Race Team Blog – USAT Offroad Nationals

by Marcus Barton on September 24, 2013

When putting together the race calendar for this year, I attempted to figure out what my “big” races would be. My original plans were to race as part of Team USA in the Netherlands at the ITU Off-road Triathlon World Championships as my first big race. My second would be racing the road equivalent in London (ITU Triathlon World Championships).

After digging into the off-road race, I discovered that the bulk of the race would be racing on the beach or on sand dunes. To me, that didn’t sound like much fun, especially given the price. Where I REALLY wanted to race was at ITU Offroad Triathlon Worlds in Germany for 2014. Giving up the Netherlands race in 2013, however, meant I would also be giving up a spot on the team. Soooo, that meant I would have to re-qualify for 2014. I set off to figure out how since, in the past, the qualification had been fuzzy at best.

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Race Team Blog – Holding down the Fort

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by Marcus Barton on May 3, 2013

Last weekend was my second XTERRA for the calendar year (and the third for the season).  It took place in beautiful Winder, Georgia at Fort Yargo State Park.

This race always brings out a big crowd as the course is fast, the weather typically beautiful and a great chance to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter off-season.

The usual XTERRA family was there.  Got to see Craig, Owen, Sunny, Rob, Deena, Mark, Ali, Hugh, Peter and Mrs. Lilly.  Made quite a few new friends as well.

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Race Team Blog – Tuck Fest Weekend

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by Marcus Barton on April 24, 2013

So last Thursday, I was out at the Whitewater Center for a group trail run.  We had 20 or so folks show up and we ran around 6 miles.  During the course of the run, one of the runners asked if I was going to come out for Tuck Fest.

“Tuck what?”

They explained that it was three full days of racing.  Paddleboats, kayaks, trail runs, mountain biking, obstacle course, you name it.  Basically, you pay one fee of 35 buckaroos.  For that fee you get a race bib that can be used in as many races as you want.

As Jed Clampett used to say: Hot diggity dog.

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New Trainer Class For the New Year 2013

by David Booth on January 3, 2013

indoor-bike-trainerOffered again at Tailwind Cycles + Multi-sport is a 2 block, 12 week indoor trainer series led by the CentiMark-Tailwind Cycles Racing Team.

Want to lose those holiday pounds? Want to use the off-season to get ready for your upcoming triathlon? Then check out this kick-ass trainer series!

Now you have the opportunity to train with the same series as our racing team. This is the perfect series for any athlete from the beginner all the way up to the seasoned racer. If you’re not into racing, don’t worry, this will be a great way to get into better shape. If you are into racing, and want to get faster, this series is an excellent way to compliment your off-season base training and establish the platform to launch you into race season.

We will work on your aerobic fitness, power, speed and endurance. Everyone will be doing the same routine, but the great thing about this series is that it is governed by your own, specific, level of dan-and-marcexertion. So, you are able to increase or decrease the difficulty to match you’re level of exertion to your level of training. This means that nobody gets ahead and nobody gets left behind. This series is also not only for the serious rider but benefits general health, weight management and runners alike. We will develop the neuromuscular interface to develop a high cadence needed in cycling and running. We’ll also build power to climb hills and the ability to sprint to new speeds.

This is a progressive block based program where each session builds on the one before. Each block entails 6 weeks of specific training with a recovery week in between, so you’ll want to attend as many sessions as possible to get the most benefit.

We’ll also be throwing in a weekly fun challenge for prizes. That’s right, so be prepared if you want to earn one of the prizes (insert evil grin).

Classes will start January 16th. They will be held Wednesdays will be from 6:30 till 8pm. (NOTE: Wheels will be spinning promptly at 6:30, so you’ll want to be there at 6:15 to get setup and ready to go).

New to using a trainer? No problem! We’ll set you up with everything you will need (limited supply). Have your own trainer? Bring it!

What you’ll need:

  • Bike
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Cycling computer capable of measuring cadence
  • Fan (if you’d like your own)
  • Trainer (see below)

If you do not have any of these items, please come see David and he will hook you up.

The shop has a limited supply of trainers you can borrow. If you sign up for the entire series, you get preference to a trainer. Otherwise, it’s first come, first serve.

Take the next step in your training and enjoy one of the best indoor cycling series available.

When: Wednesday
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (please arrive by 6:15)
First Block: Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb , 6, 13, & 20
Offweek: With homework drills
Second Block: Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 & 10
Cost: $65.00 per 6 week block ($110 if you sign up and pay for both blocks).  Alternately, you can pay as you go for $15 per session.

Sign-up NOW!! SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Email TailwindCycle@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to join in the fun!.

Need more info? Stop by or call the shop today!

Tailwinds @ South Carolina State CX Championships

by David Booth on December 10, 2012

Congratulations to our shop team member Greg Frame for not only competing in the SC CX Championships, but taking Third Place in the Category 3 division on his Scott CX bike. Way to go Greg!!! Look for Greg Frame and the other Tailwinds crew to have a great season both on the road and off the road in 2013!!


by David Booth on November 23, 2012

Holiday Hours!!

We will be CLOSED

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd for the holiday.

We will return to normal business hours

Saturday from 10-5

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Thank you,

Tailwinds Staff

Indoor Trainer Series – November 28th – December 19th

by David Booth on November 13, 2012

Indoor Trainer Series – November 28th  - December 19th

Week Night Trainer Class Set To Begin & Women’s ONLY Trainer Class.


