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Steed Ride Club Winter Training

Due to the overwhelming success of our Zwift Rides in December we are back with more rides!

All the details to get set up are below. If you have any questions please email ridegroup@steedcycles.com

After rolling out from the starting gate, the Steed Cycles ride leader we will begin with a  brief warm-up (for about 5 minutes) and ramp up to ‘club-pace’ of 2.5 – 3 W/kg, slowing down briefly at times (1.5 – 2 W/kg) for the club to re-group – please keep with the ride leader during this time.   In the final 10 minutes, riders will get to ‘stretch their legs’ and can break loose from the pack to the end if they choose – or just hang with the group.  Enjoy!

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be apart of the Steed Ride Club to attend so encourage your friends and family to ride along.

Steed Ride Club’s winter training event link via Zwift will be live 5 days before each event.

How to join the ride?

– Use the Zwift Mobile Link app on your mobile. Click the Events tab and Join the “Steed Ride Club Winter Workout” on Sunday at 8:05am. You can also join the event directly on the Zwift app on the morning of the event.

– Add the letters STEED to the end of your name using the user settings of the Zwift app. This will make it clear who is part of the club ride. (We will use this to identify ride club members for prizes.)

– Try and get on Zwift at least 5 – 10 minutes in advance of the start time to make sure you are not late and get in a bit of warmup.

– When it’s nearing time for the event to start, you’ll see a popup letting you know it’s time to officially join and get to the starting line.

– You can click “Let’s Go” or just let it auto-select to teleport automatically to the starting gate. You can also click on “JOIN EVENT” at the bottom left.

– Zwift will take you the virtual starting gate with all of the other riders and the countdown will begin.

If you are not on Zwift, here’s some links you can follow for more information on how to get started.

https://support.zwift.com/hc/en-us/sections/201145285-Getting-Started

http://road.cc/content/feature/213282-get-started-zwift-and-make-your-home-trainer-sessions-more-fun-virtual-races

There are also tons of Youtube videos with tips on how to get started.

We have trainers available in store or to purchase online:

https://shop.steedcycles.com/collections/trainers

 

Have fun!!

Ride Club BBQ @ Eydt

On June 20th we partnered with The Eydt Wealth Advisory Group to host a special rooftop edition of the monthly Steed Ride Club BBQ.

After a few fun laps of Stanley Park, Cypress lookout or out and back to Horseshoe Bay, we all headed back to Edgemont to enjoy the summer evening on a private patio.

The views, food, beer and friends were incredible! Thank you to Windsor Meats, Beere Brewing and The Eydt Wealth Advisory Group for this event. We look forward to making this a yearly event.

Thank you to everyone who came out to ride with friends. We are already planning another unique event with The Eydt Group and our July/August/September BBQ’s. Stay tuned on our socials for more details.

Thank you to Chris Mallinson for all the great photos. View more of his photos of the event on the Steed Ride Club Facebook Page

Join the Steed Ride Club Today!

Cervelo Reinvented R Series #gotitatsteed

From geometry and technology to components and features, the R Series has been fundamentally re-engineered, revised and reinvented. The R5 makes no compromises as a race machine first and foremost. World Tour riders praise its new pro fit, stable and responsive handling, and unrivalled stiffness and lightweight design. Bernie Eisel calls it “the perfect bike […]

Cervelo S3 Disc – Aero Disc Bike

The new Cervelo S3 Disc is now available at Steed Cycles. Bringing Aerodynamics and superior braking power to the North Shore.

S3 DISC A WORKHORSE UNLEASHED

We’ve taken everything that makes the S3 such an aero class leader and made it stronger, stiffer and ultimately, faster. Cervélo only launches a new bike when significant performance gains have been made, and by integrating our disc-brake technologies into the world championship-winning S3 we have done exactly that. The S3 Disc is stiffer and more aerodynamic than its rim-brake counterpart, while continuing to make the most of the lightweight design rooted in our Project California research facility. All of this translates to superior handling and control, giving you the confidence to pull away from the peloton or put the hurt on a Saturday morning group ride.

