Peter – Conquering Trans-ylvania Epic

Last year was Peter’s first year attacking the Trans-ylvania Epic 7 day stage race, and he vowed to return better prepared for the task.  The TSE Race is a tough and demanding 7 days on the bike, with long days on the bike in the rocky and hills terrain of Pennsylvania. 

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Peter was down to win this year on his Superfly 100 FS and the Trek Store Toronto set him up with the parts to do it. ESI tapered grips, thick gloves to protect hands from constant poudning from the rocks, flat resistant Bontrager XR 2 and XR3 (enduro day!) tires.  

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Hammer Nutrition made sure Peter had lots of Hammer Gel, Endurolytes and for post-stage Hammer Whey, Hammer Recoverite and Hammer bars.
 
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Peter put in a good fight but ended up in forth after the Competitive Cyclist trio of Payson, Justin Lindine, and Tristin Uhl swept the podium. Each of the racers are very strong individually but as a team they made a very hard group to overcome in the very demanding rocky singletrack and certainly, out on the open road and gravel. 
 
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Over the week Peter had several interviews and hung out with great people, such as MTB legend Sue Haywood.  The race features an Enduro Day (Stage 3) and also a gravel grinder day (stage 4). Around the stages events like wheelie contest, brewery stop and Winery tour keep everyone happy and socializing. Best of all the race takes place in a scout camp so everyday for a week is like Summer Camp for adults ! 
 
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Peter will be back next year to make sure his 3rd time is a charm … will you be there to try your skills out on the #EastCoastRocks ?

Horseshoe Canada Cup – A Great Day!!

The Horseshoe Valley Canada Cup course is a difficult mixture of steep climbs, power flats and technical features, and forces you to be attentive and strong at every corner.  Trek Canada spent many laps on the course before stepping up to the start line, and felt confident about their upcoming rides.  With the Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup the following weekend, attendance of the top racers in the country was high, which meant it would be a tough day in the saddle.

Horseshoe and Team Pics 122With the sun shining and the skies blue, the day started off with Jon being called up at Canada Cup and Ontario Cup series leader.  After a short start loop and a few followers, it was clear that Jon would be spending the majority of the race with his usual Partner of Pain – taking turns leading the charge and growing an increasing impressive gap on 3rd place.  Good things happen when you take charge of your race, and this was case for Jon when his chaser flatted half way through the 2nd lap, leaving him alone to find the finish line.  Never one to back off and play it safe, Jon continued to power the climbs and roll the singletrack, coming across with a 5min gap and a smile on his face.

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Up next were the Elite men and women, followed closely by our Junior men and women.  With Adam still feeling the affects of a viral infection, it was Mitch and Pete who were set to do battle on the course, and it proved to be a fast start for everyone.  Mitch worked his way into a leading group for the first lap, and fought bravely to hold their wheels.  His early season illness prevented him from creating a base that allowed for this type of effort, and he slowly started to drift backwards from the leaders.  Mitch is a very talented rider, so even though his legs still needed to find their racing form, his skills and persistence helped him finish a strong 14th overall.

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Peter had a bit slower of a start, as he usually does, and worked his way forward through the group.  At first it looked like he and Mitch would work together to move up in the pack, but Peter held an impressive pace that allowed him to pick off riders and earn him spots.  Full gas all the way to the finish line, Peter made his way up to 7th overall, and a strong ride on some tired legs.

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The Junior racers were chasing the Elite groups, and in usual form, Soren had a super strong start, forcing her competitors to dig deep just to stay in contact with her.  But on this day, Soren`s power and skills proved to be too much for the others to handle, and she drove her way further and further ahead.  Even as she was getting passed by the Elite Men`s leaders, she used them for motivation to push on, holding their wheels to bring her to the line over 2:30 ahead of her chaser.

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Tyler was feeling strong and fit after some great weeks of training, and looked forward to testing his fitness against the best in Canada.  The start is key to any race, and Tyler was in there right from the line, working hard and pushing the pace.  Luck would not be on his side today, as mechanical issues slowed him down.  Even though he broke his chain twice, he never gave up and did his best to fight for any and every position he could.  Bad luck but a strong ride will give Tyler all the more motivation for Hardwood next weekend.  25th is not where Tyler deserves to be, but sometimes that`s racing!!

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Hardwood Ski and Bike Canada Cup is up next, and a Home Course for many of us.  Should be another great weekend on the bike!!

How do you Hammer?

Here at Trek Canada, we often get asked questions about nutrition, hydration, fuelling on the bike, fuelling off the bike and recovery, and it often turns into a long conversation.  Truth of the matter is that every person needs to find what works for them, but it never hurts to have a few suggestions!!

Trek Canada is fortunate enough to be sponsored by one of the best Performance Nutrition companies around – Hammer Nutrition.  Aside from being tasty treats that really do their jobs, Hammer is also a pure source of energy without unnecessary chemicals, fillers or sugars.

The entire Teams uses a combination of Hammer Gels and Hammer Bars during rides / races and HEED in our water bottles.  Post ride usually involves Recoverite followed by some form of Whey Powder in food / shakes.  Depending on the weather, we also like how the Hammer Endurolytes keep our legs feeling fresh.  With so many great products, it’s easy to make the right choice for any condition or training situation.

For the Visual Learners, Soren has put together a video showing how Hammer Whey Protein is used in her special Hammer Time Baneggs – a race morning favourite.

For the Scientific Learners, Mitch has put together information about Hammer Whey vs other sources of protein, and makes it easy to understand why it takes the best nutrition to create the best performance.

http://mitchbailey.blogspot.ca/

Either way you look at it, Hammer is a great source of clean, pure nutrition that is easy to use and practical on the bike.  Check it out, give it some thought, and find some at any Trek Bicycles stores or you local shop.

