Oct 25 2012

Nights are For Riding

Taken from the back of Bryan's Rubicon as we crested the hill.

If you thought the riding season was over, maybe it’s time to give riding at night a try. It’s a whole lot of fun and with the right equipment can be just as safe as riding during the day. We have enjoyed some really terrfic nights lately with warm starts and cool finishes. It sure beats the heck out of riding rollers or spin class.

We were fortunate to have our our photographer – Bryan Hulse – out with us on Tuesday night so we can share some of the fun with you. He took some action shots like above and then caught us each later in the ride.

Chris Tanner on his new Fuji Roubaix enjoys riding at night.

Bryan set up his equipment along Old Charlotte Pike to capture the action in a very unique way.

Kris looks race ready as he speeds through the makeshift studio.

You’ll need proper lighting to join us on night rides. As you can see below, Mac is all about the light bling!

Mac "leans into it" approaching the camera and everyone else.

We are riding most Tuesday and Wednesday nights – weather permitting – for between 17 and 23 miles. Front and rear lights are REQUIRED if you want to join us. We always have an excellent selection at Mac’s Harpeth Bikes so you can extend your riding season and enjoy these awesome nights.

Come on out. The weather’s great. Peace-

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Oct 08 2012

Fuji’s Sarah Haskins Crowned Toyota Cup Champion

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Sarah Haskins Crowned
Race to the Toyota Cup Champion!

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Fuji’s Sarah Haskins capped off a phenomenal season Sunday with her 8th victory of the year at Dallas’ Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon, a gutsy victory that clinched her second consecutive series title in the prestigious Race to the Toyota Cup.

 

Sarah was first out of the water with a 23:44 swim, yet it was Alicia Kaye who stormed into the lead on the frigid 40k bike. But by Mile 3 of the run, an unrelenting Sarah had overtaken Kaye and charged ahead to the finish, breaking the tape with a 17-second margin of victory for a total time of 2:01:17.

 

In a season that featured both her 4th consecutive Life Time Chicago Tri title and 4th consecutive Life Time Tri Minneapolis title, Sarah dominated nearly every race she entered – going 6 for 7 in Toyota Cup events, collecting 73 points, and winning by an 11-point margin over the best female triathletes in the country.

 

We couldn’t be more proud to be her sponsor, and we would like to wish the 2012 Race to the Toyota Cup Champion a huge congratulations from the Fuji family!

 

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Oct 08 2012

Kestrel’s Cam Dye Crowned Toyota Cup Champion

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Kestrel’s Cam Dye earned the greatest victory of his career Sunday, clinching the prestigious Race to the Toyota Cup series title with his Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon victory.

 

Up 2 ½ points heading into the series’ finale after winning last weekend’s LA Tri, Cam posted a 2nd-fastest 18:40 swim. Flying out of T1, cue what he does best: demolish the field on the bike.

 

Aboard his Kestrel 4000, averaging 27 mph on the 40k course, he posted a race-best, wicked-fast 54:29 bike split and entered T2 with a lead large enough to carry him through the hilly run to the winning tape with a time of 1:50:04 – a 44-second victory margin.

Deemed “master of the non-drafting Olympic distance” by Slowtwitch, our 2011 up-and-comer has officially arrived. Building off a great season last year, featuring 2 wins and 5 podiums, Cam’s Toyota U.S. Open victory was his 6th of the 2012 season. And with key wins and podiums in Toyota Cup events throughout the year, Cam secured the overall title by 6 ½ points.

 

A huge congratulations to our very own Cameron Dye: 2012 Race to the Toyota Cup Champion!

 

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Oct 08 2012

Jack and Back 2012 a Big Hit!

Although the weather didn’t cooperate – spitting rain and wind – we still had a terrfic time riding for a great cause. David Bradley, Don Warden, Pete Orem and myself rode the 62 miles together. Afterwards we met up with Alan, Dick, Jason, John and some of their friends in the parking lot at Motlow to enjoy cokes and cream soda’s. Yum! Don and Beth showed up later as did Lindsey, Jason and Nathan.

 

Pete, Mac, Don and David at the Fire Academy for PB&J's

While most of the others went up on the hill for dinner and some Jack, David played chef grilling chicken wings, burgers and brats for the rest of us. The propane “campfire” was a hit until it started raining. With the radar looking like the rain was going to settle in for a while we put out the “fire” and called it a night early. [Hmmm, how come I never did that when I had to ride back the next day? Might be something to consider.]

If you’ve never done the Jack and Back you don’t know what your missing. There are lots of bike rides for charities, this one just brings a lot more fun to the end of the ride. We raised almost $2,000 for MS and Alzhiemer’s this year. With a few more riders we can do even more. I hope to see you out there with us next year. Peace-

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Sep 25 2012

Andy Potts Scores Another Win for Kestrel at Ironman 70.3 Branson

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Kestrel’s Andy Potts claimed the Ironman 70.3 Branson title with authority Sunday after posting the fastest swim (22:56), bike (2:24:52), and run (1:14:44) for a remarkable wire-to-wire win that saw him cross the tape 4 minutes ahead of Defending Champ Ben Hoffman.

With an overall time of 4:04:23, Potts led by 2:29 out of the swim, and heading into T2, had extended his lead to 3:27 aboard his Kestrel 4000. Unphased by his 6 chasers, Potts cruised to his 5th victory of the season, looking more and more ready to tackle the lava fields of Kona.

