Stevens girls on podium at track championships

Véronique Parent and Ariane Bonhomme competed at the Quebec Track Championships in Bromont on the weekend of Sept. 8, after a one-week weather delay. Here’s Véronique’s take on the event.

Véronique Parent, left, and Ariane Bonhomme at the Quebec track championships, along with former Stevens-The Cyclery rider Catherine Dessureault.

Véronique Parent, left, and Ariane Bonhomme at the Quebec track championships, along with former Stevens-The Cyclery rider Catherine Dessureault.

The Quebec championships was a great way to end the summer for Stevens-The Cyclery. Because of the weather, the omnium was squeezed to be hold Sunday, so they dropped two events out of six.

The day started with an individual pursuit, which was 3k for the elite women (Ariane). It was good for third place with a really close finish between the second, third and fourth place… less than a second!

Then came the flying 200m. With a little technical mistake, Ariane still managed to get a strong fourth place. Continue reading

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Flynn wraps road season with Ontario title

Emily Flynn. Photo credit Bob Bruce Photography (bobbrucephotography.smugmug.com/)

Emily Flynn. Photo credit Bob Bruce Photography (bobbrucephotography.smugmug.com/)

The last weekend of August marked the end of the Ontario road season, with the Provincial Criterium Championships on Saturday and Tour di Via Italia on Sunday, both in Windsor. For those looking to do three races, there was the Debates-Devos 50th annual crit in Auburn Hills, MI, on the holiday Monday.

That is what the trio of Stevens riders Braydon Bourne, Ben Andrew and myself (Emily Flynn) set out to do. With Ben’s parents living near Windsor it also made for a nice little vacation.

On Saturday the temperature and tensions were high. The women’s field was small, but nonetheless it was an exciting race, with Real Deal rider Sarah Rassmussen and me going off the front halfway through the race. Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery women wrap up Superweek in White Rock

Stevens – The Cyclery women just completed nine days of racing at BC Superweek.
Carrie Cartmill reports from the final event of the series: the Tour de White Rock.

white rockThe Tour de White Rock is a three race series with a 700 m hill climb, a downtown criterium and a road race that follows the ocean coast. Despite the stunning ocean views in White Rock, the Stevens – The Cyclery women’s team has had its eyes focused on the road. While the majority of Superweek features fast flat criterium courses, Whiterock offers a special treat in the way of vertical ocean-side cliffs. It is always a personal disappointment to me that the climbs of White Rock take place at the very end of BC Superweek when the legs are sprint-worn and the spirit is beginning to sag (just a little of course). Continue reading

Solid Giro di Burnaby for Stevens women

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Amélie Bruneau

The Stevens-The Cyclery women’s team is at BC Superweek, on on Thursday the girls lined up for the Giro di Burnaby. Amélie Bruneau reports.

The Giro di Burnaby event started just before our race with a parade from the local kids, which we had the honour to go with. It was amazing to be an example for some, maybe, future riders!

After that started a really technical race, with four corners and a 180-degree turn! The false flat after the U-turn was really hard on the legs, and made the field smaller and smaller every lap. We had some bad luck in the race, with some mechanicals and a crash, but, nevertheless, we ended up with a really good 14th place for Carrie Cartmill! The team was also really active and greatly represented in the race. We were in every breakaway attempt and Carrie also got a prime! Now, we are all ready to face up the hard Tour of White Rock !

Stevens-The Cyclery men finding their legs at BC Superweek

Like the womens’s team, the Stevens-The Cyclery men are racing at BC Superweek this week. Braydon Bourne, Conor O’Brien, Ben Andrew and guest rider Stephen Rockwood from Newfoundland took a couple days to find their legs after the flight, as Bourne reports:

The boys out for a pre-race spin at BC Superweek.

The boys out for a pre-race spin at BC Superweek.

The Tour de Delta has come to an end, concluding the opening weekend of the 2014 BC Superweek. Stage 1– the MK Delta Criterium — was an incredibly fast crit with a hill that taxed everyone’s legs a little too much after the flight out west. Our guest rider Stephen Rockwood went down hard, but fortunately is okay.

The second stage, the Brenco Criterium, was 60 laps of a 900m course through the quaint downtown of Ladner. Well attended with tons of primes, the guys took some shots at big solo-flyers with the hopes of some taking home some cash. Coming close, but unsuccessful, they settled for some pack-finishes and the delicious post-race Salmon burgers. Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery women tackle Tour de Delta

Amélie Bruneau, Ariane Bonhomme, Ellen Watters, Carrie Cartmill, Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackey traveled out to the Vancouver area to tackle BC Superweek. The races kicked off this weekend with the Tour of Delta. Annie Foreman-Mackey reports:

Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackie do some sightseeing at Point Roberts.

Emily Flynn and Annie Foreman-Mackie do some sightseeing at Point Roberts.

We are incredibly lucky to be staying with warm and welcoming host families. Although it’s a tight schedule of morning spins, evening races most days, and as much rest and recovery as we can get, we’ve already managed a little bit of sightseeing. Emily and I headed down to Point Roberts with our host, Deb, to watch the sunset over the Pacific the first day we got here.

July 4: MK Delta Criterium
30 laps x 1.2 km

In true BC fashion, the MK Delta Crit started off with some rain and slick roads. Continue reading

Stevens-The Cyclery sweep podium in sprint championship

Emily Flynn, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ellen Watters on the sprint challenge podium.

Emily Flynn, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ellen Watters on the sprint challenge podium.

The Stevens-The Cyclery women’s campaign took in the Canadian Championships in Lac-Mégantic, Que., this past weekend, and the girls brought back the top three podium spots in the inaugural women’s Sprint Challenge on Sunday. The podium sweep capped a solid three days of racing that saw the women in the thick of the action, as Emily Flynn reports.

This past weekend marked a key event for many of the riders on the Stevens-The Cyclery team: the Canadian championships.

This year’s nationals headed back to magnificent Lac-Mégantic, following the devastating 2013 train accident that saw much of the main street destroyed.

For myself, having been there in 2012 and now, seeing the damage was hard, but at the same time the town has come back stronger. So thank you to the town, volunteers and spectators for coming out and I hope this was a further step towards rebuilding. Continue reading