Steamboat Springs cycling duo looking toward Race Across America |

Steamboat Springs cycling duo looking toward Race Across America

Luke Graham

Heather Gollnick

— The goal is simple: for Steamboat Springs residents Lisa Renee Tumminello and Heather Gollnick to get from Oceanside, Calif., to Annapolis, Md., in less than six days, 34 minutes and 11 seconds.

"We'll do everything we can to break it," Tumminello said. "But there are some things out of our control."

There are a lot of uncontrollables in the Race Across America.

The 3,000-mile, nonstop, nondrafting ride demands competitors cycle around the clock with minimum rest. It goes through 13 states and climbs 170,000 vertical feet.

But for Tumminello and Gollnick, who will race as part of the Love, Sweat and Gears team, it's not just about the ride. The two, who will compete on a four-person team with Ann Lantz and Julie Lyons, want to break the record set in 2010.

"If we have good conditions and don't break it, I'll be upset," Gollnick said. "You're dependent on the weather you get."

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A strong headwind anywhere along could derail their plans, but if there is a team set up to break it, it's Love, Sweat and Gears.

Lantz and Lyons were part of the team last year that won the women's four-person division. The two also were part of the record-setting team for Race Across the West, which goes from San Diego to Durango. Tumminello, who moved to Steamboat in September, was the second female finisher in last year's Race Across the West solo division, and Gollnick has a storied career in Ironman Triathlons.

"Everything about training for it is different," Tumminello said. "You're doing everything at race pace. This is like taking a whole race season and compacting it."

The four-person team will be split into pairs and will race in 15-minute increments. Tumminello and Gollnick will be together and will spend four to five hours racing while the other two rest. During their time racing, either Tumminello or Gollnick will ride as hard as they can for 15 minutes before the next one follows.

"It's not the distance that takes getting used to," Gollnick said. "It's the breaks. You ride as hard as you can for 15 minutes, then you sit in a car while she goes."

The race begins June 15, with the team leaving June 12.

Find more information about the race here. Find more information about Love, Sweat and Gears here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

Fundraiser for Love, Sweat and Gears

The Love, Sweat and Gears team will host a fundraiser for the Race Across America on Thursday at Carl’s Tavern. Ten percent of all food and drinks sold Thursday will go to help the team. There also will be a silent auction with plenty of biking items, vacation home rentals and other items. The silent auction ends at 8 p.m.

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