Guys, Speed Theory is hosting an evening on Dec. 4th where the STC club can access all their '12 days of Christmas' sales and other discounted items. Mike Godfrey will be coaching his class in The Engine Room from 7pm - 8:20pm, so you can come and see him in action as well!
Hello STC members! Please put in your calenders that you are going to be busy on the evening of November 29th for STC's Annual Year End Wrap-Up party! Lisa and Erik have so kindly offered up their amazing house again for the festivities. There will be tons of free finger food, beer and wine...yes, you read it right, FREE booze! Nothing excites a cyclist more than free beer and a strong tailwind. (Please bring a DD along to the party if you plan on drinking) Come hang out, share racing stories and bring silly, stupid and/or sincere awards for your fellow teammates. In the past we have given out 'awards' for teammates, they can be in total fun or completely serious. Bring your significant other as well! They are all part of the STC family.
Date: Nov. 29th Time: 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m (ish) Location: Trev will email the address to the team. Please RSVP either to this blog or the email Trev will be sending out.
A randonneur event is something every self-respecting road cyclist should have in their bucket list.
Behold the Mount Lemmon 200 km Brevet in Tucson, organized this past weekend by the Arizona Brevets and Randonnee Club. A mere 210 km and uh... 3000 metres of climbing on an out-and-back course:
I was a bit apprehensive, but the warm 26 C weather in Tucson beckoned. As a rando virgin, I was imagining something more spirited than a charity ride, but with more coffee breaks than a Cat 2 road race. It actually sounded like fun. It was time to dust off the bike box and join Stephen Kenny and Trev Williams on this epic adventure.
But you don't just put your bike together and show up at the brevet. Oh no. First, you do a 110 km warm-up ride the day before in the nearby rolling hills of Sonoita and Elgin wine country along with some sketchy sand/gravel sections thrown in for good measure. Teased by wineries but no time to sample the merchandise. And of course multiple uphill sprint sessions, because Trev can't resist a good uphill sprint.
With legs freshly stiffened from the warm-up ride, I was ready for the big day. Thankfully, the weather cooperated with partial clouds, lighter-than-usual winds and a forecast 12 C at the top of the mountain - no bulky clothes required for the ride down. The brevet start was a refreshingly casual affair. We assembled in a Safeway parking lot for a 7:00 am start time, and after a few pre-ride instructions, we were off. No commissaires and you ride in traffic like a regular bike, with checkpoints at various places along the way where you can get water and snacks.
The first 60 km was a traverse through Tucson to get to the base of Mount Lemmon. That isn't nearly as bad as it sounds - Tucson has an impressive cycling infrastructure where nearly all feeder roads have dedicated bike lanes with good distances between safe, well-marked intersections. I would estimate 95% of the distance through Tucson was on bike lanes. Trev was feeling frisky at the start of the race, so we rode tempo for 10 km up a false flat and shed about half of the riders. I was reminded (multiple times) that I needed to pay attention to my nutrition, but feeding on roads with traffic lights was a bit distracting, so I only got one bar and one gel pack in me before one of our fellow Canadian riders (Steve from Vancouver) got a flat at the 50 km mark. Trev and I stayed back to help while Stephen continued with the lead group to the start of the Mount Lemmon climb. After we fixed the flat, the three of us sprinted to bridge the 5-minute gap to Stephen, who btw is not a slow rider.
It was during our sprint to the mountain base (and up the mountain) that I realized my fatal error: After three hours in the saddle, I had instinctively given myself enough nutrition for a typical 3.5 hour ABA flat-ish road race - but not nearly enough for another five hours and 2000 metres of climbing ahead of me. I fell back after bonking in spectacular fashion on the climb. Trev eventually caught up to Stephen and I met both of them at the top some 20 minutes later - over 5 hours into the ride. My punishment was not having the time to enjoy some of Stephen's fabulous cheesecake in Summerhaven at the top:
The ride down from Mount Lemmon is freaking awesome. First, you go through 5 climate zones that start in sub-alpine tundra and end in cactus fields. Second, the road pavement is excellent with engineered turns that do not require any brakes for the entire 25 mile (40 km) descent. Check out Stephen's race line:
The last 60 km were harder than expected. After descending from the mountain, the ride descends further into the town - followed by a gradual elevation increase to the finish point. Funny you don't notice that so much on the way out. With some good paceline work we were able to catch up to the remaining leaders and managed a Speed Theory sweep at the finish with a time of 8 hours, 14 minutes. It would have been under 8 hours if Stephen and Trev didn't have to wait for me multiple times. It was fun, but it wasn't exactly easy.
Day three consisted of a short 65 km recovery ride up A-Mountain (Sentinel Peak), Gates Pass and a nice stop at the Marriott Resort. Ok, I was able to handle this part... and my legs were grateful.
As Ferris Bueller would say... if you have the means, I would highly recommend it.
