Archive for July, 2009

2009 Tour de Bowness

Posted in Racing, Road on July 29, 2009 by bikealberta

Welcome to the 2009 edition of Le Tour de Bowness. Le Tour is a three race omnium event presented by Bow Cycle and its partners Canada Olympic Park, Bowness Mainstreet Businesses, and The RCMP.

Saturday August 1st, we kick off le Tour with a Hill Climb up Canada Olympic Park, can the record of 3 minutes 19 seconds be broken. On Sunday August 2nd, we have a treat for everyone, the Criterium moves to Sunday afternoon/evening making the event easier for all to see. On Monday August 3rd, along with the RCMP (A Career Nowhere Near Ordinary), a circuit around the Bearspaw Golf area ensures great viewing and a challenging course.

This year’s event promises to be one of the most challenging road events on the Alberta calendar. The Criterium will be the Provincial Championships for all categories and the Road Race will be for the Junior Provincial Championships.

Last year’s event drew over 200 competitors from all over Western Canada. With a grand total of $7000.00 in cash and over $3000.00 in merchandise, this is a race to be contested.

Whether you are a racer or a spectator, this is a race you will not want to miss. See http://www.letourdebowness.com for racing and spectator information.

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Canadians Podium at Mont Ste Anne World Cup

Posted in MTB, Racing on July 26, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided bt the Canadian Cycling Association

MONT- STE-ANNE, Que. – Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., won the gold medal Sunday in the women’s cross country race at a mountain bike World Cup competition while Geoff Kabush of Victoria added a bronze in the men’s race.

In the women’s race, Pendrel clocked the 22.8 kilometre course in one hour and 37 minutes and 42 seconds for her second World Cup medal this season. Irina Kalentieva of Russia finished second 1:31 behind Pendrel while Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic was third 1:49 behind the winner.

“It was a great day,” said Pendrel. “I was a little worried at the start because I didn’t start as fast as I would have liked. But I was able to use the climbs to bridge up to the leaders. Once I was at the front I wanted just to hang on and make as few mistakes as possible.”

Pendrel was fourth at last year’s Olympic Games and is currently ranked number-one in the world. She won the Canadian title two weeks ago.

Last year’s overall World Cup champion Marie-Hélène Prémont of nearby Chateau-Richer, Que., ran into mechanical problems after a strong start and was 10th. Emily Batty of Toronto was 15th.

“I was feeling good on the first lap and I was riding well on the technical sections,” said Prémont. ‘’I thought I had a flat but it was my tire coming off its rim and I lost a lot of air. So I slowed down and headed to the repair zone.’’

In the men’s race, Olympic champion Julien Absalon of France was the victor clocking 2:06:05 over 34.2 kilometres. Jose Hermida of Spain was second 0:32 seconds behind and Kabush was 2:48 behind the winner.

Kabush won the national title two weeks ago and is currently ranked sixth in the world.

Tour de l’Alberta Goes This Sunday!

Posted in Road on July 18, 2009 by bikealberta

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Roddi’s Not So Excellent Adventure to MTB Nationals

Posted in MTB, Racing on July 16, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Dr. Smooth Lega

Wondering how Roddi did at MTB Nationals this past weekend? Here is an excerpt from Roddi’s Blog with the low down:

Starting the blog up again. I’ll probably post again in a year or so. Keep checking back.
Here is how my Nationals 2009 went.
-flew to montreal
-watched, “I Love You Man” and it was funny as heck

-got rental car

-drove 5.5 hrs to St Felicien, QC, got in at 430 am

-slept in late

-pre rode the course with Bobbin’ C (Cody Canning) and Geoff Kabush rode with us a bit and he called me fat and I called myself a dump truck

-went for supper. Mike’s. It’s a QC chain. I had the BBQ chicken pizza. Don’t do it, read on.

-team meeting. It was decided that I am a the coolest.

-feeling a bit bloated now

-feeling pretty bloated now

-bedtime

-stomach is angry and feeling nauseous now

-uh oh, find a bucket

-puked and green apple splattered about 10 times throughout the night

-last puke and dry heave at 9am…it’s amazing how much puke can fit in a dump truck like me

-pre race meal-a corn flake and a headache

-drove to race course

-warmed up feeling awesome (sarcastic)

-start line, everyone was mellow and nice (funny how relaxed the elites always are)

-start….bang!

