Archive for June, 2010

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Video

Posted in Racing, Road on June 29, 2010 by bikealberta

Provided by Sheldon Smart of

2010 Road Nationals, Edmonton, Alberta from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

A week or so ago, I got a call from Mike Sarnecki asking if I wanted to help do a little reporting on Road Nationals for Pedal Magazine. I said, ‘sure, why not…’. I didn’t really ask what it would all entail, but nor was I concerned. Whatever it was, I was pretty sure it was going to be good fun. Thursday, the day before the Friday Time Trails, I showed up at the press conference at the Matrix Hotel. ‘See if you can get some on camera interviews’, Mike told me. Again, I said, ‘sure, why not…’, though I knew I might be walking in over my head. Armed with a point and shoot Fuji Film camera, a list of racer names I didn’t really know, and some suggested questions from Mike, off I went…

read more [here]


What They Were Saying At Road Nationals

Posted in Racing, Road on June 28, 2010 by bikealberta

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Win Interview with Will Routley from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Interview with Dominique Rollin from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Interview with Svein Tuft from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Interview with Andrew Randell from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Interview with Tara Whitten from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

2010 Canadian Road Nationals Post Race Win Interview with Joelle Numainville from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

Want to build up your Karma points…

Posted in MTB, Racing on June 26, 2010 by bikealberta

The Nationals organization is still looking for VOLUNTEERS in order to be able to host a successful week of racing. If you will be in Canmore for the week/weedend of July 15-18th and are either watching or accompanying a racer, please consider helping out for any of the other (multitude) events. Even if you only have an afternoon available, there is always something that can be done. (set up, take down, traffic control…)

For more information and to contact the volunteer coordinator, please email:

Bikeridr Summer Solstice Suffer Springs XC Race Report

Posted in MTB, Racing, Results on June 22, 2010 by bikealberta

Provided by Sheldon Smart of

Last weekend was the Deadgoat, Summer Solstice Suffer Springs XC race in beautiful Kananaskis country. This race should simply be titled, ‘the hardest race of the ABA XC season’. I know there isn’t much of a ring to it, but it’s much more accurate. Over 1,400 meters of vertical climbing in just over 12 km. Now I shouldn’t make it sound all bad, because I mean after all, what goes must come down, and despite massive amounts of rain the week before and all the mud, the down part was more than worth it. Good times, good times.

For me this race was about three things: Ken, Sam and Gord. Simply put, I wanted to beat all three of them, haha… ‘Lofty, this goal was’ (as Yoda might say). I’ve never, ever beated Ken and Gord has been crushing me all season. Then there was Sam, who had laid a sound thrashing on me at the Bacon race. Beating all three was a long shot at best, and I knew that, but what’s life without goals.

When we took off, I watched Gord blast off the line and very quickly disappear, totally. Scratch goal number 1. Sam also shot off the line and took position 5 or 6 spots in front of me. It was a little while, maybe 3 or 4 mins before Ken rolled past me, with not so much as a word (bastard :-). I’ll point out here that I said something unique like, ‘good job, man’. But yeah, Ken ignored me and just rolled right by. I watched, helpless, my lungs were already searing as Ken caught up to Sam just at the beginning of the day’s first real climb. At this point, I felt like hell, and it was all I could do just to keep pace, never mind jump up on Ken’s wheel. So, it wasn’t long before Ken was pulling out of sight. Scratch goal number 2.

I knew more than likely, barring a crash, I wasn’t going to see Ken again. So I set my sights on Sam, who was still only a few spots ahead, and halfway up that first long, long climb I caught him, and passed him. I figured I might see him again in time, but for the moment I wanted to believe I’d managed to achieve 1 of my goals.

It’s a long and grueling race though, and strange things can happen. People can recover, find a rhythm and come back. Though I didn’t see Sam again after that first climb, toward the top of the second last climb, maybe 8km in, I looked up the hill and who did I see? Gord! I was shocked in a way. Mostly because he’d been out of sight, and out of mind for so long. On the other hand, I wasn’t that surprised because this was Gord’s first true mountain race, with real climbing. I had thought before the race, that maybe he’d have a harder time with it, and I’d be able to take advantage. So, there he was, not 30 meters away. Goal number 1 was back on the table! The bad news was he was near the top and I had a lot of climbing to do to catch him. I have to hand it to Gord here though, he saw me catching him and he wasn’t haven’t any of it. He recovered at the top and then put the hammer down. I tried to catch him, but when I got to the bottom of the last downhill, and saw he still had a solid gap on me going into the flats, I knew it was over. He just pulled away and by the time I hit the line, he had well over a minute on me. Gord took 10th, and I rolled in just outside the top ten in 11th place, once again… haha… Good times.

Big hats off to the Elites who rolled out 3 laps + a prologue. That was a tough, tough course and three laps of it is impressive, indeed. Thanks too, to Deadgoat and to Bow Cycle and the volunteers. It was a great race, and the weather was made to order.

Full set of photos here

Iron Lung & Organ Grinder Official Garvin Report

Posted in MTB, Racing, Results on June 15, 2010 by bikealberta

June 15th
Team Cyclemeisters/ Bow Cycle

This past weekend saw the 3rd edition of Team Cyclemeister’s  Iron Lung XC at the magnificent Canmore Nordic Center.  In 2 days we saw over 600 racers take advantage of the sun and spectacular weather in 2 days of racing.  New for this year was the introduction of the RMCC Little Lung kids race and the Organ Grinder 5hr Enduro on the Sunday following Saturday’s XC.


