8 Steps to Surviving the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race
One hundred miles of extreme terrain, starting elevation of 10,200 feet, muscle-straining climbs, and breathtaking views – the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race to many is considered the race of all races. Winding throughout Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains, this ride is surely one that calls to the ambitious.
If you’re anything like the challenge-hungry goal seekers here at Boa, you’ve probably already started making a training plan for next year’s LT 100. But what does it take to compete in a race like this? And how would you even go about training for it? Luckily, we have a Leadville 100 MTB Race veteran on staff who knows a thing or two about mountain biking through extreme terrains.
For his second year in a row, Boa’s New Business Development Manager Patrick Lawrence is facing the obstacles of the LT 100 MTB head on. An avid mountain biker for the past 29 years, Patrick knows what it takes to train and compete in the type of conditions that the Leadville 100 boasts.
We sat down with Patrick to get the scoop on his go-to preparation and race day tips for grueling mountain bike races like the LT 100 MTB. Whether you’ve been cycling for decades or are a newbie to the sport, these are great pointers to keep in mind.
Prepping for the LT 100 MTB in 5 Steps
- Practice riding with consistent mileage six days a week: You do not need to reach 100 miles every day, but you should aim to build over a period of 12 weeks.
- Maintain a healthy diet: What you eat will affect your ride. While you’re training, test out different food options to determine what you’re going to eat during the race.
- Train with a partner: This will help you push yourself to ride further, longer, and harder.
- Familiarize yourself with the course: Pre-riding course climbs is a good way to learn what you’re in for on race day so that there are no surprises.
- Practice riding at elevation: The LT 100 begins at 10,200 feet and only increases from there. It’s important to acclimate your body and to know how it reacts to trails at high elevation.
Patrick in action.
3 Ways to Survive the LT 100 MTB
- Mental focus is essential: With a race as strenuous and long as this, it’s crucial to work on your focus. Don’t set your goals too high, especially if you are coming from lower altitudes.
- Drink and eat often: Aid stations with food and drink are set up to take advantage of – use the benefit of these! Eat as much solid food as possible during the race. My snack of choice is Dr. Lim’s Rice Cakes.
- Pace yourself: Too often, riders start out of the gate pushing way too hard to keep up with the pack, and then end up finishing the race walking or not finishing at all. The course is long with the hardest climb – “the pipeline” – at the 70 mile mark. The best way to finish strong is to pace yourself across all 100 miles.
The Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race is an epic challenge incorporating high altitudes, major climbs, and long – potentially windy – road sections. Set a goal to conquer this course in whichever way you see fit, but be sure to have fun! Very few people get to participate in this race, so if you’re one of the lucky ones who is this year, be sure to make the most of every step of the experience.
It’s not too late to compete in the 2014 Leadville 100 MTB Race! We’re giving away two FREE entries this year. Learn how to earn one: ridethatchangeditall.com
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LL Bean Day Trekker Pack with Boa Wins Backpacker Editor’s Choice
Backpacker Magazine, the authority on self-propelled, overnight backcountry travel, awarded the LL Bean Day Trekker 25 pack its prestigious 2014 Editor’s Choice Award for this pack category.
The Backpacker editors’ review, featured in the April issue, calls out the unique functionality and advantages offered by the pack’s dual-dial Boa Closure System:
“The BOA compression system (think snowboard boots) eliminates the extra webbing that overwhelms many small packs. A thin wire zigzag up each side, and, with a twist of the dial, expands or compresses capacity…”
More About the LL Bean Day Trekker
The LL Bean Day Trekker 25-liter technical day pack ($99) represents a revolution in pack design. Standard compression straps have been replaced with two Boa Closure Systems® that are incredibly easy to use.
Once all your gear is in the pack, just turn the two Boa dials to instantly compress and stabilize the load. This allows better balance and prevents the load from shifting as you hike. When you’re done hiking, just pop the dials out to release the system so you can unload. The pack has enough cargo capacity for a full day on the trails and comes in at less than two pounds to help keep your load light.
