Wednesday, August 31, 2011
And the 2nd change, the Sunday & Monday rides will be changing place. It works better this way for the driving, particularly on Monday, coming home.
There was snow in Banff today, but the forecast for the weekend is really good, Environment Canada
Friday - Hills in and around Banff this is a fun loop that never takes you far from Banff but will certainly stretch the legs - approx 130km - meet Starbucks Banff Ave 1pm
Saturday - Castle Junction - Radium loop this is a big one four decent climbs and lots of miles - approx 220km - meet Castle Junction 8am
Sunday - Lake Louise to Takkakaw Falls amazing scenery and one of the coolest switchback roads ever, if you haven't seen the falls you will be blown away - approx 110km (will depend on highway construction - meet Village Parking lot 9am. According to the BCAA the construction on the bridge at the bottom of the Kicking Horse pass is still ongoing, so we will make the call on that portion of the ride when we get there. If it proves to be too sketchy we can also return to Louise and ride up to the Chateau and/or Morraine Lake, nice riding as well.
Monday - Spray Lakes loop new ride this year - approx 150km (fair bit of gravel) - meet info Centre Canmore 9am
This schedule will firm up over the next day or so, so keep checking back and/or leave comments if you plan on making any or all of the rides. It is a great time of year to enjoy some scenery and great miles on the bike.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
I just wanted to let you know that I am planning a clinic for new
riders interested in the National Cycling Centre Development Program; for
those who have already started with us over the summer and for the few
people who I have been in touch with regarding the program for the fall. It
will be a good opportunity for everyone to get some cycling experience and
skills before we take a break and resume training in October.
The Clinic will run Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday from 1:00 to 4:00;
Monday will be a Track Focused Day, Tuesday a Road and Wednesday a MTB
Focus. We will provide bikes for the Track Session and you're responsible
to provide a road bike or MTB for Tuesday and Wednesday. If you would like
to rent a bike the Outdoor Program Centre here at the University can rent
bikes (Road or MTB).
Please email me so I can send you a Waiver and Novice Clinic Registration
form (Please note this clinic is Free)
The Clinic will run each day from the Glenmore Velodrome in SW
Calgary. Take Crowchild and exit at 50th Ave SW, Head East and when you see
the Athletic Fields your there...the Velodrome is next to the Skating Rink.
Finally if you have any questions please call me at 403-220-8008
(office) or on my Cell 403-681-9566
Stephen Burke ChPC, BKin
Head Coach National Cycling Centre Calgary
Monday, August 22, 2011
From Speed Theory Calgary to STC.
Exclusive STC Cyclocross Deal!
With the road racing season now wrapping up, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next: Cyclocross! To kick off the cyclocross season Speed Theory Calgary will be offering all STC members special pricing on Felt cross bikes. Take your pick between the durable F75X for the reduced price of $1549.99 (regular price is $2049.99), or its lighter weight sibling the F15X at $2649 (regular price is $3599.99). Stock is extremely limited. This offer is exclusive to STC members only and is on a first come first serve basis. All bikes will need to be prepaid and will ship to Calgary the last week of August. Come in for help with sizing if you aren't sure.
For more information on the F75X check out here.
For more information on the F15X check out here.
For more information on this deal or to purchase one of these bikes please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and happy riding!
The Speed Theory Calgary Gang
Sunday, August 21, 2011
It was pretty evident at the start that Speed Theory and TCR had the two biggest teams in the race, and we were doing the stare-down at each other at the start. However, I was confident that we would have a good showing, because we had Derek Jobson, the Most Interesting Man in the World, on our side.
The course was a 80 km out-and-back, with a $50 KOM on the line at 20 kms and "nice" crosswinds to keep the racing interesting. All teams shared the work at the front to the KOM, and then TCR threw the gauntlet down and the race was on. The climb shattered the group: Derek caught TCR's Robert Savin to claim the KOM, and Robert and me came over the KOM 2nd and 3rd. We hooked up with Derek for about 10 kms, after which three guys: Brent from TCR, Rob from Bici, and Andrew Paul from Bike Bros, bridged up to us. This turned out to be the winning move.
We all worked hard together to stay away. Everyone took a pull in the wind, and we had the echelon working perfectly with the wind. Coming back after the turn it was pretty evident we were going to stay away, because the rest of the cat 5s were in groups of two or three, and some folks were suffering hard on their own. With about 3 km to go Derek launched off the front, stringing us out. I couldn't go with the pace, but was able to keep the leaders in sight. Derek won the sprint, Robert from TCR took 2nd, and Andrew was 3rd. I didn't have the juice to catch Brent, so finished as last man in the break. That was the best road race I've ever been in, and it was a real pleasure to race with all those guys.
Reinier was the next in at 7th (that might also put him up to cat 4), Alan O. rolled in for 10th, Mike Healy was 12th, and Stephen Pickett was 18th.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I don't feel like getting up at some unholy hour next Sunday to get down to Magrath in time for the race, so I've booked a room at the Econo Lodge in Lethbridge on Saturday night. So, I'm looking for a (male) roommate to split the cost. Any takers? Should be about $60. I can also supply transportation.
Also, who all is racing this weekend?
Darcy Cat 5
This was on CBC News today.Posted: Aug 16, 2011 8:48 AM MT
Police are looking for the person who tossed lit fireworks from a vehicle at three cyclists, causing one to fall from his bike and go into a ditch.
