SAVE THE DATE!
When: September 9, 2018
Where: Argyll Velodrome
What: The Edmonton International City Championships (of the World (of Edmonton))
Why: ... because?
The day will consist of:
Canadian Turbo Snowball
Races may change due to time constraints, weather, and Scott's desire to sit down.
Racing to begin at 10am sharp. $5 entry fee.
I hope that you and your family had a fantastic summer.
Starting today, we have opened registration for the 2018 Fall Program. The program will build on the skills learned during the spring program, while allowing the Sprockids and LAMP kids to experience many more riding parks in the city.
The Fall 2018 Program will be a travelling experience, with the kids riding at least 3 different parks in 5 weeks.
· DATES: Saturdays, 9:30 AM to Noon, September 8th through October 6rd (weather permitting).
· VENUE: each ride will take place at a different cycling park - Argyll Velodrome, Terwilligar, Devon, Sunridge (Hopefully), and Argyll for Wrapup Racing.
· AGE REQUIREMENTS: Sprockids and LAMP kids must be at least 8 years old on December 31, 2018.
· SIGNUP PROCEDURE: sign up on Zone4.ca (look for the Sprockids / LAMP Fall 2018 Registration under Club Registrations)
· FRIEND REQUESTS: we always honour friend requests, so your child will be riding with their friends.
· ABILITY: we will be creating a number of groups based on riding ability (after friend requests have been honoured), so your child will be riding with kids of similar ability.
· EQUIPMENT: your child must have a multi-speed mountain bike and a certified helmet. Also recommended are bicycling gloves and a backpack with water, snack, and a cold/wet weather jacket.
· BICYCLE: Please ensure that your child's bicycle is tuned and ready to ride. A multi-speed bicycle with working brakes and gears is required at a minimum (your child must have the physical ability to change the gears and work both the front & rear brakes).
Here is the link to the registration system on Zone4. As with last year, you can register multiple kids from the same family on a single checkout.
We are looking for Parent Assistants to ride with the kids again this fall. As always we will need to have Parent Assistants insured by the Alberta Bicycle Association. Juventus will cover the cost of the insurance, but we will need all Parent Assistants to register with the club. Please contact me if you are interested in riding with us this year.
We are looking forward to seeing you and your Sprockid this fall.
Juventus Cycling Club Sprockids Program
Bikes are assigned and LAMP riders have begun their season on the track. The newest group of C3s was split in two for the first session - to assist with more individualized instruction. Next week they will all be riding together, experiencing the excitement of the Argyll Velodrome. But first, Gail ensured the cyclists understood the requirements for safe riding, answering questions.
Bill Burtnik has been our LAMP Director for several years now. He ensures everyone has the right bike, and is grouped appropriately. He also manages to organize coaches, parent assistants, and schedules! His own boys, Evan (Team Race Clean) and Mason (Hewdog Racing), are LAMP graduates - Bill understands the value of LAMP training regardless of cycling goals.
At 11 AM, the LAMP C1s got a refresher before going onto the track. C1s are our most experienced LAMP group.
When you live and cycle year-round in Edmonton, it is slightly counter-intuitive to learn Junior Track Nationals are held in April. After all, Argyll Velodrome is outdoors, and April is the month we typically begin outdoor training and racing. However, this makes some sense: there are Junior World Track Championship selections to consider, and having the event in the spring gives riders at selection age access to Canada's only 250 m indoor track - with time to prepare and develop at future camps.
Juventus Juniors and U17s trained with dedication and intensity over our long, LONG, cold winter. They rolled the long rides to nowhere; in the clubhouse, at home, back to the clubhouse, back home, hauling bikes, hauling equipment - all to get fit, all to get fast. They trained with Jeff at track sessions, with Alex at AVRA sessions, and with Tracy at junior sessions. They did a lot of work.
Finally, 8 of our Juventus youth were ready to head to Milton, Ontario for the 2018 Junior and U17 Canadian Track Championships! Annie Scott U17-1, Ngaire Barraclough U17-2, Mikael Goh U17-2, Lukas Bonkowsky U17-1, Abbey McGill Jr-2, Alex Webb Jr-2, Mat Meurer Jr-1, and Chris Heinemann Jr-1 packed bikes, rollers, helmets, shoes, wheels, and gears. Together with a team of dedicated parents, and team equipment manager Adam Todd, the group flew to Toronto, loaded the rental van, and drove to mythic Milton (unfortunately, Alex arrived sick and had to return home).
As you can imagine, Juventus youth represented our club and province with humble tenacity. Juventus raced the entire gambit: Match sprints, Keirins, bunch races, Madison, Team Sprint, and Team Pursuit. They learned every race, adjusting to the smooth, wind-free, 250 m wooden track.
