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.
Unfortunately, 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!