Team Mission and Vision

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.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Year End...What can you celebrate?

So, the last 'cross race has passed and with it the cycling season. I look back at a year with some great rides, and though I admit to a love/hate relation with racing...I definatley didn't get to do all the races I wanted to. On the other hand the races I did do were awesome, and surprising. I need to stretch my memory all the way back to Jeff's Moose Mtn Hillclimb for my first race...I had no idea how it would usual I just pinned it. The cool part of that race was seeing and sensing the pre-race nervousness that I feel in everyone there. I think Paul sums it up best as "that weird place between excitement and nausea." It's like that. I usually dread the start, but once the gun goes off I'm full-on focus. I recall the riding with Lev, and Scott...good rides for sure, until the last 15 km...ouch. I've got to curb the urge to lead everyone out for the first 15! I had a lot of fun at our pre-ride of the Stampede road race. Jack set us up into teams to race sections of the course...I learned something of my impulsiveness, and then Jack schooled me. That was cool. There was the ride to Highwood pass with Scott, complete with every type and direction of wind, some rain, and a big 'ol Griz running towards us down the side of the road. The Cochrane hill repeats with Mike...ouch.
I had an awesome adventure with two buddies on the Forget-Me-Not Mountain rounder...If you haven't done that yet, you must. It's a beautiful route. The surprise for me was the Hillclimb TT at Norquay. I had a goal for a time to beat...and I remember when I told Lev, he just dead-panned "Mark, you know goals need to be realistic." Well, we all need to dream. I can say that I lived that dream, and a bit more...I also want to thank the team for putting together another superb edition of our 'cross race. Somehow we set a new-higher standard each time, I am excited to see how it turns out next year. So yeah, I have lots to be happy about. How about you?

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Beans 'n' Barely Cyclocross...Are You Ready For It?

Terrascape Racing Club is proud to present another Superb Event for Alberta Cyclocross Fanatics:
The Beans 'n' Barley Cyclocross Race
presented by
All you need to know is in the Technical Guide at the Alberta Bicycle Association

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Here come the beans

Chili making has commenced!!!!

Monday, 9 June 2008

Spring Racing

Congrats to all the Terrascapers that competed and kicked ass in the Giver8er last weekend at COP...totally wish I was there, it looked like a lot of fun. As well as the Iron Lung this past weekend in's great to see a strong presence at these cool events.


Wednesday, 16 April 2008

April 11 2008 "8:48"

April 11 2008, JVD sets a PB on the Cochrane Hill (2.71km) of it anyway in a time of 8 minutes and 48 seconds.

For the past 5 years or so, I have used the Cochrane Hill as a "test" of my fitness and fatigue throughout the season. My start line is the yellow deer crossing sign at the base of the hill. To avoid stopping and starting with traffic blowing by me, I typically ride to the start line at roughly 20kph and hit my computer. I stick to the main hwy (1A) as it remains nice and steep throughout. My finish line is at the green sign indicating 400m to turn into Glen Eagles. No rhyme or reason for this choice but it is what I decided upon the first time I got up the nerve to "time trial" up the highway - I also figured that these signs would always be there in the future.

On good days I can climb in the low 9 minutes range averaging 370W. When moderately fatigued I complete the hill in 9:30 to 10 minutes range averaging 346-353W. When tired I am maxed out but completing the hill in > 10:15 averaging 320W or less.

On this day I averaged 382W which I have dissected below in a WKO+ file - if you click on it it should expand for a better view;

As you can see, despite the climb being only 2.71km we can segment it such that you can prepare for when to shift gears, increase cadence, lower cadence, build speed and pace yourself. This is how I climb the hill which may not be the best way for everyone. Is it "sick" to think that this is "fun"??
If anyone is interested, post your time up the hill and we can check every one's progress.

See you on the climb!


Friday, 11 April 2008

"Long time listener, first time caller".

tap, tap, "Is this thing on?" tap, tap. Hard to believe that this is my first ever "post" on cyberspace. Not sure if I am now considered old school as I am finidng it harder to keep up to date with the current trends in the computer or specifically the online world.

Anyway, I finally have something news worthy to write about so to speak. Straight to the point is that I will NOT be training or targeting triathlon this season but rather coming back to being a cyclist.

As many know I have been having problems with my left Achilles tendon since completing Ironman Couer d'Alene last June. Running has been the only activity to aggravate the tendon and has not allowed me to run pain free for sometime now. In January I under went some injection therapy (Traumeel and Zeel) on my left tendon and within three treatments I was feeling strong and was able to progress my running volume from 3km up to 11km with no ill effects.

