Archive for March, 2009

Alberta’s Tara Whitten Wins Omnium Silver @ World Track Championships

Posted in Racing on March 28, 2009 by Sarns

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March 28, 2009 (Pruszkow, Poland) – Canada’s Tara Whitten has won silver in the women’s Omnium. Whitten was tied for the lead heading into the final event the 500m TT where she finished 8th while Josephine Tomic (Australia) who she was tied with placed 7th.

Following the 40-lap (10km) Points race won by Tomic where Canada’s Whitten placed 11th, Whitten was tied for the lead with the Australian both with 19 points going into the final Omnium event the 500m TT. Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) was 3rd with 20 points while Elisa Frisoni (Italy) was 4th at 25 points, followed by Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) in 5th with 26 points.


Bow Cycle Update

Posted in Bike Shops on March 26, 2009 by Sarns

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Bow Cycle is having its 3rd annual Blue Light Sale. We changed the format a little bit this year by putting even more product up for sale!! Check out all the details at

Stephen Burke Named Finalist For TSN Chunky Most Valuable Coach

Posted in Racing, Road on March 25, 2009 by bikealberta

Stephen Burke has been named one of 4 finalists for the TSN-Chunky Most Valuable Coach Award.

The final week is now upon us. After six straight days of being in first place, Stephen is currently in 2nd place. Make sure to vote for Stephen before the contest closes. To vote visit the contest website.

World Track Championships – Alberta’s Tara Whitten 7th

Posted in Racing on March 25, 2009 by bikealberta

Tara Whitten placed 7th in today’s final of the Women’s Individual Pursuit in the opening day of the 2009 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland.  More information regarding the track world championships can be found at


Posted in bmx, MTB, Racing on March 24, 2009 by Sarns

The Alberta Bicycle Association has recently been informed that BMX and Mountain Bike (XC) will be part of the 2010 Alberta Summer Games in Peace River and Grimshaw. The 2010 Games will mark the return of Mountain Bike to the games for the first time since 2004 and will mark the development of a new BMX track in northern Alberta.

Roddi Lega (MTB & BMX Coordinator) stated “The Alberta Summer Games provide a great opportunity for growth and development of Alberta’s next generation of top athletes.”

Qualification and coaching information will be announced in early 2010.

For more information visit the Alberta Summer Games Website

Crazy Larry Video

Posted in Cycling Bloggers on March 22, 2009 by Sarns

For anyone who has attended the 24 hrs of Adrenalin or the Banff BikeFest, you’ve seen and heard Crazy Larry Melnik.

The nickname Crazy Larry was given to him affectionately by the kid’s and youth in the valley for his night time skiing and relentless efforts to help the homeless. The nickname is very fitting.

A video featuring Crazy Larry’s spririt & vision is shared with us [here] at Alberta Primtime.  Check it out!

Learn more about Crazy Larry and his endevours at or the Crazy Larry of Banff Facebook Group

Terrascape goes to South Africa

Posted in MTB, Racing on March 21, 2009 by Sarns

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Alana and 9 other Calgarians have ventured off to South Africa for the 8 day mountain bike race, the Cape Epic. Included in the motley crew are her husband and fellow Terrascaper Jeff, Terrascaper Paul, Schmoe Steve Walsh who will be Alana’s teammate, and Greg who rides for Top Gear. Along with them are friends of Greg’s – Matt, George, Faisan, Kim and Drew.

Read on as Alana describes the details of their race preparation and the first few days of their adventure in South Africa!:

Race prep has been happening ever since we decided to sign on. Jeff had done the race 2 years ago, and I had come for the traveling. He had wanted to come back and do it again, but there is a lottery system for registration, so you are never guaranteed an entry. So what the heck??…I threw my name in too! I had a good season of endurance mountain bike racing – but I shouldn’t have been so surprised when I actually got invited to register. After much deliberation and budgeting, we decided we could both go, and I found a teammate in Steve Walsh – all around good guy, Schmoe Racer. Fast forward 6 months through 10 – 15 hours per week of spin, core, weights and snowshoeing to get me race ready. Thanks Coach Jeff!

In March, we decided that a little visit to my parents in Phoenix to loosen the legs, put tires on dirt and hang with the folks was an integral part of training as well. We convinced 8 of the 10 Cape Crew to join us for a weekend just before departing for the race. National Trail, Desert Classic, Trail 100, and the Superstitions were excellent warm-ups for us. And the boys enjoyed the all you can eat pancakes at the Lost Dutchman Resort – race fuel beyond compare!

Jeff and my flights to South Africa took us through Dubai, and we were lucky enough to enjoy time with friends during our 13 hour layover. Thanks Bruce and Jenn, Lane and Lachlan!

Finally we arrive at our favourite guesthouse – Stellendal, in Somerset West, which is 30km from the start line. The past few days have been busy getting used to the warmth, the time zones, and getting in a few rides. There have been fires in the hills for months, so much of the mountain biking trails have been destroyed. Road riding along the coast in South Africa has been an exciting adventure, getting used to riding on the left side of the road, and remembering to LOOK RIGHT first, then cross the street!! Yelling “Death comes from the Right!” usually reminds the front rider to get this straight!

We all piled in the rental van yesterday to register, and got a close look at the scorched hillsides of Table Mountain, where the prologue is scheduled to take place on Saturday.

It was closed for preriding yesterday, but we are hoping that today we can pre-ride the prologue course. The prologue is 19 km up and around Table Mountain, with each team starting 30 seconds behind the previous team. Our finish times for the prologue will dictate which start chute we will be in on Day 1 of the race, so hopefully we will all be riding with our appropriate peer group. Ride fast!

It has been a bit of a challenge keeping 8-13 people together and organized, but we are moving forward! For now, it’s breakfast time.

Follow along with the Terrascape crew [here]