Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I am looking to buy a mountain bike. I may do some racing on it but really want something that I can play with beside my cyclocross bike. I do not want to spend more than $2000. So I am reaching out to see what kind of suggestions I can get on what I should buy.
leave a comment ....
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Current MEMBERS: Please, even if you can't make the AGM, please register so we have a rough idea of team numbers for the evening. Also, make sure to leave some beer for the potential members ;)
Thomas and I have been working on an agenda and projects list. Thank you to those that have emailed me with suggestions. The 'formal' part of the evening will be short. Mainly just a chat about where we would all like to see the club thrive. What worked, what didn't, what needs improvement. We are number 1, but we can improve.
Come to the spin to earn your beer! We start pedaling at 6:30pm SHARP. It is going to be a hard 60min workout. The spin class has done a small fitness ramp to prepare for the doldrums of Christmas, and this is a solid workout. Come out.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Hero cam experiment #17...
Trev, You gotta post your race Vid man .
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Great race, though. Thanks to Cyclocross Ontario for putting it on, to the weather gods for making it not a COMPLETE mud-fest, and again to Shawn and Nigel for gearing me up.
I have to admit that I was picked up from Nigel's by Shawn because I was running late, and when I got to the course, I had to call Nigel to bring my shoes that I'd forgotten... Some things never change. :)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Basically we're interested in looking at the effect of lower body
compression clothing on short duration power performance and sustainability.
Since the testing requires completion of 6 Wingate session over the course
of 2 weeks, we're looking for males fit enough / experienced with high
intensity sprints to complete the whole 2 weeks; sprint/power type athletes
would be preferred but this certainly isn't a requirement. Also, due to
limited sizes of clothing they need to be 5'7-6'1 and weigh >80-85kg.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Dan has been training hard right through the end of the race season and is in great shape and ready to go. I am sure there will be an amazing post some time next week.
In the meantime you can follow the race at IronManArizona.com. Slayer is number 720, go time is 7am.
Monday, November 16, 2009
It reminded me of the story last week about the guy from Ridleys and how it's just dumb luck that mine ended up this way.
And all I have to show for it is a little red mark on my knee! Oh and a broken bike.
Edit: Thanks everyone for the comments. I was kind of still reeling from the whole experience last night and I think it still hasn't really hit home yet. I've had a pretty killer headache all day and my neck and upper back are starting to hurt, so I will definitely take your advice about waiting a few weeks for symptoms to show up Trev.
I guess that even though we have the right of way in some situations, it's still important to watch out for drivers for them since they're not expecting to see cyclists. Hopefully we can come to a time where cyclists are common enough in colder and darker weather and we don't have to worry so much about that.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1. A nice lodge for warming up and eating lunch.
2. Trails that are groomed for both classic and skate skiing.
3. A good variety of trails for both beginners and more advanced skiers.
4. Lessons available right on site.
5. Lots of good restaurants in Canmore for after-ski food and beverages.
Disadvantages? CNC does charge trail fees.
Anyone out there interested?
Monday, November 9, 2009
Cross-country skiing is a good option: a solid leg workout and good cardio for damn sure. We can try organizing something once the snow gets good.
Another option is speed skating. Calgary Speed Skating has introductory lessons for very cheap ($50 total I think?). It's called the Absolute Speed Program, and it runs for 4 sessions. One round of sessions start this weekend. Dates are November 14, 17, 21 and 24. Last year they also did a December program, but my advice is to start early, because the speed skating season is short! You can email email@example.com for more info, or go to www.calgaryspeedskating.com.
Edit: here are a couple of pics of my instructor from last year, Alexandra Ianculescu. She's fast.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Just a few days to go. Thank you to those of you who are helping me out this weekend.
RACE REGISTRATION HERE !
I know the tech guide mentions that lapped riders will be pulled from the afternoon men's races.
But after talking to Jim Smith, he feels that he can keep track of the race well enough to allow lapped riders to continue. So, if you or anyone you know was hesitant to register because they didn't like the idea of having their race cut short by the speedy guys at the front, that should not be a problem now. Sign up, race, have fun. This is the last start line of the 2009 season you'll see.
Anyone unable to volunteer or race but still want to make a contribution? Drop off a plate of home baked goodies at the school on Sunday morning.
