Fall Cross Practice

Date: 09/15/09 thru 10/26/09 | Time: 5:30-7:00 Tuesday Nights

Cyclocross season is almost here and you’ll need to be fully prepared for it! Fall cross practice will take place through October and will help you get prepared for race day. Get your body in shape for cyclocross! You’ll be able to experience different challenges and practices with the course changing weekly. Registration will begin at 5:45 pm, with the course opening at 6:00 pm and the racing starting at 6:30 pm. You must have a USAC license. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a one-day license for $5. Registration for the event costs $5.

Location: West side river park at 21st and Woodward Park in Tulsa.

Highlights and Benefits

  • Practice barrier runs
  • Practice dismounts/remounts
  • Test out a new set up
  • Hone that skill for race day
  • Build your shape for cross
  • Mountain Bikes welcome

Contact Information

  • Event Director: Tanner Culbreath
  • Phone: 918-408-6733
  • E-Mail: tanner.culbreath@jenksps.org

Legal This is a noncompetitive training event; No money will be awarded. All USAC cycling rules do apply, and you must wear your helmet whenever you are riding your bike. Parents and guardians must sign a release form for all participants under the age of 18.

How To Choose Your Next Cycling Shoes

Like any sports shoes, cycling shoes should be tried on to ensure the correct fit. Visit one of our Sun & Ski Sports shops to try several styles and take advantage of our expert advice.

Some points to keep in mind when choosing your shoes:

-To cleat or not to cleat. Some types of bike shoes come with cleats. With other models, such as the Pearl Izumi Women’s Quest mountain bike cycling shoes, you have the option to add cleats if you want them, but they aren’t included with the shoes.

-Get closure: Most of the top brands of cycling shoes have Velcro closures for maximum comfort and a secure fit. But some cycling shoe models take it to the next level, with a rachet closure on the top strap for extra security. If you are getting into triathlons, consider the Shimano SH-TR30 as an introductory triathlon shoe—it has a single reverse strap closer to speed your transitions.

What To Wear For Apres-Ski

When you are packing your ski and boot bags for your ski outings this fall, have some fun with apres-ski clothes. Treat yourself to a pair of fancy or funky after ski boots that will look great and keep your feet comfortable after a day in your ski boots.

Some other ideas for your apres-ski wardrobe:

-Vest: Vests are great for apres-ski activities because you are less likely to get overheated when you are inside, and you can remove it easily if you get too hot.

-Hat: Now that helmets are the headwear of the ski slopes, apres-ski is the perfect time to wear your fun or funky ski cap. But leave your other accessories at home with your skis when you go out for an apres-ski night on the town. There’s no point in hauling around your goggles or heavy gloves—they are more likely to get lost or damaged.

-Sweater: Sweaters are perfect for apres-ski. You can wear the same sweater that you might wear for skiing, or choose something fancier for the apres-ski scene.

Pack Smart For Skiing

If you make a list and pack smart, you won’t find yourself without some important piece of your winter sports equipment when you reach your destination.

To help ensure that you don’t forget any key items or accessories, organize your packing into categories:
-Ski equipment: Pack your skis and poles in a specialized ski bag if you are flying. If you’re driving, a car rack, such as a Thule roof rack, will keep your skis secure.

-Ski clothes: Don’t forget to think layers, including moisture-wicking base layers, a mid-layer turtleneck top, lightweight fleece or sweater, and your ski jacket and ski pants. Allow for 1-2 base and mid-layer changes for every two days of your ski trip.

-Apres ski clothes: Pack an appropriate pair of apres ski boots and some comfortable, stylish clothes, which vary depending on what type of apres ski scene you seek.

-Accessories: This category of ski equipment includes your goggles, gloves, neck gaiter or scarf, and other items such as sunscreen, chap stick, and pocket hand warmers.

How’s Your Snowboard Stance?

If you want to get the most out of your next snowboarding season, think about your snowboarding stance. Everyone’s stance is unique, but if you haven’t given yours much thought lately, consider these elements of stance that can help you select your snowboards:

-Foot in front: Do you prefer your left or right foot in front? Most people go for the left, but go with what works for you. If you are left-handed, you may prefer your right foot in front.

-Width: Your stance width is the distance between the front and back bindings of your snowboard. If Alpine snowboarding is your thing, try adjusting your bindings so your stance is a bit narrower. Are you a freestyle boarder? Set your stance a little wider so you have a more stable foundation for jumps.

If you are breaking in a new board and you aren’t sure where to set your stance, use the width of your shoulders as a starting point. Ride for an hour or two and make some adjustments as you get used to the snowboard. Some other guidelines—if you are shorter than 5 feet, try a width of 17-18 inches. Taller than 6 feet? Try 22-23 inches. Visit one of our Sun & Ski Sports shops to check out the latest models of Ride snowboards 2010, as well as a selection of other great boards.

