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, 11 June 2012

Organ Grinder, 4hours enduro MTB race

I have been thinking of a way to describe the trails conditions last Sunday at the Nordic Centre, but I don't want to bring in bad memories... and rather focus on the positive.
One thing that I do want to mention is that if I ever want to be passed by any rider I want that rider to be Kate A. Even though I was probably slowing her down for a while, she was calm and didn't push me to do a stupid move or anything, instead waited for a nice and open spot to gently say "on your left" and rode away from me. That is the right etiquette for passing, I hate those riders that push you and almost crash into you just to pass (is not that we are in Olympics or anything like that !).
Race went good, I started way to fast and when I saw myself riding behind Jeff N. for the first 5 minutes on the long climb I knew I was going to fast :-) and I sure paid for that later on... My laps time went down hill as I did on this picture taken by Gabor >>> :-), but that didn't stop me from having fun (if we can call that fun) lap after lap... In lap 1 half way through the course I went down incredibly nice and sweet ! (crap if I could always crash like that I would be very happy), I went over the bars, but in complete silent ssssssssss, unclip from both pedals as if I knew I was going to get off the bike, landed on my right hip and with the left hand grabbed my bike and remounted beautifully, almost like in cyclecross !!! sweet, back on the game now to chase Kate down (yeah in my dreams.....). In my last lap (4) my knees were hurting a bit, but I knew it was just a matter of minutes to get over it and eat some warm food yum.. I saw Gabor taking some pictures and of course I didn't want to walk in front of him (after all I am riding this stupid bike with no gears because some how I was inspired by him), so I kept saying to myself "no pain, no pain..." and that helped me to finish my last lap in exactly the same time as the 3rd lap 1:01.
Talked to Steve S. (whom I drove with to the race today) to see how come he was so clean, and turned out that after his second lap his gears weren't shifting AT ALL and couldn't keep going (another reason to own a single speed, specially on these muddy condition ////. 4 laps, 3 hours and 53 minutes later of suffering and playing in the mud and I am still loving MTB ::---)))!
Terrascape once again was in the podium in almost all categories, starting with Jeff, Alana, Deanne and Jason, Michelle and Nichole... awesome team with amazing women on it !!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Past and upcoming MTB race

Well, Terrascape is getting more more camera attention in the early season.... With an overwhelming participation at Salty Dog with podium all over the place and now an even bigger in the upcoming Organ Grinder this coming Sunday this team is stronger than ever !!.
Quick summary of the Salty Dog 6 hours enduro race: Started with a course pre-ride on Saturday morning with Ryan, Jeff, Andy, Alana, Deanne, Nichole and myself. We split the group in two (guys and gals) and went out for a course inspection, finishing in less that 00:41min and seasoned with some coaching from Jeff on downhill skills :-).
Race day: Morning tent set up and prep with Alana, Andrew, Ryan and I can't remember who else at around 7:00am.
Ready to start and final touches in the tent at around 9:00am.
Race went well for most of us, with few first places, one second place, few fourth places and others top 10 places (yeap, lots of camera attention :-))))

This coming Sunday we are planning on attending the Organ Grinder (5 hours enduro MTB race) and so far Jeff, Alana, Ryan, Andre, Michelle, Andy, Amit, Pam, Nichole and I will be "grinding our organs" once again on this race....