Interview with Arizona Olympian Chloe Woodruff

Posted: December 16, 2016 by MBAA in Interviews

In today’s interview, we catch up with Prescott, Arizona’s Chloe Woodruff of the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team to chat Rio Olympics, race season preparation, and Arizona trails!

Chloe Woodruff - Stan's NoTubes/Pivot

MBAA: You had a busy 2016 including the Olympics in Rio, how did you stay focused?

Chloe WoodruffChloe: It’s all perspective. I felt very privileged to be able to focus so intently on a singular goal through the whole season. I think the more fair question to ask any Olympian or individual going for the team is how their spouse, their coach, and/or their family faired through the whole ordeal. I was able to keep focused because I had some incredible people and companies around me for support. And I found out that the “I’m going to the Olympics” card is a pretty good one to use if you’re wanting to pass along some responsibility. 🙂 So I have a lot of gratitude towards those who let me stay so focused this year.

MBAA: What is your favorite race, and why?

Chloe: The Olympic mountain bike race because…the OLYMPICS! For the first time ever, that’s an easy question to answer. But I have to mention that I love racing in front of my home crowds so the Whiskey Off-Road is right up there.

MBAA: You recently outfitted a sprinter van for your travels. Is van life all it’s cracked up to be? 🙂

Chloe: Ha! While it’s not a very popular thing to say right now, I’m not so sure I’m sold on the whole #vanlife thing. A year ago we bought a partially outfitted Sprinter as a race rig and it’s been the perfect vehicle for us in a very practical way. The fridge and napping surface are my favorite things. But I’m not sure I could live out of the van for any extended period of time…or even a weekend? 🙂

MBAA: What’s your favorite trail in Arizona, and why?

Chloe: The Arizona Trail from Picket Post to Gila River. Because it’s rugged and beautiful and makes you confront everything that makes the Sonoran Desert such a unique and inhospitable environment. And it’s a badass mountain bike trail.

MBAA: Off-season, do you take any time off the bike? What activities do you do?

Chloe: I took a pretty long break this year and even raced in Prescott’s 8km Turkey Trot. I had to train for it so I could actually run that far!

MBAA: How do you prepare for the coming season? Keep the routine the same, or mix it up?

Chloe: We always mix things up a bit. That’s one thing that makes TJ such a good coach; he knows how to balance sticking to what we know works, and making small changes so I can train more specifically and stay mentally fresh. Right now I’m training on a Pivot Mach 6 quite a bit which is new (and totally awesome) territory for me.”

MBAA: Do you remember your first race? Were you nervous?

Chloe: My first race was the 2002 24 Hours of Moab on a Jr Women’s relay team. I don’t remember a lot of nerves although I do remember crying through one of my night laps. Even though the night lap experience totally kicked my butt, I put together a strong morning lap and all was right with the world again. I am still not a fan of night riding.

MBAA: What advice would you give to an intermediate racer looking to improve?

Chloe: Be patient, hire a good coach, and refresh your Stan’s tire sealant before a race (especially in AZ!).
Chloe Woodruff - Team USA
To learn more about Chloe visit her blog
On Twitter @ChloeWoodruff

Time to start planning your 2017 race season!

First timer? Come give it at try, you won’t be alone. Juniors, gain race experience and make some new friends. Weekend Warriors, battle it out with your buds, we’ve adjusted the age brackets. Elite & Veteran Racers, we’ve got some new venues and courses to keep things interesting.

Take your best 5 of 6 races for a chance at the series overall, all races equal points.

2017 Schedule

January 14 – McDowell Meltdown
January 28 – Estrella Hedgehog Hustle
February 11 – Lake Havasu Havoc
March 25 – White Tank Whirlwind
April 15 – Prescott Punisher
May 13 – Flagstaff Frenzy
May 14 – Super D*
June 3 – Flagstaff Team Relay*

* Series points not awarded

Changes & Additions:

We have added an Intermediate SS category which will race a shorter distance than the Expert SS category.

We have also adjusted the beginner and intermediate age groups so they align, making it easier to upgrade and remain in the same age group (19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+).

With the increasing number of junior races, we’ve broken the categories into 2 year age groups and added a 6-8 category. This will help shrink the gap between kids on the younger/older side of their respective categories. Junior categories will consist of 6-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14.

Lastly, we will again offer a discount (excluding juniors, you only pay $20 per race) when registering for the entire MBAA series before Jan. 12 2017 ($200 for 6 races + a free t-shirt). Begin by clicking on the Arizona Reg link below, then Register Now and check all 6 races, then use coupon “MBAA2017Series” at checkout.

Register Now

Note:

  • Start times and lap counts are subject to change
  • Flagstaff & Prescott course maps are not yet available
  • The team relay event will be a stand alone event this year occurring June 3, 2017
  • All proceeds from the Super D will again go towards the Flagstaff Bike Organization

 

We look forward to seeing you out at the races in 2017!

Sincerely,

– The MBAA Board

Prescott Enduro – That’s a Wrap!

Posted: October 3, 2016 by MBAA in Racing

The MBAA’s inaugural enduro race is in the books!

Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible, Andrew Fiore and Moe Hutchinson, The City of Prescott, Mangled Momentum, Gnar Cycling Art for providing the sick trophies, Bike Smith, Soul Ride, Higher Gear, and Ryders Eyewear for kicking in some awesome swag!

Thanks to everyone who came out and raced. The MBAA plans to bring a 3 race series to Arizona’s high country next summer/fall so stay tuned!

Results: http://mbaaenduro.itsyourrace.com/ResultsMultiStage.aspx…

More photos can be found at https://frozenmotionphotos.smugmug.com/browse

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Prescott Enduro Venue

Volunteer at Tour de Fat for a Super Fun Time!

Posted: September 12, 2016 by MBAA in TdF

tour-de-fat-oct-1-2016Tour de Fat is coming up fast on Oct 1st! If you’ve never participated or volunteered, it is a super fun day hanging out with friends, enjoying bikes and beers. The MBAA is looking for ~150 volunteers who will get a bunch of fun perks (including free beers)!

The event organizers keep track of where volunteers come from so make sure to check MBAA when you sign up.

Click Here for More info on Tour de Fat

Prescott Enduro Rescheduled to Oct 2nd

Posted: August 27, 2016 by MBAA in News/Updates

We regret to inform you all that due to thunderstorms we are forced to RESCHEDULE the enduro to Sunday, October 2nd.

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Thanks for your understanding,

– The MBAA Board