S3 DISC ENGINEERING

A completely redesigned chassis combines new, more robust airfoil sections with a rear triangle borrowed from our revolutionary Rca road frame. Our Dropped Downtube enhances frame stiffness while the flattened trailing edge makes bottles an integral part of the bike’s airfoil design. Overall improvements focus on all the perks you want in a workhorse of a bike: Future-Proof cables allow for easy set up of internal electronic, mechanical, or hydraulic shifting and braking lines.

AERODYNAMICS

The all-new S3 Disc fork features a re-engineered leg airfoil that’s 19g (~2 watts) faster than an equivalent S3 fork. The disc braking system also allowed our engineers to raise the fork crotch to reduce the low pressure zone behind the crown, while widening the stance of the legs to better blend with the caliper-mounting area and fine-tune interactions with the front wheel.

STIFFNESS

Re-engineered seatstays and chainstays, inspired by the Cervélo R3 Disc, have been optimized to work in tandem with the disc brakes to provide the best possible control and handling. New rear drop-outs, meanwhile, use 12mm thru-axle technology to improve performance still further, while creating a stable and stiff wheel-to-frame junction and yielding better brake alignment. As with our other disc platforms, this increases stiffness in the back end, leading to better handling in corners. We’ve also boosted bottom-bracket stiffness on the S3 Disc for better handling and power transfer to the pedals.

USABILITY

A redesigned cable routing system takes the signature side-entry cable routing system of the S3 and incorporates a new style of left-side entry to accommodate the hydraulic hose while providing a tidy access point for wired electronic shifting systems. Just one more detail to which Cervélo has paid careful attention. We also imported the internal battery mounting feature from the Cervélo S5 in order to better conceal the Shimano Di2 battery inside the downtube, with access through the bottom-bracket cable guide mounting hole.

Cervelo Bikes in stock here

Cali Trip 2015

This years traditional spring road bike trip to California had us land in the small town of Guerneville, nestled between Santa Rosa and the rugged coastline. This was our base for sleep, big pre ride breakfasts and post ride burrito comas. We had four full days to ride and we were going to make the most of it!

Breakfast

Gotta start off the day right! Scrambled eggs and…is that actually bacon? Not real bacon this time, it’s a veggie alternative. Adam is a veggie so we had to eat it.

 

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Getting close to nature on the Kings Ridge. The road flows through open farm land.

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Riding along the Coast Highway.

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We went full on tourist and rode over the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was perfect on the day.

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Fighting the headwinds along the coast.

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Most days seemed to see us stop at this great Cafe. Adam is feeling the days in his legs.

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Riding over the bridge in Guerneville at the end of each day.

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Riding up a gravel road. This is the right way guys?

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Amazing views along the coast.

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Returning to reality after a gravel slog. Only two punctures along this section.

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Some of the roads got really steep.

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Chasing a dream…

I had some pretty defined goals this year and obviously I had wanted to make sure that I worked hard enough to attain them.  This journey has thrown its fair share of curve balls (baseball analogy in a cycling blog?  Well I guess they are linked by doping so why not!) over the course of the year many of them seem to have worked themselves out.

Arguably my best performance of the year.  I had it on my mind that I was going to do well on this course.  Galen's attack in the 2nd lap was my chance, and when no one else bothered, we agreed together that we would go for it.  Photo Credit: Doug Brons

Arguably my best performance of the year. I had it on my mind that I was going to do well on this course. Galen’s attack in the 2nd lap was my chance, and when no one else bothered, we agreed together that we would go for it. Photo Credit: Doug Brons

Where have I been, what have I done and what have I learned over this last 6 months you might ask?  I could honestly go on for hours, at length (and in some cases have) of the knowledge that I have accumulated in that time, but for the sake of your reading I will break it down into the ten most important points. 

For a little context I will list the goals I had for the 2013 season.

