14 Nov 2012

Superior Glass Track Cycling Classic at the BVC

I raced in the Superior Glass Classic at the Burnaby Velodrome over the long weekend. It was my first big dose of track racing in many years (aside from team pursuits) and I had so much fun! I finished 2nd in the ‘A’ category behind Kyle Buckosky while tied with Eric Johnstone (current Jr. Men’s Omnium silver medalist).

What was most exciting and inspiring was seeing a group of 17 youth/development women from all over, out at the track training all day and racing all night. SEVENTEEN!! Everyone was talking about how the most exciting sprint rounds of Saturday morning were from this category. There was also an incredible showing of youth/devo men.

Kudos to Jeff Ain, as well as Rachel Canning and Mike Rothengatter for organizing and executing such an incredible camp for all these young women and men.

Now for some press:



Thanks to the BVC, Kelyn Akuna, Jeremy Storie and all those who made the race happen. Thanks Aidan Mouellic for the picture! And Skinetex for holding my knee together all weekend.

31 Oct 2012

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My first run in three years, Skinetex to the rescue!

25 Sep 2012

Fast and Female

Empowerment through sport. That is what Fast and Female is all about. I am honoured to be named as an ambassador for this organization. I have spent my life building a career in sport and I hope to give back to what has changed me and my life for the better. I hope I can be a positive role model for our female youth and support, motivate, and inspire a generation to stick to sports and healthy lifestyle.

Fast and Female Mantras:

Spread the love- Get as many girls hooked on a healthy and active lifestyle.

Dominate the world- Rejoice in the possibility of being leaders in all we do.


26 Jun 2012

Ideal Saddle Modification

I am very excited and honoured to be partnering with my favourite saddle company, ISM. I would not be able to get quite as aerodynamic as I can on my track pursuit or road time trial bike if it weren’t for their revolutionary design and technology. I am able to sit comfortably in a very uncomfortable position. Check them out at www.ismseat.com You’ll wonder why you didn’t try them sooner and your ‘important’ parts with thank-you!

I am riding the Racing II on my track pursuit bike and the Time Trial on my road time trial bike.

Here is an assortment of pictures of me and my ISM from all over the World!

18 Jun 2012

London Calling!

It only took me 10 years training as a gymnast and another 10 years of training for the sport cycling for my dream to come true – I am going to the London 2012 Olympic Games baby!!

The past two years we have been traveling the world and gathering points to qualify our country for the Olympics in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Mission accomplished. Next on the to-do list was for Cycling Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee to pick which 4 out of the 5 “short listed” riders will comprise the team at the Games. Our Olympic Trials held on June 11-12 were very competitive as we have one of the best team pursuit teams in the world now.

I went home after the trials (for a record 43 hours) to unwind and be with loved one’s when I received the news, good or bad. In the end, I was riding the Vancouver bus #160 when I was called. I wanted to hug the homeless man beside me but instead I just sat there with the biggest smile I have ever smiled. #160 will always hold a special place in my heart.

The track cycling team consists of Tara Whitten, Zach Bell, Jasmin Glaesser, Gillian Carleton, Joseph Veloce, Monique Sullivan and me! For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Cycling Canada only qualified for 2 events and had 3 riders competing in track cycling. This year, we have qualified in 6 events and will have 7 cyclists at the Games! And not to mention we have very real medal hopes in 3 of the events. It is also an exciting time for Cycling in Canada across all disciplines. Stayed tuned for Olympic nominations from the remaining disciplines. It feels special to be a part of this shift from barely filling quotas to a competitive cycling nation. The goal of Cycling Canada? To celebrate enhanced international success, increase national participation and host world class events by 2020. I feel we are well on our way in achieving this. Let’s keep the ball rolling…err I mean, wheels turning!

I hope I inspire the next generation of riders to dream big and for them have the support and means necessary to fulfill such dreams. When I was a junior, I had the passion, the talent and I wanted to go to the Olympics. After competing in the Junior World Championships, I was told “to get faster and then we’ll talk.” I hope none of our youth and development riders have to hear that and/or wander throughout their junior and U23 years not knowing what to do or where to go to achieve their goals.

