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Edmonton Canada Cup Husky Featured Racer: Krystyn Ong

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 by bikealberta

Our May Husky Feature Racer is local Edmonton River Valley Cycle club racer, Krystyn Ong. I met Krystyn during RVC’s indoor winter spin sessions and got talking about her many years in racing, and a little bit about what it’s like being a female mountain bike racer in Alberta. Krystyn is a young, cycling talent and as you’ll read in this quick Q & A, I think if there is something we should all learn from her, it’s to hang in there and keep at it – you don’t get fast overnight or by sittin’ on the couch.

So how did you get your start in cycling, and what was it that got you into racing?

I started cycling with the Dirtgirls cycling club in 2005. They hosted a race that year called the Down and Dirty, and I decided to try racing in the U17 category. I decided later I wanted to race more competitively so I joined a performance based club called Juventus and started working with their coaches the year after.

I know you used to race road, so what was it that made you switch over to mountian?

Well, actually, I started out mountain biking, but then raced both for a while. Now I am just racing mountain bike, cross-country and downhill, even though I still train on a road bike. I really prefer racing mountain bike because I like technical riding and being out in the wilderness.

Once you started racing, did things come easy? Was it a pretty quick move up into the women’s Elite category?

It wasn’t until after about four years of racing that I moved into Elite for mtb, and I actually spent about 3 years in women’s Novice because I would never win! My first couple of races were definitely the most difficult ones I can remember. I did a lot of sports before starting cycling though so that helped a lot with my racing fitness. But I don’t think racing ever will be easy, so it’s a good thing I enjoy figuring out my body as an athlete and trying to train as smart as I can.

So, what’s the women’s mtb scene like in Alberta?

It’s a very small field right now. I think there are so many athletic women in other sports that would do very well in cycling if they tried it out. There are many very talented mountain bike racing women from Alberta, though.

Did you manage to keep up with your training throughout the winter and how do you try keep motivated?

I am in school for the fall and winter semesters at the U of A, and so cross-training can be very difficult to manage with school. I’ve always tried to be a well rounded athlete with training, so I do different things to not get sick of the bike. During the fall I ran cross-country at the U of A and rock climbed for core and upper body strength. I swim and XC ski during the school year, and go for winter mountain bike rides on weekends. My biggest problem is to not overtrain myself, so having 5 courses a semester helps keep me more balanced.

What sort of racing goals have you set for yourself this year?

This year is organized very differently for me, because I did the Canada Summer Games last year and that was my focus in racing for the four years before they were held. I want to peak for xc mountain biking nationals in Canmore, and to do well cross country running in the fall. Racing wise, really I just want to stay consistent in my results and hopefully keep moving up in the Elite field.

Okay, last question. What kind of things do you think the bike shops, Alberta Mountain Bike Racing, or the ABA can do to attract more women to the sport?

I think giving ‘how to get started clinics’ that show all the equipment needed, bike maintenance, basic riding skills, and directions to some trails would be really helpful in getting people started. A lot of girls are afraid of going on rides with other people because they feel they’ll be too slow, so having beginner club rides could help out with that. Mountain biking is still very male dominated and there is a bit of a stereotype that it is a crazy ‘butch’ sport. But, it’s actually a lot of fun and is a really good way to get fit, relieve stress, improve balance, and increase self confidence. It’s also a lot more fun than a treadmill or Stairmaster!

So how did you get your start in cycling, and what was it that got you into racing?

I started cycling with the Dirtgirls cycling club in 2005. They hosted a race that year called the Down and Dirty, and I decided to try racing in the U17 category. I decided later I wanted to race more competitively so I joined a performance based club called Juventus and started working with their coaches the year after.

I know you used to race road, so what was it that made you switch over to mountian?

Well, actually, I started out mountain biking, but then raced both for a while. Now I am just racing mountain bike, cross-country and downhill, even though I still train on a road bike. I really prefer racing mountain bike because I like technical riding and being out in the wilderness.

Once you started racing, did things come easy? Was it a pretty quick move up into the women’s Elite category?

It wasn’t until after about four years of racing that I moved into Elite for mtb, and I actually spent about 3 years in women’s Novice because I would never win! My first couple of races were definitely the most difficult ones I can remember. I did a lot of sports before starting cycling though so that helped a lot with my racing fitness. But I don’t think racing ever will be easy, so it’s a good thing I enjoy figuring out my body as an athlete and trying to train as smart as I can.

So, what’s the women’s mtb scene like in Alberta?

It’s a very small field right now. I think there are so many athletic women in other sports that would do very well in cycling if they tried it out. There are many very talented mountain bike racing women from Alberta, though.

Did you manage to keep up with your training throughout the winter and how do you try keep motivated?

I am in school for the fall and winter semesters at the U of A, and so cross-training can be very difficult to manage with school. I’ve always tried to be a well rounded athlete with training, so I do different things to not get sick of the bike. During the fall I ran cross-country at the U of A and rock climbed for core and upper body strength. I swim and XC ski during the school year, and go for winter mountain bike rides on weekends. My biggest problem is to not overtrain myself, so having 5 courses a semester helps keep me more balanced.

What sort of racing goals have you set for yourself this year?

