Edmonton Canada Cup Registration is Open

May 31, 2010

Registration is online via Karelo and is open now.

Click [here] to register.

Edmonton’s Canada Cup Mountain Bike race will take place in the middle of the City in the beautiful Edmonton River Valley. With a bike expo and screaming fast single track there is sure to be a buzz in the air. The provincial legislative building and University of Alberta campus set the scene along the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. Accommodations are nearby and the beer gardens will be rockin’! That’s right, we said beer gardens.

NOTE THAT DUE TO UCI REGULATIONS, REGISTRATION CLOSES (Online and In Person) FOR ELITE AND JUNIOR EXPERT CATEGORIES AT 9 PM ON FRIDAY, JULY 9TH, 2010.

Online registration (non-elite categories) closes at 9PM on Friday July 9th, 2010

In person registration (Cash Only) for Non-Elite and Non-Junior Expert closes at United Cycle at 3:00 pm on Saturday July 10th, 2010.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Elite Espoirs are to register in the ELITE Category

Non-Elite licensed racers: please enter your appropriate category as per your ABA license (Expert, Sport, or Novice)

Non-licensed racers are to enter “CITIZEN” in the UCI Code field and enter in the NOVICE category. You will also be required to purchase a Day License for a fee of $10 so please check the appropriate tick box.

The MASTER EXPERT categories are open to riders who are 30+ and are categorized as EXPERT on their ABA License. (or Elites who have chosen to license as a MASTER for the season)

YOUTH Categories are age defined as well: <17 yrs old.

Out of province ability racers please contact us to confirm your race category (albertamtbracing@gmail.com)

Your UCI Code can be found on your race license, if you are non-licensed and plan to compete by purchasing a day license, please enter “CITIZEN” in the UCI Code field.

If you have any questions regarding the registration proceedure please email us at albertamtbracing@gmail.com

Tech Guide and Early Registration Draw Prize Giveaway (think Garmin Edge 500) details to follow shortly…

Bacon Buffet & Trans Stony Results

May 25, 2010

The results from this past weekend of racing are now posted.  Check out bikealberta.com to view.

Cheers,
Mike

Volunteer Opportunities

May 12, 2010

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Hi All,

Alberta MTB Racing is at it again! We have three first class mountain bike races on the calendar this year and we need your help to make them a success. If you need volunteer hours for school, work or you just like to be a part of the action then we have a job for you!

WHEN AND WHERE:

1) Sunday May 23 – Stony Plain

2) Monday May 24 – Stony Plain

3) Sunday July 11 – Edmonton (Kinsmen Park)

Volunteers are required for the following:

1) Course Marshall

2) First Aid assistance

3) Course take down

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Volunteers are generally required from 9 am – 4 pm. *Exact times and locations will be provided closer to the event.

Volunteers will receive:

A free Alberta MTB Racing T-shirt

Lunch

and there will be draw prizes for the volunteers!

For more information on the events go to http://www.albertamtbracing.com

Please email me, Tara at taralee.sherman@gmail.com if you are interested!!

Thanks so much from Alberta MTB Racing!!

2010 Bacon Buffet & Trans Stony Registration Open, Tech Guides Available

April 10, 2010

Are you ready for the 2010 All You Can Eat Buffet of Bacon, Pain, & Suffering Mountain Bike Race & the 2010 Trans Stony Superhero Challenge Enduro?

Well the tech guides are ready and registration is open.

The Bacon Buffet information is available [here]

And the Trans Stony information is available [here]

We at Alberta MTB Racing are super stoked for the 2010 MTB season and we hope you are too.

Edmonton Canada Cup Husky Racer Profile

April 1, 2010

Leading up to the 2010 Edmonton Canada Cup, each month from April on, we’re going to be highlighting one feature racer, getting their thoughts on the upcoming 2010 Edmonton Canada Cup, plus any insights they have in general on riding and racing in Edmonton, Alberta and across Canada. No matter if you’re a seasoned vet, or new to the MTB scene, these Husky Feature Racer articles will worth checkin’ out!

Our April Husky Feature Racer is local Edmonton Pedalhead club racer, Dana Ouellette. 2010 will be Dana’s second race season, and he’ll be a veteran of the Edmonton Canada Cup event. I tossed a few questions at Dana and he’s clearly a man who has learned a lot about riding, racing and himself. If I had to title this one, it’d be called ‘A Year Older, A Year Wiser‘.

When did you start riding ‘seriously’ and what got you started?

I only started seriously mountain biking in June 2008. Back in the late nineties when my parents still lived in Edmonton, my dad got me into mountain biking. My dad and I would go to Terwilliger and just ride, not seriously, just have a good time. That was on an old Specialized RockHopper, which sadly got stolen. It wasn’t until June 2008 that I bought a new bike. I was excited because I had a lot of positive memories associated with cycling (just my dad and me having fun). So I bought a Rocky Mountain Fusion to go out occasionally on the weekends, and I got totally hooked. Then weekends turned into 4 or 5 days a week.

I don’t know why I got so hooked. I started riding with Pedalhead, and that was probably a large part of that. Once you make friends who ride, you want to get faster and be able to keep up, it becomes not just fun, but addicting. And it’s good for the self-esteem. It’s always motivating when you clean a climb you’ve never done before, or fly down a technical section you used to struggle with.

