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Ironman Austria: Linsey Corbin Race Video 2014

by Linsey Corbin

A timelapse view of professional triathlete Linsey Corbin setting a new course record and American record at Ironman Austria.

Music: Tom Ingleby
Camera: Go Pro Hero 3 Black
Video: CorbinBrands

After a broken leg sidelined his competitive softball playing, Mark Miller’s exercise routine took a different direction. During rehab, the athlete turned to swimming to ease the pressure on his joints. Next, he added cycling and running to his regimen, becoming a world-class triathlete. Eventually, that led to Miller opening his own custom bike shop, Precision Bikes, which recently moved to a bigger space at 114 Rena Drive.

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Photo by Robin May
Mark Miller

Miller’s transition from workout warrior to self-made businessman took several years of intensive training, competing and networking.
Twenty-two years ago, the then 34-year-old competed in his first long-distance race with a group of about 20 local triathletes. Gradually, Miller pulled ahead of the pack, putting 50 half-Ironmans, 27 full-Ironmans and 15 marathons under his belt, including Ironman Roth in Germany and Escape from Alcatraz. In 2010, he reached the pinnacle of the triathlete class, competing in both the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the Isklar Norsemen Xtreme Triathlon in Norway.
“The Norsemen was the hardest one for me,” Miller says. “I ended up having to spend 9.5 hours on the bike that day before I started running the 26 miles. It took me right at 15 hours to finish.”
Along the way, Miller befriended John Cobb, owner of Cobb Cycling in Tyler, Texas, who had worked with some of the world’s greatest cyclists including Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond. “John Cobb taught me the most about cycling and the wind tunnel,” Miller says. “I owe a lot to him for taking me under his wing.”
For a while, Miller trekked to Cobb’s Shreveport cycling shop every weekend to work. “I just wanted to learn the cycling business, and I chased it for a long time,” Miller explains. After a few years, Cobb offered Miller a full-time job running his main warehouse. A year later, Miller decided to return home to open his own store.
With the help of close buddies Frank Camalo and Dr. George Sobiesk, Miller launched Precision Bikes in a small space at 3214 Johnston St. in April 2004. Another long-time friend and co-cyclist, Ruud Vuijsters, designed Miller’s website. Miller quickly became known for his custom-made bikes and personalized fittings. “I feel that I’m more of a destination place now,” Miller says. “Most of what I sell is for the racer, whether it is for the road or a triathlon.”
As demand grew for his customized services, Miller decided to expand to a larger location.
Last year, Miller opened at his new spot on114 Rena Drive. His longtime employee, Amanda Shone, came with him, along with two part-time repairmen. The 3,500-foot space has two repair stations up front and one in the rear; a showroom with racing and cruising bikes, athletic wear, shoes and accessories and a private room for bike fittings. Bike brands include QR, Cervelo, Felt, Colnago, Pinarello, BMC, Specialized and Linus. Clothing lines include Louis Garneau, Zoot, Coeur, Soas and 2XU. For shoes, Precision Bikes carries Sidi, Louis Garneau, Mavic, Specialized and Shimano.
Precision Bikes is Fit Institute Slowtwitch (F.I.S.T.), John Cobb and Retül certified, allowing Miller to custom-fit triathletes with cycles that move along with racers’ bodies. “I guess the thing that I offer that nobody else does is the fitting experience by positioning people on bikes,” Miller says. “Cycling is my passion now. I love going to work.”
Miller’s reputation in the cycling world grew quickly, attracting customers from throughout Louisiana as well as Texas and Mississippi.
Many professional triathletes have dropped by Precision Bikes, including Chris McDonald, Linsey Corbin, Anna Cleaver and world champions Chris McCormack and Miranda Carfrae. Pros have also taught Miller’s cycling camps in Lafayette and Mississippi.
Now that Miller is living his passion, his next goal is to complete the toughest challenge of them all — the USA Ultra Triathlon. Held in Tampa, Fla., this grueling double ironman consists of a 4.8-mile freshwater swim, 224-mile bike course and 52.4-mile run course. Athletes have 36 hours to complete the race.
At 55, Miller shows no signs of slowing down. “I am the last one of the 20 racers that started with me 22 years ago,” he says in his laid-back, unassuming manner. “I’m now training with guys in their 20s.”
Precision Bikes is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Wednesday and Sunday. All fittings by appointment only. For more information, call (337) 981-7686, e-mail markmiller@precisionbikes.com or visit the website at precisionbikes.com.

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Linsey Corbin’s SRAM RED Kona Bike

Linsey Corbin’s SRAM RED 22 is race ready. 
Best of luck at Kona, Linsey! 
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2012 Ironman Arizona

After finishing second here three years in a row, Linsey Corbin is finally the Ironman Arizona champion.
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Congrats to Linsey!!!

