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Trek rider achieves highest level of academic success

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.  

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Thunderbird Long "aka, not that hill again?!”

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.

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Western Challenge: it feels awesome to ride bikes without brakes

“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.

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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

Since a recent move to Squamish, BC for post-secondary education 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.

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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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