Jason Redfern

September 12, 2012

Enduro Cyclocross

Enduro cyclocross racing – a contradiction of terms at first blush? The organizers behind last weekend’s Kettle X Enduro Cyclocross Race, put out the challenge, 74 km of off-road cyclocross racing through the Blackfoot trail system just east of Edmonton. Reading the tech guide, the projected finish time for the leaders was 3.5 hours, accounting for up to 6 hours for the rest of the field to complete the ‘Full Kettle’ course. Based on this info, a lot of folks signed up – in fact, 170 racers decided to give’r a go – as did I.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been riding quite a bit, at least for me, getting in some long rolls on weekends, and even tossing in an intervals session mid-week to keep me honest. I expected I’d probably be able to handle 74km of off-road trail on a CX bike – at least I hoped. The more I thought about it though, the more I became doubtful…  Things went through my mind like, the roughness of the trails, the forecasted heat for the day (26 degrees, but it actually hit +28), and the rigidness of the CX bike. If leaders were projected in at 3.5 hours, optimistically, I’d shoot for 4.5 hours… That’s a long time to rattle around on a CX rig. I fretted about my neck, wrists, shoulders, knowing full well from my harrowing experiences at the Transrockies, and my Bow 80 attempts, what that kind of ache/pain can do to you…

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September 5, 2012

Rapha Rides YEG

It’s not unknown, that I’m a big Rapha fan. I eat up the site, the blog posts and the films – I also spend a healthy amount on the gear. What can I say, it’s nice. For a rider like me, who is in to ‘nice’ stuff, not to mention, photography and film, what could be better than Rapha… So, when I found out they were coming to my home town of Edmonton, I of course, left town to ride in Kananaskis. Yes, that’s right, I went riding elsewhere… See, the way it all went down, I didn’t know about the Rapha YEG ride, when I committed to my carefully laid plans to get away to Calgary and go riding with my pal, Ken, in Kananaskis – there was no changing plans, given a multitude of schedules, family obligations and so forth. So, I went off on our own Bikeridr ride, and our pal, Jason Redfern tossed his chapeau in the ring to go on the Rapha ride. In talking with Ferno after, the thing I remember him saying most was, ‘there sure was a lot of merino wool…’ Here’s the scoop from our ‘inside man’:


The Rapha Continental crew came to Alberta at the bequest of Alex Steida, the first North American to hold the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

An invite to the group ride was forwarded to me by the purveyor of this fine website. Driven by curiosity I found myself at Da Capo with about thirty Rapha fans ready to uneasily stampede through the Edmonton River Valley like a Running Room ‘Learn to Run’ clinic.  “They can’t actually be serious leading a group road ride through trails?” was murmured more than once. I didn’t know what to expect.

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December 16, 2010

Cowbell the film

Who, at some point, hasn’t wanted to make a movie? Sarns, from Alberta MTB Racing, turned to me this last summer as we drove down to Canmore for XC MTB Nationals, and said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do one on cyclocross!’ Sounded like fun to me. We decided to follow four racers for a full season: Mike Sarnecki, Bridget Linder, Jason Redfern and, of course, Ken Hurd – I mean, after all, what’s a Bikeridr film without Ken Hurd? – Read More –