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September 27/01 11:52 am - Jeanson Out, Juniors in Europe, Ontario, Tobago, 'Dre Report

Posted by Editor on 09/27/01

Jeanson Out of Worlds

Rona has released an official statement regarding Genevieve Jeanson's withdrawal from the World Championships team. French version follows.

Boucherville, Quebec, September 27, 2001 - Team RONA's leader will not be attending the World Road Race Championships in Lisbon, Portugal from October 9 to 14.

It was a hard decision for the athlete, made just a few days after returning to road training last week. The twenty-year-old Lachine, Quebec cyclist had to stay off the road after a tendinitis behind her right knee forced her to abandon the Women's International Grand Prix in Quebec August 25. Despite nearly four weeks of rest and treatment, Geneviève Jeanson was still experiencing discomfort and pain pedaling. She and her trainer, André Aubut, decided to take the cautious route.

"It's not a decision that I'm thrilled about," Geneviève explained. "The World Championships were one of my main goals for the season, and I've been training for them since February. But it's better not to risk exacerbating my injury by demanding too much from my injured leg."

"We have to take every precaution and give Geneviève the time she needs to heal completely," echoed André Aubut. "Geneviève is still young and her career is just beginning. There will be many other world championships and big races to win. I'm sure this is the best choice for her career."

Boucherville, Québec, le 27 septembre 2001 - La leader de l'équipe cycliste RONA, Geneviève Jeanson, ne participera pas aux championnats du monde de cyclisme sur route qui seront disputés à Lisbonne au Portugal du 9 au 14 octobre prochain.

L'athlète de Lachine (Québec) a pris cette décision à regret, quelques jours après avoir repris l'entraînement sur route, la semaine dernière. La cycliste de 20 ans s'était tenue loin de ses routes d'entraînement après qu'une tendinite derrière le genou droit l'eût forcée à abandonner le Grand Prix Féminin International du Québec, le 25 août dernier. Malgré le repos et les soins dont sa jambe droite a bénéficié pendant près de quatre semaines, Geneviève Jeanson éprouvait toujours un malaise et des douleurs en pédalant. Elle et son entraîneur André Aubut ont décidé de jouer la carte de la prudence.

" C'est sûr que cette décision ne me réjouit pas, a commenté Geneviève Jeanson. Les championnats du monde étaient un de mes principaux objectifs de la saison et je m'y préparais depuis février. Mais je préfère ne prendre aucun risque d'aggraver ma blessure en sollicitant trop vite ma jambe blessée. "

" Mieux vaut prendre toutes les précautions et le temps qu'il faut pour guérir cette blessure de façon définitive, a renchéri André Aubut. Geneviève est jeune et sa carrière commence à peine. Pour elle il y aura d'autres championnats du monde et d'autres grandes courses à gagner. Je suis persuadé qu'il s'agit du meilleur choix pour sa carrière. "

Junior National Team Report
Courtesy CCA

As I've always liked racing in Italy I was impatient to have the juniors race in one of the best countries for racing on the European continent. However, the opportunity of racing in the Giro delle Basilicata south of Napoli was not looking to good with one day to go. As Cameron Evans and Warren Tilbrook were arriving in Rome the day before, the plan was to pick them up coming back from Croatia and head down to the Basilicata region for the start of the stage race. Unfortunately the two riders coming from Canada landed at the Leonardo Devinci airport without their luggage or bikes. Apparently when the riders changed planes in Paris for Rome their luggage was sent to Amsterdam. Slightly not off in the right direction!!!!

In any case, after running around to find two bikes and equipment the two riders were able to take the start on Thursday along with teammates Maheu, Roth, Gavin and Bomhof.

Because this stage race was part of world's preparation and also served as final selection the riders were briefed to take this stage race one day at a time.

On the first stage, Calciano to Tricarico things went OK with all 6 canucks present in the 12 km climb. Unfortunately mid way up Duncan Gavin was dropped because of a gearing problem and to add to that his knee was still hurting a bit from the Croatian race. Also in the climb Ryan Roth got into a small crash but was able to get back on.

As the pack was getting smaller and smaller over each climb the 5 remaining Canadians were still in the main group. It was only with 10 to go that Warren, on a spare bike, got dropped by the main group of 40 and almost at the same time would a group of 7 go up the road with no Canadians present. That group of 7 would stay away and the win went to Kvachuk from the Ukraine, who actually crossed the line with 1min 26 up on the 6 others. In the group behind Jean Sébastien Maheu led the group to finish in 8th place in the stage, about 2min down.

In stage 2 (120km from Oppido to Matera) not much happened, as the Ukraine team drove the pack doing tempo for the majority of the race. For the Canadians it was a day of pseudo rest, except for Ryan, who was victim of a mechanical mid way through the stage. Ryan would eventually finish 13 min down. In the lead group, Jean Sébastien had yet another good finish by finishing 5th in the hilltop finish up to Matera. Marc Bomhof would finish 19th and Cameron Evans came in 20th.

