Getting it going for 2015

The season is well under way for Trek Canada, and we have already stretched our legs around the world!!  With our riders training and racing in Canada, the US and Europe, the stories are already plentiful!!

Adam Morka has spent the winter months training in Arizona with Emily, riding in the sun and up Mt. Lemmon every day.  Being this focused on continual improvement requires close attention to numbers, nutrition and recovery, so it’s been a full time job training down south.  To test the legs, Adam and Emily travelled to the first couple USCups in California, and had great starts to the year.  Emily finished up winning 2 of the 3 early races, and battled hard against the Luna Girls at the front of the pack all day.  Adam had some great strong races with some hard fought top 10 finishes.  Time to come back home to show off the tan and make the rest of us jealous!!

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Soren spent some time down south with Winter Training Camps, and then headed across the “Pond” to try her hand at some early season European Racing.  Arriving early in Stuggart Austria before heading to Oetz, she got to check out the amazing scenery that surrounds the area before hitting some training laps on a 4.5km race loop with 4 solid, very steep climbs per lap.  Race day was hot and dusty, and a VERY fast start!!  Still trying to find her racing legs (or exchange her Ski Race Legs for Bike Race Legs…) she suffered through 4 tough laps before getting pulled by the 80% rule.  A bit of a disappointment, but definately a learning opportunity!!

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Tyler stayed home for the spring racing season, and started off the year with the World Famous Paris to Ancaster race.  After starting at the back of Wave 1, Tyler had to pass several hundred races to make his way to the front group by the end of the Rail Trail section, where he hooked up with some friends / training partners and worked together for most of the race.  After the group fell apart for a bit, Tyler was able to catch back for the final few kilometers, only to flat on the final climb.  Not a sprint finish, but a great race and a solid 36th overall finish.  Next up was the Woodnewton OCup, and a local favorite course for Tyler.  A super-fast start got him seperated from the competition, and Tyler found himself riding solo between first and third for the entire race.  No chance for error or physical lapse or it would have been a different situation, so it was Full Gas for the whole race.

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Jon and Peter also took part in the Paris to Ancaster Racing and the first OCup.  Some great Team Bonding and Strategizing is happening between the “Experienced” members of the Team, and a great front row start for P2A was part of the plan.  Peter got off to a strong start, sitting in with the lead riders and playing it smart.  Once the group got seperated from the rest, it was time for everyone to do their share before the group blew apart for the final few kilometers.  The dry course changed race tactics, and Pete crested the final hill in a great 10th place overall.

Jon ran into a bit of bad luck off the start, getting bumped and nearly falling about 15ft into the race and losing a bunch of spots.  On the rail trail, another rider forgot to “Check his blind spot” and nearly put Jon into the river!!!  Fighting up the embankment and back to where he hoped to be meant a lot of time in No Man’s Land before he settled into a small group that was willing to work.  Jon dropped the group before the final hill and made up a few more spots on the climb, managing to finish up in 46th overall.

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At the first OCup, Peter had a great race and worked hard shed followers while also trying to stay with the leader.  He spent most of the race in a solid 2nd place, and finished happy with the effort and how the legs responded.  (Thanks to Apex Race Photography for catching PG in the above picture at Woodnewton in his usual “Race Moto-whip” display while chasing Rival Norco Riders….)

Jon had to chase hard to gain the Lead Wheel, and rode strong for all the laps.  A few efforts to “Break the Elastic” failed as he and the other leader sprinted for the line well ahead of the rest of the pack.  A tough 2nd place, but a great test of early season fitness.

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Since his body said farewell to the resident virus, Mitch competed at the Bonelli USCup, and the Sea Otter Classic. Slowly coming back into form, he proved that he was still in the game with a top-20 at the Sea Otter, in a field with multiple World Champions, Olympians, and National Champions from around the world.  After the Sea Otter, Mitch has been finishing off his first year at grad school in San Francisco, finishing work at his internship at a viral discovery/metagenomics lab, and getting ready to start a new internship at a pharmaceutical company in the birthplace of mountain biking — Marin County.
Of course, the bike has been taking top priority and he’s been boasting some new all-time personal records for 30 minute, 20 minute, 5 minute, 1 minute and 30 second power tests. He’ll be back racing for all of the remaining Canada Cups, US Cups, Missoula XC, Nationals and beyond. Hopefully the numbers will translate to some results on the race course!

Keep posted for an update on the first Canada Cup of the season…. a new course for Tremblant!!

Here we go again!!

The winter season has finally left us, the snow has cleared, and it’s time to drag our white legs out into the sunshine again for the start of another race season!! Trek Canada has been spread across the continent over the last many months, working hard at their jobs, school and training in preparation for the 2015 start line. With the exciting addition of Tyler Orschel and the return to full time racing of Adam Morka, this year promises to be one filled with memories and mud, racing and rivalries, travelling and Trek.

Mitch spent the winter XC skiing in the winter wonderland of Hardwood Ski and Bike before heading back to San Francisco for his second semester of his Master’s. He went to the Ontario Cycling camp near Santa Barbara to get in some good riding with great company for 2 weeks.

