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.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Beans n' Barley Another Superb Event!

Thanks again to CNRL and our other sponsors. And check out today's Metro - we have the cover shot, with Jon Enevoldson, and Dave Jetz making good time over the barriers!

Unfortunately, a set of wheels went missing from the tech zone/wheel pit sometime during or after the Sport Men's race. If you mistakenly grabbed these wheels, please post a reply, or send an email to ABA or one of our race organizers.

cam@albertabicycle.ab.ca
lanhiz@hotmail.com
mzelensky@shaw.ca

We also have a lost and found - a few items - so if you are missing something, please ask. They will also be brought to Provincials next weekend.

Thanks again to all the racers, it looked like everyone enjoyed the course and the event. Here's some great feedback from the Edmonton United Cycle crowd.
http://unitedcycleraceteam.spaces.live.com/

Check out the results on the side bar! See you next year.....

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Beans n Barley looking good!

Everything is coming together for another Superb Beans n' Barley Cross Race. We have some great new sponsors for really good swag, and excellent support from the bike shops for draw prizes. And of course, the chili chefs have been slaving away at master culinary creations all week. But it doesn't stop there. We have a few new additions to improve the quality and uniqueness of our race, and to raise the bar yet again. You'll have to register to find out....
Spread the word to racers, and to your recreational riding neighbours. We have a citizen category and a kid's race - hoping to get more people involved in the 'Cross community.
See you there!

www.zone4.ca to register.

Technical Document:

http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/uploads/files/Beans%20and%20Barley%20Final%20Technical%20Guide.pdf

Monday, 21 September 2009

Terrascape rocks the 2 greatest Canadian stage races!

Jeff Neilson and Mical Dyck

BC Bike Race 2009: Placed a solid second in a competitive mixed field, racing hard against professional and sponsored athletes, national champions and olympians. On a fun but very technical course, Jeff and Mical were consistently on the podium for each of the 7 days, and maintained their 2nd place overall througout the week behind pro's Georgia Gould and Ryan Trebon.


Jeff was in his glory surrounded by women, particularly when he happened to be pulling a paceline that included our national athletes Alison Sydor, and Catherine Pendrel. He and Mical were a smooth machine, that worked well together, and performed well.


Mical ripping down Whistler.



Team Kona (1), Team Terrascape/Trek(2), Team Monavie-Cannondale(3).

AND THEN....

They performed so well together, and had so much fun, they decided to keep going, and entered the TransRockies. With rain every day, this was a tough year for teams. Cold, wet, muddy conditions challenged bikes, as well as motivation. Mical and Jeff rose to the challenge, and took first each day, beating out the visiting Belgians.


Congrats to our Terrascapers Jeff and Mical, and to Trek Toronto Store for sponsoring Mical. Have a look at each of these racers' blogs for the nitty gritty details.



Thursday, 13 August 2009

Mical is headed down under for Worlds!! Woohoo!

The Canadian Cycling Association announced today an 8 member Senior and 3 member U23 team for the 2009 MTB XCO World Championships, September 1st – 6th 2009 in CanberraAustralia.

 

The Senior Team will be Lead by 2009 Mount Ste Anne world cup winner and 2009 National Champion Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops BC and 2009 Bromont World Cup winner and 2009 National Champion Geoff Kabush of Victoria BC

 

The U23 Team will be Lead by National Champions Emily Batty of Brooklin ON, and Raphaël Gagne ofLac-BeauportQC.

 

Elite Men

Geoff Kabush Victoria, BC

Derek Zandstra TrentonON

Max Plaxton VictoriaBC

Seamus McGrath Victoria, BC

 

U23 Men

Raphaël Gagne Lac-BeauportQC

 

Elite Women

Catharine Pendrel KamloopsBC

Marie-Helene Premont Chateau Richer, QC Amanda Sin Collingwood, ON

Mical Dyck CalgaryAB

 

U23 Women

Emily Batty BrooklinON

Mikaela Kofman Toronto,

Monday, 18 May 2009

Spring Europe Trip '09

Houffalize

Finally home in rainy, snowy Calgary after almost 2 months of trying, not always successfully chasing the sun. After working up north for the winter I decided to head south to Arizona in the middle of March for some much needed sun and miles. I spent a quick week frying myself in the Tucson sun, followed by 3 weeks dodging snow and rain in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Halfway through my stay in Albuquerque I got a call from the Canadian mountain bike team coach Dan Proux inviting me to go to the second and third World Cups in Europe….heck yeah!!! But before Europe I had to suffer through Sea Otter. Every time I compete at Sea Otter I somehow forget just how painful it is, yet I continue to sign up for it…hehe, maybe a little masochistic.

So that brings me to the World Cups. After a hectic night of packing and driving, I hit the airport for a long day of flying. After a long day of planes and airports I finally met up with the Canadian team in the Frankfurt airport. Two hours later we were in Offenburg.

The course in Offenburg, Germany is amazing; I’d have to say it’s one of my favorite. The course is kind of like Terwilleger but a lot more technical. There’s plenty of flowing singletrack, big scary drops (first of which claimed me during the pre-ride when my front tire rolled off the wheel – good way to get the first crash of the season out of the wayJ), and crazy fans, oh yes, very crazy fans..But that’s a whole other story.

