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OK, the SRB / Fitzgerald’s car didn’t quite make waves last night. The good news is that the car is all ready for 2007! The big news though is the talk of police brutality on the streaker. Check out the video at Redneck Racing. Looks pretty bad, but was the guy in the birthday suit resisting arrest? No matter the outcome it’s hard to ignore the how much fun the cop seemed to be having throwing those punches! Maybe there’s a little pent up brokeback angst…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

OK, first the good:
Fitzgerald’s very proud to announce the arrival of our first Organic Cotton T-Shirts! We have sourced some great T’s from Organic Apparel
If you are unaware of the damage conventional cotton growing has on our planet check out their article titled “cotton the truth”. Yes they are a little more expensive, but so is not eating at MacDonald’s! Encourage your business to call Tormack Screenprinting in Jackson to source your next T’s and make sure their organic!

Now the bad:
Doping in cycling. What can I say… bad for the fans, bad for the bike shops, and bad for the image of cycling which needs to be shining these days to get more people to ride. Say it ain’t so Floyd.

Finally, the ugly:
Yeah doping sucks. But, what sucks even more is how quick the media and the fans are to assume the worst. Let’s not freak out just yet. Remember, the French are always looking to bring down the American cyclists. Don’t give up hope just yet!

Floyd Shirts – IN STOCK NOW!

Want to celebrate the best Tour victory by an American ever? Come by for a limited edition Flyod shirt before they are gone forever. Our supplier is already sold out so what we have is all we’ll get!

Zip it Up! Fitzy News- July 25th

Ian Tuttle Wins the Cat IV Boise Twilight Crit!

Cheers to Floyd Landis! “You’ve gotta’ Believe.”

Incase you’ve felt self-conscious wearing your jersey with a Brewery as a sponsor (especially since most races are in Utah), here’s some good news to ponder- From interview regarding Floyd’s now famous beer after his bonk stage.
Possibly the biggest question, most from the amateur racers looking for any edge to win like Floyd, is what about the beer? “What else can you do after a day like that?” Landis asked in return. “I’m just an ordinary guy with a talent to ride my bicycle. After a day like that I didn’t see a reason to sit in my hotel room and dwell on it. So we went down to a little bar down the street. It was sunny out and we say on the patio and had a beer, and tried to figure out what to do next.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Weekly Race Wrap Up-

Wells Fargo Boise Twilight Criterium- Boise, Idaho.

Fitzy Riders Ian Tuttle, Dave Bergart and Chellie Terry raced in the Boise Twilight Criterium on Saturday, July 22nd. With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees and thousands of fans, rows deep, lining the course and cheering, this was a very high profile race for the Orange Team from Jackson Hole. Bergy raced his first Cat III race posting a new lifetime high heart rate of 208. Although this is being disputed by his friends here at home, Ian and Chellie report that his face resembled a “tomato in a microwave” when he came off the 120 degree road. Bergy finished 12th overall and Chellie finished 10th overall in the pro I-III women’s road race. All reported this race to be the biggest, best race of the year with huge crowds of rowdy fans cheering throughout.

InterMountain Cup Mountain Bike Race- Reports are trickling in and will be written up next week…as results are not posted yet- but the rumor mill has Tracey Petervary taking 2nd in W’s Expert and “Big” Greg Buchko winning his class. We’ll post more info next week.

Teton Pass- Road and Mountain bike race. (Results in JHWeekly) Early reports- Road- Lunner 4th, Off the Couch Lynch 7th, JayP 8th, Murph 9th. TraceyP 4th W’s. Mnt.- TraceyP 5th W’s, JayP 5th M’s.
With a some-what smaller men’s field and growing women’s field this UCJH fundraiser and unofficial “town championship” delivered on it’s promise- to squeeze out of you both a personal best time and all life you had in your legs.
*author’s note- If you’ve ever wanted to race your bike, this is the best place to start. It’s only $15.00 and it gives you a great place to test yourself, your mind and your machine each summer. I’m constantly amazed at how many road bikers race up Spring Creek on their own, but fail to test themselves against the clock and their fellow town riders each summer at this Classic. Not competitive? Yeah, sure…that’s why you moved to Jackson?! It’s not a competition then, it’s just a test. A really hard test at that.