In the 3rd stage from Potenza to Calvello it was anticipated that GC would be furthermore decided as the stage was short yet hard, with a 20km climb up to 800meters and back down the other side. As it turns out the pack hardly broke up as the Ukrainians just tempoed up and the stage would finish in a pack sprint of about 70 riders. This half morning stage would be the end of Duncan as he abandoned in the neutral start following a crash. The best finisher from Canada was Marc with 13th place.

On the Saturday afternoon the stage would prove to be a good one for Canada as on the first climb (after 20kms) Jean Sébastien went up the road with 4 other riders and gained up to 2minutes on the rest of the field. The break would have 1 German, 2 Ukrainians (with race leader) and an Australian. As luck would have it the Germans did not have the right guy up in the break so the German team worked hard to bring back the break. After a while it was the Slovenians turn to help with the chase being without a representative in the break. With 5kms to go to the finish the break was caught and it was time to get ready for yet another hill top finish group sprint.

On the last stage on Sunday it was Cameron's turn to try a break after 30kms; this time there were 4 in the break with the same Australian, a Moldavian and an Italian from the Veneto region. Cam's break would eventually get up to 1min 00, but they got caught with 20 to go and once again it was to be a pack sprint won by a German rider.

So the GC would go to the Ukranian Oleksandr Kvachuk, with GC standing for the Canadians as follows: MAHEU Jean-Sébastien finished 7th at 1min 55 down, BOMHOF, Marc 19th 2min 57 down, EVANS, Cameron 20th 3min 33 down, TILBROOK, Warren 33rd 12min 23 down and ROTH, Ryan 40th 15min 56 down.

Jacques Landry - National Development Coach

Ziggy's Oktoberfest MTB and Cyclocross Race

Homer-Watson Park, Kitchener, On.
Sunday, October 7, 2001

Registration Opens at 8:00am
MTB Race #1: "Beginners" starting at 9:30am
MTB Race #2: "Pro/Expert" starting at 11:00am
Cyclocross categories starting at 1:00pm
MTB Race #3: "Sport" starting at 2:30pm

For more information such as entry fees, race distances, course maps, and driving directions visit the club's web site at:

There is a downloadable pre-registration form at the site that may be completed and submitted (fax, mail, delivered) to Ziggy's Cycle and Sport in Kitchener by Saturday, September 29th, 2001 for a $5.00 discount off most mountain bike and all cyclocross categories.

Tour of Tobago Report
Courtesy Dave Britnell - Hummingbirds Racing Team

Greetings from the beautiful island of Tobago! Well, actually I'am at home right now, but a few of us frost bitten Canadian boys took part in the Tour of Tobago. This tour is a gruelling five day stage race that was held from Sept. 20 to the 23rd, 2001. Teams from all over the world came to enjoy the heat, the sea and the race? Our team, the Hummingbirds based in Toronto, consisted of Peter Morse, Bruce Krip, David Lee Shee and Dave Britnell, under the management of Vern Hutchinson. There were five stages in this race that also included category 1, 2, and 3 climbs. Stage 1 was a 140km circuit race, Stage two was an 18 km. time trial. Stage three was a 120km. circuit race. Stage four was a 130km circuit race and stage five was a 120km. road race. The weather was hot, (it got up to 105 degress on Sat) and the Caribbean Sea was beautiful.

Our team did quite well. We were well fed, enjoying West Indian delicacies such as intestinal pig blood in the form of a sandwich, and goat meat. In the overall G.C. Peter Morse was tenth, Bruce Krip was eighth. I decided to race the Vet. race. I placed seconded in the road race and I won the time trial. I dropped out half way through the third stage, due to back problems, but this is a tough sport, man! Caribbean superstar Emile Araham won the overall event. For full results check out Trinbago Wheelers on the net. Now to dream about the Caribbean Sea . . .

The 'Dre Report

Yo Folks,

I read Shep's latest on the red neck round up and thought I'd tell a wonderful out of racing race story.

It's about a guy named Dre who hasn't run in 8 months, but decides to do an X-Terra (1.5k swim, 32k bike, 11k run). One week after The World Champs in Vail, (another story)

We're talking the show is over, worlds are done and it's off season. This always begs the question "what are your hobbies?"

"Umm beer, biking and, ya, sports in general".

So here is the scoop: beautiful Tahoe, crystal blue water and the legendary Flume trail. We start with wet suits - like a massive body condom, hmm strange indeed, a first for me. Then onto the familiar bike at 6000 feet - it's normal, I'm chasing Ned (45 years young) and I make 10 seconds on him in 1 hour and 35, he's still got it. The funny part isn't the Run, but me the next day trying to walk. Like I said, it was months since my last anything running. OUCH, OUCH, OUCH! But I hang onto 5th in the US national off-road triathalon series. Yehaw!

It's now Wednesday and I still can't walk, will I recover? Will I race again? Oh ya, but pass the beer and huck the bike, it's time for the "Off-Season."

Andreas (Doctor 'Dre) Hestler


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