I could not have made the London 2012 Canadian Olympic team if it weren’t for many, many people. This journey has been far from easy and never alone. I would like to first and foremost thank my parents for appreciating the value of sport, always getting me involved, their limitless support, and for signing me up for my first cycling camp. I would also like to thank all my family and friends who have loved and supported me no matter what. My boyfriend, Tim, for supporting and accepting me and my dream no matter how far-away I am. All my teammates over the years because it is the people that make this sport special and I love it because I love you. Specifically, Steph Roorda, a founding member of Canada’s Women’s Team Pursuit, thank-you for being my best friend and my best teammate over the years. Ed for taking me to that crazy spin class as a gymnast and then convincing me I should try cycling. Dan Proulx for seeing something in me as a 14 year old and getting me on my first track bike. All of the Olympic Oval cycling coaches and staff who got my hooked on cycling. Jeremy Storie for showing me what it really means to suffer on the bike, for convincing me to do the team pursuit in 2008, and for coaching and guiding the Women’s Team Pursuit during its infant years (this man is arguably responsible for 4/5 Olympic team short listed riders!). Richard Wooles for rebooting our track cycling program and giving us the means, ways, and inspiration to reach our potential. Tanya Dubnicoff for taking me to first international cycling race as a junior and now for coaching and developing the Canadians Women’s Team Pursuit into one of the best in the world. The CBLT, the BVC, and Velo Sports Centre for giving me a place to ride. John Evans for absolutely everything because this guy does do everything – he is the quintessential “Jack of all trades.” Dr. Jenn Turner for always fixing me – you are awesome! Thank-you Mike Patton, Doc Smith, Barry Lyster and the Local Ride Bike Shop/Dr. Vie Superfoods+, Nancy Scholz, Kirsten Barnes, Sandy Gilchrist, Steve Sleep, Dr. Janet McKeown, Susan Boegman, Andrea Wooles, and Adam Duvendeck, AthletesCAN, CAN Fund, and all my sponsors! An extended thank-you everyone else involved within Cycling Canada, our Canadian Sport Centres, Sport Canada, and Own the Podium for supporting development and high performance athletes.

This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech run-on! But I mean it. Thank-you ALL from the bottom of my heart.

38 days and counting…

Put the pedal to the medal!

8 Mar 2012

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7 Mar 2012

2012 Pan American Championships

The 2012 Pan American Cycling Championships were held in Mar del Plata, Argentina. After about 30 hours of travel (including a 100km bus ride that ended up being almost 8 hours) we arrived to the beautiful ocean front, European inspired city.

We were only able to train twice on the track before race day so we were quick to learn how to ride the track as a cohesive unit and get over the travel and jet-lag. It is autumn in Argentina right now and during training we were faced with up to 50km/h wind gusts and some rain. Usually, the elements would not be an issue in track cycling competitions, but the Mar del Plata’s velodrome is 250m outdoor concrete. Thankfully the three of us (Steph Roorda, Allison Beveridge, and myself) are experienced track riders and grew up racing on outdoor concrete velodromes in Canada (CBTL!). We knew how to ride a team pursuit in the wind and we knew that not only our fitness, but our technical abilities would set us apart even more from the other teams present. We were confident and excited going into the qualifier on March 5.

We qualified 2nd next to Venezuela and earned our ticket into the Gold medal final later that evening. Despite posting a slower qualifying time than the other team, our team was motivated to show that we can go faster and stepped up with a new race plan and crossed the line in first place. It was a great feeling knowing we executed our plan perfectly and would go home with a gold medal.

Steph and I have been national team and road racing teammates for many years now and it was great to be able to ride with youngster Allison Beveridge and get her hooked on WTP! She is fresh out of the junior racing category and this was her first senior Pan American Championships. It was inspiring to ride with such emerging talent and be able to share as much experience with her as possible.

The 2012 Pan American Championships were the 2nd last event to gain Olympic qualification points and the final race before the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia in the beginning of April. Over the past 2 years we have been traveling the world, racing, and picking up points. Our WTP was sitting 7th ( the top-10 teams qualify for the Olympics) and it was critical to come to this race and well, win, to  further solidify our ranking. After winning the gold medal, picking up a couple hundred points, and taking home a Pan American champions jersey (and a quick dip in the Atlantic), we feel like the mission was accomplished. Now I will recover and begin my build for the final race of the track season before the 2012 Olympic Games, the World Championships.

Thank-you to Mike and John – our two lone staff members who handled the entire team from airport pick-up logistics to gluing tubular tires. You guys are awesome!

Thank-you to everyone back home from their constant support and encouragement. I am thankful to have so many people behind me and our team. And a big thank you to Local Ride and Dr. Vie Superfoods+  for all you do!

PS. It is pretty cool to have won the Pan Am Games and the Pan Am Champs in the same year

5 Dec 2011

UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics – Cali 2011

This was my 4th time traveling to Colombia for a bike race and my 3rd time competing at the Cali World Cup. Cali holds a special place in my heart as this is where, in 2009, I won gold medal in the team pursuit with my fellow teammates, Steph Roorda and Tara Whitten. Since then, there has been a sense of nostalgia every time I come back to this track. One never forgets the first time you get to throw your arms in the air after a win while wearing the maple leaf on your back. I would like to think that of that moment as the one that jump-started my track cycling career.

