2017 Reno Devo Pre-Season Guide

Welcome to the 2017 season of RTJC’s Reno Devo program.

Its been about a month and a half since we last met for the orientation and that means we are almost ready to kick off 2017.
This guide will give you an idea of what to expect for the next few months leading up to our official season start on February 27th. We will not have week day training until February 27th however we will try to meet over the weekends as much as possible.


The clothing order has been submitted to Coure and we are expecting delivery in February. More information as it becomes available.

Casual team clothing will be ordered in the next few months. More information to come. This will include Reno Devo hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, etc…

Heart Rate Monitors:

Please have heart rate monitors ready to go by February 27th at the latest. I recommend ordering them soon and getting familiar with them. You will need to be able to put the transmitter on correctly, clear the receiver (watch), start it, stop it, and be able to record avg HR.

You can buy whatever you want, just make sure you are familiar with it and that it works consistently. I recommend a Polar FT 1 monitor as they are very basic, reliable, and cheap. Below is a link for amazon. If you choose to buy a “fancy” monitor that is fine but I will not be able to explain the functionality of it as I am old and like to keep things simple…

If you are able I recommend using the monitor on the January/February weekend rides and/or the TBF races if you plan to attend. If racing I will want to know each athletes average heart rate from the races. (Start recording 1 minute before the gun goes off to start the race and stop it after crossing the finish line)

Pre-Season Training:

Each weekend we will have informal endurance rides to build fitness and get time on the bike. If the weather is bad then we may have some cross training opportunities for snowshoeing or hiking. We will make plans each week based on weather and trail conditions. These rides or workouts are of course optional so you can come to all of them or whatever you can fit in your schedule.

I strongly recommend each athlete start working out at least 3 days a week now. This can be on bike, running, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. Get your heart rate up and get in shape!

Expect an email from me or one of our coaches on Monday or Tuesday each week with a plan for the upcoming weekend. Please come to these rides with bikes ready to go, tires pumped up, and proper clothing for the weather that day.

Our first attempt at a weekend ride will be Sunday January 1st in the afternoon. More information in the next few days as the weather picture is more clear.

Training Races:

The TBF racing series starts January 15th (Sunday) and is a 6 race series. All races are at Folsom Lake CA and takes about 2 hrs to get there in good weather. These are excellent opportunities to get in shape, gain race experience, and have fun. I am planning to attend all of them except for the race on March 26th due to travel. Due to the possibility of weather over the pass it is not uncommon to cancel a trip at the last minute. It’s good to be flexible on these if you can be. …Again these are optional races that you can attend as able or not at all.

Here is the schedule: (All races are on Sunday)

#1 January 15th
#2 January 29th
#3 February 12th
#4 February 26th
#5 March 12th
#6 March 26th.

FYI: The 14 and under junior category race is 6 miles for the January 15th race.

We have been offered a no late fee deal thus we do not need to risk pre-registration and then have to cancel at the last minute. Athletes 18 and under should be $30 on race day with this deal.

These races are tons of fun! We will have a team area with RTJC tents set up in the parking lot. Most of our coaches will be racing as well and thus we will not be “coaching” much during these races. For those that can arrive a few hours early we will be pre-riding parts of the course at 7:45 AM with race start time of 9 AM. This pre-ride will provide an opportunity for limited coaching and pre-race planning with coaches. I recommend arriving at 7:15 AM to register and get ready if planning to pre-ride at 7:45.

Season Schedule:

The season schedule is coming into focus as more promoters have released information. We are still missing some dates…

April and May: Nevada City Dirt Classic Series (dates not out yet)
April 22-23: Sea Otter Classic, Monterey CA
May 4: (Thursday) Reno Wheelmen Twilight Race #1 (Super D), Hoge Rd.
May ??: Pine Nut Cracker, Gardnerville NV (2016 was May 21)
May 13-14: Pro XCT, Soldier Hollow UT (Park City)
May 20: Riding High at the Ranch, Susanville CA
May 25 (Thursday) Reno Wheelmen Twilight Race #2, Hidden Valley Park
June 4: Peavine Classic, Reno NV
June 16 to 18: Carson Epic, Carson City NV
June 19-24: USA Cycling Talent ID Camp, Maryland (Athlete selection required)
-----------------------------------------------------------End of Reno Devo Season
June 29: (Thursday) Reno Wheelmen Twilight Race #3, Peavine Hillclimb
July 6: (Thursday) Reno Wheelmen Twilight Race #4, Sky Tavern
July 19-23: USA Cycling National Championships, West Virginia

Important Points of Interest:

1) The Carson Epic race (June 16 to 18) will sell out quickly. Registration will open soon. We will let everyone know when this opens and will encourage registration be completed early. If planning to race please start to consider which event you will compete in. There is a 15 mile, 35mile, and 50 mile race. I generally recommend our younger athletes (14 and under) and those new to the sport race the 15 mile event. All distances have significant climbing and are challenging. Feel free to ask me, Paul, or Jonathan any questions about this race and the course options.

2) Sea Otter Classic registration will not sell out so there is no rush. Registration is $55 and increases to $75 on April 3rd. Please talk with coaches as this approaches to determine which category to compete in. If you are planning to attend this event you need to consider lodging options as they do become difficult to secure. For those that don’t know about this race it is HUGE! It has road racing, MTB, cyclocross, etc…with many US and international pro riders on hand. Several of us secure camping spots on site and take a travel trailer down. Tent camping is available also. Being onsite is helpful as traffic in and out of Leguna Seca can be difficult at times. Hotels are several miles away in Monterey. Paul Miers will be providing more information about camping options in the next week.

In Conclusion….

That’s a lot of information! Have a great holiday and hopefully I will see you on January 1st for some riding or cross training.
If you have any questions please contact me at or via text at 775-560-7699

Take care,
Kyle Dixon

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