Archive for December, 2008

Canada House in Holland New Year’s Eve Update

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on December 31, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by “Heemer” Heemskerk

Hello Guys,Last night we got back from a nice Belgian trip!
On Thursday we left the House and I drove the van to Zolder for the World Cup race where Brian and Andrew were going to race for Canada. We pre- rode the fast course and then attended the manager’s meeting to pick up all our stuff. I had to act as the team manager, which I actually was for the boys in the Espoir race, and bid on the pit box, got the passes, changed the hotel address, talked to the Dutch National coach etc etc.


The race was not bad for a first big race for the boys, they started in the back and pretty much rode the race in the back, lots was learned and has to be learned. A good boost for their fitness levels.


2 days later we all started in Diegem (Super Prestige UCI 1). Both Brian and Andrew in the Espoir race and myself in the night race. Andrew started really well and rode in the top 10 for a few laps and then proceeded to blow his engine.  Brian rode more consistently and finished the race on the same lap as the winner: Walsleben who also took the World Cup last Friday.  My race was a disaster: I had great legs during warm up and felf confident but right at the start a rider hit the fence and bounced back into my front wheel…a loud crack, most likely my carbon front wheel and I missed a crash by a hair.  Result was that I had to chase back onto the main group dead last at that moment…..I passed about 15 riders and was back into the race and next I crashed really hard in a gravel corner damaging my knee and loosing some skin on the race course: DNF.

The next day we all started in Middelkerke (UCI 1) and we all raced together in the same race.  Again there was a huge crash and I narrowly escaped another crash which took out 10 people!  I had a good race and finished 24th 4 min down from winner Sven Nijs.  Brian broke his seat post and Andrew flatted his front tire and crashed…both DNF-ed.


The following day we all started in Loenhout (GVA and UCI 1) both Brian and Andrew in Espoirs and me in the ELITE race.  107 Espoirs lined up and both Andrew and Brian had to start in the back…..lots of time lost already while clipping into the pedals.  Andrew flatted again and we really need to work on his smoothness on the bike 🙂  Brian finished the race 1 lap down and it was good to see him getting another race into the legs and boosting his fitness.  My race was OK.  Nothing special except for the start where again 2 riders went down hard right in front of me.  I seem to be a magnet for crashed right in front, or right next to me… really starts to scare me now since the guys are totally nuts in the area where I have to start my races – a danger zone.  One of the guys, Jempy Drucker, riding for Fidea was taken to hospital with a broken collar bone.  Again I lost quite some places because of this incident and finished 48th right behind Derrick St John from Canada.

All course were marked by fast conditions and sketchy icy corners and not really my thing, although I live in Canada for 4.5 years now.   Starts have been crazy with quite some crashes and that’s the most scary part right now.  My knee is in pain and has got a little hole in it but I was happy to be able to race again and with only a little bit of pain after the crash in Diegem.

Now we are back in the House for the next few days recovering from 4 cross races in the past 5 days..IMAGINE!! (Editor’s Note – THAT’S TOTALLY AWESOME!!!)  Every race had about 15,000 PAID (10 EURO’s PP) spectators showing up and those Belgians can be really loud, next to making fun of the people racing their brains out in the back of the field.


I am in the airport right now waiting for my lovely wife Debby.   It sure is a busy life racing cross right now.

thanks and have a good NEW YEARS EVE!!!!!

-Tim “Heemer” Heemskerk


Canada House in Holland: Race #1, Noordwolde, NED

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on December 30, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by Andrew Thomas

After a short warm up Tim, Brian and I started to make our way down to the start line, where we noticed a larger group of riders about to start. So we hurried over to the start line and took our places in the back row. As we were waiting to start, the big gun expected to win the race glanced over at Tim and said, “Are you Tim? You’re probably going to win today”. The big gun was defeated before the race even started.

So, we were off and started on this flat section of the course that circled around a small lake and then eventually into a forest with some tight sketchy corners. There was also one small hill with a slightly technical section at the base, which comes into play later on in this report.
The start was very fast, and because all three of us were at the back, we needed to move up as quickly as possible. I was sprinting through the pack with Tim on my wheel and Brian close behind, and in only a few short minutes, Canada House in Holland had reached the two riders off the front. Once at the front, Tim and Moorlag got away while Brian and I were holding off another few riders in top few spots.

