Another super Juventus race update - Pan Am CX action in Ontario!

Once again Doug Bristow keeps us close to the action … Silver Goose UCI C2 and Pan Am Cx Champs! …

Junior Cyclocross update …

An exciting weekend of racing was held Nov 3-4 in Midland Ontario with the Silver Goose UCI C2 race, as well as the Pan Am Championships.  Our young juniors, Ryan MacLean and Luke Bristow, headed out with coach Tracy, Ken Germaine, Caitlin Callaghan, and me.  The course at Little Lake Park is apparently a favorite among Ontario CXers so the group was excited to give it a go. 

It had been raining during the week, so Saturday brought a challenging muddy course.  Tracy, Ken and Caitlin raced in the Masters’ Pan Am events in the morning to show the kids how it was done, and all had solid finishes (Tracy 9th, Ken 12th and Caitlin 4th in their respective age categories).

  Ryan MacLean warming up -

Ryan MacLean warming up -

The Saturday Silver Goose Junior race was seeded for those who had UCI points and then a random draw for the rest.  One of the primary objectives of our trip to Sherbrooke two weeks earlier was for Ryan to get UCI points so he would have front row seeding in subsequent races.  That went exactly according to plan, resulting in Ryan being in the front row for the weekend.  Luke went into the random draw and came out with the coveted 34th bib in Saturday’s 36 person race. 

  Tracy ensures everyone is ready to race - Luke and Ryan warm up -

Tracy ensures everyone is ready to race - Luke and Ryan warm up -

The course lived up to its billing and was a great challenge.  Ryan got off to a strong start leaving the pavement and entering the mud right at the front.  However, the next half lap did not go exactly as planned as Ryan dropped back to about 18th.  In talking to him post-race, he felt his tires were not ideal for the conditions as he said he thought he was riding well, but quickly losing ground to the group he rode with in Sherbrooke.  After dropping off the pace, he battled hard and climbed back to 12th.  Luke meanwhile rode a solid race and finished 23rd.  The mud definitely strung out the race, as people were falling all over the place slowing other riders and making it very difficult to catch back up. 

  Luke putting all those hard RG stair workouts to use. This was the second of two consecutive staircases … phewf! -

Luke putting all those hard RG stair workouts to use. This was the second of two consecutive staircases … phewf! -

Sunday was the Pan Am Championships for the juniors and the clear skies of Saturday evening dried out the course, so it was mostly tacky with some muddy patches.  The junior field was basically the same as the day before with a couple of additional riders.  Ryan got off to a strong start and left the pavement in about 6th position.  Luke’s start was incredibly nerve wracking for a parent.  As the group bolted off the start, Luke went to the outside on the right to try and gain ground.  The group widened out at high speed and Luke was being pushed towards the metal barriers and could not get out.  Just as the inevitable was going to happen, there was a gap in the metal barriers.  Luke was pushed outside the barriers and off the course.  The rider to his left smashed into a barrier at high speed and somersaulted over it and onto the pavement.  Meanwhile Luke was still riding outside the course.  A few meters ahead, there was another gap in the barriers.  Luke rode through the tape and back onto the course completely unscathed!!  That did not just happen did it?  Clearly my wife’s singing Sunday morning mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica pays off at times like this. 

  Ryan and Carter Woods go to work closing down the leaders -

Ryan and Carter Woods go to work closing down the leaders -

  … getting close … huffing and puffing along the beach …

… getting close … huffing and puffing along the beach …

A lead group of 4 formed and Ryan was in a chase group of 4 riders a few seconds back.  This continued for a couple of laps in the 5 lap race, until eventually Ryan and Carter Woods (2018 Canadian MTB champion) worked together to bridge up to the lead group.  A couple of riders dropped off and five were left at the front.  Meanwhile, Luke had reached the point in the race where he was not going to catch the rider ahead nor was he going to be caught by anyone behind.  The last two laps saw the lead group of five stick close together with nobody able to drop the other until shortly before the finishing straight when the group started to spread out.  Ryan sprinted across the line in 5th - only 6 seconds out of the lead!  Another fantastic result in the biggest junior CX race in North America this season.  Luke rolled in 27th, not as high as he would have liked but happy to be in one piece.  Ken and Caitlin also raced the Masters race Sunday with Ken finishing 5th and Caitlin 3rd.  Overall a very fun weekend.