This year is organized very differently for me, because I did the Canada Summer Games last year and that was my focus in racing for the four years before they were held. I want to peak for xc mountain biking nationals in Canmore, and to do well cross country running in the fall. Racing wise, really I just want to stay consistent in my results and hopefully keep moving up in the Elite field.

Okay, last question. What kind of things do you think the bike shops, Alberta Mountain Bike Racing, or the ABA can do to attract more women to the sport?

I think giving ‘how to get started clinics’ that show all the equipment needed, bike maintenance, basic riding skills, and directions to some trails would be really helpful in getting people started. A lot of girls are afraid of going on rides with other people because they feel they’ll be too slow, so having beginner club rides could help out with that. Mountain biking is still very male dominated and there is a bit of a stereotype that it is a crazy ‘butch’ sport. But, it’s actually a lot of fun and is a really good way to get fit, relieve stress, improve balance, and increase self confidence. It’s also a lot more fun than a treadmill or Stairmaster!

Midweek Mayhem Report

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2009 by bikealberta

June 2nd, Calgary Alberta – Race 3 of the Midweek Mayhem Calgary Crit series provided another night of fast racing under perfect conditions.With another good turnout (30+) for the B group tonight’s race was a more ‘traditional’ one, with the group staying together for a field sprint after 30 minutes + 3 laps. The only mishap was a minor crash near the halfway point that saw 2 riders go down. Minor scrapes only, fortunately, and racing was able to continue following a short stop while our 1st Aid staff assessed the scene.

In the end it was Andrew Cullingham (Synergy) leading home the field ahead of Mark Franklin (Deadgoat), and Brent Topilko (Bicisport) rounding out the podium. Craig Verrier (Bicisport) and Dave Fajardo (Independent) took the prime laps for 2 points each. Allison Beveridge took the Women’s race win for Bicisport.

The A race was another fast one, and it once again featured aggressive racing with multiple breaks going off the front throughout. ERTC was well represented in Calgary tonight, with Dan Wood taking the win ahead of Craig DeBellefeuille (CMC/Bow Cycle) and Jon Wood (ERTC). Shawn Bunnin (Bicisport), Dan Wood (ERTC) and John Bence (Bicisport) took the 3 prime laps.

In the Overall A Group standings, Craig DeBellefeuille (CMC/Bow Cycle – 28) holds a commanding lead over Jeff Bolstad (Calgary Cycle – 12) and Dan Wood (ERTC – 12). The B Group is led by Jeremy Roles (Speed Theory – 12), Baily McKnight (Synergy – 10) and Ian Auld (Veloplzen CC – 10).

RESULTS:

A:: 30m + 3 laps:
1. Dan Wood – ERTC
2. Craig DeBellefeuille – CMC/Bow Cycle
3. Jon Wood – ERTC
4. Shawn Bunnin – Bicisport
5. Chris McNeil – H&R Block-Kona
Prime 1: Shawn Bunnin – Bicisport
Prime 2: Dan Wood – ERTC
Prime 3: John Bence – Bicisport

B:: 30m + 3 laps:
1. Andrew Cullingham – Synergy
2. Mark Frankling – Deadgoat
3. Brent Topilko – Bicisport
4. Chris McCue – Calgary Cycle
5. Thomas Yip – Speed Theory
Prime 1: Craig Verrier – Bicisport
Prime 2: Dave Fajardo – Independent

Women: Allison Beveridge – Bicisport

Team Standings:
1. Calgary Cycle – 44
2. Bicisport – 34
T3. CMC/Bow Cycle – 28
T3. Synergy – 28
5. H&R Block-Kona – 20
6. ERTC – 18

Special thanks to Campione Cycles (http://www.campionecycles.com) and Thule Canada (http://www.thuleracks.com) for their support of the 2009 season.
For more information on the Midweek Mayhem race series please visit http://www.midweek-mayhem.ca/ or email us at midweekracing@gmail.com.

Speed Theory ITT This Weekend

Posted in Racing, Road, Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by bikealberta

Speed Theory Cycling Team, in conjunction with the Alberta Bicycle Association, is hosting a unique and amazing ITT cycling event this Saturday, the 6th of June. It is being held at the YET TO BE OPENED Stoney Trail Ring Road in Calgary’s North East, and so has the potential to be the flattest, fastest time trial ever! Perfect pavement, no cars, huge turn-around. And with no hills, there’s hardly any need for gears…so there will be a fixed-gear category! In case that isn’t enough, day licenses will be free. If you’ve been thinking about going in a road cycling event, THIS is your perfect opportunity.

The Race Guide can be found [here]

Perogy XC Race Photos

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2009 by bikealberta

Check out the Perogy XC Race photos [here]

Perogy XC

Posted in Uncategorized on May 24, 2009 by bikealberta

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2. Shaun Bunnin

3. Andre Sutton

4. Cam McKnight

5. Mike Blennerhasset

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Posted in 'Cross, Bicycle Commuting, Bike Clubs, Bike Parts, Bike Shops, bmx, Cycling Bloggers, MTB, Racing, Road, Training, Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 by bikealberta

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Happy New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2009 by bikealberta

BikeAlberta would like you wish you all a Happy New Year!  All the best in ’09 – may the sigletrack be endless and the tailwinds a plenty.

Here’s to keeping it smooth in 2009!

-not smooth…