  • Upgrade from Cat 4 to Cat 3 in the spring – Accomplished
  • Podium at one event in BC Super Week – Accomplished
  • Upgrade from Cat 3 to Cat 2 – Explanation to follow below as to why there is no rush for this.

Without further ado, the following are the top ten lessons that I learned while attempting to check off realizing my dream:

1.  This is going to take time… and plenty of it.  Patience is essential! I have the attention span of a puppy dog.  In fact there are several times in my life that I have been called a puppy dog as I have always wrestled with the ability to focus on one thing at a time. I jumped into this with both feet and set the lofty goal of Cat 2 by 2014.  Has that changed?  Absolutely!  Setting goals is good, but over the past 6 months I have come to understand that the journey is part of the process.  Yeah I can get out there and smash it all the time and sacrifice other aspects of my life, but getting there is half the fun.  You may have a coach, or you don’t but you probably have a routine that you do and that means that at 5 am you are out of bed and on the road long before most can pull their eye lids open.  Even my family don’t understand, but you do it because you know that getting out there will mean a better result in the next race.  I love it because of the way that it makes me feel and I relish the challenge it presents.  Racing is the hardest thing that I have ever done, and I have this incredible drive to do better, and right now there is nothing that will stop me from doing that.  This understanding has given me huge respect for the World Tour riders and the time that they put into it.  I could not imagine being “on” for that amount that time.  Yeah they are paid for it, but their job sure isn’t easy.  One more item relating to “time” is recovery.  No one can hammer for days straight without some form of recovery.  I have a life and a job that requires my attention, so there needs to be time when I sit with my legs up. 

2.  Expect to change things.  Change is inevitable.  When you are out there on the bike (usually solo) doing your training, there is a lot of time to let things get the better of your mind.  But this time can also be very rewarding.  You learn a lot about yourself and what you really need/want when turning the cranks over for 10-15 hours a week.  For me the breakthrough came when I realized that for the longest time I had been very unhappy with myself.  My time in the mountain bike world was more of a reflection of complacency than actually happiness.  There are a few people that know the extent of the unhappiness, but the simple fact remains that I did it to be cool.  Lame?  Yes, but I did it so that people would like me or worse like the image that my life was.  A paradigm shift is usually centered on an event of some kind.  For me, it was breaking my leg.  I was angry when I did it, and I was angry that my actions led to it.  But it forced me to pick up the road bike and in a long twisty route has landed me where I am today.  I used to tell people that I wasted my time doing something that was actually getting me nowhere.  Those feelings are now gone, and it is an amazing feeling when you can let the anger go.

UBC Grad Students needs some people to do a test involving Beet Juice.  I signed up and for four sessions I was hooked up to various pipes and tubes to prove or disprove their theories.

UBC Grad Students needs some people to do a test involving Beet Juice. I signed up and for four sessions I was hooked up to various pipes and tubes to prove or disprove their theories.

3.      3.  Friends will change.  The simple fact remains that to perform at a high certain level takes time out of everything else.  A good friend Kristi once told me, in her most Zen like yoga master talk that to be good at something you have to sacrifice other things.  That you can’t be good at everything!   When you focus your time on the bike, things drop like going out for a beer.  Or heading to a friend’s house and staying up all night.   People don’t like this and in my case, some actually got super negative, ultimately telling me that they liked the old me instead.  I didn’t share my thoughts on it at the time so they had no idea what was going on in my life but look back at Lesson number 2 for why I will never go back there. 

4.      4.  You will stop caring what other people think.  Mountain biking was caring about what everyone else thought.  I look back at time now and it astounds me that I cared so much.  Heck my time in the sport turned sour as I put on events for what other people wanted, instead of doing it for me.  It is really hard to please everyone and at the time it “really” mattered to me what other people thought.  Standing in line at the bike park listening to the smack talk, and the stares from people who had better bikes or gear got really tiring.  I think that this is due in large part to the age demographic the sport caters to, 15 year old boys.  When you start doing stuff for you, the other people don’t matter as much.

