Archive for August, 2008

Roughly 18 Questions with Roddi Lega

Posted in MTB, Racing on August 28, 2008 by Sarns

Name, Discipline, and Sponsors

Hot Sauce, almost all disciplines, no sponsors

1. Age?


2. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?

I grew up in St. Albert and now I live way over there in Edmonton.

3. Oilers or Flames?

Oilers, mainly because of Ryan Smyth.

4. What is your job?

BMX, Mountain Bike and Ketchup Chip Coordinator at the Alberta Bicycle Association.

5. Best Results?

Canada Cup Champion 2004, National Cyclo Cross Champion 2002 (I think), Trans Rockies 2007 winner with Tim Heemskerk,

6. Key to your past successes and failures?

Ride 4 to 6 hours per day…… on top of whatever your coach tells you.

7. What result are you most proud of?

In 2001, mid October, I ate 4 Nanaimo Bars, a 200g bag of Smarties, 3 Boston Cream dohnuts, 4 Safeway Triple Chocolate cookies and 2 medium sized Rum Balls.

8. What’s in regular rotation on your iPod right now? I

don’t like music, it makes me throw hands. But I do love the inspirational sounds of Maria Carey.

9. Future goals in Cycling?

Not sucking anymore after 2008’s summer of Roddi. Actually I don’t tell my goals to anyone except my cat, you’ll have to ask her but I don’t think she’s talking unless you have some dried fish in your pocket.

10. Best memory in cycling?

Being so strong that you never get tired and winning a bunch of races and being on both the Mountain and Road National Team….but that led to getting tired.

11. High Socks or Low Socks?

Are you kidding me?

12. What is your pre-race meal?

Oatmeal and Orange juice. All mixed in one and funneled down as fast as possible.

13. What do you think about while you race?

Damn, I look good in these shorts.

14. Campy / Shimano / SRAM?

Don’t care at all just ride it, stop being a hack and smooth out.

15. Any pre-race rituals?

I usually drink about 1 liter of Vodka the night before in order to stay hydrated and to calm the nerves. If it’s going to be a hot race I will drink Whiskey so as to get some sustenance from the coloring, but I try not to because the Whisk makes me throw hands (again).

16. Any (other) passions or hobbies in your life?

Shopping, clubbing, cigarettes, and ANTM (Americas Next Top Model).

17. Best bike you’ve ever owned?

Your mom’s bike.

18. What’s the best part about cycling in Alberta?

outdoor rink hockey instead of riding in the winter, K-Country, Jasper, Canmore, Banff, KD Lang, Wayne Gretzky Drive, beautiful weather and there’s lots of wheat to eat if you get hungry on a long road ride.


Provincial XC Championships – Results

Posted in MTB, Racing on August 24, 2008 by Sarns

Download the results from today [here]

Photos can be viewed at

Moustache’d MTB’rs Rip Up Hinton Singletrack!

Posted in MTB, Racing on August 18, 2008 by Sarns

photos by Craig van der Valk

Under the hot sunny sky of Hinton, Alberta, 40 racers battled the heat and competed in the 2008 Moustache Madness XC race. The course was an awesome 9.5 kms in length, which included a super fast & long singletrack decent and pizza oven hot climbs. Right from the gun, riders had to bear down and grind out a grueling climb straight up the foothill, stretching the mass start field out into single file.

In typical fashion, the Elite Men’s winner, Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) took charge up the singletrack climb after Plate #1 Evan Sherman (United Cycle) eased off his blistering pace up the opening climb. Cody Canning ripped it to 2nd while Mike Bidniak rounded out the podium in 3rd.

The story for the Elite Women was Pepper Harlton (Juventus) who survived her 2 lap race on her ‘cross bike. When asked if she was a little crazy for racing the ‘cross bike, Harlton said “nah, it’s lots of fun!”

The Expert Men’s race was won by Mike Sarnecki (Team ING) finishing ahead of Eckehart Marenholtz (Pedalhead) and Mark Rumsey (Hardcore) earning an upgrade back to Elite. “I had really good legs as I felt like I could always push a harder gear on the climbs. On the last lap, I could see Cody Canning (ERTC) [2nd in Elite] at the top of the steap start climb, but once he looked back and saw me coming so he put on the jets and opened the gap to me on the decents.”