With plate number 65 I was over halfway back off the 100 plus women starting pack. And the start, oh my goodness, I know I don’t have the intensity right now, but I really don’t remember the starts being this fast. After the initial shock of the starting pace, I was able to settle into a solid consistent pace. Fellow Canadian Jean Ann McKirdy and I jockeyed back and forth for a couple of laps and we maintained mid 50’s positions. In the final lap I managed to find a little extra gas in the tank and pass a handful of girls to finish in 52nd place, about 14 mins back from the lead. Catharine Pendrel had an awesome race finishing 6th place, and Emily Batty had an amazing breakthrough race finishing 9th overall and 1st in the Espoir category. Super great turnout overall by the Canadian contingency.

From Offenburg we traveled the Monday after the race to Houffalize, Belgium for the third stop in the series. Houffalize is the oldest race on the XC World Cup circuit and it’s easy to see just how important to European culture. The course circles right through and surrounding the town of Houffalize. With the expo and all of the events of the weekend, the small town basically shuts down for the weekend, you can barely walk through town there are so many people.

A slightly better call up of 58 out of about 110 really doesn’t make that much of a difference on the start of this course. Off the start we are sent straight up the main road though Houffalize, which turns off onto a 16% grade. The top of the climb kicks up even more and I taste blood (yikes) before the course turns off and we enter the first singletrack. I find myself in the 50’s again (though that totally didn’t feel like a 50’s start effort) for the majority of the race, but as Amanda Sin (Canadian rider for 3 Rox) catches me I make it my sole goal to stick with her. We jockeyed back and forth for 2 laps, picking off multiple spots. On the last climb I couldn’t hold her wheel and I had the metallic taste in the back of my throat again (oh my poor throat) trying to hold on. In the end Amanda finished in 43rd, and I followed 25 seconds later in 45th….yippee, cracked the top 50…and only 11 and a half mins back from the leader. Being dry this year, I have to say this is a pretty cool course, very challenging but very rewarding at the same time.

My trip to Houffalize was capped by an amazing crepe with nutella, a chocolate coated waffle, French fries, coffee and a sausage on a baguette….yup, I’m on a diet now that I’m home. Awesome trip, really motivating and I’m extremely glad that I got the opportunity to travel with the Canadian team. Hopefully I get the chance again in the near future….like Worlds in Australia…now that would be super cool. Next though, Hardwood Hills Canada Cup, and I’m really stoked for the two Alberta Canada Cups, hope to see y’all out there…..Ciao.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Terrascape Hits Lethbridge and the Coulee Cruiser!

I wasn't sure how we'd fit four people, four mountain bikes and all our gear into my Subaru, but by 9:15 on Saturday morning, there we were...hwy 22x, all packed up and and ready to head down to Lethbridge for this year's edition of the Coulee Cruiser.  Ryan, Alana, Lisa and I met up with Chris and Nicole on the outskirts of town to make our way down to Lethbridge.   At the very least, we were doing our part to lessen our carbon footprint with some very impressive carpooling!

Needless to say, we were all a bundle of excitement and nervous energy as we headed down south for our first mountain bike race of the season.  For Ryan and Lisa, it was their very first ABA race!  The trip went by quickly as the car was filled with chat about race strategy, fueling, goals and of course a call to Coach Jeff for a last minute pep talk!

By 12:15, we had registered and were off for our pre-ride of the course.  I had never raced the Coulee Cruiser before, but I had always heard mumblings about the course itself.  "A real test of your early season fitness" so they said.  No kidding!!  My heart rate was maxed at the top of the first climb!  I seriously began to question what I had gotten myself into!  Not to mention that I had only ridden my mountain bike once at Nose Hill prior to this race!  But after about 5 min, I started to get some flow to my riding, and the heart rate settled down a bit as I straggled behind my fellow speedy teammates.

With the pre-ride done and over with, we enjoyed our lunch of Subway sandwiches down by the river.  It sure felt nice to finally have the sun shine on us for a change! 


Enjoying lunch by the Oldman River.

By 2:00 we were organizing ourselves for our respective races..."spare tubes"? "check"! "air"? "check"!, "gels"?, "check"!  The great thing about being there as a team was there was no shortage of anything...including lots of laughs! After a warm up on the bike path and nearby roads, Ryan, Lisa and I lined up for the novice start, and by 3:15 we were all gunning for two fast laps around the course!  All three of us had great races with Ryan and Lisa both taking away the top spot in their categories.

After a cool down and a quick bite of food, the three of us returned to the start line in time to see Nicole and Alana off on their races.  For Nicole, it was her first ABA race since injuring her finger and having to sit out the last half of last season.  For Alana, this was her first race since being upgraded to the Elite Women's category.  I think both of them were excited to be racing.  I don't know how they both were so strong after four laps on that physically demanding course...I was thoroughly wiped after a mere two laps, but they both had fantastic races.  Nicole won first place in the Women's Expert category and Alana came in fourth place with a few seconds separating her from second place!


