Archive for November, 2008

Wally’s World

Posted in Cycling Bloggers, MTB on November 27, 2008 by Sarns

Another Alberta cycling blogger has joined the online world. Jasper’s own Cory Wallace will keep us all updated on his crazy adventures (like riding his MTB to the Nordegg Marathon from Jasper – but detouring around thru Lake Louise first) [here]

Here is a sample:

Survivor Panama

After MIA for 9 months, has been found and will stay around for the forseen future.

After racing La Ruta I headed straight to the small caribean village of Puerto Viejo to rest in the comforts of Costa Rica. 4 days later it was off to the islands of Bocas Del Toro Panama where the rains started to come and stuck around for 7 days, causing flooding and chaos which the locals say they have never experienced ever. Bye day 3 both the highways leading to Bocas were shutdown, the main one for 1-3 months after 40 or more mudslides swept over the mountain road, and the other leading to Costa Rica flooded heavy and is down as well. To boot the planes were unable to fly and the internet and phone lines went down leaving the visitors and locals of Bocas stranded. US helicopters have been flying supplies into the more remote regions and a Barge full of diesel is on its way to fuel the towns electricity which is down to its final 3 days of fuel. Not having internet may sound like a minor detail but when the only way to get money out on the island is through 2 internet connected bank machines there is a problem. One Canadian girl had to sell her $350 ipod to a local for $100 so she could pay for a bed to sleep on and some food. When the locals started taking taxis to the grocery stores to load up on food and supplies us visitors started to get a little worried. Yesterday the weather began to improve and now it is only raining 8-10 hrs a day, down from the 23-24 hrs as before.

One thing which this weather has been good for is the surf. The waves have been huge and the locals have been soaking it up. My American friend Reed and I have been out 3 times now and have been pounded like a couple of ptarmigans sitting on an avalanche slope. All the surf spots in Bocas are only reachable by boats, where you will get dropped off in the middle of the ocean and try to arrange a time with the boat captain to pick you up again. A little sketchy when your spanish skills are that of a 2 yr old. Yesterday a large swell came through and I got raggdolled into a reef and eventually washed up on shore where the only way back was a 4 mile hike to town with bloodied feet from the stinging coral. Possibly a sign my surf skills are being overmatched.

Planes are flying again but are backlogged for days due to this being the only acces off the island… unless you have a bike. After a good rest following La Ruta I am getting anxious to get back on the bike as training for next yr will commence Dec 1. Tommorow is the preview, a 140 km ride across mudslides as I will try to reach the pacific via a trek over the abandoned mtn highway.

If you know of any other Alberta Cycling Blogger that is not listed here please drop us an email and let us know!


Missed Interbike – No Problem Bow Cycle to the Rescue!

Posted in Bike Shops on November 25, 2008 by Sarns

Bow Cycle is having it’s second annual Bike Expo Saturday November 29th.

See the hot new bikes and components from all our major brands.

Meet Norco riders Darcy Turrene and Ryan Leech plus DJ Isis will be in the house.

Enter to win great prizes, like an I-Magic from Tacx or a Spirit Box from Thule. Plus draw prizes all day long.

Cervelo will debut there 2009 P4 frame. Right now there is only 4 in North America and there will be Cervelo Tech Seminars Hourly.

2009 Bikes on Display from:
Norco (Norco Rampage With Sram Hammerschmidt)
Dahon Folding bikes

Components and accessories from:
Shimano (including Electronic Dura-Ace)
Campagnolo (Record 11)
OGC (Power tap, Mavic, and more)
Nite rider Lights
Chariot carriers

The Expo also kicks off a month long promotion – Buy your bike at MSRP and get 15% of the price as an in store credit. See store for details.
Thank you,

Bob Grunewald

HR, Marketing
Bow Cycle & Sports
6501 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 0E8
P (403)202.4359 (Direct)
P (403)288.5422 ext.121
F (403)288.5728

Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance – AGM Tonight!

Posted in Bicycle Commuting, Bike Clubs on November 24, 2008 by Sarns

Monday 24 November 2008 7 PM at CKUA 10526 Jasper Ave.

Date: Today – Monday November 24th, 2008

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: CKUA @ 10526 Jasper Ave

The Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance is responsible for getting Edmonton’s River Valley single track trails recognized by the city and has made inroads into getting maintenance done and supported by the city. Their assistance in some of the upcoming cycling events will be invaluable to our community.

More Info:

About EMBA
EMBA is a non-profit society dedicated to advocating for improving mountain biking in the Greater Edmonton area. This is a new and growing group with many opportunities for Impact, Involvment and Improvement

EMBA’s Mission
EMBA provides leadership and advocacy in the areas of building and maintaining single-track in the North Saskatchewan River Valley as well as promoting the development of permanent bike parks.

EMBA’s Values
EMBA is about Cooperation, Partnership, Sustainability, Enviromental Stewardship, Volunteerism, Enjoyment, Friendship, Legal Trails, Single Track and Two Wheeled Joy.

Bike Expo 2008

Posted in Bike Shops, Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by United Cycle

Each fall, United Cycle hosts Bike Expo – The Only Consumer Bicycle Trade Show in Northern Alberta

Exclusive to United Cycle, this event gives bike suppliers the opportunity to showcase their latest and greatest products to the Northern Alberta market and the consumer has the opportunity to see these products, often before they are available on the market.This year we have a great day planned with appearances by Olympic gold medalist, Lori-Ann Muenzer, Jay Hoots and Ben Boyko of the Norco Factory Team as well as Dave Rytell from MirraCo and, straight off the winners podium at this years Red Bull Rampage, Brandon Semenuk from Trek.

