfect match for Alberto Contador's beautiful fluid climbing style.
The Emonda SLR introduced in 2015 set the bar as of the lightest production frame in the world, but Trek is constantly striving to push the boundaries of technology further.
Trek's shaved 5% off the weight of the new 2018 Emonda SLR bringing the frame weight down to an incredible 640 grams! But that's not all!
Trek totally redesigned the frame not only to be lighter but to also improve the ride quality. Trek Increased the bottom bracket and frame stiffness resulting in better sprinting and descending performance. And now disk brakes are an option throughout the Emonda Line.
For 2018 Trek has two frame choices. The SLR version with super light high modulus 700 Series carbon fiber, made in the USA Waterloo facility and is available in stock configurations and custom ProjectONE offerings. The second frame option is the excellent SL version made of 500 Series carbon fiber.
The new Emonda's are also a better value! Last year's entry level S model with a 300 Series frame has been replaced with the upgraded 500 Series SL frame for the same price! And the price has decreased on the SLR frames and models as well. Check out the Emonda SL 6 which features a 500 Series Carbon Fiber Frame and Ultegra Drivetrain for only $2499.
Check out the two videos below. The first features the changes and technology used in the Emonda SLR, and the second highlights the excellent Emonda SL.
Come in to one of our eight Florida locations to test ride a new Emonda today!
I had fun with this project...
The goal was to take a fantastic workhorse racing bike frame, Trek's Emonda SL and trick it out with a custom build with the focus on things that add speed but are also a good value.
The feel of any good bike comes from the frame and it's design. And the Emonda SL is not only an excellent value but is flawless as a great all around racing bike. In fact this is the exact frame that is raced to countless wins by my friends on the Papa John's p/b Trek Racing Team. The elite women have won crits, road races, stage races and national championships on our Trek Emonda SL.
The SL frame which sits in the middle of the Trek Emonda lineup between the S model and the SLR version. Compared to the S model, the SL features upgraded 500 Series grade carbon fiber, internal cable routing and a ride tuned seat mast. The SLR frame is made from even higher modulus 700 series carbon fiber and saves 6 ounces but cost $2100 more. It got me thinking why not get some Zipp wheels for that money as in almost all situations aero wheels are faster than saving 6 ounces.
In keeping with the value and speed equation I selected the popular Zipp Firecrest Series. I have an 808 in the rear for maximum aerodynamics, and a 404 in the front to make it easier to steer when the Florida winds kick in. For Bars and Stem I picked the light, strong and great valued Zipp Service Course SL in beyond black to match the BOB "black on black" theme of the frame.
To my taste there is no groupset that is as intuitive and easy to shift as Sram's eTAP. I actually had this on another bike, and loved it so much I transferred it over to this bike. I have had bikes that had everything from Campy Super Record to Shimano Di2 drivetrains, and after eTAP every other shifting method seems obsolete. Try it you will like it!
eTAP has been bomb proof over the 2000 miles I used it on my other bike. And I love how easy it is to charge and swap the batteries. The lack of cables is not only a plus when building, but makes for a cleaner looking frame with no little wires running around.
And I absolutely love the Sram Red Quarq powermeter. It doesn't look like an afterthought, and the output is steady and accurate. The all black chain rings look great too!
Big thanks to Andrew Roberts, our Naples Store Service Manager, for a PRO build!
After a few sweet rides, I can honestly say that this bike rocks! Way fast, smooth, light (our digital scale read 15.1 pounds with pedals), and handles great! Fun to ride, yet it would be at home in any flat out racing situation.
I highly recommend the Emonda SL. Choose from the many stock versions starting at $2359 or let us build you up a custom bike of your own! Happy riding...
The newly formed Trek-Segafredo Tri Team made an awesome showing in the largest triathlon in Southwest Florida, the 31st edition of The Fitness Challenge. Debuting their new custom Castelli team clothing the team made their sponsors proud.
Trek had the two overall winners, Ross Lenehan and Kayla Schmidt. It was third Fitness Challenge win in a row for Ross who ripped a 16:19 5K run and won by over 4 minutes. Kayla Schmidt, who competed in her first triathlon just a year ago in this very race, dominated the woman's field setting a new course record!
The team ended placing 3 men in the top 10 and 6 out of 10 of the top woman! 14 year old swimming star Conor Cranfield posted the fastest swim split at out of 700 racers at 5:54.
Trek not only was a proud sponsor of the race, and the Trek team but had four employees compete, Susan Fleming, Kaylee Bowen, Ryan Post and Greg Pelican all winning awards.
The team had a big showing and we want to congratulate everyone who raced!
Trek-Segafredo Award Winners:
Top 10 Men:
1. Ross Lenehan 48:16
2. Ryan Post 52:58
7. Conor Cranfield 54:53
Top 10 Women
1. Kayla Schmidt 54:28
3. Sue Fleming 1:00:29
4. Megan Lawton 1:00:31
5. Jo Muller 1:01:13
6. Cailin Weidenmiller 1:01:30
7. Karen Tamson 1:01:32
M55 2nd Greg Pelican 57:15
M40 5th Alex Sardina 59:25
M50 5th Bill Blevins 1:02:20
W40 1st Kalee Bowen 1:04:36
W45 3rd Deb McBride 1:07:12
W25 4th Ginny Thistle 1:10:41
W55 3rd Tracey Tucker 1:11:11
W25 5th Mary McKeon 1:11:44
Proper bike fitting is essential to comfort, efficiency and speed on the bike.
I've been bike fitting for 18 years and have helped thousands of riders get set-up on new bikes, or optimize their position of current bike.
Ironically the biggest fitting problems often exist with cyclists who want to go the fastest.
It is easy to fall into the low = fast trap. Slam the stem, put the bars as low as possible and look "pro". But if your goals are a bit broader than looking "pro", if you want to feel strong, comfortable and race FAST read on...
