Monday, May 31, 2010
I want to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on Sunday to make our event a great success. With the exception of forgetting to get the key to the building (my bad, lesson learned for next year and a big, big, big thank you to Emilie for covering for my error and getting the keys and organizing all the volunteers. I owe you big time!), I think everything else went off quite well. Off the top of my head, thanks to:
Route Set-Up: Trev W., Carl, Ross, Mark, Darryl and Alan
Food Organization: Emilie L., David M., Clarke (Timmies!) and the BBQ guys: Steve P & Steve W and Tony
Course Marshalls: Kathy, Ross, Julie, Gina, Scott G-C, Steve W
Holder: Mark S.
Start/Finisher Helpers: Steve and Danielle K., Carlos and A-Train.
General Super Helpers (for being everywhere, corrdinating, helping on course, clean-up...): Ryan M, Clarke E, Marilyn T., Tom K, Alan and Lockie
Let's not forget Stephen k's huge Suburban that carried food & the "small" BBQ!
Special thanks to our ABA officials: Arnold, Carol, and Andy. Without them, this race couldn't have happened.
If your name isn't mentioned above, but you helped out in any way, shape, or form, please leave a comment so you can be recognized.
Marcy K had 6 hard laps giving her 6th place, and again, with her heavy 29er front wheel to lift over the logs and up some of those greasy climbs. Marcy had to put her medical skills to the test during the race when she came upon another racer who got her foot caught in her spokes. Nice work Marcy! Marcy also helped me out when I was ready to pack it in after my 3rd lap. I was trying my best just to stay upright on my bike and realized on my 3rd lap that I hadn’t even finished one bottle of fluid. I ended up sitting out for about ½ hour, drinking, eating, and getting it together. If Marcy wouldn’t have come along and coaxed me out, I wouldn’t have completed 7 laps, giving me a 4th place finish. Thanks so much! During my 6th lap, my knee had an encounter with a tree, and the tree won, so I sat off the trail for 10 minutes before limping up to the top, where volunteers told me I had to ride for a photo. So I did, and moving it saved me, so I could get in my 7th lap.
Rumor has it, that Dan S was only able to get in 1 or 2 laps, as his derailleur had a fight with the course, and the course won. A busted derailleur was the end of his day. Apparently Dan was racing with his Trans Rockies (this August) partner to simulate a typical day at the 7-day stage race. Well Dan, I think the entire day was a great simulation of what can happen at that race. Preparation is good, and maybe you got the mechanical karma out of the way early!
Charles B was on a Mixed Team of 2 and they were able to get 4th place in their category. Charles was worried about not being on a mtn bike in a long time, so coming out in yesterday’s conditions hopefully changed that!
We also had some members out there cheering us on, and thank you so much for that. It was motivating hearing your name as you came through the transition area, and also when you were out there getting to the top of a grueling climb. Thanks Keith B, Shelly B, and Mitzy M (those are the people I saw) Rick M was marshalling a section and he was also a huge motivation as you came through two points that passed each other. I looked forward to that section as he talked you through crossing the bridge up the steep greasy climb and then again as you made your way back and had to do a greasy tight switchback climb. The day actually turned out better than everyone anticipated, and only a couple very light sprinkles fell from the sky. The black clouds moved in as soon as the awards were presented, and I’m sure the rain we were all very afraid of fell on C.O.P. after we departed. Thanks for the headgame Mother Nature.
Great job everyone!!! Way to represent Speed Theory at this event. Speed Theory had several shout outs by the announcer (Crazy Larry) as we all rolled through the transition area throughout the day, including the announcing of my picture on the cover of Get Out There magazine that was thrown in racer swag bags.