2012 Ironman Arizona

After finishing second here three years in a row, Linsey Corbin is finally the Ironman Arizona champion.
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Congrats to Linsey!!!
Linsey Corbin

Ever wonder what goes into a pro athlete’s wheel choice for a big race? We do. So we asked pro triathlete Linsey Corbin why she choose to ride dual 81-mm deep Zipp® 808 Firecrest® wheels on a day of high winds at last weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Hawaii. 
Here’s Linsey’s race report in her own words:
I often get criticized for my aggressive wheel choices here in Kona. At the pre-race press conference, I was asked what wheels I was riding and I said 808s – knowing the winds had been ripping out here.
I was really happy with my choice. The Firecrest technology handles far better in the winds than standard deep wheels. I am not going to say I wasn’t blown on the roads — as I most certainly was. However, it was not any worse than riding my standard 303 Firecrest training wheel in the days prior to the race. I just can’t speak enough for what a stable, comfortable wheel choice that is the 808 Firecrest.
People often question why I chose the aggressive wheels out here. First of all it comes from confidence — both in myself as a strong(er) cyclist as well as confidence in the product. The way to handle the winds out here is constant tension on the chain, with the goal of keeping the wheel moving in the wind. If the wheel is moving in a forward direction, it’s much faster than moving slow and getting caught up in the side winds. The other benefit of the Firecrest wheels is that, yes, there are crosswinds, but the benefits you receive in the head- and tailwinds far outweigh what happens in the crosswinds.
The race win (and the course record) was set up on the bike course on Saturday. I can’t speak highly enough for the SRAM RED and the Zipp 808 Firecrest I used. Looking forward to doing it again in October — and here’s hoping for a windy day!
Postscript: Linsey rocked the 56-mile cycling leg at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in 2:25:02, which was 3 minutes, 35 seconds ahead of second place Julia Grant. After a strong run, she crossed the finish line cowboy hat in hand – she is a proud Montanan, after all — in a course record 4:26:09. The numbers back Linsey up.  In the wind tunnel*, dual 808 Firecrest wheels save roughly 40.5 seconds over dual 303 Firecrest wheels and 3 minutes, 36 seconds over traditional aluminum race wheels over the 90.1 km of cycling in a 70.3 triathlon. 
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Linsey! To learn more about Linsey Corbin, visit LinseyCorbin.com or follow her on Twitter.

Linsey Corbin

Ever wonder what goes into a pro athlete’s wheel choice for a big race? We do. So we asked pro triathlete Linsey Corbin why she choose to ride dual 81-mm deep Zipp® 808 Firecrest® wheels on a day of high winds at last weekend’s Ironman 70.3 Hawaii. 
Here’s Linsey’s race report in her own words:
I often get criticized for my aggressive wheel choices here in Kona. At the pre-race press conference, I was asked what wheels I was riding and I said 808s – knowing the winds had been ripping out here.
I was really happy with my choice. The Firecrest technology handles far better in the winds than standard deep wheels. I am not going to say I wasn’t blown on the roads — as I most certainly was. However, it was not any worse than riding my standard 303 Firecrest training wheel in the days prior to the race. I just can’t speak enough for what a stable, comfortable wheel choice that is the 808 Firecrest.
People often question why I chose the aggressive wheels out here. First of all it comes from confidence — both in myself as a strong(er) cyclist as well as confidence in the product. The way to handle the winds out here is constant tension on the chain, with the goal of keeping the wheel moving in the wind. If the wheel is moving in a forward direction, it’s much faster than moving slow and getting caught up in the side winds. The other benefit of the Firecrest wheels is that, yes, there are crosswinds, but the benefits you receive in the head- and tailwinds far outweigh what happens in the crosswinds.
The race win (and the course record) was set up on the bike course on Saturday. I can’t speak highly enough for the SRAM RED and the Zipp 808 Firecrest I used. Looking forward to doing it again in October — and here’s hoping for a windy day!
Postscript: Linsey rocked the 56-mile cycling leg at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in 2:25:02, which was 3 minutes, 35 seconds ahead of second place Julia Grant. After a strong run, she crossed the finish line cowboy hat in hand – she is a proud Montanan, after all — in a course record 4:26:09. The numbers back Linsey up.  In the wind tunnel*, dual 808 Firecrest wheels save roughly 40.5 seconds over dual 303 Firecrest wheels and 3 minutes, 36 seconds over traditional aluminum race wheels over the 90.1 km of cycling in a 70.3 triathlon. 
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Linsey! To learn more about Linsey Corbin, visit LinseyCorbin.com or follow her on Twitter.