At Insight Designs, we've long believed in having a good work-life balance. That means working hard and playing hard.
Two members of our team -- partner Nico Toutenhoofd
and designer Keith Harper
-- have taken "playing hard" to a whole new level. This summer, they both managed to work full-time jobs and take the Colorado cycling world by storm.
Earlier this week, Nico, 40, clinched the coveted "Colorado Best All Around Rider" award for bicycle racers aged 35+ by winning the Colorado State Criterium Championships on Sunday. Nico was leading the point series throughout much of the summer, but then fell to second place behind Danny Sullivan of Aspen in August as Danny turned in some impressive end-of-season results. But thanks to help from Keith and his other fellow ExcelSports.com
teammates, and his training buddy Kevin Nicol, Nico managed to win the final race of the series and secure the 2008 Colorado Best All Around Rider award. Along the way, Nico earned 10 first-place finishes -- among them the Colorado State Time Trial Championship. He took second in eight events, including the Mt. Washington Hill Climb in Jackson, New Hampshire. And one of his most impressive third-place finishes was at the Masters National Time Trial Championship
in Louisville, Kentucky.
Keith also had quite the summer. He had six wins and three second-place finishes. Keith, 39, often raced Pro-1-2, meaning he was competing against the best of the best. The highlight of his summer was taking first in the Pro-1-2 category at Denver's City Park Criterium.
Congrats to Nico and Keith! You guys are amazing!