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.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Beans n' Barley pics

Check out the pictures from the race. The link is below or click on the title of the post to take you to the pics. The sport category has no coverage because I was too busy falling down and hoping that my legs would stop hurting. Fumbled my way to 6th after a promising first lap.
Enjoy.
Ray

Thursday, 3 November 2011

This is it

Well, this is it. I think racing is now over for this season./
Proud of a few things:
First, I hanged out with lots of cool friends during races and training.
Second, made new friends and learnt a lot from them !!
Third, I survived more than 10 races in the season without getting hurt !!!!!!!
Fourth, I raced in my single speed pretty much every race this year, from stage races like Furious3 to 24 hours solo.... managing to place 4th in Giver8er, 4th in Bow80, 1st in Provincials, 8th in Salty Dog and 8th in 24 hours.
I learnt many things, one of them that you set your own limits, you control where you want to go.
Now is time to focus and start training for 2012, where my main goals will be 24 hours ss solo Spokane, world championship ss solo in Canmore, leadville 100 (if I get in through the lottery), Furious3 and few other races along the way...

Monday, 17 October 2011

Crosstastic
















(Michelle gives this weekend the thumbs up. Photo by Mystique Photos)



Beautiful fall weather Sat and Sun saw some huge groups take to the start line. There was lots of cowbells and good suffer faces to be had.


Blow Street CX was put on by the Deadgoats. The course was almost dead flat so how come it hurt so much? Lonn came up with a challenging course using every inch of the park available with a diabolical pea gravel pit. Terrascape was well represented and was looking fast at all times. The sport group saw a plethora of crashes and mayhem in a field of 64 to start the day off with some excitement. Crashes were to be had in all the groups as some tricky corners, well placed sprinkler boxes and pretty yellow leaves on the ground made a recipie for disaster. Several top 10 finishes by Terrascape on the day including yours truly.

Riverbend CX in Red Deer on Sunday opened to a chilly but equally beautiful day. The course this year had 2 significant changes. A much more difficult sand pit section and an evil near vertical dirt run up with a sketchy decent. Only 4 Terrascapers (Andrew, Ryan, Cesar, me) made the trek to Red Deer but we all had fun none the less and learned a few lessons. Lesson one. If you arrive on time and race the correct category you have a much better chance of doing well. Lesson two. Weddings the night before a race make for some interesting responses from your body when you ask it for maximum power. Lesson three. Having the awards after all the racing is done makes for a long day.

All in all I believe that it was another great weekend of cross racing and my legs would have to agree.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Midweek at Canmore Park

Another great night at the Midweek Mayhem Cross. We switched to Wednesday night to avoid the Tuesday night running group. It was always sporty trying to avoid them in the corners.

Last night in the A group there was 6 Terrascapers including Alana who raced up due to a dinner engagement. We put our practice into play and had a great start.

After the first long straight and corner the Kid and i had made the lead group. We lost contact after the first major corners and it was 3 of us sitting 5,6,7 after Peter Lawerence danced around us.

The Kid tried an early attack that was covered on the long straight. I made a move on the 3rd lap after strategically sitting in on the flats. I made a good gap but it cost me and I could not stay away. The Kid and a TRS rider caught back up and it was going to be us to the finish. The TRS rider made a gap just before the barriers, and held it to the finish. i was just in front of the Kid who probably could have beat me if he had used his lungs for riding and stopped cheering me on. It helped though, Thanks Ryan.

The other boys looked strong when i caught glimpses of them. We will have to see how the battle turned out.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

More cross, at MidWeek, more Mayhem //-.-

More cross, at MidWeek, more Mayhem. Thanks to Keith and his gang for putting together such awesome courses at midweek the entire Terrascape gang has shown up for an spectacular team work in the A and B groups. Tonight I just had a blast !! fighting (literally) the entire race with Amit for 3rd place was an amazing feeling.... I lined up in the front and went out pretty hard the first lap. I was in 2nd place for most of the third and fourth lap and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to hold it till the end. In the last two laps I found myself blocking Amit in the corners again the trees (well, we are racing aren't we??) I figure it was kind of fun blocking him as he was trying to pass in the inside and then making him work a bit harder to avoid the low branches from getting caught on his helmet LOL... half way through the last lap Amit and the other guy were slowing down a bit when I yelled at them "come on guys let's work together!!!!!" darn, when am i going to learn that I shouldn't be encouraging others to go harder???? anyway, i just thought we were slowing down and didn't want to get caught by the fifth guy. As we were running up the hill I was shoulder to shoulder with Amit (I bet been a ranger pays off, the guy runs up pretty fast).. up the hill and on our bikes at the same time and fighting in the down hill and last flat to the finish line !! got in 4th this time, but got pretty close to podium again. I never saw the guy that came in first after the second lap, I think it was an A rider sandbagging in B, so that will put me in the podium with an awesome 3rd place yupiiiiiii.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Flat out!! that's what CX races should be called