5.      5.  This is going to hurt.  Racing on the road is insanely pain full, even when you factor out never winning.  You are pushing your body further and further with each lap and you are fighting fellow racers and most importantly your mind.   If I compare mountain bike racing to road racing the difference is that racing on the road is all about suffering verses racing mountain biking being all about letting go.  Racing on the road takes strength and the ability to shut your brain off when the red lights are flashing and the easy button is screaming your name.  Downhill mountain biking is all about having the kajones to let go of the brakes and go faster.  Does that make one better than the other?  No, certain people gravitate toward certain things.  I never made it past the safe point and as a result downhill mountain biking stagnated for me.  

Galen Keller and I attempting to lap the field at the UBC Grand Prix 2013.  Photo Credit: Doug Brons

Galen Keller and I attempting to lap the field at the UBC Grand Prix 2013. Photo Credit: Doug Brons

2.      6.  Good energy in means good energy out.  The kind of food/drink that you put into your body will directly affect the performance that you can expect.  Regular gas in a Subaru WRX and it will run rough, similarly head out the night before a race and binge drink and you cannot expect anything.  Let’s not get into how alcohol destroys the body’s ability to repair damaged muscle tissue.  Changing what you eat and how you eat will make huge gains in the pursuit of speed.  For me this was a sticking point and caused me to shelve many races during the month of April.  My stomach shut down and I couldn’t eat anything, I basically stopped riding.  Working through this was one of the blackest moments of the year, but my coach helped me as best he could and reassured me that I would get through and that it was only a month and in the end I would work it out.

3.      7.  There are going to be bad days, and setbacks are a part of the journey.  Even though you have planned everything out to a T, and it all seems foul proof, there are going to be times that things just don’t work out.  Whether it is a stomach issue that sidelines you for a month, or you get blocked in the last corner of a race, it is important to know that these are minor detours and you will get past them.  Some days your legs just won’t work, they feel like tree trunks and you can’t get anything out of them.  You can’t plan for everything and as time goes on, these nuances will become smaller and smaller in the grand scheme of things.  Also if you race because you plan on winning all the time, you will realize fairly soon on that you don’t win that much.  Maybe, and this is a firm maybe you will probably win two percent of the time.  Focusing more on these events as benchmarks, working at not letting it bother you will benefit you in the long run instead of dwelling on them.

4.      8.  Take chances!  You will never win if you don’t take chances.  Sitting in the peloton will get you to the end of the race, but it won’t get you anywhere near the top of the podium.  Make mistakes, make bold attacks, and tax yourself to the limit!  I have recently learned that I seem to look like I am taking my bike out for a stroll during a race and that I should attack or take a chance.  It paid off in spades with the 2nd place finish at the UBC Grand Prix and while I finished 8th in the Whiterock Crit , I (with the help of Brett Wakefield) drove the pace of the entire race. 

Racing in the Delta Crit as part of BC Super Week 2013.  Had a great ride finishing 8th.

Racing in the Delta Crit as part of BC Super Week 2013. Had a great ride finishing 8th.

5.      9.  Give back to the sport.  There is nothing better than giving up some free time to the sport that will eventually give you so much in return.  I ride lead for Steed Cycles, volunteer at the Tuesday Night race series, am volunteering at some cyclo-cross races this fall (mainland and Island) and drove Comm 2 car for the Men’s UCI race in Delta as part of BC Super Week.  You will learn the ins and outs of the events and organizations both big and small can always use the help.  Plus it also builds community.

6.      10.  You will find yourself!  Trust me when I say that these last six months have been the most trans-formative in my life.  From years of disliking who I was, and being riddled with a mind crushing lack of self-confidence, my journey into racing has changed my perception of who I am and what I can accomplish.  Will some people dislike that?  Absolutely, but at the end of the day, it is your life and you have to be happy with yourself. What they think is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.  Plus there are plenty of really cool people in the sport, with the majority of them wanting to help and more than willing to give advice to a “fresh” rider, all you have to do is ask.

