Archive for October, 2009

Alley Cat Racing

Posted in Bicycle Commuting, Racing on October 28, 2009 by bikealberta

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Devon Devon Dairy Queen Double Dipper ‘Cross Video

Posted in 'Cross on October 27, 2009 by bikealberta

Thanks to Josh from Hardcore

Devon Dairy Queen Double Dipper

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on October 26, 2009 by bikealberta

The fourth last race in the Alberta Cup series was held in the scenic and slightly muddy area of the Devon Lion’s Campground. Riders were treated to a winding, fast course that challenged them physically and mentally. The “Agitator” had a successful debut sending riders in then out in a circle. Comments ranged from “Great fun!!!” to “Why am I doing this?”.Sport riders in the morning had the best course conditions with most of the mud and sand still being slightly frozen from the night before. That did not completely stop the crashes, but held them to the minimum. Tim Kulak (ERTC) rode away to an early lead and held off the field for the win. Brad Chisholm (Pedalhead) arrived in second and Jeff Peron (RMCC) finished off the podium. Cash prizing down to fifth surprised some who were not around to collect their hard earned dough.

Just as the course started to warm up and slop up, the Expert Men took to the field with the wind picking up and keeping volunteers busy with course repairs and maintenance including more hay bales on the now slick descent. The Expert race was a fiercely contested battle with the top riders constantly swapping positions as they got further into the race. Andy Achuff (Pedalhead) ended up taking the win nine seconds in front of Jason Redfern (Pedalhead) with Ken Belanger (Ind) fighting for third.

Open women had a very large category with the same amount of racers as the Expert men. No surprise here as Pepper Harlton (Juventus) rode away from the field hot off her Toronto Cyclocross success. Marg Fedyna (ERTC) pulled in second with Loni Klettl (Freeskool) using her mountain bike skills to take third on the now muddy corners.

The Elite Men showcased another couple battles with Aaron Schooler (H&R Block-Kona) and Ryan Hopping (United Cycle) fighting for first until a gap was made on the semi-rideable climb with Aaron pulling away for the win. Chris Mcneil (H&R Block-Kona) and Craig Stappler (Deadgoat) also had a good battle for third staying together until the final lap where Chris was able to pull away.
The real treat for the Elite race was Andre Sutton (Hardcore) breaking his chain on the start line, fixing it and starting half a lap back then making up ten spots to finish ninth. I think I almost saw Andre smile while he was making the rounds.

United Cycle would like to thank all the participants and volunteers that made our little race such a success. We could not have asked for better reviews and feedback from you the rider. Look for next year when the “Agitator” returns to keep your head spinning.

Calgary Pedestrian & Bicycle Improvement Project

Posted in Bicycle Commuting on October 20, 2009 by bikealberta

The City of Calgary is hosting a public drop-in information session about the University of Calgary Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project on Wednesday October 21st from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Triwood Hall. The project will be presented in conjunction with the Brentwood Transit Oriented Development/ Mobility Assessment and Plan.

You can now find University of Calgary Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project information on the web by clicking on the link.

Here is a brief summary of the project:

The University of Calgary Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project aims to plan and implement new or improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities in order to increase walking and cycling directness, convenience, safety and comfort for all. Target areas were chosen based on insufficient pedestrian and bicycle facilities and demonstrated demand such as high pedestrian and bicycle volumes, citizen requests, and informal trails. The timing and scope of the construction depends on the availability of funding, resources and coordination with other processes and projects. The construction might need to be phased over several years and is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2010.

The City is considering improvements to the following routes as shown in the attached drawing:

32nd Avenue NW: Home Road to Crowchild Trail
Charleswood Drive NW: Crowchild Trail to John Laurie Boulevard
24th Avenue NW: Collegiate Road to 24th Street
37th Street NW: 32nd Avenue to Crowchild Trail
Northland Drive NW: Crowchild Trail to 52nd Avenue
University Drive NW: 13th Avenue to 24th Avenue

Feel free to send comments by 3-1-1 before or after the October 21st public information session, and to distribute this information to your networks.

What did you miss at ’09 CX Nationals?

Posted in 'Cross on October 13, 2009 by bikealberta

Dallas Morris fills us in:

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Slow ride + beers. from Dalrock on Vimeo.

Good times where had by All!

Bow Cycle Job Posting

Posted in Bike Shops on October 8, 2009 by bikealberta

BUILD SHOP MANAGER

Bow Cycle is seeking a motivated individual to manage the day to day operations of the new Springbank Build Shop. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Maintaining a professional, clean shop
Assisting in hiring/ dismissal/ scheduling of build shop employees
Technical training of mechanics
Building quantity of bicycles as outlined by ownership
Maintaining quality standards as outlined by ownership
Maintaining shop efficiencies as outlined by ownership
Maintain budget for bike building and labor dollar generation
Participate in weekly service meetings

All interested applicants should submit a letter of intention along with a resume to Bob Grunewald at bobg@bowcycle.com before October 23rd. Salary to be discussed during the interview process.

Final United Cycle Tuesday Night Cross Race – Tonight @ 6:30!

Posted in 'Cross on October 6, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by United Cycle Race Team

Thank you everyone for the tremendous support you’ve shown our little Tuesday Night race series!
This Tuesday, October 6th will be our last session. The start time has moved to 6:30pm. Registration will open at 6:00pm. With the Alberta season winding up, our midweek season will be shutting down for another year. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the 70+ riders we had for multiple weeks.Good luck to everyone in the rest of the season and see you at the races!