But back to the current times… This was the first race Tara, myself, and Steph have done together this year so it was exciting to suit up with them and see what we can do this time around. We were on world record pace for the first 2km and we were about to qualify first with only 2 laps (500m) to go. But there is a reason it is called a team pursuit. The final time is taken when the front wheel of the 3rd rider crosses the line. I was on the front for the finish and when I crossed the line and saw no one beside me (we finish stacked up across the track to minimize lost time) and then looked back and to watch the rest of my team cross the line seconds after me (seconds is significant when we are talking about missing the medal rounds by, for example, 0.001 last year), my heart sunk. You don’t get a medal for winning the 2.5k mark in the team pursuit and almost never counts. The reality of it all is that at the end of the race, we could not hold onto the pace we had set early on, we did not break the Canadian record, our final time was slower than both World Cups prior, we did not finish together as a team, we did not get the chance to battle it out for medals, and we placed 7th.

We took a risk and sometimes the outcome doesn’t always reflect what you set out to accomplish. Call me corny, but as Wayne Gretzky says, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. We did not go out and do a safe, pretty ride to come in 7th…we tried to do some spectacular and well, we blew up spectacularly!

This World Cup was bittersweet. We are showing great promise. With a little more team practice and a little better race plan, we will nail it for the Olympic Test Event in London, England in February (our next race). These past two seasons of qualification is all a process for the Olympics next summer and THAT is where it counts.

I believe, do you?

25 Oct 2011

XVI Pan American Games: Part 2

The Pan American Games are the second largest summer sporting event in the world, next to the Olympic Games. Being only 10 months before the next Summer Olympic Games in London, we thought it would be a wise idea to get some Major Games experience.

Local Ride road racing teammates, Steph Roorda, Jasmin Glaesser, and I headed down to Guadalajara, Mexico for all of our first Major Games representing the Canadian Team. I was selected to compete in the individual time trial, team pursuit, and road race.

The time trial course suited me well with four turnarounds (lots of standing starts!), four times through a cobbled, round-a-bout, and 20km total. It was mostly flat with some long sections of (deceptively hard) false-flat inclines. I was excited to be selected for the time trial as I really love to time trial, yet I have had little international racing opportunities.

Pre-riding the course was near impossible as it was situated in the bustling, heart of downtown Guadalajara (pop. 1.6 million), thereby I made quite a few technical errors on my first lap. But I cleaned up my ride considerably to negative split my second and final lap. The finish line was through The Arcos Vallarta (an iconic roundabout similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris) and about 4km from the final turnaround. This is where the Cuban rider that started 1 minute ahead of me was within my reach. It is amazing how much more you can suffer when you have a carrot! I had a lot of people along the course cheering for Canada and that was so very special and motivating. It felt like I was on of their out there. I finished the ride only 20 seconds back from the winner and won a Bronze Medal. I was ecstatic! Going into the time trial, I did not know if a medal was within my reach as most of the names on the start list were unfamiliar to me. All I could do was ride as hard as possible and see where I stacked up. It was a great start to the Games.

A couple of days later was the Women’s Team Pursuit. Steph and I have been members of the Canadian National Team since 2009, and were excited to have Jasmin Glaesser join us in wearing the Maple Leaf (for her very first time!). In the qualifying round, we were first up and this was without a doubt, a little nerve racking. We were a medal favorite in this event and we were having to set “the time to beat.” We gave it everything we had and broke the Canadian record with a time of 3:25.093. After sitting through seven more teams set qualifying times, we had made it through onto the Gold medal final against Cuba. Yes, we set a faster time than them, but we knew we could go faster and we had to – Cuba was going to put up a fight in the final. We changed our race plan slightly and with the temperature of the velodrome reaching almost 30 degrees Celsius, accompanied by the adrenaline of making it into the Gold medal final at a Games and a packed stadium (including Canadian track legend Curt Harnett), we were able to shave 3.6 seconds off our initial time. We won the Gold Medal and set another Pan American and Canadian record of 3:21.4 (only 1.8 seconds off the World Record). We were given a standing ovation from the crowd, again reinstating the positive relationship between Canada and Mexico.

I personally have raced for Canada ever since a Women’s Team Pursuit has been sent to compete at an international level, and our Gold medal ride was the best one yet for Canada. It was technically near flawless and we went faster than we have ever gone. But this is only the beginning. There are more great things to come and records to be broken in the next 10 months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games for the Women’s Team Pursuit.

A big thank-you to the Canadian Olympic Committee, Own The Podium, the Canadian Cycling Association, and COPAG for allowing such a successful Games to happen, not only for me or the cyclists, but all athletes who were competing. I can’t wait for another. Let’s hope this was the first Games of many more to come for me…

Here are some pictures of the events mostly (I’ll post some personal photos later, eg. Opening Ceremony,  village life, other events I watched, etc.)

4 Oct 2011

XVI Pan American Games: Part 1

It’s official!

From a lovely email: “On behalf of the Canadian Cycling Association and the staff who will be working with you during the Games, congratulations on being nominated to these 2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES.”

This will be my first major games experience (the biggest games I have ever gone to was the Canada Summer Games in 2005).

They Pan Am Games will be held in Guadalajara Mexico, October 16-23.

This is an integral part of my development to be ready mentally and emotionally for the Olympic Games next summer.


Click here to read the article from CTV Olympics about the team selection