Friday, April 29, 2011

Duke of Medonte

In the spirit of this whole shindig across the pond I have declared myself the Duke of this township, hey someone has to be first to call dibs. And since no one has been able to explain how one becomes royalty I assume its that easy.

Back to common life, schedy had 5 hours on it, and the trees werent bent over in half so even though it was 4 and raining I called myself lucky and headed out on the road bike. I impressed even myself with my 9 am departure. The rain didnt last long, by the time I got to Mt St louis it was 2 and snowing. Ever forward and rode up to Midland before turning west to the bay and riding down tiny beaches road to Wasaga beach. Down to Barrie and back home. No powertap as it was raining which was nice in a way, just feeling and hr to keep me in check. Felt great by the end of the ride. Just what the doctor ordered, felt great to get some miles in.

I think thats all I have for the moment,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

After looking at our travel arrangements, Dan made the call to get a solid
ride in on Sunday. He said we have an African Lion Safari in Cambridge. 
His logic was sound. 
So headed out for a few hours exploring some of the roads, ended up doing 
a nice climb, Highlight of the ride was the heat, probably 30 degrees, 
havent ridden in that kind of weather in a long time.
 
Yesterday before checking in to our first flight
to " Jburg" We headed to the beach to check out the Indian ocean. Had 
brunch in a nice cafe before jumping in the water, never been in a body 
of water like that. Felt like a hot tub. Even got to see some Dolphins
swimming around the area. Next highlight of the day was another 
buttery smooth check in. After that it was smooth sailing, long flight
to Frankfurt on a new a380, double decker with 550 people onboard. 
On the last leg of the journey now into TO, just a 777 weak. After 
this flying to europe will seem like a breeze in a few weeks. Game 
plan for the next few weeks is get some solid training in hopefully, 
knock wood. Looking forward to racing at a venue that doesn't require 
armed guards and security.
 
***update after all the buttery smooth check in talk, turns out our
bags decided to stick around for a while. 
 
Past few days I finally experienced some solid jet lag for the first time. 
Usually it doesn't really get to me, but combined with the western 
travel and again not much sleep it has kinda kicked my behind. 
Tuesday evening was a total fail, sat down on the couch and passed 
out. Wednesday had an easter dinner but I did manage to sneak out 
for a spin on the EXC while the family was playing Yuker Yukor? 
whatever game is a mystery to me. Today, after spending some time 
on the phone with Air Canada going nowhere fast I headed into the 
copeland to hide as best I could from the wind and rain. Easiest I 
could manage in there which isn't easy. Then the weather turned crazy,
one minute it was 13 and overcast, about 3 minutes later the temp 
dropped to 5, and wind picked up to the point I jumped on the first
doubletrack and headed for the car while starring up in an attempt 
to avoid the tree limbs that were falling. Ride was crappy anyway,
couldn't get to far without having to get off to jump over fallen wet debris. 
 
 
Bags arrived just a few minutes ago, all made it, including my camera cord so
I can upload some shots. 
new banner? 
Test tomorrow, hopefully outside but might need to be on the rollers to prevent
a power outage. 
Pre ride Saturday, then hopefully race Sunday in the eastern canada cup, team 
Newfoundland is flying in and Team Quebec has probably rolled into the valley 
this evening. 
 
More pics to follow but this is the photo of the year, photo credit Scott Kelly  
 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

AWI does South Africa

Dual post Matt just copy and paste this onto AWI RACING, if Matt doesnt see this jacob, Tristan.....tell him its here.

Back at the team Canada compund after a solid day of Baseball. All was dialed coming into today thanks to Dan and Scott, the weather gods were smiling on us, must have been the monkey I sacrificed yesterday. All that was left was to warmup and kill it or as Pete would say punch some snakes in the face. 

Got lined up in the smallish field of 114, I was definetly closer to the back than the front. After seeing the start list I changed up the race plan a bit. Decided to just chill out and maintain my position the best I could. Not try to burn to many matches early on. With 6 minutes of intensity since Columbia I was cool with riding into the race a bit. 

Start was pretty good, actually pretty civilized for a WC start I thought. On the open Doubletrack my legs were screaming at me. lapped through in the high 80s I think. Legs started to come around, as guys were starting to crack so I was able to start moving up through the field. The bone shaker was insane first two laps there were just guys laying on the ground all over the place. Had to run the bottom part twice. 