Re-curve collar-cut shoulder straps provide a snug, comfortable fit. Tapered design lowers contact with your back, resulting in better ventilation and increased freedom of movement. Perforated foam waist belt is comfortable and easy to adjust.
“Shove it” pocket with stretch panels lets you quickly stash or retrieve a jacket as the weather changes. Hydration bladder sleeve with port is located inside main compartment; bladder sold separately. Two side water bottle pockets.
Also includes key fob, ice axe loops, map pocket and multiple lash points. See more or purchase at www.llbean.com.
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Boa-Powered Products Wins “Best in Show” at Outdoor Retailer
Boa Partners came home from January’s 2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show with several awards from Gear Junkie, Outside Magazine, Gear Patrol and Gear Institute, four of the industry’s authorities on what’s new and what’s hot in sports gear.
K2 Route Helmet
At a mere 320 grams (0.7 pounds) the well-ventilated K2 Route is the lightest snow sports helmet ever. With industry compliant safety certifications, for both ski and bike, as well as seamless goggle integration, the Route steps to the front of the head-protection category. The Boa Closure System provides incremental adjustment around the head, creating an optimal and secure fit.
Says Gear Junkie: “We liked it for potential multisport use — K2 notes it can be used for biking as well as snowsports. For backcountry skiing, the Route offers a lighter, more-breathable alternative to standard ski helmets, which can be too hot when heading uphill on a peak.”
Read The Gear Institute’s review of the K2 Route here.
It will be available in fall 2014 for $150.
Scarpa F1 Evo
For touring-focused skiers who want ultimate function in a super-light package, the F1 Evo pairs game-changing performance: a hands-free ski/walk function that switches modes automatically based on whether the heel is locked into the binding, all at 2 lb 7 oz per boot.
The F1 Evo is the first ski boot with a rigid tongue and to use the Boa Closure System on the boot’s lower scafo. The light weight yet powerful Boa Closure System provides maximum adjustability to optimize fit and functionality without adding any significant weight.
The boot is designed with SCARPA’s Carbon Core Technology, a carbon-fiber frame that runs the length of the boot under the foot and provides stiffness for ultimate power transfer to the ski while retaining the progressive flex skiers seek in the upper boot.
The Scarpa F1 Evo will be available fall 2014 and retail for $729.
In all, the Scarpa F1 Evo won four awards, including “Best in Show” recognition from the Gear Institute, Gear Junkie, Outside Magazine and Gear Patrol. “This is one of the most innovative touring boots to come along in years,” reports The Gear Institute. Read their review here.
Read Gear Junkie’s review here, Outside magazine’s review here and Gear Patrol’s here.
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Boa Partners Take Home ISPO Awards
Last week’s 2014 ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany was one of Boa Technology’s most successful yet, with more partner brands than ever participating in the outdoor industry event that showcases new products that will be available to consumers for the 2014/2015 winter season.
Several Boa partner brands submitted their new and innovative Boa-powered products for coveted ISPO Awards. After submitting product descriptions and videos, a jury comprised of industry experts identifies the winners in various categories by sport and product type. The following Boa products are among the 2014 ISPO Award winners:
Topo Athletic Sante
Ideal for functional fitness training programs that involve running, jumping, climbing or lifting, your feet stay secure with the Sante’s unique stabilizing technology. This zero-drop shoe has a total stack height of 14 mm to keep you balanced and close to the ground, weighing just 8.4 ounces (6.9 ounces for women). The 3D-printed upper features the Boa Closure System, which provides micro-adjustable fit of the foot-conforming upper connected to a co-molded rubber/EVA sole. The mid-foot strap adds additional stability and security. $125
Tubbs VRT Snowshoes
The FLEX VRT (Vertical) was designed to deliver premium performance for backcountry exploration. The new DynamicFit™ binding with the Boa® Closure System produces evenly distributed tension around your boot for ultimate security. The ability for micro-adjustments ensures exceptional, precise maneuverability, while preserving comfort with an optimal fit. The FLEX Tail™ design eases stress on your joints, allowing you to reach even the most intense summits. $250
Click here to watch the product video.