Next up in 2 weeks (after Pigeon Lake) is Cyclemeisters 5 hour Organ Grinder race in Canmore!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
According to Mike H’s bike computer, most folks hit between 900-1000kms over the seven days with more than 34,000ft of climbing. There were two days where we climbed more than 8,000ft per day. Other highlights of the week include Paul A soloing the Mt. Baldy-Osoyoos loop while fighting off lightning bolts from Zeus. Natalie leg-dropped Apex from the top ropes. Before the week began, Mark’s longest ride was 120km. He hit 170, 190 and 220km days over the week, which is more than Carson did. Marylin didn’t bonk. Unbeknownst to her, there was a handful of us calling for her to bonk at least three out of the seven days. Frank’s nose didn’t bleed while he was riding, which means he was holding back (that’s scary given what efforts he put in on the last day). Everyone attempted the Awesome-Rad category rides each day, which makes everyone awesome-rad. Finally, my wife grocery shopped and prepared all the food for the team BBQ, not to mention all the other meals that week for Carson, Mark and I. She is also awesome-rad.
A shout goes out to fellow Speed Theorist Sandra Yaworski, who led a group of 15 Krono’s triathletes on a cycling camp over the same week. With the extra day of cycling in Revelstoke before the week began and a few people staying for two more days of riding over the long weekend, Speed Theory hit it pretty hard over the past ten days. Until next May...
This past weekend, Speed Theory’s mountain bike enthusiasts were in Stony Plain for the Trans Stony Superhero Challenge – 6 hour Enduro MTB race. Members who took part in the fun filled event as Solo Superheroes on the Monday of the May long weekend, included myself (Shawna), Marcy K, Thomas Y, and Rick M. We didhave one missing member, as well as a couple others from other teams. While organizers shouted out these names with hopes that they would sign on, this caused a 15 minute delay for the start time which ended up being 10:15am. Bueller? Bueller?
It was a chilly start to the morning with cloudy skies, but that was soon to change as anxious racers off the start line dropped immediately into the trees and onto some tight swoopy single track. With the tight pack of riders on the brakes so not to hit the racer in front of you, and racers who were on/off the bikes as the tires slipped on the rooty climbs, this brought the heart rate up enough to work up a sweat. The bottle necking stayed in effect until we got through the first half of the course which was some sweet single track in the trees consisting of lots of swoopy tight turns, with steep rooty climbs, as well as numerous logs thrown in that you had to hop your bike over right before the start of a steep tight climb. Then it all broke apart in the wide open field which led you into some longer climbs enabling those of us who had more than one gear to throw it into a larger one and stomp on it. Each lap consisted of about 6.5km and 120m of elevation gain, getting in as many of those as you could in 6 hours.
It was business as usual for Thomas Y, and he did a great job with only one gear at doing 12 laps. The pinstriped business socks mesmerized his opponents allowing him some huge gains. Rick M might have looked like he was playing for the other team in his Deadgoat jersey, but we still allowed him to hang with us, which helped contribute to his 11 lap race. Marcy K fooled everyone with her chicken legs (I have her permission to say this) and heavy 29’er wheel by slapping down 9 laps, with only 2 rings in the front. Her 3rd ring wasn’t working for her, so she did what she could with 2. My guess is Thomas is slowly trying to get her to follow suit, and become one of ‘him’ in the Single Speed club. I had a goal of 9 laps and managed to dig out 11 laps. I don’t know where that 11th lap came from, but when I came through the transition area, the commissaire told me I had 36 minutes. I didn’t feel like I had 36 minutes in me, but the girl who rode behind me for the last lap seemed confident that she could pull out another one and make it count, so I had to go out. I stayed on her wheel for a while, until I passed her and we discussed our expectations of making this lap count. We made a pact to work together for this. I got her through the single track, and then when we came to the field of climbs, she got me through it. I was in a world of hurt as I climbed up the last hill to the finish line, as Thomas stood there yelling at me to stand up and hammer. I hammered, but there was no standing. When I crossed the finish line, I lay on the ground and stared at the black spots in the sky. The girl I worked so hard with came over and hugged me and we both agreed we couldn’t do it without one another. It was good to see her on the podium. Marcy had a similar last lap experience and worked closely with another guy to get that last lap to count. It just goes to show that if you really want something, you will have it.
When I first heard we were racing on Fern & Harvey’s MTB farm (all man-made 10 years ago strictly for races) in Stony Plain, I thought, 6 hours of lap after lap on a small Nose Hill. I was very wrong. Stony Plain was Stony Plain AWESOME.
