Dogma Athletica seeks Vail Valley mountain bike racers |

Dogma Athletica seeks Vail Valley mountain bike racers

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Dogma Athletica in Edwards is holding tryouts this week for the Dogma Mountain Bike Team. Tryouts are open to all area riders. Dogma will chose as many as 20 local riders to compete on their team and as many as 50 riders may tryout on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are looking for riders to compete in the sport through pro categories in the Vail Recreation District’s mountain bike series,” said Rod Connolly, the owner of Dogma Athletica. “My coaches and I are looking for up-and-coming riders with the potential to improve throughout the season.”

Tryouts for the team will be held at Dogma Athletica now through Friday. Riders wishing to tryout must call Dogma to reserve as spot, which are limited to 10 riders per night. Tryout spots are expected to fill quickly and will begin at 5:30 p.m. each night with riders completing a 20-minute time trial on a compuTrainer in which they will be scored based on the number of watts they generate per kilogram of body weight. Participants will be weighed in kilograms prior to the beginning of the time trial.

“This is an effective way for us to gauge those with good climbing potential, a key component of mountain bike racing,” Connolly said. “Though we will have space for three pro riders on our team, the goal is to find racers who are just getting into the sport or have been racing but want to step it up.”

Selected riders will get to compete on Dogma’s team and have their entry fees for the series paid for by Dogma. They will also receive free access to Dogma for the duration of the series. In addition, riders will receive a complete Dogma Racing Team Kit (jersey, shorts, etc.), a full 16-week training program specific to the VRD series, discounts at affiliated bike shops on cycling fuel and nutritional products and discounts on dynamic bike fits and custom cycling orthotics. Training tips and coaching will be available from Dogma’s three U.S.A. Cycling coaches Rod Connolly, Josiah Middaugh and Josh Nota. Riders chosen for the team will be announced this weekend.

“This is going to be really fun and can completely change the performance of the racers who make the team,” Connolly said. “All the racers on our team, regardless of the category they race in, will get to train with pros in a non-intimidating environment.”

For more information on Dogma Athletica, visit For more information about the Dogma Mountain Bike Racing team tryouts or to reserve a spot to tryout, contact Annie Kautz at Dogma Athletica, 970-688-4433, or via e-mail at

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