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Feelin' the burn!!

The Trek Red Truck ladies escaped the rain for the day and hit up Tag Cycling Studio for 90 minutes of pain led by manager Leah Guloien. With a focus on big gears and big watts, we'll be feeling the burn for a while! 

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Winter training in the Callaghan Valley

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Since a recent move to Squamish, BC for post-secondary eduction my road riding has become a little bit limited in comparison to places like Vancouver. While spending long hours on the trainer is definitely something that has happened this winter, it is usually not my first choice for how to get my training in. Nordic Skiing has taken a really welcome introduction into my training plan.

The Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley has been a favorite destination of mine. You’ll most likely be able to find and me and Clarke, who I’ve run into a few times up there, putting the miles in. The preparation for the 2018 race season is going very well! Follow me on Strava for more Nordic skiing adventures!

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First team meeting bonds over snowshoes and burgers

The “islanders” of Trek Red Truck Racing, both veteran, and rookie, made their way to Swartz Bay Ferry terminal early on Saturday morning; each of them with thoughts of adventurous winter welcoming on their minds. The first team meeting of the year was about to take place: for some, a looked-forward-to ritual that allows close teammates to reconnect, for others, an exciting adventure filled with anticipation and opportunity to finally reveal what’s in store.

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Discovering the fall Mystery Ride

This past weekend Brian Green, and Johnny Halliday were able to get out for a great fall ride. Living in Squamish now, my options for road riding are pretty limited. It was really nice to be down in the city with some good company riding some new roads. 

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An overwhelming experience at Junior Worlds in Bergen

People always ask “How was Road Worlds!?” and it’s pretty hard to sum up the trip in one or two sentences. Having never been out of North America, going to Norway was overwhelming. The culture, cars, architecture, people, and the roads are all different than what I am used to. 

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Abitibi: a dream come true

Abitibi was one of the big races this year that I was really looking forward to, and it did not disappoint. With about 150 starters and a week-long stage race, not many guys have done anything comparable. The one thing that made Abitibi even more amazing was that I was racing with the national team, which was my goal at the start of the season. Being able to represent my country at an international event was a dream come true.

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BC Sweeps the podium at Nationals!

For me, I can attain success by doing the little things right. This past Junior Road nationals was incredible. I can truly say that I went into all of my races and left everything I had out on the road. I didn't win, but I sure didn't loose. 

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Flying the Red Truck colours at the Delta Crit

The second Tour de Delta crit in Ladner was another perfect Superweek night. The squad was amped and ready to put in another good race after the chaotic crit the night before in Delta. Everybody was relaxed hanging out before the race at the tent, eating sloppy sandwiches (Brendan) and getting ready for the fast flat crit on the newly repaved crit course.

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Chasing the finish at Nationals Road Race

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. 

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Thunderstorms keeping us on our toes at Road Nationals

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. 

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Taking it up a level at Nationals TT

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

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TRT women represent at Road Nationals

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. 

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A hot and challenging provincial Road Race

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. 

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First Elite TT Provincials!

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. 

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