February 12, 2010

Kokanee Sponsors River Valley Cycle XC Race Team

Last night River Valley Cycle hosted its HUGE customer appreciation night, and announced Kokanee as the new sponsor of the RVC XC mountain bike team. It was a very cool night. The store was decked out with wall-to-wall deals on TLD gear and rides, from Santa Cruz, Kona to Rocky Mountain. For a long while there, the place was so packed you had a hard time getting around  to check everything out. Not to worry though, the RVC staff served up a choice open buffet and there was lots of Kokanee to go around!

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January 29, 2010

Lance Armstrong in Edmonton

7:15am. My alarmclock radio goes off, and as I come to, what do I hear? Lance Armstrong is coming to Edmonton! For two days, Aug 25-26, he’ll be in our fair Capital City to raise awareness and funds in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It’s not every morning you wake up to the – Read More –

November 13, 2009

Burn Out

I didn’t know Kirk Hamilton was a rider at first. I find it funny but it was actually a lot later on that I found out he was an Elite level XC racer and bike afficianado. I’ve since had a pleasure of riding with Kirk (or what might be better described as, trying to keep up to Kirk) and it’s been interesting getting to know him better. He started where I am now, just a wee Novice racer with a big dream, and he successfully made those strides to get up through the ranks. I was fascinated by that story because, I wanted it to be my story – with every ride and race I wanted to get faster and be able to move into Sport and then maybe even Expert. Who knows if that will ever be in the cards for me, but, as our next Feature Rider, Kirk will explain himself that this kind of progress can come with a price.

So without further ado:

It happened.  After eight seasons I had enough, I was burned out from racing my mountain bike, I was finished and frustrated, wanting nothing more than to hang up my shoes and helmet and do something, anything, other than ride my bike.  Somewhere along the way in the summer of 2008 I lost my way and I forgot to have fun.  I grew tired of the seven-day routine of the weekly race regimen and viewed training days with the same disdain as cleaning the bathroom: something only done out of necessity… – Read More –

August 31, 2009

Transrockies ’09 – Stage 6-7

Stage 6 – Elkford to Crowsnest Pass 101km / 2467m climbing / 9:29:03 There’s no easy way into stage 6 as riders, head straight up from Elkford to the rim of the Fording River Canyon and past Josephine Falls along some sweet singletrack. This is a long day in the saddle and the 1,000m vertical – Read More –

August 28, 2009

Transrockies ’09 – Stage 4-5

Stage 4 – Nipika Resort to Whiteswan Lake 107km / 1,980m climbing / 7:56:06 Upon leaving Nipika Mountain Resort, the riders are faced with the longest ride of the 2009, a 107km epic through the deep wilderness of the BC Rockies. The route follows along the base of the Royal Group, with the highest peak – Read More –

August 26, 2009

Transrockies ’09 – Stage 2-3

Stage 2 OverviewStage 2 – K2 Ranch to Nipika Mountain Resort
72.2km / 2835m climbing / 8:16:08

Just as all this scenery threatens to turn the ride into a postcard, the field comes face to face with the sheer western face of the Rocky Mountains. This near-impenetrable fortress has very few paths over or around, so they face the biggest day of vertical served this week with three major climbs of at least 700 metres each and a total of nearly 3000 metres on the day. – Read More –

August 23, 2009

Transrockies ’09 – Stage 1

Stage 1 OverviewStage 1 – Panorama to K2 Ranch
45.3km / 2267m climbing / 4:46:49

With North America’s third-highest ski resort vertical rise, Panorama Mountain Village is poised to its annual part in the epic send-off. Maybe that should read “send up” as riders climb straight up and over a vertical mountain wall into some spectacular scenic alpine singletrack at the literal high point of the week at nearly 2,500 metres.

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August 21, 2009

Transrockies ’09 – Prerace

At last… At last… It took some time, but Ken and I feel that we can now serve up some tasty Transrockies moments to all of you, our loyal supporters, friends, fellow riders and Transrockians. We will also be doing some detailed write ups on a stage by stage basis, but this is a video – Read More –

June 14, 2009

Canada Cup, Edmonton AB 2009

Although I wasn’t in this race, despite planning and training for it, I did get to watch some wicked national level racing, and cheer on some of the locals guys that I know. Dana, sorry about your chain, man… You were killin’ it till it snapped! Sam, good to see you out there bringin’ the beats as usual. Peter, 4th place Masters Expert! Wooo hoo!!! And Paul, I think you said this was your first race in 4 years, so welcome back! 

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June 7, 2009

Canada Cup in Edmonton!

This coming weekend (Saturday June 13th) is the first ever Canada Cup race in Edmonton. The course is through the Edmonton river valley pretty much right below dowtown. Though I’ve lived here all my life, I still find it hard to believe that we have so many miles, and miles of great mtb trails right – Read More –

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