Monday, August 29, 2011

Ironman (Ironwomen?) Penticton

Hi All
Audrey Erlandson raced the 2011 Penticton Ironman this past weekend and placed 1463 out of the 2832 triathletes. She finished in 13:22:31. More detail possibly coming soon.
Either way,
She Killed It!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cycling BC presents the 2011 Development Track Camp at the Commonwealth Legacy Velodrome.

Cycling BC is currently running a Junior Development Track Cycling camp on the Commonwealth Legacy Velodrome, hosted by the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association. The goal of the camp is to teach youth and junior riders an array of track cycling skills, which they can use towards reaching their future cycling goals.

The camp includes 14 youth and juniors riders from the Greater Victoria area and Comox, BC.  A few elite riders from Vancouver and Victoria are also taking advantage of the camp, fresh off of racing at the Canadian Track Nationals only a couple weeks ago. Leading the Camp is renowned track cycling coach, Jeremy Storie, along with sidekick and apprentice, National Team track cyclist, Tim Sherstobitoff.

Day 1 started off with a full overview and instructions on track riding, etiquette, and basic skills. While the majority of juniors have completed a learn to ride clinic at the Burnaby Velodrome at the beginning of the year, a refresher course helped remind the riders of a few key points. As 14-year old Gillian Ellsay puts it, “the most important thing when riding the track is not to stop pedaling!”
After a solid warm up, the group started off with a flying 200m effort, and based on their time they we put into appropriate groups for flying 1-3 lap efforts. The focus for this exercise was to work on riding close to each other’s wheels, staying relaxed, planning ahead, communication, and quick rider exchanges. By the end of the day, they were all starting to look like seasoned veterans!
Tomorrow, the riders will have an easier morning session, focusing more on skills. However, in the evening, everyone will take part in the fast and furious local Friday Night Racing put on the by the GVVA. The camp will conclude after two more track sessions over the weekend.  

A huge thanks goes out to Cycling BC, the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association, and all the sponsors and supporters that were able to revive and reopen the Commonwealth Legacy Track and who support track cycling in British Columbia and Canada. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

NIC Criterium

Hi All
The North Island College Criterium went off without a problem today as a great weather and volunteers showed up to help test the new course.
After lots of practise laps and sprints, and discussion, the course was reversed and modified to make the course safer due to sunlight concerns, and an angled corner.
Riders attending this free event were Mark and James Grant (who earlier in the day won the Junior TTT in Nanaimo), Steve Grant, Nigel Hutcheson, Ray Wagner, and Jeff Matell.
After all the practice laps Nigel, Ray, and Jeff decided they had LOTS of energy to race a 10minutes plus 3 laps criterium. After numerous attacks, counter-attacks, and getting tired, Jeff Matell took top honors as Ray and Nigel duked it out for 2nd and 3rd.
A BIG thanks to Ray, John Bernard, Hilary, and Trevor, and all the riders for helping to setup/takedown the event and all the feedback needed for this course to possibly be used in the 2012 race season!
Photos? if i can find my camera-transfer cord?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fitness testing, Duncan TTT. and the NIC Criterium

Hi Everyone
The fitness testing guys are back in town on August 20,21. Details here 1,2,3.

Tripleshot cycling club is hosting a TTT in Duncan on August 21. Race Bible

And lastly. The club is hosting a criterium in the North Island College Parking Lot.
Here is the schedule for the NIC Criterium ride on Sunday, August 21.
5:45pm-rider sign on.
6pm-first riders on course
6:30pm-first sprints practices
7pm-If deemed safe and rideable, weather permitting, and if riders warrant; first mini-race.
8pmish-criterium over, awards, bragging rights, street cred given out.
8:30pm-course take down complete
All riders will have to sign a waiver before the event. All riders attending should bring their race number and have it pinned to their jersey. All riders should have their regular wheels on the bike, NO race wheels or special equipment. This event does not cost anything, nor is it worth any comox cup points. The club is looking at using this course in future race seasons.
The course at this point requires 3 volunteers from 540pm to 830pm (at the latest), these volunteers will be positioned around the course for safety requirements imposed by NIC.
If you are driving to the event, please park in the East Parking Lot. Course is 730 meters.


Friday, August 12, 2011

2011 Western Canada Games

This weekend 4 riders from the club are competing in the 2011 Western Canada Games in Kamloops. From Team Trail Bicycles Eatmores Sprouts is Amanda Wakeling and Nigel Ellsay, as well as Jordan Duncan and Gillian Ellsay.
In the 14km womens TT Amanda and Gillian finished 6th and 7th for Team BC. The mens 18km TT was won by Nigel Ellsay in 25:49 with Jordan Duncan in 7th.
In the womens 80km road race Gillian finished 6th after outsprinting a manitoba rider, Amanda finished 15th.
In the mens 100km road race, Nigel Ellsay brokeaway 50km in and soloed to victory with a 2.5minute gap over 2nd and a 4 minute gap over the bunch, Jordan finished 6th.
Stay tuned for the MTB results on the 14th.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 BC Time Trial Championships

A great day for club riders as a total of 14 riders went down for an extremely tough course on the old lake cowichan road.
In the U13 men class Mark Grant (Team Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) took the win over 20km in 36:14 with Isaac Van der Vliet coming in 5th at 43:23.

In the U15 womens class Gillian completed the 20km in 34:05 to take 1st, Kia Van der Vliet took third with a time of 36:12.
In the U15mens James Grant (Team Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) took third with a time of 35:54, with Max Andrew in 4th with a time of 39:08.
In the U17 mens class the club swept the podium with Andrew Grant (Team Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) taking first in 29:30, Thomas andrew in 31:13, Jake Van der Vliet in 31:37.
In the U19 class Nigel Ellsay (Team Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) took first over 40km with a time of 57:06, and Jordan Duncan in third with 60:33.
In cat3 mens Doug Merrick (Team Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) took 6th with a time of 62:4.
In citizen Jeff Matell took 4th with a time of 63:05.
After the time trial there was a Team Time Trial with Nigel Ellsay, Jordan Duncan, Jeff Matell, and Doug Merrick competing in. In the run-in to the finish Doug Merrick was dropped and Nigel, Jordan, and Jeff completed the 20km course 29:36.

A BIG thanks to everyone who lent out gear to all the juniors, the club junior program is showing great results provincially thanks to everyone's generousity!
A big thanks to TripleShot Cycling Club for stepping in in the 11th hour to put on this event.
And lastly, a BIG thanks to John Van der Vliet for helping to organize all the juniors for this event, this is the third year he has done so, and his amazing bike mechanic skills and tireless dedication allowed all the juniors to have an excellent race day!