Flat out till you die...... that is how I would describe cycle cross races. They are high intensity races where all that matters is the endurance to go anaerobic for the duration of the race. Sharp cornering, steep hills, fast down hills, jump off the bike and cross barriers, etc. and all that done in city parks covering approx 2kms per lap.
Last night was my 4th MidWeekMayhem race and I felt really good. I started at the front with Andy and Amit and soon I was on third place (not for to long though) as two guys from Spinergy that were working together passed me and I couldn't stay on their wheels.... Then I just had to focused on maintaining my 5th place. There was this one rider sucking up my wheel for the last 2 laps, I knew I could get him in the sprint (don't ask me why, but I just knew it) so I stop looking back and concentrated in the course. The bell announcing the last lap was ringing and I kept a good pace. In the last corners I was still thinking about the guy on my wheel when all of the sudden a BowCycle dude attacked on the left and took me a few seconds to respond... I contested the attack and it was a picture finish loosing my fifth place for about 5 inches..... what a race !!! omg

Monday, 19 September 2011

Bow80, 2011

Bow80 was initially a MTB race over 80Kms, but as the weather is always bad this time of the year the organizers decided to change the course a bit and ended up been Bow65.
With over 7,000 feet of elevation gain/loss riding this course in my single speed was a hard choice, but I was up for the challenge and wasn't going to change my mind.....
I woke up at around 5:00 am to have a good breakfast (Andy's favorite as I referred to it) wholewheat pancakes, peanut butter, bananas and strawberry yogurt ummm (only thing though is that my baby ate the last banana and my wife the last yogurt the night before and that ruined my breakfast plan... still love them though). Anyway, had my breakfast with all I have left and headed out to TimHortons for an extra large coffee. 6:30 am and I was parking my Rav across from Station Flats. Rode my bike to pick up the race package and went back the the car to get ready to race. With the unpredictable weather we have in this part of the world I tried to have a few extras in the bag I was going to have access to half way through the course, so I packed extra socks, gloves, rain jacket, water bottles, a sandwich and gels. As for the start, I was only wearing my jersey, vest and arm warmers (that should be enough I thought). 7:30 am and there we go, without knowing how long the race was going to be I tried to go as hard as I could. I was feeling good and strong and was pedaling with the lead group for a while. Right after powder face and into prairie creek trail there was this big and deep Beaver pond (oh my god was it dark and nasty), didn't see the line on the right side and tried to go through it as if I had a boat instead of a bike !! big mistake, upside down I found myself swimming in that nasty Beaver pond. I was freezing now with my socks and gloves all wet, it was going to be a miserable ride if I hadn't packed those extras in my bag a few kms away from me by that time.
2 hours in and 30kms into the race when I made it to the feed zone where I had my bag with all these dry stuff. Put on dry socks and gloves, grabbed another water bottle when I saw Andy and the two dead goat ss guys passing by. Back on the bike as soon as I could to catch those guys, but ss on a gravel road with Andy in the front?? I don't think it was very realistic for me to be able to catch him, I could see him getting away from me as time went by... Finally, we started to climb and I started to close that gap between Andy and me (my first target), the next step was catching those two dead goat ss guys (Tim and Pat). There was a lot of climbing up Powder Face and on the descend of course Andy passed me once again. Catching him up again was tough, and when I did it I flew over the bars and bang off the bike I went !! got on the bike in one piece and now needed to catch two guys instead on one.... At the top of the trail everything was so familiar, maybe because I have ridden Pneuma quite a few times, so I knew that the end was coming. I love Pneuma and on a fresh day I could ride it with no problem, but yesterday every hill seemed steeper. I was running and walking sections, on and off my bike. I managed to pass Andy and stayed away from him during the entire climb. Down Special K I knew he was going to catch me, so I rode as fast as I could and when I got to Tom Snow trail I knew I was safe. I pushed really hard those last 6kms and Andy is almost sure that he saw me at one point, I didn't even want to look back untill the last 1k when I looked and no one was behind me... Through the finish line in 5:04 and ready for the next race.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Calgary Corporate Challenge



