Archive for September, 2008

Interbike Report – Inside Ride

Posted in Bike Shops on September 30, 2008 by Sarns

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Inside Ride

One of the coolest things we saw at the show this year was these rollers from Inside Ride.  The rollers sit on top of a base frame allowing them to move independently.  The rollers move with you, so you can spin, stand, and sprint all with the authentic feel of riding the road.  Small roller blade wheels sit perpendicular to the rollers and light up as they spin when your bike wheel gets too close to the edge.  So do these rollers really work as they should, or was the guy demonstrating them just a Roller Riding Star?  Well, BikeAlberta put them to the test.  A brave volunteer who has never been on rollers before (and deathly afraid to ride regular rollers) agreed to try them out.  Sure enough, after about 1 min of getting used to the feel of the bike, it was smooth sailing, er riding I should say.  Proof was in the pudding foresure.  The Inside Ride definitely achieves the desired effect.  Perfect for minimizing the boredom of indoor training or ideal for a coach or shop employee to dynamically assess bike fit and motion mechanics while a person rides right beside them.  Suggested retail is $700 USD.

Calgary Double Header CX – Beans and Barley and BK Memorial

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on September 29, 2008 by Sarns

Day 1 saw Terrascape Racing hosted the Beans & Barley Cross on September 27th. The 3rd annual Cyclo-cross event hosted by the club changed it’s name but the rest remained the same! Another great turnout saw Bailey McKnight (Synergy) start the day off in dominating fashion winning the Men’s sport race. Kris Dahl (CMC/Bow Cycle) proved just as strong pulling away the pack to win the Expert Men’s race. Mical Dyck (Terrascape/Trek) and Pepper Harlton (Juventus) battled it out all day with Dyck taking the win by only 12 seconds. Coming off his ‘Cross Vegas apperance Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) would avenge his week 1 defeat and beat David Larson (Juventus) for the Open Men’s win. Full results are available [here].

Race #2 of the doubleheader weekend had Bicisport host the the 2nd running of the Brian Kullman Memorial Cross on September 28th. In perfect conditions riders would battle closely in each category. Another large pack of Expert men saw Kris Dahl (CMC/Bow Cycle) taking his second win of the weekend. In the women saw Mical Dyck (Terrascape/Trek) narrowly beat Pepper Harlton (Juventus) for the second consecutive day. In the Men’s sport category Brian Carson (Schmoe Racing) broke from the pack and took home the victory. In final race of the day Tim Heemserk (United Cycle) took home his second victory of the weekend. Check out full the full results [here].

Check out some of Sean Carter’s great photos from this past weekend’s Cyclocross action [here]

Beans & Barley CX

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on September 28, 2008 by Sarns

Check out the photos from LungSnot [here]

Cross Vegas YouTube Action

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on September 25, 2008 by Sarns

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Alberta’s Tim Heemskerk rides with Lance Armstrong at last night’s Cross Vegas race:

Here is what it was all about!

Interbike 2008 – Outdoor Demo Day 1

Posted in Bike Shops on September 22, 2008 by Sarns

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The 2008 Outdoor Demo kicked off today in Bootleg Canyon, just outside of Boulder City, NV. According to Interbike, the demo is held for two-days under sunny blue-skies and this festive outdoor event provides buyers and the media opportunities to see and test the latest innovations firsthand. Two days of great trails, open roads, and thousands of bikes and products.

Here are some highlights from day one:

New for 2009 is Shimano Dura Ace – electric style. We got to sample the shifting system that will revolutionize the way we change gears on a road bike! A slight push of the smartly located “buttons” sends the chain seamlessly from one cog to another.

The shift buttons are located in the same spot as regular, cable actuated Dura Ace, however, it only takes a small “push” to make the system shift.

This new shifting is remarkable. The small battery pack mounts near the bottom of the down tube and powers hundreds of hours of shifting. The strongest aspect of this new system is the front shifting. It works effortlessly – no more pushing that chain into the big ring anymore. Price for the new shifting system (derailleurs, shifters, & battery) will run you roughly the same $$ as the complete cable actuated grouppo.

Trek had a fleet of it’s new 2009 Top Fuel on demo for everyone to try, complete with the new FSA MTB specific 2×9 crankset (44Tx29T).

Super exciting for 2009 is the debut of the Chris King Bottom Bracket. This puppy comes with the same high level of craftmanship and durability as Chris King hubs and headsets. This fully serviceable BB will work with Shimano, FSA, and Race Face cranks.

Service is super slick with the BB’s dedicated tools. Simply remove the bearing spindle sleeve, push in the bearing grease tool and pump in the new and push out the old (grease that is).

The Chris King BB will be available in both road and MTB.

Check out more photos from the Outdoor Demo [here].

BikeAlberta does Interbike

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2008 by Sarns

Thanks to Pedalhead Bicycle Works and Pedalhead Road Works, BikeAlberta will be reporting from Interbike 2008 in Las Vegas!  Stay tuned for daily dealings from the biggest bike trade show of the year.  From the Outdoor Demo, to Cross Vegas, to Interbike – BikeAlberta will be there.

