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February 18/99 6:57 am - New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon and More!


Posted by Editor on 02/18/99
 

New Brunswick Website
(courtesy Dave MacFarlane)

Our new Velo NB web site has just been uploaded and turned on at: http://velonb.surfcity.nb.ca. It contains enhancements in almost all areas from our earlier site including more technical information and what I hope turns out to be easier navigation. The enhanced Canada Cup site which is being updated more frequently as the event date nears, is attached to this new site. We'll keep the old site going for a few months to minimize the dreaded link breaking.

Regards,
Dave Macfarlane
Velo NB


Ontario Commissaires Course
(courtesy Peter McCaffery)

Level 1 Commissaires' and Technical Aides Road Course
Sport Ontario, 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, North York
Date: March 28th

Registration is $40 and includes all necessary materials and instruction. For further information and registration contact; Peter McCaffery (905) 271-8300 or peter.mac@sympatico.ca

This full-day course will be conducted by Val Davidge and will be of interest to all those who wish for a better understanding of road and criterium racing. It is geared towards people who have experience as a competitor or organizer and to those who would like to try their hand at officiating.


Iditasport
(courtesy Corey Borolien)

Five Canadian riders competed in the Iditasport ultramarathon in Big Lake, Alaska on the weekend of Feb 13,14. The Iditasport is a 100 mile race through the Alaskan wilderness over the famous Iditarod dog sled trail. It includes divisions for cyclists, skiers, runners and snowshoers.

Temperature at race start was about -15 C, warming up to about -5 during the day, and getting cold again for those riders still on the course at night.

Canadian cyclists competing:

Corey Borolien Yellowknife, NT 12:50 11th place
Bruce Malkinson Calgary, AB 16:01 15th
David Stadnyk Regina, SK 19:05 24th
Bob Faulkner Vancouver, BC 19:05 25th
Colin Easton Toronto, ON 23:07 37th

The race was won by Rocky Reifenstuhl of Fairbanks, Alaska in a time of 9:29. Reifenstuhl was the defending champion and this is his 4th title.

There were 47 riders in the bike division. The only other Canadian competing was Vancouver adventure racer David Norona, who won the ski division in a time of 13:39, placing 12th overall in the field of about 100 competitors (all divisions).


Here Comes the 1999 Saskatchewan Cycling Season!
(courtesy Bill Kinash)

Greetings One and all!

While we are still finalizing our event calendars, which have something for everyone, I will give you a glimpse of what to expect for ‚99. First, I am very pleased to welcome Sunlight detergent as our new title sponsor for the mountain bike series, for team travel, and for the SCA van (it‚s getting Œwrapped‚ in Sunlight!) The Sunlight Cup series will feature the same seven venues as last year with a two day Provincial‚s planned for Prince Albert. Maybe you will even get to try out the newest MTB event, the team relay, at one or more of our Cup races? We have created a new dual province MTB series with Manitoba and we are planning trips to Manitoba, and the Canada Cups in Canmore, Baseline Mountain, and Silver Star. And the World Cup is back again in Canmore.

The first of my two goals (dreams) set last year looks like it might become real. The Boh‚s Cycle bid for a 2000 Canada Cup XC race, at the White Track Ski resort, has been accepted. This means that the '99 Sunlight Cup race (scheduled for Aug. 15) will be a test event for next year and I expect a large Prairie field will want to check out the course. On the road side, my second old goal, a tri-province race series with Manitoba and Alberta, is a go. The six event series will feature two of our provincial series events: Saskatoon‚s Bikes On Broadway and Regina‚s Lazy Owl Classic and two events in each of Alberta and Manitoba. Watch for more announcements on details of this series.

Three other provincial events include both road and mountain biking: the Utah spring training camp, the Bike Festival in Fort San, and The Western Canada Games in Prince Albert, which should attract lots of media attention for our sport. Our new VP of Recreation and Transportation, Bob Cochran, is full of enthusiasm and new ideas for this sector. The third annual Bike Fest promises to be bigger and better yet. A new funded trip to Alberta is in the works. And Paris-Brest-Paris caps off the ambitious randonneur schedule.

"The SCA offers you an even better deal than last year!"

Yes, you heard me correctly. We‚ve L-O-W-E-R-E-D everyone‚s fees by $5! The new family rate is an even better deal. For only $10 extra everyone in your family can join and receive full membership benefits including 24 hour accident and liability insurance while cycling anywhere in Canada. Other benefits include a free subscription to Pedal magazine (seven issues with a $23.70 value), membership in the Canadian Cycling Association, Prairie Pedaler newsletters, a provincial voice for better cycling, a discount card for participating bike stores, and a stolen bike registry. Racing licensed members also receive a Spinner newsletter subscription, access to provincial races, and subsidized travel and camps. Warren reports that we already have 75 members signed up! If you‚ve been away for a year or two think about coming back. You‚ll really enjoy the new streamlined mountain bike race format started last year. We now even take Visa! But probably the best reason to join the SCA again is simply for fun, fitness, and friendship. See you soon!

Bill Kinash


New Website

You may have noticed a new icon in the upper right corner of our website for Bell Sports Canada. We are pleased to annouce the release of the new Bell Sports Canada website at www.bellsportscanada.com. Normally we don't make announcements for company websites, but this one is different - we designed and built it! Take a look and let us know what you think.


Trofeo Laigueglia, Italy

Laigueglia, 172.6 km

1. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 4:23:27
2. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Ballan Alessio at 0:12
3. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti
4. Wladimir Belli (Ita) Festina both s.t.
5. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0:41

15. Chris Horner (USA) La Francaise des Jeux s.t.


Vuelta Andalucia, Spain

Stage 4 - Lucena to Jaen, 190 km

1. Frank Vandenbroucke (BEL) Cofidis 5:08:03
2. Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Costa Almeria-Amica Chips at 0:02
3. Robbie McEwen (AUS) Rabobank 0:14
4. Erik Zabel (GER) Telekom
5. Jo Planckaert (BEL) Lotto-Mobistar both s.t.

G.C.

1. Javier Pascual Rodriguez (ESP) Kelme-Costa Blanca 17:44:33
2. Santiago Botero (COL) Kelme-Costa Blanca at 0:02
3. Santiago Blanco (ESP) Vitalicio Seguros 1:18
4. Claus Michael Moller (DEN) TVM-Farm Frites 1:20
5. Francisco Mancebo (ESP) Banesto s.t.

 


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