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October 4/01 10:47 am - Ontario, Nova Scotia, B.C., Track Worlds Report


Posted by Editor on 10/4/01
 

Cycling BC AGM
Courtesy Cycle BC

The Cycling BC AGM will be held in Vancouver on October 14, 2001. The meeting will begin at 10 am in room 106 of the Sport BC Building. Agenda items will include but are not limited to: the approval of the 2002 membership fees and 2000 audited financial statements, as well as Board elections for the position of President, VP Off-Road Racing and VP Randonneur.


OMBI Course - Ontario Mountain Bike Instructor, Level 1
Courtesy Dave Seto

The next course will be October 19, 20, 21 at Kelso Conservation Area. If you are interested in becoming a certified OMBI, you must register before next Friday (2001-10-12), to get into this course.

Details:
Course: OMBI Level 1 - Ontario Mountain Bike Instructor
Location: Kelso Conservation Area, Milton
Schedule:
Friday Evening, Oct. 19 (6:30 - 9:00 pm), Course Intro, tutorial on effective teaching skills
Sat. Oct. 20 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm), Technical knowledge instruction, practical evaluation
Sunday Oct. 21 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm). Outdoors skills instruction, practical evaluations

Details about the OMBI program are at: www.ontariocycling.org/OCA/New_OMBI.html

Contacts: info@ontariocycling.org, daveseto@idirect.com

A registration and information package, will be emailed (Adobe PDF) or faxed to you.

Registration Deadline: Friday Oct. 12, 2001, 12:00 noon.

Notes: The next available OMBI level 1 course will be Spring of 2002 If insufficient numbers register for this course, it will be postponed. Your registration will be continued for the spring 2002 course, at your request.


New Record Set for Herring Cove Loop!!!
Courtesy Randy Gray

At about 6pm on October 2nd with four members of the Nova Scotia Canada Games team set out in an attempt to break the old record of this esteemed and classic road circuit - a 20 km loop consisting of a mixture of rolling hills and flat-out jamming. Greg Kerr, Dustin MacBurnie, Mike Lawrence, and Mark Foster were out to break the record.

After warming up and getting the go ahead from the officials (checking wind speed etc.) they were on their way. Sticking together for the first 15 minutes they quickly lost Greg Kerr. It was up to Dustin Macburnie and Mike Lawrence to lead Mark Foster to speeds in excess of 55km/h! At the 25 minute mark, Mark Foster getting updated via radio, knew that a record was possible. He put the hammer down and left Dustin Macburnie to pick up the pieces. In the end, a previous record was shattered by a staggering 1 full minute!

New Herring Cove Loop Record as of October 2nd, 2001: 33 minutes and 30 seconds!

Way to go Mark Foster and the guys who pulled him to a new loop record.

Thanks to their sponsors: Cyclesmith, Giant, Specialized, Kona, and Special K.


Fall Cycling Workshop - B.C.

This 11 hour workshop is designed to offer you a greater understanding of how proper off-season training will benefit your cycling. Spend one and a half days learning about:

- Planning and periodization;
- Heart rate training;
- Cross-training - A mental and physical break from cycling.

You will also benefit from:
- A personal physiological assessment;
- Introduction to a cycling-specific 'core' strength and conditioning program;
- Introduction to new off-season activity – Speed Skating.

Workshop 1
Saturday October 13th
8:30 - 4 pm
Sunday October 14th
8:30 - 12 noon

Workshop 2
Saturday October 27th
8:30 - 4 pm
Sunday October 28th
8:30 - 12 noon

Cost $ 145

Location: Various sites in Burnaby

To register or for more information contact Judy Latoski at: jlatoski@hotmail.com or 604.541.7617


Report From Track Worlds

Hello all,

Returned from Antwerp, Belgium and am finally able to get on line on my computer. Although there was e-mail available in Antwerp, the net cafe was downtown a 30 minute tram ride away from our hotel. Anyways, on to the races.

The racing started off with Lori-Ann Muenzer in the 200 Meter time trial. This is the event that Lori-Ann was silver medalist in the worlds last year in Manchester.