Tim Heemskerk did what he does best, and made Moorlag suffer for a couple of laps before dropping him hard on the courses only hill I mentioned earlier and rode to the first win for Canada House in Holland. Brian still being very jet lagged from his journey across sea’s, had a strong race and finished in 11th spot. He is now looking forward to getting over this jet lag, and inflicting some pain and suffering on other racers in the races to come. I was riding in 4th with another rider, who was very strong on the flat sections but not so good in technical sections. So like Tim, I dropped this racer on the hill with the technical section at the base, and rolled in for 4th place.
Not a bad for our first team race.
Big thanks to team JanTerpstra for providing us with everything we need to race cyclo cross in these parts of the world.

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2008 by Sarns

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all you BikeAlberta readers. We hope Santa was good to you this year and brought you many bike goodies under the tree.

Here’s to all the best in 2009!

Canada House in Holland Update

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on December 21, 2008 by Sarns

Provided by Tim Heemskerk, TTP

Hello guys,

Since yesterday Canada House in Holland is complete. Brian arrived in Amsterdam last night and Andrew and I had to wait another 4 hrs since he missed his connection in London. Andrew arrived on Tuesday, and I am happy not to have to make the drive to the airport anymore. Amsterdam can be a busy place in rush hr I can tell you.

Andrew’s new Ridley bike fits really well and today we are going to size Brian on a bike and get our new Shimano shoes heat molded. The team provided a really nice race clothing package from socks to a skin suit. Next week Brian and Andrew will race the World Cup in Zolder (Belgium) in the U23 race and since they are jet lagged we will race a local race first tomorrow.  It will be a good opportunity for them to test the new bikes and equipment and their fitness.

Editors Note: Andrew finished 4th, Brian 8th or 10th and Tim won the “Local” race. “It is a good way to start a very busy next few weeks.” says Heemskerk.

It is great to have some good and professional support since it makes our lives easier and hopefully the race results even better.

I’ll will keep you guys updated.

You can follow along with Tim’s blog [here] and join the Canada House in Holland Facebook Group [here]

TTP Tim’s Training Programs
Professional coach and manager project “Canada House in Holland”.

Sutton & Schooler Racing CX World Cup

Posted in 'Cross, Cycling Bloggers, Racing, Training on December 20, 2008 by bikealberta

Edmonton’s Andre Sutton and Aaron Schooler are both in Nommay, France to race the 6th stop of the Cyclocross World Cup. They make up 2 of 3 Canadians participating in the event. Andre have been in Europe for a number of weeks now and has raced a few World Cups already along with some Cross races in the Czech Republic.

Schooler has just made his way to Europe and intends to stay until late January in order to compete at the World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

More info about the World Cup can be found [here]


Posted in 'Cross, Racing on December 19, 2008 by bikealberta

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

The Canadian Cycling Association has announced the athletes who will represent Canada at the 2009 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships being held in Hoogerheide, NED from January 31- February 1, 2009. This group includes 3 Alberta athletes.
Elite Women:
Wendy Simms (BC)
Natasha Elliot (ON)
Pepper Harlton (AB)
Elite Men:
Aaron Schooler (AB)
Derrick St John (ON)
U23 Men:
Andrew Thomas (SK)
Brian Robinson (AB)
Kyle Fry (ON)

Provincial Coach Moving to Manitoba

Posted in Training on December 16, 2008 by bikealberta

From the Manitoba Cycling Association

Jayson Gillespie had never been to Winnipeg until last week. His first impressions were good – good enough to accept the position of Provincial Team Coach of the Manitoba Cycling Association (MCA). Jayson will start in this position in the New Year.

Since 2005, Jayson has been the Provincial Cycling Coach and Head Coach of the National Cycling Center in Calgary starting in 2007. Through his role as Head Coach, Jayson gained experience in managing a high performance cycling program and coached some of Canada’s best junior and senior national team athletes. In 2008, Jayson was appointed the assistant coach of the Canadian team competing at the Junior World Road Championships in South Africa. That team included Winnipeg cyclist Leah Kirchmann. He is also the coach of Brayden McDougall who competed in cycling at the recent Paralympics in Beijing.

In addition to his cycling experiences, Jayson has an extensive academic background. With an Undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in Biology, and a half-completed exercise physiology degree, Jayson’s in-depth understanding of sport science helps him develop world-class training programs. His certification as a level 3 coach helps him understand the principles of coaching and training.

The Manitoba Coaching Association is thrilled to have Jayson join its team and look forward to an exciting future of cycling in Manitoba.

The Alberta Bicycle Association will be looking to replace the Provincial Coach position soon.  If you are interested in finding out more information about the job, please contact Executive Director Kipp Kaufmann –