Before we even got to the start line of the junior men’s road race there were a couple things I knew were for sure going to happen. A lot of guys would try to go for a breakaway, the race was going to be a bit sketchy, and I had to race smart since I was solo.
The Junior Men’s Criterium, the event that I was looking forward to the most, besides the road race. Having won the title last year, I was so determined to defend it and go two for two. I hadn’t podiumed yet at Nationals so anything I had left had to go into this criterium.
After a silver medal at the Provincial TT championships I was hungry to really give it all I had for the National TT. Lots of hours and intervals on the TT bike prepping for this event was essential.
The last race of the Canadian National Road Championships was the criterium, held in old town Aylmer, Quebec. The course is a technical one, with many corners, and with a fast downhill stretch and an uphill finishing drag.
This years’ Nationals road race was once again on a short, crit-like circuit in downtown Ottawa, partly within sight of the parliament buildings. For the elite men’s race we traded the sweltering heat and humidity of last year for much cooler temperatures and intermittent thunderstorms.
For the second year in a row, Canadian Road Nationals took place in Ottawa/Gatineau. The time trial was in Gatineau and it was the same course as last year. As I rode this course as a junior last year, I was familiar with how challenging it was. The difference this year was that I was now competing in the U23/Elite category which meant that the distance of the time trial was 10 km
Canadian Road Nationals were off to a brisk start for Holly, Gabby, and myself. The Elite women raced an aggressive 120km in the classic heat and humidity of Ottawa. The course was combination of highway riding with a crit portion around the start finish.
We waited in anticipation under the shelter of the trees for the road race to get underway. About 15 min after the first group set out - elite men - we would roll out over the gravel parking lot. The day started at 36 degrees, it was a hot one.
My first elite TT Provincials, my first 40km Time Trial, and my first race on my sweet new Trek Speed Concept! All in all, I am happy with how the day went. It was a very hot one out in the farmlands of Langley, and the TRT racers were getting ready for a slog of a TT.
Both the Men and Women’s teams looked to continue their American stage race success this weekend at the Mutual of Enumclaw. The stage race packs a Merckx style TT, an evening crit and a tough road race into a two-day event.
With Tour de Bloom being the first stage race of the year everyone was excited to head down to Washington to test the waters in the American Pro 1/2 field. Paired with the beautiful countryside of Wenatchee and warm weather, we couldn’t wait to race.
The past weekend the team was fortunate enough to be able to head down to Tour De Bloom in Wenatchee, Washington. In my personal opinion this is one of the best amateur races hosted in the Pacific North West. Equal payouts bring in a large and competitive women's field.
This year I got the opportunity to race the 2017 Redlands Bicycle Classic with the Battley Harley Davidson Team. Redlands One of the toughest races in the US, so it was for sure going to be a good one.
I spent this past weekend in North Vancouver riding with some of the Cycling BC Coaches as part of the selection process for the up-coming Junior Road Nationals from June 24-28th in Ottawa, Ontario.
Race the Ridge kicked off this past Saturday with a double day of grueling 100km hilly road race followed by a hill climb including a 12% section for half a kilometer outside of Maple Ridge. The whole TRT squad showed up ready to race and prepared for a wet and cold day as all the forecasts (we checked them all) showed 100% chance of rain throughout the day.
The team came together this past weekend for our first multi-stage event of the season, Race the Ridge. The women’s squad had four riders: Anika, Anna, Holly, and myself. It was a great opportunity for us to build on our success at Jeremy’s Roubaix a couple weekends prior, and finally test the legs with some vertical.
The first Criterium of the year for the team lined up in Maple Ridge, BC on April 30th as part of the annual Race the Ridge stage race. The women’s team went into the crit with a solid plan, but also with many cards against us for the coming race.
Sunny skies and dry conditions (at last) greeted the riders on the morning of Sunday April 9th for Jeremy’s Roubaix which marked the opening round of the BC Premier Road Series. Named in honour of the late Jeremy Storie, the 10 kilometer circuit takes in a 5km gravel section to mimic the famed Paris Roubaix which takes place on the same day in France, with a total of 10 laps to be completed.
Team camp is one of my favorite times of the year I get to ride in the sun with all my teammates and sponsors, can’t complain about that. This year Trek Red Truck headed to the very sunny skies of beautiful Palm Springs CA.
2017 Trek Red Truck camp took place in Palm Springs at the end of March. During the four-day camp the racers, masters, and sponsors took full advantage of the sunny weather leaving behind the rain in Vancouver! I would first like to say a massive thank you to the sponsors for financially aiding the racers so that they were able to attend camp. We would not be able to go on these incredible trips without your assistance.