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Seek excellence with Haley on her journey to Paris. HALEY'S HUB is built to create a shared learning space for young athletes to help them go beyond the “norm” in racing and life. We will explore what it takes off-the-bike to prepare for big goals and have a whole lot of fun along the way.

  • Monthly Zoom chats with Haley’s HUB
  • Communication platform too ask questions and engage with the HUB
  • Focus on “off-the-bike” preparation by discussing three realms: BIKE, BODY, and BRAIN. 
  • Learn from specialists as we discuss a range of topics - from fueling strategies to school scholarships.
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KX3 Athlete/ Coach Haley Batten takes the overall win at Cape Epic with Sofia Gomez Villafane

What an incredible CAPE EPIC race for our KX3 athlete/coach Haley Batten and her teammate Sofia Gomez Villafane and their Specialized team! 

Congratulations to Haley's coach, Kristin Armstrong for excellent preparation! 

After eight grueling days the tough pair won the overall Cape Epic and several stages!  Race report coming soon! 

Enjoy a few images from Michal Cerveny

The Absa Cape Epic’s route is one of life’s ever-changing constants. No two editions, in the race’s 19-year history, have been the same and that tradition holds true for the 2022 edition of the Untamed African MTB Race. In 2022, the challenge begins in Lourensford Wine Estate, before traversing the Hottentots Holland Mountains to Elandskloof. After two stages of rugged riding on the trails of Greyton, the race heads towards the mountain biking mecca of Stellenbosch. 681-kilometres and 16 900-metres of climbing after setting off from Lourensford, the Absa Cape Epic...

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KX3 Athlete Melisa Rollins Wins True Grit Gravel

Melisa Rollins Report
 
My 2022 off-road season started off with a bang at the True Grit Epic stage race. The stage race consisted of 3 stages: a 45 mile self supported and untimed gravel ride, a 50 mile technical mountain bike race, and a 80 mile burly gravel race with 8,000 ft of climbing to cap off the weekend. 
 
Stage 1 went off without a hitch. My boyfriend, jeff, and I linked up with a friend and rode the route at a solid pace. This stage was not timed, so we were able to take in the beautiful desert views, and open our legs up for the real racing to begin the next day. 
 
MTB Race - 1st
Stage 2 was the most my most highly anticipated stage of the weekend. The true grit mountain bike race happened to be my first ever bike race back in 2016, and I won the female sport class. I have had aspirations to come back and win the race in the pro division, but the race course has continued to get the better of me over the years. This has included a...
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KX3 Athlete Marlies Mejias Gracia wins tough 150k road race

Virginia's Blue Ridge TWENTY24 athlete Marlies Mejias Garcia took a solid victory at the GF Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. With over 1,000 competitors Marlies finished 1st woman and was 17th overall. She will head to the USA soon to compete with her teammates in Speedweek and Arlington weekend.

Marlies is coached by KX3 Lifestyle and Coaching co-founder, Nicola Cranmer 

 

 

 

 

Name: Marlies Mejias Garcia

Team: Virginia's Blue Ridge TWENTY24 

Nickname: Mar

D.O.B.: December 29th, 1992

Birth city and state: Havana, Cuba

Nationality: CUBA

Current City: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Height: 5’6

Specialty: Track Cyclist, road sprinter

Previous sports: 

Years racing: 16

School attended: Sports School, Giraldo Córodoba Cardin School, Cuba

 

Career Highlights

 8th London Olympics Omnium
 2nd Panamerican Games Road Race 2015
 7th Rio Olympics Omniun

 1st Pan American Time Trial...

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Heather's Killer Kale Salad

Heather's Killer Kale Salad... a great base salad you can add a protein too, other veggies, fruits, you name it... and it gets better on days 2-3-4!
I make it in bulk to have on hand as an entree or side salad! 
 
2 large bunches of kale- tear leaves from ribs and chop chop chop.
Toss/massage with olive oil and lots of fresh lemon juice. I use 2 full lemons.
Sprinkle in dried chili pepper flakes
Add in toasted pine nuts or almonds.
Add dried currents.
Add fresh grated Parmesan.
Add coarse sea salt
 
Enjoy! 
 