We have teamed up with the ETS Stuff A Bus campaign so please show up with a non-perishable food item and help support Edmonton’s Food Bank. Also, we will be holding a Silent Auction with proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation and Edmonton Mountain Bike Association (EMBA).

Throughout the day we will be giving away over $6000 in prizes so make sure you stop in and see all the new gear for next season. Click the link below to more information and a list of prizes.

In 2007, more than 3000 bike enthusiasts attended, and they were treated to the latest in bike technology through demonstrations, seminars, maintenance tips and the unveiling of the new bikes for the upcoming year.

This year United Cycle Bike Expo will focus on the challenges and fun to “GO BY BIKE” in making the bike an essential and sustainable source of transportation, exercise, and family activity.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, November 22, 2008 from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

2008 Alberta Bicycle Association AGM Report

Posted in Bike Clubs on November 17, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

The Alberta Bicycle Association hosted the 2008 Annual General Meeting in Calgary on November 15, 2008. A great turnout of club representatives and individual members were at the meeting. The Annual Report was presented and new members of the Board of Directors and Committees were elected.

The following positions elected included:

Board of Directors
President – Alan Schietzsch
VP BMX – Shane Peterson
VP Women’s Cycling – Stephanie Grassi
Chief Commissaire – Patrick Hodgkinson
Member-at-Large – Amy Woodward, Ross Vickery, Carol Mayne
Term Continuing
Jim Smith – VP Racing
Simon Richard – VP Administration
Natasha Kuzmak – VP Recreation and Transportation
Lance Adamson – Member at Large

BMX Committee
Christine Quennell
Term Continuing
Tim Croft, Steve Mysek

Racing Committee
Brian Bain, Rob Parkhill, Craig Good, Jeff Davis
Term Continuing
Shaun Adamson


Posted in Bike Clubs on November 13, 2008 by Sarns


The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Bicycle Association – to be held in Calgary, on Saturday,
November 15, 2008 at 4 PM. The ABA will also host a Coaches Meeting at 1 pm and the
Commissaires Annual General Meeting at 2:30 pm at the same location.

Location (Map):
University of Calgary
ICT Building – Room 121
2500 University Dr NW – Calgary

We ask that as many of the membership as possible attend, to wrap up what has been an impressive
season, and provide input in plans to make next year even better. If you are unable to attend, your voice can still be heard: simply contact your club president for proxy voting information and details.

Please do so ASAP! Dynamic, enthusiastic people are running for Board positions. Your show of support
will go “the distance” in making the ABA an even stronger presence at the local, national and international cycling scenes.

For more information regarding the AGM Download the meeting package.

To nominate for a position download the Board and Committee Nomination Form.

*Note there is a Calgary Stampeders Game starting at 2:30 expect traffic delays.

Shaganappi Hall
2608 14 Avenue SW, Calgary

Doors Open: 6:30 – 11:30pm

Music, Socializing

Awards Presentations: 7:30pm

ABA Members: Free
Non-Members: $5.00/person (pay at the door)

**One free beverage per member

Additional beverages: toonie donation (all proceeds to Alberta Provincial Teams)

Please RSVP at: by noon on Friday, November 14th

Please join the ABA staff and the Alberta cycling community to applaud your peers in the cycling community who will receive well-deserved recognition.

World Indoor Cyclocross Championship of the World! (UPDATED)

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on November 10, 2008 by bikealberta

On Saturday November 8, 2008 Alberta based cyclocrossers and cycling enthusiasts woke up like kids on Christmas morning and headed out to Springbank, Alberta to participate in the inaugural Veloplzen Cycling Club, World Indoor Cyclocross Championships….of the World! – Fueled by Steam Whistle Pilsner.

Photos by Bill Quinney

Over 100 racers and spectators were treated to a cross course full of sharp corners, barriers, a gap jump that claimed the bikes of even the top level cyclists and a skinny plank ride over the pit of Steam Whistle empties, which was obviously filled by Keith Bayly while designing the course. The racing was fun, fast and furious and full of epic wipeouts which resulted in a large number of wheel and shifter sales at the local bike shops in Alberta the following day.

The race format was 4 at a time, 3-lap, heat style racing with 3 categories – Single cog, women and open men. A few highlights of the single cog category had to be the bike handling lesson given to everyone during the race between all of the Calgary area couriers who raced in the dirt and hit the gap jump on their fixies with slick tires! The single cog final also saw the end of the Mr. Henson bike which had all of his spokes break while landing the gap jump. In the end it was a young gun that showed everyone how to race with one cog with Felix Wilburg taking the win.

The women’s championship race was won by 2008 National Cyclocross Championship Silver Medalist, Pepper Harlton, who was even beating up on the guys in the opening heats. The men’s title was won by Dave Roberts 1982….not to be confused with Dave Roberts 2008. Dave took the lead near the end of the first lap after race leader Shawn Bunnin couldn’t handle the pressure of riding over the skinny with 40 empties flying at him and he crumpled like a bag of chips when he hit the ground. The winner in each category was rewarded with a world championship coffee mug, a handmade lei and a snazzy tweed champion’s sport jacket.

Racers and spectators were well entertained with the exciting racing as well as dancing to two local bands, The Bownesians and the Smokin’ 45’s who were rocking the house during the race.

Big thanks goes out to all of the volunteers and the sponsors for the event  – Steam Whistle Pilsner,, Bow Cycle, Campione Cycle Calgary, PODS, The Purple Orchid and Pedalhead.

461 more photos can be viewed [here]

Even MORE photos can be surfed [here]