I look back at where I was 3 short years ago and what I valued in my life. Looking back now, some of my actions used to embarrass me.  Outside of the leg break it hit home when my Grandma looked at me and asked when I was going to grow up.  I love my time in the mountain bike world and while there are events that I am not happy with, in the end it all lead to where I am today.  Do I hate the sport?  No, I still get out for the occasional ride with friends (this weekend in fact) but as I noted in Lesson 3, I need to focus on something if I ever want to be good at anything.   Road/CX, while different somewhat the same and that is where my time is going. 

See you on the track!

3 Kings…

(All photo credits go to Brett Wakefield.  While he can’t change a flat quickly, he can mange some good Instagrammable photos while riding.)

But wise men?  After a late night ride acceptance found me standing on the corner of the corner of Taylor Way and Marine Drive in West Vancouver at 6 am, I questioned my sanity in embarking on what I had agreed to.

After being pestered all week via text messages from Brett I folded and found myself on a trip from Langdale Terminal on the Sunshine Coast to Powell River and back in one day.  The internet said that it would be roughly 160 km round trip.  I had been reassured several times by the Aussies (Rob and Matt) that the trip was worth it and that I would enjoy myself.  Island dwellers are never to be trusted.   Never the less Brett’s whining won the best of me and they picked me up right on schedule.

Ever hear of the TV Beach Combers?  Filmed right here in Gibsons BC.  This is the start of the trip right before we turned into the first climb of the ride.

Ever hear of the TV Beach Combers? Filmed right here in Gibsons BC. This is the start of the trip right before we turned into the first climb of the ride.

Under normal circumstances I steer away from ferry food like the plague but I needed all the food that I could jamb in there.  Island breakfast and a cup of “something-bucks” and we were on our way.  Brett flatted first, not even out of Gibsons.

Second was a chain mishap that had Kevin’s chain in some cool origami like formation, backwards on the bike.  Using my University skills I untangled the chain and we were on our way.

My technical expertise in engineering had the chain back on the bike in seconds flat.  Too bad it didn't extend in how to get the grease off my fingers.

My technical expertise in engineering had the chain back on the bike in seconds flat. Too bad it didn’t extend in how to get the grease off my fingers.

Third was a cleat issue.  But and this is an interesting one, Brett had a spare cleat in his saddle bag.  Who carries one cleat?  Either way his discretions with the first flat were forgotten and after a pit stop at the hardware store we were back at it hammering away.

You think this is worn out?  Or could I get a few more km's out of it?

You think this is worn out? Or could I get a few more km’s out of it?

We arrived at the Ferry Terminal, took some photos, texted some loved one’s to make sure that they knew we were alive and then we headed into Egmont for lunch after we were told that it was a “short” distance from the main highway.  Three guys, having ridden 90 km’s, tired and hungry, and the “short” distance seemed like forever.  All of us were hangry (Definition: the state of being really hungry and angry at the same time, usually following a strenuous activity), so I kept up front and out of Brett’s threatening words and Kevin’s assassin stare.

Hangry Brett followed by the Assassin with me in the back ground avoiding becoming collateral damage.  I actually think there was a shinny thing in the tree over there...

Hangry Brett followed by the Assassin with me in the back ground avoiding becoming collateral damage. I actually think there was a shinny thing in the tree over there…

After a lunch of chicken sandwiches and loaded with a can of coke for Brett and a can of Pepsi for me, we turned our bikes south and headed back.  We were kind of in a rush as we had only put 8 hours in the parking meter at the Terminal and we didn’t want to have to split the parking ticket.

This was the hard part!  Even though it seemed like the ride back was shorter, the hills were longer and the flats weren’t so flat.  Plus this time it was my turn to flat.  I rode over a chunk of glass that Brett had pointed out and moved over to miss.  The racing to change tires back in the day came in to use and in a few minutes I had the tire back on the bike, although my hand was bleeding from the pump pinching my skin as I rapid pumped the get at least 60 psi in there.