At what point did you decide to start racing?

To be honest, I really don’t know why I started racing. I started going out with the Pedalhead riders after our Wednesday night rides and a lot of them are racers and told stories about racing. That peaked my interest, but I still never thought I’d do it. Then all of the sudden, less than a year after buying my first mountain bike, I found myself buying a full suspension bike for racing. But I still wasn’t 100% sure I’d actually do it, until I found out about the Edmonton Canada Cup. I live only a few hundred meters from the Kinsmen Field House. When I heard where the course was going to be, that’s when I realized I could actually do it. Even if I sucked, at least it would be on trails I’m familiar with and ride a few times a week.

What was your goal for the 2009 race season?

In all honesty, my goal was to try and to survive a race. I didn’t even get an ABA license. I just wanted to use a day license to try a race. I decided to focus on the Canada Cup race because I was familiar with the trails. So at first, just doing the Canada Cup race was my goal. But as it got closer to being a reality, my goal wasn’t just to finish. I was worried I’d end up dead last, so I started really training so that I wouldn’t get humiliated.

So, what did you do to prepare for the ’09 Edmonton Canada Cup?

I got myself a trainer on a Boxing Day sale, and started riding in my living room for an hour every other day all winter. After the snow melted, I realized that it might be a good idea to try a race before the one I was focusing on. So I decided that I’d do the Perogy XC race as well, since you are allowed to use two day licenses. I also started going to Hardcore Bikes Tuesday night Fat Tire Tuesdays. Those were great. It’s only $5, so it’s no big deal if you crash or flat, and there aren’t a lot of people there to care if you suck. It’s a low-pressure way to get a feel for racing, to pass someone, and to get passed, and all the things I was nervous about.

And how did that work out for you? How did you finish?

Not to sound overly dramatic, but if I had to answer this question with only one word, it would be “heartbreak.” I made Edmonton Canada Cup race such a huge goal for me. I was feeling really good on the bike, and sitting about 15th or so out of sixty, which would have been really good for me, but I broke my chain on my second lap and I did not finish…

Now with a year of racing experience under your belt, how have your riding and racing goals changed? Will you prepare for this year’s Canada Cup race any differently?

On one hand, I will be racing a lot more in 2010, and I have bigger goals. I actually got an ABA license and I’m going to do all the local races, and maybe provincials. My main goals for this season are to finish in the top 10 in a race, and to actually finish the Edmonton Canada Cup. But on the other hand, I’m taking a much more relaxed approach. My situation in life has changed a bit since last year. I decided to go back to school, and I’m working part time as well, so I’m not training as much as I did last winter. But I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. I went pretty hard last year and ended up straining my IT band. I think that taking it easy for the winter is a good idea so I don’t get burnt out.

My training is going to be very different this year. I’ve only been riding once a week, with some xc skiing thrown in there to try and maintain some fitness. But once classes are over in early April, then it will be a suffer fest and I will really start training hard. I’m going to suffer through the Perogy XC and Bacon XC races, and the Fat Tire Tuesdays, and I’m hoping that by July, I should be a good enough racing shape for the Edmonton Canada Cup, and for 24 Hours of Adrenaline.

Any final thoughts or advice you want to impart to other ‘newbie’ racers out there looking to get their start this year?

I’m not so sure I’m the best person to ask for racing advice, considering I’ve only finished one ABA race… But if I had to give a piece of advice to someone interested in getting into racing it would be to tell them to relax, and not take it too seriously at all. I stressed and worried so much about my first race. But what’s the point of stressing? This isn’t a grand tour, and you don’t have sponsors. Just have fun. It’s OK to set serious goals, but don’t get hung up when you don’t reach them. And don’t focus so much on one single goal. Things happen. Even the best pros have days where they just aren’t feeling great on the bike, or flat or have a mechanical. That stuff just happens. If you break your chain on the one event you’ve made your only goal for a year, like me, you will be really upset.

I’d also add that a new racer should take advantage of the Tuesday night Fat Tire races. They are a great place to test out what racing is all about without the pressure and cost of a full length ABA cross-country race. I learned a lot doing those races last year.

United Cycle Edmonton Canada Cup Results

June 14, 2009

Full results The United Cycle Edmonton Canada Cup presented by Intact Insurance can be found [here]

Edmonton Canada Cup Registration Deadline is Tonight!

June 11, 2009

Hey Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that online registration closes tonight at 9 pm MST.  This means that if you do not want to pay by cash in person, you’ll need to sign up online on karelo.com tonight.

ELITES & JUNIOR EXPERTS – tonight at 9 pm MST is your registration DEADLINE.  If you do not sign up online by tonight, you will not be able to register without paying the CCA’s $50 fine.

Your Friendly Neighborhood MTB Race Organizers

Days Inn Edmonton South

June 10, 2009

Hey everyone, there was some confusion about the rate at the Days Inn but it is all fixed now. The special rate of $99 per night still applies. The code is ‘Edmonton Canada Cup’

Cheers,
Mike

United Cycle Edmonton Canada Cup Tech Guide

June 1, 2009

The Edmonton Canada Cup Tech Guide is now available and can be downloaded [here]

technicalguide

Perogy Results

May 24, 2009

We’ve got the results: head over to BikeAlberta.com to check them out.


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