A Special Thank You to United Cyclists of Jackson Hole, Volunteer Race Director Brian Smith and all others involved. Brian’s firm but fair barking of orders and meticulous attention to detail helped this race run like fitzy tuned campy record. Brian had great volunteer help along the way and Hawk’s dad’s relations with the local police force made for the safest and best run Teton Pass race I’ve seen. Thanks also to Andy and Wilson Backcountry Sports, Pearl Street Bagels and Snake River Brewery’s for the party, raffle and event.

Park City, UT- E100- 50 mile solo race.
This past Saturday was the second event in the E100 series; the
Dave Byers raced the 50-mile solo and finished in 6:04:39 for a 10th place in age group and 22nd place overall finish. 87 solos started and about 60 finished. Dave’s science experiment with Hammer Products continues to get closer to a “dreaded inner-thigh cramp” solution. (course report coming soon for those racing the 100 miler in future)

Tour de Wyoming-

Mary, Eliot, Peter and Bill Neil represented Fitzgerald’s in the Tour de Wyoming last week. Nine year-old Peter earned himself the virtual White “Best Young Rider” Jersey in the Tour de Wyoming for putting in 200 miles on his little Orbea Carrera (24″ wheels) road bike. Uh-Oh, that means he’s only 8 years away from crushing us in PPP! Also, Liliana Trieck, Michael and Terry Austin were also sportin’ the fitzy kit on this organized bike tour through Wyoming. (the Neil’s are one of our great sponsors!)


Ian Tuttle breaks into the elite club with his Landis Like solo to victory at the Boise Twilight Crit on Saturday. In his own words Ian recounts the announcer at the race during his breakaway (I guess one benefit of being off the front is hearing the announcer): It was 107 degrees in Boise when we went. Bergart’s face looked like a tomato in a microwave. Whenever I took a sip of water it burned my mouth. But man, the scene was really sweet. Sportsbase had their vans set up with the start/finish arch over the road and music pumping through the streets. And the announcer was great. On my break he says “and whoa! Out of nowhere here’s Ian Tuttle, from Victor, Idaho riding for Fitzgerald’s, off the front! I don’t think the peleton will let him keep it for long…” and next lap “Here he is again, from team Fitzgerald’s, Ian Tuttle still out front…” and then towards the end “I think he might hold them off! This is incredible! Victor, Idaho’s Ian Tuttle, riding for Fitzgerald’s is STILL on his own in a solo break! Put your hands together and show him you care!” The crowd was huge and kept my spirits brimming. It was really cool. And winning felt very good. Ian

Fitzgerald’s First to “Make the Leap”

If you’re one of those fortunate people who simply ride their bike without getting caught up in the latest gear hype then you haven’t heard of the new road group from SRAM. 1Z0-809 The rest of us are tired of the hype surrounding the eagerly anticipated FORCE group. Well, the wait is over as Fitzgerald’s has fancy new 2007 Orbea Aqua on the showroom floor all dressed up with SRAM FORCE components. We were all pretty skeptical abot a newcomer to the well established Campy/Shimano roadie world. Our conclussions? It’s sweet! It shifts great, is super light, and looks way cool. Come take it for a spin and prepare yourself to “make the leap”.

Aqua is a new frame for Orbea, and is a serious upgrade from the frame it replaces—Mitis. Aqua uses a butted 7000-series tubeset that is hydroformed to give the tubes unique shapes and a professional level ride. H13-711 One ride on this machine will convince you that serious performance can be had in a mid-range alloy/carbon frame. Though we like to embellish when describing our products, Aqua really is that good. A full carbon fork, painted to match, rounds out the package.