Abbey proved to be a tactical bunch racer, Annie figured out which wheels were safe to follow, Ngaire learned how to take advantage of her sprinting ability, Mikael found out a thing or two about the track compared to roller riding, Lukas realized he really liked to race -and that the neutral lap can be critical in an elimination. Mat and Chris had the opportunity to experience junior national level of competition - and managed to work and get comfortable. They worked VERY hard. All of our youth came away inspired - and a whole lot smarter.
Performances also yielded our latest U17 National Track Champion: Ngaire Barraclough won the Points Race! She also raced to silver in the 500 TT, and bronze in the IP, Keirin, and Match Sprint. Ngaire also teamed with Annie Scott and Quebec for a Team Pursuit, and Annie for Team Sprint.
A great feature of all Canadian Championships, is the opportunity for riders from different provinces to join together for team events. Mikael Goh teamed up with 2 Quebec riders to win silver in the U17 Team Sprint!
Throughout the weekend, Adam Todd supported the team with thoughtful advice, track knowledge, mechanic skills, wheel management, and his unique calm when things seemed to get a bit crazy. Adam provided an extremely appreciated overall confidence to the Juventus pit.
Upon return to Edmonton, a few of our racers were able to respond to a selection of questions. Enjoy!
Milton is indoor, 250m, and wood; how does it compare to Argyll and how did you adapt?
Lukas: Milton is amazing compared to Argyll. The smooth wood makes it super fast and a lot more comfortable to ride on.
You raced many events; which was your favourite? Why?
Mikael: My favourite event at nationals was definitely the Match Sprint. Almost all of my sprints were super tactical and I learned a lot about my own strengths, and how I can apply them in future races.
Ngaire: The Points Race was my favourite event because I left everything I had out there, and was successful. It was so fun because the competition was really strong and I felt like I had worked as hard as I could. However, I was also surprised with how much I enjoyed the Individual Pursuit. It was really painful, but I hit my goal for that event so I felt accomplished and I also felt really strong while riding it.
Every race is an opportunity to learn; did you try something that didn't work? What would you do next time?
Ngaire: Since I had only done most of the races a couple times before, I felt like I was always trying new things. In the scratch race I attacked with two laps to go - and it did not pay off. I was fairly sure I couldn't hold it, but I wanted to make a move and it was worth a try. I ended up getting caught just before the line, so I think in the future I would try and sit in the pack a little more.
In the elimination race I raced off the back and sprinted for each elimination and that definitely didn't work because I found it exhausting. And in my sprint finals, Tanya and I decided that I needed to make the attack and lead the sprint, which ended up working really well and I was happy I tried that.
What was your favourite thing about Milton?
Lukas: My favourite thing about Milton is that it's indoors. While the heat may be a bit much at first, the controlled climate year round, with zero wind, is awesome.
This is your first experience at Junior/U17 Nationals; what did you think of the competition?
Ngaire: I thought the competition was really fast which created a fun racing environment because every race was really tight.
One of the supports Juventus made available to the team was our Track Equipment Manager and mechanic, Adam Todd. How did Adam assist you?
Mikael: Adam was a huge help. He always had equipment and tools on hand, and it was really helpful for him to bring my bike to bike check while I got ready for my races.
Lukas: Adam was extremely helpful, running bikes through bike check, swapping wheels, and making sure tires are always full. Without him we would have had to spend more time worrying about our bikes than preparing for our races.
Ngaire: Adam always made sure my bike was good to go and through bike check, which helped with my nerves a lot! I wasn't constantly stressing about if I had enough time to get everything organized. Thanks Adam! :)
What advice would you give a first-timer to the Mattamy Velodrome in Milton?
Mikael: The track isn’t something to be scared of. Mattamy Velodrome is really grippy (so you’re not likely to slip off the banking) and the corners don’t feel nearly as steep as they look when riding it. It takes no time at all to get used to it, and once you do it’s super fun to hit speeds that you can’t on our bumpy concrete track.
Many competitors listen to music on their headphones before a race. Who were you listening to?
Lukas: I never listen to anyone specific; I just find upbeat, loud songs to pump me up so I'm ready to go for the next race.
Ngaire: I was listening to Pitbull.
Do you have a special food you eat at races? What is it?
Ngaire: I find it really difficult to eat at races because of my nerves, however I tried gels and they actually worked really well for me, so maybe that's my special food now.
Finally, we have to address the excitement of the last day of competition when the infamous Madison was raced. Naturally, this is quite a challenge for Juventus riders, as there is no opportunity to practice exchanges through winter months. Well, suffice it to say we have 2 young men, Mat and Chris, who will return next year ready to race the full Madison. In fact, prepare for this to be 'The Summer of the Madison'!!
