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.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Mike's (aka Splatman) Moab Porcupine Rim Crash Site


Here is where I crashed, about 2-3 miles from the end of the trail. I am not sure what line I tried to get down the multiple drops. Danika is standing, shielding me from the sun as I wait for the EMTs. The ledge behind her shoulder is probably where my front wheel dropped into, launching me over the handle bars, onto my head. Apparently the easiest line was blocked by a person walking through this section. Normally I am quite the chicken and dismount. I was feeling great that day. We took the Upper Porcupine Rim Trail for the first time and were smiling all the way down. Next time, I might just walk this section. Mike Zelensky

Monday, 17 May 2010

Early Spring Ride

Early Spring Ride. on Vimeo

GUNTHER'S Fine Baking Recovery Stroudel

Gunther's has been a long-time sponsor of Terrascape. Team member Mark Stranzinger's Dad owned the bakery that has generously provided stroudels for prizes and the buns for our Beans and Barley Cyclocross Race. Many a racer can confirm the recovery qualities of the stroudel; the baked apples and dough taste so good and just hit the spot. Mark's Dad is retiring and the bakery has been sold to an employee that continues to support Terrascape.

Mark visited me on Saturday to deliver a stroudel and provide moral support. Moab's Porcupine Rim Trail is an epic ride that I have done 8 times before. That day I chose a bad line and tried to ride a section of trail beyond my capabilities. I normally balk at tough sections and walk them, but on that day I felt great and just went for it. Bad decision, now, I have to wear a neck brace for 12 weeks, but at least I survived my head plant. On July 27th I will have Xrays taken to see if the fractured neck is healed. Then I can start physio to strengthen the neck muscles.

Gunther's stroudel was wonderful and I instantly felt better. Thank you Mark. Please support our sponsor http://www.gfbaking.ca/

Saturday, 8 May 2010

SPLATMAN

Hi team. I am writing from my hospital bed in Salt Lake City on Saturday morning. On Wednesday afternoon with about 3 km to go on Porcupine Rim I did the pile driver of all endos. I was riding confidently through the drops but the last drop of a triple drop caught my front wheel while my rear wheel was launched from the second drop. Graham was riding behind me and saw me vertical in the air, feet up, dropping into the rock ledge. My head was numb at first but Graham wouldn't let me move. He held my neck steady and the numbness passed in a few minutes. No loss of consciousness. Then the pain in the neck set in. Fortunately an EMT was just behind us and took over control. The accident happenned at about 2 pm and I was in the Moab Hospital by 6 pm. Search and Rescue took me down the trail on a backboard balanced over a unicycle wheel.
A CT scan at Moab showed my C2 fracured in three pieces, my T4 and T6 compressed and my 3rd and 6th ribs cracked. But here I am typing so I was pretty damn lucky that my spinal cord survived. I was airlifted to Salt Lake City that night as they could not do the surgery in Moab. Further Xrays, MRIs and CTs convinced the doctors that surgery wasn't necessary. So I am leaving on a jet plane tonight and don't know when I'll be back again. I guess I get a new Bell helmet now.
I will have to wear the neck brace for 2-3 months. I am still quite sore but am inproving everyday. Life as I know it will be changing for the next few months. I look forward to hanging out with you while I recover. So no races for me this year, sorry Lev I was looking forward to the Canadian Nationals and St. George World Senior Games.
Mike