Terrascape is a bicycle racing club, based in Calgary, developing and supporting cycling and its moral values in the community at large.
To be recognized in the Alberta cycling community as a racing club which: *Creates a team culture that supports each members’ goal attainment, *Is dedicated to supporting our high performance racers, and establishing a team infrastructure that meets the training needs of the club, and *Demonstrates commitment to the organization of superb cycling events, promoting fair play and sportsmanship throughout Alberta.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
Here's a growing list of the awesome sponsors backing the 2015 Beans and Barley Race!
Just a little Retroactive news for this year: Starting backwards from this weekend, we've had Terrascape racers in action in many races this year. (Apologies if I've missed anyone) Alana, Jeff, Lisa, Gary and Ryan are all out Singletrack 6-ing. Stay tuned for their results. Should be a great week of racing for them. Luke finished the Calgary 70.3 1/2 Ironman. Earlier in the summer, Mike was part of the 24hrs of Light in Whitehorse. Here's his summary:
24 h of light was a hoot, good course and nice people. Very low key compared to Canmore and a lot cheaper.
My 4 person team was 4th out of 12, the 3 teams in front of us all did bonus laps.
Three ways to get them-
1. Ride a rigid tandem for a lap and get two lap credit
2. Ride naked for a lap between 10 pm and 6 am and get two lap credit
3. Ride a rigid tandem naked for a lap and get three lap credit
Two ladies from Alberta went out for a naked tandem lap, but the chain broke about 6 km out, they ran it back in 5 degree weather.
Our little team Gravel ride on June 13 was a success. Nice weather, good gravel, great views.
Here's Cesar's recap of the Organ Grinder June 7th:
Did you notice that now Michelle, Andrew and myself have matching Specialized helmets?? Great race on Sunday gang !! I guess now that I am recovering I can sit down and think about it.. I was spent after the 6 laps… I started just fine, but wondering “what that heck am I doing here???” That thought has come to my mind many times now… time went by and even thought I didn’t feel better, I was counting my laps and covering distance in the course. The second lap was fast for most people (maybe due to all the congesting in the first lap, we weren’t that tired by the second one). It was an incentive for me to have Alana in my back for the first 3 laps!, but of course Jeff passed me and didn’t want to slow down to ride together (antisocial dude). Deanne was ripping the course and of course “smile” Michelle wanted to catch me, but I didn’t let her ha-ha. Andrew was able to head out for a hot last lap just as I was training to put together myself and head to the campground to pick up my trailer with the kids…
Lisa was racing In Costa Rica in Late May... More details and photos sure to come soon.
We had strong showing for the Salty Dog in early May.
And finally, Andy P, Husain, and Amit went down San ta Clara Utah for the True Grit Epic where Amit won second place!
Thanks to everyone, and apologies to anyone who was overlooked - please forward the deets and we'll update ASAP.
100m of asphalt for the start, to the first corner. I had some unfinished business, considering my gong-show of a start at Nationals. This time I practised my start gear, and was feeling confident. Thankfully the commissaire used a whistle, rather than a light or a gun - we're off! I had a great launch and start in a perfect gear. I am third wheel to the corner, but we are pretty much all together. Right hand rutted turn, and a lumpy, muddy, soft section across the top to the descent. Sluggish!!! I can't believe how slow my wheels are moving, gear down to keep momentum and get some speed before the descent. Left hand corner into the thick, sticky, rutted, off camber mud slope.
I'm not super smooth, so I end up one legging for the lower section, trying to keep my wheels rolling smooth and as fast as I can. As it starts to flatten, I clip my left foot back in, and get back up to speed just before a right hand muddy corner onto some pavement through the parking lot. 2 hairpin turns across the length of the parking lot. I am in second, then 3rd, now 4th... Curses! Too slow in those gravel 180's.
First place has made a bit of a gap, but 3 of us are pretty tight. Behind the clubhouse across the field to the pit, but the other girls don't switch bikes yet. I hear my nieces cheering, and Jeff tells me not to just sit in. I power past the first pit, then make the pass by 4th. Up a little slope and right hand onto a double track road. It's hard packed, so is a nice break from the energy sucking soft pasture. Legs feel ok, but powering through the soft wet ground has set them on fire a bit. I am sitting right behind 2nd, and after a little draft on the straight, I make the pass just before the next corner. This one takes us into some sweeping S turns - the first 2 are fine, but I take the 3rd one a bit wide and I am not set up well for the last tighter corner. And we come upon one of the women from 30-39, so I fumble a bit.
Back into 2nd, but not for long. Another couple of long straights, then around the back side of the course to another off camber section which is out of the sun, and therefore still frozen. I ride it well though, and am right on 2nd's wheel. A beautiful left hand corner that requires no brakes, so am able to take over 2nd again. Into the pit for my first bike change! The Rocky Mountain is heavy, but a clean drive train is worth it. Out of the pit, across the slowest softest section, and then onto another double track to the asphalt climb back to the start. Come through the start finish feeling good, and start the second lap strong.
2nd catches back up in the slow section across the top, but this time, I ride it smooth and fast. Well, relatively speaking. It was lumpy, rutted and I bounced all over the place, but maintained my speed and stayed upright. Good old Rocky. Around the corners, past the clubhouse again, and into the pit for another bike change -back on the Scott. Smooth transitions, and I don't lose much time. Thanks Jeff, Kali and Rae! Lap 2 was fairly solid, bit of a slip on the back half of the course, on the frozen section, but I get passed even though I'm back up right away. Decide to stay on the Scott for another half lap, since it's shifting well, and will be nice to have on the climb back up to the start finish. Come through just behind 2nd, down by 6 seconds with a 30 second gap on 4th.
I have got my speed, looks good -but my front wheel slides out 2/3rds of the way down.
I bounce back up but have to run a little bit. I am able to stay with the girls, but I lose a bit of time, as it takes me a bit to get clipped in - I seem to have picked up a LOT of mud with this little crash. Through the pits for bike change and now hard work to get back up there. 2nd is not far, and I am gaining on her. Wheels slip AGAIN on the muddy S turns, and all the work is for nothing. Back on the bike and now it's all out. I decide not to change my bike, and continue on the Rocky for the final section of the course.
I am gaining on 2nd, but she is still 20 seconds or more ahead. The problem is I don't have much distance left! Through the tough wet slow sections, and then on to the double track to the road climb. She is so close, but not close enough. I stand and go as hard as I can, but 3rd place is the best I got today. I cross the finish, and slump over the bars to reduce the oxygen needed for my muscles - I am done, nothing left in me!! I was super happy with my race, despite the mistakes I made.
1) Riding is not always the best choice - sometimes running will save your bike from collecting too much mud.
2) Always change back to your lightest bike for slow or climbing sections.
3) Train more.
What a great experience. A short interview - Check out 3:17, and don't mind my cryptic ESL English!
Thanks to my pit crew, husband and coach, awesome team, and network of supportive friends and family - without whom I wouldn't have even thought of going. Now I'm thinking about next year already....I'm pretty sure I need a new bike....