Friday, June 29, 2012

4th July Fireworks

By special request we're set for a 40 k ITT for next Wednesday, July 4th.  See the map for the route. Start/Finish will be approximately where we did the 300m sprints a couple of weeks ago, there is lots of parking on that quiet street or the many cul-de-sacs in the area. That's just south of Lower Springbank Road near Range Road 31. I hope to do a Garmin certified 40 k course and lets have a challenge and bonus points for under 60 minutes for A, under 65 minutes for B and under 70 minutes for C groups. The plan is to start the first rider at 6:45 pm, try to be there and signed in by 6:30 pm. The start order will be C, B and A.

THERE ARE 2 SETS OF LIGHTS ON THE ROUTE, BOTH ON HIGHWAY 8, ONE INTO ELBOW VALLEY AND THE GOLF COURSE AND A SECOND SET 3 KM FURTHER ALONG. THE PLAN HERE IS YOU MUST STOP IF THE LIGHT IS RED. KEEP TRACK OF THE TIME YOU ARE STOPPED AND IT WILL BE TAKEN OFF YOUR OVERALL TIME. LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR TT AND I WILL DEDUCT THE TIME.

I need a couple more volunteers to make it safe.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mini Giro Race Report

I thought all crazy Italian drivers owned little Fiats and Alfa Romeos. Not a single little car showed up tonight, instead they all brought out their dual wheel F350, Ram Turbo Cummins somethings and proceeded to scare us all anyway, just like you would expect. An excellent night of racing and a cougar sighting. Here are the provisional results. Sorry to hear one rider missed a turn and did some extra distance.

A Group
1. Mike Chopchitz 58:10
2. Karl Bergman 59:18
3. Marc Enter 59:20
4. Mike Waldhuber 1:00:22
5. Rob Walsh 1:01:36
6. Cody Godlonton
7. Harley Borlee
8. Michael Scheck
9. Andrew Paul
10. Rick Courtney
11. Reinier Paauwe
12. Alan Oickle
13. Evan Bayer (1 long lap)
14. Thomas Yip (1 lap)

B Group
1. Corey Davis 1:03:00
2.  Walter Loeppky 1:03:30
3. Tom Kenny st
4. Peter Doig 1:06:45
5. Paul Connelly
6. Mike Urquhart
7. Carl Lapointe
8. Ron Feill
9. Jay Rankin
10. Keith Ingstrup
11. Daryl Beatty

C Group
1. John Banister 32:15
2. Justin Siemens
3. Andres Perdomo
4. Rod Schuhart
5. Louis Gitelman
6. Dan Alboiu
7. Ernie Cosman
8. Andy Hill
9. Willie VanSevenant
10. Shelly Bender
11. Dawn Heinemeyer
12. David Baker

Excellent Volunteers
Lesley Matthews
Steve Pickett
Simon Forman
Peter Heinemayer
Rob Stagg
Connie Choi

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mini Giro - WNS June 27

Yea the Tour is almost here and to get us into the spirit let's bring back some memories of the Giro. The mini Giro around Leighton Centre features mini Mortirolo and mini Stelvio. Each loop has about 1000 ft of climbing and the A and B groupd will do 2 loops, C's will do one. For parking - Highway 22X and 37th Street is ok, also there is a little parking near the start/finish. Or ride from town if you can. The start/finish is 500m east of what's shown on the map below. Go south on 37th Street till you hit Township Road 221, take a right and go past Highway 773 (Road to Nepal) about 500 m. I'll need 3 volunteers as well.



