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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!