Donnie Arnoult's Blog http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog Maui - Best Cycling on the Planet Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:17:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Cycle To The Sun 2016 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2016/03/10/cycle-to-the-sun-2016/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:21:24 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1133 summit

Aloha,

Registration is open for the 2016 Cycle To The Sun. This years event will take place on Saturday, June 25th. This year promises to be the best event yet with a great group of sponsors, an international field of riders, and the same 36 miles with 10,0023 feet of climbing up Haleakala.

Make your travel plans to Maui and start training. The ride is the legendary climb up Haleakala, the longest continuous paved climb in the world. The post race awards party is not to be missed. Ice cold beer (and water, soda, etc.), great food, live music, and much more.

To sign up please visit www.cycletothesun.com If you have any questions please feel free to call the shop any time at 808-579-9009.

To stay up to date on the latest happenings, events, news, and special offers please foolow on social media. Maui Cylery- on Facebook, @mauicyclery on Instagram and @Maui_Cylery on Twitter.

Mahalo,

The Maui Cyclery Ohana

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Ready for Winter Here on Maui? http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2015/11/09/ready-for-winter-here-on-maui/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:41:26 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1119 donnie-1115-1

Me and Andrew Talansky at Hookipa.

Aloha,

I guess winter is upon the mainland US and Canada now. That’s what I’m hearing. Temperatures are getting colder. Time to get your Maui cycling trip planned.

Perfect Bike Rides & Big Waves

Here in Maui the average daily temps are in the mid 80’s all winter. Perfect for cycling! Big waves and Humpback whales are starting to show up. A few current top professional cyclists have also made there way to Maui. Ryder Hesjedal and Ian Walsh (Pro Surfer) join me for a ride up Haleakala.

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(Left) Ryder Hesjedal and Ian Walsh join me for a ride up Haleakala. (Right) Royce from Sydney getting to the entrance of Haleakala National Park in the clouds.

Been riding up Haleakala with lots of people from all over the planet. Some days its clear and sunny and other days it’s cold and cloudy. Never know what the weather will do on that mountain.

Coming Up

Pancake Breakfast Ride
Join us on December 19 starting at 7am from Keokea Park on Hwy 37 for our Annual Pancake Breakfast ride. The course is an out and back. Full distance is 45 miles with 4,000′ of elevation gain.  Entry fee is $25 and includes breakfast and prizes for everyone.

Alex Stieda Training Camp
Will have a winter training camp with Alex Stieda this winter. It will be February 26 to March 4th. Call 808-579-9009 for more information or learn more about it HERE »

You can now also follow us on Instagram and Facebook at Maui Cyclery.

Thanks,
Donnie

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Trevor from Walnut Creek at 9000′ on Haleakala. What an amazing day!

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2014 Summer Biking Roundup Maui http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2014/09/18/2014-summer-biking-roundup/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:06:40 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1086 2014 Cycle to the Sun

Aloha,
The summer has been really busy here in Maui. The “Cycle to the Sun” race went really well. The top four riders were from Hawaii, and there times were all under three hours. The overall winner was Max Lafortune from the Big Island in a time of 2:47:43, and Sheila Croft from Seattle won the women’s race with a time of 3:22:18.

Maxfield LAFORTUNE (left) of Kamuela, HI was the male winner with a time of 2:47:43.053. Sheila CROFT (right) of Seattle, WA was the female winner with a time of 3:22:18.549.

Maxfield LAFORTUNE (left) of Kamuela, HI was the male winner with a time of 2:47:43.053. Sheila CROFT (right) of Seattle, WA was the female winner with a time of 3:22:18.549.

It was the best weather conditions I have ever experienced at the summit. Sunny, no wind, and in the 70’s all day. The after party also went well. Maui Brewing Company had the beer flowing and Flatbread was cooking pizzas on the grill till everyone got there fill. Next year’s race will be Saturday, June 27th, 2015.

Las Vegas Interbike Trade Show

I recently got back from the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. It’s one of the largest bicycle industry trade shows in the world. Wanted to share some of what I saw. There is some really cool new bikes and gear for 2015. The company KTM that is known for making motorcycles is now building and selling road and mountain bikes. Felt Bicycles has a pedal assist electric mountain bike. I test rode this bike in the dirt at the Outdoor Demo. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was riding. I hope to have one at the shop a few months for customers to test ride.

 Felt Bicycles has a pedal assist electric mountain bike.

Felt Bicycles has a pedal assist electric mountain bike.