Kelso – The return of a Classic!!

The Ontario Cup series returned to Kelso Conservation Area, it’s first stop in many years to a Classic venue.  With a long and demanding high, followed by high speed fields and some scattered technical rock sections, Kelso is always a test of fitness and focus.  This year, Trek Canada had 3 racers attending the event, and the sun was shining for everyone.

Our Elite category was not represented with Adam being away for training with Emily and Peter attending the 7-day Transylvania Epic Race, the Team was represented by a couple Juniors and a Master!!

Tyler was feeling fresh and fit after some great weeks of training, and attacked the hill before ramping up the speed at the top.  A small group of leaders formed, and Tyler was not afraid to push the pace and stay aggressive.  As it came down to the last lap, it was evident that someone was going to have to do something special to break away, but neither rider was able to come up with that extra gear.  So it came down to an uphill sprint finish, and Tyler was edged out at the line by a bike length.  An exciting end to a great race, and nothing to be upset about.

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Soren, fresh from her Race School in Europe, still maintained an Attack Mindset as she approached the line, and led out the squad of Junior Women with fire!  After only 1 lap, Soren already had a minute gap on her follower, so she settled into a pace that was strong and powerful while also minimizing risks over the tricky rocks.  Maintaining an impressive average speed of almost 21km/h, Soren pushed her way through the lapped riders and continued to race forward, finding a new rabbit to chase around every corner.  Another strong race for Soren, and a convincing victory for Trek Canada.

Soren Kelso

Jon was excited to race on a course that he has performed well on over the course of his career, and was off to a strong start from the line.  A short hill before the long switchback allowed Jon to break away with the leader of the 45-49 category, where he and the other rider traded taking the lead and pushing the pace.  It’s always easier to lead on a course like this, and setting your own pace makes things harder for those behind.  After catching the leader from the group that started ahead of them with half a lap to go, Jon put in a hard charge to try and break free, but backed off a bit too early, allowing his partner to come around him before the long downhill that allows for little passing.  Another sprint finish for Trek Canada, and another 2nd place by a bike length…. but at least he was from a different category!!  A victory in the books that still feels like being beaten…

Jon Kelso

Up next for Trek Canada is a couple Canada Cups at Horseshoe Valley and Hardwood Ski and Bike, but stay tuned for a post all about Pete’s adventures at the Transylvania Epic 7-Day stage race!!

As always, we would like to recognize those who support us through our year – Trek Bikes, Bontrager, ESI Grips, Hammer Nutrition and our Families and Friends!!

Tremblant Canada Cup

The first Canada Cup of the season is traditionally Tremblant, and is also traditionally wet and muddy (insert memory of last year Here…).  With warm and sunny skies, and a whole new course, this year promised to be different.  The course was much shorter, using the Cadet course on the other side of the Feed Zone Climb rather than the usual 3-stage Climb to the long downhill.  Change is good, and it turned out to be a fun and fast course, but additional laps requires additional mental attention!!!

The day started off with Jon heading out to challenge the Quebec Locals on their home course, and after a long starting climb up through the village, through the feed zone and beyond the bridge, and the extended gravel, it was already down to Jon and the 40-45 National Road champion from last year.  Riding together for a lap, Jon took charge and stretched the elastic before making a surge at the start of the 3rd lap to get a gap that he would extend until the end of the race.  A few fun stair drops and mud puddles later, Jon came across the line with the with a convincing victory and the first win for Trek Canada.

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Soren was feeling strong as she warmed up for the race, and still had European race starts in her legs.  When her dad warned her that someone was going to start really hard, her response was: “Yeah…. ME!!!”  She established a sizeable gap before the first single track, and pushed hard to make her way through lapped traffic to continue to put time on her chasers.  Her climbing legs and technical skills set her apart from the rest as she crossed the finish line with an impressive gap, and another win for the Team!!

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Tyler was coming off some strong rides in Ontario and California this spring, and was eager to test his skills and fitness against some other Junior Men.  As the starting dust settled, Tyler found himself in a strong group of riders, and pushed the pace to bridge the gap to the groups in front as they settled.  With constant aggressive riding and no fear, Tyler worked his was into the top 10 before being knocked off a bridge into a mud puddle by another rider’s poor passing choice.  With no time to wipe the mud from his face, he got back into the chase but ran out of time, finishing up in the top 15 for the day.

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In the Elite Men’s field, many of the strongest riders from Canada showed up on the line, making it a real battle from the start.  Adam was in the mix of the top 5 from the gun, worked with (and against) other riders to try and build a group that would be able to catch the lone leader.  Unfortunately, racing in such tight quarters and at such a high speed sometimes means that you aren’t able to get a clear view of the trail, and Adam clipped a rock with his rear wheel that sent him for a hard tumble.  A blown tire and some banged up knees ended his day earlier than he wanted.  Pete continued to push his relentless pace, catching riders and immediately pulling past them.  His consistent power and great skills helped him move his way into the top 15 in the strong field, where he attacked on the final section to break clear and finish up alone in 14th spot.

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A great strong showing for Trek Canada, as we now head our separate ways once again.  Adam is returning to Europe for some World Cup racing, while Jon, Soren and Tyler are heading back to Ontario for upcoming Ontario Cup.  Peter is finishing his preparation for the Transylvania Epic stage race, and will soon load up on calories for that massive challenge.

Thanks again to our amazing sponsors – Trek Bikes, Hammer Nutrition, ESI Grips and Bontrager Components – for supporting us as we continue to strive for our best!!

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!!!