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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tie my handlebars to the stars so I stay on track.

It's that time of the year again...Time to transition from cyclist to full time student and training athlete.

Even though I'm in school now, I still have Ontario University Cups to look forward too. There are only four race in the series, but that's just enough when your balancing school and have been racing since the spring. Once mid October comes and U-Cups have wrapped up I will finally have some days off the bike. I think it's possibly better for you mentally than physically, but moral of the story you don't hear me complaining.

It's been a GREAT season, lots of great experience and knowledge gained that can be carried over to next season. This was my first season racing the full Canada Cup series. As a result I realised how hard it is to race both the full C-Cup and O-Cup series at the same time. If your racing a O-Cup one weekend odds are you are racing C-Cup next...they are always one race after another, which gets extremely hard as your legs aren't always there. I was very sad to miss my favorite Ontario Cup at Buckwallow Cycling Centre :( At the same time I had the opportunity to race a Canada Cup in Edmonton, which was super fun!

A huge highlight of the season was making team Canada and having the opportunity to race world championships! Can't tell you how much I learnt. Best experience, and got a sweet picture of both me and my bike in the air! It's one thing to watch the video, but when you are right in the action and learn the pacing and get a feel for how different the courses are set up it's a whole other story. After my race and watching the junior men, U-23 men, and elite men and women it all starts to come together. I look forward training harder and building off this season. Have to wait and see what 2011 brings!

Back to homework!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Time to focus on the task at hand!

It's a little surreal having the opportunity to race on the world stage. The best part is that it's on home turf! Just riding around in the Canada kit I get cheers and I'm not even racing just riding. Every cheer I hear tomorrow is going to drive me to dig that little bit deeper. Mostly im going to stay focused on representing Canada to it's fullest and not focus on the heat or pain.

This is a extremly hard course that not only tests your fitness, but technical skills to the fullest. It's fitting that it's the world championships course. The winner of this race truely deserves this title!

Tomorrow I will race 4 laps of the course along with a start loop which is half a lap. The weather is going to play a huge factor in the race! It calls for more hot weather and the sun will bake down on every climb. Watched several Junior women crumble from the heat today.

Going to be a battle that's for sure!

This race gets EVERYTHING i have left and more!

---You can do anything you set your mind to---

MSA Update 2

World Championships tomorrow!!!!

Been on the course Monday and Tuesday for training. Monday I broke each section down to find lines. Yesterday I worked on getting flow throughout the course which is not a easy task. It's not very easy to pre-ride a world cup course as there are people everywhere! Training today starts are 9, my plans are to get one lap in and rest.

I have changed tires to Rocket Ron's. I like the tire for dry and wet conditions. Right now the course is like a beach with no water, but there is a chance that it will rain for my race so I'm thinking Rocket Ron's are a good choice.

I'm keeping this short....but I'll share some pictures :)

Team Canada 2010

Getting 'pumped' on the pump track.

Fun Switch back climbs.

Fun drop.

Blurry air times!

Deep breaths.


Such a cool hat...