Hypercat Racing Offers Bike Tech Support at XTERRA Renegade Triathlon & Duathlon


Xterra Renegade

Hypercat Racing is proud to offer bike tech support again this year at the Xterra Renegade Off Road Triathlon and Duathlon at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA. Look for the Hypercat Racing tent on race morning and Philip Casanta for your last minute bike tech needs. If you left something behind at home don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!  Hypercat Racing will have multisport racing supplies and products to help you be as prepared as possible for race day.

About Xterra Renegade Triathlon & Duathlon

The calm lake and abundant trails make Bonelli Park the perfect setting for the #XTERRA #RenegadeOffRoad Tri. This 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile (2-loop) bike and 3 mile trail run is challenging enough for the seasoned triathlete yet short enough to entice novices. The mountain bike course has a beginner/intermediate rating. The bike course is a mixture of paved roads, fire roads and single track trails. The trail run is hilly with a mixture of paved paths, fire roads and single track trails. XTERRA Renegade participants are eligible for XTERRA Championship points!


Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon – Volunteers Needed!


Breath of Life Ventura Logo

Event organizers for this year’s Dina LaVigna Breath of Life Triathlon charity fundraiser in Ventura, CA are in need of volunteers.  For the past 16 years, my the LaVigna family has put on a Triathlon in honor of  Dina LaVigna who passed away from Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).  The Breath of Life Triathlon raises money to improve the care and comfort of patients (usually children), with PI.  Previous projects have been at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York, a $750,000 improvement at Mattel’s Children’s Hospital at UCLA, and the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  Visit the website at: www.DinaTriForLife.com


This year’s big event is fast approaching. Here are details. Consider inking it in your calendar, volunteering some of your time and supporting the athletes and the cause.

The Breath of Life triathlon will be on the fourth *Sunday of June on the 22rd* inside the *Ventura Harbor*.  There are lots of activities to keep you busy and if you can help, the LaVigna Family we would really, really appreciate it!  They simply could not put on this tremendous fundraising event without the incredible support of our family and friends.

Last year the event hosted nearly 1000 registered athletes and nearly 200 volunteers – and every individual was needed!

Possible tasks include:

–          Registration Packet Distribution Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday morning

–          Swim Course Volunteer

–          Run/Bike Course Volunteer

–          Transition Area Volunteer

–          BBQ Volunteer

–          Parking Area Volunteer

Lots of options and much depends on how soon you’d be able to help in the morning, the earlier the better. If possible there is a need for Saturday volunteers to help setup and/or distribute race packets, from noon – 5pm.

Please email Ayndrea LaVigna Tyo at Alavigna@iaba.com and let her know if you have a preference for what you’d like to do, or a required start/end time so they can best accommodate your schedule.  Tasks begin as early as 5am and as you might guess the earlier the harder it is to find volunteers.


Dina LaVigna Breath of Life Triathlon

Breath of Life Ventura TriathlonThe 16th Annual Dina LaVigna Breath of Life Ventura event is dedicated to the loving memory of Dina LaVigna, a very special person who suffered from a disease called Primary Immunodeficiency (PI). Her family comes together year after year to produce this event in her memory.


Produced by Renegade Racing, the Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon is a local favorite and event that Hypercat Racing is proud to support. One again this year, Hypercat Racing will serve as the official bike tech for the event. Be sure to stop by the Hypercat Racing tent during packet pick-up or on race day for all of your bike and triathlon needs.



DATE: Sunday, June 22, 2014

START: 7:00 a.m.

PLACE: Ventura Harbor, Ventura, CA 


SPRINT COURSE Swim: 750 meters (.47 miles) Bike: 20.4 kilometers (12.7 miles) Run: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles)

INTERNATIONAL/RELAY COURSE Swim: 1.5 kilometers (.93 miles) Bike: 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) Run: 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)

* Relay Teams – International Course Only

  • Finishers Medals
  • Fast, flat and scenic course
  • Timing chips for all racers
  • Post Race Barbecue for all athletes
  • Post Race Beer Garden
  • USAT sanctioned race


Mother of All Sales – Special Event – May 10 – Hypercat Racing



In celebration of Mother's Day, we invite you to join us in-store or online for our first annual 
"Mother of All Sales" Special Event!