After this it's four months of easy riding. Yay, winter.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
So, what do you use? What do you like?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thomas has been working on a cycling kit to celebrate our rise to the top of Alberta Road Clubs. He wanted to make something distinctively different, yet still fully recognizable as an ST rider. Also, he was a big fan of the old Saeco kit and wanted to emulate it a bit. On the arm, is the 09AlbertaRoadCupChampions.... not so big as to be a brag. This is just a prelim and is only in its fourth generation, so it may change, but I thought I would share it with the club. The red is the same red as on our black jerseys, but comes through as a little lighter here on the image, since it is an official 'dye'. (Click on jersey to make it bigger)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It was a cool Saturday night with a bit of snow on the ground but clear footing on the track for the 33 individuals who took on the 2009 Beer Mile. The cast would include 16 first time beer milers with the eventual winner, Geoff "hoofing" Hopfner coming from this group. Defending champion, Luke Way came in second. The two were in separate heats and I wonder how it would have turned out had they been in the same heat.
The women saw a close battle between Cat Brown and Kelly O'Toole with O'Toole claiming the victory.
Bringing up the rear was Trev Williams. Give this guy credit as he comes out knowing that he drinks beer like he is sipping tea at a Tea Party. But he was not alone at the Tea Party as Joel "beer bottle soother" battled it out with Trev. It came down to the last 200 meters and Joel claimed victory over Trev. Hard to believe that these boys are Engineers!
This year a double was attempted and was succeeded. Rob Lukacs posted 8:15 amd 15:04, respectively for his beer miles. He was seen drinking before and after. Goosh!
In usual fashion many dressed up for the occasion.
Thanks to all who came out. See you in the spring for the next one.
Sex Time Name Age
M 6:47 Geoff "hoofing" Hopfner 28
M 7:04 Luke Way
M 7:52 John White 34
M 7:59 Kyle Marcotte 32
M 8:01 Raui
M 8:27 Johnny Hammill 27
M 8:28 Keith "I just turned 40" Bayly 40
M 8:28 Mike Young 32
M 8:51 Carson Bannon 28
M 9:02 Greg "I am gonna win" Nicholson 35
M 9:21 Alan O 45
F 9:29 Kelly O'Toole 27
F 9:44 Cat Brown 29
F 10:47 Sandra "polishbaba" Yaworski 47
M 10:58 Mark Shand 31
F 11:01 Shari Boyle 36
M 11:03 Clarke Ellis 26
M 11:26 Lachlon Holmes 31
M 11:27 Jason Doornbos 26
M 12:02 Scott Curry 34
M 12:21 Evan Romanow 26
F 12:22 Tara Ross 29
M 13:07 Ryan Murray 32
F 13:08 Caroline Owens 28
F 13:17 Aoife Donnelly 27
M 14:27 Steve P 25
M 15:04 Rob "beer star double" Lukacs 23
M 15:10 Chris Campbell 32
F 16:20 Leslie Bannon 24
M 16:58 Frank "fast legs" Woolstencroft 31
M 22:47 Joel "beer bottle soother"
M 23:07 for 3laps...dnf Trev "someone has to be last" Williams 34
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I know many of you have been enjoying the 'cross season. We have only just a few races to go until the Provincial Championships which Speed Theory is hosting.
The race is Sunday November 8th. I'm looking for a few volunteers (3) to help me out with course set up the afternoon before and then tear-down after the race.
If I could get 7-10 others that are NOT racing to help me on the day of the race that would be excellent.
Carol Mayne has offered to help with start lists/results. This is a huge help.
PLEASE EMAIL ME firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. I'd like to meet with all of you in the next week or so to go over some details to make things roll as easily as possible on the day of the event.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
It looks like there is going to be snow and -4c tomorrow. The cold snap is suppose to end mid next week. I am going to post pone the ITT on the Ring Road until next weekend. I will keep you posted.
Although Monday looks a lot colder than it originally did (0c & sunny) Lorie is still hosting the Rave ITT. We will start at noon on Monday letting riders go. Here is what we worked out:
1.) Riders will be at 1 minute intervals.
2.) Darryl Parry is volunteering on the stop watches.
3.) 52nd street is the only live street that currently crosses Stoney Trail so we will have to make sure when we cross when traffic is clear (just like any other stop sign you come to in the city)
4.) We will basically be starting at the same spot we did for the Provincial ITT but we will be going to 17th street SE and turning around and coming back (20km out and back). (Lorie will have a cone at the turn around) We will use one carriage way just for convenience. (this gives us 40 km exactly)
5.) There will be some crews out here doing punch list stuff so don't be to surprised if you come on a vehicle. However, they will be minimal and they are aware their will be bikes on the road.
Take country hills boulevard east of Deer Foot turn north on barlow trail. Drive right through our no admittance signs onto Stoney Trail. Follow Stoney Trail east to Metis Trail Overpass and park.
