2022 Pinnacle XC Teams

Pinnacle program overview:  

Pinnacle Junior MTB team trains for and competes in xc and marathon xc events throughout CO and the US in the spring and summer. In its first two years, the Pinnacle Junior MTB team has established itself as a cutting–edge junior xc program in Colorado.

The 2022 Pinnacle program will see several upgrades.

  • Addition of three, noteworthy assistant coaches – Simi Hamilton, Mike Sampson, and Cooper Shanks
  • 3-day Spring training camp in Fruita, CO
  • Access to more terrain in the Valley and western CO – CMC spring valley, Red Hill, Lunch Loops, and Fruita area trails
  • Two team options – Race team and HS team – to cover the spectrum of interest from aspiring World Cup racers to socially motivated high school riders.

 

2022 program descriptions:

Pinnacle Race Team

RFC’s top-tier program for elite-level junior xc racers. The Pinnacle Race team is a comprehensive training and racing program for high school-aged riders that want to pursue xc racing at their highest level.

The Pinnacle Race team is an optimized combination of group training rides and private, elite-level coaching. The Race team will do sustained training sessions in agile groups. The Race team will target a schedule of notable CO races like the Gunnison Growler, Bailey Hundito, Emerald Mountain Epic, Rattler Racing events, and National level UCI Junior series events. The level and interests of the group and racing opportunities in 2022, will dictate the race schedule and each rider will be encouraged to develop a plan that motivates them.

The 2022 program will commence in early February with TrainingPeaks (TP) prescribed indoor sessions and weather permitting, Sunday group rides. Two group rides and 3 power-based, solo sessions a week will begin in March. A 3- day training camp in Fruita is tentatively planned for late March or early April.

In 2022, head coach and program director, Scott Leonard, will be assisted by Simi Hamilton, Mike Sampson, and Cooper Shanks. Scott is an ex–pro level marathon xc racer, an elite-level Master’s racer, has 9 years experience as an elite-level private coach, 5 years of experience coaching the Aspen- Basalt high school teams, and founded the Pinnacle program in 2020. Simi is an Aspen native, 3X Olympian, World Cup winner in Nordic skiing, and a pro-level MTB racer. Mike is a current top-level pro-Enduro racer, has World Cup xc experience, and was an assistant coach of the Pinnacle team in 2021. Cooper is a current pro road and gravel racer and has extensive knowledge of high-level training and racing. These coaches have the ability to ride at the front with the best juniors and supply significant, nuanced, elite knowledge to the program. Pinnacle has arguably the best coaching staff of any junior program in North America.

All training is prescribed, tracked, and analyzed with TrainingPeaks. Race team riders need TrainingPeaks Premium, an HR monitor, a power meter on their XC bike, an appropriate head unit (Garmin, Wahoo), and an indoor trainer – ideally with a power meter.

Program cost: $360 per month

Please contact the program director and head coach, Scott Leonard with questions or to add yourself/rider to the 2022 rosters. scott.leonard@roaringforkcycling.org

The waiver and payment form are pending, before group rides start in March.

 

Pinnacle HS team

The Pinnacle HS team will pursue a similar program as the Race team, but without the power-based solo training program on days between the group rides. The HS team is for riders that excel at HS level racing and enjoy the challenging group rides, but don’t want to commit to a full-time program.

The 2022 program will commence with two group rides a week on Sunday and Wednesday in March. A 3-day training camp in Fruita is tentatively planned for late March or early April.

Pinnacle HS team riders will be encouraged to pursue a schedule of races through the Spring and Summer and will travel to races with the Race team. The HS team will have the same coach line-up as the Race team.

Required equipment is a proper fitting, well-maintained xc style mountain bike.

Program cost: $260.00 per month

Please contact the program director and head coach, Scott Leonard with questions or to add yourself/rider to the 2022 rosters. scott.leonard@roaringforkcycling.org

The waiver and payment form will be posted 2 weeks before group rides start in late March.