The ideal bike fitting is one that is optimized for all of the following factors:
Finding the balance between these factors takes experience, good feedback from the cyclist and real world trial and error to see what your body can tolerate.
It is true that you can reduce drag (and improve speed) if you can ride in a lower and /or narrower position on the bike, but there is a limit for everyone. If the position is too aggressive your aerodynamics could end up being worse. This will happen if you can't stay in the aero bars or ride in the drops for a road bike for the race duration.
Another possible negative effect of having the bars too low is that your hip angle could be so closed down that you can't generate your full power potential, often this causes other side effects such as rocking of the hips or the cyclist's knees splaying out (appearing bowlegged) which of course results in increased aerodynamic drag. And trust me, if you are a triathlete or duathlete it is not easy to run fast off the bike if your back or hips are tweaked.
A little over a year ago I did a bike fitting on Ross Lenehan who is one of the top triathletes in the region. Ross is an outstanding runner in excellent shape, but he was uncomfortable on his tri bike and couldn't ride for extended periods.
When observing Ross ride, his leg was almost fully locked out at the bottom of the pedal stroke causing his hips to twist down. The reach to the bars / pads was also too which far which caused tension in his shoulders, neck and arms.
During our bike fitting session I lowered the saddle, moved it forward to increase the effective seat angle (resulting in a less acute hip angle), and used a shorter stem to decrease the cockpit reach. All of these things made Ross not only more comfortable but fast. He ended having a great season! Ross earned USA Triathlon All American honors and was the overall winner at the Fitness Challenge in Naples and Captiva Island Tri.
Ross is off to an awesome start in 2017 racing for our new Trek-Segafredo Tri team. He finished 5th Overall at Ironman Florida 70.3 in 4:11 averaging 25 mph on the bike leg followed by an impressive 1:20 half marathon. Ross followed that up with a 4th place overall in the open category of St. Anthony's Tri.
We wish Ross much success! Meet him in the following short video.
Don't hesitate to email If you have questions about bike fitting or want to schedule a fitting. See you at the races!
Trek Bicycle Stores of Florida are a proud sponsor of both the Papa John's p/b Trek racing team and the Pan Florida Challenge.
Check out this great video that captures the spirit of the team and the event.
The team rides the popular Emonda SL 6, click here to learn more about this great bike!
Check out the team's schedule for a race near you!
We are a proud sponsor of the Naples Fitness Triathlon and have been helping out with their clinics as a build up to the race on June 4th at the Naples Beach and Golf Resort.
This week's clinic was on tri transitions. Here are a few tips from today...
Race List (Items you need to take to race):
We wish everyone luck and a great race! If anyone is interested in learning about the Trek Segafredo Tri Team you can learn more on the team page which also has a link on our homepage.
In this cycling profile we feature a success story about a talented young triathlete from Naples Florida, Graham Pimentel. Graham is a natural runner who competed in his first tri at age 12 and got hooked!
Several years later Jane and Joe Du Bois, the owners of our eight Florida based Trek Bicycle Stores, met Graham at the Naples Fitness Challenge Triathlon and were so impressed that they helped him out with sponsorship.
Trek Bicycle Stores have sponsored Graham ever since, and recently hooked him up with his dream bike. A custom Trek ProjectOne Madone, complete with Bontrager Aeolus 5 aero carbon fiber wheels, the ultimate weapon for the elite draft legal tri circuit. Graham is currently 19 and attends Queens University in Charlotte and he just got a pro triathlon contract for the Carolina Gliders in Major League Triathlon. His first MLT Pro race will be May 20th in Charlotte.
We wish Graham luck! Check the Trek Bike Store USA FaceBook page for race results and updates on Graham's season.
Read on for a short interview with Graham…
How old were you when you did your first triathlon?
Where was it and what was the result?
Sudgen Park, don’t remember.
What sports did you play in High School?
Cross Country and Track freshman year. Swimming sophomore-senior year.
Did you receive any scholastic sports honors in High School?
Most valuable player, most improved, school records, 5 varsity letters.
What was your first big result in Triathlon?
First big result in triathlon when I was 16, I placed 16th at the North American Junior championships and qualified for that years Junior Pan American championship. (Junior elite category is 16-19)
When did you decide your athletic focus would be triathlon?
Decided triathlon would be my main focus when I was 14 after my first national championships and got to see what it was like for the people who stood up on the podiums. (I finished 45th out of the 75-man field)
What is your best discipline swim, bike or run?
Run, always was natural
Do you prefer the Olympic Distance Draft Legal races?
I actually prefer sprint draft legal races, even faster.
Congratulations on your recent pro contract, do you race for a sponsor or a team?
I'm now racing for the Carolina Gliders in Major League Triathlon. Go Gliders!
How did you get connected with the Trek Bicycle Store of Estero?
I had the great opportunity of meeting Jane and Joe Du Bois during the Naples Fitness Challenge. They liked what I wanted to do with the sport and I loved trek the company, so they’ve been helping me ever since.
How have they supported and helped you over the years?
Jane and Joe helped me by providing me with an opportunity to race at the high caliber level that I am with the proper equipment. I was able to get my bike serviced whenever I had a problem for no cost. Tony Catalina and the staff was always so helpful to me whenever I had an issue.
How do you like your new Trek ProjectOne Madone?
Two words. Sooooooooo stiff. Not to mention aero. Everytime I ride it, or even just look at it, the bike reminds me of more of a machine rather than just a bike. It doesn’t just get the job done, it excels at doing what it’s supposed to do. Go fast.
What is your dream goal?
ITU World Champ has a nice ring to it. That’s just talk though. Lots of sacrifice if I want to get even near that point, but more than willing to do it.