We also had Sidney McGill from Juventus (in Focus colours) in the U23 Women’s race, and Ken Germaine and Tracy Shearer in Master Men!

  Sidney McGill racing up the stairs … she finished 8th in U23!

Sidney McGill racing up the stairs … she finished 8th in U23!

  Ken is not missing a step -

Ken is not missing a step -

Next stop is Canadian Nationals in Peterborough.

Posted on November 5, 2018 .

Juventus & Milton World Cup!

The Mattamy Velodrome in Milton, Ontario was sold out, as a full house took in the action and excitement of World Cup track racing October 25th - 28th.

Juventus was on site: competing, spectating, lobbying, and learning.

Both AVRA coach Alex Ongaro and our President, Gail Wozny could not resist the caliber of competition on display. They even brought some of our young and aspiring Juventus track talents to see the skills of the best in the world! Mikeal, Ngaire, and Zac all benefitted from exposure to the talent and professionalism exhibited at the Milton World Cup. More experience will be accrued as Ngaire and Mikael take part in a Cycling Canada junior advancement camp in Milton this week.

  Gail and Meika were in full gear and ready to cheer on all the competitors in Milton!

Gail and Meika were in full gear and ready to cheer on all the competitors in Milton!

  2018 World Cup II - Milton - Team Canada (Kinley Gibson) & Pedal to the Medal (Evan Burtnik, Devaney Collier)

2018 World Cup II - Milton - Team Canada (Kinley Gibson) & Pedal to the Medal (Evan Burtnik, Devaney Collier)

There were a few familiar faces on the boards! Kinley Gibson is a member of Team Canada and raced the Team Pursuit (TP), while Evan Burtnik (TP and Scratch) and Devaney Collier (TP and Scratch) raced under Canada’s Pedal To the Medal trade team banner. All three young national team members began their cycling careers in the LAMP.

Team Canada’s 4 women had a solid ride in the TP qualifier, and were eager to improve in Round 1. Focussed, they shaved 3 seconds! off their qualifying time, yet would have to settle for 5th, missing the bronze medal round by 0.3 seconds. This result has the team excited to prepare for World Cup III in Berlin at the end of November.

  Team Canada Pursuit: Steph Roorda, Ariane Bonhomme, Kinley Gibson, Annie Foreman Mackie

Team Canada Pursuit: Steph Roorda, Ariane Bonhomme, Kinley Gibson, Annie Foreman Mackie

  Team Canada Women pass Japan in Round 1

Team Canada Women pass Japan in Round 1

Devaney, along with her NextGen teammates raced with the Pedal to the Medal team in the TP qualifier. Unfortunately, a couple of members were under the weather and they did not qualify for the rounds. Later, Devaney got the call to race the Women’s Scratch. Team Canada member Allison Beveridge and Devaney raced well, finishing 5th and 13th respectively.

  Coach Jenny Trew sets Devaney for the Scratch Race -

Coach Jenny Trew sets Devaney for the Scratch Race -

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Scratch Race action with 2 Canadians in the mix -

Team Pursuit was also on the event card of Evan Burtnik. His Pedal to the Medal team put up a time of 4:04 in the qualifying round - not quite enough for Round 1, but an overall sound performance. On Friday night, with family in the stands to cheer him on, Evan raced an exciting Scratch Race. He was active in the first half, initiating multiple attacks: some unfortunate timing meant he missed an important move, as another rider took a lap. The chasers were eventually caught and Evan was able to set himself for the sprint finish, yielding a respectable 5th place.

  Evan Burtnik was aggressive in the first half of the race - and finished 5th!

Evan Burtnik was aggressive in the first half of the race - and finished 5th!

  Evan does his pull on the front -

Evan does his pull on the front -

  It is a wonderful feeling when the whole family cheers!