Krystyn Ong (Juventus) proved why she deserves to race in Elite as she took the win by over 5 mins over Judy Harlton (Juventus) and Shantel Koenig (Independent).

Local boy Glen Allen (Hinton MTB Association) took the Sport Men’s race over Darcy Kuss (Pedalhead) with Derek Anderson in third. The Novice men teared up 1 lap of the heat challenged course as Kim Liss beat out Jeannot Desaulniers & Gary Piller.

Tori Fahey (Dead Goat) still had strong legs to tackle the long climbs of the Moustache course and race to 1st place in the Sport Women’s category. This after driving all the way from Fernie to Hinton (659 kms) as she watched the finish of Trans Rockies the day before. Now that is being committed to MTB racing! Rounding out the poduim was Kendra Middleton (Juventus) and 1st time racer Debbie Mucha (Hinton MTB Association).

The most significant win(s) of the day came in the Moustache Competition, in which Stu Hutchings (United Cycle) and Pepper Harlton (Juventus) took the “judged by applause” Best Moustache titles in this fiercely contested contest.

Trevor Pombert (United Cycle) was a last minute competitor as he quickly converted his goatee into a fine handlebar moustache via a borrowed electric razor. “I should have received special credit for using the United Van mirror!” protested Pombert.

More photos from Craig can be viewed [here]

Results from the Moustache Madness XC Race in Hinton, Alberta can be found [here].

Next up is the 2008 Provincial XC Championships in Terwillegar Park – Edmonton, Alberta.

Bearspaw Open Race Report

Posted in Racing, Road on August 8, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by The Midweek Mayhem Racing Association of Calgary

Calgary, 08 August 2008 – The inaugural running of the Bearspaw Open, presented with The RCMP – A Career Nowhere Near Ordinary took place yesterday in the NW of Calgary on a challenging new course for the Alberta peloton. The tough course was made just a little bit tougher with temperatures in the low 30’s throughout the day and blistering sun.

As expected, the 1k+ Campione Cycles Climb proved to be the decisive obstacle of the day for all races. On each ascent of the climb the gates would swing open at the back of the pack and a selection made of the strongest and smartest riders. After cresting the top of the Campione Cycles Climb riders then had to cope with a technical trip through the rolling and narrow back half of the course, where many battles were played out for position at the front – crucial for the tough corner leading into the base of the climb after the fast descent down 12 Mile Coulee Road.

The first races of the day were the Alberta U15 M/F Provincial Road Championships. The men’s race saw Samuel Beaudoin from Juventus CC out of Edmonton taking the win over Ben Marquart (Independent, -0:20) and Robert Dunn (Independent, -3:54). The women’s race was taken by Andrea St. Germain (CMC/Bow Cycle) over Zoe Dahl (CMC/Bow Cycle, -0:44). All competitors in these races are to be congratulated on the exceptional sportsmanship observed out on the course. In such tough and hot conditions, and on such a challenging course, it was excellent to see these athletes treat each other with such respect. They set an example that the rest of the peloton should strive to match! Congratulations to all of you!

The next start of the day featured a large combined field of Elite Open B (Categories 4/5), Open Masters Men, and the U17M Alberta Provincial Youth RR Championship, racing 10 laps of the 5.3km course. As expected, it was primarily a race of attrition as several riders would be splintered off the back of the race each time up the Campione Cycles Climb until the race stabilized with a main group of 8-10 riders out of approximately 35 starters. As the main pack settled in Open Masters rider Stephen Kenny (Speed Theory) executed a perfectly timed solo attack, quickly getting down to business and establishing a lead of 30 seconds while the main group tried to figure out how to react. As the race wore on Kenny grew his lead as the chasers were sporadically working together to reel him in. With a couple of laps to go it was pretty clear that Kenny wasn’t coming back barring a mechanical or issues with the heat, and the pack began to race for second place. In the end the Speed Theory rider won by a commanding 1:04 margin, a tremendous feat given the conditions and the length of time he was out on his own.

