Archive for October, 2008

Canada House in Holland

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on October 30, 2008 by Sarns
Provided by Tim Heemskerk
In this project 2 young (U23) racers from Canada and coach- racer Tim Heemskerk will be joining a Dutch race team: Team Jan Terpstra.

The idea of this project started about 1 year ago between this team and Tim Heemskerk and it will officially start this December until February 2009 in Holland/ The Netherlands.

“Canada House in Holland” is going to provide a few Canadian cyclo- cross racers all needed facilities, technical guidance, race equipment i.e. Ridley Bikes, and most importantly rider’s development and experience of racing cross at the highest level in international cross races in Holland and Belgium for a Dutch Team: Team Jan Terpstra.

Andrew Thomas

This project has the potential to grow into something really nice for Canadian cross and Canadian cross racers!

Brian Robinson

For this season Brian Robinson and Andrew Thomas, 2 guys within TTP (Tim’s Training Program), will travel with Tim Heemskerk to Holland racing cross leading up to the World Championships in Hoogerheide (Holland). Become a group member on Facebook: “Canada House in Holland” and group members will receive regular updates with team news and other interesting cross stuff. There’s also the opportunity to become a partner of this project. Additional information can be found soon on the team’s website:

Thanks,Tim Heemskerk
TTP Tim’s Training Programs

Project: “Canada House in Holland”



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


Pedalhead Road Works is proud to host the 2008 Alberta Cross Championships . The Race will be held at Gold Bar Park, located off 50 street and 109 ave. The venue has held many Alberta Cross races and provides numerous vantage points. With weather being always unpredictable racers and spectators alike will appreciate the indoor facilities located at the Club House.

Look for a new course that features run-ups, technical descents and fast terrain. The course has been designed to offer fast racing weather it be dry, wet or snow covered. A true European course that will favor Cross bikes and powerful riders. Technical Guide available.

PRIZING-Prize structure as per ABA Policy. Medals will be awarded to first three finishers regardless of number of Entries. We will also have great swag for draw prizes and placings. All Elite Men and Elite Women winners will receive cash as per ABA policy.

CATEGORIES-Riders will be obliged to compete in their CCA category at the Provincial Cyclo-cross Championships. CCA categories and UCI Regulations for Cyclo-cross place riders in their respective category for the following year, as the international Cyclo-cross calendar comprises two calendar years. Cyclo-cross bicycles must be used in the Elite/Open Men, and Master Men categories. The use of mountain bikes is permitted in the category Junior Men, and all Women’s categories.

REGISTRATION – Registration closes 30 minutes before your start time. Please fill in attached race form and bring with you. Race fee is $25 , payable in cash or club cheque. Please make cheques payable to Pedalhead Road Works. There is NO Late fees and there is only race day registration. All race entries are non-refundable.


11:00 am : MASTER A MEN,JUNIOR MEN 50 mins
12:00 am: MASTER B , C , D MEN 45 mins
1:00 pm: ELITE MEN 60 min

AWARDS 2:30 pm

The ABA and the organizer may shorten races dependent on weather, time delays and combine categories if necessary. You are responsible to know your start times, they may change.

COURSE PRE-RIDING- The course will be open for Pre-riding between 8:30 and 9:30 am . This may be altered due to time restrictions.

AWARDS – U17 Awards ceremony will take place at 11:00 am. Awards for all other categories will take place following the Elite Men¹s race.

Calgary Cycling Public Info Session

Posted in Bicycle Commuting on October 28, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by the City of Calgary

The City of Calgary invites you to attend a public information session. The purpose of the session is to share our proposed plans for 5 Avenue N.W. & 19 Street N.W. on-street bicycle routes and get feedback from Calgary cyclists about the routes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
5:00 to 8:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
402 – 18 Street N.W.

The 5 Avenue bicycle route extends from 9A Street to Crowchild Trail N.W. The 19 Street bicycle routes extends from Broadview Road to John Laurie Boulevard N.W. This will be a joint information session with the West Hillhurst Community Traffic Study.

Campus ‘Cross Report

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on October 27, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

The Alberta ‘cross scene moved to Red Deer this weekend for the penultimate race on the outdoor calendar, with the Campus ‘cross taking place on a circuit adjacent to Red Deer College. The course featured grass, heinous tight turns on a shale baseball diamond, a run/carry section through a beach volleyball court, and swoopy, bumpy trails through the woods. The big story, however, was an infernal windstorm from the north that blew in halfway through the first race, causing much re-taping and windproofing of the course. Temperatures also dropped rapidly, descending to near the freezing mark by race end. Riders, hale and hardy souls that they are, adapted readily to the weather’s fluctuation, gritted their teeth, and pushed through the backdrop of unrelenting wind to complete their competitions.

The wind certainly affected the racing, as the grass section of the course was very exposed. This led to much paceline work, and even some echelon action, truly rare in a ‘cross race. Much of the racing followed a similar script to previous weekends: Noel Flatters (Midweek Mayhem CC) dominated Sport category for his second consecutive win, Hardcore rider David Roberts won a spirited battle with Keith
Bayly (Veloplzen) in Expert, while Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) continued his streak over bicisport’s Shawn Bunnin (2nd) and Aaron Schooler (3rd) of Team H&R Block. Meanwhile, the Women’s race was wide open, as local star Pepper Harlton (Juventus) opted to race with the Experts. Bridget Linder (Hardcore) triumphed
over second-place Shantel Koenig (Independent) and Tori Fahey (Deadgoat).


Posted in 'Cross, MTB, Training on October 23, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by Tim Heemskerk

Bonktoberfest is this Saturday @ 2 pm, starting off from DaCapo with a casual MTB/ Cross ride @ low intensity and the “fest” will start right after with some nice food and 5 different International beers.

