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.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Prairie Roubaix Photos

Here are some Terrascape Team photos from the Prairie Roubaix!

Cesar planning his race strategy.

Lisa getting kitted up.

Lavigne checking out the competition.

And they're off under gloomy looking skies!

Ray and Jason working together on the first lap.

Look out! Here's comes the Terrascape Freight Train!

Jason all smiles crossing the finish line.

Ray finishing close behind!

Cesar crossing the line after a hard fought race.

Some serious intensity from Lavigne!

Mark following close behind.

With Mike right behind too!

Lisa and Alana powering towards the finish.

Alana crossing the line.

Coach Jeff did two extra laps in his category and looked strong crossing the finish line!

Nice work Terrascapers!! Can't wait for the next race!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Prairie Rouxbaix Training Ride

That was fun. Thanks to Speed Theory for puttng on a great training ride. Nine Terrascapers register. Jeff in Cat A, the rest of the newbies (Jason, Cesar, Ray, J), females (Alana and Lisa) and out of shape old farts (Mark, Mike) in Cat C for beginners. After Jeff leaves the start for 5 laps , the rest of us have time to get nervous about our 3 laps. Off we go. Why are there always hills at the start? The peloton is fragmented by the top of the hill. I am with J, M, and L. Jason, C and R are in front of us, but we are not sure where A is. The J,M,M,L group ride as a team for the first lap, sharing the load and picking off riders. One lap done, and Alana latches back onto our group, with an amaxing show of intestinal fortitude. J,M,M,L,A continue to work together, taking turns and catching a few positions. Last lap of three and time to make a move. Heading west on Range Road 262, into the wind, the boys go hard, sort of. We are somehwat strewn along the shoulder of the road, and I finally catch back up to J when he dropped his chain. We pulled together up to Mark and then split up as we entered the gravel. J the diesel powered on through as Mark and I ate his dust and tried to keep up. We passed a few more in the gravel and it felt great when we hit the downhill pavement again with the finish near. Then at the 200 metre to go sign it went uphill again. Ouch, this hurts. But I am done now and feeling good about riding with THE team. J,C,R finished ahead of us and L and A came in just behind us. Coach Jeff finished high in Cat A with cross tires and totally dehydratred after loosing a water bottle. Pilsner apparently works wonders as a recovery drink.
Another weekend, another race, another smile after riding with the team.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Many Moments of Truth

First race of the season. I was up at 5 am and could not fall back to sleep. I could't be nervous, I've raced hundreds of times before. I always forget something. This time my aero helmet for the TT left at my front door. No worry's I had my road helmet. It was cold and I had no ear ban. New Edge 705 GPS to record my race. But I forgot to hit start. I was told my start time was 11:24 so I arrived early and went for a pee. Upon returning to my bike I was called to the line with 30 seconds to go. No problem, gloves on, push the lap button at 15 seconds and away I go. Downhill at first and then into the wind. Felt pretty good, all of thoes spin classes paid off. Up a hill and a screaming descent on the aero bars, 70 hm/h, too scared to pedal. More hills, I am feeling pretty warm, where is that turnaround? There it is, then back into a headwind? Now a tail wind, feeling pretty good. But feeling a little too warm. Here comes the screaming descent in reverse. 40 rpm with a 23 tooth gear, 10 km/h, maybe I should get off and run. Spin classes don't prepare you for this. GRAVITY SUCKS. Almost back to the start. Hit the lap button, it is noon. Cooldown with my team mate Lisa who thought she had a time of 38 minutes. I thought I had a time of 36 minutes, wow, I beat her, spin classes really do work. Get back to vehicle and strip off soaking wet clothes, I guess I really was overheating. Get back home and download my GPS. Oh, yeah, I forgot to hit start. Won't forget to do that again. Get the official results, I started 4 minutes early so Lisa (who happens to be the World Champion Master A Womans TT and Single Speed MTB Racer of Alberta) had a time of 39 minutes and I had 40 minutes. I can live with that, and can't wait for the Truth be Told TT in the fall to catch her. Thanks to Jeff's spin class I survived my first race. But what will I forget at the Prairie RouxBaix?

Monday, 12 April 2010

Moment of Truth ITT

Every time I got up to go to the bathroom on Saturday night I checked the deck to see if the predicted snow had hit yet. (There were several trips that night as Alana, Steve & I had a long windblown 120km ride out to Bragg & I was playing catch up with my hydration when I arrived home).

In the AM I was slightly disappointed to still see no snow & would actually have to make a decision: to ride the ITT or go ride with all my buddies who were doing the Roubaix Recon. The weather forecast said it was currently -16 in Kananaskis- that did it I was riding with Terrascape.
Somehow I ended up at Sibbald Flats at the start line with many fast looking guys...

The course had some decent hills on it, with a strong headwind going out for 10.2 km. When I came down the first hill, the moderately strong cross wind, quickly changed to a head on & from the opposite side. At 62km/hr I was praying I would stay on the bike, on the road! I don't feel very stable resting on my elbows on a light bike- getting blown around in a tornado! At the turn- around point, we were suddenly heading back into a headwind- story of my life lately! We had one big climb which was preferable to the crazy descents, but mostly it was downhill on the way home.

It was a well organized race, a good early season ITT. In late September The Truth be Told is held on the same course- just to keep us honest! Thanks to the vounteers who stood out in the cold for all of us.
There were 25 people crazy enough to turn out & race, 2 Terrascapers- YEAH! Way to go Mike!