Mitch 1Unfortunately, Mitch missed out on the first two US cups due to a stubborn viral infection, but will be back in tip-top shape for US Cup 3 in Bonelli, CA and the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA with his brand new race Superfly SL in team colours.

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Soren’s winter was packed with tons of skiing, biking, and travelling! She competed in a XC ski Ocup, Eastern Canadians, and OFSAA this winter, and had her most successful ski season yet! Soren defended my title as OFSAA Champion, and finished 2nd and 3rd at Eastern Canadians. In February, she went to California for the OCA training camp, peddling out some massive training hours. A great week of riding in the warm , sunny weather while climbing mountains such as Gibraltar and Fig. Two weeks later, she travelled back down to North Carolina with the OCA for another week of endurance training… and had never climbed or ridden so much in one week in her life!

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It’s now time for Soren to re-focus on school for a couple weeks, before heading over to Europe with the Junior National Team to race in Haiming, Austria and Heubach, Germany! A great way to kick off this year’s race season!

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For Tyler, the 2015 winter training was absolutely perfect having the best of both worlds. When he was at home the weather was perfect for snow shoeing and skiing and when he was at training camps in California and Carolina the weather was hot and full sun almost everyday! The off season began with a great combination of cross training and long endurance snow shoeing to break away from constant hours in the saddle. But that time would come, as Tyler also headed south for the OCA endurance camp in California and getting acquiainted with with some of his new Trek Canada Team mates.

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Once he caught up on some school work, Tyler was also lucky enough to join the OCA Spring training camp back down in California for some great climbs and massive hours. Tyler returned to Cali for the 3rd race in the USCup series at Bonelli Park and a chance to test his training against some talented juniors from the US.

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A great winter of training for Jon, and some great gains made over the course of many months. After numerous trips to JoyRide 150, countless hours on cold rides, too many trainer rides, and hours of stomping through the deep snow on snowshoes, it’s great to see the sunshine and the warm weather return.

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Jon didn’t get a chance to head south like his lucky team-mates, but with a good imagination and a high quality fan – it can almost feel like Carolina!!!

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Peter has been working away in Collingwood at Active Life testing and working on off-bike movement with cyclists while also Working with the Hardwood Development athletes. He has been training hard in the gym, on skis and on the bike with a couple weeks down south with Ontario Cycling and got to ride with Soren, Tyler and Mitch. He and Mitch waged some early season war with the Norco duo of Pete Disera and Evan ‘McSneaky’ Mcneely . Then we did strength and used our Norco Feud by pushing McSneeky on a sled.

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Looking ahead, Pete is getting prepared for the Paris to Ancaster race on his Crocket and a return to the Transylvania Epic with his Superfly 100. Pete also did a women’s cycling workshop at Active Life Conditioning in Collingwood asl well as a Women’s Weekend at Joyride 150 sharing his knowledge about Mad Bike Skills.

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And returning to Trek Canada full time, Adam is really excited to be back and focused on racing in 2015 after a 2 year break. He worked very hard over the winter in Arizona and is focused on the World Cups and also grabbing a few Canada Cup wins. With such a great knowledge of testing and performance, he has gained momentum and feel like there are still so many areas to continue to improve upon.

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Anything seems possible this season and although the top Canadian men are strong, they better keep an eye over their shoulders if they want to keep their ranking.

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The hours have been spent investing in the upcoming season, and it’s time to get started!!!  A couple races in the US, some battles overseas and some Spring Classics will be the prologue to the OCup and Canada Cup seasons that wait on the horizon.  As always, Trek Canada will be out there to promote the sport, support young riders and give it our best…. and build upon our long lasting reputation of being one of the best mountain bike teams in Canada.  See you on the trails!!!

Thanks 2014 – You were a great ride!!

As the start of another fresh year unveils itself to us, ready to accept our dreams, dedication and commitment to our sport, it is only natural to look back at what we have just left behind.  And we can all say that 2014 was a great year, on and off the bike, for Trek Canada.  Our races were successful, our travels diverse, our passion exposed and our goal achieved.  Along the way, Trek Canada racers also found themselves laughing, philosophising, exploring and learning about each other’s dreams and strengths, and appreciate each other even more.

So let’s take a moment to look back at some of the many great times for Trek Canada during the 2014 year, and remember that this thing called Life is meant to be enjoyed!!

10606558_10203891864210479_3215766991345405436_nSoren – a great addition to the Team… becoming Junior National Champion and representing Canada at the World Championships in Norway!!

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She makes it look so easy…

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Soren is such a talented young racer with so much potential for the future.

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Mitch just missed out of defending his National Champion’s jersey, but still did a great job representing Canada (again!!) at Worlds.

Mitch TremblantTremblant – a tough and muddy race that tested your skills, patience and mental focus.

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Mitch only has 1 speed – Full Gas!!

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PG… looking so Pro and he prepares for Nationals.

PG ButtAlways attacking, and always smart – that’s what makes Pete such a great racer!!

