Make-up Please!!! (Jesse Kurtz)

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

Tuesday morning I was honored to take part in a photo shoot for the May edition of Peak Region Cyclist. Imagine... Me, a cover model???

Irina Shayk get ready to take a back seat!  The 2011 Sports Illustrated Cover-girl has got NOTHING on me!  Well, other than she's got incredible looks, lots of money and her own swimsuit line.  But we do have one thing in common.  We both are cover-"models" for a magazine.

Peak Region Cyclist Magazine will be featuring an article on my training for the upcoming Tour de Cure in its May issue.  This week, the president of the magazine, David Pico asked me if I would be interested in a photo shoot for the article and to be on the COVER of next month's issue.  Me, a cover model?  That's a new one!  I thought you had to be easy on the eyes???  Oh well, at least I have the make-up thing down (TV Secret... shhhhh).

Tuesday morning, David and the magazine's talented photographer, Joel Strayer accompanied me to Gold Camp Road to take some action shots of me riding in my Tour de Cure gear.  Joel took a TON of shots, most of which will end up on the "cutting room floor", to get a few that will make me look like I know what I'm doing.  Joel even was hanging out of the back door of a Jeep Cherokee taking pictures of me riding behind the vehicle to get some cool action shots.  I was just hoping he didn't roll out of the truck because I'm not sure I'm good enough on the bike yet to have avoided running over him (or even worse his expensive camera).

I am so honored that Peak Region Cyclist has taken an interest in my training and ride for the American Diabetes Association.  The upcoming article will focus on why I got involved in the cause, the training that I've been doing with the Pro's at Carmichael Training Systems and how you can get involved in the ride yourself.  Look for it on newsstands soon!  I'll be the ugly guy on the cover! LOL.

Here's hoping this "cover shoot" doesn't mimic the Sports Illustrated Jinx!   I need all the help I can get!


I will keep you updated on my progress right here on this blog. I'd love to have you ride with me in the Tour de Cure to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association. If you sign up on my team (KKTV Sports), the ADA will waive the $15.00 registration fee (code: KKTV).  You can sign up for any of the three races as a member of the KKTV Sports team. If riding is not your cup of tea, and you still want to help, I would love for you to sponsor me with a donation to the ADA! Together we can make a difference.

You can sign up for my team, or sponsor my ride by logging onto

If you have any questions, please email me at

See ya on the road!


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  • by Jake Location: Southern Colorado on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    I couldn't find the relevant story to place this, but I had to say it. Your piece the other night with the Air Force hockey coach talking about Lee Douglas' passing came across as low class and inappropriate. Does the hockey coach think he's a stand up comic trying out new material based on the passing of others ?. As they say on ESPN, "Come on Man". Totally inappropriate piece and totally inappropriate behavior from the Air Force coach.
  • by Kelly Location: Monument on May 8, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    You look fantastic! In fact, it's already framed on my office wall. Best Cover Model the ADA has ever had! :) Thank you for all you do to STOP DIABETES! See you Saturday!
  • by susie Location: Erie on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    You would make a great page on Sports Illustrated!! Great job Jesse - you are almost there!
  • by JAMES Location: SPRINGS on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:26 PM
    NO jesse i cannot see you as a cover model. but if you are going to go from woodland park to deckers and back, you deserve it. WOW, i cannot imagine riding a two wheeler up and down the road like that. good luck too you.
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