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Posts Tagged "Nico Toutenhoofd"

Ouch! 12 Hours of Moab.

Posted by    |   October 11th, 2010   |   No responses

[caption id="attachment_587" align="alignright" width="224" caption="iphone photo from 3am Sunday, Oct. 10"]iphone photo from 3am Sunday, Oct. 10[/caption] It was yet another weekend of bike racing for Insight Designs business partner Nico Toutenhoofd. Nico and Mike Martin, CEO of juwi solar Inc. were doing the 16th annual 24 hours of Moab as a two-person team. (For those of you not in the know, the cyclists really do ride 24 hours in a row on some pretty tricky terrain in Moab, Utah.) Unfortunately this time, there's no win to report. Nico and Mike had to pull out due to injury. In Nico's email explaining what happened, he wrote: "Lesson learned... When you see the triple "X" signs on the trail, and it's the middle of the night, and you're tired, and they tell you to dismount your bike, you should... I had successfully ridden down "The Ledge" on my first 4 laps, but it was getting close to midnight, we were riding with lights on our bikes, I took a different line through the technical section, and I found myself flipping over the bars. My face took the entire impact -- I truly didn't get scratched or even bruised anywhere other than my face. I limped the 6 miles back to the medical tent where they told me to abandon the race and go to the emergency room. So I only made it half way through the 24-hour race." Nico got 5 stitches, lost half a tooth and is pretty swollen, but he'll be back at work tomorrow. Please give him a break is his speech is a bit garbled over the next few days.
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Another huge win for Nico – the Mt. Washington Hillclimb

Posted by    |   August 25th, 2010   |   No responses

[caption id="attachment_573" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Photo:"]Photo: Dennis Coughlin |[/caption] Here I am again bragging about my amazingly talented business partner Nico Toutenhoofd, who just won the 38th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb in Gorham, New Hampshire. For the non-cyclists out there, this isn't just any old bike race. It's one of the most famous cycling events in the United States. It's a 7.6-mile grind up the highest peak in the Northeast with an average grade of 12% nearing 22% at the finish. It makes Boulder's Flagstaff seem flat. And not only did Nico win it at the ripe old age of 42. He beat professionals half his age. He also got tons of press coverage: And what's truly incredible is that he manages to train and take part in -- AND WIN -- cycling events all over the country while working full-time and pulling his weight at Insight Designs! His secret? He doesn't get much sleep. Congrats partner on another fabulous feat!
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First Centurion a success – two more to go!

Posted by    |   July 21st, 2010   |   No responses

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="400"] Nico Toutenhoofd and Jonathan Baker (the eventual winner) crest the "Super Jamestown" climb on the final lap of the Colorado Centurion.[/caption] This week, hundreds of cyclists -- professionals, enthusiasts and casual riders alike -- took to the roads in the foothills of Colorado for the Centurion Colorado. The event is both a race and a ride that features 100-, 50- and 25-mile courses so that participants can choose the level that's best for them. They put the racers at the front of the giant peleton and the folks who are riding just for fun further back. The goal is to get create a mass participation event that celebrates cycling. We at Insight Designs are proud to have created the website for Centurion Cycling, the organization that put on the July 18th event and has two more Centurions scheduled for this summer (Wisconsin - August 8, 2010 and Canada - September 18-19, 2010). We're also excited that our very own Nico Toutenhoofd took second place (finishing just one second behind winner Jonathan Baker of Boulder) in the 100-mile event, and Insight designer Keith Harper finished 16th. Congrats to Nico and Keith. And congrats to the staff of Centurion Cycling for putting on a fabulous event. Best of luck in Wisconsin and Canada! And if you're a cyclist - whether you're a beginner or seasoned amateur - you should consider planning a vacation around one of these events. The Wisconsin event takes place in scenic Dane County. And the Canadian event will be in the picturesque Blue Mountains in Ontario. Find out more at
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Nico makes history

Posted by    |   September 8th, 2009   |   No responses

Ever since I've known Nico, he's had a personal goal of doing a "sub-50-minute 40k." For those of you who aren't cyclists, that means averaging 30 MPH on a 24.8-mile bike ride. AKA - screamin' fast! On Sunday, Nico achieved that goal with a time of 49:51 in the National Record Challenge, a 40-kilometer individual time trial held in Moriarty, New Mexico. At 41, Nico became only the 15th person in U.S. history to do an official sub-50. (To be an official record, the time has to occur on an out-and-back course to ensure that the rider isn't going downhill the entire way or that he doesn't have a tailwind for the entire event. The Moriarty course was indeed an out-and-back.) Nico has attempted to achieve this goal at least a dozen times in the past two decades. The closest he'd come before Sunday was in 2007, when he finished in 50:17, just 18 seconds shy of his goal. When he messaged me from his iPhone on Sunday to share the news of his sub-50 finish, he said, "So now I have to come up with a new goal, or retire." Yeah, right. Sunday's race marked the end of this year's cycling season for Nico, but today he said he's "already thinking about next season." Congrats partner!
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