Steed Cycles Ladies have Breakout Year

In 2015 the Steed Cycles Race Team set out to add some up and coming females to its roster. For the past few seasons Kelly Jones and Carey Mark had flown the flag. The injection of new talent inspired the Team to take race wins, championships and clean up on the Podium at Provincials. Below is some of the highlights of the year from all our riders.

Natasha Cowie:

Lowlights: A path of destruction through all of the course tape that I encountered (apologies to everyone who had to repair tape in my wake) and missed cross races due to a rib injury from coughing too much, or as I prefer to call it, “fighting with a mountain lion”

Highlights: The view from the top of the NIMBY climb, a successful chase in 38 degree heat at XC provincials, a double header in rain and sunshine at the UCI Seattle Cup, and the unflagging energy and enthusiasm of my teammates

Thanks to all of our sponsors and the many people who have supported us in every way. And a special shout out to the race organizers, volunteers, and spectators who make this whole thing possible.


Sunshine Coaster – 7th

Orecrusher – 6th

NIMBY 50 – 12th

Test of Metal – 15th

BC Cup XC Championships – 3rd Elite Women

GearJammer – 3rd

JABR – 4th


VCCX Fort Langley Classic – 3rd

COTR Pro City Grand Prix – 3rd

Pumpkin Cross – 4th

COTR Kona Kup – 5th

COTR My Little Pony Cross – 3rd

UCI Subaru Cyclo Cup – 19th and 18th

JunkYard Cross – 2nd

BC Cup CX Championships – 4th Elite Women

VCCX b Team Superprestige – 3rd

Photo credit:

BC Cup – Matt Lazzarotto

Test of Metal – Grant Bruce, Highshot Photography

Junkyard – Scott Robarts

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I closed my mouth when I saw the photographer

Other times I definitely saw the photographer

I raced in Whistler

Natalia Mulekova:

To say that my cycling results this year exceeded my expectations is to say nothing.  I bought my first cyclocross bike at the end of 2014 and my first mountain bike in the early 2015.  I
owned a road bike for a few years, but rode it leisurely and never expected bike racing to become an item I would commonly put on my calendar.  The only goal I had at the beginning
of 2015 is to try out some of the local bike races that back then seemed mighty intimidating to even consider signing up for.  I had to start from level “0” to develop cycling skills and
techniques that seem so obvious now: starting from proper cornering on a road bike to ‘wheelies’ on a mountain bike.  Looking back at 2015, I recall a few moments which made me
realize that the best part of racing this year were not the results, but the experience of joining an amazing team. A special moment came when nearly entire Steed team came to cheer and
support me in the Gastown Gran Prix race.  Do I have to mention that just to come to the start line of this race was a daring experience for me? The guys must have sensed I needed
support.  A similar moment came at the finale of the cyclocross season when at the start line of provincial championships Steed elite women’s squad ‘outnumbered’ their competitors from
other teams.  I thought to myself this was the moment worth waiting all year for, a chance to have fun on the bike with so many of my friends that I am lucky to call my teammates.

Escape Velocity Spring Series:
Thunderbird Road Race, C group, 4th
Murchie Road, C group, 7th
Thunderbird Long Road Race, D group, 1st
Escape Velocity Tuesday Night Crits (WTNC):
Glenlyon course, Apr 24, cat 4, 3rd
Glenlyon course, Jun 9, cat 4, 3rd
Glenlyon course, June 24, cat 1/2/3, 3rd
Valley Granfondo, 11th
Whistler Granfondo, Giro race, 14th

Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition race series (VCXC):
Fort Langley Classic, B group, 1st
Foreshore Park, B group, 1st
Cloverdale Rodeo, A group, 3rd
Vanier Park, A group, 6th
Queens Park, A group, 2nd
Atomic Superprestige, A group, 9th
Castle Cross, A group, 2nd

VCXC – Elite women’s group series winner

BC Premier series cx races:
Pumpkin Cross, A group, 7th
Junk Yard Cross, A group, 8th
BC premier series, A group, 6th

Cross on the Rock cx races:
Pro City GP, Topaz Park, Victoria, Expert group, 2nd
My Little Pony Cross, Nanoose, Expert group, 6th
Kona Cup, Nanaimo, Expert group, 8th

Subaru Cyclo Cup, Lakewood US, day 1, Intermediate, 1st
Subaru Cyclo Cup, lakewood US, day 2, UCI/USAC, Elite, 23rd

Trail Running:
Squamish 50 mile race – 5th

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1 by N/A

Photo 2 is by Brett Whitehead (

Photo 3 is by Matt Lazzarotto


Anna Pettersen:

Super fun CX season on the best team in town!

My goal this year was to be able to race for fun, fitness and to be a role model for my two very active kids.