Roddi’s Stimulating 2008 Mountain Bike Season Recap

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

MTB Coordinator Roddi Lega gives BikeAlberta a super duper recap of the 2008 season. Check it out…

Ready, set, GO. The year of the Rat, 2008 was a splendid move in the right direction for mountain biking as we had a grand 17 races on the dirt in our glorious province of Alberta.

The Alberta Downhill Riders Association (ADHRA) stepped up to the plate again this year and hosted the entire gravity series with 4 low down on the DH, downhill races. If it wasn’t for El Presidente Doug “No Name Needed” Zech of the ADHRA, we wouldn’t have had any DH races in Alberta for the past few years. We owe them a passionate kiss/hug combo for all of their tireless efforts. The kickin’ it live events were held at Edmonton’s Rabbit Hill, Golden BC’s Kickinghorse resort, Blairmore’s Pass Powderkeg was the Provincial Championships, and Calgary’s COP. All events were well attended and oversize smiles were seen by riders all around. Holler to Ty “Baron Von Skillz” Paksi of ADHRA for taking home the “Leader” plate and the series title, and to Nick “Awesome” Quinn (Calgary Cycle) who laser raced the fastest time at the Provincials.

Big Hug

The lonely yet powerful 1,300 rider strong, 24 Hours of Adrenaline (which was also the World Solo Championships), was held in Canmore on a handsome July weekend. Alberta riders Cory “Magic Man” Wallace (Freeskool) and Dallas “Shake ‘N Bake” Morris (H & R Block) represented our motherland like true strongmen lumberjacks with their respectable 5th and 8th place finishes. Boo yak a shah!

For the cross-country riders, we had 12 events. I can remember it like it was yesterday…It all started way back in April at the Coulee Cruiser in Lethbridge, where riders raved about the new course layout. Riders were heard saying things like, “best Lethbridge course ever!”, and, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the dirt, long before I dance on the pedals under that sun.” and “Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someone’s neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing?.”

Next up was the first of 4 races that were hosted by the honorable Evan (Suffer Face) Sherman and Mike (Wrecking Ball) Sarnecki, of Alberta MTB Racing. Will Ferrell once said in a famous Saturday Night Live skit, “We need more cow bell”, and that’s what these guys did. They bought 200 cow bells from a top secret cow bell dealer that was located somewhere near “area 51” in the New Mexico desert, and handed them out at the first 2 races. These guys stepped up the level of fun and atmosphere at all of their events which were the Perogy XC, Bacon Buffett of Pain and Suffering, Nordegg Life Checklist, and the XC Provincials. Great hustle guys! No one will never again say, “We need more cow bell”.

Returning XC races in ’08 were the Canmore Iron Lung, Summer Solstice in Bragg Creek, Canmore Canada Cup, Devon Dust Up of Lower Devonshire, and the legendary Bow 80. Your writer’s favorite mountain bike trails in the World are part of 2 races. One is the Canmore Canada Cup course, which was brought to you by the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club. The other was hosted by Cyclemiesters/Bow Cycle and they were the ones with the sweet tasting B-B-Q sausage that was handed out at the Iron Lung, which took place on the Nordic Center’s lower trails. Rave reviews came from the vast majority of riders. I personally would like to thank Canmore and all of the Canmore organizers for being excellent

Alberta’s oldest XC race course is the Suffer Springs Summer Solstice, and it is always good for some muddin’. On some of the same trails as the Summer Solstice, is the famous Bow 80. This grand event sold out 200 spots in less than three hours. That’s almost as much time as it takes for Roddi “Hot Sauce” Lega to complete the race course. Livin’ Lavida Loca that’s crazy! The demand is there for the riders, which proves that with a heck of an event, comes a heck of a lot of racers. Heck YEAH!

The Devon Dust up was hosted by Hardcore of Edmonton. I don’t know how a race on the prairies could have so much climbing, but it did. The guys cooked up burgers and the rain stayed away just long enough for Hot Sauce to lock his keys in his car. Doh! But the trials dudes that were demoing their super skills helped us break it open and the day ended on a happy note with another burger and another cool event.

Brand spanking new events in the year of the Rat were the Hinton Moustache Madness, and the Giver-8-er which took place at Calgary’s COP. Cory “Magic Man” Wallace and Freewheel Cycle in Jasper kicked in to organize the Moustache Madness. The new course got spectacular reviews, and moustache madness was had by all. The Giver-8-er was Alberta’s sole 8 hr event and oh boy do people love to sit on their bike seats for 8 hrs. This attractive young go-getter of a race was hosted by Deadgoat and it was part of the Western National Marathon Series. The Deagoat crew held a wonderful event and Crazy Larry announced the full 8 hrs with all his might. Good times!

The blissful winners of both the XC series and the Provincial Championships were, Tim “The Lean Mean Heemskerk’en Machine” Heemskerk (United Cycle) and Pepper “Crushfield” Harlton (Juventus). The Western National Marathon Series Champions were the Craig “Lightning Slayer” Stappler (Deadgoat) and Alana “The Terrascape Big Hurt” Heise. Some fresh nicknames for some destroyer bike riders.

And that’s that. The super enjoyable ’08 mountain bike season all wrapped up in a nice package! See you all in ’09.