Great race everyone, solid effort! This Sunday is Deadgoat’s 8 hour race at COP. See you all there!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
So it turns out that Saskatoon is a long way from Calgary. However, the 7 hour drive was well worth it for the torrential downpour that greeted the Speed Theorists at the Bikes on Broadway race.
The Time Trial was a brutal affair punctuated with howling wind and blowing rain. 8 km of snot and spittle later Darcy pulled in 6th place in the Cat 5 time trial (you might hear something about him missing a start time preventing him from winning the thing... but we're not sure about that), with me a close 8th, Dave Holmes and Rob Welch were a minute off the pace, but still within striking distance of the top GC contenders.
The plan was to mark any breakaway attempts with Rob and Dave and if the pack came together I was going to go for the sprint finish. The Cat 5 road race started at a leisurely pace as few teams felt the need to work hard off the start. Speed Theory represented with all four of our riders near the front for the first 30km. The pace picked up a bit for the next little while as we had a nice tail wind. A few brave souls (including myself) attempted to make life interesting with a couple of half hearted attacks. The race knew that the ride back into the head wind would be nasty for any smaller group none of the attacks stuck.
After the turn around, Speed Theory spent some time at the front pulling into the headwind, but I decided that we were wasting too much energy and fell back into the relative safety of the pack. A sketchy rider took out one of the brave females who decided to ride Cat 5 and she crashed out in front of me. Fortunately, I did hit her and go down as well. The sketchy rider was then continually sketchy and I ripped a strip out of him after he almost took me down as well. Dave thinks I'm scary.
With about 20km left, Rob launched an attack off the front that had the potential to be a game winner. It was marked by an ERTC rider who was obviously not working for himself (working hard at the front of the ride) and I understand that he wasn't actually willing to help Welchie in the break. But did when Welchie told him that his wife was watching. Dave & I stuck with the pack allowing the other teams to work to attempt to bring back the break. The break was caught around the top of the hill, but another one form just over the hill. I watched as Dave and Rob were safely in the break and turned off the gas a bit not wanting to pull anybody else up into the break. A brave rider from Saskatchewan sprinted to attempt to bridge, and I marked him up. At one point he looked back and wondered if I wanted to do any work, at which point I said "I'm sorry, I have two guys up in the break" He seemed pretty cool with that and continued to haul ass attempting to bridge. On one of the last few hills I cracked a little and fell off his wheel. I was alone and finding a last second wind, managed to get back to him and nip him about 10m from the finish line. Overall, Speed Theory placed 3rd (Rob), 4th (Dave), 8th (me) and, back with the group was Darcy. I think it was a highly successful race from a Cat 5 perspective as we worked hard to ensure that the break was made and stayed away.
Tomorrow is the Crit and I am hoping for some good things.
The women's race went really well for Emilie as she kept with the pack for the entire thing except for the last 15km when she was pushed off the road and had a small crash. (Just a bent derailleur hanger to show for it, not even a small road rash) I guess that Emilie was then considered the "pack" as the wheel car followed her for the rest of the race. Emilie is extremely happy with her race, but was peeved about getting crashed out.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Need someone to go pick up the BBQ & Burgers on Friday and return the BBQ Sunday after the race. The BBQ would fit in the back of an SUV. There would be 2 boxes of burgers which would need to be kept in a freezer until the race. (the boxes are pretty big so you would need a somewhat empty freezer/deep freeze)
Also calling for expert BBQ cooks that will flip some burgers after the race. Most important job of all: cause everyone's going to be hungry!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Races cannot happen without volunteers, and I need 16 of them for May 30th. Calling all partners, friends, super moms, crazy dads, siblings, grannies, ex’s, whatever it takes!
It’s going to be a gorgeous day (for sure right?) – a few hours of time PLUS you get to watch an awesome race, spend time outside, enjoy a BBQ and cheer on the racers.
If you are not racing PLEASE come out and help – after all, when YOU race others have given some of their time for you!
New Racers/Women’s team: want to see what TT racing is all about? Now’s the chance to figure it out so that you can be ready for the next race ;) No excuses!