Lori-Ann qualified 3rd in the 200 (11.728) with the winner 11.692, then went on to win her 1/16 th final ride. This year's worlds had a bit of a different schedule for the women sprinters, with the top 18 riders qualifying for the 1st round, instead of the usual 12 . This played total havoc on the women's field, with ony 3 of the top 9 girls winning their first rides (Lori-Ann was one of the winners).

Next up was the 1/8 final ride (top 12) and again Lori-Ann was victorious, putting her into the top 8 round (1/4 finals). In this round she rode against Sylvia Szabolski (Hungary). Lori-Ann won the first ride, but was disqualified for "leaving the pole lane in the final lap", a totally brutal call. Lori-Ann won the next two rides however , erasing the loss from her mind in the process.

The semi finals (1/2) were next up, this round proved to be the only loss of the weekend for Lori-Ann. Up against the eventual world champion (S.Grankovskaia, RUS) Lori-Ann was unable to make it into the front position when it really counted in this round. Losing two straight the best Lori-Ann could now do was 3rd overall. This is where she ended up, with two very convincing wins over Iryna Yanovich (UKR) in the bronze medal ride.

Canada entered two women's pursuiters into the worlds this year, Erin Carter (3:48.557, 14th overall) and Mandy Poitras (3:55.440, 16th overall).

In the men's sprint events (sprint and Keirin) Canada received great news just prior to our departure for world's. We had been granted a wild card spot to enter 1 additional rider into the event through our Continent (North and South America). This meant that Steen Madsen (2001 national champ in both events) would get to ride in his first world's in individual events.

Steen was training with Lori-Ann Muenzer in Bromont at the time of the announcement, and was totally pumped up to get the news. With a little over 10 days to prepare for the worlds, Steen rode in the men's 200 Meter time trial.

Steen placed 23rd overall (10.816). As only the top 18 qualify for the 1st round of sprinting, Steen was out of the tournament after the 200 M.

Next up for Steen was the Keirin. Steen drew the 2nd heat in the qualifying round, where he needed a top 2 position to advance to the 2nd round. Steen placed 6th in his heat, forcing him into the repechage round. In the rep's only the winners advance back into the semi-final round. Although Steen rode very well in the rep, the best he could do was 2nd.

With the final day now on the track (Sunday) our team had two more athletes competing. Lori-Ann in the 500 Meter, and Mandy in the women's Points Race.

This was our best combined day of results at the worlds this year, with both women placing top 8 in their events.

Lori-Ann ripped up the track in the 500, narrowly missing a Canadian record in the process, and nabbed her 2nd medal of the championships. Nancy Contreras of Mexico won the event (34.996), with Lori-Ann in 2nd (35.151).

This is Lori-Ann's personal best time, and first medal in the event in the world championships.

Mandy finished 8th overall in the women's points race. Overall the race was quick, and very much wide open in terms of favorites. Of course Leontine Van Morsel-Ziljaard was the odds on favorite to win, but spent the first 40 laps 20 meters off the back (seriously, she rode off the back the first 15 minutes of the race !). This left the first 4 sprints open for others to grab, and this they did.

Olga Slioussareva (RUS) ended up world champion with 21 points, and + 1 lap. 3 other women lapped the field along with the Russian.

Immediately after these women lapped the field around lap 60 of 100. Mandy and Van Morsel-Ziljaard took off the front in search of points. The 8th sprint was Mandy's first points (5 for the win), and this moved her into a position to jump into 5th overall with the last sprint her main goal. Mandy got set up perfect for her usual last lap sprint, but this year she was unable to pull off the magic and two others passed her just at the line. 3rd overall in the final sprint moved Mandy into 8th overall.

It seems that not that long ago I was sending in reports from the 2000 worlds, and here we are again at the end of another track season. Thanks to the athletes of the Canadian Cycling Team for their effort, determination, and desire to go out there and win races.

It is so inspiring to see athletes like Lori-Ann going after the win, and then coming home with medals from major championships. Congratulations Lori-Ann on a fabulous season!

Kurt Innes
National Coach

 


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