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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Solstice Shootout

Back with a vengence...it's the most exciting 300m in bicycle racing. We all know that bike races are generally long, plodding, and repetitive.  Really, it's just the prologue to the awesome.  Of course, I'm talking about the sprint.  The mano a mano challenge where the winner takes the glory, the fame, the fortune; and the loser the shame, the desolation, and the abject futility when  you realize that you are just not good enough.  Okay, maybe I'm overplaying it a bit but I just watched old NBC Ironman Hawaii coverage and life is apparently a huge set of stuggles that can only be overcome through the use of lots of big words, slow motion photography, and dramatic music.  Of course, a sad story helps but Al Trautwig can make it all better.  Al won't be here this Wednesday but I will try my best to sound a convincing facsimile.
I've checkout out the roadway that we'll be using, and although it's a little dirtier than last year and a little bumpier, it will stand in for the velodrome at Roubaix quite well.  Except for the lack of banking, crowds, tv cameras and generous Belgian hospitatlity.  My suggestion is to park at Springbank where we usually do and take advantage of the 4km distance to the race site to warmp up and size up the comptetition.  I will do sign up in the parking lot at Springbank and then make my way to the race course.  I do discourage parking near the race site as cyclists are perhaps a little too European for the populace and I generally like to maintain an underground feel to the races as, like stories of amateur athletic success,  it attracts little attention.
I hope the map is relatively explanatory, and if you have any questions, let me know.  This event is really a good fun challenge.  We'll have a round robin portion, rank the riders, and take up an elimination ladder.  Last year, a good time was had by all.  I could of course use a couple of volunteers so bring 'em if you got 'em.  Other than that, I'll see every body Wednesday by about 6:30 so we can get started at around 6:45.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

TONIGHT"S RACE CANCELLED !! JUNE 13th CANCELLED

Mike Healy just told me to post this.

There is lightening and the rain is heavy. Tonight's race is CANCELLED !!

.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wednesday June 13 - Team Road Race Map

On Wednesday night we will go fom the Priddis Meeting Spot - Highway 22 and 22X. The format will be teams of 5, 6 or 7 with riders from A, B and C on each team. Teamwork is what counts here, the winning team will be the one with all but one or possibly two riders crossing the finish line first. Should be a good prep for Banff. We'll try to start right at 6:30, it's about 38 k for 2 laps which everyone will do. You will need to go neutral on the corners as there is gravel and a few potholes. Ask Harley about the gravel.


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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Series 2 Plan

Here is the plan, if anyone would like to clean this up because of my lack of blogging skill, please do so:

June 13 - team road race, going to use this one
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June 20 - Jamie will host the 2 up sprint series that was popular last year [Rob L]
June 27 - Mini Giro around Leighton Centre, featuring mini Mortirolo and mini Stelvio, 4 volunteers [Lesley, +3]
July 4 - Looking for a 6.4 km HC sort of like the TDF prologue uphill, 2 volunteers [Marc Enter +1]
July 11 - 40 k TT, Springbank, [+2]

I have shown the volunteers to date in brackets, need some more though.

Week 5 results

That concludes the first block of the 2012 WNS. I hope to have the final standings posted Friday evening.
Trev and Mike and others from Speed Theory will be organizing the second five week block of races.

I'll see you in the pack (or chasing it) for the next set of races.
Mark


Week 5 results

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Painful then Fun Garmin file.


If anyone wants to know how bad the headwind was on the way out toward Cochrane tonight, have a look at the speed difference between East-to-West and West-to-East.

Have a look !  That headwind was PAINFUL !! That tailwind was crazy fun!



I went full aero tonight so I automatically get a 10min penalty... fair enough.  :)  So my time is 34:47.

Trev

Status of Tonight's race

We are going to try to hold the race tonight. There is a currently a severe thunderstorm watch for Cochrane but the radar is showing clearing later this afternoon. If conditions deteriorate between now and start time it may be postponed/cancelled but we hope the race goes on.

Monday, June 4, 2012

2012 WNS Block 1 standings after week 4

FYI, here is how we are assigning points this year,
20 points 1st place
15 points 2nd place
12 points 3rd place
10 points 4th place
  9 points 5th place
  to
 3 points 11th place and lower, minimum 3 points just for showing up

10 points for volunteering, 5 points if you are racing and bring a volunteer
That's 4th place points for volunteering and minimum 6th place points if you bring a volunteer.