-last place

-moved up to 5th last

-got to the first steep hill

-it looked like everest

-couldn’t push my legs hard enough to actually move up the hill

-moved off the trail and felt shame

-dnf’d

-watched a bit, thought how I want to be fast nationally next year, it’s going to happen

-packed up

-drove 5.5 hrs back to Montreal airport

-hr 5 of driving, huge crazy mofo of a rain storm (it was on the weather channel news) and I was scared

-drove for 1 hr more in Montreal rain storm looking for a gas station that was open….none were open

-bagged the heck out of the rental car

-return of rental car

-stood in line at rental car office

-listened to 2 ladies trying to return a car that had a flat tire

-the desk guy said their car was from a private owner in Toronto and he couldn’t change cars

-the ladies were really angry and thought it was the worst day ever in life

-they complained a bunch more

-lady 1 dropped her change purse and it went all over the place

-she almost died because she thought it was her worst day ever in life

-lady 1 noticed I had already been waiting patiently and it had been for over 30 minutes

-lady 1 suggested to me that my day must not be as bad as hers

-I updated lady 1 with my trip up to that point

-lady 1 looked beaten

-lady 2, and desk guy also felt sorry for me

-after 30 more minutes lady 1 and 2 figured out their rental car problems

-back to my car problem

-desk guy said it will be 150 bucks to fill it if they do it

-I went back out and found a gas station and filled up

-returned car 1 hr late…he didn’t charge me a late fee and was nice to me

-went to the Tim Horton’s in the airport for a bagel

-ate the bagel as my first food of the day and it was gross

-found a nice place to sleep by a broken waterfall/staircase on the east end of the airport

-it was drafty

-got a few hours of sleep and some bug bites

-woke up, brushed teeth, and got on plane

-watched “the Sopranos”, 3 episodes, it was good

-flight landed smooth, my being on the plane probably had something to do with it

-Lovely Kathryn was waiting for me and it was all good

-Best trip ever! Hope next year is even better.
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Alberta’s Cody Canning & Samantha Grover Medal at MTB Nationals

Posted in MTB, Racing with tags on July 16, 2009 by bikealberta

This past weekend Team Alberta athletes Cody Canning and Samantha Grover took a bronze and silver respectively at the National Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships in St. Felicien, Quebec.

Grover (Hardcore) continued her strong 2009 season with a silver medal in the Women’s Junior competition. With her performance Grover secured a stop to represent Canada at the World Cup stop in Bromont, Quebec.

Canning from (ERTC/Revolution) finished the U23 race with a huge push to make it onto the podium for a bronze medal performance.

“The Alberta Bicycle Association (“ABA”) is delighted to have such talented and dedicated athletes representing Team Alberta” said Rick Thiessen, Provincial Head Coach.

photos by canadiancyclist.com

Devon Dust Up Report, Results, & Photos

Posted in MTB, Racing, Results on July 13, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Hardcore Racing

It was another great day of Alberta cross country bike racing.  This stop on the ABA race circuit was in Devon for the Dust Up.  In addition to being the last cup race before the geared provincial championships this race also saw Single Speeders duke it out for the right to be named Provincial Champ.  Racers from all over the province showed up to brave the leg busting climbs and the fast as you can go flats.   All 7.5 km of the course had ideal conditions as a few days of rain had made it nice and tacky.  New this year was the start area, which took place right in the middle of the Devon Lions campground and provided great viewing opportunities for friends, family and a fans.

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The first start saw the biggest group of the morning Novice Men tackle the course.  It was a tough battle for victory in this category but in the end independent racer Alistair Hill took the win with Redbike’s Chris Ring in second, but only down a down a second was Jason Reid from The Sean Fahlman Experience.   Sport Men was another large category and saw the top three ride away from the group and finish within about a minute of each other.  ERTC’s Neil Reid finished first, Brian Loewen of Mud, Sweat & Gears was second and Hardcore’s John Clark (who later volunteered as a course marshal) finished third.

