Without Limits Productions

AJ Johnson navigates at the Shimano Cyclo-X Cyclocross race at Xilinx Inc. in Boulder, CO.
AJ Johnson navigates at the Shimano Cyclo-X Cyclocross race at Xilinx Inc. in Boulder, CO. Courtney Johnson
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To be a good race director, you have to be passionate about the races you put on. To have that special touch, you need to race yourself. Started in the fall of 2007 under the guidance of brothers Tony and Lance Panigutti, Without Limit Productions came into a saturated race market seeking to fill a void: helping bring newcomers into the sport with a true triathlon experience while also adding the standout race perks that seasoned racers look for at an event.

A former professional ITU distance triathlete, Lance and his brother Tony (a former BMX racer) grew up racing all things bike related from road races to off road triathlons. The pair, along with their sister Candy and Tony's wife, have grown Without Limits from a company putting on a few small races in 2008 to putting on the Shimano Cyclo-X Cyclocross Series in Colorado, multiple road races, triathlons from the sprint distance to the half throughout Colorado and the East Coast (where they got their racing start), XTERRA off road triathlons and mid week races including the Dash and Dine 5k Series and Aquaman. This year, they added another XTERRA race in Aspen, a sprint distance race to their already popular Steamboat Triathlon and an additional all women's triathlon in Denver. "For us, we will never start a race that we aren't passionate about ourselves as athletes," said Lance. "Because, we can't bring that mindset into the actual production of what does the athlete want."

AJ Johnson navigates at the Shimano Cyclo-X Cyclocross race at Xilinx Inc. in Boulder, CO.
AJ Johnson navigates at the Shimano Cyclo-X Cyclocross race at Xilinx Inc. in Boulder, CO. Courtney Johnson

Putting on so many different kinds of races, you would think it would be hard to get each of them right. But, Lance says it actually makes them better at what they do. "Because we do so many disciplines, we are able to borrow from one discipline to the other to enhance each type of race," he said. "For example, we brought chip timing to our cyclocross races which had been foreign in Colorado for years. Now it's a staple. If you don't have live chip timing, you have just an average cyclocross race.

And as one race passes, the Without Limits team looks forward with eager eyes to their next race on the calendar. "My favorite race is what race is next week," he said. "Every race is so different and every racing community attracts a different type of personality that it makes it so unique. I think that is what we love most. Every week, every month the work that we do is always changing and evolving.

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