When: Saturday, May 10th, 2014 (online May 10 and May 11th)

Group Ride starts at 8am, departing from Hypercat Racing – 4160 Market St, STE 13, Ventura, CA 93003

  • Up to 50% off BH Bikes – 2013 close-outs (limited inventory)
  • 20% off Profile Design wheels and aerobars
  • 15% off Cateye products
  • 10% off all saddles
  • 10% off all Hawk Racing products
  • Special pricing on Powermeters
  • Close-out clothing – up to 70% off.
  • Gear and component  ‘spring cleaning’ – sale of gently used components, bikes, frames and gear

Demo Products

  • Demo Foundry Bikes – disc road, cross or Mountain Bike
  • Demo Somec road bike
  • Demo Profile Design Wheels (58mm and 78mm)
  • Recovery Pump system

Launch of Hypercat Racing’s Triathlon Club and Hypercat Racing Cycling Club

  • Official USA Triathlon and USA Cycling affiliated clubs
  • Membership Sign-ups – Be charter members in our new clubs
  • Uniform Pre-Orders (Cycling kits, Triathlon kits & running singlets)
  • Parents interested in Youth & Junior programming can talk with Rachel

Launch of New Webstore

  • To celebrate this weekend’s launch of Hypercat Racing’s new website we will be running specials throughout the weekend. To stay on top of these time sensitive deals and sales, follow @hypercat on Twitter and ‘like’ Hypercat Racing on Facebook.

Sampling, Goodies and More

  • Products from Powerbar
  • Schwag giveaways
  • Refreshments and goodies

Product Review: Spry Natural Oral & Dental Care

Throughout my life I have made it priority one to make healthy choices. Initially it was all about me. I wanted to build the strongest, healthiest body possible. A competitive runner turned professional triathlete I made it a point to make what I thought were the best choices and product purchases for optimal health.  In 2011 when I became pregnant and earned the title of mom, my zeal for making healthy choices became more focused on the health of my child. This meant closely examining anything that I put in or on my body.  During my pre-natal and post-partum phases, I truly became familiar with how powerful marketing and product labels can be. Many products I chose were not exactly as ‘healthy’ as they claimed to be.


What makes a product ‘healthy’ goes a lot deeper than claims or pretty pictures of flowers and herbs on the product label or in advertisements. To really know if a product is good for you (and even good for the environment) you have to dig a little. Reading labels and getting familiar with ingredients in a big step towards debunking what products are healthy and those that are posers. I started looking more closely at food labels, then cosmetics and personal care.


In my quest for optimal health (a mission that kicks in overdrive when you approach a certain birthday milestone, beginning with 4 and ending with 0), I have become very interested in oral and dental health. Many illnesses and conditions have been linked to poor oral health.  Call it serendipity, but right around the time I scheduled my first dentist appointment, I got the opportunity to test the toothpaste, oral rinse, gum and mints from the Spry Dental and Oral Care Product line made by Xlear.


Just some products from the Xlear dental and oral health care line. Have sinus issues, they have products for you!


The Spry products are made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that not only tastes pleasant, but has unique dental benefits that promote oral health. Xylitol is occurs in small amounts in nature in fruits, veggies and mushrooms. Xylitol is also produced in our bodies as a natural by-product of normal metabolism. Using products with Xylitol like the Spry toothpaste, oral rinse, gum and mints help to promote healthy gums, reduce the risk of tooth decay.


When I first opened my box of Spry products, I’ll admit to being overwhelmed! I had never heard of Xylitol before and that made me a bit uncomfortable. In order for my test to be effective I needed to stop using my current toothpaste and mouthwash and begin chewing gum post meals and taking mints, too. The day I was to start my trial was also the day of an appointment with my new dentist, Dr. David Satnick.  During my patient interview and exam, I asked Dr. Satnick about Xylitol. He was quick to give his stamp of approval to products made with Xylitol. He then handed me a goodie bag with a new toothbrush and samples of Spry gum! With the confidence that comes with my dentist’s approval I began my trial.


Spry gum samples at the front counter of my dentist’s office.