Then one afternoon running from Talisman Centre to Sandy Beach my right Achilles started to bother me but I was still able to run without too much trouble. After returning to work and checking messages, I found that my right ankle had locked up leaving me limping the following two days. I went back to my chiropractic clinic and resumed injection therapy but now for both sides. This was in mid March and mentally I was frustrated and in a state of panic as I should have been comfortably running 3-4 times per week by now. As such I had set up a date in my mind (March 31st) as my kill date for the triathlon season.

It was a tough decision but once I made it I felt a weight of relief come off my shoulders. Thank goodness that cycling (my favorite discipline in triathlon) is not affected by this injury!! Now instead of training to endure for long periods of time at a steady pace, I now have to re-train my body and mind for the anaerobic efforts, pack riding, holding a max effort for 60minutes or less and the painful finishes of bicycle racing. I am excited!

It is also exciting to see how full the ABA calendar is this season with more races than ever. I can't wait for the Banff BikeFest in June and the Provincial ITT in Canmore where I will go under the hour again.

I am still holding out some hope that I can do a sprint or Olympic distance triathlon this season. I jumped in the pool last night with the Talisman Centre Triathlon Club and was able to complete the 2200m workout despite not having been in a pool in 5.5weeks.

Perhaps this injury is a sign for me to re-group and re-build for the 2009 season and I am now at peace with it and moving forward. I can't wait to put the hammer down on April 20th at the Crankmasters 20km ITT!


Thursday, 10 April 2008

Tails from the south

Howdy ya'll (yeah, I've got my finger up my nose again)

Finished and survived my first two weekends of racing, can't believe it's that time of year again. First weekend in Fontana, California, the warm weather was definitely welcome after a couple of cold ones in Calgary. However, the smog level was pretty unpleasant, you couldn't even see the very large mountain just outside our hotel window..yuck.

Picked up my bike from the Trek tent on Thursday afternoon, it's a beauty, and test rode it on the course thursday and friday. Saturaday was the XC, same course as two years ago, with some steep climbs, fast descents and a ghetto with lots of glass. The race started good and I found myself in the top 10 feeling great. The first two laps I pushed the pace pretty hard and worked my way up to 5th, which I battled back and forth with Emily Batty (Trek Toronto) and Kelli Emmit (Giant). Half way through the third and last lap, I found myself in 7th place just behind Emily again and had my first good crash of the season....and honestly thought "if I lay here long enough, someone will take me away". I'd gotten the stem hard enough in the groin to wind me, and the elbow deep sand didn't seem to break my fall that much. I almost managed to hang onto 8th place, but fellow Trekkie Lea Davidson got me with less than a km to go. All in all, happy with the 9th place finish.

Sunday was the short track. For those who have never had the pleasure, it's basically an off road crit. Again, I had a great start, top ten off the line. The course went up the bottom of the 4 cross course, and each time up I found the energy to punch it a little and move up. After three laps I was in no man's land in fourth place with the lead group of Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash and Wendy Simms just ahead, and the chase group of about 5 just behind. What do I do here? Sit up and wait or hammer? I choose the later and spent the next 20 minutes time trialing away managing to hold onto fourth place, my first ever NMBS podium.

Off to Phoenix for a week of riding and getting ready for the second NMBS weekend. As you can tell, we really enjoyed our practising our culinary skills here :)

Friday evening was a Super D race (this weekend was a stage race, so we had to do all three events). If anyone has ever been to McDowell Park just outside of Fountain Hills, you'll know there is very little elevation change, so the Super D should really have been called a TT. It was actually a pretty fun course, fast and lots of swooping corners. Off the start I somehow managed to beeline it for the first cactus in sight and thus road the entire 20 minutes with painful thorns in my glove. Had a solid ride, jumped a rattlesnack, felt strong and finished in 5th place.

Saturaday evening was the Short Track, with call ups based on the Super D from the previous day, so needless to say, I had my first front row call up. The course had a lot of false flats and a steep loose run up section, so it made for a very challenging race. Off the start, I felt great and decided to try to hang with the leaders...but slowly my legs decided they had other plans and I had to let off the gas a little. Dropping back a couple places, I found my grove again and battled it out the girls there, and finally finished up in 9th place.

