Archive for January, 2010

Lance Armstrong Coming to Edmonton

Posted in Road on January 28, 2010 by bikealberta

Provided by inews880

Lance Armstrong knows something about cancer. The seven-time Tour de France champion contracted cancer in 1996 at the peak of his sports career and has become a beacon of hope for others struggling with the disease.

Armstrong will visit Edmonton this summer to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

Heidi Bedard, senior director of development for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Prairies/NWT Region, says Armstrong came to Calgary a few years ago, but it will be his first visit to Edmonton.

“He had a few dates that he was able to commit to Canada, and chose to come out west and come up to Edmonton this time. So, the dates we’re looking at at this time are August 25 and August 26th.”

Bedard says more details about Armstrong’s two-day visit will be announced as plans are developed.

To learn about corporate partnership opportunities with the CBCF for the Lance events, contact Heidi Bedard at 780-452-1166, or e-mail

See the orginial story [here]


Speed Theory Women’s Team is Looking for New Riders

Posted in Bike Clubs, Racing, Road, Training on January 28, 2010 by bikealberta

Speed Theory Women’s Team is now recruiting! We are a grassroots team with plans for future growth. Our goal is to develop both our racing teams and training teams. We will be holding an open house on February 2 at 6 pm at the Speed Theory Store. Plan to stop by and meet other team members and ask questions. Find out why Speed Theory is the club for you! No experience racing? No problem, we will help you prepare and feel confident for your 1st race!

A few things we are lining up for the year include:

Twice a week training sessions. One of these will be a skills session. We will cover basic skills such as drafting, pack riding, cornering, crit riding, etc. The second session will be a long easy ride where there will be a no drop rule. Riders will be divided into abilities to accommodate all types of riders. We will teach you what to eat and drink on long rides and provide great riding routes around Calgary and the mountains.

A Race team for both A and B riders. We will be asking those that want to be part of a race team to choose 3 out of 5 races to attend. This will ensure that we have a good selection of women at each race. Our goal is simple- to create an atmosphere of Speed Theory riders who can work together at races.

Our training sessions will be open to all club members whether you are part of the race team or a non-racing member. We want to
Join us on February 2 and learn more about Women’s cycling and the Speed Theory Team.

If you have questions please contact any or all of the following:


ABA Job Opportunity

Posted in MTB on January 27, 2010 by bikealberta

The ABA is now accepting resumes for the position f Mountain Bike and BMX Sport Coordinator.

Location: Edmonton, AB

Criteria: A suitable candidate for the position will have a post-secondary degree in Sport or Recreation, or related experience. Candidates must be comfortable working with computers; experience with Microsoft Excel is desirable. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, and bring a high level of energy to the position


For more details please click [here]

Bow Cycle is Hiring

Posted in Bike Shops on January 21, 2010 by bikealberta

Bow Cycle & Sports is now taking applications for Full and Part time parts department staff to start in February. Successful candidates should possess the following skills and knowledge: Enthusiasm for cycling, extensive knowledge of bike parts in more than one cycling genre, willingness and aptitude to learn all aspects of cycling, basic bike repair skills, good organizational skills, good rapport with all types of people, merchandising experience, and especially a high gear work ethic. Inquiries and candidates can email their questions and resumes to

Bow Cycle & Sports is now taking applications for Full and Part time sale department staff to start in February. Successful candidates should possess the following skills and knowledge: Enthusiasm for cycling in more than one cycling genre, willingness and aptitude to learn all aspects of cycling, good rapport with all types of people, merchandising experience, and especially a high gear work ethic. Inquiries and candidates can email their questions and resumes to

Thank you,

Bob Grunewald
Bow Cycle & Sports
6501 Bowness Rd NW
Calgary, AB T3G 5J4
(P) 403 202 4359
(F) 403 288 5728

Pedalhead Hockey

Posted in Bike Clubs, Bike Shops on January 13, 2010 by bikealberta

Round THREE of Pedalhead hockey is back on January 19nd @ 10:45 P.M.

Please note the ARENA FOR THE GAME…

We are playing at Tipton

10828 80 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6E5B5

$15 per skater. First beer is free.

We need 20 skaters for a fast game so get your name in soon if you want to play. We also need 2 goalies and they always play for FREE!

Please remember to bring a WHITE jersey and a BLACK or RED jersey. No other colours please.


Pedalhead hockey is unique in that we encourage beginners to play. If you are just learning or have not played in a while, don’t let that hold you back.

Because we have more players than spots, the FIRST to email back are in!  Email Scott:

We are on the ice at 10:45 P.M. for 1.5 hours.

See you Tuesday night Jan 19th

Scott O.

Cody in Costa Rica (Part 3)

Posted in Cycling Bloggers, Racing, Road on January 2, 2010 by bikealberta

My fello Chumps and Chumpettes!

This section of the update is being created at 32,000 feet while being distracted by crying babies and the hope of one day making it home. Flights have again been canceled, delayed and missed due to American pussies scared of slush. My Costa Rican adventure has sadly come to an end but on the bright side this is only the first of many planned bike trips of the 2010 season. The fitness is again back to a respectable level and the last two weeks have been a great success. If your bored or daring enough please read on…


Stage 9 was the only flat stage of the race. A 98km circuit race around the surfing resort town of Jaco and officially the most fun day of the trip. Our team decided this was our last real chance to shake n‘ bake and we would lay it on the line today. With Vincent aka Twenty Hundred, Charles Tibo, C-Hippy and myself left in the race we were BY FAR the fattest team in Costa Rica and flat terrain was our only chance at success. The gun went off and Twenty Hundred and Tibo pretty much followed or initiated every move for the first half of the race. With 4 laps to go I took a dig to try and bridge a 2 min gap to a 3 man group that we missed getting a guy into. I got about 300m off and then hit an imaginary lack of fitness wall and eventually got sucked back into the pack. No more than 30 seconds later C-Hippy launched off the front and successfully bridged the gap to the leaders. Unfortunately mountain biker tactics left The Hippy aka the strongest rider in the break with nothing left for the sprint as he tried multiple times to get away in the last 3 km. Myself and Tibo abandoned our tail gunning duties temporarily to be at the front for the sprint in case the break was brought back at the finish. Afterward we ate dinner at some beach resort and went swimming in the surf. Super times were had. On the drive back to the hotel we stopped beside a river to play with some Crocodileo. C-Wally and a Guatemalan got pretty adventurous poking the little crocs with a stick.

Stage 10 was a real doozie with a 65km long climb gaining 9000 feet over a 130km stage. Essentially we started on the hill and then descended to the finish line. Being completely sick of the provided diet i’ve ventured yonder in search of varied nutrition the past few days. Not really thinking much about it i’d been eating pretty much exclusively fruit and vegetables. The whistle blew for a 10km neutral ride out of the city and on 3 occasions I was already off the back. O dear! The legs are officially the worst ever. Survival mode (aka Operation Gortex) seemed like the best option and I started loading up on food, water and just went my own easy pace in an attempt to make the time cut. I was the second last rider over the climb as I soft pedaled at maximum effort the whole way. Then I did a nice tuck for the 45km switchback decent where I caught and passed 5 other riders to finish and make the 18% time cut for the day.


Stage 11 was a 30km flatish individual time trial. Pedaled a steady pace and tried not to use too much energy. Took a 2 hour nap and ate nearly 10,000 calories. The calories included 2 Mcdonalds cheeseburgers, ice cream, 2 beer, 5 sandwiches, 4 bowls of cereal, 2 heaping salads, a bunch of fruit, Dorito chips, a bowl of mashed potato’s, roast beef, peanut butter and banana toast and probably more but I forget.


Stage 12 was the final stage and for our team it was the Stanley Cup Finals. Every man for themselves and first across the line takes home the ultimate prize…bragging rights. This stage was exactly the same as stage 10 but run the opposite direction. With the traditional lack of warmup I was off the back from the gun. About 2 minutes into the 45km, 9000 foot elevation gain climb something funny happened. My legs started to suck less than they have in a very long time. Downshifting 3 gears and standing on the pedals I still felt easy and relaxed. Within 10 minutes I caught the second group on the road consisting of about 8 riders. At first I just rolled on past them but they started to yell at me and call me “mucho loco” so I figured I would just chill for a bit and wheel suck the Pizza Hut train for a while. Eventually the group swelled to about 15 riders with some of us joking and having a good time and others suffering just to hang on. It was a really nice feeling to be near the front of the race while still feeling very comfortable. In the end C-Hippy and myself rolled in 19 minutes after the leaders in a group placing 15-30. During the last 10km of the race the road was lined solid with people cheering us on and at the finish there were literally thousands of people to welcome and congratulate us. It felt almost like a stage of the tour with all the people, helicopters, camera’s, media and the whole deal.


In the end the Vuelta a Costa Rica was a really cool experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’ve met a ton of really cool people, learned a bit of spanish and experienced the biggest cycling event to date. The organization did a surprisingly good job providing us with everything we needed to get the job done. A big thank you goes out to Marc Dufor (team manager) and Jean Michelle aka J-Mike (manager/rider) for all the work put into making the trip happen.
So until next time gang, keep fit and have fun!!


More photos can be viewed [here]

Cody in Costa Rica (Part 2)

Posted in Cycling Bloggers, Racing, Road on January 1, 2010 by bikealberta

Albertan’s Cody Canning & Cory Wallace are currently racing the skinny tires down in Costa Rica.  Here’s Cody’s 2nd take on the experience…

Provided by Cody Canning

Ohhh Babycakes!

This puppy is being generated via the Ambassador hotel lobby. We’ve got DJ Vellieux doing a sing along to the classic “Uptown Girl” and some Dutch peeps throat talking to each other as per usual. The sun has set and the boys all got there recovery nylon’s on. Its almost time for bed here but first, I bring you a short update.

Stage 4 was the longest of the Tour at 190km and is considered a flat stage with only one major climb and a few short steep pitches. As always we start off fast with a flurry of early attacks but things mostly stay together until the only KOM at the 100km mark where all hell breaks loose and packs of 5 guys scatter the route. Myself, J-Mike and C-Wally start crushing souls and together we bridge group to group back up to the leaders. Up next was mass chaos. Imagine cruising downhill at 70-80km/h dodging 1 meter diameter, 30cm deep potholes. They were everywhere and they were deadly with guys crashing, flatting and splitting bikes all over the place. This section alone took out 3 Guatemalans! Most guys who flatted or got dropped motor paced the team cars back to the peloton in the next 40km of flat crosswinds to the finish.

Stage 5 at 140km with no major obstacles looked to be the easiest of the Vuelta but in reality it was defiantly one of the hardest. The stage started with some crazy sketchy loops around the city of Liberia which included 1/2 lane roads in corners with oncoming traffic. J-Mike ended his tour in the intermediate points jersey on one of the corners going down and never having a chance to catch the flying peloton again. The circuit rolled full boar onto the Pan American highway and into massive crosswinds. In short the peloton was guttered and shattered for the next 2 hours. Then pummeled by about 20 vertical wall climbs averaging 50km/h and ending with a 3km 20% climb to the finish.

The 140km Stage 6 was our first official day in the mountains and my first day wheel sucking the Dutch. The main obstacle was a 12km steep climb near the beginning of the stage. I don’t remember much other than it hurt and I followed the big lanky Dutch groupetto all day. At this point the provided rice and beans three times a day diet was turning to the dark side and supplemental nutrition was a must. The tiny Columbian team jumped, pinned and shaved the head of our 300lb bus driver Spencer as a joke. Tap water was deemed mostly drinkable and our nice white Tour de Quebec kits now resembled the brown polka dot jersey. The french of our team gave up trying to remember Marvin Guzamins name and instead call him Garmin Slipstream Transitions presented by Chipotle for some french reason.

Stage 7 aka the hardest day of the race was a true mountain nightmare. 80% of the stage was uphill as we started at sea level and finished at 1500m. Again being 10lbs too fat I wheel sucked Team Amsterdam for much of the stage and suffered like no other to finish somewhere in the first groupetto. Mini banana’s and Oreo’s courtesy of the Pizza Hut truck fueled the days events as well as watching a Guatemalan eat it while trying to take a leak on the go over speed bumps. By now the legs are starting to seize up nicely as it takes at least 2 minutes of hard riding before any power is able to be generated. I am also developing a spot of tendentious on the back of my left knee which makes racing up hill all day feel a little like listening to the song Fergilicious on repeat for 5 hours straight.

Stage 8 brought a 13km uphill time trial from the town of Catigo up the side of a volcano literally finishing in the clouds. Gradients in the switchbacks topped 25% as team cars were having to be pushed by spectators up the steepest sections. My legs simply did not work on this day and I lost 8 minutes to the winner with a time of 41 minutes. Seeing as both myself and C-Wally are mountain bikers we had a inside bet with ourselves going that if we didn’t win the stage hair cuts were on the agenda come rest day.

Rest day. The Hippy picked a sharp classic style from the local Mens Style hair magazine. I ended up translating in broken spanish and hand signals that I wanted a mohawk and a mullet. With our spiffy new dews taking a surprising 3 hours to complete darkness had taken over and we were going to have to navigate a 30 minute ride through San Jose in the dark. In short it nearly ended in Christmas Eve death but it was a good time. Mucho Sleepio was the main activity of the day.

Happy Christmas,

CC Mc Sunburn