--> Volunteers will need to be on site tentatively 30min before race start i.e 8:30am. A few may be required earlier. Details to come.
Email Emilie elangevin (at) gmail.com if you are available to come out and help – or if you have an incredibilus volunteer for us!
… Alternatively we just might pick at random from those speed theory registered racers to volunteer instead of race? Wanna take that chance?? …
Christina Smith, another Alberta women's racer, would like to head down to Oregon to take part in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic June 1-6, but would like some company on the drive down. She already has tentative accommodations lined up but, but could see about finding suitable digs for a ST racer if they want to make the trip.
The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic's website is http://www.mthoodcyclingclassic.com. If you can go, this looks like a great race.
Need more information? Please contact Christina at cm.smith[at]telus.net. She'll be able to answer any questions better than I can.
Nice work on the mountain bike tour boys. Way to represent. Mark and Carson swear they saw you guys tearing through Revelstoke Saturday morning when we were coming back into town from our ride. Day 0.5 saw Mark, Carson and I trying to ascend Mt. Revelstoke until we hit snow. We made it to around 12.5km (half way), which is great because last year Jared, Jeff and I made it only 5km.
This past weekend, the interior BC’s roads and mountain bike trails were invaded by Speed Theory’s racing team. While some members kicked off the Penticton Training Camp, 4 of our members participated in the Salty Dog 6 hour enduro MTB race in Salmon Arm on Sunday. Thomas, Simon W, Rick M, and I took part in the grueling event as solo riders. This meant doing as many laps as you could in 6 hours. Each lap consisted of around 10.5km and just less than 400m of elevation gain. All of the climbing occurred in the first part of each lap, and the first half of the climb was steep singletrack switchbacks. The other half was nice smooth doubletrack with sections that allowed you to eat, drink, get into a bigger gear and hammer, pass people, and text. With a water/feed station at the top, you refueled, and then the reward came. A sweet, technical, fun-rolling, big-grin-on-your-face descent which made you forget about all the hard work you had to do to earn it. As you rolled through the transition area, fans screamed and yelled and cheered you on and you felt light on your feet as you ran through there with your bike. Then the mental game started, and you had to do it all over again.
The weather was a perfect mix of warmth and overcast skies with some sprinkles here and there. Not enough moisture to keep the dust down and everyone’s faces from being covered in Salty Dog war paint.
Props go out to Simon W for completing 8 hard laps, Thomas completing 7 laps (on his single speed hard tail 29’er!) Rick M threw down 7, and I had 6 laps, surpassing my goal of 5 laps. Simon passed me twice during the 6 hours, and always in the swoopy, rocky, dusty, switchback descents. He was moving so fast if it wasn’t for his accent and Speed Theory kit, I never would have noticed him. My guess is he picked up the pace when he saw me, to avoid a repeat of last Wednesday’s C4 TT, and having to help me with any flats. Mission accomplished.
Next up is this weekend’s Trans Stony 6 hour enduro in Stony Plain. Great race everyone!
I have a special ride planned for Lachlan and I on Sunday after the camp is officially over. It is on the only roads I haven't explored around Penticton. It is old logging roads connecting Penticton with highway 33 near BeaverDell. It is mostly on gravel. Check out the profile of the ride! That vertical axis is in meters!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
There's a link at the top of this Blog page titled, PENTICTON CAMP, under the section called "Important current stuff." It will send you to a general post highlighting some important points about the trip and links to the previous blog posts about the rides and so on/what not/etcetera/so forth...
In other news, I won the Cabin Ride last night...that is, if it were a race to the bottom of Old Banff Coach Road. Go steel bikes!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The events will include:
Sat May 29th
-Foothills Academy 10km Run
Early bird entry before May 20th is $30
Sun May 30th
-Speed Theory 40km Time Trial (www.speedtheoryteam.com)
-1,500m swim sponsored by the Kronos Triathlon Club, at Mount Royal pool
There will be a $5 donation for non Kronos members to be put towards the Kids of Steel race. All swimmers MUST have an ATA membership.
