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Just in from Missoula, the Hammer Nutrition Missoula XC is a go this July!

March 16, 2012

Photo credit Tom Robertson, tomrobertsonphoto.com

It’s not often that a national caliber event (of any sport) takes place in Montana, so when they do it creates quite a stir. Last spring when some core Missoula mountain bikers told us they we’re putting on a brand new mountain bike race, and that it was part of the US Pro XCT, our reactions included a range between “Really?!” and “Awesome!”. We sponsored the event site unseen with Hammer Gel, HEED and Recoverite last summer and the race blew away all expectations. Over a thousand spectators came out to watch the main event, and celebrate the sport of mountain biking in Missoula, Montana, which sits only a couple hours . So a couple weeks ago when the opportunity presented itself for Hammer Nutrition to become the title sponsor of the Missoula XC, we just couldn’t say no! We’re happy to help bring national level mountain biking to Montana, and showcase our great products alongside the sports elite. Here’s a few words from the Missoula XC technical director, Ben Horan, about just how special this race is becoming:

Inspired by the success of the internationally acclaimed Missoula Marathon, the Hammer Nutrition Missoula Pro XCT was conceived of and implemented by a passionate core of cycling and community activists who share a love of cycling and of the community. The race is an event that provides a super venue for pros, rallies amateurs from the region, and brings a great event to a great town. It’s about having fun and involving as many different people as possible.

The Hammer Nutrition Missoula XC race course received rave reviews from professional racers and amateurs alike, and was designed and constructed specifically for this event. It reflects the contemporary World Cup course philosophy. Steep, technical climbs and descents alternate between single track, double track, and infrequent dirt road sections. Frequent and sudden rhythm changes challenge racers, but several sequences of fast and fun sections are included as well. The course features over 850 feet of climbing per lap; while it is not at extremely high altitude, multiple long, steep climbs per lap test racers’ fitness limits.

In 2011, hometown favorite Sam Schultz snagged the win over teammate Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Pro XCT Series winner, Max Plaxton, while Lea Davidson put on a clinic to win her first Pro XCT race ahead of Heather Irmiger and Katerina Nash. With this race as the final domestic test before the Olympics in London, and newly donning UCI C1 credentials all of the heavy hitters are sure to turn up with guns blazing. Come on out to test your mettle on the same tread as Olympians, or just have a cold Kettlehouse beer and cheer on your friends on July 14, 2012 at the Hammer Nutrition Missoula XC.

 

2011 Race Across America (RAAM)

June 27, 2011

The 2011 Race Across America (RAAM), an event that Hammer Nutrition has been a major sponsor of for many years, is in the books and we want to congratulate all of the competitors for their tremendous effort in “The World’s Toughest Bicycle Race.”   Continue Reading »

Another Win in Baja for Team Pulsar Construction/Hammer Nutrition

March 18, 2011

Team Pulsar Construction/ Hammer Nutrition at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Simi Valley, CA – Along the narrow loop extending from San Felipe, Mexico, adjacent to the Sea of Cortez, the world’s fastest gather to tackle the tough terrain to the finish line. Nearly 250 entries gather to compete over 250 miles of desert racing along a course that is considered, “The Best of Baja.” In a race filled with silt, jagged rocks, narrow passes between walls of rock, and sections of shattering speed, only the world’s finest find themselves up front at the finish. Continue Reading »

Branched Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) May Help Reduce Weight Gain

March 15, 2011

Branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation may help reduce risk of weight gain

In mid-December 2010 a study was reported in the online version of the Journal of Nutrition. The results of this study suggest that there is an association between an increased intake of BCAAs (l-leucine, l-isoleucine, and l-valine) and a reduced risk of obesity and becoming overweight.
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Sea Otter Classic and Hammer Nutrition, we’re going back to California!

February 11, 2011

HEED-Official Sports Drink of the Sea Otter Classic

After its humble beginnings in a kitchen in San Francisco, Hammer Nutrition has enjoyed the last fifteen years of its existence in Whitefish, Montana. Whitefish is a great place to work and play, but we’re well aware of our secluded location, and most of our sponsored events take place outside our home state. Continue Reading »

Hammer Athletes close down 2010 with a bang at Cyclocross Nationals!

December 17, 2010

Miles Frank Rides the Mud

The Europeans were onto something when they decided to place the sport of cyclocross at the far end of the cycling calendar. Just before the legs and mind have had enough for the year, ‘cross comes around and riders give it one more push before throwing in the towel. Luckily, the races are of short duration and the terrain often favors technical ability over raw power. This means that riders can usually stay competitive well into November, and for a select few, all the way through to national championships. Continue Reading »

Ryan Sandes and Joe Bacal, Taking the Desert by Storm in Their own Way

November 24, 2010

Ryan Sandes Crosses the Sahara

One is an ultra-runner, the other an off road truck driver, the two sports couldn’t have less in common. As different as their endeavors may be, Ryan Sandes and Joe Bacal share much more than just their nutrition sponsor. They both have had near perfect seasons, capped with huge victories this week for each. Continue Reading »

Hammer Nutrition on Site at the 25th Running of the UltraCentric

November 17, 2010

We are excited to once again be a major sponsor of The UltraCentric Experience, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Dubbed as “the ultimate in endurance running and mountain biking events,” The UltraCentric Experience takes place in Coldspring, Texas from November 18th – 21st. And you want to talk about ultra endurance? How about races – both running and mountain biking – that are 24, 48 and 72 hours in duration!

Whoa! For more information about this epic event visit http://www.ultracentric.net/

Good luck to all participants, and if you haven’t found your way down to to Texas in a while, check this one out next year. This event has something for everyone, including Hammer Nutrition!

Win Perpetuem Solids on Facebook!

November 16, 2010

Win Perpetuem Solids on Facebook

Want to try our new Perpetuem Solids? Just respond to our facebook poll to be entered in a drawing for a 6 tablet tube of Hammer’s new Perpetuem Solids. We will randomly select 15 winners after the poll closes on Nov. 30th.

Visit our Facebook Page today and respond to our poll for your chance to win. (One entry per person. Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Good luck and Hammer On!

Coed Hammer Ultra Runners Battle in the Land of the Javelina

November 5, 2010

Jamie D and Crew in CostumeA little known or respected beast, the javelina (not quite a pig) is a brave creature of the Southwest. Javelina band together in herds of up to 50 to drive off the much stronger coyote and bobcat, but keep a low profile to avoid the vicious puma. As our good friend Owen of Tucson Hammer Camp fame will attest, never turn your back to a wild pack of javelina . . . Continue Reading »