Archive for August, 2009

Cyclocross Technique, Tactics, & Training

Posted in 'Cross, Training on August 24, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Shaun Adamson


Come out, learn some skills, practice some technique, and do some interval work. After all, in the words of Mr. Dynamite, “Girls only like guys with skills!”

We’ll start the first week of September on Thursday night and run until the Thursday before Nationals, October 7. We’ll meet in the field by the Argyll Velodrome at 6:30 pm. We’ll practice some skills and do some training for about 2 hours each night.

Cyclocross is a very technical and demanding sport and the practice we’ll do will surely help you out this year.

Please reserve your spot as I am trying to keep it small and intimate to give each of you the attention you deserve. Plus the first 3 people signed up will receive a Cycle-smart Solutions for Cyclocross DVD. Hammer Nutrition and United Cycle have also stepped up as sponsors and we will have different awards throughout the clinics.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And pass on the information to anybody you think might be interested. Should be good times!


Wednesday Night ‘Cross Clinic – Edmonton

Posted in 'Cross, Training on August 21, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Tim Heemskerk


the Wednesday night Cross Clinics which I have been teaching for the past 4 season keep continuing.

Matt Decore is willing to teach as many classes as possible during the upcoming cross. He is a great teacher with a great racing history and has been coming out a few times too over the past few years.
I will talk to Matt by email on a regular basis to kind of keep the same format, but with some interesting new insights as well.

SPREAD THE WORD! Schedule is coming soon.

Speed Theory Road Race & Provincial ITT

Posted in Racing, Road on August 20, 2009 by bikealberta


One of the biggest and most fun road events will take be this weekend in Calgary. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of all the excitement.

Located on a newly completed but closed major highway! This is your opportunity to feel like a professional.

On offer will be the Provincial ITT Championships, a late-afternoon Criterium, and a Road Race. All three events can be entered individually.

Don’t miss out! Registration closes tomorrow for all events.

Registration is available at

For more information visit

Edmonton Mid Week ‘Cross Racing Announced

Posted in 'Cross, Racing, Training on August 19, 2009 by bikealberta

provided by United Cycle 

United Cycle Tuesday Cross-Over

GoldBar Park  – 10955 50 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Starting from Tuesday, September 1st 2009 and running every Tuesday until October 27th, 2009.

Registration at 6:30, race at 7:00pm.

$2 entry fee

A, B, and C categories based on time.

Draw Prizes every night.

Open to all with current ABA Membership.

It’s gonna hurt, count on it.

CCA Video Podcast: July/August Update

Posted in Racing on August 18, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by the CCA

August 18, 2009 (Ottawa, ON) – Here is the latest CCA video podcast, which touches on the happenings and notable results of the CCA and Canadian athletes during the months of July and August, including the Pan American Road and Track Championships, BMX World Championships, the Canadian UCI MTB World Cups, and a CCA Para-cycling project in Italy.

Bow River Flow

Posted in Bicycle Commuting on August 18, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Mr. Carter

Bow River Flow is an occasion for Calgarians to gather and celebrate life along the Bow River and Memorial Drive Parkway. Imagine a great flowing commons through the heart of our city – an event that is inclusive of and accessible to all Calgarians – an invitation for individuals, families, after-church congregations, tai chi enthusiasts, to come together to mingle, and to enjoy a leisurely walk or ride along Memorial Drive, or a float down the Bow River.

It is an occasion for Calgarians to take some time on the last Sunday in August to slow down and collectively reflect on our good fortune – to leave behind the hustle and bustle of our busy work lives and the noise and hassle of our cars and traffic and simply relax, and enjoy Calgary’s beautiful Memorial Parkway, one of the gems of our city.

“Over 200 roads a year, including major arteries are closed. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the river bank and to promote being healthy. This area is going to really be beautiful once the renovations are done. It will be vibrant. It will encourage people to get out of their cars on a Sunday” said Alderman Druh Farrell.

“Who else does this (road closures for walking and biking)? Ottawa, New York City, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, among many others. These festivals allow people to enjoy a sense of community and interaction” said Alderman Brian Pincott.

For more information please visit

TransRockies Stage 7 Race Report:The End of The Epic

Posted in MTB, Racing on August 17, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by TransRockies

Crowsnest Pass-Fernie/74.8km/ 1293m climbing 

After four consecutive days of unseasonable cold and rain, riders left Blairmore, Alberta for the final stage of 2009 with the finish line in Fernie squarely in their sights. The euphoria of completion added an extra level of excitement to the morning, as did an extra hour’s sleep with a later start made possible by slightly shorter and flatter route than the previous three days which had seen most riders on course for at least 7 hours a day in tough conditions.

At 75 km long with 1300 metres of climbing, Stage 7 looked like a mere blip compared to the 300km and 6700 metres of climbing they’d overcome in the previous three stages. It would still mean nearly four hours on course for the winners and much longer for most of the field thanks to course conditions which remained slick after the wettest edition yet in eight years of TransRockies riding.

The leading group of riders stayed together through the first two feed stations before the leading Rocky Mountain Factory Team duo of Stefan Widmer and Marty Lazarski dropped the hammer, determined to celebrate their GC win with a solo ride down Victoria St. in Fernie. They had been the fastest team on the singletrack all week and again, they were able to open a sizeable lead on the technical sections and rolled into the finish alone for another impressive stage win.

Next across the line was PeteTurnbull of the UK, who has been riding solo since his partner was forced to pull out on day 1 with a serious virus. Though only teams are eligible for prizing, Pete has been in the action all week pushing the leaders and being one of the top finishers every day.

Even though the GC gaps were often very big, riders did not treat this as a ceremonial ride to the finish. Pushing for a podium finish on the last day, the Bow Cycles/Specialized duo of Ryan Correy and Brian Bain overcame a broken chain in singletrack. Correy used his elite running skills to get to the bottom then Bain took over towing his chainless teammate to the line to hold onto third place on the day as Team breathed down their necks.

In the Mixed 80+ category, Pat Doyle and Trish Grajczyk of Team Deadgoat took the suspense out of things early with a dominant ride and a sweep of all seven stages. Doyle was one of two competitors who was completing their fifth TransRockies and was honoured with a commemorative belt buckle that will go nicely with the pile of leaders’ jerseys he’s got. The other 5 TransRockies finisher was Dean Irvine of North Vancouver who was third overall in the Open Mixed division.

Team Cox of Norway held on to their gap to win the 100+ division while the Czechmasters in 80+ and Team Terrascape/Trek Toronto Open Mixed, both of whom had diced with the leading teams all week, won their respective categories. Finally, event host Nipika Mountain Resort also put their name on top of the standings as their Open Women’s team of Magi and Kate Scallion held off a hard challenge from the Velobella/Vanderkitten team to win the gold.

In every category and from front to back, riders made heroic and repeated efforts to get to the end of each stage. The TransRockies is considered to be the most difficult and epic mountain bike stage race and this was the most difficult edition of the TransRockies yet. The machined aluminum finisher medals will be only the smallest part of the reward that the competitors take home after overcoming the worst that the Rockies could throw at them over seven days, 532km and 14300 metres of climbing.