The injured cyclist fractured his arm and needed stitches on his arms and legs.
RCMP officers, who didn't release a description of the vehicle, are looking for witness to the incident.
The cyclists were biking eastbound near Cochrane on Highway 1A, about three kilometers east of Grande Valley Road.
Cochrane RCMP ask anyone with information regarding to contact them at 403-851-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
PS if you like any a lot for some odd reason, perhaps you are in it email me (email@example.com) and I can get you the print quality one also crop and Photoshop some more speed into it..
Cat 5 Pictures
Cat 4 Pictures
Cat 3 Pictures
Cat 1/2 Pictures
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I was driving the wheel car for the women’s race this weekend. They were having a good race, a little surging now and then. Popped a few off the back, DQed one on a hill. Looked like a race. One and a half laps in, two women had just reattached to the pack, one other was about 45 seconds behind and fading. It was a good time to put her out of her misery.
Why were they slowing down? In order to stop. They stood on the road milling and chatting until just after the dangler caught up. The commissaire came back to chat with them. Then they were off and racing again. The race continued, more women were popped (no catchups allowed anymore). Finish line sprints happened and the race was over.
Afterward, curiosity got the better of me and I asked what happened. Apparently, one of the riders in the front group was having trouble with her saddle. She was discussing with a team mate how she might fix it on the fly, when the rest of the group said, “Why don’t we stop?” And so they did. Once the saddle was fixed, they mounted up and started racing again. Civilised behaviour in a bike race. I’m gobsmacked.
Once again, I think the Cat 5 STC should be more than proud of themselves during the road race. We were fortunate enough to have some crazy strong riders, some really good domestics and a lunatic out front from the start of the race. Our tactics had to be re-adjusted early in the race and everyone played an active role.
The plan was to protect our two strongest riders, James and Ian. Ian being very close to being upgraded. However, after the first corner, Derek (I think by accident) was 200 meters up the road when two guys bridged up to him. I originally thought we would roll them up but they began to pull away and no one else was willing to chase. We let them go.
Soon enough it was obvious that they were making a strong attempt to stay away so we passed the word around the STC guys to slow the pack down. The Niklas guys knew what we were doing and gave us the evil eye but did not make any attempt to bridge up. Slowly but surely the lead group pulled further and further ahead. On the third lap, after the wind had picked up, Darcy was pulling the group along at a Sunday afternoon pace. He pulled off to let someone else take a pull and the pack slowed down even further. Wow! We could not have been going any slower.
Meantime, James was itching to go. “Can we catch ‘em now?” No. “Now?” No.
On the last lap Stephen, in the wheel car, gave us the split. We were well over 2 minutes behind and it was time to re-organize. The new plan was to move James and Ian to the front before the corner heading south. Brad (the incredible hulk) said he had some legs left that he could lead the two out at the corner. Me and the rest of the gang would attempt to hold the pack back.
The corner came and off they went. And so did the rest of the pack. The group was being stretch out but it didn’t shatter like I hoped. Brad was cooked when I caught him and was disappointed that the lead out didn’t work. But, James, Ian and the RMCC guy kept the pace.
Finally, ‘poing’ the pack snapped. I heard popping and clouds of smoke formed behind me as guys slowly disintegrated. My engine was starting to smoke too, but a little pep talk with myself and with the incredible hulk we began working our butts off to keep up. Brad, Rainier and I now had visions of catching the three up group and we would have a strong STC finish. Alas, we could not catch on but we tried valiantly.
Our man Derek in the lead group had come apart on the south leg. After, he told me he was so cooked he could barely keep going. It was a big effort on his part to stay away from the very start of the race; well done.
Back to the last km. Brad dropped his chain but managed to get it back on. I thought I flatted and pulled off (later determined that the tire was fine. It must have been my huge powerful quads that pulled the wheel out of the drop outs;). The race was over for me.
In the end the team effort was excellent. We had 4 guys in the top 10. Ian gets moved up and some big points for James and Derek.
The young Juventus guys rode really strong. I was impressed by their staying power. A little sketchy here and there but they improved as the race went on.
RMCC guy (Shane) deserves credit for doing lots-o-work at the front. Sorry dude, we were unwilling to help.
Andrew! Congratulations! Glad to see you moving up.
Monday, August 8, 2011
This week is a 16km ITT on the NW Woodland course (Highway 1A and Woodland Road). The first rider will start at 6:30 PM. This will be a full aero TT. Feel free to use your TT/Tri bike, aero wheels & helmets, skin suits, shoe covers and any non-UCI compliant bike components. The course is mainly flat with a couple of rollers near the end to keep you interested and a brief downhill in the middle. I can use a few volunteers to help with this race. Let me know if you can help and I will need the stopwatches.
Some parking is available at Woodland Road. Parking is also available at Bearspaw road and at the Lions Club (Farmers Market) on Nagway Road.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The story of the day was Eric Jensen dismantling the Cat3 field and soloing for almost the entire race. See you in Cat2 Eric.
Ferenc had a new baby boy at 1:46am on Sat morning. He still made it to the Crit and Road Race. It was his sixth kid. Congrats Ferenc, enjoy your new addition to the family. Here he is getting 7th in the road race after probably as little sleep as me!
Watching the Cat1/2 sprint was exciting as usual. When I am in the race, I usually watch from about 100m - 1km behind, so it was great to see it develop and climax with Cody taking top honours on the day.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011