Take Country Hills Boulevard to 52 st NE turn north on 52 st. When it crosses Stoney Trail turn south on Stoney Trail come to Metis Trail Overpass.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I am so mad at that commuter. As a runner I would get angry when cyclists pulled out blindly, and now as a commuter on my cross bike (which has a scratch now) I just want to lecture cyclists who do things like this!
I want so badly to race Cyclocross National this weekend. Good news is my head is likely going to be good. My forearm though, I am not certain.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Champion System developed these skinsuits for NZ and they've won a lot of races at the track. Supposedly they will be available to the public soon. Trev, should we ask Champion System if they are available for team order? Maybe not suitable for 40 km ITT on a hot day, but could work for shorter ITTs or cooler days... and for those riders into rubber fetish. (Rod M?)
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
WOW... there were SOOO many people out last night it was insane!! The girl's field was bigger than most ABA road races. The B race looked like the Cat5 start at Velocity, HUGE. The A field was a little smaller, but the quality of the field was totally awesome.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Who's all in for the Dark Knight 'Cross and Oval 'Cross this weekend? Long-term forecasts say that the weather's getting cold and wet for the weekend, so we should have some true-blue 'cross racing conditions on our hands. I'm looking forward to Fausto yelling at me for 40 minutes.
Darcy G. C for Dark Knight, Sport for Oval.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
While most of us will be thinking of only having one more beer before bed at 10:30pm tonight, Jared will be clipping in and participating in the fastest crit of his life!! The race starts at 9:30pm Las Vegas time and podium celebrations are scheduled for 10:30pm.. oh yah.. it is 60km long !! HOLY CRAP !!
Right now I am sitting in my hotel room doing some stretching. Why? Well I somehow managed to get myself an entry into the US Pro crit series final tonight. How? I don't know. at 9:15 tonight I will toe the line with the best crit riders in the US. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. How long will I last? Trev and Kyle both guessed 2 laps. Badger said slightly longer. But only slightly. We will see.
The course is a 1k course with 5 corners and a roundabout. 60k long in the pancake flat parking lot of Mandalay Bay.
Off I go.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A bunch of great reasons to come down to the Ship & Anchor (Rose & Crown if the Ship is full) tonight some time after 6pm:
- it's great weather
- it might be the last of this great weather we see for a while
- we're heading into off season
- when was the last time you saw your Speed Theory buddies
- there's no race tonight, anywhere in Calgary, as far as I know
- it's Tim's (my brother) last evening in Calgary before heading to Mauritius
Hope to see lots of you there! If you want to give me a head's up, and/or find out where we are, my cell is 606-8477.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Over 3/4 DNF when race Officials forced a course closure for Safety reasons.
Speed Theory was on the Podium.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Just think the training you could get in traveling from race to race.
Wow, what an awesome turnout to the races last night. Last year for the first two races, they started the B and A's together since there was barely anybody there. This year both fields were bigger than a few of the road races this year! Awesome. Great to see so many SpeedTheorists out racing and cheering.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Speed Theory was well represented, and we didn't disappoint the fans at corner seven. Dennis Bland brought home silver in Master Men A. I won silver and Darryl Parry took bronze in Cat. 5. Good suffering was had by all ST racers. Congratulations go out to all of the day's winners. A special congrats to handcyclist Brian Martin and para-athlete John Bereczki. Great efforts!
Thanks to Andy, Carol, and RMCC for putting on a great event!
P.S. Speed Theory now has a team mascot: Jaya the Tiger!
Full results are here.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"...I just wanted to comment on a great job you guys did organizing the Jason Lapierre Memorial weekend, awesome! I had 2 flats prior to the start of the ITT and I would like to thank the Speed Theory rider who pointed out the second one and offered to loan me a spare wheel I didn't get his name and I had a another wheel, but that tells me Speed Theory is a classy club"
On behalf of the team, thanks, Arthur.
Great sportsmanship doesn't go unnoticed. Nice work everyone.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Email I got today (click on poster to see it bigger):
Okay crew, here goes. Please find attached the poster for the Thursday, September 17th Fall XC Race at COP. If you could spread the word that would be fantastic. If we can get the people out we will be able to seriously look at getting the weekly races up and running again here at the Park.
Again, if everyone can either register their team or get individuals to register by Monday, September 14th 5pm (email email@example.com with name and age). That way we will have an idea on the numbers and decide whether or not to run the event. Check-in will be from 5-6pm (West Ticket counter of Guest Services) and race start is 6.15pm sharp. We will be using the Calgary Corporate Challenge Course.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Any suggestions, email Mary directly, her address is: oregan at shaw, dot ca.