Alana heading out on her last lap.

Alana closing the gap on third place.

Nicole on her last lap.


Racing down the last stretch.  Just seconds separating!

No sooner had everyone crossed the finish line and cooled down than we were packing up the car (all while eating chips and home baked cookies..thanks Chris!).  After some great door prizes and a fun podium ceremony, we were on the road again to wind up what would be a very long, tiring but fun day.

Ryan - Novice Men's Winner!


Lisa and I - First and second place in the novice women's category.

We were a tired, but happy crew on the drive back to Calgary.  And of course we capped the entire day off with a well deserved trip to Dairy Queen!  Hopefully we can carry this momentum through the rest of the season.  Well done team!


Friday, 24 April 2009

Sunday in the Sun

The sense of spring sprung last weekend as some members got together for a "spirited" 4 hour ride NW of Cochrane. Lisa, Alana, Mark, and Jeff headed out at 9am into the brisk morning awaiting the warmth of the day. the route took us to Cochrane, throwing in the HILL for good measure, up Horse Creek, Big Hill Springs and Lochend road. With the out and back the group was able to be in constant contact, although everyone one was riding strong and could maintain a visual.
Lisa and Mark threw down a bold attack on Lochend Rd that had Jeff in difficulty until the catch just before the stop sign on the return.
Alana rode strong in wind alone for the extra training.

Nicole and Dee were out south of the city starting to work on their tactics and efficiency before the BCBR.

Good job team!

If the colad and wet has you down for the weekend join Jeff at Preventous for a 3 hour spin Saturday 9-12am

Hope to see you this weekend.
Jeff

Friday, 20 March 2009

Terrascape at the Cape! Alana's Report from the Cape Epic

Terrascape goes to South Africa!

Alana and 9 other Calgarians have ventured off to South Africa for the 8 day mountain bike race, the Cape Epic.  Included in the motley crew are her husband and fellow Terrascaper Jeff, Terrascaper Paul, Schmoe Steve Walsh who will be Alana's teammate, and Greg who rides for Top Gear.  Along with them are friends of Greg's - Matt, George, Faisan, Kim and Drew.

Read on as Alana describes the details of their race preparation and the first few days of their adventure in South Africa!:

Race prep has been happening ever since we decided to sign on.  Jeff had done the race 2 years ago, and I had come for the traveling.  He had wanted to come back and do it again, but there is a lottery system for registration, so you are never guaranteed an entry.  So what the heck??...I threw my name in too!  I had a good season of endurance mountain bike racing - but I shouldn't have been so surprised when I actually got invited to register.  After much deliberation and budgeting, we decided we could both go, and I found a teammate in Steve Walsh - all around good guy, Schmoe Racer.  Fast forward 6 months through 10 - 15 hours per week of spin, core, weights and snowshoeing to get me race ready.  Thanks Coach Jeff!

In March, we decided that a little visit to my parents in Phoenix to loosen the legs, put tires on dirt and hang with the folks was an integral part of training as well.  We convinced 8 of the 10 Cape Crew to join us for a weekend just before departing for the race.  National Trail, Desert Classic, Trail 100, and the Superstitions were excellent warm-ups for us.  And the boys enjoyed the all you can eat pancakes at the Lost Dutchman Resort - race fuel beyond compare!


Steve leading down National Trail in Phoenix

Jeff and my flights to South Africa took us through Dubai, and we were lucky enough to enjoy time with friends during our 13 hour layover.  Thanks Bruce and Jenn, Lane and Lachlan!

Welcome to Dubai!

Bruce, Jenn and I with a banana tree

Finally we arrive at our favourite guesthouse - Stellendal, in Somerset West, which is 30km from the start line.  The past few days have been busy getting used to the warmth, the time zones, and getting in a few rides.  There have been fires in the hills for months, so much of the mountain biking trails have been destroyed.  Road riding along the coast in South Africa has been an exciting adventure, getting used to riding on the left side of the road, and remembering to LOOK RIGHT first, then cross the street!!  Yelling "Death comes from the Right!" usually reminds the front rider to get this straight!

We all piled in the rental van yesterday to register, and got a close look at the scorched hillsides of Table Mountain, where the prologue is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

Jeff, Greg and I are registered!

Table Mountain Fires, Cape Town

It was closed for preriding yesterday, but we are hoping that today we can pre-ride the prologue course.  The prologue is 19 km up and around Table Mountain, with each team starting 30 seconds behind the previous team.  Our finish times for the prologue will dictate which start chute we will be in on Day 1 of the race, so hopefully we will all be riding with our appropriate peer group.  Ride fast!

It has been a bit of a challenge keeping 8-13 people together and organized, but we are moving forward!  For now, it's breakfast time.


Sunday, 15 February 2009

Where do you want to go this year?

Yo, '09 is well upon us now and if you haven't checked the calendar yet, you should!
Any thoughts? Apart from all that racing stuff, what trails or routes are you planning on riding this year? I want to find the Dakota this year for sure, and spend more time in Fernie...

Where do you want to go?