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Never a guy to shy away from a Tail Whip Photo Opportunity!!!

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Karlee unleashes some of her power on the Tremblant climb.

Tremblant 084Muddy and tired… but still smiling!!

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Woodnewton turned out to be a great test of early season fitness for the Team.

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Putting it all together, mentally and physically, to capture another National Championship title at Hardwood Hills.

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Trek Canada … actually behaving themselves!!!

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Usually when the Team gathers… shinanigans ensue!!!

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Barnes – “I know!!  We can all sit in the Gap and Pete can jump over us!!”

Pete – “Ummmm…. that would be an Awesome picture!!”

Soren – #NBD

As we start to prepare the upcoming season, we say Farewell to Karlee as she pursues her racing career with the Trek Red Truck Team, and thank her for all the great times.  We would also like to say Welcome to Tyler Orshel as he joins Trek Canada with a lot of energy, skills and more fresh young racing in our Junior ranks.

2015 promises to be great!!!  See you on the trails!!!

That’s all she wrote…

With the coming and going of Cyclocross Provincials at Hardwood Hills, the 2014 cycling season comes to a close.  After our many trips, flights, long drives, and hotel rooms came afternoon rests, 2XU recovery, ClifBar refueling and start lines.  It has been a great year for all of us…. but first lets focus on the most recent task.

With Mitch enjoying the Cali sunshine, Peter feeling the need to “get unfit before getting fit,” it was Jon and Soren who clipped in for one last start line before some much needed rest.  Although Jon was hoping to get more CX racing in, the season didn’t turn out to be ideal, and a few race-free weeks became a factor.  After a good start (he actually lead out the race!!) he found himself chasing the leading pair.

Gravel GapUnable to make the bridge to the leader, he was forced to play Cat and Mouse with a strong rider, trying to extend an earned gap through the technical sections and losing it along the false flat power climbs.  Back and forth they went until it came down to the last 1/4 lap, where Jon was passed and chased again.

CX BarrierWith a slight hesitation that allowed an opportunity to re-take the lead disappear, Jon lost the sprint for 2nd, coming across the line tired (cold!!) but happy with the last race of the year and the legs that took him there.

Soren has also had a busy fall after recovery from her broken wrist, digging herself out from behind textbooks, XC running in high school and getting ready for the CX races.  With her new Crockett, Soren took advantage of the rest to come back strong and motivated, running in the OFSAA championships and then racing her first CX race the next day.  Soren found some good legs again for Provincials, and turned on some strong power as she raced with the Elite Women’s field.

IMG_6889A small gap in CX grows quickly, and Soren found herself chasing also, unable to catch the winner but very happy with a strong 2nd place finish.  Too bad she missed September or it could have been an exciting fall!!!

So now it is time for a rest, time to catch up on things that have been overlooked as we focused on our bikes, and time to reflect on a great season throughout.  It is with fond memories that we ponder 2014, while smiles grow on our faces, memories grow in our minds and pride grows in our hearts.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who supported us along the way, and could not achieve the greatness that we have found without the help of Trek Bikes, ClifBar, 2XU Compression, Pro Gold and SRAM components.  As important as our sponsors is the never-ending support and encouragement of our family and friends – we hope that you feel the same pride as we do.

The same but different…

With Trek Canada into it’s fall season, it means that sometimes we need to go back to work or school – so the Team has somewhat disbanded temporarily.  Mitch has headed back to get smarter, Soren is hiding behind a mountain of books, Jon is trying to instill lifelong knowledge on the youth of today, and Pete is ripping it up on the cyclo-cross scene!!

For some, ‘cross is their favorite time of year.  A chance to ride REALLY hard, but not very long.  A chance to work on skills, and crash a few times.  A chance to perfect riding in the mud, and constantly clean their bike.  A chance to test new cold riding clothing, and enjoy a warm tea when the day is done.

And for those of us who love to race ‘cross, the feeling of speed, cornering, power and acceleration is amazing.  Pete has spent many weeks lately travelling the US and Canada taking part in the CX world, showing off his amazing skills like Stair Hopping!!

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He has washed, re-cabled and raced (and aired out!!) his Crocket through all sorts of conditions in all sorts of locations, and is representing Trek Canada very well. 

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Lots of top 10 finishes, including a 9th place finish at CX Nationals in Winnipeg last weekend, and lots of smiles (not to mention 1 fight about the wearing of knee-warmers!!) along the way.

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Jon has also dangled in a few local races, playing in the mud at the Toronto CX and the Fireman’s CX, finding podium finishes in both.   

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With only a couple more races left in the sason, both Jon and Peter will be in attendance at CX Provincials that will happen at Hardwood Hills on Nov 9th.

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One of the best part of racing CX –  they give away BEER as prizes!!

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the CX racing world, give it a try!!  It’s fast, fun, tough …. and more than slightly painful!!  If you have seen more and more CX bikes rolling around the streets, parks, forest or paths, head in to your local Trek Store and check our the Crocket and Boone – 2 amazing options for getting in on that action!!