New Disc Brakes

Scott, Felt, Orbea, and Litespeed all debuted disc brake road bikes. All of these guys are making some amazing bikes with Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes. Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo are making all their new drive trains in 11 speeds now. And they are all making 30 and 32 tooth cassettes for us old guys to get up the hills better.

The company KTM that is known for making motorcycles is now building and selling road and mountain bikes.

KTM, a company known for making motorcycles, is now building and selling road and mountain bikes.

New Electric Shifting

Shimano is producing a new electric mountain bike shifting system called “Switch Shift Di2” that will be coming on many top of the line bikes. Rocky Mountain bikes will have this system on their Element 999, and Thunderbolt 799.

Rocky Mountain bikes will have Shimano's "Switch Shift Di2"  system on their Element 999, and Thunderbolt 799.

Rocky Mountain bikes will have Shimano’s “Switch Shift Di2” system on their Element 999, and Thunderbolt 799.

Upcoming Events

My next organized bike ride will be here in Maui on December 20th at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store. It will be a 9am start time. 40-mile ride with about 3,500′ of climbing. Lunch will be provided afterward by the Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Lots of great prizes and swag for all the riders.

One Last Note

I will be hosting a cycling camp with Alex Stieda February 21-28 and we will be limited to 16 clients. To get more information Click Here »

Till next time, keep the wheels rolling rubber side down! Be safe, have fun!

Donnie

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2014 Ryder Hesjedal Maui Cycling Camps http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2014/06/12/2014-ryder-hesjedal-maui-cycling-camps/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:13:38 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1066 ryder

Join Ryder and friends touring the tropical Island of Maui, one of the world’s premiere cycling destinations

Maui Cycling Camps has worked hard to create more options for our campers. In addition to the 10-Night Maui Experience Camp, we’ve added the 4-Night Road to Hana Experience and the 4-Night Haleakala Experience. Our goal with the new Experience options is to allow more people to enjoy what Velonews has called “The Ultimate Cycling Experience”.

ROAD TO HANA EXPERIENCE:
DEC 5-8

Depart on the 9th
4 Nights at the Four Seasons

$4895 – Single Participant
$6495 – w/ Guest
Register Today

HALEAKALA EXPERIENCE:
DEC 11-14

Depart on the 15th
4 Nights at the Four Seasons

$4895 – Single Participant
$6495 – w/ Guest
Register Today

MAUI EXPERIENCE:
DEC 5-14

10 Nights at the Four Seasons
Full camp experience

$9895 – Single Participant
$12495 – w/ Guest
Register Today

ALL CAMPS INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Luxury Resort
  • Transport to/from Kahalui Airport
  • Daily Group Breakfast & Lunch (Campers & Guests)
  • Four Seasons Team Clubhouse
  • Complete mechanic service along with full mechanical on-ride support including food, drink and clothing
  • Daily after-ride massage therapy
  • Maui Water Day Adventure (Maui Experience Camp Only)
  • Swag Bag
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2014 Cycle to the Sun http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2014/06/04/2014-cycle/ Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:35:56 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1056 2014 Cycle to the Sun Jersey

2014 Cycle to the Sun Jersey

Aloha,

Can’t believe it’s already June and I am preparing for the annual bike race up Haleakala called “Cycle to the Sun”. Race day is Saturday, June 28. There are about 30 entry spots still available. The National Park limits the event to 200 participants. To register go to www.cycletothesun.com. We have another great field of racers from all over the planet registered. Japanese riders have won the overall the last two years.

I will have a post-race report in early July.

Have a Super Day!
Donnie Arnoult

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2014 Cycle to the Sun Winner’s Trophy

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Go Cycling Maui 2013 Roundup http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2013/12/31/go-cycling-maui-2013-roundup/ Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:22:35 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1029 Ryder, me, Tyler, & Greg at the beach in Makena.

Ryder, me, Tyler, & Greg at the beach in Makena.

Loading up before a ride with the cycling camp.

Loading up before a ride with the cycling camp.

Aloha All,

It’s been another wonderful year of cycling here in Maui. In November we had a group from Shimano do a new product announcement. They tested the new Shimano road disc brakes. There were about 20 writers from many of the road bike mags from the US, Canada, and Australia.

Fun getting to ride and check out the new Di2 electronic shifting systems and disc brakes. I’m sure the mags will have full reports for you to check out soon.

 

Ryder and Dave Kalama at the beach on one of our days off the bike.

