Copy

Upcoming Team Events
and Key Updates


 

Thursday Intervals, Saturday Team Ride, Monday Strength Training, 2021 Team Memberships, and Pactimo Team Kit
  • Thank you to everyone who has renewed their team membership and to our new team members!  Membership discounts will continue through at least the end of the month of January.  More info below.
  • You can read more info below on how to join our free weekly interval workouts on Thursday nights at 7pm, our free virtual team ride on Saturdays at 8am, and our online group strength training class (fees apply) with Newt Cole of Morning Bird Studios on Monday nights at 6pm.
  • The 2021 Pactimo Team Kit Store is expected to open within the next few days. A detailed email with more info and instructions will follow.
  • Our next team meeting is Monday, February 1st, at 7pm.  
  • If you have any questions about team membership or our virtual team events, please reply to this email or contact the team's management volunteers at https://xxxracing.org/contact
 

2021 Membership Renewal
Begins Saturday,
January 16th

 

50% discount available on 2021 team membership for a limited time
  • At midnight on Saturday, January 16th, your 2020 team membership will have expired
  • When you log into your account on the team website you will automatically be redirected to the membership renewal page.  Remember, you must be logged into your account to renew your membership.  Go to: https://xxxracing.org/
  • We are currently offering a 50% discount for renewing membership for the 2021 season because the COVID-19 pandemic truncated the 2020 season.
  • If you have any questions about renewing your membership, please reply to this email or contact the team's management volunteers at https://xxxracing.org/contact
 

Pactimo Team Store
for 2021 Season Kit
will open soon

 

The Pactimo team store for our custom team kit will open soon
  • Teammates Erik Didriksen and Mark Baranowski are working with Pactimo to approve the final artwork on our 2021 team kits.
  • We expect that we will open the Pactimo team store for ordering kit for the 2021 season within the next few days, and we will follow up with a dedicated email with detailed instructions and information.
  • The 2021 team kit is the same as the 2020 team kit design with the exception of some revised sponsor logos.
 

xXx Racing-Athletico
Upcoming Team Events


- Saturday Team Rides, 8am -
- Monday Strength Training, 6pm -
- Thursday Intervals, 7pm -

Saturday Team Ride

Saturday Virtual Team Rides with
teammate and coach, Chris Navin
of 4 Star Endurance

Saturdays at 8am, starting January 9th

 
Teammate Chris Navin will be leading Saturday Virtual Team Rides
  • You can join these rides on Zwift or RGT Cycling. Pick either platform or just ride your classic trainer (without Zwift or RGT Cycling)
  • With all three ride options you can do voice or video chat with teammates via the Discord app
  • Same 8am start time as our outdoor Team Ride
 
To connect to the team ride voice or video chat via the Discord app

To join on Zwift - You need to be INVITED to the team ride in Zwift by Coach Chris Navin. You will not be able to join the ride in Zwift without an invite because of the way Zwift works currently.
  • You need to add "XXX" or "XXX Racing" to end of your name in Zwift so Chris can identify you and find you in the Zwift Companion App.
  • You need to connect with "COACH CHRIS NAVIN" via the Zwift Companion App so that he can INVITE you to the team ride.  Go to "Find Zwifters" in the app and search for "COACH CHRIS NAVIN".
  • Start riding early and you should get a pop up to join the event 5 minutes before the ride start time. 

To join on RGT Cycling - RGT Cycling is available to use for free, but to ride in RGT Cycling you need to have the RGT Cycling app on your mobile device or tablet AND also have the RGT Cycling screen app on your computer.  You need both.  RGT Cycling also requires that you use a power meter, either on your bicycle or your smart trainer.
  • Go to the XXX Racing DISCORD channel http://tinyurl.com/xxx-discord in the Discord app for weekly link to the Saturday team ride.  Chris Navin will post the links to the Saturday team ride each week in the XXX Racing DISCORD channel.
  • Once you have the link to the ride each week you can then use that link to RSVP for the Saturday team ride using the RGT CYCLING phone app.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!  You can reach Coach Chris Navin at https://4starendurance.com/about/.  Chris is very knowledgeable about all the various virtual cycling and training programs/apps, trainers and other equipment, and setup tips and tricks.
 