Clarence Poon is moving to Puerto Vallarta Mexico next week to join his wife and son who moved there earlier this year. I've organized good-bye beers at Wild Rose Brewery on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. to send him off. Farewell to Poon! Date: Sat Nov. 8th Time: 7 p.m. Location: Wild Rose Brewery, 4580 Quesnay Wood Dr S.W. Hope you can come out and join us!
We are trying to generate traction on
an issue of relevance to cyclists in Calgary.
When the new ring road is built through Springbank, the access from the
bottom of 101st to HW 8 will be lost.
This means that if you should want to go west on HW 8 you will need to go
onto the 4 lane HW and do a big loop and vice versa, which is a pain and
personally we don’t want to be anywhere near a 4 lane HW on our bikes.
We have been in contact with the City to ask for a bike access from the
termination of 101st st though to HW 1, see responses below.
Could I ask you to email your representative and also to contact the
planning dept at the email below.
Also we are planing to attend the meeting local to us but the more the
merrier as they say.
Thanks in anticipation
Jerry and Cindy
Cindy, I understand your concern and will discuss it internally with our
group. Generally, Alberta Transportation does not provide restrictive access to
highways, such as, access for cyclists but not cars. This policy is due to
concerns of confusion for motorists, difficulties for signage, maintenance, etc.
As noted below, the existing 101st Street will remain open to just
north of the proposed westbound Highway 8 roadway, but will not connect to
The ABA AGM was last Saturday. It was great to see club members Darcy Gullacher and Charles Bougie run for spots on the board and racing committee. Rob Armstrong of the Crankmasters also ran for a position on the board. Congratulations to all for successfully being voted in.
Darcy Gullacher and Rob Armstrong are now on the Racing Committee
Charles Bougie is now a 'Member at Large' meaning he has voting rights directly on the board.
Another big change (the biggest change for the ABA) is that Deadgoat Shawn Bunnin has vacated his seat at VP of Racing and was named as President of the ABA. Congratulations Shawn for stepping up and accepting this position.
The club thanks all of you for your support of Alberta Cycling and your dedication to our sport.
This Saturday night is probably THE coolest 'cross race on the calendar: the Dark Knight 'Cross put on by the fine folks at Cyclemeisters at Canada Olympic Park. Yes, the race is at night. Yes, it is dark. Yes, it will be the most memorable race you will do all year. No ABA points on the line, seed yourself, dress yourself and your bike up, and have a good time. Unfortunately, I've got a another commitment on Saturday, so I'll probably need to pass this year, but I hope a good number of STCer's show up to fly the flag.
Sunday morning is the Cadence 'Cross Classic, also at COP.
Brent asked me about posting a note that his girlfriend would like to offer a discount of her services to club members. I thought it would be pretty cool if we had a page dedicated to this sort of thing.
So if you are a current club member and own or work for a business that would like to offer our club members a discount, then email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it here.
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Erik and Darcy at today's Pro Ride w/ Garmin Sharp!
Jenn Turcott is going to stake out a place for us to watch! There are now 4 members of our team doing the 'Pre-Race' before the Pros. Dennis Bland, Erik Cramer, Matt Joss, and I. Make sure to be screaming like crazy. The pre-race now starts at 4:30pm and riders go at 30sec intervals. So if you can get to the hill as early as possible, that will up your chances of getting a good spot to watch and being able to cheer.
Jenn is going to aim to be there by around 3pm, so the earlier you can get there, the more company she has.
Here is the email from Jenn:
Ok so I
think the best spot to accommodate our team is on the second to last turn where
the bobsled starts are.
I rode the
route this morning and that spot has the most shoulder space along the climb.
I'm thinking if we stand on the east side of the road, you can see the riders
coming up around the corner and the TV cameras are more likely to pick us
on the local organizing committee said, from his understanding, there will be no
barriers until the last 200m.
information about parking and probably good to post on our blog:
ALBERTA (August 29, 2014) – The 2014 Tour of Alberta’s race route for the SUBWAY
Calgary Prologue will cause minor road closures and parking restrictions near
Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Olympic Park Drive SW will be closed and monitored by Calgary Police Services
from 4:00 PM
– 9:00 PM; motorists are to expect delays.
Further, half a kilometre of
the west end of Paskapoo Drive SW will be closed by Calgary Police Services from
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Residents in this area will still have access via the eastern
entrance of Cougar Ridge Manor SW.
Shuttle and Parking information for
the SUBWAY Calgary Prologue: Parking will be available in the west parking
lot at Canada Olympic Park via Valley Ridge Drive.
parking is available at the Sunnyside Home and Garden Centre (3439 69 St NW).
Shuttle services from the Sunnyside Home and Garden Centre to Canada Olympic
Park will run every 15 minutes from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Spectators are also
encouraged to take the LRT to the 69 St. station, where shuttles will also be
aiming to be there by 3pm. I'm not sure if i'm going to drive there (easier to
carry stuff plus, don't have to worry about where to leave my bike. If I go
early enough I should be able to find parking.