Ryder and Dave Kalama at the beach on one of our days off the bike.

A couple of weeks after the Shimano crew left, we did a cycling camp with Ryder Hesjedal at the Four Seasons in Wailea. You can check out photos at www.mauicyclingcamps.com.

Enjoying shave ice with Ryder at Lorraine's in Kahakuloa.

Enjoying shave ice with Ryder at Lorraine’s in Kahakuloa.

This year we had Tyler Farrar, and Juan Antonio Flecha join us. We also had a great group of campers from the US and Canada. We were able to log between 20-25 hours of saddle time for the six days. The weather was amazing everyday.

Just before Christmas we hosted a Pancake Breakfast ride in Keokea. 80 riders showed up for the 40 mile ride. I think Mischelle and I cooked up around 400 pancakes this year. We gave away some cool prizes to everyone who stuck around after breakfast.

Now the Christmas time tourists rush is in full swing. Looks like Mardi Gras on the sidewalks of Paia.

My next big gig will be a cycling camp with Alex Stieda Feb 27-March 6. We still have spots available. It will be an amazing camp! Get more information by clicking here »

Looking forward to another amazing year in 2014.

Mahalo,
Donnie

Maui Cyclery getting into the Christmas spirit -- Bumpy pavement on the East Maui loop -- Only in Maui can you operate a business with wacky hours like this.

Maui Cyclery getting into the Christmas spirit — Bumpy pavement on the East Maui loop — Only in Maui can you operate a business with wacky hours like this.

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Cycling Maui: Beaches, Volcanoes & Silky-smooth Roads http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2013/11/26/cycling-maui-beaches-volcanoes-silky-smooth-roads/ Wed, 27 Nov 2013 06:09:55 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=1015 Bergen

Aloha,

I thought you might like to see this great article about cycling on Maui by Andy van Bergen. It was just posted on the Aussie blog Cycling Tips and mentions Go Cycling Maui. It is accompanied by a lot of Andy’s great photographs, too.

Think of Hawaii and your first thoughts are likely to be of surf breaks, grass skirts, and pineapples. And if you are planning a trip to Hawaii chances are it’s not with cycling front of mind. But with such a variety of rides within close proximity and a landscape that was surely formed with cyclists in mind, it’s time to add Maui to your list of cycling holiday destinations.

Making the connecting flight to Maui from Honolulu it is impossible not to notice the two looming (and reassuringly extinct) volcanos which form the east and west sections of the island. What becomes immediately apparent is that the entire island is simply two volcanos shunted together.

 After setting ourselves up and getting the bikes into gear it was time to get out and explore the island by bike. Our group was picked up by Donnie and the team at Go Cycling Maui and driven to the lower reaches of Haleakala. Read the entire Cycling Tips article »

Ride safe,
Donnie

 

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Cycling Camp with Alex Stieda & Go Cycling Maui http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2013/11/12/cycling-camp-alex-stieda-go-cycling-maui/ Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:44:55 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=997 Alex Stieda / Go Cycling Maui Camp
Will Be an Amazing Road Cycling Experience!

February 27th thru March 6th, 2014
Call 808-870-9429 with any Questions
Or email Donnie@GoCyclingMaui.com

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Have an Awesome Adventure, Make Some New Friends …
And Improve Your Riding Ability!

You will get to ride in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. There will be challenging routes each day. Lots of rolling terrain, long steady climbs, and trade winds.

We will help you improve your climbing, descending, cornering and bike handling skills. Our goal is for you to have an awesome adventure during the camp.

We plan on cycling 5 days in different parts of the island. All of the rides will be 3 hours of saddle time with 3,500-4,500′ of elevation gain.

One day we’ll be in the ocean — activities will include surfing, standup paddling and outrigger canoe paddling.

The 2014 Maui Cycling Camp Includes:

• Four-star accommodations
• Meals include daily breakfast, daily lunch, 3 dinners
• Transportation
• Stand-up paddling lessons
• 6 Daily rides
• Ride support
• Energy foods
• Energy drinks
• Water bottles
• Cool cycling swag
• Top-level coaching
• Professional guides

You will be  staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on the South Shore

Your accommodations are located on Maui’s South Shore. The Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii’s only all suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. It is situated on 22 acres of tropical Hawaiian landscape in sunny Wailea, Maui.

Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in South Maui

Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in South Maui

Cycling Camp Pricing Details

Price: $4,950 for 8 days and 7 nights,

Deposit: $500

Availability: Maximum of 16 clients

Remaining Balance: Due before January 15, 2014

Accompanying Guest: Additional cost of $800 for the week. Includes breakfast every morning, three dinners, one lunch, one surf day.

