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Canadian MTB Team Camp Wrap & Canada Cup #1!

Day 12 Race day! I’m not even going to begin to try and count how many races I’ve started in my 20 years as a competitive mountain biker, but let’s just say it’s a lot. Even so, the first race of the season always throws me for a bit of a loop and makes me …

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Andorra World Championships!

After an amazing few weeks training in Europe at altitude with super-awesome people, it was finally time for the World Championships, held at 1,900+m atop a mountain in the Andorran Pyrenees at the ski resort of Vallnord. My first rides on the course gave me the impression that the race would be dry and fast, …

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Canada es Panamericano!

After another few days up at Big Bear Lake, it was finally time to head south to Cota, Colombia for my first Pan American Championship. I’d been to South America before as a backpacker, but never in the capacity of athlete. It was definitely a different approach and I knew I wouldn’t really get to …

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Open Season in Bonelli

This past weekend was my XC season kick-off in sweltering California. For March, even the Californians were out of their element in the 30+ C heat. I started the week in lovely Laguna Beach with my even lovelier cousins, Ulrike and Bernd, who treated me like royalty and once again risked never getting rid of …

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Canadian CX Champs – Winnipeg Rocks!

Winnipeg put on a fantastic show for the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross Championships, October 25-26. I knew they would, which is why I decided to buy a plane ticket and compete in my first out-of-province CX race. Plus, Shimano Canada pimped my TCX W with an Ultegra Di2 gruppo and C35 carbon tubular wheels, so I …

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Postcard from Worlds 2014 in Norway

The World Championships are always an incredibly special experience. Worlds is different from other races because it only happens once a year, you have to qualify to get there, and you compete for your country rather than your trade team. There are not a lot of cases where we get to wear the maple leaf …

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Fast and Exciting Times

So things have been rather exciting these days. After recovering from my lengthy bout with Giardiasis in May, I have managed (with the help of my humble coach Keith) to pull things together and race well. Very well, in fact. This past weekend, I secured my third consecutive Canada Cup Series title (and my career …

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That’s What She Said 2014

I joined the Liv/giant Canada crew in supporting the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers’ Association’s That’s What She Said women’s event at Bear Mountain in Mission last Saturday. I knew it would be a good time, but I was in for more of a treat than I could have imagined. On arrival, I helped Nica and …