Middle Park graduate Alison Powers claims two cycling titles, preps for Europe
August 13, 2013
Alison Powers, a Middle Park High School graduate who still considers Fraser her hometown, has been busy grabbing titles in the world of competitive road bike racing and is preparing to travel to Europe to race in two different stage events for Team USA.
Powers recently won the National Racing Calendar, which is an annual event held in the U.S. and is sponsored by USA Cycling, something she also won in 2009. She also recently won the U.S. National Criterium Championships in High Point, NC.
Earlier in the season, Powers was gunning to take the top spot at the U.S. National Time Trial Championships, but was held back from the title by a sickness that hit her the night before.
“I have a giant enjoyment of bike riding,” she said. “I very much love competition, it makes me push harder and keeps me motivated.”
"I was really hoping to win the National Time Trial Championships," Powers said. "But waking up in the middle of the night throwing up is not good preparation for a national championship."
Powers said that her favorite races are difficult stage races or technical time trials but says she enjoys being on her bike more than anything.
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"I have a giant enjoyment of bike riding," she said. "I very much love competition, it makes me push harder and keeps me motivated."
One of her favorite things to do while traveling the country and world to compete is to check out the local coffee shops and restaurants. She mentioned her favorite place to visit is Bend, Ore., where she says the food is good and the bike riding is even better.
She has been competitively racing for nine years and has been riding with her team, Now and Novartis for MS, for two years.
Powers commented that she enjoys road-bike racing because much of it is team-based.
In her free time, Power, whose parents live in Fraser, coaches from her home near Nederland and does technical skills training in Boulder.
Her next race will be the Leadville 100, a mountain bike race that she says she does more for fun than for titles.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334