The U17 Provincial Championship finish was tight with Graham Courtney (Synergy Racing) taking the win over Mac Garvin (CMC/Bow Cycle) and Kris Dahl (CMC/Bow Cycle), all finishing with a time of 1:26:10.

Open Masters, and the overall win for the field, was taken by Stephen Kenny (Speed Theory) after his epic solo move. Blaine Richter (ERTC/Revolution Cycle, -1:56) and Yuri Lipkov (Bicisport, -1:59) rounded out the top 3.

Open B saw Torrian Watson (Bicisport) taking the the win over Christopher McCue (CMC/Bow Cycle) and Tom Charlton (CMC/Bow Cycle).

The Open Women and JR Women Provincial RR Championship combined field was won by the aggressive riding of Nik Volger (Independent) who came all the way from Revelstoke BC to exert her will over the field. Second in the Open Women was Tori Fahey (Deadgoat, -7:09), with third place going to Sandra Yaworski (Speed Theory, -8:20).

The JR Women Provincial Championship saw Samantha Grover (Juventus CC) winning over Jessica Kissel (Bicisport, -3:00) and Lauren Lankester (CMC/Bow Cycle, -6:41). The U17 Women’s Provincial Championship was won by Caeli Barron (Synergy Racing) over Alison Beveridge (Bicisport, -1 lap) and Gina Kissel (Synergy Racing, -1 lap).

The main event of the day was the Elite Open A race (Categories 1/2/3). Alberta’s own Team H&R Block was extremely well represented in the field with 11 riders, and were clearly looking to exert their strength over a field that included strong riders such as Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck, p/b Mosaic Homes), Dan and Jon Wood (ERTC/Revolution Cycle), Dan Skinner (Total Restoration), and Shawn Bunnin (Bicisport) to name just a few.

From the start Team H&R Block started sending riders up the road until a break of 3 containing 2 of their own riders (Mark MacDonald and Chris Devries), along with Jamie Sparling (Trek Red Truck, p/b Mosaic Homes). The break hovered at 30-45 seconds for several laps, and looked to be almost getting absorbed more than once until Sparling would move to the front and start riding some strong tempo with MacDonald. As the race came into the final few laps the combination of the heat and difficulty of the repeated trips up the Campione Cycles Climb caught up with MacDonald as he dropped back to the main field. On the final lap it was Dan Wood (ERTC/Revolution Cycle) bridging to the 2 leaders as they headed up the climb. Devries took the sprint out over Sparling and Wood (both S.T.) and the field was led home by Shawn Bunnin (Bicisport) and MacDonald (both at 0:05).

Congratulations to all riders from the Midweek Mayhem Cycling Association! It was a tough course and a tough day, and it was great to see fast, fierce, and safe racing in all events. Thanks also for your cooperation in creating a great impression on the local community; it will really help us in securing this new race course again for next year. Another word of thanks to Campione Cycles ( for sponsoring the Campione Climb, and to the RCMP for providing traffic safety and control services. Their presence on the roads contributed to a safe day. Thanks also to the Olympic Oval Youth Cycling Development Program parents for putting on a fantastic meal for all participants as part of the “Dinner & Bike Race” event. We look forward to seeing you all out there next year!

Check out the full results: bearspawresults

Behind the Wheels – Bow Cycle

Posted in Bike Shops on August 7, 2008 by Sarns

Can you tell us a little about your shop; Where are you, How long you have been in business, how many staff do you have and what brands do you sell?

Bow Cycle is a family owned business that has been in operation for over 50 years. Opened in 1957 by Jim and Mary Sibthorpe, Bow Cycle was first established as a small bicycle and sporting goods store in beautiful downtown Bowness, Alberta (at that time, Calgary had not yet grown to engulf the smaller outlying towns and communities). As the years passed and the business prospered, Jim and Mary’s two sons, Jim Jr. and Brian, became increasingly involved in its operation.

