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, 23 January 2012

Another awesome day of winter riding, sometimes they hammer somethimes they don't.

Met at Cadence @10am with Craig S., Tomas, Andrew, Mark, Kevin and after a cup of coffee took off on a single track from Bowness through 12 mile cule.. a bit icy, but fun and certainly good for a warm up !!. Headed out towards Cochrane mostly on gravel roads that took us over 60kms to get there. Amazing scenery on the back roads with a bit of a head wind from time to time. On Big Hills towards 22x we got some nasty head wind with snow blowing into our faces, but stayed together and managed to go through. Stopped at Cochrane at around the 4 hours mark to have a hot meal (sandwich and more coffee) to fuel up and get ready for the last leg of the ride. Back to Calgary through Glembow park is certainly way better than Hwy1A these days, awesome pathway system that almost takes you to Calgary, amazing fast twisty down hills and three steep climbs to make your legs work. As I was getting ready myself for the last steep climb to get onto Hwy 1A I saw Mark and Craig standing and pushing decently hard, I tried to keep up, but in the last 300mts I was ready to quit..... no way I said to myself, if you get off your bike you will regret it !! darn !! I was pushing already high E4 just to keep Mark and Craig on my sight, never mind trying to close the gap... when I finally saw the top of the hill...... F.... that was the only thing I said after the F... climb.

Little over 100Kms and 6hours riding time I am still very exited about this winter rides.. They are fun, challenging, cold and sometimes wet or as they call these winter rides "sometimes they hammer sometimes they don't", that is probably why I don't ask what the plan or route is, I just show up and ride whatever the group is up to.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Winter Training, 2012

With 2011 now behind is time to focus on the new year, 2012!. I officially signed up for 24 hours of adrenalin world championship in Canmore (Sep, 2012) and 24 hours round and round in Spokane, WA (May, 2012). Along with a few other shorter races, these 2 will be my major events for the year.

First rode ride in the winter was on Saturday January 7th. Met with Craig S, Craig M., Kate, Jon, Shawn and Graham at Cadence 10:00am and rode on single tracks and back roads all the way to Cochrane, and when I say "single track" I mean single tracks, not only that, icy and snowy single tracks which test your skills to the max !! I lost count of how many time I wipe out, but it was an amazing training for the races to come... We rode from Calgary to Big Hill Springs Road and then headed west on 526 until we got to the entrance of Big Hill Springs Provincial Park (where i thought we were just doing a quick stop to turn around).. well, I was wrong !! we crossed the darn park, all cow trails, single icy track, creeks, etc.... we ended up in Cochrane where we stop for lunch in "Guys' Cafe and Bakery" which I highly recommend now that I know how their sandwiches taste.. after Jon completed an eating challenge (2.5lbs sandwich + soup) and all the table got free bakery stuff we left for an epic way back through the GlenBow park with some in the group crossing the frozen reservoir AMAZING!! anyway, after 5:21hours of riding time and 81kms I was in Bowness.