Weekly News- July 18th, 2006

What’s hotter than that race pumped front tire you left in your car with the windows up? Brian Shilling and the rest of the Fitzgerald’s Bicycle Racers, that’s what. They not only look hot in their 2006 Fitzy team kits….but are bringing home the (organic) bacon from around the west!

Let’s cut strait to the team results this week, ‘cuz I’m bustin’ to tell about them:

Brian Shilling shocked the cycling world, here at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles- with his 2nd Place Overall Result in the Cat III Men’s Cascade Classic 4-Stage Race. Shilling’s consistency earned him his highest overall result in such a big-time race, with 4th in the road race, 4th in the time trail, 3rd in the Criterium and 3rd in the Circuit Race. The Cascade Classic in Bend, Oregon is one of the country’s more mountainous and competitive road races. A quick Sam Posey moment of historical perspective here: Lance once won the Cascade Classic as did Chris Horner who raced up Alpe d’Huez today…so this is not our average local race! To place no lower than 4th in 4 stages against a huge field of Cat III’s…..Shill’Dog you crushed it!

Kris Lunning, raced in the Pro Men’s Cascade Classic Stage Race. Hanging on through the first two stages of this elite category, Lunning was able to finish the first two mountain stages amongst some of the countries best racers, even coming in ahead of a legend Gord Fraiser and J.J. Haedo (two stage winner from this year’s Tour of California). The Pro’s showed no mercy, nor the strict pro time cut which eliminated Lunner in stage 3. Still, no brakes Lunner is my hero for trying….and for putting Fitzgerald’s in the domestic pro peleton.

Jay Petervary was back in the high altitude baking oven- returning to Breckenridge, Colorado to race in a 100 mile Mountain Bike Race. Jay suffered from the heat, flat tires, the status quo of oxygen deprivation while racing over 12,000 foot mountain passes to finish 5th overall. Enjoying every moment of the agony, Jay will top of his fluids and reload before heading to the Laramie Enduro later this month. Jay P, are you nuts!!?? (Jay’s report below)

Wooohhooooo…….were to go from here.

Tour de Jackson News- Reports are swirling that Operation Murpho, and his recent “the stick” distribution to local riders has not cancelled the tour as some believed. L’Tour will be announced soon for a Tuesday’s of August show up to Tuesday Night Rides or miss your start time (not that that bothered Floyd much).

Teton Pass Race- This Sunday! Go to UCJH for all details…but the jist is this…it IS the town championship road race. And “I haven’t ridden the pass this year” get’s you no handicap. You’ve only got days to buy that C-50 in the window…and get to Hungry Jacks starting line. 8:30am race….sign ups before. 10am Mt. Bike race to the top of Mt. Ely. This is suffering at it’s finest…beer, raffle and cash for winners…..get psyched!

Inter Mountain Cup Mt. Bike Race at the Villagio (Teton Village) this Saturday. Volunteers get a free lift ticket, etc. and may still be needed. is the place to get more info- or ask at the shop. All categories, big time racers, get out and race this Saturday!

Gabriel Axelrad Memorial Ride in Grand Teton National Park. Look for more info in the weekly newspaper. This very important ride remembers Gabriel, who was hit and killed while cycling through GTNP with her family 7 years ago. Hundreds of local cyclists rode last year in her memory…and to fight for safe cycling routes in the park! Includes a free t-shirt, Lunch, a short talk and then group ride from String Lake to Jenny Lake….(free entry to park to participate, please carpool or bike to event).

So much going on….Including some race in France…where American Sandwiches are reportedly being served and big sunglasses seem to be ruling the day. That’s the day….I’m not saying…Today! Now playing at Fitzy’s Shop.

Gotta Rap up. A huge shout out to the great Team Party last Tuesday on the Brew Pub Deck! Thank you Snake River Brewery for the hospitality…and thank you for all who came. Past rider’s of the week all won sweet Euskatel/Fitzy orange socks. You need not be a top shelf or racer to be part of these team events….if you wear…own…or are a fan of orange lycra…you’re invited!