With the Calgary Corporate Challenge now over, 2nd place in the MTB event and my second sub 40min in the 10ks (00:39:14) it is time now to focus on CX season and Bow8o!! My legs are still sore from the 10ks and I don't know how they will respond tonight in the second MidWeekMayhem xrace..I have been trying to recover from the races on the weekend, but not enough time to do so....:-///. The 10ks on Sunday left me pretty sore, it was a tough course with quite a bit of elevation gain/lost (20mts in the first 5k and 45mts in the second 5k), as I was passing the 7k mark I thought I could pick up the pace and hammer the last 3k, but I couldn't make my legs go faster than 4:10p/k pace and thought I wasn't going to make a sub 40...... I sprinted the last 400mts and as I was crossing the finish line my quads started to cramp all over the place and I almost fall ./--- Well, I sure felt good after I stop my watch in 39:14; ran to the car to grab my camera and went back to the finish line to wait for the rest of my team. With all of them in and with a fifth place over all we were all ready to go home and relax for the day...

Tonight will be the second cx race and after that I will definitely take it easy for the rest of the week and prep for an amazing Bow80 in my single speed!!.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

CX season just started on Sep 1st with MidWeekMayhem series !!!



What can I say.... pre-rode the course for about 3 or 4 laps (yes there were about 2kms long) and even doing that and been aware of the course got lost for a bit on lap one and crashed on lap three.. Anyway, the race was a lot of fun (more than 70 riders lining up on B). I was in the front with an eye on Andy on my left and Amit right beside him. I knew we had to sprint off in order to take the first downhill without anybody around... I managed to get to the first corner on 8th place and hammer to stay ahead.
Off the bike to jump the first barrier and there was a bit of traffic as riders were trying to get back on their bikes.. With only three steep hills in the course it was tough to get away. I think that it was in the second downhill when I missed a turn and got a bit off track, but soon someone was yelling at me and got me back on the right direction.
As I was riding in the front and Amit missed one corner when we got to the finish line to complete lap 1 we were stop for a few seconds as a penalty for cutting corners (isn't that unfair???). Back on the race I was trying to stay right behind Andy and Amit who were the only riders from the same team working together, it was an amazing teamwork show put on by these two Bike-Bros guys.
Second lap and I was still felling good with Jeff Neilson cheering me on the top on the hill !!. on lap three as I was yelling at Amit and Andy in front of me to go hard, my front tire slided and bang I was on the ground.... tried to get on the bike as soon as possible, but my chain was off and it cost me losing Amit and Andy for about 10-20 seconds/
As I was finishing lap three I heard the bell for the last lap (and God I was happy to see the end....), I decided to close the gap with Andy and Amit and tried to go flat out for the last five minutes, finishing 5th overall and getting my first point on a CX race !!! can't wait for next Tuesday./

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

XTerra ATB Financial off-road triathlon, after the race

Beautiful day for racing in Canmore, although it was a bit cold in the morning.. My friend Steve picked me up at the campground and we both headed out to T1 to set up the bike. With T1 ready we drove to T2 to set up our running shoes, cap and glasses.. Pre-race meeting completed and we were getting on the bus to head down the the Quary lake.
Swimming was good, although I wasn't as fast as I wanted too (22min for 1,000mts), out of the water running to my bike my heart rate started to climb up !! I am so glad that I was wearing my jersey underneath my wetsuit, because otherwise it would have been a nightmare to put it on while I was still wet !! It took me forever to put on my gloves (will never attempt to put on gloves with my hands wet again, not worthy). Off I went on my bike for 1hour and 40min for 22ks, lots of climbing and technical downhills. I was feeling really good on the bike and was chasing down Adrian (another terrascaper) all the way (couldn't get him though, and he was only 5 min ahead) darn, I was so sure I was going to get him !! anyway, finished the bike and with my running shoes on off I go again to chase him down in the run. The trail running is a bit different, and at Canmore with all the climbing and loose terrain for the downhill it was tough to keep up the speed.. Finished the 8ks in 45min and I was completely spent..
Another great race to keep me motivated to train more and try to get faster !!


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

XTerra ATB Financial off-road triathlon



Few more days to train and tapper before heading out to Canmore for the XTerra triathlon. 1000mts swim on the lake, 22k of MTB and 8k of trail run.... yeap, that is the full distance tri course set up for 2011 and I am ready for the chalenge.
Really llooking forward to this race since the MTB course is the upper section of the 24hrs course and two laps will honestly feel like nothing after riding that course for 24 hours straight just a few weeks ago.
I was debating whether or not to use my ss, but I think that if I want to have legs for the run I'd better ride my geared bike.... Will write next week my experience on this race, and let you know how my ss specialized s works 29er is coming along (I hope to have it ready for Bow80ish..)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

24 hours of adrenalin, single speed solo, Canmore 2011




After a few days of rest and recovery I am starting to feel my hands again and can actually type!!./ yeap, it seems like I have cyclist's palsy after the race......