Heading out onto the third lap, I started to turn on some more cylinders. Moved up five to ten spots a lap. Mostly on the bone collector with two to go I managed to get into the top 60 which would have been sweatness for the following world cup callups, but the legs started to give out a bit, held onto it for a lap but cracked on the final lap and just had to put it into damage control. 

Lost some spots but manged to get a few back before crossing the line in 68? Ish. Happy I rode a clean smart race. Better than Dalby last year. 

Three weeks to crank it up a couple notches before round two and three. 

Big thanks to Scott and Dan for a great trip.

I also totally expect it to be nice and warm when I get home, I could get used to this 20's plus weather. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saw a lion today....no i didnt but hopefully soon

So much goodness the past couple days i dont know where to start. After what felt like a really short flight to London. On which I didnt sleep as much as I wanted too.  We headed into the downtown core on the train and then a quick switch to the Tube. I felt like the Stig. Got off the subway(my first time on a subway....dont judge there are no subways in Bradford) 

Scott had us on a tight itinerary, I didn't think we'd be able to see everything he said we would but sure enough, the thames, the eye, big ben, westminster abbey, buckingham palace are all walkable in about an hour. Moment of the trip was walking into the middle of a Daily show taping featuring John Oliver, I assume being the senior britsih correspondent, after getting some stalker shots gave the camera to Scott and grabbed a photo with him. Dont care if I win the world cup, that moment will still top it. 

The place was a buzz with workers setting up for the royal wedding, As some Canadians complain about paying for an election I wonder what the British people are paying for a wedding. 

Anyway back to Heathrow on the tube and express train, into the lounge for a bit, and then onto the 10 hour flight to Johannesburg. Again sleep was an issue should have popped some pills. Got off the plane and was in zombie mode into the last connection into Durban. 

The travel went well, we all made it with all our luggage. The drive to the house was short, shopped, built bikes and then rode to the course. After two days without much sleep I was in survival mode. After a one hour adventure which
included some time riding through some semi sketch areas we arrived back and then all i remember is laying down in my bed at 5 30 and waking up today. 

Long course day today, did a bunch of laps which unlike Columbia was easy to go easy if needed. Not race pace just to stay upright. Three or four rock gardens to spice things up, but most of it is fast flowing IMBA singletrack, with some wide open doubletrack climbs. The highlight of the course where there are probably the most amount of cameras will be boneshaker RSA. basically just a longer version, not as steep, but a tricky left hand corner.

Also some cool downhills like coffee run was 12 years ago. Fast and Smooooooooth. Filmed a lap behind DZ, with the GO PRO. Which turned out pretty good after using a trusty Norco bandana to stsbilize it a bit on my non bucket helmet. 

Be sure to check out awi-racing.blogspot.com for a peak inside the racing spinoff from AWI. 

Apperently there are monkeys around, but i havent seen any yet, just like the copeland cougar they may be just a myth. 

Ok, all for now, hopefully find some wifi so I can upload this

"is that camera on"

"no" 

"swear word" 

Saw a lion today....no i didnt but hopefully soon

So much goodness the past couple days i dont know where to start. After what felt like a really short flight to London. On which I didnt sleep as much as I wanted too.  We headed into the downtown core on the train and then a quick switch to the Tube. I felt like the Stig. Got off the subway(my first time on a subway....dont judge there are no subways in Bradford) 

Scott had us on a tight itinerary, I didn't think we'd be able to see everything he said we would but sure enough, the thames, the eye, big ben, westminster abbey, buckingham palace are all walkable in about an hour. Moment of the trip was walking into the middle of a Daily show taping featuring John Oliver, I assume being the senior britsih correspondent, after getting some stalker shots gave the camera to Scott and grabbed a photo with him. Dont care if I win the world cup, that moment will still top it. 

The place was a buzz with workers setting up for the royal wedding, As some Canadians complain about paying for an election I wonder what the British people are paying for a wedding. 

Anyway back to Heathrow on the tube and express train, into the lounge for a bit, and then onto the 10 hour flight to Johannesburg. Again sleep was an issue should have popped some pills. Got off the plane and was in zombie mode into the last connection into Durban. 