It is a wonderful feeling when the whole family cheers!



Posted on October 31, 2018 .

Juventus Fantastic at UCI Sherbrooke CX!!

Please enjoy this article, kindly written by Doug Bristow. It’s worth the read, especially if you’re wondering what our young ‘uns are up to ... or if you have considered working the pit at a cyclocross race … !

October 27, 2018

Last weekend, I travelled with my son Luke Bristow and his Juventus teammate Ryan MacLean to the UCI race held in Sherbrooke Quebec, the first time a UCI cyclocross race had been held on Quebec soil.  Ryan and Luke were competing in the Men’s junior event, which drew the top riders in Canada as well as a good cross section of riders from the U.S.  The goals for the weekend were to get some experience racing at this level, hopefully gain some UCI points (awarded to the top 5 finishers), and have fun. 

Included in the list of 25 riders were three riders from the U.S. Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld development team http://cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com/team and their pit support crew looked formidable.  As I settled into the pits on Saturday, I was praying my accounting training would somehow translate into effective mechanical support.  From the pits, I could not see the first half of the race course.  As the boys came into view, four riders had already broken away from the rest, the three Cannondale riders and Ryan MacLean! 

  Ryan MacLean wins the UCI  Sherbrooke Cyclocross Junior Men’s Category!!

Ryan MacLean wins the UCI Sherbrooke Cyclocross Junior Men’s Category!!

Over the next six laps, it appeared Ryan was controlling the race despite being outnumbered. I chatted with the Cannondale pit crew as they were wondering who the heck this kid was; apparently the Cannondale kids have been dominating the races on the eastern seaboard all season.  One by one the Cannondale kids dropped off the pace until Ryan was alone in the lead and soloed in for victory.  Luke also rode a superb race finishing 12th.  Saturday could not have turned out better.  I also learned that, provided the kids do not have any flats or mechanicals, I am quite effective in the pits. 

On Sunday, the Cannondale crew was on a mission and drove the pace from the start.  Quickly, six riders broke away from the rest, the Cannondale riders and Ryan as well as Dylan Kerr and Paul Mysko (two riders who represented Canada at last year’s Junior World Championships).  The group largely stayed together the entire race and all finished within 12  seconds of each other with Ryan out-sprinting Dylan Kerr for 5th.  Luke did not quite have the legs of the day before but still finished a respectable 16th.  Sidney McGill was racing Women’s Elite and finished 12th and 8th on the weekend.  She was great to hang out with. 

The weekend was a huge success.  The boys gained confidence, Ryan picked up 11 UCI points (which should ensure he gets a front row starting position at upcoming races), and we all had a ton of fun.  Next is the Pan American Championships in Midland, Ontario followed by the Canadian Nationals in Peterborough. 

A big thank you to Juventus for their support of junior riders and to Tracy Shearer for all his hard work coaching Luke and Ryan. 

Posted on October 28, 2018 .

Success for Sprockids and Cranx!

Sprockids and Cranx have completed another exciting season, and Greg Sowak has kindly provided this summary and a few pics taken along the way. We especially thank our coaches and Directors for a safe, fun and exciting season!

On Saturday October 6, we wrapped up another super successful year of Juventus Sprockids/Cranx!

With spring and fall sessions combined, CRANX had more than 70 kids registered in 2018, and Sprockids saw well over 150!

  Our adventure to Hinton Bike Park -

Our adventure to Hinton Bike Park -

With numbers like these, it's pretty safe to say that Sprockids/CRANX are among the most well subscribed introduction to cycling programs in Alberta and possibly Canada!

Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the intrepid Program Directors, Paul Wyminga and Carrie Wiklund.  On behalf of the children and families, we extend a very big THANK YOU to Paul, Carrie, and the awesome coaches who spend their Saturdays imparting skills and a love of the ride!

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Sprockids invade Mill Creek Ravine -

Although the fall sessions saw nasty winter weather that forced some of the first cancellations in program history (!), the final Saturday was bright and clear.