I brushed at least twice daily with the Spry toothpaste and swished with the Spry Oral rinse. The first thing I noticed was how pleasant the products were to experience. I really like the Spry Oral rinse. No burning! I have sensitive gums and I was so pleased to brush my teeth and rinse without discomfort.  My teeth and mouth looked and felt clean.







In addition to brushing and rinsing, I made it a point to chew once or two pieces of Spry gum after each meal or snacks. I’m not usually a gum chewer, but to get the positive benefit of the Xylitol you need only chew for five minutes or so – totally doable. I found that the refreshing taste of the peppermint or spearmint was a nice pick me up, too. (The gum also comes in cinnamon, fresh fruit and green tea flavors).



I used the mints a bit less, usually once a day as I was busy talking or chewing the rest of the time! Like the gum, I enjoyed the pick-me-up favors. I tried peppermint and berry blast. The mints also come in cinnamon and lemon blast.


I keep Spry mints and gum at my desk, in my car and in the diaper bag, too!


I started testing the Spry Dental and Oral health care products at the end of February. My test products were free.  I’m still using all of the products today, over two months later and plan to continue to do so. I am purchasing the Spry products because they are effective and healthful. I like that Xylitol is natural and that there is a complete system to help you manage and care for your oral health. Healthy teeth and healthy gums are key to a healthy body. The fact that my dentist, a highly regarded man in his field, recommended the products makes using Spry products a no brainer.



Don’t leave your oral care to chance. Picking up toothpaste or mouthwash that is on sale is not an effective strategy for the best possible oral health care.  Xylitol is natural, tastes great, is clinically proven and endorsed by dentists, pediatricians, medical doctors and health professionals across the globe.  Give the Spry products a try. You already eat well, workout and do other goods things for your body. Why not do the same for your smile?  Visit: http://www.xlear.com/  and follow @xlearinc on twitter.

Here are coupons to try products yourself !

Xlear Toothpaste $3 Coupo

Xlear Nasal Spray $2 Coupon

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Rachel Sears Casanta is a former professional triathlete, coach and co-owner of Hypercat Racing, and endurance sport coaching and bike fit studio based in Ventura, California. Mom to an energetic toddler, when she is not chasing her son, Rachel is busy helping athletes achieve their goals while herself keeping fit in the water, on the bike and on the run. Visit www.hypercat.com for information about coaching for running, cycling, duathlon or triathlon events. 

Taking Risks, Living and Loving Life

Yesterday my husband and I attended the wedding of a close friend. We had the pleasure of sitting at a table that was comprised of this person’s friends from throughout his life. After sharing our stories of how we met our friend all of us shared examples of talents that this man possesses and pursuits he has accomplished thus far in his life. Some of the following accomplishments came out in conversation:

Real estate professional, lawyer, screen play writer, martial artist, pilot, scuba diver, open water swimmer, curler (yeah, as in the Olympic sport of curling), magician, Toastmaster, ballroom dancer, triathlete and the list goes on and on. What is so amazing about this individual is not necessarily the accomplishments per se that he has achieved but that he has always taken on challenges without fear of failure or worry about the outcome. You see, each one of these pursuits were not easy or a given feather in his cap. He has had to (and continues to) take risks that stretch his talents, skill sets and comfort zone. Our friend truly lives life to the fullest.

I ask you what could you do or what would you do if you didn’t worry about failure, the outcome or what anyone would think of you?

The wedding, as many are, was a beautiful affair and a lovely joining of two lives. As much as I enjoyed our friend, his new bride, their families and making new friends I came away from the celebration with a new found inspiration of what is possible. The only limits are those that you put on yourself.

Take those words with you into your workouts these week, but more importantly into all aspects of your life. I think you will be amazed by the outcome.

I’ve updated your log from last week with my comments and look forward to hearing how you are doing and the latest news.

Make it a great day!
-Coach Rachel

Blue is back, with plans to expand product line

Riding a Blue at Escape from Alcatraz

Riding a Blue at Escape from Alcatraz

Hypercat Racing is excited to share the news that Blue Competition Cycles is under new ownership and is ready to start shipping bikes to dealers.

As long time supporters (and riders) of Blue, we look forward to seeing more athletes ‘ride Blue’ in 2014!

Here is the link to an article about Blue posted today on Xtri.com.  Blue is back, with plans to expand product line.