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The rest of the morning results were as follows:
SPORT WOMEN
1.Bogi Gyorki-Deadgoat
2.Elizabeth Boschma-Pedalhead Racing
NOVICE WOMEN
1.Karen Fedoruk-Hardcore
2.Ramona Hill-Spin Sisters
3.Clare Neville-Spin Sisters
YOUTH SPORT WOMEN
1.Erin Middleton-Juventus
2.Sara Witzke-Juventus
YOUTH SPORT MEN
1.Graham Todd-Juventus

The afternoon saw the temperature rise as the Experts, Elites and Single Speeders sought glory.   The women’s expert field was a battle for podium spots and after the dust had settled independent racer Judy Harlton had won the day with Amy Barnett of Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle in second and Hardcore’s own Sandy Anhel was third.  The expert men’s filed was a filled with quality riders and it would be a tough race but in the end Hardcore’s Peter Knight claimed victory and independent racer Alan Reain in second closely followed by Cyclemeisters / Bow Cycle’s Ryan Corey. 

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The Elites had the longest race of the day 6 laps of the 7.5 km course for a total of 45 km.  Tim Heemskerk of United Cycle Racing/TREK/ GEAX TEST TEAM took the win.  To celebrate his win Tim rode the 50 km back to Edmonton, just another day at the office.  In second was Manuel Fehlmann of Pedalhead/Balance Point Racing who has not been a regular at the xc races this year but when he does show up he hands out the beats and rides hard.  Hardcore’s Andre Sutton claimed third spot, as usual he only took half bottles in the feed zone which is a weight saving practice that seems to be paying off for him. 

The Elite women’s race would be a battle of the top two women in the province, Juventus’ Pepper Harlton and Freeskool’s Loni Klettl.  Pepper who was looking to claim back the points leader position had a solid start but the relentless climbing proved too much for her cross bike and a mechanical forced her out of the race.  The day then belonged to Loni who took the top spot.   Second on the day was to Shantel Koenig of Redbike followed by Katy Curtis of Cyclemeisters in third.

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The true heroes of the day were the single speeders.  They would be vying for the bragging rights of Provincial Champion.  Eight men lined up at the start and by the time the dust had settled Gabor Csonka Deadgoat – Wiseracer.com won in 1:56:02, in doing so he passed most of the expert field despite starting 2 minutes after them.  Last years champion Peter Yez from Mud Sweat and Gears spun his way to second while Derek Anderson Freewheel Fatties claimed the final podium spot.  In the women’s race Lisa Lepoole of Terrascape was the lone competitor but that didn’t stop her from putting in a solid effort and definitely earning the right to be named 2009 Single Speed Provincial Champion.  

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This year marked the second bike give away.  This give away recognizes youth leaders in the Devon community.  The lucky recipients this year were Liam Armstrong and Hayley Marie Hicks.  They got to take home a sweet new Gary Fisher Tarpons.

A big thanks has to go out to all the volunteers, some of whom raced and volunteered.  Without them the race would not have been possible.  Also thanks has to given to Hardcore Bikes the main sponsor.  The Town of Devon, Devon Lions Campground and the Devon IGA also were key contributors in making this event a success.

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Results from the 1st start can be viewed [here] and the 2nd start [here]

Check out more photos:

Lungsnot’s Photos                                

Chris Slowinski’s Photos

See you all next year for more dust and definitely more ups!

Job Posting – ABA Executive Director

Posted in Bike Clubs on July 8, 2009 by bikealberta

The Executive Director has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of all cycling sports (Road, Track, Cyclocross, BMX, Mountain Bike and Paracycling) within the province of Alberta. The primary focuses of the position are program management, human resource management, financial management, board liaison, marketing and relationship development.CLOSING DATE: AUGUST 3, 2008

This varied and challenging role will have responsibility for:

Developing and implementing strategy aligned with ABA’s goals and objectives.
Leading and developing a small team
Developing proactive relationships
Managing the financial resources of the association
Facilitating the decision-making and leadership with the Board through provision of advice, support and information relating to processes, protocols and Board business.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced sport manager to contribute to the growth of cycling in Alberta. Previous experience in working for sporting organizations would be an advantage but is not mandatory. A competitive package is offered.

Submit Resume and Salary Expectations to:
Kipp Kaufmann
Alberta Bicycle Association
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3K6
kipp@albertabicycle.ab.ca
780-427-6352