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!!

8hrs of Trek

The Fall Epic 8hr Relay race is always one that draws a large crowd of riders who are looking to challenge themselves, ride with friends, and brave potential cold weather.  But this year was full of sunshine, great trails, tons of smiles and good memories.

Trek had 4 teams in the race this year – Trek Canada which consisted of Jon, Steve Heck and Taylor Near, Trek Factory with Emily and Adam, Batty Trek with Eric, Rick, Eden and Mark, and Trek Toronto which is the consistent and long running team of Barry, Gavin, Steve and Tim.

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It was a good day all around, after Adam, Eric and Jon lead out the first lap on the open trail at a blistering pace.  From then on it was Team Strategy, recovery, food and timing that became the topic of discussion under the Trek tents.  Each team had their own challenges with order of riders and crashes, and of course legs that grew less and less willing to go hard, but it turned out to be a great day.

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Adam and Emily easily won the Mixed Pairs category, and almost won the Overall Pairs category.  When you get these 2 riders warmed up and pulling off triple laps, there’s not a lot of people who can keep up.

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The Batty Trek team had a set back with Rick’s crash (hurt his shoulder but he’s ok now…) but were able to recover with some strong laps to finish just off the podium.  Napping is key to recovery… as Mark demonstrates here.

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Trek Canada was in control right from the start with a lot of strong laps and no mistakes, although everyone hated the dreaded “Field Crit” section at the top!!  A great ride from everyone put them on the Top Step with 19 total laps.

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And the Trek Toronto Team are always in a back and forth battle each year, winning the Summer Epic 8hr but coming a close 2nd in the Fall Edition.  Only a few minutes back of first, but when you are on the course and being affected by slower lapped riders, sometimes a few minutes is just too hard to make up.

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All in all a great day once again, and thanks goes out to Glenn and everyone at Pulse Racing for another successful race.