Along with the addition of the new races we also debuted the Nordic Center’s incredible new trail network.  Laid out and cut by none other than Matt Hadley, this trail network was intended to be a race course from the get go.  Racers were treated to a course the required every bit of technical skill and fitness that they could muster, but it also rewarded them for their intense efforts with flowy trails that could be ridden by anyone, but only ridden fast by those with skill.  Giant grins were the order of the day on both day’s and although the course’s were extremely demanding they were just plain fun … goofy fun!  Everyone was definitely ready for the fun to come back to MTB racing it seems.

I won’t go on, but “best ever course” is a pretty bold statement when you’re at the Nordic Center, but that is what was being said by old and new racers alike … perhaps another Canmore classic has been born!!

Team Cyclemeisters


Full results are available at

Photo’s at

Rider race reports …

Iron Lung & Organ Grinder Race Report

Posted in MTB, Racing on June 15, 2010 by bikealberta

Provided by Sheldon Smart of

Iron Lung XC and Organ Grinder Enduro 2010 from Sheldon Smart on Vimeo.

I won’t be the only person saying this, but I have to start out with Saturday’s Iron Lung XC course was THE BEST AND MOST FUN COURSE I’VE EVER RIDDEN!

The Canmore Nordic Centre always offers up incredible single-track riding, but the way this course was put together was nothing short of inspired. The 6km+ loop mixed in seriously hard climbs with twisty, fast single-track decents, including the Laundy Chutes, the ever famous and Devonian Drop, and new this year was the sketchy Eye Dropper (a short, super steep section of single track that finshed with about a 3 foot vert drop at the end) PLUS an amazing, perfectly bermed downhill pump-truck. It was a blast! And, this was just the first day of an epic two day double header XC mountian bike race weekend in beautiful Canmore, Alberta…

For an Edmonton prairie boy like myself, trips to race in the mountains are always something to look forward to. This past weekend was a big one, with both the Iron Lung XC on the Saturday, and then the Organ Grinder 5 Hour Enduro on the Sunday. I drove up with Mike and Liesje Sarnecki (Berkly & Bella) and stayed with the rest of the RVC team at Kirk’s, which was ideal. Lots of space, hot showers and comfy beds. What more can you ask for.

Saturday’s race had a massive field. I think right around 260 racers all together. Strangely though, the Novice Men’s category was the second smallest at around 27. I thought this was a bit weird because normally it’s one of the largest. After my disappointing finish at last weeks Tuesday night race, I had tried to get a little more rest, and to get a few more glasses of water into me each day in hopes of putting in a better performance, so once the race started, I was relieved to find my legs were good go. There was a lot of back in forth. I’d pass a few guys, and then get past by a few others, but all in all I felt great the entire race and was able to push the pace, for really the first time all season.  Final result was 12th, so not too, too shabby. I admit, I was really hoping to finally break into the top ten on this one, but no dice.

After the race that night, we were went to Magi Scallion’s place for some BBQ (thank you!). This was great because not only was there lots of food and ice cream, I got to sit and talk with some serious MTB cycling elite like Matt Hadley, Stefan Widmer, and Cathrine Vipond. It was cool just listing to them talk about riding and racing. All really great folks. I was just trying to soak it all in. It was a really good night and could have easily gone late, but we packed it in around 11pm to get some shut-eye because Sunday was still the Organ Grinder 5 Hour Enduro!

Once again, the weather was stellar – maybe even too hot. I know I got burned, nicely. The field was huge, and I always find it so interesting how it’s almost a completely different group of racers at the enduro race. Broadly speaking, it an older (as in older than me) crowd, and all tough as nails… The course was essentially the same as it was for the Iron Long, except they threw in a few extra km with the lower section, introducing the crazy ‘Ass-whipper’ decent and the evil Geargetown Trail climb to make the course 11.5km for good measure. For me this was a much more chill day. I rode hard, but enjoyed the time hangin’ around the camp. My partner Jason Redfern from Pedalhead shouldered the team well, clicking off around 45 min laps all day, and then with me turning down the chance to roll out another ‘hero lap’ (like in the Trans Stoney), Jason grabbed another water bottle and banged out another one, back to back. He’s a fit dude, what can I say, haha… Thanks, Jason.

Double headers in Canmore, you don’t have to ask me twice. I’m in!

Iron Lung AM Start Results can be found [here]

Iron Lung PM Start Results can be found [here]


Organ Grinder Results can be found [here]


Posted in Downhill, MTB on June 10, 2010 by bikealberta

Pedalhead Bicycle Works and Backside Tours are joining forces to put on their biggest & best Panorama DH trip to date – July 23rd to 25th. You and your bike travel by luxury coach, stay 2 nights in Panorama’s hillside Gold Level resort, and receive 2 days of lift passes – all for $350 (tax included)! Bike rentals are available at the hill for an extra cost.

To book your spot, contact Backside Tours at (780) 454-7669 or visit them on the 2nd floor of Pedalhead (6604 104 Street). For more info, visit