Descente Mizusawa Down Jacket
With its heat welded, non-quilted seam tape construction that effectively prevents moisture penetration, the Mizusawa Down Shuttle is an extremely waterproof down jacket. The hood uses the Boa Closure System to create an optimal fit around the head and face. The light weight, durable dial and lace system quick delivers the preferred hood setting, with maximum comfort and convenience by simply twisting a knob. Learn more here.
Descente Platinum Jacket
The Platinum Jacket won the gold metal in the two-layer insulated segment of the Ski Category. The Platinum jacket is made from four-way stretch material and uses the new Heat Navi Print lining technique. The hood is adjusted using the Boa Closure System, which allows it to be worn over a helmet, and with a simple, one-handed twist of the dial, can be adjusted quickly and easily to achieve the best-possible fit around the face and head.
Thusane Ankle Brace with Boa Closure System
The Thuasne sport ankle brace is a new generation of orthotic that allows an optimum comfort and support during athletic activities. Its anatomic design provides a maximum stability without any constraints. The thinness of the product makes it easy to wear inside all types of footwear. Thanks to the Boa Closure system (lifetime guaranteed) the brace offers a perfect fitting and a reliable and easy closure system.
“The Thuasne Ankle Brace is a helpful, medical-orientated sports recovery device for people who are recovering from foot/ankle injuries. The lightweight and lean construction, combined with the sportive design, and high usability – thanks to the BOA closing system – makes it a comfortable product to be used anywhere in the daily life.” said ISPO Award Jury member, Max Barth.
K2 Route Helmet
At a mere 320 grams (0.7 pounds) the well-ventilated Route is the lightest snow sports helmet ever. With industry compliant safety certifications, for both ski and bike, as well as seamless goggle integration, the Route steps to the front of the head-protection category. It will be available in fall 2013 and will retail for $150.
Viking Constrictor II Boa
The Viking Constrictor II Boa won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award 2014 from the Scandinavian Outdoor Group.
Primary Innovation Features:Boa Closure-System; high isolation features: Made from a durable textile upper with nubuck reinforcements and a snow block cuff. 100% waterproof and breathable GORE TEX ® membrane and a high loft wool blend lining. Getting in and out of the boot is easy thanks to the BOA® closure system. The EVA midsole is shock absorbent, add to the cushioning, and helps keep weight down. Natural Rubber outsole with Viking’s own Ultimate Grip Concept®, provides excellent traction on snow and slippery surfaces. It will be available in select European markets starting in August 2014.
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Boa Technology Returns to Winter Outdoor Retailer with Free Boa Retrofit Program
Why Boa? from Boa Technology on Vimeo.
On-site specialists will install the Boa Closure System on attendees’ shoes
PRESS RELEASE: Boa Technology Inc., maker of the patented, award-winning Boa Closure System, is giving attendees at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (O.R.) an opportunity to “Get Closure” by retrofitting special versions of the Boa Closure Systems on their lace-up shoes.
“At last summer’s O.R. Show, the Taste of Boa reached maximum capacity, installing nearly 500 Boa Closure Systems on attendees’ shoes,” says Mark Soderberg, Boa Technology CEO.
“Due to the incredible demand and feedback we received, bringing the program back was an easy decision.”
Follow-up surveys from the previous show revealed that nearly 99% of those trying the system had a positive experience. The most commonly cited reasons were improved fit, attractive aesthetic, speed of adjustment and convenience.
“We’ve believed forever that, once people try Boa, they’ll love it,” says Boa Technology Marketing Director Garett Graubins. “This retrofit project is designed to give people a ‘taste of Boa’ so that they can learn first-hand what tens of millions of people worldwide know already: that Boa is better.” Graubins points out that the offer’s goal is to build awareness and not to create demand for a “retrofit kit” available en masse.