The brothers have now been successfully managing and growing the business for 30 years. Longtime employees John Franzky, Darrell Elliott, Kurt Christensen, Kevin Senior and Dave Leung have also joined the ownership group to add long-term stability.

A lot has changed since the store’s early days. Today, Bowness is a permanent fixture in Calgary . . . and so is Bow Cycle. The store has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most successful bicycle retailers.
Boasting almost all of the industry’s largest names under one roof, Bow Cycle continues to exceed client expectations of customer service and product quality.

We carry the following brands of bikes
Banshee Bikes
Electra Bikes – Includes; Townies , Amsterdam
Haro (Bmx only)
Quintana Roo
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Scott USA
Seven Cycles

We have about 45 full time year round staff and up to 110 full and part time in the summer season.

What is your focus as a shop; family, racing, road, BMX, mountain bike, a little bit of everything?

Bow Cycle likes to support all avenues of cycling.

Do you have a mission statement or raison d’etre?

The mission statement of Bow Cycle is quite straightforward: “To be able to deal with the needs of all cyclists no matter what form of cycling may interest them and to treat them all fairly and equally.”

How do you think your shop contributes to the cycling scene in Alberta?

We think that we try to help all avenues of cycling in Alberta, to that we support four teams directly and fifteen more teams indirectly. On top of that we have two great events that we put on in the Tour de Bowness and the Bow80.

Is there anything special about your shop or staff that people might not know?

We have a shrine to Pilsner in the basement – Nah, everyone already knew that. We care about what people think about us and we do try our best to treat everyone fairly.

Some shops would describe themselves as service based, whereas other would say that customer service is paramount. We’ve all at one time or another met the stereotypical mechanic who likes to be left to his or her work and
what they may lack in social skills they more than make up for in bicycle tuning skills. Conversely there are mechanics with amazing rapport but are less than satisfactory mechanics. Do these have to be mutually exclusive? Is there a place for both?

Definitely, there is a place for both. We have a front line staff who like to deal with people and help solve their problems and still can get some work done. Conversely this frees up the staff who just like to work on the bikes to do just that. Identifying the personality and working with it is a lot easier than working against it.
What’s the one accessory that you think every bicycle owner should either own or run out and purchase right now?

A helmet. We are big on safety.

What’s the one bike, bike part or bike accessory that should have never made its way on to the sales floor?

Softride, Biopace, and fuzzy saddle covers.

What’s the craziest thing to ever happen in your shop?

We had April Wine play our 50th anniversary party!!

The university students who are building robots asking for the craziest things. The slide rules measuring the bikes for room for engines.

I’ve met people who were overweight and unhealthy and after buying a bike proceeded to lose massive amounts of weight and reap immeasurable health rewards. Or kids who were constantly getting in trouble at school and use their bike to channel all their energy into something positive. Do you
think that a bicycle can change someone’s life.

It definitely helps a great deal of people. Every age can benefit from a bike. It also helps restore youth, in spirit as well as body.

Every shop owes a debt of gratitude to their customers who make an effort to support their local bicycle dealer in the face of growing internet sales. What is your position on internet bike and part sales and is there anyone you would like to thank?

I think people have to realize that not everything can be done over the internet. Supporting your local bike shops is also supporting the local economy, providing funds for racing events, and keeping open a place that you check that item out in the first place. We thank our loyal customers,
who come back to us for our service and support.

Bill C-572

Posted in Bicycle Commuting, MTB, Road on August 6, 2008 by Sarns

A Vancouver MP has proposed a bill in the house of commons in Ottawa to make bicycles and bicycle related goods and services GST exempt.

You can read about the bill [here] and view the actual proposed bill [here]

All the more reason to upgrade to XTR or Dura ace!

Tour de Bowness – Results

Posted in Racing, Road on August 5, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

With over 190 participants the expanded Tour de Bowness included three stage race including a Hill Climb at Canada Olympic Park, a Road Race in the foothills northwest of Cochrane, and a Provincial Championship Criterium Race in downtown Bowness. Aaron Schooler (H & R Block) and Stephanie Roorda (Whistler/Giant) took the wins in the Elite Omnium categories.

Get your Tour de Bowness results [here]!