"I need some help. My daughter's father has just been diagnosed with
Mesothelioma and is not doing well. When I was out for a ride last week
with my daughter (she is a 24 year old student nurse), I mentioned the
Conquer cancer ride to her. Before I could even finish telling her about it
she said "I'm in". Right now she is riding an old clunker of a mountain
bike and has put about 150k's on it this year. That is the most she has
ridden in the last 10 years. So we have lots of work to do but she is very
We have signed up for the ride (I am OK with everything) so we are committed
to it and the cause. We have signed up on the Massey Mashers team. BUT she
needs a bike - donated would be ideal but...... So I am asking everyone I
know to keep their eyes and ears open for a good but cheap bike for her to
do this ride.
She is 6' tall (I'm 5'2") and has a 36" inseam so needs a large bike.
Any help would be greatly appreciated - any ideas - like can she put a sign
up on a board at the store or or or.
I was out to watch the crit up on Stoney trail and what a blast to watch it.
Darcy finished and that is great.
Take care and thanks
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Note: This race has a entry limit of 100 racers. Be sure to sign up early. Or, if you wish to have a convenient excuse to avoid suffering, wait until the last minute and the race might be full...
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Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
There is still a critical need for volunteers, anyone that can help will be given free sunscreen and a burger. And no, the burger will not be delivered 'Keith-Style' nor will it be thrown down by Dallas, aka BurgerKing, as a precursor to a leg busting attack.
Masters A: Jared, Dallas, Trev, Dennis, Harley
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Jason Lapierre event was a fun Road Race for us lowly cat 5ers. Before I begin, I want to put out some thanks to a bunch of guys who did a lot of work at the front. There were a few gentlemen from the Nilkas Group that did yo-mans work at the front. Jeff from Rundle Mountain, Smiling Carl from Speed theory and a handful of others kept taking it on the chin for the rest of us.
The race started of very slowly. For the first couple of minutes I thought that we were in a neutral zone for some reason but once I learned that there was no neutral zone, it was time to ‘giddy-up’.
Depending on where you were in the pack, it seemed like we either going very slow or very fast. At the front, the surges would come on with regularity and I had to put the hammer down, but if I was in the pack, a surge just meant my HR had to go up a few beats.
It was very difficult to make any sort of break away stick. The flat course with a large bunch of riders at roughly the same level of fitness meant breaking away would take a Herculean effort. Some tried valiantly. I tried on a couple of occasions to sneak up the side and launch off the front either by myself or with a team mate. Usually someone would see me lurking and would latch on before I made the front, or the front guys would hammer up quickly and haul the pack with them. It was fun but they took their toll.
There were a few really hard attempts made by others. Alan O. made an impressive, albeit suicidal, attack near the turn around immediately after an attack that caused some good pain and suffering around the interchange. I imagine I wasn’t the only one feeling the hurt. Jeff from Rundle Mountain and a few others made some attempts to shake us loose on the home stretch but the pack would not let anyone go no matter what. There were a few dicey moments when the pack would shift violently to one side of the road then to the other. I thought I was going to be taken out (or take someone out) on a few occasions. I hope I didn’t cause any scary moments for anyone.
The finish was interesting in that we start cranking up the pace quite some distance from the finish line. As the group started to splinter, my only thought was to get back up towards the front before the final sprint. I was concentrating on NOT doing anything stupid, like say take out half the pack by hitting someone’s wheel when all of a sudden we were 20 meters from the finish line. We were at full speed but I still had some horse left in the tank. It was all but too late to make use of whatever I had left in my legs when I crossed the finish line.
12th place is not anything to write home about but I know I have it in me for top 10 or better.
It seems that every race I learn something about racing and about myself. The camaraderie between riders sure makes it fun and I get to meet some interesting people. I’m way more capable than I ever thought I was so look out next year; I’m gunning for number 1! (but, can I stay in Cat 5 forever?)
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Due to some serious concerns passed along to us by Shell (the owners of the building/parking lot at the Research Park that we stage the Crit series out of) about some incidents on the road in recent weeks and throughout this season, we have been forced to take the step of canceling the remainder of the 2009 Midweek Mayhem Crit season.
"Participants are reminded that our races are run on open roads. Participants have also been reminded throughout the season that when catching up to vehicles from behind, racing should be neutralized until the vehicle has cleared the course. Under no circumstances is it permissible to engage in ANY kind of confrontational and/or abusive behaviour towards drivers on the course."
I hope this doesn't put future use of this course in jeopardy. Keith, Dallas, Brent, Noel and the rest of the Midweek crew work hard to put on the races every Tuesday, and it would be a shame to see a great midweek race series come to an end, even though I suck at crits, as Keith reminds me every week...