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5 Year Anniversary…Time Flies

The other day I was riding the chair lift with Mike (me snowboarding and Mike telemarking) and he reminded me that RLW had been making embrocation for five years. I took a moment to process and then we both smiled. RLW, as mentioned in a previous post uses the very best ingredients in our hand crafted batches of embrocation made here in Denver. But we also work hard to contribute to the Denver area cycling culture.

Our passion for cycling shows our greatest support to gravel grinder events and cyclocross races. We have a small team of high quality people, that like ourselves donate time and effort to the sport we love. I am so thankful for all RLW has given me, mainly in the form of great friends and a identity in the Denver area cycling community. As I look to the next five years I do not see fame and fortune but rather time spent with friends and family participating in the sports we love.

To recognize our 5 year anniversary we created a 2 ounce two pack including 1 Flahute and 1 Kermise shipped to your house for $16.00. I think of it as an RLW embrocation education. You can check it out here: RLW: 5 year special


This is a limited run special.

Thanks for checking us out and as always, Enjoy the Ride.



AntiEpic Gravel Grinder

April 7, 2012

First off, thanks to the Colorado Endurance Series and especially Ben Welnak for organizing the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder.  This was my first big gravel ride in my home state since the riding Bayou Salado a few years back.

I left my house with temp reading in the car a comfortable 42 degrees. By the time I reached the Greenland Trail head parking lot the temp read 24 degrees. With the expected temp to reach the low 60s, my clothing choice was difficult.  My legs did have a heavy coating of Flahute + on them.  So to quote a fellow gravel grinder “go light, freeze at night” and that I did.

We rolled out to the official finish at the corner of Greenland Road and Mesa View.  Ben gave the last instructions and we were off.  My hands and toes were numb so it was a relief to get moving so as I could get some blood moving.  I quickly spun out as the lead group pulled away and we strung out on the road.  After Elbert, the route headed north along Maul Rd then onto Comanche Creek Rd before heading east to Deer Trail.  The 100 mile cutoff was tempting but riding the whole route was more tempting.

I had planned to stop in Deer Trail and refill by bottles.  There were a slew of riders leaving town as I was rolling in.  One other rider was at the convenient store. I filled my bottles, topped off my Camelbak and slammed a Gatorade Recover.  I headed back out onto the course after the 3 mile detour and a 15 minute stop.  We headed south toRidge Roadwhich seem to last forever as I had some intestinal distress from the Gatorade product.  The wind started to blow from the south that added to that misery.  Can’t stop, won’t stop rang loud in my head as I rode on.

The “B” road:  Mark Stevenson would have been very happy with Ben’s inclusion of this nasty stretch of road.  It wasn’t bad, but it was dry.  Rumors were that this could be a 3 mile hike a bike section (insert TIv2 flashback).    I did opted to walk one section as the loose dirt, tire selection, and gearing would have cost me a match or two.  Once back to gravel we were 36 miles to the finish.  The sun was sinking fast and I really wanted to get the ride done in the day light.

At mile 125, the steepest climb of the day.  With weary legs I did my best to get up and over it without walking.  I achieved my goal but it required a couple switchbacks.  From there it was a straight shot back to the car.  The wind picked up as the sun went down behind the mountains.  Luckily I had been pessimistic and packed my lights.  The last 10 miles were cold and dark.  I rolled into the parking area with only a few vehicles left and I couldn’t feel my hands or feet, just like I left the parking lot almost 14 hours earlier.

As far as gravel grinding goes, this is high up on my chart of rides to do again.  Plus, I plan to do a couple more rides in the area for later this year.  I am overall happy with the performance and experience.


Update on GPS Data:  My Garmin Edge 305 died at mile 137 with a elevation gain of 8683 feet.  The last 23 miles were hilly, so I would guess over 9000 ft of elevation gain.

Update 4/12 @ 3:17pm: Results are posted.


How much snow? How Cold? HTFU!

The past two days has left the front range of CO with 2 feet of snow. Man, I love snow and cold but I had big plans! I was hoping to get at least 3 hours a day of speed work, but Mother Nature had different ideas. I woke up to 10 degrees, clouds, and of course snow. I looked at my trainer once, then twice, and decided to HTFU! So, I ate pancakes and a half slab of bacon and braved the trails.

After getting dressed and rubbing in RLW Flahute I was out the door. The roads were covered in 6 inches of new powder with 5 inches of car track crustiness underneath. No one in the neighborhood was moving and there were no signs of human life on the roads so I knew I would be safe from getting run over or hit by a plow. I was really happy to see my tax dollars at work and that the crew from the City of Arvada had plowed some of the trails the day before leaving only a bit of snow verses the 18 +inches I thought I was going to have to battle.
Living on the front range of Colorado you know that the sun doesn’t stay away for long. Forty minutes into the ride, out she came with all her glory. I quickly heated up and had to stop a few times to remove clothes, hats, gloves, ect. It really is amazing the power of the sun here. I know for a fact that it was not even 20 degrees, but I was sweating like a pig! But everything around me frozen solid. Good thing I only run a single chain ring up front. I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t have been able to shift with these NEW Gore I.C.E cables (see pic)
I had my camera with but didn’t really get any shots. I saw one large male coyote in the snow and he was moving away from me as fast as he could through 3 foot drifts. It was pretty entertaining to watch but to fast to snap a pic.

I really love days like this. No one is on the trails and you can see some amazing things if you dare take your eyes off the snow and ice. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to get in my 3 hours. I am guessing that if the sun stays out all day everything should dry up, or at least the roads and bike lanes. Otherwise I may just have to ride the trainer. Ya right! The trainer! On a weekend, when the world is still spinning. Highly unlikely!
There is NO GRIT in your spit when you ride your trainer!

Notorious BIL

Primalpalooza 11/6/11 – just a taste


RLW: Flahute

This has become a fall classic and continues to develop a strong reputation as a comfortable convenience to the inspired athlete. The butter will provide a sheen like barrier for the skin. Although not intended to block the wind this special blend uses several unique ingredients to provide a warming affect for the muscles in cool or cold weather. The aromatic smell offers a hint of fall and cyclocross or visions of pave’ for the spring road warrior. Either way this product warms the muscles and keeps them running smooth for several hours. It is also great for the skin.

The base butters are Shea, and Jojoba.
The essential oil mix contains: Clove, Cinnamon, Orange, Rosemary, Lemon, and Cajeput.  Additional ingredients include cayenne and jojoba oil.

Best used prior to athletic activity, especially those that occur outside in cool or cold weather.

To apply, it is the old two finger swipe from the 4oz. tin. Please take a minute to massage the embrocation into the desired area. Enjoy the scent, enjoy the warmth and the improved circulation for athletic performance.


Good Starting Point for Using Embrocation

Howdy- I post this article several times a year. My hope is that it presents some useful information in a less biased manner. I share this information when individuals inquire about the benefits of using embrocation. Obviously we believe there are many … Continue reading


alright, people. it’s about that time. time to run. time to spin. time to grind. time to grit. time to sweat. time to race. time to pace. time to get it on. Routine Leg Works embrocations for all your active endeavors.