If you are interested in taking part in this event, please email
Kyle: dukyle at yahoo dot ca
Scott: ironchiro at gmail dot com
Prize information to come soon.
More infor will be posted at calgarytriandbike.blogspot.com
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sat May 8th, 2010:
7:30am start at Foothills Pool for a 1500m time trial
4:00pm start Time Trial bike: beginning and ending at the intersection of 101st and Upper Springbank Road SW - Scott and I won't be using race wheels,...it'll be up to you whether or not you are sissy enough to use them.
Sun May 9th, 2010:
9:00am start Mother's Day 10km, Calgary
If you're interested in joining us, you must RSVP by email Kyle @ dukyle at yahoo dot ca, or Scott @ ironchiro at gmail dot com
Thursday, May 6, 2010
By the time Day Six and Seven come around we’re pretty much as pro as it gets. Sponsors are calling and we got a free ride. Right? Both days have their challenges with Day Seven being the longest day of the week, but first, Day Six. It’s hill repeat day!!! Yaaaay!!! Cyclops there. Cyclops there. Both rides will head north to Summerland and then hit Giant’s Head- a tight, switchback, steep climb where you can see the rider above you or below you depending on your headspace- the climb will test your brain for sure. Because both groups are riding together we’ll climb Giant’s Head twice and then continue on with the ride. When we go through Summerland on the way back, those who are up for it can challenge Giant’s Head a couple more times. The ride overall is pretty isolated and it kind of gave me the creeps during the past two times I’ve done it, like banjo-in-the-background creeps. The distance is around 90km so we’ll be back home with lots of time for afternoon cocktails. The linked map isn't exactly accurate of where we will ride but we'll make sure no one gets lost.
The Awesome-Rad category ride on Day Seven totally rocks out so much that you need a passport. So bring your passport! We’re heading south to the land of IHOPs and Waffle Houses. The ride takes us south of Osoyoos and across the US border. From there we scoop down and over and come back into Canada on the other side of Richter’s Pass. Then we follow the Ironman course back to Penticton. You will never taste better Beef Jerky and Beaver Buzz when we stop in Keremeos. The ride distance is 210kms.
The Rad category ride will take on the epic Apex climb on Day Seven. It’s simple: ride up to Apex from Penticton and then ride down. Up and down. Seventy kilometres. And 11km of climbing that will make you cry. Just ask Jared. But then the ride down is one of the funnest (I make up words sometimes) descents you’ll ever do. Just make sure to ride the brakes down the first 11km part and then let it rip.
Now that we have all the rides on the table, whose coming with us? Drop your name and the first day you’re riding in the comments section of this post; for example, Carson Bannon: Sunday. I know some people will begin riding on Sunday (Mark, Carson, Ryan, Marilyn, Simon F., Natalie, Mike H.), some on Tuesday (Jared) and then some on Thursday (Frank, Trev and Lockie). Also, if anyone is interested, Carson, Mark and I are going on a ride Saturday, May 15, out of Revelstoke. We’ll swing by the Tim Horton’s by Hwy 1 around 9:30 a.m. to see if anyone is there. Finally, please ask any questions you may have about the trip in the comments section as well. I will have a final blog entry early next week before everyone heads out with some general trip info. We're 10 sleeps until Day 1.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
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Speed Theory has some fabulous talent this year as well. I was honored to be working with some of the other guys in the cat 5 road race. I think that some of them came in in the top 10-15. I ran over Rob (the road rash) Welsch on the second last corner so I didn't get to see the final sprint. With that said, I felt awesome (mostly) until that point. I'm sure I would have been crushed in the final sprint but it was a fun race.
Thank you Velocity for putting on such a well organized event. The volunteers and organizers were fabulous.
Does anyone have a relative, friend or co-worker that might be coming from edmonton? I left a wheel set in the wheel car and was hoping someone might be coming to Calgary soon and can bring them down. Lastly, I left some sunglasses in the Boston Pizza and was hoping someone grabbed them..
I seem to have a bout of LHD (Lockland Holmes Disease) for forgetting stuff. At least I got to race :) I better be carefull, I hear he's a black belt in Thong-quan-doe.