  Mill Creek Invasion #2

Mill Creek Invasion #2

And the sunshine was not the only thing beaming that morning!  Just look at those smiles!

  Coach Carrie out doing what she loves -

Coach Carrie out doing what she loves -

Posted on October 23, 2018 .

AGM and Awards December 2!

All Juventus members are invited to the 2018 AGM and Awards Dinner. Join us Sunday December 2nd from 2 - 4 pm at the Argyll Velodrome Clubhouse for a concise and informational meeting followed by our awards and a pasta dinner by Chianti’s.

The Juventus AGM and Awards Dinner is a special event. It is our chance to reconnect after a season of training, racing, and good old riding for fun.  We hope to see you there!

Posted on October 19, 2018 .

Edmonton International City Championships!!!!

SAVE THE DATE!

When: September 9, 2018
Where: Argyll Velodrome
What: The Edmonton International City Championships (of the World (of Edmonton))
Who: YOU
Why: ... because?

The day will consist of:
Bavarian
Canadian Turbo Snowball
Australian Pursuit
Irish Keirin
Madison Kilo
10 mile

Races may change due to time constraints, weather, and Scott's desire to sit down.

Racing to begin at 10am sharp. $5 entry fee.

Posted on September 3, 2018 .

Sprockids 2018 Fall Program Open for Registration

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.

THE DETAILS

·       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)

https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=18733

·       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).

REGISTRATION

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.

https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=18733

PARENT ASSISTANTS

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.

Paul Wyminga
Director
Juventus Cycling Club Sprockids Program

Posted on August 27, 2018 .

A Beautiful Saturday and the LAMP Rolls!

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.

 

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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.

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At 11 AM, the LAMP C1s got a refresher before going onto the track. C1s are our most experienced LAMP group.

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Posted on May 6, 2018 .

Juniors Test Milton Boards at Track Nationals!

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. 

  Winter training means rolling indoors; however, Argyll cannot be beat on a warm summer day.

Winter training means rolling indoors; however, Argyll cannot be beat on a warm summer day.

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. 

  Here they are! Our Juventus Team to 2018 Junior/U17 Canadian Track Championships. Lukas, Mat, Adam to manage things, Mikael, Chris, Alex, Abbey, Ngaire, and Annie.

Here they are! Our Juventus Team to 2018 Junior/U17 Canadian Track Championships. Lukas, Mat, Adam to manage things, Mikael, Chris, Alex, Abbey, Ngaire, and Annie.

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. 

  2018 U17 Women's Canadian Points Race Champion - Ngaire Barraclough

2018 U17 Women's Canadian Points Race Champion - Ngaire Barraclough

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.

  At the first TL! of the season, our future elite gathered to thank Adam for his superb assistance in Milton.

At the first TL! of the season, our future elite gathered to thank Adam for his superb assistance in Milton.

  Mat, Ngaire, Lukas, Chris, and Annie enjoy the sites during a break from racing.

Mat, Ngaire, Lukas, Chris, and Annie enjoy the sites during a break from racing.

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.  

  Mikael focussed and ready.

Mikael focussed and ready.

  Tanya holds for Mikael's Match sprint bronze medal round.

Tanya holds for Mikael's Match sprint bronze medal round.

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. 

  Ngaire goes for the win!

Ngaire goes for the win!

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. 

  Alberta Provincial Coach Tanya Dubnicoff helps Ngaire get set for her Match Sprint final.

Alberta Provincial Coach Tanya Dubnicoff helps Ngaire get set for her Match Sprint final.

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.

  Lukas ready for the neutral lap.

Lukas ready for the neutral lap.

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. 

  Mikael takes the sprint!

Mikael takes the sprint!

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. 

  U17 action!    

U17 action!

 

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'!!

  Chris and Mat anticipating the Junior National Madison Championship!

Chris and Mat anticipating the Junior National Madison Championship!

  Some of our Juventus youth were able to take advantage of an extra week in Milton for a Cycling Canada Development Camp! 

Some of our Juventus youth were able to take advantage of an extra week in Milton for a Cycling Canada Development Camp! 

Posted on May 4, 2018 .