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Jul 26 2012

Long Overdue Update from the Harpeth River Ride

Well it took me long enough to finally get around to posting up some pictures from the 2012 edition of the Harpeth River Ride. Mac’s Harpeth Bikes was again very well represented – THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH – and a good time was had by all before, during and after the ride.

Before the ride, we all enjoyed coffee and donuts as we tried to stay warm during an unseasonably cold (42 degree) June morning.

During the ride several of the guys met up and rode with Chris Horner for a few miles and then stopped and talked with him at the rest stop. I wasn’t there, but i’m certain the pace was “brisk”

Team Radio Shack-Nissan rider Chris Horner stops for a water break with the guys from Mac's harpeth Bikes. Picturted L-R: Jack Miller, Jay Cannon, Gregg Marsh, Chris Horner, Paul Bolin, Jon Crawford, Bob Frutchey, Greg Lemon, Huch McSharry, Patrick Strickland. Tony Wheeler (leaning), Tracey Cartee and Brian Sarmento (kneeling). NP Pete Orem and Brennen Breckenridge.

After the ride everyone was invited back to the Mac’s Harpeth Bikes for barbeque, wings and cold drinks. Special thanks to my lovely bride for running all the errands to pick up everything from Krispy Kreme’s to wings to ice. It’s a team effort.

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May 07 2012

Andy Potts Aboard his Kestrel 4000 Beats Lance at St. Croix

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Potts wins St. Croix, Dye takes 2nd in Knoxville  

 

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Kestrel’s Andy Potts won Ironman 70.3 St. Croix Sunday, trumping the one and only Lance Armstrong to earn his second consecutive victory of the 2012 season.

 

As expected, Potts was first out of the water and led a good portion of the bike, pushing hard on his Kestrel 4000. But around Mile 40, just as the course started to turn upward, Armstrong showed off the legs that won him seven Tour de France titles and climbed into a 2-minute lead heading into T2.

 

But Potts chased down Armstrong, who made his professional Ironman debut in February with a 2nd-place finish in Panama, and overtook him at Mile 8 of the 13.1-mile run.  

 

With a time of 4:03:31, Potts broke the tape nearly two minutes ahead of runner-up Stephane Poulat and four minutes ahead of Armstrong.

 

Scores of spectators flocked to the course to watch the legendary Armstrong in action, but it was Potts – and his Kestrel 4000 – who grabbed their attention.

 

 

Heading north to Rev3 Knoxville, Kestrel claimed yet another podium, with Cam Dye snagging 2nd. Dye was first out of the water and crushed the competition on the 24.8-mile bike, but winner Greg Bennett just slipped by on the run.

Great weekend for the Kestrel 4000. 

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Apr 30 2012

Fuji’s Sara Haskins Wins at St. Anthony’s

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On Sunday, April 29th, Sarah Haskins proved she is simply the best short distance triathlete in the United States.

 

With a time of 1:56:55, Sarah Haskins claimed her 4th St. Anthony’s Triathlon title, her second consecutive victory of the season, shattered the course record by 50 seconds, and bested her nearest competitor by more than two minutes.

 

“Sarah Haskins is a rock star!” said Fuji VP of Marketing Karen Bliss. “Breaking the tape in nearly every event she’s raced in the past year, she’s blowing away the competition. We’ve got a phenomenal brand ambassador in Sarah, and we couldn’t be more proud to have her aboard the D-6.”

 

Fuji teammate & 15-time NCAA All-American swimmer Sara McLarty was predictably first out of the water in 19:10, but Haskins was close at her heels.

 

 

The Sarah’s built up a solid lead on their D-6’s, with Haskins eventually pulling away. Yet Alicia Kaye, 2011’s Race to Toyota Cup Series Runner-Up,  managed to close in on Haskins about half-way through the 40k bike.

 

But Sarah took off on the run, and Kaye was no match for the defending champion.

 

Check out Sarah’s race report at www.sarahhaskins.com or click HERE!  

 

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Apr 21 2012

Sunshine on a Cold Rainy Saturday

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David and Tracey show off their gunboats during spring break.

So I’m sitting here in shorts and a t-shirt wishing for that nice spring/summer weather we were enjoying ony a week or so back and I thought maybe I should share a little Gulf Coast good times with everyone. David Bradley and Tracey Cartee managed to meet up during spring break and got in a few sunny miles down in FLA (though it might have been AL). Sure looks like a better place than Franklin today:-( Well, tomorrow will be sunny and we’ll make the best of today.

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Mar 13 2012

BMX is Here – Intense BMX Bikes at Mac’s Harpeth Bikes

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If you’re into BMX Racing then you need to head on over to Mac’s Harpeth Bikes and check out all the killer new stuff we have! Superlight (16.4 lbs) racing bikes from SE Racing and Intense, THE Enterprises pad sets and number plates, Sinz Racing, AME grips, the list keeps going and growing. If I don’t have what you’re looking for, I’ll get it for you.

Besides these great names you know we also sell Profile Racing, Fly Racing, wheels from Alienation, Avenue Wheels and Sun and many, many more. Whether you need tubes for your mini or a new number plate and numbers we’ve got you covered.

Ask about co-sponsorship opportunites and to be part of our BMX race team.

Peace-

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