Winter Engine Building

Strength and Conditioning with live coaching
by Newt Cole of Morning Bird Studio

Mondays at 6pm
January 11th - March 1st (8 weeks)
 
Step 1 - If you haven't done so already and want to participate in the Winter Engine Building 101 virtual class, you need to fill out this form: https://forms.gle/YrBvgfsb1SFcCHq3A
 
Step 2 - You also need to send $40 to payments@xxxracing.org through your online banking account via Zelle.

We are offering group strength training this winter with live video coaching Newt Cole, of Morning Bird Studio, who will be leading a virtual Engine Building 101 weekly class just for xXx teammates. This is an 8-week strength training program designed especially for cyclists in the off season. There will be a weekly live training session and then an additional workout routine each week to complete on your own.

Cost to teammates is $40 for the entire 8-weeks (only $5 per week), as xXx Racing will be subsidizing the program. This is more than 75% off the normal cost.

You will need to have the following equipment (or similar):
  • Resistance band (yellow)
  • Ankle resistance band (green)
  • Kettlebell
    • Beginner 26lbs, Intermediate 35lbs. Advanced 53lbs. 
    • Many places may be sold out, but check "Play It Again Sports" for kettlebells and weights - locations in Chicago/Wrigleyville, Evanston, and Oak Lawn
  • Yoga Mat - Minimum 5mm thickness for grumpy knees and elbows
* Note:  If you do not have all of the equipment for the first class, do not worry, you can make modifications if you are missing any equipment.  Also, If you choose to shop on Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile, which will allow part of your purchase to be donated by Amazon to XXX Racing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Simply shop at https://smile.amazon.com/, choose "XXX Racing" as your charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. Scroll down in the email for further instructions on using Amazon Smile.
 
Summary Engine Building 101 
  • Eight Week strength and conditioning program. 
  • Consecutive Monday evenings starting January 11th until March 1st .
  • $40 for full program.
14 Illinois State Championship Jersey winners are Engine Building 101 Alumni. 
 
You can learn more about Morning Bird Studios on their website and social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
 
Any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!  Reply to this email or send the team's management volunteers a note at https://xxxracing.org/contact
 

xXx Racing is on Amazon Smile!


Here are fast instructions for how to configure your Amazon app to use Amazon Smile by default. Amazingly easy!
Thursday Interval Training


"Project ScaryFast"
Interval training rides with live coaching
by teammate and coach, Chris Navin
of 4 Star Endurance
with the Chicago Virtual Cyclists (CVC) Unite group

Thursdays at 7pm


 
Teammate Chris Navin will be leading Thursday night Interval Training sessions through the Chicago Virtual Cyclists (CVC) Unite group.  The weekly ScaryFast interval workout is open to anyone and 100% free - Coach Chris's new year gift to motivate Chicago cyclists to keep training through tough times.  Chris has posted free interval workouts in TrainingPeaks for each Thursday through the end of May 2021, aimed at developing various energy systems to improve SPRINTS, VO2 MAX, FTP POWER, and ENDURANCE.
  • You can join these rides on Zwift or RGT Cycling. Pick either platform or just ride your trainer (without Zwift or RGT Cycling) and follow along with the interval workout.
  • With all three ride options you can do voice or video chat with teammates via the Discord app.  Chris will be coaching everyone through the workouts via the Discord video and voice chat feature.
  • Make sure you are set up and getting warmed up 15 minutes before the ride starts. Chris will also be available if you have questions or need help getting everything set up!
  • You can add this and other rides that Chris Navin has organized to your calendar on the Teamup.com calendar he has created. https://tinyurl.com/cvc-teamup
 
To connect to the team ride voice or video chat via the Discord app

To join on Zwift - You need to be INVITED to the Thursday interval rides in Zwift by Coach Chris Navin. You will not be able to join the ride in Zwift without an invite because of the way Zwift works currently.
  • You need to add "XXX" or "XXX Racing" to end of your name in Zwift so Chris can identify you and find you in the Zwift Companion App.
  • You need to connect with "COACH CHRIS NAVIN" via the Zwift Companion App so that he can INVITE you to the team ride.  Go to "Find Zwifters" in the app and search for "COACH CHRIS NAVIN".
  • IF you want to have the interval workout loaded into Zwift, first you need to follow the instructions in the Google document Coach Chris Navin has created - read Item #6 on TRAINING PEAKS.
    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KDlgxd1ognVHwGU6DjF2pOyOYFUVUu8ZPeso-edEhr8/edit?usp=sharing
    • You need to create a free TrainingPeaks.com account and use a discount code to get the free workouts to show up in your TrainingPeaks account. The discount code is in the Google document.
    • Click the link in the Google document for road cycling that says "cvc-scaryfast-plan-dynamic" to get the Thursday intervals workouts.
    • Remember, as per the Google document instructions, you need to authorize data sync in Zwift to get the workouts to show up in Zwift.
  • Start riding early and you should get a pop up to join the event 5 minutes before the ride start time. Make sure to select the workout beforehand if you've set it up with TrainingPeaks - or just follow along with audio instructions from Chris via DISCORD!

