It is always nice to be able to race locally so I was happy to race this year's edition of the Provincial Track Championships at my home velodrome, with the event being hosted by the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association.
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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”.
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.
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.
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 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.
Quick check in from Thousand Oaks where the race team, master’s riders, and our awesome sponsors finally came together to properly kick off the 2018 season in the sunshine.
This winter my training has been a little bit different, given that I am in full time university. I swapped warm weather base miles for trainer rides and Nordic skis. While I am so happy to be in school, I wasn’t really sure how my legs and riding were going to be at the beginning of the season.
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.
A different kind of rider update: Today I successfully defended my PhD thesis in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Columbia. I was also informed that I have been nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal, which is one of the most prestigious academic awards in Canada.
The 2018 race season kicked off this past weekend with the start of the Escape Velocity Spring Series Thunderbird Long road race. Despite some remnants of snow on the side of the road, the sun was out and it wasn’t actually too cold once we got racing.
“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.