I have no idea when this was or where it was... but I am assured it was anywhere close to the end we were happy.

I have no idea when this was or where it was… but I am assured it was anywhere close to the end we were happy.

Seachelt found us hungry and sweltering from the heat so we pulled into the local coffee joint and grabbed some food and caffeine to hold us over for the remainder 30 km.  The cinnamon bun never tasted so good!  We made the final trek into the ferry terminal wiped but super happy that we had completed the trip.

When we got onto the ferry we were the first ones in line at the cafeteria and once the lady from BC Ferries heard what we had done she told the entire kitchen that we needed our food fast!

Lesson’s learned on the trip:

1. The three of us worked together and each took turns at the front so it made it super easy as there was plenty of time to rest between efforts.
2. Don’t open a can of pop at 50 km/h.  It went all over my arms/hands/legs/bike/handlebars etc.
3. Pack random things like cleats, you may never know when you need em.
4. Pack enough food… real food.  Gels (I had 3) don’t cut it after a while.
5. While there ended up not being a parking ticket, pay for parking all day.

At the end of the day we rode 177 km, in 5 hours 40 minutes averaging about 31.9 km/h.  Definitely no slouching on this one and pretty much one of the best rides thus far for 2013.

 

BC Super Week – Steed Cycles Team

It has been an eternity since Super Week has finished here in and around Vancouver.  Races span from Vancouver, to Burnaby, to Delta and finally to the boarder town of Whiterock.

The races that you can enter depend on your Category.  Most of the Team, Erin Redl excluded fall in the Cat 3/4 region, with Erin coming in a solid Cat 2.

The following are a bunch of photos taken by Scott Robarts during the UBC Grand Prix and the final race in Whiterock.

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The Steed Cycles Race Team at the finish of the UBC Grand Prix. Left to right, Hunter, Ian, Steve, myself, Kim and Scott. Erin raced later in the day because she is bad ass!

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Kim Steed putting the hurt on the competition.

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Erin Redl representing Steed Cycles in the Whiterock Road race… 16 climbs was all it took.

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Kim Steed letting the others know who is boss! When you see Kim next ask for a signed copy of North Shore Extreme 3… in VHS!

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Race winner Galen Keller and I at the finish explaining what we were thinking.

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We each took turns at the front, and worked together throughout the race. Galen finished first in the final sprint and I ended up with 2nd after a massive leg cramp.

 

 

 

The Road Travelled Thus Far….

Photo Tim Sherstobitoff

Photo Tim Sherstobitoff

April 18th, 2013

Or in my case, the best laid plans go to waste.

As I type this I had hoped to be packing for the Tour of Walla Walla in the far south east of Washington state.  But instead I am on the mend from a stomach issue that I am told happens to all racers at some point in their lives.  So basically I chalk that up to me being some what pro!  If stomach issues can sideline seasoned pro’s like Tom Boonen, then obviously that puts me up in their ranks.

All joking aside, I had to take the month of April off racing so that I could properly recover after each race.  To some this would be an easy feat, but ask my girlfriend and she will definitely tell you otherwise.  It wasn’t supposed to be like this, I was supposed to be racing and hopefully winning.  I weighted 30 pounds less than I did last year!!!! I mean COME ON!

It’s not about the Bike!

Sure Lance, like anyone would believe you now!  While I do agree that the engine is the most important part of any racer, having it wrapped in a Mclaren GT body sure beats it clothed in a minivan!  That is how I feel about my bike this year.  Somewhere far far away all the stars alined and I ended up with a 2013 Specialized S-Works Venge.  Basically 15.5 lbs of carbon and fun!  Complete with (now outdated) 2013 Sram Red and some super trick 60 mm carbon wheels, the thing looks fast standing still.  I feel sometimes like one of the monkeys that they sent to space before humans.   More detail on the bike in another post.

