The Cappuccino is a theme in my life... Photo: Jean Ann Berkenpas

At Home in QC and BC

I recently returned from a very enjoyable and successful visit to Quebec for the first two Canada Cup races of the season, where I defended my wins from last year at Mont-Tremblant and Baie-St-Paul, and am now up two victories in the Canada Cup series standings. But I like Quebec for more than its lucky …

Ahead of the pack on the Avail Advanced SL 1. Photo: Paul Craig

Reviewed: Giant Avail Advanced SL 1

A Comfortable, Race-Worthy High Performance Women’s Road Bike After riding and racing an extra-small aluminum unisex Giant TCR for many years, I was super excited to get my hands on a brand new Avail Advanced SL 1. This is my very first carbon bike and I was spoiled instantly by starting with the best of …

I love biking!

Spring Update

I recently returned from a nine-day training camp in the Okanagan with Ryan and some friends. It was just what I needed to get back on track and refocused, both physically and mentally, after my silly knee injury. After missing a few weeks of solid training, I was feeling a bit unsure of my fitness, …

A great group of women riding together during Jeremy's Fraser Valley camp. Photo credit: Jeremy Storie.

New Things

A lot has changed since my last post. Not only is it a New Year, but I have a new team, a new training plan, and a new set of goals. Yes, a new team. It was a difficult decision to leave the great friends I made over the past four years that I rode …

Spooky, wet Halloween night MTB ride (l-r): Me, Ryan, Rich, Paul, Jean Ann.

Spectacular Fall!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written and even though it’s technically the off-season, I’ve been up to a lot this fall. After Worlds, Ryan and I hit Sin City for Interbike, where we met up with some of the Local Ride crew. Paul and Sue did a great job of showing us around …

Hitting the top of the pass.

9 Days of Adventure

My action-packed summer continued with a smile-inducing series of singletrack, the 36km Just Another Bike Race (JABR) in Squamish on August 18, the fourth and final event of the Hell of a Series. I raced JABR last year and loved it. This year, the route was almost completely different, and I loved it even more! …

Jeanine and me on Highway 102 near Gibsons.

Summertime Update

Lots has happened since I last posted! It has definitely been an action-packed month or two, which is especially surprising, since I thought once I returned from the east, there would be nothing left to do! Jeanine and I spent a very fun-filled few days camping and biking on the Sunshine Coast. Of course, we …

Me and my new friends Cindy and Donna, tasting at Misconduct Winery in Penticton.

Alison’s Camp

A few days after Race the Ridge, I found myself driving along the Hope-Princeton with my new friend Anna and our road bikes stashed in the back. We were headed to Alison Sydor’s women’s road cycling camp in the Okanagan. Anna is a young racer from Winnipeg, who is coached by Keith – my own …

3-Blind-Mice

Nothing Else Matters in Naramata

Ryan, Jeanine, and I made the five-hour trip up to my family’s cottage in Naramata, nestled against Okanagan Lake. It’s absolutely the kind of place where you can focus on the simple things and forget about the outside world, since the modest Pan-Abode style cabin doesn’t have a TV or internet connection and it’s a …

Sometimes I get to spend my rest days in amazing places - like this one in the Alps.

Mondays

We all need ‘rest’ or recovery days. For most people, it’s usually Saturday or Sunday, but for cyclists, the weekend days offer the best opportunities to log long training rides. Monday is the official rest day of cyclists, as it falls after a solid week of training. My Mondays are sacred. I usually don’t sleep …