Archive for September, 2009

Cyclocross Volunteers Needed

Posted in 'Cross on September 30, 2009 by bikealberta

Race organizers are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with all aspects of the race. If you are interesting in working on a national-level race, this is a great opportunity to meet the best cyclists in Canada, have some fun, eat well, and get a great t-shirt. You don’t need to be a cyclist to help out with this event and if you are interested, please contact don.fox@cyclocrossedmonton.com.

The Canadian National Cyclo-cross Championships on October 10th, and the UCI Jim Horner Grand Prix on October 11th. Both races are being run at Argyll Park in Edmonton, Alberta. Cyclists can register online at http://www.karelo.com. Organizers are expecting close to 200 competitors at the biggest weekend in Canadian Cyclo-cross!

Finally, there is a need to provide housing opportunities for those competitors travelling from all parts of the country to compete in these national championships. If you are interested in providing accommodation for a competitor (or two?), please contact don.fox@cyclocrossedmonton.com and he will take care of matching a competitor with your generous offer for accommodation.

The Dark Knight – Alberta’s Night CX Race

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on September 22, 2009 by bikealberta

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The Dark Knight returns for ’09. Same course, same D.J., same lunacy!! Team Cyclemeisters/ Bow Cycle is very pleased to present Alberta’s only nighttime Cyclocross race.

We’ll be bringing back everything that made last year’s event so incredible and we’ll be adding a few things to step the thing up a bit. Big changes for this year include partnerships with Wild Rose Brewery and Mountain View Roasterie for prizes and givea- ways and the removal of the race from the ABA ‘Cross Cup series (more on this latter) Field limits will be in effect for this race, and judging by the calls I get this thing will sell out quickly … sign-up early and don’t be disappointed!!!

Download the tech guide here: dark-knight-tech-guide-09

Calgary Bike Film Festival – TONIGHT!

Posted in Bike Clubs on September 15, 2009 by bikealberta

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Provincial Hill Climb Championships

Posted in Racing, Results, Road on September 14, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Andy Holmwood

Records fall at Mt. Norquay ….

A combination of pristine new asphalt and warm, calm weather led to fast times up the Mt. Norquay Road on Sunday (September 13th).

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Records, kept since 1991, were broken in four categories on the 5.4 kilometre course: Samuel Beaudoin of Edmonton’s Juventus club broke the record for Under-15 Men for the second consecutive year, setting a new mark of 15 minutes, 28 seconds, over one minute faster than his 2008 ride. Other records fell in the Masters’ categories where three Calgary riders set new best times. Sonia Utting put up a new best time in the Master Women 30 – 39 category, Mitch Klassen did likewise in the Master Men 40 – 49 category, and Pat Dodge (The Bike Shop) improved on the record in the Master Men 50 – 59 group.
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Men and Women in the elite categories riders were able to crack the top-ten fastest times list; however records, held by Matt Anand and Danelle Kabush respectively, were not to be challenged. Edmonton’s Cody Canning (ERTC/Revolution Cycle) almost broke the 13-minute barrier – a feat not done since 1998 – with a winning time of 13:04, while Calgary’s Nik Vogler won the women’s competition with a time of 16:18, good for 10th place on the all-time list.
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Local Rundle Mountain Cycling Club members were well represented on the podium. Junior riders Andrew Spahr and Sean Qi finished first and second, respectively, while Darren Anderson continued his fine season, placing third in Category 3.

The event was hosted by the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club.

Full results can be viewed here: norquay-results-2009

COP Fall MTB Race

Posted in MTB, Racing on September 6, 2009 by bikealberta

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Moustache Madness Provincial XC Championships

Posted in MTB, Racing, Results on September 2, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by Race Organizer & Provincial XC Champ Cory Wallace

Last Sunday the Alberta Provincial XC Championships took place out in the wild hills surrounding the town of Hinton AB.  Not only a race, this was also a wildlife tour as riders pre-riding the course were seeing grizzly, moose and a black bear with cubs.  The organizers were hoping to put out jars of honey to attract more spectators for the Sunday race but the higher ups shot down the idea.