The travel went well, we all made it with all our luggage. The drive to the house was short, shopped, built bikes and then rode to the course. After two days without much sleep I was in survival mode. After a one hour adventure which
included some time riding through some semi sketch areas we arrived back and then all i remember is laying down in my bed at 5 30 and waking up today. 

Long course day today, did a bunch of laps which unlike Columbia was easy to go easy if needed. Not race pace just to stay upright. Three or four rock gardens to spice things up, but most of it is fast flowing IMBA singletrack, with some wide open doubletrack climbs. The highlight of the course where there are probably the most amount of cameras will be boneshaker RSA. basically just a longer version, not as steep, but a tricky left hand corner.

Also some cool downhills like coffee run was 12 years ago. Fast and Smooooooooth. Filmed a lap behind DZ, with the GO PRO. Which turned out pretty good after using a trusty Norco bandana to stsbilize it a bit on my non bucket helmet. 

Be sure to check out awi-racing.blogspot.com for a peak inside the racing spinoff from AWI. 

Apperently there are monkeys around, but i havent seen any yet, just like the copeland cougar they may be just a myth. 

Ok, all for now, hopefully find some wifi so I can upload this

"is that camera on"

"no" 

"swear word" 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Made it to Africa, ill type up a longer post but for now with limited internet ill just say im glad to off a plane, our london stopover was awesome, and i definetly have some new pictures for the header

Sunday, April 17, 2011

you go to war with the army you have, not the one you want

Thats pretty much I'm feeling at the moment. Really looking forward to this trip, the ipad has already paid off huge in packing and I was able to squeeze my DSLR into my backpack. So no excuses for not getting some great shots. (other than me not being a good picture taker)

Race wise, I'm staying positive if the course suits me and I'm healthy, then hopefully pull out a good race. But I haven't been able to prepare like I would have liked. But like Rummy said just got to giver.

AWI racing has pulled off its first win in its first race of the year. Tristan and Jacob have repeated as tandem Paris to Ancaster champs, just waiting to hear how they did overall.

I've had two great rides on the Phazer the past couple days in Copeland, and some decent video, I need to figure out a way to stabilize the camera more on the helmet. But big thanks to Jeremy for the loan of the helmet strap.

All packed just chill for a bit this afternoon, fly out late tonight to London, maybe a quick trip to see Big Ben and Parliament,  then to Durban and Pietermaritzburg (I think I spelled that right) ....race Saturday.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

new toys

Two posts in a day? yeah,  The Enterprise (Phazer) is in the stable. Team(Norco not AWI)  got a go pro, since there is an M and an E in team I grabbed it to give it a try..... damn now i need a camera kit for the pad. On the upside it came with the motorsports accessory kit which includes a sweet suction cup. Gonna have some fun with this.

video

Well well well

Guess its been a while, but like i said before im not apologizing. Been keeping pretty busy getting things lined up for the season. Picking up the full squish today hopefully get on it this evening for a quick boot.

Riding wise, until yesterday this bug has still been kicking my ass. Pan ams is a tough one its such an amazing experience but im two for two getting sick after and leading into the first world cup.

Been out everyday for 1-3 hours but just light, no intensity. Monday got out to midhurst for a nice ride with t dog and Jacob. Other than some trees down the trails were in great shape. They regailed me with stories from the previous days ride around big chute in a typhoon.

Tuesday night got out to the road worlds, but to my pleasent surprise it actually was a very nice chill ride.

Solid ride yesterday, mt st louis,vasey, moonstone, trying to hit all the high peaks. Within a three minute period i almost ran over some wild turkeys, had a starring contest with a fox, and rode past a couple in their 40 sitting on a porch with a suv, white picket fence, and 1.2 kids. A freindly wave hello, then got a huge whiff off some strong cannabis, mt st louis is an exciting place.

Yes the rumours are true I have joined the apple cult. Ive had an ipod for a while but those dont count. Went to my local future scam store and gots myself a ipa.....ipa... I can't even say it.

Pretty nifty and will cut down on travel weight significantly. Im not a bike weight weenie, but for travelling im trying my best to emulate george clooney.

4 more workouts then flying to land of zebras, giraffes, and other megafauna.

