Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
It was great to see David hammer through the gravel at full speed! Steve is riding stronger than ever. And Thomas? Well what can I say?
We rode for just over 2 hours while I attacked the rollers mercilessly!
(On route to the course)
(Marcy rippin' the gravel descent)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Since road racers tend to be cheapskates, car pooling is the preferred option. And, if you're really serious about
road racing, your bike(s) are probably worth about three times as much as your car. For example, here's me and Harley heading off to Provincials last year in my 2000 Ford Focus.
The Warm Up
The average dude will probably get to the race a good hour to an hour and a half before the gun to register and warm-up (Well, unless you're Speed Theory emeritus member Lockie H., but that's another story...). At the early season races, there will probably be a lot of chit-chat about winter training:
Rider One: So, how was winter training?
Rider Two: Horrid. I reno'd my basement and went to Disneyland for Christmas and New Year's. Just did a few spins on the trainer. You?
Rider One: Great! Was in a solid, progressive program spinning three nights a week and weights two nights a week. I'm going to crush this thing!
Both riders are lying through their teeth. Rider Two's basement "reno" was installing a dedicated bike room complete with computrainer, plasma TV, and enclosed a/c unit. On vacation he brought his new Cervelo (Christmas gift to himself, since he runs "solo" in all aspects of life) to California and rode five days straight. Rider One's "program" lasted two weeks in November until he aggravated an old knee injury from high school football and hasn't been on the bike since.
But, at some point the chatter stops, and the race gets going.
So, the race starts and everyone's pedaling down the road. At some point, a few guys are going to decide they don't like the constraints of the group, and they'll try to go at it alone in a breakaway. If the pack is smart, they'll let them go. It's a long race.
Fighting for Position
Meanwhile, back in the pack everyone's trying their best to stay out of the wind, especially if there are some viscous crosswinds. Try not to get guttered, otherwise it's going to be a very, very long and very, very lonely race for you. I know. Trust me, I know...
Now, after a few kms of racing some rider might think to themselves "Hey, you know, that break might actually hold to the finish. Maybe I should drop any sense of commitment to work with the pack and try to bridge up." Sometimes it works. Sometimes the dude just winds up flailing around in no-man's land between the break and the pack, not wanting to admit failure and slink back into the peloton.
At some point the pack will decide it's time to throw some coal in the locomotives and reel in the break. They've been out there for a good long time and are probably cooked. But, it's going to take a coordinated effort, and if anyone doesn't pull their weight, the chase might not work.
So, it's about 5 kms to go to the finish, and the break's just about caught. Normally, one of the break's members will go off the front in a last ditch effort to solo for the win . Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't.
So, with about one km to go everyone's throwing elbows and boxing each other out fighting for the front. Hopefully the team's "designated guy" has managed to hang on, and after all his teammates have buried themselves in the front working for the guy, the sprinter gets to go for the glory.
Now, I'd love to say that winning the cat 5 GC at Swift Current Stage Race is the pathway to a pro contract and summers spent in Europe, but that would be a lie. In reality, all one can hope for is enough cash to fill the gas tank for the drive home.
Good luck, everyone.
|Thanks to Carson Bannon for another wicked poster.|
Volunteer website here!
Video of the course here.
If you are NOT part of STC or Crankmasters, you MUST have a valid 2012 ABA racing license. If you do not, you cannot race. The ABA will send us a list the day before the event, if you are not on it, you do not race.
OK, here are some details about a wicked Alberta Spring Classic.
Women: As part of our current initiative to encourage women to get out and race. We are going to offer free admission. Sure this doesn't save you a ton, but we want it to indicate that we are thinking about you and will continue to give you perks to come out and race. Now get out and race!
|You may park in the spots indicated. Notice NO PARKING inside or along race loop.|
Porta-potties: There will be 3 toilets at registration. They are predominately there for the women (and they will be pink!), but are open to everyone.
Registration: This will be done when you RIDE up to the race start between 8:00 - 8:30am. You will drop your jacket and leggies under the tent and sign on. You will show us your VALID ABA race license, sign the waiver, slide over $15, and get ready to hammer at 9am!!
Littering: Of course no littering. We will leave the race course exactly how we found it.
Locals: We are hoping the locals will be accommodating to us. Please be courteous and friendly. Having ridden this loop hard a few times now and held this event once, it would be great if we could use this course year over year, it is totally awesome.
Ambulance: We have hired a full ambulance for this race. Aaron Paramedical.
Spectating: The best place to watch this event would be on Willow Way as it is slightly uphill, twisty, almost cobble quality road, and has the feel of a spring classic. Please bring out flags, air horns, face paint and take pictures. Let's show those Belgians who REALLY likes cycling more! If you can get some totally awesome photos of some awesome action, SpeedTheory Cycling will reward you.