Sept 20/2015   Burnaby Foreshore, Burnaby          5th intermediate women

Sept 27/2015   Whistler CX, Blackcomb                    DNF

Oct 4/2015       Vanier Park, Vancouver                  3rd master women

Oct 10/2015     Queens Cross, New Westminster   1st intermediate women

Oct 18/2015      Mahon Park, North Vancouver        2nd intermediate women

Oct 25/2015     Castle Cross, Coquitlam                 2nd intermediate women

Nov 22/2015     Junkyard Cross, Surrey                  2nd intermediate women

Nov 1/2015       Pumpkin Cross, Maple Ridge         2nd intermediate women

Nov 29/2015     BC Championships Squamish BC   3rd master women

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1 at the BC Championships was take by Shawn Pettersen,

Photo 2 I’m unsure of (a photographer at the Squamish Championships)

Photo 3, Natalia Mulekova


Kelly Jones:

My 2015 season kicked off in May 2015 with Trans Portugal, an epic mountain bike race. It crossed the entire length of Portugal in 8 days from north to south, finishing in Sagres – the southernmost west point of Europe. The race distance was 1023km with a total elevation of 18,309m. The longest day was 171km and the shortest day 95km. Trans Portugal was an incredible race in every aspect. Everyone I interacted with was exceptional from fellow racers to support staff. Without the encouragement and good company of old and new friends, I would not have made it through.
Every day that I made it to the finish line was a victory in itself. I always thought I was tough, but this race was truly epic. It was definitely a worthwhile experience and you would never see a country as we did from behind a bicycle.

Trans Portugal 2015 – 68th out of 90 participants – completing 7 stages, 834km, 15,558m of elevation.

Other 2015 races:

Test of Metal – 45-49 – 4th

*Goal achieved – improved time from 2014

UBC Gran Prix – Corporate challenge – only woman competing in the Elite Category

Cyclocross 2015 – 15th year racing CX!

The 2015 season was unusual after competing in Trans Portugal. I had no idea the toll that a race of that

magnitude would have on my body. It was slow to start, but I managed to pull together a good final race at BC

Provincial Championships in Squamish. I was so proud of the entire Steed team, but especially proud of all of

the Steed women. After 14 years of competitive cyclocross, my greatest joy is seeing how other people get so

much out of a sport I have loved for so many years.

I look forward to 2016.

Elite Results:

Highlight: BC CX Champs – 3rd place and on the podium with my teammates

Vanier Park – 7th

Mahon – 5th

Castle Cross – 3rd

Pumpkin Cross – 6th

Valley Cross – 2nd

Ronde Van Hogwarts – 8th

Junkyard Dog XC – 2nd

BC CX Champs – 3rd

Brodie Team Super Prestige – 4th

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Carey Mark:

2015 was a PB year for me. With many personal highlights including, my continued support from Steed Cycles. I enjoyed participating in some new as well as tried and true events. Mixing my XC Mtb races with some new enduro events and some cross country running for a fun endurance training challenge.
A few highlights included a PB, category win for the Test of Metal and Nimby 50. I held my reign for the Cross on the Rock Cyclocross Series. I placed first overall elite woman win at the Cumberland Marathon, Cumberland 12hour (team of two), and Fletcher’s challenge (15k trail race). I also trained for my first 50km trail race­ placing 1st in category and fourth overall woman at Squamish 50.
Finally, in addition to being a proud Steeds Cycling team member, I joined Juliana Bicycles as an Ambassador.

Mountain Biking 2015:

Member of Steed Cycles Race Team
Member of Juliana Bicycles Ambassador Team

Competed in 4 Island Cup races
Island Cup XC #1 ­ Hartland 3rd overall female

Island Cup XC #2 ­ Hammerfest 2nd overall female

Island Cup XC #3 ­ Cobble Hill 1st overall female

Island Cup XC #4 ­ Cumberland 4th overall female

Competed in 4 Marathon Events Cumberland MTB Marathon ­ 50km­ 1st overall female
Nimby Fifty ­ Pemberton BC 1st masters woman, 7th overall female

Test of Metal ­ Squamish BC 1st female 45-­49, 11th overall female
Cumberland 12hr Marathon ­ Cumberland BC 1st place ­ team of 2

Enduro MTB:

Hammerfest Enduro ­ 1st place female

Maple Mountain Enduro ­ 4th place female

Cyclo Cross:

Cross On The Rock Series winner 2015 1st place elite woman overall series
Cyclocross Provincials 2015 2nd place elite woman

Running 2015:

­ Fletcher’s challenge ­ 15km event ­ 1st place woman 1:21:56

­ Squamish 50 event ­ 1st place masters woman, 4th overall female 6:19:00

Local Achievements:

Nanaimo Sports Achievement Winner for 2014­15 ­ Top Individual Female Athlete of the Year

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Mel Gabana:

Mountain Biking

Dirty Duo – Women Relay – 7th (3rd fastest bike time for women)

Junkyard Dog XC – Elite Women – 4th

Sunshine Coaster – Women 20-29 – 1st

Cumberland Marathon 50k XC – Open Women, 5th

Nimby Fifty – Women 20-29, 7th

BC Bike Race 7-day stage race – Open Women, 6th


GS Cypress Challenge

Women 25-34, 5th

Overall Women, 11th


BC Premier Series Winner- Intermediate Women

Foreshore Park CX – Intermediate, 3rd

Cyclocross Whistler Day 1 – Intermediate, 2nd

Cyclocross Whistler Day 2 – Intermediate, 1st

Vanier Park CX – Intermediate, 2nd

New West CX Queens Park – Intermediate, 3rd

Pro City Grand Prix  in Vic – Intermediate, 6th

Mahon Park CX – Intermediate, 4th

Castle Cross CX – Intermediate, 1st

Pumpkin Cross CX – Intermediate, 1st

South Surrey Super Prestige CX – Intermediate, 1st

BC CX Provincials Championships – Elite, 5th


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