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Powless Represents USA at UCI eSports World Championships

"Tough race for me during last weekend’s UCI Esports World Championships on Zwift Never have I suffered more during a race. At least I had the best cheer squad! Also was super stoked to see 3 USA teammates in the top 10. Feeling incredibly humbled and thankful to have had another opportunity to represent the U.S. We’ll try again next year."- Shayna Powless (KX3 Athlete L39ion of LA athlete) 

 

 

 

 

 

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KX3 Athlete Mahika Peterson helps secure her teammate's GC

Valley of the Sun was my first race of the season and with the team. After the tt Melisa one of my teammates (and also a KX3 athlete coached by Coach Emma White) was in first and so the juniors were tasked with keeping her in the GC. We got to work as a team (not perfectly of course) to try and bring back some attacks in the road race. The crit was where we got to do more stuff. Most of the juniors had specific jobs and mine was to attack whenever I could. I had so much fun in this race I got to attack around seven ish times, not all of them were good attacks but they were still helpful. I’m the end thanks to my other teammates also doing their jobs well and Melisa’s hard work we finished with her still at the top of the gc! Overall a pretty successful race with a lot of firsts." - Mahika Peterson, KX3 Athlete

 

Mahika is coached by Coach Kaitie Keough 

 

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Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup - A Coach Kristin Favorite

"I am really in to making soups in the slow cooker these days given the fact that the inversion we are having is bone chilling. I wanted to share a simple healthy recipe with everyone."
Enjoy! -  Coach Kristin 🙂
Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
kosher salt and pepper
4 tomatillos, skin removed and diced
2 carrots, chopped
2 poblano peppers, sliced
3 cups homemade or store-bought red enchilada sauce
3-4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I doubled and used 2-pounds for more protein)
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
tortilla chips, avocado, and cheddar for serving
lime wedges
 
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in the tomatillos, carrots, and poblano peppers, and continue cooking another 5 minutes or until the...
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Coach, Mentor, Role Model + Friend - By Coach Emma

In the last 15 years as a bike racer, there is one person that has without a doubt or any hesitation, had the most influence on me, my career, and my life.

 

I have been coached by Kristin Armstrong for almost nine years. Since I started racing for HotTubes Junior Development team at 16, through medaling at the Tokyo Olympics this past year at 24, she has helped me through it all. Even in that time, because of the distance, our crazy schedules, and just not finding the need to meet up in person, we saw each other only a handful of times in those nine years. With everything that I have been through, highs and lows of the sport, changing teams, a college degree, World Championships, COVID, Olympics, retirement etc… she has been through it all with me. Inevitably, that makes a relationship pretty darn strong!

 

When I learned about the Order of Ikkos medal, there was no question in my mind that I would present it to Krstin. I had a conversation with USAC and told...

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Easy + Delicious - Sweet Potato Pad Thai Bowl

This is an easy healthy awesome recipe!  One of Nicola's all-time favorites for quick and delicious! 
 
SWEET POTATO PAD THAI BOWL
4 small to medium sweet potatoes
1 1/2 c shredded carrots
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1-2 c shredded red cabbage
2 small teeny tiny avocados, or 1-2 small
1/3 c shelled peanutshandful of fresh cilantro
1 lime
4 soft boiled or hard boiled egg, optional
Pad Thai Sauce
1/4 c peanut butter (Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator)
1/4 c spicy peanut butter* (Peanut Butter & Co The Heat Is On)
6 oz canned/boxed light coconut milk, be sure to shake before using (So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk)
2 tsp coconut palm sugar
1-2 TBSP liquid aminos/soy sauce (Trader Joe's Coconut Aminos)
 
INSTRUCTIONS
🥕 Preheat oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with coconut oil spray, or oil of choice.
🍠 Peel sweet potato and chop into cubes about the size of dice. Spread cubes on prepared baking sheet and...
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