Hello Juventus Cycling Club,
My name is Kelsey Mitchell and I am one of the newer members to Juventus Cycling..and cycling in general. A little background information on how I ended up joining the beautiful sport of track cycling:
I have played a variety of sports my whole life, ranging from basketball, to ringette, to judo. You name a sport and I've probably tried it. My main sport though, and one true love, was soccer. I had the opportunity to play post secondary soccer with NAIT, and the University of Alberta. Once I finished my five years of eligibility, I had a “mini” life crisis when I realized my sports career was coming to an end. Or so I thought...
I heard about a competition called RBC Training Grounds - where they test an athletes power, endurance, strength, and speed across a variety of national sport standards. So I signed up!
Long story short, my peak leg power tested well, and I have now signed with Cycling Canada as a Fast-Tracked Sprint Athlete. Being from Edmonton, Cycling Canada contacted Mr. Alex Ongaro, in hopes that he would work with me, and teach me how to actually ride a bike! He accepted (poor guy).
So, I started my cycling journey on October 17th, 2017. I attended training camps in Burnaby, Milton, and California. I also raced in the Eastern Cup on the Milton track for my first race. One accomplishment I would like to share is now having the ability to ride the rollers and watch Netflix at the same time. Took awhile, but I am slowly getting better at it. I intend to join in on one of Juventus’ Roller sessions, just don’t ride too close to me!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you! I can honestly say that my dream of potentially attending the Olympics in 2020 would not be possible without the support I have received from Juventus Cycling Club. Bikes, bike shorts, training facility, shoes (shout out to Gail), bike tips and tricks . . . everything!! You guys are a special group and I am excited to get to meet and know you all.
Thanks to Jeff Bakal for his stellar reporting and Gail Wozny for the photos!
The Western Canadian Track Cycling Championships were raced Feb. 16th - 18th at the Harry Jerome Velodrome in Burnaby BC.
Team Juve Track showed up with the full Formula 1 experience: Transit van full of gear, and kids rolling out of the Kia like a clown car.
Juventus brought a good sized crew, but it was also cool to see the thread of Juventus represented throughout the event. The Rubuliaks . . . (founding member Chris) with his kids . . . Chief Commissaire Mike Pinkoski (Juve soccer coach) . . . the vibe was friendly and fun right from the get go.
Juventus began with a mini track camp, with firsts on the track, and firsts in aero bars; it was a good chance to test and tune . . .
Day 1 racing included pursuits, the 500, and kilo . . . Jeff conned Gail into both - and himself into neither. Yet, Jeff could not resist the Chariot (win). . . or an Antiquoena (win) . . . or a Points Race (2nd)!
PBs were the standard of the day for just about everyone. And that included a variety of categories. We had Ngaire and Annie in U17, Mat and Chris, as well as Lukas in with the Juniors, Zac with Elite Men, Gail (3 km IP!!) and Abbey in Elite Women, and Jeff clobbering the Master Men.
And then the bunch races began and really charged the atmosphere! Zac learned a few lessons, Annie ripped the wheel off her bike in a dramatic Chariot super final . . . and Abbey discovered her calling as an Antiquoena specialist.
Lukas not only got to mix it up with the taller boys in U19, but toughed it out through birthday eve.
Day 2 of racing brought on the sprint contest which began with a bunch of 200 m PBs. Additional lessons were learned, but Chris, Ngaire and Zac found themselves podium bound again . . . and there was more Juventus Family time.
Day 2 also meant the Omnium - and where Abbey found out how fun it will be to head with the others to Junior Track Nationals in April. Gail was very pleased with her racing, taking 5th place in the Omnium. Chris and Mat both took some some big risks (apparently it's an Edmonton thing to do): they didn't land the way they wanted, but their gambles made for some great racing.
Although limited by their smaller gears and alloy rims, Lukas, along with Jacob Rubuliak [Red Devils (secret Juventus)] raced tough with the 'tall boys' . . . and Lukas celebrated his birthday track style.
Ngaire, Annie and Noah (Rubuliak), worked the mass start events super hard, with various goals moving through the packs, makings some attacks, and showing us all a few things about how to race.
The battles went long into the night, and included a visit from Alex Ongaro that revved up the team. Racing wrapped up shortly before midnight, only to start again the next day at pretty early o-clock . . .
Day 3 brought on team events, testing the dynamics of sprints and pursuits. The kid and combo teams (including coaches, and sometimes Juve rider and always fast Ross Wilson), paced and executed . . . and yeah, did a bit more learning . . . Memorable was a super gutsy Madison starring Mat and Chris. We had riders that stayed through to the bitter end, highlighted by Annie mixing it up in the snowball.
The final race of the weekend turned into a battle between Dave travelling with the cargo, and an endless delay at the airport for the rest of the team . . .
Juventus Track at the Western Champs - Burnaby 2018 - definitive, and impressive!! Congratulations to all!
A final note to the organizers, officials, and volunteers in Burnaby that made this weekend so wonderful: we sincerely thank you. You will have to come visit us this summer, so we can show you how we do on Argyll's 333!