Special-edition jersey to raise funds for Jenny Trew

The special-edition JET jersey.

The special-edition JET jersey.

For the last two seasons Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery has been lucky enough to have Jenny Trew at the helm as the Director Sportif.  Jenny’s experience has combined with the phenomenal level of support that the team already enjoyed to help the team evolve into one of the best development programs in the country.

Jenny brings more than 15 years of race experience to the team, from early success as a junior national champion, to racing on the U.S. pro circuit and in Europe.  Some of Jenny’s successes include winning the final stage at the UCI Tour of PEI and a podium performance at the Tour of Somerville – the longest-running bicycle race in North America. Continue reading

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50-50 draw to help Stephen Keeping

The next time you feel it’s too cold to ride, spare a thought for Stephen Keeping.

The Stevens Racing presented by The Cyclery rider is more than 1,000 km into his quest to ride from Ottawa to Florida at the coldest time of the year. When Keeping set out from Ottawa on Jan. 21, it was -25C. It was more than a week before it got warm enough for him to take his ski goggles and face mask off!

Keeping’s epic ride is inspiring thousands through his blog and through media coverage. But he didn’t set out to become famous — he’s just trying to lay on a good training base before the 2013 season. Continue reading

Stevens teams ramp up 2013 prep

The Stevens women’s team gathered in Ottawa this past weekend for their third training camp since the 2013 roster was announced in the fall.

The first two camps had provided opportunities for the team members to get to know one another and gel as a unit. Camp number three upped the ante on the “training” part of training camp.

The camp combined cross-country skiing with more intense on-bike workouts. One of the challenges of training in a winter climate like Ontario and Quebec is that it is often challenging to get the necessary volume to prepare for the upcoming race season — mixing trainer work with outdoor cross training is a great way to work around this. Continue reading

Stevens riders battle for win in Massachusetts

Stevens-sponsored riders Natasha Elliott and Derrick St. John continued their string of solid performances at the international Bay State Cyclocross races in Sterling, Massachusetts, over the weekend.

In cold, fast conditions Elliott (The Cyclery) had a great start in the women’s race on Saturday despite lining up on the third row, briefly taking over the lead on her way to sixth place, 31 seconds behind Crystal Anthony.

In the men’s event, St. John (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery) made the front group and was battling for the win until the final lap. Continue reading

St. John wins bronze at cyclocross nationals

Derrick St. John and Natasha Elliott at the Daryl-Evans Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships venue in Surrey, B.C.

Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery rider Derrick St. John won his career-third Canadian cyclocross championship bronze medal in slick conditions in Surrey, B.C., Saturday.

On a rain-soaked course that did not suit his strengths, St. John had a great start to make the front group of five riders alongside 2004 and 2009 champion Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3 Rocks) and 2010 and 2011 winner Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain). Continue reading

Six wins in two days for Stevens-sponsored riders

Natasha Elliott powers towards victory in the Anvil cyclo-cross event in Ottawa on Sunday. Photo by Kris Westwood

Stevens riders dominated the Ride With Rendall race weekend in Ottawa over the weekend, picking up three victories on each day.

In the Hammer event on Saturday, Natasha Elliott of The Cyclery repeated her 2011 victory in a close-fought race ahead of Evelyne Blouin (Ride With Rendall), while fellow Stevens rider Melissa Bunn rounded out the podium.

Derrick St. John, riding for Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery, dominated the elite men’s field, leading from the opening lap to beat Osmond Bakker (Octo-Cervelo) by a substantial margin. Meanwhile, Steve Proulx (Stevens Racing) easily won the Masters 1 category. Continue reading