Cost will be around $30 depending on the # of people and the food selection.

Last year was a lot of fun! So bring some normal clothing and get changed @ Da Capo after the ride!

Date: October 25, 2008

Time: 2pm

Cost: $30

RSVP to to let them know you are coming

Roughly 18 Questions w/ Geoff Kabush

Posted in 'Cross, Cycling Bloggers, MTB, Racing on October 21, 2008 by Sarns

Name, Discipline, and Sponsors
Name:Geoff Kabush
Discipline: XC, CX, Road
Sponsor: Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain (2009)
1. Age?
DOB: April 14, 1977

2. Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I grew up in the Comox Valley; then I moved to Victoria for University and bike practice; now I split time between Victoria, my southern home base in Albuquerque, and mostly my suitcase for about 9 months of the year.

3. Oilers or Flames?
Canucks are going all the way this year.

4. What is your job?
Professional Bicycle Racer.

Photo by Brad Chisholm

5. Best Result?
Junior Worlds XC, 1995, Kirchzarten, Germany, 99th, out-sprinted two guys for top 100. Also consider BC Cup Overall Pro Downhill Champion on a hardtail in 1996 to be a highlight.

6. Key to your past successes?
Making sure to have fun, not trying to get too fast too quick, training smart, everything in moderation including beer, chocolate, and pumpkin pie, staying in school.

7. What result are you most proud of?
At mud-fest of a race at Nationals at Mt. Stan 2004, I flatted early, then I broke my rear-derailleur cable (tied it off around seatpost for a decent gear), then I broke my chain later, and then finished 7th.

8. What’s in regular rotation on your iPod right now?
McGimpsey just introduced me to DJ Z-Trip and I am listening to it on the plane right now; I also like Elizabeth, Tegan and Sara, Stars, Death Cab, Wilco, AC/DC, etc

9. Future goals in Cycling?
Trying to avoid a real job as long as possible.

10. Best memory in cycling?
Getting lots of presents in the mail. Heckling. Meeting funny people.

11. High Socks or Low Socks?
HIgh, black, sometimes argyle.

12. What is your pre-race meal?
My favourite pre-race meal is machiato, breakfast buritto, machiato. Nine slices of pumpkin pie and belgian beer apparently provides adequate fuel as well.

13. What do you think about while you race?
At the Jim Horner Grand Prix I was thinking if I do a “Wanker” Wayne Pomario finish line move will he fine me again?

Photo by Brad Chisholm

14. Campy / Shimano / SRAM?
Shimano preferably, or whatever is free.

15. Any pre-race rituals?
In Alberta I like to wait to get my seat position measured and then get fined by “Wanker” Wayne Pomario for not respecting start order.

16. Any (other) passions or hobbies in your life?
espresso, belgian beer, snow skiing when time allows, trying to stay in one place with my wife for three weeks, FUBAR, internet research, my animals (2 dogs, 3 cats), international beer contests

17. Best bike you’ve ever owned?
1993 Yellow HUMU HUMU NUKU NUKU APUA’A; she still gets me to the coffee shop and around town faithfully everyday.

18. What’s the best part about cycling in Alberta?
Roddi wearing skinsuits to bars and telling bad jokes about grandma’s private parts (see Roddi’s 18 questions), watching espoirs (Bidniak and Larson) holding hands and hugging instead of racing their bikes, beer and pumpkin pie parties.



CX Weekend Report – Cross for Kids & Blow Street Cyclo-cross Race

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on October 20, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

Photos by Lungsnot

The Alberta cyclo-cross scene moved back to the south this past weekend with a double-header in Calgary. The hangover from last weekend’s National Championships/Jim Horner GP was evident in the smallish fields and lengthy injured and packed-it-in-for the season lists. Exceptional racing, however, was had for those in attendance. First up on the weekend was Saturday’s “‘cross for kids”, organized by Team H&R Block and held at Canada Olympic Park, while on Sunday the CX peloton was treated to the Deadgoat ‘Cross at Blakiston park, in northwest Calgary.

Cross for Kids occurred on a new course at COP, site of much construction and silliness, with the course of previous years now obliterated. A variety of surfaces, not to mention a bit of mud, greeted the racers, along with fine ‘cross weather including a few flurries and early morning dullness. Category winners included Noel Flatters (Calgary Cycle) in Sport, Matthew Krahn (United Cycle) in Expert (somebody upgrade that kid!), Pepper Harlton (Juventus) in Women, and Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) in Open. Notable achievements included Pepper’s first lap – as fast as the Elite Men’s; Bicisport’s Shawn Bunnin’s second place finish on his birthday, and the $1200-plus raised for Kid’s Cancer Research. Post-race, the peloton adjourned to Tubby Dog for merriment in honour of Mr. Bunnin, (which also contributed to a couple of non-starters on Sunday). Special thanks, especially, to those riders who chose not to race but attended the event to cheer on their peers and, most important to contribute to the Kids for Cancer cause. Full results are now available.

Sunday’s race featured another new course, this time at an obscure park tucked behind a Co-op supermarket in north-west Calgary. The fast route featured both pavement and grass, which led to a few exciting sprint finishes and wipeouts. Winners included: Brian Carson (Shmoe Racing) in Sport; Matthew Krahn (United Cycle) in Expert (darn it, upgrade the kid already); and Pepper and Tim once again in the Women and Open categories, respectively. Spectators pre- and post-race were heard pressuring Pepper to race Expert, which may happen yet this season! Also of note was a “first” cyclo-cross appearance by Bill Blonski (bicisport), and the creative use of shopping carts as course markers. Check out the results.

Congrats and thank-you to Team H&R Block and the Deadgoat/Schmoe crew for another great weekend of Alberta ‘cross racing.