Month: October 2013

Upcoming Joyride 150 Group Sessions

Joyride Group Sessions

CAD$65 per class including Park Entry for the Evening and a Bike Rental ! 

Thursday Oct 24th, Wednesday October 30th , Friday Nov 8 , Tuesday November 12th, Friday Nov 22nd
        All Clinics 5:30 – 7pm       

   *private and group sessions also available by request at

A group session designed for athletes looking to improve their skills on logs, rocks, corners, skinnies and jumps.

Each week will have a general focus and will be further tailored to the class participants.

Beginners to intermediate athletes are welcome do to the small class size .

Reserve Your Spot Now !

Check out some of the Bike Skills Project episodes from Joyride150 for a Taste of what the Sessions will be like 

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Support a Smart Athlete in his ride for The Navy SEAL foundation

One of my clients , Patrick , is doing 2 huge races La Ruta (the hottest race) and  Iditarod Trail Invitational (The coldest race)   to support The Navy Seals Foundation .

If you can spare some funds to support this cause  please do .

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in New York.But that's not the only thing they have in common ( Ellison Park Cyclocross 2013 )

While down in the USA a video about 5 tips to get started in cross that I did with Canadian Cycling Magazine and Trek Toronto came out, you can check it out here

 Another big UCI weekend in Rochester for the Ellison Park Cx .

I was very lucky to get some host housing with some new friends and ride some local trails on cross bikes. The Norco boys (Kevin “2Dolla” Haviland , Evan “worm in my face” McSneeky, “Andre Watson“, Conor “we had a moment again” O’brien, and Andrew ‘i got moto-passed by peter’ Lesperance   were down for the weekend of racing as well. With the norco boys and Cyclocross sensations Raph Gagne and Mike Garrigan   there was a lot of Canadian fire-power and madd-skillz going down in Amurica this weekend.

(here is a video of the main group with awesome cheering for ‘Raph-I-el baby’)

I ended up 20th and 17th for Saturday and Sunday respectively, which I am happy with given my start tactics/abilities. Also I busted some nice airs Saturday and tremendous log hops (IMHO) .  Barrier hopping Saturday was no problem, Sunday I opted to run as it seemed easier/as fast but kudos to those that did it in the race as it was a pretty technical trick, especially while doin’ work !

Ellison Park Course Preview by Cyclocross Magazine
  = also the Behind the Barriers preview for Ellison Park 

Day 1 Ellison Park/Full Moon Vista Results 2013 (top 3 only at moment) 
Day 1 Story – Cyclocross Magazine

Day 2 Story – Cyclocross Magazine

Day 2 results(canadian Complete results  

Interviews and live stream of the Full Moon Vista – Ellison Park Cyclocross 2013

Hillbilly (Christmas in the 909)

Anyone who has spent some time with us in CALI likely knows of the 909 . Neighbor Paul sent me this great punk rock classic “christmas in the 909” . (The 909 is fontana area or ‘fontucky’ as they say )

If you want to come to Cali give me a shout … we can go check out the 909 and ride mt. baldy and get some great coffee!


Hell of a Season (2013 MTB End of Season Review)

Well Cross season is underway with a pretty seamless transition from MTB. So before we get to far into fall I wanted to do a quick summary of where I got to this year and thank those that were part of it. These are always my favorite posts that I actually sort of don’t look forward to. I am always happy to review the season, albeit somewhat self-indulgently, but at the same time I can’t help but think about times past, chances missed and people we have lost.

With that juxtaposed cheer and gloom here are just a few of the special moments captured from my 2013 MTB season :

Developed an Amazon and Flatbrim addiction
and stopped wearing shirts and socks
Karlee Gendron and Raph Gagne helped save a Seal
Raph Gagne and I had 2 weeks of pretty solid rides and french lessons .
Tayneezy and I went in the Ocean weekly for 3 months.
Despite being injured the positive was I got to practice Kinesio Taping on myself
 …Eventually I got over it.(and still not wearing shirts)
 Continued to push the limits of  Equipment. Still no official Product Testing Job.
 I really do like Mani / Pedi Days … the simple things ya natta I Mean ?
 Way too much $1.99 Wine and $5 ‘meals’
 Rode some awesome trails with a long time friend. 
Some pretty high end conversation while training. 
Hugs on start lines make for good races
 So lucky to have new friends in so many countries 
Some pretty awesome times on and off bike.
Psyched to have been Back at the Heart and Stroke with Kurt Harnett and friends.
 The ‘neezy’s’ … I can’t find words for how much these 2 do for me
Thank you.
 What a group. So many laughs and tears this year. 
Keep smiling and going fast.
 Young Barnes and I are talking instead of listening at Hardwood Rippers Camp
Cayley and the young ladies made me blush with ‘boobs to the tubes’ climbing analogy
(which I disagree with … watch for debunking Bike SKills Project very soon)
 This photo from Sudbury captures so many emotions in one photo. 
 Turn Down at DH provincials
Kudos to everyone who beat me
(yes everyone beat me)
 2 ladies that brought me so many emotions this year
thanks for letting me be a part of the ride and teaching me so much.
– I also had best Nationals of my life at 5th , I attribute this to inclusion of huge logs –
Windham with Mitch , Noble 
and Something interesting on Mitch’s handlebar

Skipped St. Anne World Cup to try and win fame/money 
and have good times in Whistler
The Latter was certainly achieved.
The former is debatable but Crankworx was really cool event to be part of.

How Many Fingers I got up? ( Gloucester Day 2 Cyclocross 2013 )

Raphael Gagne Went down trying for the high speed high jump, this is the best (worst) thing I have seen from the weekend in terms of video/photos . I was 31st on this day with a fairly clean race, aside from stepping poorly onto a short set of stairs and going down to my hands/knees then standing up and hip checking the guy behind me quite nicely .

Day 2 2013 Gloucester Cross Results from