Trek Red Truck Racing capped off a fairytale season over the weekend, sweeping both the U23 and Elite categories at the 2018 BC Criterium Championships. Racing was hard fought, the heat was searing and the inaugural “Awesome Grand Prix” delivered a course that wasn’t for the faint of heart - and yet, TRT excelled.
The high of racing on British Columbia’s biggest stage seems to last well after passing under the final finishing banner. Rest and recuperation become crucial in the days following the province’s premier cycling event—for some, a day or two off the bike or (at the very most) a coffee ride is a highly anticipated part of the rest week.
The TRT women’s squad lined up at the New West Grand Prix with hopes of surprising rival teams on the hilly course. Callie Swan got her third start line call-up of BC Superweek, beginning the race shoulder to shoulder with TRT alumni and National Crit Champion, Sarah Bergen.
It's been an exhilarating couple days for members of Trek Red Truck Racing. BC Superweek is in full swing, and the shock of daily racing is beginning to manifest itself in the form of sore legs and tired bodies.
With BC Superweek in high gear and the 25th anniversary of Trek Red Truck Racing coming up next year, the release of this awesome video retrospective of our team produced by Sugoi is very timely. An incubator for the most talented local cyclists for nearly 25 years, including future Olympians and stars of the pro peloton, it is an honour to have earned the right to be called the West Coast’s “Home Team”.
A little bit of a light squad for this race, due to other commitments the only riders that could attend were Chris and myself. With a solid week of training in the legs Chris and I were stoked to get a solid race in. The course was up and down with no real corners just curves around Volunteer park in Seattle.
Excitement had been building for weeks amongst our group to go and race in Gatineau, Quebec at the infamous Gatineau Grand Prix. La Petite Maison Jaune would be our house for the next four days.
Finally, a hometown race! This past weekend the team raced in Victoria at the Robert Cameron Law cycling series in conjunction with master’s nationals.
The Elite Provincial TT was a definite focus for me. I spend a lot of time on the TT bike and I love going fast and the TT dynamic itself is something I really enjoy about bike racing. The fact that you get to decide how your race will go, it’s you against the clock and nothing else.
This past weekend was the BC Elite Provincial Road Championships, taking place in Aldergrove, BC, and put on by Escape Velocity (the people behind much of BC’s great race scene). Included was a 36km time trial on the Saturday, and — for the women — it was a 100km road race on the Sunday.
Last weekend we headed south of the border for the 22nd annual Mutual of Enucmlaw Stage Race - a Pacific Northwest classic. The women's squad was rolling five riders deep with Anna, Callie, Erin, Holly, and myself.
The opening stage of Enumclaw involved an individual 10 km time trial. It was effectively an out-and-back with a minor descend on the way out, and a slight uphill coming home. I speak for the entire men’s team when I say, despite being just a 13-14-minute effort, it hurt!
The 2018 Tour de Bloom in Wenatchee Washington: my biggest race yet, and my second go at stage racing in the United States. How was it? Damn hard. Would I do it again? In a second.
After three consecutive successful stage races, the TRT team was eager to play their cards at the 2018 edition of the Tour de Bloom, a four stage event set in the scenic areas surrounding Wenatchee, WA.
We are well underway with our third weekend in a row of stage racing! The allure of the BC ferries experience no longer fazes me; it’s just an ocean crossing away to where the fun starts!
The tour of Walla Walla marked the team's first stage race of the year south of the border, and a successful one at that. The journey began early Thursday morning as the riders met at the team vehicles before beginning the seven hour drive to the Walla Walla Valley.
The women’s team had a great weekend of racing taking 7 of 12 available podium spots over four stages, winning three group races, and taking 3rd and 4th in GC. Many sport psychology books suggest journaling about race experiences and noting the positives and negatives from a race. The key is to address the negatives, and celebrate the positives.
Saturday started at the infamous Aldor Acres where our TT would be held in the morning and the kermes in the afternoon. We all warmed up under one of the covered areas, trainers were set up close to where the baby bunnies and chickens were.
Saturday morning the TRT race team lined up for the first stage race of the year, everyone (especially Kyle) glistening with fresh Californian tans. An excellent performance in the time trail put Isabella into the women GC lead. On the men’s side, Kyle rode to an impressive second place with the crit and road race to go.
Day 3 of team camp is one of the highlight rides of the trip. The TRT annual tradition of a mid-ride stop for the duck lunch is a great opportunity to share quality company, food and wine.