Use Your Head: Choose The Right Helmet

Let’s face it—it’s smart to wear a ski helmet. Not only do ski helmets help prevent serious injuries, they can enhance your ski experience by keeping your head comfortable as well as keeping it in one piece! Just like ski boot sizing, the right ski helmet fit is essential. When shopping for a new ski helmet, check out a few different brands—models change from year to year, and you may find something new that suits you better.

Giro, Smith, and Salomon offer helmets to suit any price range. And some brands, including Giro, make ski helmets designed specifically for women (the Giro Women’s Prima Snowsports helmet).

Some other points to keep in mind to help you find the right helmet:

-Sizing. Use a tape measure and measure your head to the nearest centimeter to help you find the ski helmet that fits your head best.

-Special features. Many helmets have temperature features to help keep you comfortable. For example, the Giro Omen wireless audio model features an insulating seal and removable ear pads.

The Basics Of Snowboard Strap Bindings

Before you decide what to pack in your snowboard bags, make sure you have the right bindings for your board. Strap bindings are the most common type of snowboard bindings. These bindings have three components: base plate, straps, and highback plate. The specifications you choose for these components depend on how you use your snowboard, so plan accordingly. In particular, the height of the highback plate varies depending on your preferred snowboarding style:

-Tall for control. If you’re an Alpine boarder looking for speed on the turns, a higher backplate on your snowboard bindings will improve your control.

-Short for flexibility. A freestyle boarder or a regular at terrain park? Choose a snowboard binding with a lower backplate for more flexibility and more turning power.

Other benefits of strap snowboard bindings include flexibility, comfort, and security. The strap bindings can be used with any type of snowboarding boot. Look for strap bindings with plenty of wide padding on both the toe and ankle straps for maximum comfort and fit.

The Long And Short Of Cycling Shorts

Your cycling shorts are arguably your most important item of cycling apparel. You want to be as comfortable as possible during your rides, and not be distracted by chafing or seat discomfort. When selecting cycling shorts, you can choose from several lengths and styles, including:

-Short or Not So Short: For women cyclists who prefer a shorter cycling short, the Sugoi Women’s Evolution has a 6-inch inseam, but still provides the high-tech features that bike enthusiasts want, such as moisture wicking fabric and a molded chamois. Many cyclists prefer longer shorts that reach closer to the knee. The C-360 Men’s Cycling Race Short has an 8-inch inseam, as well as an ergonomic race profile and molded chamois.

-Capris: Do you favor the capri style in workout gear? Capri length cycling shorts such as the Descente Bliss Bikapri cycling knickers are for you.

-Bib shorts: Cycling shorts with an attached bib style top appeal to some cycling enthusiasts. These cycling shorts may feel snug in the crotch when you’re standing around because they are designed to fit best when you are on your bike in a riding position. Bib style shorts are available in the same moisture-wicking fabrics as other cycling shorts, and some styles have gel foam insert pads for added comfort.

Avoid Frosted Fingers This Ski Season

You don’t want to feel your hands going numb halfway through your day on the slopes, so it’s important to find the right gloves or mittens for your skiing or snowboarding adventures. Consider these features when you browse the glove and mitten selections for the next ski season:

-Warmth: If you’re outside in midwinter in Colorado, you’ll probably want a pair of the warmest gloves or mittens you can find. Goose down is a good choice, or look for insulated materials such as Thermacore.

-Water resistance: There’s nothing worse than wet gloves. If water resistance is important to you, read the labels. Some ski and snowboarding gloves and mittens are wind resistant, so they will protect your hands from chilly winds, but they are not necessarily water resistant, too.

-Weight: Those super-warm gloves that felt great in January may be too much in March. Consider a lighter weight glove with a fleecy lining for spring skiing.

In case your hands start to tingle during a long day on the slopes, it’s not a bad idea to have some hand warmers handy. Tuck them into a pocket in your ski jacket so they will be ready when you need them.

Scope Out 2010 Snowboards

True snowboard enthusiasts are scoping out the Burton snowboards 2010 and other 2010 models while the August heat still reigns. But it’s worth doing some research ahead of time so you can find your best board for the season ahead.

Keep these board basics in mind as you peruse the offerings from Burton and your other favorite board makers:

– Do you want to focus on freestyle this season? If you’re looking for a board to help you tone your tricks and elevate your aerial moves, the specialized, flexible freestyle snowboards may be worth your money.

-Are you looking forward to making the most of all that your favorite mountain has to offer, from groomed trails to moguls to the terrain park, you might prefer a board that’s slightly longer and stiffer.

-Entering advance levels of alpine snowboarding? If you’re getting into racing or just getting more serious about your Alpine snowboarding, seek out specialized boards that meet your needs. A sidecut radius of 8 to 11 meters works well for slalom racing, but a larger radius is the better bet if you need more speed.