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Axel Merckx Visits United Cycle

Posted in Bike Clubs, Bike Shops, Road, Training on March 2, 2011 by bikealberta

Provided by United Cycle

March 10th , 6:30 p.m.

It’s not very often you can mingle with a 10-time Tour de France rider, Olympic bronze medalist, and one of the most famous names in cycling!
Please be our guest for an extraordinary evening with former Belgium national cycling champion, Axel Merckx.
Axel will be in town to promote his inaugural July 10th cycling event, the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (GFAMO).
Together with Trek Bicycles, we will have meet-and-greet with Axel, he’ll talk about all things cycling, and you’ll have a chance to learn more about his exciting summer event.
As well, be the first to score an official GFAMO jersey by Axel!  Partial proceeds from the sale of each jersey will benefit the Axel Merckx Youth Development Program, in conjunction with the Canadian Cycling Association. And you can find out more about the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (Penticton, BC – July 10th) at:

If that’s not enough, together with Trek Bicycles,we will be offering 2 amazing specials during this event for riders who register in-store on March 10th to participate in the GranFondo:

* Purchase any Trek bike on March 10th and you will receive 15% of the value in no charge accessories.

* Register for the GranFondo Axel Merckx on March 10th and receive a $100 United Cycle Gift Card.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night!


Fat Tire Tuesdays Get Underway Tonight in Edmonton

Posted in MTB, Racing, Training on May 11, 2010 by bikealberta


Come on out and test your skills, get some thrills and bomb those hills. Once again Hardcore is hosting the Fat Tire Tuesday Mountain Bike Races in Terwilliger Park. Races will run, weather permitting, May 4 — July 6.

That’s 10 races kids. Also this year we will have a XC time trial, stay tuned for more info. If the race is going to be cancelled then we will post a message on the club forum by 4pm that day.
If you want to race all you need is to be a 2010 member of an ABA affiliated club, such as Hardcore!


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.

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