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ARK Sports is a Swedish sports brand born and based in the Stockholm archipelago; the birthplace of swimrun. The Stockholm archipelago was the first place to ever host a swimrun race and has become an iconic ground for swimrunners. One thing that I really like about ARK is that it is a company started by swimrunners, for swimmrunners, with the athletes in mind, even taking direct feedback from the athletes to design their products. Unlike other companies out there that have swimrun as a side business, ARK was originally created for swimrun. More Info
GU believes nutrition should be used to maximize each athlete’s performance and enjoyment of sport, first and foremost, and then do so in the most natural and sustainable way possible. That is what GU is about. GU’s Nutrition Matrix is: Hydration. Energy. Recovery. These are the pillars of their nutrition system. They take the latest sports and nutrition science, validate it with world class athletes as well as themselves, and use what they learn to create energy, hydration and recovery products to maximize athletic performance and enjoyment. Period. I’ve been using GU products longer than I have been racing and they’ve been my longest standing supporter (since 2008). I’ve tried many others over the years and nothing compares. Whatever your athletic goal, there is a GU FOR IT. More Info
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You want top-o-the-line tires? Then look no further than Schwalbe. Headquartered in Germany, these guys and gals know tires. They’ve been around since 1922, they are “tire fanatics” and 100% committed to bikes as well as, for several years now, to wheelchairs. They’re not worried about cars and trucks like some other manufactures. In doing so, they’ve been able to focus on creating the best bicycle tires out there. I tried out a set via recommendation from a friend and I was instantly hooked. More Info
First Endurance was started by two racing fanatics (a cyclist and a triathlete) with a healthy obsession for sports nutrition. The idea was simple. They wanted to give endurance athletes access to formulas that are developed for one specific reason-to maximize endurance performance. I came across First Endurance when looking for a quality multivitamin formula that would be best suited for an endurance athlete. I gave their MultiV a shot and have been using it since. More Info
They’re the most comfortable grips on the planet. So much so, that I ride without gloves (unless it’s cold). They come in a variety of thickness, but I prefer the “Chunky” ones. On most regular handlebar grips, manufacturers put logos, tread patterns and all other kinds of crap that just make them damn uncomfortable. That junk belongs on tires, not handlebar grips. The whole idea of putting something on your handlebars is to 1: improve your grip and 2: keep your hands comfortable. Forget other grips that don’t put these two things FIRST. ESI Grips have their priorities straight and these puppies won’t move once installed. More Info
Another long-standing sponsor of mine, Crank Brothers makes some great bike schtuff. Known primarily for their innovative eggbeater style pedals, Crank Brothers makes multi-tools, wheelsets, bars, stems, seatposts and much more. Find their awesome wares at most bike shops or online at their website. More Info
Orange Seal produces and sells ultra-light and effective tire sealant for use in tubeless tire set-ups, orange tape for sealing rims, and dry chain lube for keeping your drive train running as smooth as silk for a long, long time. They ride, race, and use our experience to make the best products on the market. I heard about this product and after frustration with other sealants, gave it a shot. Before riding or racing on it, I did my own shootout with the sealant I was currently using. I bet you can guess who won. More Info
As the name implies, this company makes “skin” for your cranks. Ever get frustrated that your crank arms are getting scuffed from all the riding? Tired of the ends of the cranks getting banged on rocks? Crankskins can help with protection for your cranks. From vinyl skins to rubber boot ends, you’ll protect those precious cranks with their products. More Info