Team Mission and Vision
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
Thursday, 3 November 2011
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
(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
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
Thursday, 29 September 2011
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
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
Thursday, 8 September 2011
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
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
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
Thursday, 21 July 2011
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
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
Thursday, 31 March 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