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I did manage to squeak in some races prior to the stomach implosion.  The list includes: Spring Series Races including Aldergrove Short RR, River Road RR and Bradner RR.  I raced Cat B and finished in the top ten of the later two, and the just outside the lead pack in the first one.  The Gorge Roubaix in Oregon and the Spring Series 3 Day Stage Race had to be cancelled due to the stomach issues.  But there was no way that I was going to give up on Barry’s Roubaix and the new Barry’s Roubaix TT.

Did I mention that I actually like climbing.... less and less?  Photo Credit Doug Brons

Did I mention that I actually like climbing…. less and less? Photo Credit Doug Brons

The Barry’s Roubaix TT finish was not where I had wanted to be, mainly because I forgot the HR strap and tried to run the course by feel.  At the half way point I knew that a blind rat could have been going faster than I was and my finish was 28th overall I think.  The real prize was on Sunday.  Just like the Professional equivalent, the race was my own personal Hell.   I raced really well, taking the lead on many of the laps, but in the end the cold and the rain got the better of me.  At the corner into the gravel section along the dyke on the second to last lap my left arm froze and I couldn’t move it fast enough to get it off the handlebars.   Then when I stopped I felt as if someone pulled the plug on the heat in my body and it literally “drained” from me and I started to shake and shiver uncontrollably.  My race was over.

Taking the lead on the road.  Photo Credit Tim Stobitoff.

Taking the lead on the road. Photo Credit Tim Sherstobitoff.

Outside of riding continuously all winter in the darkest of the dark hours of the night, which in the BC means 4:00 pm, there are a few other steps that I took that have helped immensely over the last few months.   Racing is not easy, and when you have a goal as lofty as mine, serious work has to go into it.  The goal you ask?  Race Gastown GrandPrix in 2014.  Will I get there?  I think so, and it is with the help of the following people and services that have gotten me where I am today.  These may come across as blatant promotion but these things have shaped my life for the better in the last 6 to 8 months

In the middle of the CX season (CX = cyclocross, for those not in the knobby skinny tire know) I got a coach.  I discovered Ben Chaddock years back after completing the Whistler Grand Fondo.  As a resident of Whistler and a professional rider he had been interviewed by Pique Magazine to discuss the explosion of road cycling.  His analogy of coffee to describe the difference between mountain biking and road biking caught my attention and once meeting the guy I knew he was a good fit.  Racing now as part of the Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis and the 2012 Canadian Criterium Champion, with a history as a ski racer and Cyclocross rider, the guy is a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Many of my successes can be attributed to him talking me through rough experiences.  cyclinginatoque.blogspot.ca  Check him out, he also has a program called B.I.K.E.S which schools children in elementary school on the benefits of cycling.

As part of the of season training every Wednesday night my girl and I headed down to TAG Cycling to have our legs torn off by whomever was the coach Wednesday Night.  I know, I know… spin classes, isn’t that something that women from the 80’s did? Push ups on the bike and bad music?  You see TAG Cycling is different, real cyclists lead the classes and many of the times their workouts are tailored to certain stages of certain races.  Rest assured you will have fun and get a killer workout.  Visit www.tagcycling.com.

Cycling shoe on the left with a custom fit Kintec Orthodic and Moonshoe on the right with an equally custom fit Orthodic.  Solid feet mean good cycling and running.

Cycling shoe on the left with a custom fit Kintec Orthodic and Moonshoe on the right with an equally custom fit Orthodic. Solid feet mean good cycling and running.

Running.  Is one word that can instill fear into the hearts and minds of anyone.  Again as part of my off season training the coach had me running.  I hated him and running at the beginning but as it progressed I have actually come to enjoy it.  A fresh pair of new shoes (or moon boots as the guys at the shop call em) and some swank new insoles provided by Kintec and I was out there actually enjoying the forest.  Heck, I even started to wear my Ipod.  Yeah the aesthetics of the shoes leave less to be desired but they don’t hurt my feet.
Check em out www.kintec.net

So there you have it.  My season thus far.  I have signed up for Provincials in Victoria at the beginning of June and have put my name down for ever event the organizers will let a Cat 3 racer participate in for BC Super Week.