During all four days of the OR show (January 22-25), attendees can drop off their low-cut lace-up shoes (sorry, no kids’ shoes) at the Taste of Boa booth (booth #56024, near the main Temple entrance), where Boa’s team will install the Boa Closure System. Attendees will be sent a photo text of their now Boa-powered footwear when their shoes are ready to be picked up.
The award-winning Boa Closure System is found on over 28 million products worldwide, produced with more than 140 different partner brands across several product categories, including cycling, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, golf, utility and medical. Outdoor Retailer exhibitors debuting new Boa-powered products at the upcoming show including K2, Tubbs, Scarpa, Louis Garneau and Topo Athletic.
About Boa Technology
With offices in Steamboat Springs, Denver, Colorado, Austria, Hong Kong and Chiba, Japan, Boa Technology Inc., is the creator of the award-winning, patented Boa Closure System. The revolutionary Boa® Closure System, backed by the Dialed In For Life Guarantee, optimizes product design and enables a more “dialed-in fit”. The ultimate result is superior performance and a level of customizable comfort never before experienced in the sports and medical industry. Visit Boatechnology.com for more information.
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Boa Supports So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour
The 8th Annual So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour, which kicked off at Loveland Ski Resort earlier this month, has 11 more stops on its tour calendar, including tomorrow’s event at Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin.
The two-day snowboard camp costs just $150 (not including lift ticket) and includes professional instruction from top riders and lunch. Participants also receive great schwag from tour sponsors, making it a screaming deal.
Learn more about the Sno-Gnar Snowboard Camp at www.so-gnar.com.
So-Gnar Loveland Snowboard Camp
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Boa Technology A Finalist in Something Independent’s Wright Awards 2013
Thursday October 24th 2013, 10:16 am
Filed under: Company News
Boa Technology was among the final 14 contenders for the 2013 Wright Awards, which recognizes Colorado companies and business leaders who are inspiring the next generation of doers and achievers. Selected from the original pool of 70 nominees, Boa Technology was recognized for its clear sense of purpose and willingness to innovate and act instinctively to meet the needs of its customers and partner brands.
As of the of the 14 finalists, Boa was asked to submit a 90-second video conveying the company’s core business proposition, vision and how Colorado has influenced its inception, culture and growth.
What is Boa? How does it work? What types of products use Boa? What makes Boa better? Boa staff answer all these questions are more in this fun, fast-paced clip that gives a sneak peek behind the curtain at Boa’s Denver-based headquarters.
Below is Boa’s video submission to Something Independent, the organizers behind the 2013 Wright Awards. The winners were announced at a special event held in Denver last Tuesday, October 22.
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How Strong is the Boa Closure System? And other FAQs Answered.
Monday October 21st 2013, 10:52 am
Filed under: Company News
,Utility & Safety
Are all Boa Closure Systems the same?
Yes and no.
The Boa Closure System consists of aircraft-grade stainless steel laces and a low-profile, powerful dial that work together to provide a premium alternative to traditional laces.
The Boa Closure Systems fall into three main categories, called “power levels”:
1. Boa High-Power Closure System is found on snowboard boots and other large, high-cut footwear that requires the unequaled strength and gear ratio advantage Boa delivers. See How It Works
2. Boa Mid-Power Closure System is ideal for mid-cut footwear such as utility boots, hiking boots, safety shoes, inline skates and ski boot liners. See How It Works
3. Boa Low-Power Closure System was specifically designed for low-cut footwear. This is where Boa brings superior performance, convenience and comfort to cycling shoes, golf shoes, running shoes and casual footwear. See How It Works
How Strong is the Boa dial?
From the beginning, our design goal has been that the dial should outlast the boots in any conditions, a promise backed by Boa’s “Dialed In for Life” Guarantee. The Boa Closure System has tens of thousands of hours of testing on it in all types of terrain and environments, from mountain trails to terrain parks to construction sites.