Fairmont Kea Lani Room

Fairmont Kea Lani Suite

stieda-3Alex Stieda

Alex Stieda has participated in almost every type of cycling; touring, centuries, track, road, cyclo-cross, multi-day charity events, even BMX with his son.

His professional cycling career spanned 15 years from 1977 to 1992. He raced for Canada’s national team from 1979 until 1992, the last 7 years as a professional for the ground-breaking 7-Eleven team. During these years he competed an average of 100 races per season.

Donnie Arnoult

donnie-1Donnie Arnoult began road racing in 1985, and soon began track and mountain bike racing. He continued competitive racing in all three disciplines until 1999.

In 1995 he began to promote cycling and running events in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in 1997 started an elite cycling team, becoming the Sportif team Director for the next 3 years. He moved to Maui in 2000, opened Maui Cyclery bike shop and established Go Cycling Maui Tours, which he has been doing ever since.

 

Your Bike or Ours – Your Choice

Rent from Maui Cyclery or bring your own bike.

Rental rate is $250 for the 6 days. Contact us for rental reservations, 808-579-9009. We need bike size, or height.

Bikes can be brought on the airlines or shipped to Maui Cyclery. We will assemble all the bikes for every participant at no additional charge.


Reservation Form

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February 27th thru March 6th, 2014
Call 808-870-9429 with any Questions
Or email Donnie@GoCyclingMaui.com

 

 

 

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Join Us For the Xterra World Championship http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2013/10/22/join-us-weekend-xterra-world-championship/ Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:55:53 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=932 xt-650

Aloha,

This weekend on Maui is the Xterra World Championship on Sunday, October 27th. It’s held at Kapalua with a purse of $105,000!

Just happens to be my wife Mischelle’s Birthday as well.

Test Ride New Scott Mountain Bikes

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Maui Cyclery will have a demo booth at the event from Wednesday October 23 to Saturday October 26. We will be allowing participants and their guests to test ride new 2014 Scott mountain bikes.

We will have 27.5- and 29 -inch wheel-size bikes in all sizes available to ride. After the event we will be selling all the bikes at super low prices.

I will advertise any of the bikes we don’t sell at the event next week in my post-event newsletter. Hope to see you at the event.

Mahalo,
Donnie

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2013 Cycle to the Sun Wrap Up http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/2013/07/03/cycle-to-the-sun-wrap-up/ Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:52:34 +0000 http://www.gocyclingmaui.com/blog/?p=884 3-2inners

 

Aloha Racers,

Mahalo to those who participated in this year’s “Cycle to the Sun”! We had 187 racers compete from all over the world.

Congratulations on a great job climbing the “longest paved climb in the world”!

We had amazing weather most of the day. It was sunny and windy up at the summit, but overall conditions were nice from sea level to 10,000 feet.

See complete Race Results here »

Order Photos

Photos of the 2013 Cycle to the Sun are available from Tad Craig Photography. To view them and place an order:

  • Go to  tadcraigphotography.com
  • From left column scroll down and click Client Access/Albums
  • Then click Proofing
  • On the following page, click Cycle to the Sun at the top of the list
  • On the next page click Click here to enter
  • View the numerous pages or proofs and note that there are 2 galleries at the top to choose from

We hope to see you again next year! Next year’s event will be June 28, 2014.

Have a Super Day!
Donnie

Letters from Riders

Hi Donnie,
Awesome race and post-race party. Thanks so much for organizing it!

Larry Beck
Carnation, WA

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Hi Donnie,
Thank you to you and your team for such an enjoyable event! It was my first time participating in the Maui CTTS, and it certainly won’t be my last! After living abroad for several years, I had long circled this date as a must-do event upon my return to the states.

From communication and organization to race logistics, me and my family had a good grasp on how it would work so that they, too, could be a part of it. We appreciate how much time and effort would have been spent in order for participants like us to enjoy the CTTS easily.

The after party was a hit, too, with the live band being a great addition to the fellowship with other riders as we chatted up our suffering and puffed out our chests. Maui brewing Co. was another solid addition and I enjoyed trying their different brews in keeping with a distinctly locally-flavored event.

May your future events only grow and gain as it would be very deserving of increased exposure!

Cheers,
Will Mather
Tradewind Cycling Team
Bangladesh Squash & Athletic Development

 

 

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