There are obviously some more people that I need to thank:

The Girl.  Kelly has seen it all and heard it all.  For being there through this mess, for dealing with my ability to explode and spread my gear every where I go, I am super glad that you have been there.

The man, the myth, the once green haired legend Kim Steed.  For supporting me the Team and me this far, I can’t thank you enough!

Tim Abercrombie, Andrew Pinfold, Dave Vukets, Sherwood Plant, Matt Horland, Brett Wakefield and Kevin Calhoun.  You guys get the brunt of my questions when I don’t like the answer that Kelly gives me regarding gear/training or when she doesn’t know (which is NEVER).  Will be great to head out on the tracks whether it be dirt or pavement with you this year.

In closing, there is one thing that I have learned that when it is all said and done you still have to have fun.  It can’t all be training and worrying about what you are eating or if someone stole your KOM.

Cake

And in my case that means eating a gluten free vegan chocolate cake after a ride. Photo Credit Kelly Jones.

 

 

 

Steed Cycles Ride Club 2013

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May 6, 2013

Hello road cycling enthusiasts!

Road riding is an excellent way to get outdoors and have fun. Rides can vary from a Sunday afternoon ‘noodle’ around the local park, to an all day effort in preparation for a Gran Fondo. In every instance, we think it’s always better with friends! 2013 will mark the second year of the Steed Cycles Ride Club, and we’d be thrilled if you joined us.

Club Benefits:

As a member of the club, we will have planned semiweekly group rides (Wednesday evening and Sunday morning) led by a dedicated Steed Cycles Ride Leader. Three groups are planned, ‘Novice’ for those averaging close to 20 km/h, ‘Intermediate’ for those who average in the mid 20’s, and ‘Advanced’ for the guys and gals that average around 30 km/h and just want to hammer. These rides offer a great opportunity to learn about group riding etiquette and technique in order to be courteous and safe.

Club membership will also entitle you to a 15% discount on all regular priced parts and accessories**, and a 25% discount on all Steed Cycles branded clothing.

To help keep you looking and feeling great on the road, your first “Steed Cycles” branded riding jersey and shorts (made by Sugoi) are being offered at 50% off!

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Improvements for 2013:

After receiving great feedback from our members about our first season, we’ve decided to make a few changes for the upcoming year.

First of all, we’re going to make a considerable effort to ensure there are three distinct ability groups to choose from, with priority going to the novice and intermediate riders.

In order to keep the rides a little more interesting we’ve planned a greater variety of routes, and the weekly club emails will also contain a link to the route maps. Additionally, each month we’re going to have one ‘Big Sunday’ ride that’s designed to take a little more time and push the legs a little bit farther.

Anytime throughout the year, a Steed Cycles Ride Club member can bring a friend for a one-time ride club group ride trial*. One of the best ways to enjoy riding is with your friends, and we’d like to ride with them too and show off our awesome ride club.

Cost and Requirements:

The annual cost is $100 with a Steed Cycles Club Jersey ($130 value), or $75 without a jersey. The club will have active rides from April 7th through September 15th, 2013.

While our rides will be ‘no drop’ (meaning no one is left behind), we ask that you be able to ride for a few hours at a speed averaging around 20km/h. We will do our very best to provide different paced groups.

It will be mandatory to ride with an adequate helmet, and it’s also expected that you carry a spare tube, tire levers and pump, even if you’re not sure on how to use them (don’t worry, we’ll help you). The staff at Steed will be more than happy to give you a demo during a ‘tech night’, so please come by and ask!

For more information on the Steed Cycles Ride Club, please contact the store at 604-987-2168 or email sales@steedcycles.com. Thank you to returning members and hello to all our new members – we look forward to ‘pounding the pavement’ with you in 2013!


*All riders participating in the club rides must sign a waiver
**Some exceptions apply

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