In an effort to keep us motivated in the Fall and Winter months, we are hosting a WOMEN’S ONLYtrainer workout every Wednesday morning from 915-1015a. New to using a trainer? No problem! We’ll set you up with everything you will need. Have your own trainer? Bring it! This workout can be adapted to any level of cycling experience – just bring your willingness to sweat and to give maximum effort! We will touch on cycling, nutrition, personal fitness goals, and spend at least 10 minutes stretching and working our core muscles. So bring your bike, cycling shoes, shorts, towel and mat, and join us Wednesday, Novemeber 28th at 915a. Cost is $40 for a four-week series (Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19). Be sure to be there – fabulous prizes will be givien away each week! Sign-up NOW!! SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Email us atTailwindCycle@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to join in the fun!

For the gents, and the ladies who can’t make the Wednesday morning class, we are hosting a Week Night trainer workout every Wednesday evening from 630-730p. This workout can be adapted to any level of cycling experience – just bring your willingness to sweat and to give maximum effort! We will touch on cycling, nutrition, personal fitness goals, and spend at least 10 minutes stretching and working our core muscles. So bring your bike, cycling shoes, shorts, towel and mat, and join us Wednesday, Novemeber 28th at 630p. Cost is $40 for a four-week series (Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19). Be sure to be there! Sign-up NOW!! SPACE IS LIMITED!!! Email us at TailwindCycle@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to join in the fun!

Jamis Dakota d29 Comp

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by David Booth on October 19, 2012

When it comes to bikes I know a lot of you ask me what brand I like the most or what styles I prefer. And for those of you into the mountain bikes you hear me talk a lot about the Jamis Dakota d29 and how it handles on the trails. I know in the past the Dakota has had a big price tag to follow with its awesome ride. Well this year Jamis has done it and done it well with the new addition to the Dakota family with the Dakota d29 Comp. There are plenty of awesome characteristics to this bike, like a solid built aluminum frame with a carbon rear stays , 3 x 10 Shimano SLX drive train, Shimano disk brakes, Rock Shox Recon fork with air control & lockout, stable geometry, etc. But the best measure of a bike is how it feels when you ride it. If you like the feel of a 26″ mountain bike but want a 29′r look no further than this bike, but just don’t take my word for it and you don’t have to break the bank at $1,750.

Jamis Website: http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/mtb29/index.html

Dakota d29 Pro Review: http://tailwindcycles.com/?p=818



Knog Frog Lights

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by Jhopkins on August 27, 2012

As anyone on a road bike knows, a large part of our safety depends on us being seen.  Be it motorists behind us on a wide road, or cars in front of us looking to turn and not seeing us coming.

Over the years, I have tried everything from the bulky to the nearly non-existent.  Ideally I have always wanted something that was as sleek as my bike, but bright enough to see from a long distance.

I bring you the Knog Frog strobe lights list of features.

  • 80 hrs (flashing), 50 hrs (steady)
  • Hi Powered surface mounted LED strobe system with lens
  • MODES 1. Strobe 2. DISCO Strobe 3. Strobe Pulse 4. Constant
  • Water-resistant
  • flexible silicone body
  • integrated clipping feature
  • quick-release mounting
  • Visible to over ¼ mile
  • Available in 12 colors

At around 14 bucks each, it is far from the most expensive one I have tried.  It is also among one of the brightest I have tried.  I now have a white front one and a red back one.  And they have already become my favorite flashing lights.

*NOTE-  Not to be used to light your way.   These are “TO BE SEEN” lights not “TO SEE” lights.

Happy Riding!

Swiftwick Socks are HERE!

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by Jhopkins on July 31, 2012

Where does any good bike ride or run start?  Your feet.  Shoes, socks etc.  Foot comfort is a very important start to the whole process.   For the last 2 weeks I have been wearing a couple of different pairs of Swiftwick socks.

Awwww!  Don’t worry… I have been washing them.

A good pair of bike and running socks are different from your run of the mill athletic socks that you buy in bulk packs at the local Walmart that show holes after a few wears, and deteriorate with every wash.   My first pair of bike socks have seen more miles than I can count, have been worn while walking across pavement and driveways… and still look new.  High thread count, and quality stitching is a must.  I am notoriously rough on all of my gear.  So when I find something that stands up to the level of abuse that I give it, I stick with it.  Getting me to branch out to another product is nearly impossible.

Something that speaks to me… I love products made in the USA.  Better quality workmanship, and we keep our own people working.   They are a little more expensive than the socks I was accustomed to, but the feeling of them is unparalleled.  You get what you pay for.

Swiftwick socks are MANUFACTURED in Tennessee.   You read that right.  MANUFACTURED.  Not just packaged or labeled there.  Made there.   By Americans.   Knitted at 200 needles.  The highest density sock that you will find.   Nice and cool, very breathable, but setting a barrier between your feet and the road/ trail debris that can work its way through other socks and cause discomfort.   After 2 weeks they have survived my walks to and from the truck after rides having removed my bike shoes.  Not a thread is out of place.  Think about them like bed sheets.  We have all tried to go cheap with bedsheets… and you get that hole in the wall hotel sort of feel.  We all love high thread count sheets right?  So why not the same with socks?

How can you not give a try to a company that stands behind their socks so strongly that if you don’t like them, you can mail them back to the factory and request that they send you a competitors pair of socks (your choosing) if you aren’t happy with theirs.  Just… uhhh… wash them first.  Nobody wants your stinky socks in their mailbox.

High quality durable goods, made in the USA.   Meets all my criteria.   I’m sold.   And I am picky.  If you are a runner, or a cyclist or simply a person that likes quality goods that are made under the good ol Red White and Blue flag, pick up a pair and feel the difference.