Rider of the Week- Brian Shilling. You go Dog! I new that lush training camp at the 4 Seasons would finally deliver big time podiums.

Jay’s Report From the recent 100 mile Mt Bike Race.
What Jay has been up too? Well, after suffering in the heat of the Creampuff and floating high on the endurance racing buzz I chased down another 50 mile mtb race 8 days later on 4th of July in Breckinridge. Big scene, 500 hundred racers, teams, categories and wave starts. (Tid bit-Breck is at something like 9600′ elevation, race is run mostly between 10-11000′). Gun goes off me and one other take off bridging the 1 minute gap to the pros, pace is good, climbing several thousand feet from the start. It was a 25 mile lap with close to 6000′ gain each lap. I led the race in my cat. for 40 miles, then boom, the headache I had turned into migraine type followed up w/ some hurling, needless to say my pace and drive dropped considerably being passed once on a steep climb I was walking and then 1 more time on the downhill back to town. I finished up 3rd and in terrible shape.
10 days later living on that same buzz I visit back to Breckinridge for 100 miles at elevation.
This was 3 different laps out of town w/ about 15000′ gain. So I try to learn from past experiences and I was respecting the elevation we were at, this time we would be going over 12000′ passes. I went out conservatively warming up the big climb we started w/,by the time we hit the top I was in 5th place. Riding comfortably through the first lap there was less then 10min. between 1st and 5th(me). 2nd lap I was starting to push harder in result feel worse then I got to deal w/ a flat that I took care of in a stupid way. Rideing the flat for a few slower miles, then stopping to just put air in to ride just a few more miles, then to really stop and change it and not get enough air in, then to stop at aid station to properly get enough air (stupid stupid stupid). Lots of time added up there. Now in 6th chasing down, I finished lap 2 back in 5th w/ 4th just in front I chased him down all through the last lap alwys seeing him but not really being able to close the gap. Well it ended the same 5th overall.
These races were run well and offered great competition and difficulty, I do recommend.
Elevation is something we know we should acclimate for, if you can do it, I did not showing up each race afternoon before after driving all day. Racing. Driving home.
I hope everybody is enjoying some sort of riding buzz as I hope mine lasts to the next fix, Laramie enduro, all or nothing!
I want to thank all people that have to do w/ Fitzys shop, club, race team and sponsors for keeping it all going!

Weekly Newsletter 7/6/6

Targhee Time Trail- The 8 mile race of truth, This Sunday.
Registration is from 8am to 9:30am at Peaked Sports in Driggs. You can register ahead of time at Peaked for $25, or $30 the day of the race. All proceeds go to Teton Valley trails and pathways- to build more mt. bike trails and paved bike and pedestrian pathways! Helmet required. Your good bike recommended.
Race starts at 10am sharp at intersection of Stateline and Ski Hill Roads.
Awards, party, raffle at 12:00pm at Peaked Sports in Driggs.

Deep thoughts from the road –
Weird things going on out there: It seems that those same folks from Kansas, Texas and beyond are all back in those huge RV’s. Strangely, they’re not the only ones. Crossing Hwy 22 near the Science/Journey School is a 10-minute affair. Be safe and patient. Also, is it me or are the rednecks getting their mirrors closer to my arm while I’m riding? With the tour now making it on Sports Center not to mention pushing back their PBR rodeo shows it seems they’re getting a bit testy. So be safe out there

RACE RESULTS- TOP SHELF TEAM Impresses at local and regional races.

Team Fitzy’s own Nate Carey (of Wilson, WY) has the new, unlikely, title of Utah State Mt. Bike Sport Class Champion for his victory last week. Crediting his intense new training regime called “keeping up with my girlfriend” Nate has been racking up the wins and keeping an eye on the competition, while putting full time effort into the bike as of late.