Want to wish AWI good luck at paris to ancaster, going for a top 20 overall and a the win in the tandem category. First time missing this race in 4 years, bummed.

Also want to wish my factory team counterpart Catherine Vipond-Hadley luck at sea slaughter. And Matt P.....and Peter...ok fine all canucks taking part.

K, i think thats enough from me for now

Friday, April 8, 2011

don't ask

Well I tried to deny it for as long as possible, but I came home with a bit of a columbian bug. So it's been easy rides 1-2 hours, which has been alright as it doesn't take 45 minutes to get dressed now.

Some exciting things coming down the pipe, a little modeling coming up, some more trips getting planned out.

Doctors appointment today followed by Cayley and me disagreeing on the color white vs the color black, we agreed to disagree.

Snow tires are off the Mazda, just in time as the gas prices start to sky rocket.

The weekend is sounding nice, hopefully feeling better so I can get some hours in. There appears to be a non pancake pancake ride on Sunday, which actually sounds like it will be very intense. No worries, lots of oxygen down here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Columbia

Sipping some fresh Columbian coffee getting the energy to lay down the trip in letters and words. I've only been gone 5 or so days but it feels longer.

Trip down was good, got in I think just after 9 into Bogota and into the hotel at 11 ish. Found out we weren't training on the course until 4 so no rush getting the bikes built which was nice. Just crashed out for the night on the kids cot made from chain link fence. It was more like a hammock.

Awoken to the sounds of south americans running around and yelling in the morning which was apparently payback for us coming in late the night before, eh fair enough.

Breakfast then a bike building party, where I quickly got a sunburn. Oh and it turns out 15 and rain everyday in Columbia means 20 and sunny everyday with a few clouds. Basically the weather network South America isn't anymore accurate than here.

We got two days of riding in on the course, which was challenging for sure,  Basically climbed for 3/4 of the time,  then descend the other 1/4 right at the end. With almost no flat terrain. And some nice multiline rocky sections. It felt good to open it up on a nice bike without fear of falling off a cliff or crashing into a snowbank. The course featured a start near this nice castle private getaway which used to belong to a Columbian drug lord, that the government seized when it began cleaning up the country.


We had lots of security around us even a police escort on a ride back to the hotel one day. I never really felt unsafe, we rode back from the course all three days, people seemed pretty friendly and drivers were pretty good even cheering us as we rode along the roads.

The race was double with the elevation,  I got a solid start from the second row, took a while for all the Americans to get there wagons wheels off the front line. Went with the non snpd, start in the top ten and hope to hold it. Went okay for the first 5 or 6 minutes pretty similar to last year, then after 4 or 5 steep pitches I could feel my body start to go into survival mode. Fell back a few spots then got dizzy and rode off the course. A few more spots and I got back on. The rest of the first lap was just getting my head back on my shoulders. After the descent I started to get going again and started to move up out of the 30's. The next few laps I started to pick up the speed a bit, rode up to Broderick but then pulled a Zandstra and crashed into some bushes upside down, there was a guy with a video camera so it might end up on youtube.

Bike was fine, I was fine but my arms and legs felt shot after that and lost some focus and a few spots. Survival mode for the last two laps. Not the finish I was hoping for. Being positive about the experience and hopefully the altitude training part of is.

Some cool videos here, you can catch a glimpse of me in the first 30 seconds,

The team did great, All the girls had super solid races as did DZ in 8th. McNeely was riding solid top ten until flatting in the U23.

Rode home in TTT mode behind DZ outrunning the rain that finally arrived after our race.

Trip home was good, the Bogata airport was crazy busy at 5 am, and the security was intense, I think we wentt through about 5 or 6 checkpoints before getting to the gate where I got a friendly pat down from a military guard. I'm pretty sure she copped a feel. Tight connection in Newark but got to ride on a new Bomber turbo prop which the flight attendant was bragging about how fast it was. I didn't believe him till we cut 40 minutes off the normal 2 hour flight time after a late departure. Can't beat Canadian Aeronautical engineering.

Huge thanks to Dan, Scott, Tara and Kev for the awesome support, Columbia is a truly beautiful place, I'd love to venture back there some day.

A day or two easy then some more training before the 17th, when we depart for the next adventure to South Africa, I'm thinking of taking my good camera.