Is any lubrication necessary to keep my Boa’s running smoothly?
No, our extensive product testing has determined that a simple rinse with fresh water is sufficient to clean debris out of the dial. Never put an oil based lubricant (such as WD-40) in your Boa as it will degrade the integrity of the components.
My footwear collects a lot of grit and grime. Will Boa stand up to abrasive debris? How durable is it?
Don’t let the size of the Boa lace fool you. That relatively thin lace is gram-for-gram stronger than tank armor. It is constructed of aircraft-grade stainless steel. For demanding environments, it may be jacketed in nylon. As a bonus, athletes (and other Boa fans) appreciate that they can simply hose off all the mud and grime after their endeavor.
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Boa Helps Atheltes “Get Closure” at the GoPro Ironman World Championships
In Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, this week, athletes and fans alike have been stopping by the Boa Technology booth in the athlete’s village of the GoPro IRONMAN® World Championships.
They are taking advantage of Boa’s free “Get Closure” offer to have a customized Boa Closure System installed on their athletic footwear.
On-site Boa prototypers remove shoes’ existing laces and replace them with a Boa Closure System, which consists of aircraft-grade stainless-steel laces and a low-profile, powerful dial that work together to provide a premium alternative to traditional laces.
“We’ve believed since we started in 2001 that, once people try Boa, they love Boa,” says Boa Technology Marketing Director Garett Graubins. “This retro-fit project is designed to give people a ‘taste of Boa’ so that they can learn first-hand what tens of millions of people worldwide know already: that Boa is better.”
One of the most popular shoe brands to receive the Boa Closure retrofit is Newton Running, the official run course and shoe sponsor of the IRONMAN® U.S. Series and GoPro IRONMAN® World Championships. The white shoe pictured above is Newton’s limited-edition IRONMAN Elite Trainer sold this week at the Newton Running expo booth in Kona.
Edie Fisher, age group podium finisher, is psyched about her new Boa-powered Asics shoes.
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Boa Technology Named to Prestigious CircleUp25 List of Innovative Companies
Award-winning Boa Closure System is now found on over 26 million products worldwide
(Denver, Colo.)—Boa Technology Inc., maker of the patented, award-winning Boa Closure System, was recently named one of the country’s 25 most innovative brands by CircleUp, a social marketplace that allows individuals to invest in private consumer and retail companies. The CircleUp25 list was announced on Forbes.com on July 30 and can be viewed here.
“As an ingredient brand, it’s critical that ‘innovation’ be a key component of our DNA, so we’re honored by CircleUp’s recognition,” says Boa Technology President Mark Soderberg. “Our brand partners look to us to provide closure and fit solutions for their products, which challenges our team to constantly evolve and think of new applications in categories from footwear to medical devices.”
Consumers, along with a panel of industry experts, private equity firms and innovation teams, were given the opportunity to nominate their favorite disruptive brand through CircleUp’s social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. CircleUp chose Boa Technology and the other top companies from almost 2,000 nominees, selecting companies that, “influence what we eat, what we wear and what we use every day of our lives.” CircleUp25 honorees were identified as not only influencing consumer choices, but either re-inventing existing industries or creating new industry categories.
Since 2001, the Boa Closure System has been a superior alternative to traditional closures such as shoelaces, ratchets, buckles and hook-and-loop. There are an estimated 26 million Boa dials on products around the world. Boa Technology partners with more than 140 premium partner brands across many product categories, including cycling, athletic, outdoor, snow sports, golf, utility and medical.
About Boa Technology
With offices in Steamboat Springs, Denver, Colorado, Hong Kong and Chiba, Japan, Boa Technology Inc., is the creator of the award-winning, patented Boa Closure System. The revolutionary Boa® Closure System, backed by the Dialed In For Life Guarantee, optimizes product design and enables a more “dialed-in fit”. The ultimate result is superior performance and a level of customizable comfort never before experienced in the sports and medical industry. Visit Boatechnology.com for more information.
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