Friday, February 24, 2012

Some Cool things about what I do

Getting on a plane after a huge snow storm, stepping out of a plane into a warm desert environment, Getting to experience the first blossoms of Spring 3 times in a year,
Meeting amazing people
Riding my bike
....Yeah I like my job
Riding with the Melcher sisters at a recent Super D Clinic in Fontana, CA care of the San Diego and LA Luna Chixs and Shimano.  Nothing more inspiring that young talent and 15 women of all ages wanting to learn how to push their skills on a bike!!  I love it

10 Days of desert riding in Socal and then off to my first race of 2012, Mellow Johnny's in Texas

Monday, February 13, 2012

Race Schedule 2012

Race Schedule: Thanks for Following me through my Season.  Here's what's on tap for 2012!

Feb 18th Luna Super D Clinic at Southridge in Fontana,CA
Feb 19-25 National team Camp
March 3 First Race US CUP Mellow Johnny's in Austin Texas
March 17 World Cup 1 and Olympic selection event (OSE) Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
March 26-April 4 Luna team camp and Summit
April 15 WC 2 (OSE) Houffalize, Belgium
April 20 & 21 Sea Otter Classic, Monterrey, CA
May 12 WC 3 (OSE) Nove Mesto Na Morave Czech
May 19 WC 4 (OSE) La Bresse, France
June 17 Nationals STE Felicien, Quebec
June 23 WC 5 Mont Ste Anne, Quebec
June 30 WC 6 Windham, NY
July 28 WC 7 Val D'isere
Olympic Staging
August 11th, Olympics Wahoooooooooooooooo!
August 12th Cheer on the men and closing ceremonies!
September 9th World championships, Leogang, Austria
Play time!

Gold Plates Dinner

 From Kitchen Galerie Poisson in montreal a delicate delight of thinly sliced tuna with a succulent balsamic jelly
From Rouge in Calgary Blackend Catfish with citrus beure, so many wowing flavours!

Mc’d by an easy going and funny Adam VanKoeverden, I was able to join 6 other Olympic Athletes at, I think, one of the best fundraisers ever; the Grand finale of the Canadian Culinary Championships! As the top 10 chefs from across Canada prepared sample dishes designed to wow our all of our senses, the 150+ guests wined and dined unaware of the nerves undoubtedly rumbling in their stomachs.

After cruising around for 2hrs tasting wines and mouth watering dishes, us athletes got introduced and the auctions began. Trips to Tuscany, Napa Valley, Chile and France were on the table. Not only were these vacations, but unique in that they offered private concerts by Canadian musicians such as Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Bare Naked Ladies Ed Robertson and our own Barney Bentall (and the Legendary hearts- who it turns out is a cyclist himself). You’re also travelling with some of Canada’s top Olympians, making these trips one of a kind and much more than just a nice vacation!

It was awesome to see the generosity of the people of Kelowna and Canadian Businesses, supporting the Olympic movement and its athletes, and that we in return could give them once in a lifetime travel experiences!

The evening was capped off by the dynamic duo of Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and Barney Bentall who together became “Bentall out of shape” and kept us laughing into the night.

Congrats to Marc Lepine of Ottawa (Atelier), Rob Feenie of Vancouver (Cactus Club) and Jean-Phillipe St-Denis of Montreal (Kitchen Galerie Poisson) for your Gold, Silver and Bronze finishes.

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Winter Sustenance

Snow Sculptures at SilverStar Mtn in Vernon, BC

Being my last weekend at home before the race/travel season begins I decided that even though I could be riding this weekend it was important that I still enjoy winter for winter. Keith and I already had a date in Kelowna for the Gold Plates Dinner (Canadian Culinary Championships and Olympic fundraiser) so we made a weekend out of it.

Two nights away, great coffee, food, 7 hrs of skiing and more fun and I am feeling the satisfaction of having winter freshness as I head off for focused cycling and desert training.

On my local ski trails our Stake Lake Lynx