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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.