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Alberta’s Samantha Cools Crowned National BMX Champion

Posted in bmx, Racing on June 23, 2009 by bikealberta

Provided by the Canadian Cycling Association

Samantha Cools and Scott Erwood crowned Canadian champions at BMX Nationals

KINGSTON, Ont. – Canadian Olympic team members Scott Erwood of Surrey, B.C., and Samantha Cools of Airdrie, Alta., were crowned the men’s and women’s champions on Sunday at the BMX cycling nationals.

The competition also determined a selection pool for the senior and junior teams for the BMX world championships scheduled for July 23-26 in Adelaide, Australia. Canada can field three men and three women in senior competition at the worlds and two men and one woman in the junior category.

Cools, seventh at the Olympic Games last year where BMX made its official debut, dominated Sunday’s final for the victory. Danielle Brisson of Abbotsford, B.C., was second and Rosemary Adams of Surrey was third.

“I was able to put it all together in the final,” said Cools. “I knew if I had a good start I would be hard to catch. I just got stronger during the race. It’s the kind of race I wanted in my preparations for the world championships.”

In the men’s final, Erwood prevailed over Patrick Lebel of Calgary and Ontario’s Randall Neave.

“The track was in really good shape after all the rain on Saturday,” said Erwood, who reached the quarterfinals at the Olympics and is eyeing a berth in the semis at the worlds. “I capitalised on a good starting position and had an awesome race. Winning the nationals was one of my big goals this season.”

In the women’s junior final, 16-year-old Abby Graalman of Red Deer, Alta., overcame a serious injury suffered last season, to earn her first career national crown. Brookelyn Wilkinson of Abbotsford was second and Sarah Biron of Nicolet, Que., was third.

Graalman broke her collarbone last July in practice and went through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

“I’m a little surprised to win the gold medal today,” said Graalman, who started riding BMX at age seven. “It’s been a long and difficult recovery and I only started feeling comfortable riding recently. But I know in this sport you cannot win unless you go all out. I really focused on that first straight then once past the first corner I gave it my all.”

In the junior men’s race, 17-year-old Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, B.C., took the gold. Erick Nicol of Calgary was second and Michael Beaudoin of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Que., was third.

“I felt strong and consistent all day and it went really well,” said Nyhaug, a BMX rider since age four. “We all had good starts in the final and it was really tight but I got through the first difficult section cleanly and that was the difference in the race.”


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ABA Names Thiessen and Cools as New Provincial Coaches

Posted in bmx, MTB, Racing, Road, Training on April 2, 2009 by Sarns

The Alberta Bicycle Association is excited to announce the appointment of Rick Thiessen as the new Provincial Head Coach. Thiessen comes to the ABA with rich and successful coaching background. As an NCCP level IV Road & MTB Coach Rick is a graduate of National Coaching Institute. Thiessen has coached National Trade Team (Lazy-Boy), Provincial Teams (Alberta and BC), and acted as the assistant coach at PacificSport National Cycling Centre Victoria.

To complement Rick the ABA has also appointed John cools to head up the Alberta Provincial BMX Team. Cools is the patriarch of the legendary Cools BMX Family and has coached numerous National and International BMX athletes. Christine Miller, multi year member of BMX Team Canada, will be coaching the Development Group of Team Alberta.

Alberta Bicycle is thrilled to have three such highly qualified individuals at the helm of the Alberta High Performance program.

To find out more about the Alberta High Performance Program visit the HP Program link.


Posted in bmx, MTB, Racing on March 24, 2009 by Sarns

The Alberta Bicycle Association has recently been informed that BMX and Mountain Bike (XC) will be part of the 2010 Alberta Summer Games in Peace River and Grimshaw. The 2010 Games will mark the return of Mountain Bike to the games for the first time since 2004 and will mark the development of a new BMX track in northern Alberta.

Roddi Lega (MTB & BMX Coordinator) stated “The Alberta Summer Games provide a great opportunity for growth and development of Alberta’s next generation of top athletes.”

Qualification and coaching information will be announced in early 2010.

For more information visit the Alberta Summer Games Website

BMX News Round Up

Posted in bmx on April 2, 2008 by hugyourbike

Some news from Alberta’s BMX racing scene.

-The 2008 World Championships are being held in Taiyuan China this year from May 29 to June 1. Canada can send 16 riders per age class but riders must qualify. The criteria for qualifying are found in detail on the Alberta BMX Association website.

-The first two Western National Series races have taken place in Morley and turnout was about 200 riders each day. This is the first race taking place under the auspices of the new Canadian BMX Association and was a great success. Christine Miller (Airdrie BMX/Crupi Canada) took the win Saturday in the Elite Women’s field with Natasha Vergara (Calgary BMX/Fly/Crupi) rebounding from a forth on Saturday to claim the victory on Sunday. Aaron Lepp (Airdrie BMX/Campcools/Redline) took the win both days in the Elite Men’s race. Results are now up on the on the Canadian BMX Association Website

BikeAlberta is on Facebook

Posted in 'Cross, Bicycle Commuting, Bike Clubs, Bike Parts, Bike Shops, bmx, Cycling Bloggers, MTB, Racing, Road, Training on March 16, 2008 by Sarns

Hey everyone, BikeAlberta is now officially on Facebook!

I’m sure many people who visit our site understand what Facebook is and what it’s about…social networking. Well, now we can do some bike networking! [insert groans here]…

Anyways, you can view the BikeAlberta Facebook page [here]. Click on over and become a FAN to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of all the BikeAlberta news and entertainment. Post photos from your latest club training ride or that funny video of you bustin’ your seat post while trying to “Sven Nys” a log (you know who you are). A little friendly trash talk on the ‘Wall’ never hurt anyone either, but we still reserve the right to delete anything we feel is not in good taste, nor promotes Bicycle Culture in Alberta.

Riding a bike is fun – and so is BikeAlberta.

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One more coach on their way down under

Posted in bmx, Training on March 12, 2008 by hugyourbike

Although, I’m not quite sure if New Zealand counts as down under. We’ll just say the southern hemisphere to be safe.


If you’re unfamiliar with Ken Cools, here’s a brief bio. Ken is a former national BMX champion who started coaching BMX in 1989. The past 12 years Ken has spent running clinics through his company, Camp Cools which has seen roughly 75, 000 participants take part. Ken is one of the premiere coaches in BMX and counts Bubba Harris and sister (and Albertan Olympic medal hopeful) Samantha Cools amongst the athletes he coaches.

Long story short, New Zealand has the number 1 ranked male AND female BMX riders in the world and they specifically requested Ken as their coach for the run up to the Beijing Olympics.

Ken has signed a contract with BikeNZ which will see him coaching the BMX team through till the end of the Beijing Olympics, at which point his contract will reassessed. Coincidentally, Ken will join another former Canadian National champion on the BikeNZ staff as former national road coach Jacques Landry has been under the employ of BikeNZ for several years now.

Ken will continue to instruct at camps in Canada throughout the summer and will travel to New Zealand as needed.

Alberta has a thriving BMX scene and the fact that New Zealand has looked to it to pick their coaching staff is a strong testament to this. Coincidentally once more, Ken’s signing with BikeNZ comes the same week as the Alberta Bicycle Association plans to pilot the first ever BMX NCCP course offered in Canada. Students will attend seminars this coming weekend in Calgary which will see them make the first step towards becoming Canada’s very first NCCP certified BMX coaches.

An exciting week for BMX and BMX coaches to say the very least. Bike Alberta wishes Ken the best of luck in his new venture and encourages everyone to check out his website,