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.
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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.
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.
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.
This past weekend was three days of racing for me, with two days of track racing and then I finished it off with the spring series on Sunday. It was a hard and fun weekend of racing that definitely finished off my prep for busy road season ahead!
This weekend, Trek Red Trek riders and staff took on the first of many successful and exciting race weekends as riders made their way out to Langley, BC for the Snake Road Race.
The men's Team pursuit, including our Jay Lamoureux, set a new personal best placing at the World Championships on day one of the event. The men's TP made their way into the first round after a ride of 4:00.584 and took on the Kiwis in the second round.
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, tonight’s main event will be decided over sixteen kilometres.” It's Friday night at Burnaby Velodrome Club's Western Challenge. The elite men are lined up at the rail, about to begin their Split / Points race. I'm about seventh rider back — trying not to laugh too hard at Dylan Davies’ mock commentating.
Sometimes I feel dizzy with all the riding in circles I do. Like everything's a blur. The sport of track cycling is an intense, past paced, wild ride that keeps me always searching for more.
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.
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.
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.
The Tour de White Rock road race takes place as the last and most likely the hardest of the BC Super week races. 130 kilometres up and down the steep and technical streets of White Rock B.C with a fast field, this was sure to be a hard 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.
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.
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.
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.