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With close to a hundred racers/spectators camping onsite a game of glow in the dark frizzbie broke out late at night with Crazy Larry from Banff leading the charge.  After a bonfire with riders trash talking each other, things were finally put to rest as everybody wanted to save a little extra juice in case one of the bears out on course got hungry on race day.

Sunday morning racers awoke to sun and blue skies with the temp reaching a high of 28 for the race.  After the youth raced around a 6 km technical course in the morning the Elites lined up at 12:30 to tackle the single-track dominant 9.7 km course.  The tough course was designed by Nathan Froehler back in 2001 when he hosted Provincials, and it had been grown over, but with a bit of work it was ready to go on race day and was sure to cause a lot of suffering.  With fast flowy single track descents including a 6 minute arm burner and then a fast 16 minute quad path/single-track climb back to the start the course was rough on the riders as only 200 meters by the start/finish area was flat.  

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With a case of Big Rock on the line for the winner’s of the 1 km prologue loop the game plans for a couple racers changed as Jon Nutbrown decided he would give up his chance of a provincial medal and instead emptied the tank to claim his case while Pepper Harlton would out sprint Loni Klettle (Freewheel Cycle) to claim the Women’s case.   After the prologue sprint the Elite men would settle in for 4 laps on the pure mountain biker’s course. Cory Wallace (Freewheel Cycle) rode away on the first climb with Cody Canning (ERTC) staying close for a couple laps before succumbing to the relentless course and eventually coming in 4 minutes behind Wallace to claim Provincial Silver.  Roddi Lega (Pedal head) and Brian Bain (Bow Cycle) would duke it out for the final podium spot with Lega using his diesel engine dump truck to gap Bain on the final lap.

In the Women’s race local rider from Jasper, Loni Klettle (Freewheel Cycle) would out battle last year’s winner Pepper Harlton (Juventus) to take the Gold medal. Harlton, who is well known for her cyclocross riding was already preparing for this year’s season by riding her cyclocross bike in the race.  Apparently the rough course took its toll on Harlton as Klettle was able to gap her enough on the descents to hold her off on the long climbs and came in over 10 minutes ahead.  Claiming Bronze in the race was Shantel Koenig (Redbike) who was having a blast ripping down the endless descents while being able to work on her tan lines on the long climbs.

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After the race riders were awarded their Provincial medals and then the annual Moustache competition took place, awarding the best male and female staches in the Alberta mountain biking community.  With the winners walking away with jumbo sized cans of Heineken all the other riders were jealous and already talking about starting to grow there staches for next year’s event… which apparently may expand to include a night crit and marathon race.

Overall the race weekend was a great success thanks in large part to announcer and volunteer extraordinaire Crazy Larry who made sure every racer coming across the line had a smile on there face thanks to one of his smirky comments. Crazy Larry who is well known for announcing at the 24 hrs of Adrenaline races in Canmore kept the racers going throughout the day and singlehandly transformed a peaceful wilderness race into an ongoing high energy comedy show.  After the race he was seen heading out with his backpack cycling back to Banff through the night.

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Special thanks to Kona, Freewheel Cycle, Lakeview Inn and Suits, IGA, Coco’s Cafe and Morad communications for making this weekend happen!

Elite Results:

Men:

Gold-  Cory Wallace (Freewheel/Kona) 2:15:16

Silver- Cody Canning (ERTC)               2:19:22

Bronze- Roddi Lega (Pedalhead)           2:26:49

 

Women:

 Gold-  Loni Klettle (Freewheel Jasper)  2:09:07

Silver- Pepper Harlton (Juventus)          2:19:18

Bronze- Shantel Koenig (Red Bike)      2:21:04

Full results can be viewed here: hintonprovincials09results1