The weather wasn't any good when Maria, the baby and me headed out to Canmore on Friday for the 24 hours of adrenalin race. I was planning on pre-riding the course with Steve Friday afternoon, but we figured it wasn't going to be any fun due to the pouring rain.

I decided to set up the pit instead and spent the rest of the afternoon in the trailer deciding what tires to use for the race.

Saturday morning it continued to rain and I went down to downtown for coffee and a few bags of ice for the cooler. Got back just in time for the pre-race meeting and to do the final touches in the pits.

What a great start, muddy, but tacky, yeap, for the first two laps the entire course was wet !! after the first lap my shoe's clit came loose and was struggling for about half an hour. Luckily got to the pits I Craig was able to tide it up in a minute.

Back on the bike again for a second lap and the course was getting worse and worse.... super wet and slippery, never mind the slippery roots and rocks.

By lap 3 the course was drying out a bit and I was feeling better as I was able to climb pretty much everything.

For some reason I started to have negative thoughts and was pretty much set to quit the race, but kept thinking about a excuse to do it. It was 8:30pm when i was getting ready for the next lap and needed to have my lights on in order to go out again, so I mounted the helmet light that I borrowed from Ray and started my sixth lap. Exited about the night ride I was feeling a bit better, but those negative thoughts still there in my head. Catched up with Steve and told him that I needed a riding buddy to keep going, and therefore was going to hangout with him at least for the night.. Although he was encouraging me to keep going and pick up the pace I decided to take it easy and ride with him. At around mid night he wasn't feeling well at all and started to get sick, so despite we tryed to stay together it was tough not to push in the climbs as I was in my ss and it is difficult not to push on the climbs. Got to the pits at around 2am and waited for him to go out again./

Out we went and was starting to feel a bit better, so we managed to ride together for the remaining of the night.

It was freezing (probably 7c) and had to put on a few extra layers, couldn't stop thinking about the day light and warm sun. Just before finishing my tenth lap the sun was out and I turned out my lights, I was so happy to see that we have made it through the night and that the end of the race was approaching.

Longer pit stop at this time to have a nice and hot breakfast and out again for lap 11th. I was feeling great on this lap and was hammering pretty much everything. Back in the pits again to eat a bit more and drink some coffee to go out, but this time for what it was the worse lap, almost walked half of the course as I didn't feel the strengh to pedal any more. Was set to call it off and decided that it was going to the the last lap, after all I was already top 10 and I was happy with that.

Back in the pits after lap 12 and Steve's wife convinced me to go out one more time and finish with what I have started, so I told her I would wait for Steve and if he was going out for one more lap I would go out too. Of course the sucker didn't say no and we headed out for the last lap. Surprisingly we both were feeling better and did a fairly fast lap.

Finished 8th in the solo category, and very happy that I was able to do it in my single speed.


Thursday, 21 July 2011

24hours of adrenalin Canmore 2011

Where to start, that is always the big Q. With only 2 more sleeps before one of my biggest challenges of the racing season I still fighting a cold and trying to get as many things organized as I can. Thinking and planning about food, hydration, pacing, etc... luckily my wife "pit manager" is getting a bunch of things organized for me (love you bella). We will be heading out to Canmore Friday noon and set up our trailer to be all rested Saturday morning. I am planning on pre-riding with my buddy solo Steve and Andy and see the new changes they made to the course this year.
With this been my 5th time participating in a 24hours event, but only my 2nd time solo I am starting to get nervous and anxious at the same time. I am not very good at tapering and with a week doing nothing I am feeling pretty anxious and desperate to go out and hammer the trails !!
I washed my bikes last night and oiled them pretty well, good thing about single speed is that you don't have to worry to much about gears, cables, changes, etc...
I selected a gear ratio of 32/20 and I hope that my legs still alive after 24hours. The course is 17.3kms long with over 430mts of elevation gain... the goal AS MANY LAPS AS I CAN IN 24 HOURS OF PURE ADRENALIN.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Giver8er 2011

Well, another MTB race in the season. This time right here in Calgary at COP, Giver8er!! 8 hours of endurance, lap after lap with 235mts of elevation gain in 9.5kms.

With all the preceding week raining I honestly thought that the race was going to get cancelled, but Saturday came and with it the rain stopped!. I checked the website for updates about the race and it was still on !!.