To join on RGT Cycling - RGT Cycling is available to use for free, but to ride in RGT Cycling you need to have the RGT Cycling app on your mobile device or tablet AND also have the RGT Cycling screen app on your computer.  You need both.  RGT Cycling also requires that you use a power meter, either on your bicycle or your smart trainer.
  • Go to the Chicago Virtual Cyclists (CVC) Unite DISCORD channel at http://tinyurl.com/ChicagoVC-discord in the Discord app for weekly link to the Thursday ride.  Chris Navin will post the links to the Thursday ride each week in the  Chicago Virtual Cyclists (CVC) Unite DISCORD channel.
  • Once you have the link to the ride each week you can then use that link to RSVP for the Saturday team ride using the RGT CYCLING phone app.
  • Make sure to select the XXX Racing-Athletico Pactimo team kit when you are setting up your profile in the RGT Cycling app!
  • The TrainingPeaks interval workout will automatically be loaded into the RGT Cycling Thursday interval ride.  You do not need to take any additional steps (like you do in Zwift)  Make you join early and warmup so you're ready when the workout starts.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!  You can reach Coach Chris Navin at https://4starendurance.com/about/.  Chris is very knowledgeable about all the various virtual cycling and training programs/apps, trainers and other equipment, and setup tips and tricks.

You can find the Chicago Virtual Cyclists (CVC) Unite group that Chris established on Facebook here:
http://fb.com/groups/chicagocyclists 
 
Team Election Results
January 4, 2021
 
President
Kevin O’Neill
 
Vice President
Jared Verbeke
 
Treasurer
Kiki Demopoulos
 
Secretary
Gaylord Otte
 
Member at Large (3 Total)
Jim Barclay
Erik Didriksen
Courtney O’Neill

Thank you to everyone who ran for positions, thank you to the election committee (Dean Abt, Jim Barclay, Courtney O'Neill, and Bob Willems), and thank you to everyone who participated in the meeting and the voting.

xXx Racing COVID-19 Update


We at xXx Racing love racing bikes. We also love group rides. We have given much thought over the past 10 months to the subject of in-person events, the risks they entail, and our ability to safely coordinate them.
 
We have determined our organizing group rides/events at this time present an unacceptable risk of participants contracting COVID-19 and are extending our suspension of all in-person team-sponsored activities indefinitely until is safe to resume in-person events. This sucks. We want to ride with friends too, but our responsibility to our team and community demands we prioritize your safety above all else. We believe that by doing our part to keep our teammates safe and help Chicago recover, we are setting ourselves up to ride together for years to come. 
 
Although the team has chosen to suspend in-person events, at an individual level, we understand these are personal decisions. We encourage everyone to be smart, considerate, and transparent in any independent interactions with each other, which extends to disclosing their level of potential exposure before any interaction and avoiding “drop-in” riding of any nature. We are following guidance from the CDC, City of Chicago, and USA Cycling and encourage our teammates and friends to do the same. Below are some resources we have found helpful in personal and organizational decision-making. 
 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

https://usacycling.org/event-organizer/covid-19-event-resources

 

A Note from Athletico:

 

Physical activity is important now more than ever with trends in COVID-19 cases being related to chronic illness. Physical activity not only helps with preventing chronic disease, it also improves daily life and mental health. Click here for three recommendations to help increase your health and well-being while staying at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Athletico remains open to provide physical and occupational therapy treatment options in-clinic and online during COVID-19. Delaying treatment could mean additional expenses and prolonged pain. Click here to request a free assessment in-clinic or virtually through our telehealth platform today and start feeling better tomorrow.

 

Copyright © 2017 xXx Racing-Athletico, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 57385, Chicago, IL 60657

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list






This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
XXX Racing · PO Box 57385 · Chicago, Il 60657 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp