Archive for April, 2010

2010 Perogy XC Tech Guide & Race Registration

Posted in MTB, Racing on April 30, 2010 by bikealberta

Same great MTB race, new great organizer.  The 2010 Perogy XC is being hosted by River Valley Cycle.  Here’s the scoop:


Download the tech guide [here]

Sign up for the Perogy XC [here]


Spring XC Series #2 – Who Let the Bikes Out

Posted in MTB, Racing, Training on April 23, 2010 by bikealberta

I know it’s a little late, but the second last Spring Series XC goes tomorrow at Terwillegar Park. Stew went wild with the name, so it’s called “Who Let the Bikes Out.”
Race is at 11:00am with registration going from 9:30 on. It will be $10 and you must be a member of a ABA affiliated club to participate. There will be three groups heading out at either 2,3, or 4 laps, please place yourself accordingly. No sandbagging please.
For a rehash of all that stuff above, check out the poster:

In other news, it raining. But come on, the trails are so dry at worst they will be tacky for the race. So no excuses.
Now Sunday’s race might be a different story.

XC Spring Series # 3 “Hammerfest 2010”

Posted in MTB, Racing, Training on April 20, 2010 by bikealberta

Welcome to the final spring series XC race of the 2010 season. After this, it’s Alberta Cup season, so what better way to re-introduce yourself to all the wonders of racing your bike than to come on down to Terwillegar park on Sunday, April 25th and rip around on a new course. What’s that you say? There’s also a race the day before? Yes, indeed there is, but not to worry, each race will be different and jam-packed with more fun than you can shake a stick at.

The format is pretty standard, 2,3 or 4 laps of a course in the upper treed section of Terwillegar park. You choose which race you want to enter, but know that if you placed in the top three of either the 2- or 3-lap race, you will automatically be upgraded to the next level. Sandbaggers will be mercilessly mocked, and have their tires filled with river water.

Cost? $10 gets you in the race, and stick around afterwards as there will be food for racers and sweet draw prizes from River Valley Cycle. The only catch is that you must be a current member of an Alberta Bicycle Association club. Winners of all categories from the previous Spring Series races get in for free!

Registration is from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. and the races go off at 11:00 a.m.. Contact River Valley Cycle Racing for more information or go to

Spring Big Ring Classic Results & Photos

Posted in MTB, Racing, Results, Training on April 18, 2010 by bikealberta

Dry conditions and summer like weather made for a great day of MTB racing in Edmonton, as 55 racers participated in round 1 of the Spring MTB Race Series.  A big shout out the the Hardcore crew for putting on such a great spring series MTB race in Edmonton this past Sunday.  It was a great in between a tuesday nighter & a regular ABA sanctioned event.

The 4 Lap results can be found [here]

The 3 Lap results can be found [here]

The 2 Lap results can be found [here]

More photos from today’s spring training race can be found [here] and [here]

Thanks again to Hardcore for hosting the event and we can all look forward to a double header weekend of spring MTB racing next weekend, with United Cycle and River Valley Cycle set to host round 2 & 3 of the Spring Racing Series.  See you then.

Bike to the Symphony

Posted in Bicycle Commuting on April 16, 2010 by bikealberta

Kick off this year’s Bike Month in style. Ride with Edmonton Bicycle Commuters to the symphony!

EBC and the ESO are partnering to offer $25 tickets (incl. all fees) to EBC members for the June 1 performance of Cameron Carpenter and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets will be on sale only until May 6. A limited number of tickets are available, so hurry to get yours.

If your membership has expired or you haven’t become a member, you can buy a combo: a new individual membership and symphony ticket for $35.

Please go to BikeWorks prior to May 6 to purchase your ticket. Seating will be located on the main floor of the Winspear (orchestra seating).

On June 1, we’ll gather at BikeWorks (10047 80 Ave) between 6:10-6:30pm. A second group will also gather at Beaver Hills Park (105 St and Jasper Ave) between 6:40-7:00pm. You can meet at whichever location is most convenient to you.

The BikeWorks group will depart at 6:30pm and ride to Beaver Hills Park to join with the downtown group. At 7pm, the whole group will ride together to the Winspear. The concert will begin at 7:30pm.

Please try to wear your dress clothes for the bike ride, if possible. However, dress clothes are not required, if you prefer not to wear them, or if you wish to change once we arrive at the Winspear.

Event Location: BikeWorks (10047 80 Ave, entrance through back alley only), Beaver Hills Park (105 St and Jasper Ave), and the Winspear Centre (#4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, corner of 99 St and 102 Ave)
Event Admission: $25. Purchase at BikeWorks until May 6.
Contact for More Info:
Event webpage/website:

Spring Big Ring Classic Rescheduled for this Sunday

Posted in MTB, Racing, Training on April 14, 2010 by bikealberta

2010 Spring Big Ring Classic – MTB XC Spring Series Race #1

Sunday April 18, 2010

Terwilliger Park, Edmonton. View Map [here]

Cost is $10 and you must be a 2010 ABA member. Registration will take place onsite starting at 9 and ending at 10:50. Races start at 11 and will go in 2 minute intervals depending on the number of racers.

The race will cover some of the traditional Terwilliger XC course, with a few new twists and turns. There will be single track climbs, descents, and some double track .

You can choose to do 2-3-4 laps of the approx 5 km course. Please choose the level you are comfortable racing at. No sandbagging!

This is not and ABA points race but rather a way to shake out the winter cobwebs from your legs.

If you need any more info email

CanBike for Women – Edmonton

Posted in Bicycle Commuting, Training on April 14, 2010 by bikealberta

CanBike for Women is an on-road cycling course specifically for women to help you improve your cycling skills and increase your riding enjoyment.

Taught by and for women (CanBike instructors Karly Coleman and Roberta Franchuk), the course covers both theory and practice. Practical riding techniques start on quiet roads and work up to more complex situations at a pace that is comfortable for you. There will be also be opportunities to cover extra topics such as health, safety and riding with children.

The course is suitable to all female cyclists who have some riding experience but want to feel more comfortable cycling safely in traffic.

Cost: $80 plus refundable textbook fee of $35.

Dates: Saturday May 1 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturday May 8 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Saturday May 15 (on-road and written exam, time TBA)

Location: TBA

For more information or to register, contact registrar John Collier at 780.433.1270 or