And finally, Sunday was the XC race. With each lap being 10 miles long and bout 40 minutes, the women's race was cut to 2 laps, which was very welcome due to to the 31 degree heat. I had a great race, battled back and forth with various racers through out the whole first lap. Slid out in one corner in the first lap and lost half my shin to the sandy pea gravel, but managed to jump back up and stick with the group I was with. Going into the second lap, I was feeling great and pushed it hard to make up a couple of spots and move into the pack just ahead of me. This is a great course for working together and sharing the workload, so slowly we started picking off racers. After cresting the last longish climb, I found myself in the group of 2nd to 5th place, with Katerina Nash, Catherine Pendrel and Delys Star (Australian national champion). At this point I was feeling really good, and moved around Delys who was starting to drop off the back. With less then 10 minutes to go, all I hear is PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST. What's that you ask? A rear flat :( I put in a shot of CO2 and it holds, so I hop back, not having lost much time, and the tire blows again. This time I check and there is a cm gash and all the stans is ooozing out. By the time I put a tube in and limp my half flat tire back in, I've dropped back into 24th place and lost about 6 minutes (got to work on the tired change).....yes, I'm a little bummed about this one. I finish the stage race in 11th place overall, not bad considering the xc.

I'm home now, for a week of school and recovery from some serious bad guts, and I'm heading over to Europe on Monday for the World Cups and chocolate waffles..mmmm.



Tuesday, 25 March 2008


Mike Zelensky has won 2007 Alberta BAR (Best All Round)!

Thursday, 20 March 2008

I just wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

4 Spectacular Hours of Power

From a taking it in via the camera lense view, I must proclaim last night as one of the very best indoor events I have witnessed to date. Despite the extremely poor lighting TC offers, the environment provided an exceptional opportunity to capture (digital style) true sportsmanship, camaraderie and the best suffering this side of the cycling season.
I can only imagine how our Mical felt hearing the roar for fans and athletes alike...
Please have a look at the slideshow in the right hand column and vote on the event above. Results will be posted as soon as El Presidente gets them to me - er, I mean when we get them all web-ready.

Thank you for all your efforts. Athletes. Volunteers. Enduring fans of the sport.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Hey gang

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to test the potential of our new blog. Besides the 2 new passwords my stuffed brain has to remember it looks like this has it.
Good post to the ABA el presidente. You know, and now we know who is da man.
I run a core class Monday nights and a spin class Thursday nights at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. There is always a drop-in potential. If you are interested just email me. It would be great to see you there.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

New Picasa Web Album

We now have an album started on Picasa that also spools a slideshow on this blog (look to the right of the page).

If you have current photos of a specific race or an album you would like to see featured, let me know and I will upload it to the site.

New photos are always welcome. Ideally, we would have a few albums highlighting different races or disciplines. Keep checking back for constant updates and new images.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

ABA Lowers the BAR

Team, I sent this to the President of ABA

At Terrascape’s last meeting I committed to attending the President’s meeting. However, since the 2008 Racing Committee’s decision with respect to the 20007 BAR results, I have decided not to attend. I am not sure if you are aware of the situation. You have photographed me and many other racers, including at the 2007 Provincial Championships in Edmonton. I was there to chase BAR points, since according to the 2007 Racers Handbook, this was a BAR race. The problem is mountain bike racers are not run by age categories and the BAR is. This is not a new problem. I raised this with Andy in 2005, the first year I won the BAR. Why should a 50+ be required to earn points against much younger racers? The solution was simple, let the racers race and settle up the points later based on their participation and results. This works great if all of the racers are in the same category. This occurred in 2005 and in 2006 when Don Fox won the BAR.

I was aware of the potential problem in the 50+ category because there could be several expert riders and emailed the race organizers for the 2007 Provincial MTB race. They said it is the race Committee’s responsibility. I spent time and money competing for my goal of winning the BAR. I work on the quantity principal, not the quality. This is what makes the BAR unique, it encourages participation in many disciplines, then you hope you are healthy on race day. On race day, Mike Steneker and I raced the Sport category, and then Dave Whitten raced in Expert, on a different course. I knew this would be interesting to resolve but trusted the 2007 race committee would continue to apply the same principals as in previous years. To my surprise, they decided not to give any BAR points in mountain biking, except to elites. I got a ZERO, as did FIFTEEN other racers from SEVEN clubs.

The BAR was important to me, I missed family events and traveled back from the World Seniors Games, arriving Saturday night just so I could compete in the Provincial Cross Race on Sunday morning. Because of their decision, I finished second in the BAR: with the 12 points I should have gotten I would have been first. The 2008 Racing Committee have lots of reasons, many which will improve the 2008 BAR, but the bottom line is they did not meet the promise made in the 2007 Racer’s Handbook that MTB is a BAR category. Why the 2008 Racing Committee decided on the 2007 series I do not know, but they affected 15 other racers too. This is why I will not be at the President’s meeting. Sporting awards should be decided on the course amongst the competitors, not in a meeting months after the event by the officials. I hope that this mess is documented in the SPIN magazine.

I trust you will consider my concerns about the 2007 BAR results. Based on my emails with Jim Smith I know this will not happen again.

Mike Zelensky

Monday, 21 January 2008


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