June 7/00 10:39 am - American Cup, Mazur #1, Alberta, Ontario & CCA News
Posted by Editoress on 06/7/00
Randell wins in Massachusetts
Andrew Randell from the Jet Fuel Coffee team won Wednesday nights RCN Criterium, Stage 2 of the American Cup race in Framington, MA. In front of a huge crowd, including his host housing family, Randell attacked solo and held off a strong chase from the field including the McCormack brothers from the Saturn cycling team (McCormacks finished one-two on Tuesday night). Jet Fuel Coffee teammates Jason Crookham and Joe Giuliano worked to protect Andrew's lead throughout the race.
The American Cup series continues on Friday evening in Salem, MA.
Mazur Wins Junior Peace Race, Moves Into 1st in World Rankings
Peter Mazur (Kissena Cycling Team) won the Course de la Paix Juniors by one second over Lukasz Bodnar (Pol). By winning the event, held May 30 - June 4 in the Czech Republic, Mazur earned 70 points and moved into first place in the overall Junior World Cup standings
courtesy Greg Avon
Team Director, Kissena Cycling Team
Soma Grand Prix Criterium Series
June 6, 2000
1 Kees Sinke
2 Troy Delfs
3 Tom Ameriadis
4 Kris Heale
5 Esteban Kahs-Garay
1 Conan Cooper
2 Chris Hooper
3 Kirk Schmiedge
4 Mike Lawford
5 Craig Borgland
A GROUP - Top 10 Points Standings
160pts Andrew Walker +IBM- Bicisport
100 Kees Sinke +IBM- Bicisport
80 Dan Ward - Team Bike Shop
65 Esteban Kahs-Garay - Independent
65 Dan Peters +IBM- Olympia
57.5 Tom Ameriadis - MTN Bike City
55 Bob Veroba +IBM- Bicisport
55 Duncan Clarke +IBM- Bicisport
55 Steve Parkins +IBM- Bicisport
45 Jeff Balstad +IBM- Eurotech
45 Troy Delfs - Eurotech
B GROUP - Top 10 Points Standings
135pts Kirk Schiedge - Soma Cycle
65 Conan Cooper - Calgary Vets
65 Chris Hooper - Independent
55 Ryan Mackenzie +IBM-NCTDC / Bike Shop
52.5 Lincoln Berg +IBM- Eurotech
50 Steve McCarthy +IBM- RMBn+IBk-B
50 Tim VanGilder +IBM- G.S. Blauwkomp
45 Shane Besler - Independent
40 Sean Kennedy - Independent
40 Wade Wallace - Pedalhead
Points awarded as follows
50 - first place
40 - second place
30 - third place
20 - fourth place
10 - fifth place
5 - show
Racers who change categories receive 1/2 of points from previous category
Young Rider Demonstrates Balance and Dedication To Sport
courtesy Dan Proulx
To the casual observer, there is nothing remarkable about the woman who captured the Senior Women's criterium win at the Headwinds Stage Race in Lethbridge, Alberta last weekend.
The winner of the race does the usual cool-down lap with her teammates and rides over to the staging area. She takes her helmet off and breathes an exhausted sigh of relief.
A closer look reveals that the young woman is just 16 years old - capturing a senior race for the first time.
Laura Yoisten of the Olympic Oval, National Cycling Centre & The Bike Shop team in Calgary has been racing since the age of 13. Competing in road, mountain bike, track and BMX, she has raced at the top of the National junior scene in all of these disciplines. Earlier this year, she was also named to the National development team of the Canadian Cycling Association.
3 short years ago, Laura was not even a cyclist. She had just gotten a racing bike and was struggling to learn about the sport. Participating in many local races - often racing against men in the Cat. 5 field - she was riding far behind the pack.
Laura switched to racing in the women's field - again finishing several minutes back of the field - but feeling better about racing against the other women athletes. As time passed and Laura became more experienced, the gap began to close. Laura gained valuable experience through the support of other junior and senior women in the field. Eventually Laura was able to stay with the pack.
While improving as a cyclist, Laura realized that cycling could not be everything. She maintains high marks in school and holds down a part-time job. She trains 8-12 hours per week in a combination of road, track, BMX and mountain bike riding. Her training and other committments have demonstrated Laura's strength and character.
Laura's performance at the Headwinds Stage Race marks the start of a very promising future in cycling. Laura's hard work and commitment to life and sport will serve her well as she prepares for all 3 Junior National Championships(track, road and mountain bike).
Serving as a positive example for all Canadian Junior women, Laura has shown it is possible to compete well and still have a life with balance, fun and a good circle of friends. Laura has demonstrated if you want something bad enough - you can achieve it.
At next month's National Championships, Canada's best young juniors rise to the challenge of competing at Nationals. Hopefully all of Canada's junior female cyclists will be in attendance (especially the many fast women juniors from Quebec).
As Laura demonstrates, you do not have to be super-human to compete - even at the National junior championships. You simply have to have the willingness to try and to stick with it. Hopefully, everyone in Canadian cycling can work to find the young women in their area who have the drive and character to take up the sport.
Cycling's future depends on the Laura Yoisten's of the world - the athletes who have to work hard to achieve and have fun doing it!
Ontario Track Team.
Riders wishing to be considered for the Ontario Provincial Track Team at the National Championships at Bromont, Quebec should be aware that final selection will be made at the Ontario Team Trials to be held at the Windham Centre on Sunday, 25th June.
Final details of travel and accommodation arrangements for the National Championships will be given at that time Riders should contact me beforehand and can do so either by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (613) 591 8609.
Information that I would like have is:-
1. Your event or events.
2. Best times, best placings, dates and venue.
3. Which velodromes you have ridden.
I look forward hearing from you, and to meeting you at Windham Center on the 25th June.
CCA Development Camp at Harwood Hills
This past week, from May 27th to June 2nd, the Hardwood Hills National Cycling development Centre in collaboration with the Canadian Cycling Association put on a development camp for athletes ranging from 14 to 19 years of age.
The main goal of this camp was to give mountain bike athletes the chance to learn the fundamental aspects of the road in order to better their chances for a selection in provincial teams for the upcoming Canada Games.
These athletes were taught skills such as timetrialing, criterium riding and basic road tactics. In addition, all were given the opportunity to get information from top national team coaches and some pro mountain bikers as well benefit from guest speakers talking about nutrition and psychological preparation.
The 50 athletes strong camp proved to be a great success. The weather was great and all learned a lot.
In the future, the Canadian Cycling Association would like to assist in putting on camps such as this one because we find that it is a great opportunity for young athletes to communicate with our top national authority thus giving these youngsters the opportunity of knowing what is expected from them in the future if they work hard. By being in contact with national team officials, these camps also serve a purpose in giving our cycling youth a motivational edge in knowing that the CCA is right behind them and that they ARE Canadian cycling's future!!!
National development coach