I headed out to the course for a pre-ride with my single speed and after a lap I knew I could do it, just needed to change my tires for mud tires just in case and I was ready to ride. Woke up on Sunday at 6:30 and have Andy’s favorite breakfast (whole wheat pancakes with peanut butter, bananas and strawberry yogurt), packed all my stuff, bought a coffee and met super D at the course to set up the tent for the big day.



With a little time to plan the race, I organized all my food and bottles in one corner of the pits. I had 2 bottles with water melon juice (my secret weapon) and the rest with water and sport drinks. We all take off with the gun shot and I manage to stay in the front line with the first 20 riders. Up the hill cranking up those pedal with a 32/18 gear that later in the race I realized it was to small to handle the climbs for 10 laps. My laps went like this: 1st lap 00:37:20, 2nd lap 00:39:35, 3rd lap 00:40:10, 4th lap 00:41:41, 5th lap 00:48:08 (my chain broke first time), 6th lap 00:56:49 (my chain kept coming off until it broke again…), 7th lap 00:45:38, 8th lap 00:48:37, 9th lap 00:48:19, 10th lap 00:45:58.



During the race I ran into Deane, Mike who was doing an awesome job, Richelle and Jason who were all racing, it was nice to see so many terrascapers in the course. Steve was also there in the pits always offering a helping hand and taking some pictures.



Laps went by and as I finished each climb my energy was coming back and my heart rate coming down as well, on every climb I thought it was going to be the last lap, but as soon as I hit the flats and the down hills I knew I could go for another one!!



I finished lap 9th after 6 hours 45 minutes and stopped in the pits to consider another lap, and after talking to Mike and Nicole grab my last bottle of 3 in 1 juice (another secret), a bite of a hotdog that my wife had drop off earlier and hoped into my saddle for what ended up being a 45min lap !! With 10 laps in my single speed, 95kms and after 7 hours and 34 minutes I was ready to get off my bike and go home...

Monday, 11 April 2011


Finally we made it out for the first Team Ride of the season. With Jeff and Andrew riding from Calgary, Lisa riding from Bragg Creek, and myself riding as well from Calgary we met in Cochrane and rode the Horse/Grand Valley loop. The weather was awesome 12+ and the wind wasn't that bad at all...

Pam showing off her brand new cycle-cross bike sure enjoyed the ride. Jason L. attacked a few times (while we were stopped chatting...) and of course we couldn't get him, but "next time buddy" we will get you !!. we had a couple non-terrascapers joining us (Michelle and Steve) that managed to get some "free" draft, but that is cool, we will be riding on their tails one day too LOL. We finished the loop in under 2:00 hrs (45kms with a lot of climbing) and some continue their rides to Calgary and Bragg Creek (for sure with a hell of a tail wind). Stay tune for the next group ride.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

2011 race calendar.. at least my own calendar.

After a long long winter and a gigantic change in my life called Nicholas (my baby boy) I am putting together a race plan for 2011 !!
1. April 17 Prairie Roubaix (road race) CANCELLED
2. May 15 Salty Dog (MTB) 8th place
3. May 29 Giver8er (MTB) 4th place single speed
4. July 1-3 Furious3 (MTB) 37th in my age group single speed
5. July 10 Stampede (road race) didn't atend
6. July 23-24 24 Hours of Adrenaline (MTB) 8th place single speed
7. August 14 XTerra Triathlon 4th in my age group 27/88 overall
8. August 27 Provincial Championship (MTB) single speed 1st place !!
9. Calgary Corporate Challenge MTB and 10k run (2nd place and 5th place)
10. September 18 Bow80 (MTB) 4th place single speed

It is official now, ridding outside is on

Went out yesterday for a ride with my buddy Andy and did the Horse/Grand Vallley loop. As usual, we started really hard and it only kept getting harder and harder. With a strong headwind that in parts became sidewind working together was a must to survive a fast pace. I counter attacked in every hill, but my legs are not there yet... and was cramping a bit by the end of the 2 hours ride. The roads were great, and even though we were ridding in our cycle-cross bikes it wouldn't be impossible to use the road bikes because there is not a lot of gravel.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

First ride of the season !!

Well, after a long winter in Calgary things seem to start getting better and the weather is probably ready to give me a break. Went out yesterday and climb the Big Hill (Cochrane) to get my blood pumped. It was really nice to be outside in my cross bike, without my commuting gear and saddle bags.. I sent an invite to ride this coming Sunday (Horse/Grand Valley) and I am crossing my fingers for a decent weather..