Categories: We have intentionally made these Cats dissimilar to the ABA Cats for two reasons. The first is to ensure no one thinks upgrading points will be awarded. The second is to let you race where you want. If you are a Cat4 that wants to see if you can keep up, then race CatA. If you are a Cat2 that is out of shape, race CatA or we will call 'sandbagger'.
Jerseys: This is pretty early in the year to expect everyone to have their team jerseys. Don't worry about having a proper team jersey for this event.
Body Numbers: Don't wear your ABA body numbers or number plates. We are currently debating using our own numbers, or none at all. You will find out at registration.
Bikes: I am racing on my road race bike with 25's. No other modifications. I have heard some people wonder if CX bikes are going to be used. You can, but they will be slower than your road race bike. In the video, I had 23's on and was able to hammer as hard as I could on the gravel. The only reason I am going to 25's is so I can lower my psi for Willow Way.
Awards and Results: Awards will be based on bragging rights this year, and will increase as the years go on. Imagine being able to say to your kids you podiumed at Prairie-Roubaix, that is priceless. As for results; you will know if you are top 5, if you are not, be pumped you finished and thank all the volunteers on your cool down then set your sights on Velocity Stage Race, forget about results.
Volunteering: If you cannot race, or want to watch the action instead, please consider volunteering. I have set up a really slick sign up sheet. Please use an email that works as this is how I will communicate with you pre-event. Go to volunteer site here.
Get pumped: We are less than 4 weeks away!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
|Tom Baker - Ride God for the 400KM|
|Riding in the early morning darkness|
|Smooth Group Riding|
I felt tired going into the ride but I had a good ride and with the exception of sore knees faired well for a big early season ride. Trev was sore on ALL bike contact points and I only hope Marliyn is not mad.
There is a 600Km coming up early April, let me know if your interested, good base miles for the late starters :)
- Seven days of cycling in the Penticton area.
- The rides range from 60km to 230km and you can make them as easy or as hard as you want.
- There are two ride options every day - one long and one short. The long rides range from 80-230ish km while the short rides range from 60-160ish km.
- If you are uncomfortable riding alone, make sure you ride with a buddy. If you are tentative about coming because you don’t want to be caught by yourself for 30-40km (expect this to happen throughout the week regardless of skill level), invite a friend you regularly ride with to join you for the week.
- There are NO coaches, support vehicles, chefs or massage therapists (or any therapists for that matter).
- If you come, know how to at least change a tire on your own and bring the necessary tools and supplies to do so.
- On Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m., the Bare Bones Duathlon is being put on by the Penticton Triathlon Club. For those cyclists who own a pair of running shoes and get off on pain (don’t all cyclists?) it would be a good way to kick off the week of training.
Next steps for you: If you are coming, book the time off work and then book a place to stay. Rental houses/apts/condos work the best and a lot of times are cheaper because you can jam in a bunch of people and it usually comes with a full kitchen and laundry. Over the next few weeks/months I’ll get into details about what to look forward to during the week, the seven days of riding and post a summary document that gives a check-list of sorts.
Fine print: To ride with us during the week, you have to be a Speed Theory member, an Alberta Bicycling Association member OR purchase insurance for the week, which is nominal and we’ll set up a link to purchase it in the next few months prior to May 13. No insurance, no riding with the group. Your bike must be in working order, safe to ride and you must ride with the safety of the group in mind. These rides range from 60km to 230km so we can be on the road for a long time with only access to the tools we carry and sometimes with no phone coverage. We’ll support each other each day, but understand a certain level of independence is important.
I’m hosting an information session about the Penticton week at the Speed Theory store on March 26th, after one of Trev’s spin classes at 8:15pm. If you have questions, post them in the comments section and I’ll answer them there for everyone to see. If you need to get a hold of me directly, e-mail me at ryanandkylaatgmaildotcom..
Monday, March 12, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Stephen has one pace... Relentless. Stephen introduced me to the 400km event distance today...whew, that is a LOT longer than 300km?!?! Pacing was crucial and taking in calories ALL day was the key for me. The stops at the check points were a little longer, the time in the big ring was a little less. Total time was 14hours17min, not sure of 'riding time' yet. Started in the dark (6am), finished in the dark (8:17pm).
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Today Alex and I gave a talk to quite a few of the Enbridge employees who are taking part in this year's 'Ride to Conquer Cancer'. Due to the average person's complete unfamiliarity with cycling as a sport, they are equally unfamiliar with cycling for long distances, in bad weather, over hard terrain, importance of nutrition and so on. The talk reiterated over and over that a little bit of preparation goes a long way in cycling and the 2 days spent on the bike can actually be enjoyable!
Monday, March 5, 2012
Well, I can think of another large expanse of area other than France where there is a lot of wind and the possibility of racing in cross winds.