31 things you always wanted to know about cycling, but were afraid to ask

As a new or aspiring cyclist you’re on a steep learning curve — let us answer your questions and allay your anxieties

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As a new or aspiring cyclist you’re on a steep learning curve — let us answer your questions and allay your anxieties

Burnaby Velodrome Development Project

This winter, Cycling BC and the Burnaby Velodrome have teamed up to offer subsidized field trips to the indoor velodrome with the hopes of igniting a passion for cycling in local youth.

A total of 30 school field trips will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from Nov 6th, 2017 until Feb 28th, 2018.  Private community groups can book their child’s extra-curricular activity group on any of the school district’s Friday professional development days.

The velodrome is a great learning tool for middle-school aged students. The velodrome provides a safe, traffic-free and weather-free venue.  To achieve success, participants must use strong communication skills, team-work and great attention to the task at hand.

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Final BMX Development Camp

What a way to finish off the 5th and final camp for our BMX Development team with a training camp in the pouring rain!

We had 11 athletes in attendance for our final camp of the season out at the Abbotsford Bmx track and despite the wet conditions outside, it was awesome to see everyone keeping their spirits high and have such a positive attitude on the day! With a couple races left to go this season, the team started off working on some skill sets through the rhythm section and last straightaway, then adding in group efforts to bring some intensity to the session. The girls were able to get some great practice on their jumping skills on the last straight while also getting to practice their manuals at the same time.

The rain kept coming down all day, the track got super muddy, but the effort everyone was putting in didn’t seem to slow down at all which was awesome to see! – James Palmer

To keep all the athletes in race shape, we worked on our form out of the gate and transferred that into some more group efforts to battle down the first straight. The team then got to have some fun at the end when we went back to the rhythm section and played some games that challenged everyone to some new lines on the last couple straightaways, it really was a good end to a rainy day!

Holden Jones wins Canada’s first medal at Mountain Bike World Championships

Canada won its first medal of the 2017 Mountain Bike Championships on Thursday, September 7th in Cairns, Australia, with Holden Jones of Squamish, BC, finishing third in the Junior Men’s competition.  Roxane Vermette of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec, was the top Canadian in the Junior women’s race, finishing 16th.

The men’s five lap race saw Australia’s Cameron Wright ride away from the rest of the field on the start loop to give the host nation their first title.  Behind, the chase quickly came down to two riders – Holden Jones and Joel Roth of Switzerland, a member of the Team Relay world champion squad.  The pair had dropped the rest of the chasers by the end of the first lap and rode together until the final half lap, when Roth attacked to open a nine second gap on Jones and win the silver medal.

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

In other Canadian results, Tyler Clark of King City, Ontario, was 27th and Gunnar Holmgren of Orillia, Ontario, 29th.  National champion Brody Sanderson (Oro Medonte, Ontario) pulled out after a crash.

“I think after riding the Relay yesterday and looking at the lap times, that I was there with the faster Juniors,” said Jones.  “That really gave me some confidence.  That removed from stress from under me and I just did what I knew I could do, and it all worked out.  It caught everyone off guard when [Wright] went so quick.  The rest of the race was us just trying to hunt him down, but he was on fire today.  It’s pretty unbelievable, this is my best race of the year, maybe of my life.  I couldn’t be more proud to show the world that Canada is on the map.”

In the Junior women’s category, Canadian champion Vermette rode consistently in the mid-teens throughout the four lap race, finishing five minutes and 32 seconds behind winner Laura Stigger of Austria.  In other Canadian results, Dana Gilligan of Oro Medonte, Ontario, was 20th and Leya Masson of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Quebec, was 23rd.  Sidney McGill of Edmonton, Alberta, was unable to start after injuring her wrist in training.

“It’s my first year as a Junior and my first world championships, so I’m very proud of what I did today,” said Vermette.  “I had no idea what I could do, so my plan was to just go hard on the hill and smooth on the technical section.  But I didn’t have a lot of energy in the last lap, so I just did my best.  My season has been awesome, so when I came to Australia it has been a dream already and I just tried to do my best.”

Source: Cycling Canada

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Canada tenth in Team Relay at Mountain Bike World Championships

Team Canada opened the Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, with a tenth place performance on Wednesday in the Team Relay.  Switzerland won the title ahead of Denmark and France.

For 2017 the Team Relay made a significant change to the format, adding a fifth rider to each team.  Now, each squad must include a Junior or Under-23 woman, in addition to an Elite man and woman, Under-23 man and Junior man.

Canada started with Under-23 rider Peter Disera, who got caught up in traffic on the opening lap and finished 11th, 46 seconds behind New Zealand.  Raphael Gagne, Canada’s Elite man, moved up significantly on the second lap to put Canada into fifth place as he handed off to Junior man Holden Jones, who put in a blazing lap to move Canada into the lead as he handed off to Elite woman Catharine Pendrel.

Pendrel extended Canada’s lead to a minute going into the final lap as she handed off to Under-23 woman Anne-Julie Tremblay.  However, Tremblay faced an impossible task, with Olympic and reigning world champion Nino Schurter leading a group of Elite and Under-23 men after her.

“Our strategy first and foremost was to give each rider a chance to do a dress rehearsal on the course,” explained Dan Proulx, Mountain Bike Head Coach at Cycling Canada.  “Our second goal was to be top eight, but with the new format we weren’t sure how it would play out and now we know we are top-10 at this time.  Raph [Gagne] had a really good ride to get us into top five and then Holden Jones had the most amazing ride; he just did a stellar job.  Our last rider was Anne-Julie, and we gave her the toughest job you could imagine, with eight or ten of the best men right behind her.  She rode her heart out.  So, overall we were a little short on our objective goal, but it was still a phenomenal start to Worlds for us.”
Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.