Six Fitzgerald’s Bicycles/Snake River Brewery team members raced in a four stage slug fest, including the new Friday night Prologue which was similar to the 2005 Tour de Jackson Prologue in it’s steep, spring, lung regurgitating efforts. Chellie Terry won the W’s Cat III prologue and road race and held to take the trophy for 3rd overall on GC (general classification) for the weekend. Ian Tuttle was 2nd in the prologue and would have been 3rd overall in Cat IV had it not been for an overzealous official who gave him a 10 second time penalty for not signing in on time for the final stage (yeah…signing in seems to be part of bike racing…who knew.) Tuttle took 4th with Dave Bergart 8 seconds behind in 5th. Brian Shilling, Brian Smith and Tim Kelley also competed in the race with Shilling grabbing t.v. time off the front in the Cat III road race. The highlight of the weekend may have been the “unofficial” announcement at the race that “Fitzgerald’s of Jackson Hole wins best team Kit for 2006. Tell the guy who design it that it’s awesome.” So way to go Ray and Scott….Nice work.

WYDAHO Mountain Bike Race-
More info coming next week…as reports are sketchy since it can’t possibly be true that Pro road kill(er) Kris Lunning won the men’s race. Tracey Petervary was 2nd among local women and other Fitzy racers represented quite well. We’ll get more clarity and report more next week as we’re sure Lunning would not be messing with his build up training for next weeks Cascade Classic Pro road race.

Tour de Jackson-
It’s that time of year….but with much confusion and a big doping bust expected at the widespread panic concert…”the TDJ” is holding off on it’s start. This un-official, but oh so important, race will be announced soon with the potential of it being held in August. Don’t miss the Targhee race this Sunday and Teton Pass race on July 23rd as there will surely be bonus points for these races.

PARTY TIME- Fitzgerald’s Team/Club party. If you’ve ever been proud to wear orange spandex….you’re invited. Come one, come all….Party on the Brew Pub Deck (next to the grain tower) next Thursday Night from 6pm on. Beer and nibbles from our Title Sponsor- Snake River Brewery will be provided. Race photos and payback if you submitted your race entries, and just a great time of catching up with friends…off the bike. You don’t have to wear the orange…


Thu. Pedals and Pints- Rated best social ride in town. CyclingNews, July 2006- Thursday Nights, meet at shop before 6pm as the ride rolls out from the shop at 6pm sharp. Whether you want to mock race up Fish Creek, as a more humane pace than Tuesday, or just enjoy group riding, the P&P ride has been a hit with a dozen or more riders of intermediate and advanced road riding abilities enjoying a 1:45 minute ride leaving time for a brew pub deck get together afterwards. With the long nights, expect a leisurely pace to far off places.

Wed. Women’s Only Ride-
5:30pm at the shop. The pace is moderate, 15mph avg. This is an ideal chance to get some practice riding with groups, ask questions form more experienced riders and meet new friends. Road bikes most Wed nights unless otherwise posted on the shop group ride chalkboard.

FIVE INCH FRIDAYS- Take the liquid caddy off the bike and prepare to hitch and push uphill…it’s time for some big air, big hair, mosquitoes and downhill action.

RIDER(s) of the WEEK-
Scott Fitzgerald and Chris Erickson earn a belated Rider(s) of the Week award for their Bike to Work Day ride over Teton Pass, commuting from Victor to support the Jackson bike to work day. Erickson impressed by taking the ride round trip and Fitzgerald was also impressive in that he may not actually be as his “3rd week of the tour like” racing physique might suggest do to his tireless time spent at the bustling shop this summer. Well-done boyz!

Tour de France- Now Showing at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. The T.V. in the shop is steaming all the latest from France. If you haven’t been watching and picked a winner you’re in luck, as all ours are out already for one reason or another (well, except my pick). So stop in and see which American will be in yellow after Saturday’s decisive Time Trail.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping make all this happen-
Snake River Brewing
Ortho Associates of JH
Great Northern Coffee
Mountain High Pizza
M Ploy
Down On Glenn

You da man Floyd, stay off Murphy’s wheel and out of trouble.

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